It’s the hottest fashion accessory
for pets in Broward County

Every adoptable shelter pet wants one, but only a select few get the honor of wearing it.
It’s the Adoption Ambassador vest.

The shelter’s Adoption Ambassador Program is similar to foster care, but it goes a step further. Adoption Ambassadors provide temporary homes for select pets, but unlike foster families, Ambassadors will help maximize their pets’ availability and exposure. Each dog will leave with a bright colored “Adopt Me” vest so that while they’re in parks and other pet-friendly venues, the public will see that the pet is looking for a forever home.

adoption ambassador magazine-spread

Because our shelter pets were surrendered here by their previous owners, they know what it’s like to live in a nurturing home. While many of our adoptable pets get used to living in a shelter after a day or so, some dogs and cats find it hard to adapt to animal shelter life and often become depressed. In some cases, pets that have been surrendered to us also need extra help from caring volunteers to find them forever homes.

With the introduction of the Adoption Ambassador Program, the HSBC can now offer these wonderful animals this much better alternative. Sometimes all it takes is removing them from the shelter and placing them in a home environment – similar to what they are accustomed to – in order to ease the transition and allow their true personalities to shine through. Learn more about our wonderful Adoption Ambassador program by by clicking here.

We are in need of Adoption Ambassador Families!

If you have room in your heart and home to take in an Adoption Ambassador Animal (especially for larger-breed dogs), please contact the Director of Volunteer Services at 954.266.6814 to register for a general adult volunteer orientation.


Below you will find some of our current Ambassador animals, who are all living in wonderful foster homes. While we are sure they’re enjoying their time in these homes, they are still looking for forever families and are actively seeking adoption.

Although we’re featuring these five, we hope you take a few extra moments and check out all of our the dogs, cats, and small pets currently in the program. Just look for “In a Foster Home” listed on the Pet ID card.

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