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Welcome Polk County! Get to know Best Friends

Best Friends Animal Society is bringing tangible lifesaving tactics to shelters and rescue groups across the country.

Based on a foundation of compassion and inclusion, we're working together to help both pets and people. We want to make sure that everyone has the same access to loving pets and that every adoptable pet has the option of residing in the comfort of a foster home rather than in a kennel in a shelter.

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Polk County Animal Services

The staff at Polk County Sheriff's Office (PCSO) animal control is dedicated to increasing lifesaving programs the animal shelter. Best Friends is excited to collaborate with PCSO to help save the lives of orphaned kittens.

Working in conjunction with Polk County, Best Friends is committed to saving at least 500 kittens. We are looking for volunteer foster families willing to open their hearts and homes to these tiny kittens and help care for them until they are old enough to be adopted.

If you are interested in fostering, please email for more information.

Why kittens?

We believe it's important to focus our attention where it's needed most to have the largest impact, and in Polk County that's newborn kittens 0-4 weeks old.

These kittens are some of the most at-risk pets in shelters because they need around-the-clock care, something that most shelters are unable to provide. Kittens have fragile immune systems, are unable to regulate their body temperature and need to be fed frequently. Due to their tiny size and low mobility, newborn kittens do not need much room and are an excellent foster option in any size home.

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Foster with Best Friends in Polk County

The Polk County foster program focuses on placing kittens up to four weeks old with volunteer foster families. Once the kittens reach eight weeks old, they will be available for adoption in Florida.

Check out our kitten foster manual, which has additional information on fostering kittens and FAQs.

Adopting a kitten

With all our available kittens currently residing in foster homes, meet-and-greets will take place remotely.

How to adopt a kitten

  • Complete the meet-and-greet request specifying the particular kitten you are interested in.
  • An adoption counselor will contact you to schedule a virtual meeting. Please note that requests are reviewed on a first-come, first-served system.
  • Following the virtual meet-and-greet, the adoption can be finalized, and arrangements will be made for you to officially pick up your new best friend!

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Volunteers play an important role in keeping our lifesaving work moving smoothly. Our needs are constantly changing due to the nature of our work so please check back here for our open volunteer positions.

Get started by filling out a volunteer application »


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