Published: Jul 28, 2011 6:12 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 28, 2011 5:12 PM EDT

IMMOKALEE, Fla.- Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) will host an adoption event from 11- 2pm this Saturday, July 30th, at its Immokalee shelter, located at 430 Sgt. Joe Jones Road, to place 11 of the dogs surrendered by a local breeder last week.

The dogs, four golden retrievers (two males and two females) and seven Labrador retrievers (two males and five females), range in age from under 1 to 7 years old.

"We have been so pleasantly surprised to discover how well-socialized these dogs are," said DAS Director Amanda Townsend. "They all love to play, get along fabulously as a pack, are very focused on humans, and respond to voice commands."

A wealth of community partnerships helped make the surrender of 45 dogs to DAS last week a success. Humane Society Naples accepted four mothers and their litters, as well a handful of puppies. Collier Spay Neuter Clinic has been squeezing the DAS dogs into their busy surgery schedule so that most will be sterilized prior to Saturday's event.

Interest in the dogs has been high, and potential adopters are strongly encouraged to submit an adoption application and get it approved prior to the day of the event. If more than one pre-approved adopter attends the event on Saturday wishing to adopt a specific dog, a lottery system will be used.

For more information, call Collier County Domestic Animal Services at 239-252-PETS.