Are you ready for the story of the best good boy? Meet Patrick! Sweet Patrick was found after two good Samaritans got reports that a dog was hit by a car and ran into the woods – no one could locate him. After a long search, the two kind citizens finally found him. He was skinny, weak and unable to move. They carried him to safety and brought him to JHS.

Patrick on the day he was found by the two kind citizens.

Patrick on the day he was found.

This is Patrick on his ride to safety after being found in the woods with a pelvic fracture and suffering from severe dehydration.


 

Our veterinary team gave him immediate care and our staff diligently watched over him until he was, once again, out of the woods. He slowly started to come out of his shell and we discovered that he loved to play with toys! After a few weeks, thanks to your donations, Patrick made great improvements. He was finally able to stand up for a bath and then he took his first real walk outside without any help! Soon, he was ready for his surgery and to find a new home. 

 

Patrick on his first walk without help from a staff member!

Patrick after his bath!

 

A loving family came along looking for a dog who could be a best friend to their children and dog at home. Patrick fit the bill! Patrick now has a mom and dad, two little humans to love him AND an amazing doggy sister to play with all day. He is one happy pup! 

 

Patrick on his adoption day! See ya later, buddy!

 

From lost in the woods to a beloved family dog, Patrick’s second chance was made possible thanks to YOU! Your loving donations made his journey possible – AND also helped the more than 7,000 other pets on their own journeys who come to JHS every year.

To help us provide second chances to pets like Patrick, make a gift today. 

generosity breeds joy.


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Let’s face it – the internet has produced many celebrities over the last decade, but none quite as fabulous and furry as THE CAT! Whether they’re dominating Instagram or ruling YouTube, these feline powerhouses are wiggling their way into hearts all over the world.

But wait — where do all these cats come from?

All cats had a humble beginning as a kitten, perhaps one of many in a litter born to an unfixed female cat. And while the term “kitten season” sounds super cute – in reality, it can be a tough time for animal shelters. Kitten season is the time of year  when kittens are born by the thousands to unfixed cats – basically warm weather. Don’t forget, this is the Sunshine State! Last year, JHS took in over 3,000 underage kittens.

So how do these kittens go from orphans in the shelter to social media super stars?

With help from foster parents!

Dames Point the kitten with his foster mom, Meghan.

Foster parents are lifesaving volunteers who take a litter of kittens into their home and care for them until they are old enough to be spayed/neutered and adopted. Foster parents provide the necessary TLC to help kittens thrive and the good news is that ANYONE can foster kittens.

Work a 9-5 job? Awesome! You can foster kittens who are eating on their own, around 6-8 weeks of age. You’ll have a blast watching them wrestle and play with each other while packing on the ounces they need to hit the two pound mark.

Work at home, between jobs or retired? Purrfect! We need folks like you to help our kittens 5 weeks and under. Whether they are still eating from a bottle or being weaned onto solid foods, you’ll play an important role in helping these little ones thrive.

Don’t know where to start? No worries! Everyone has been in your shoes. Try starting your foster journey with a mom and babies. Your job will be to care for the mother cat, provide her with a safe space and keep her happy. She will do the rest!

Love kittens, but can’t foster? No worries – you can STILL help by sending in supplies from our Kitten Wish List.

Ready to start? Complete the JHS Foster Parent profile and our staff will reach out to you with the next steps.

Still not sure? Here’s a video from the world’s most famous kitten foster, Kitten Lady!

So – are you ready to join our lifesaving team of foster parents? The kittens hope to see you soon!

 

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Do and Donts When You Find Kittens

Spay and Neuter Programs for Community Feral Cats in Jacksonville

Who doesn’t love a good donation drive? There’s nothing better than going to the store and shopping for someone other than yourself – especially when it’s puppies and kittens! Animal shelters have a unique set of needs and can always use donations.

Most shelters will have  a list of items that they need and accept. At JHS, we even have an Amazon wish list that makes donating even easier.  Why not host a donation drive at your school or office? Or just donate a few items on your own. They will always be put to good use.

Be sure to check with individual shelters to see if they have specific requests, but here’s a list of 10 items you probably never thought to donate to an animal shelter:

#1 Gloves – Whether it’s rubber gloves or latex gloves, protecting your hands and reducing the spread of germs is something that every animal center takes seriously. At JHS, we always need latex, non-powder gloves in all sizes.

 

#2 Ziploc Bags – Gallon, quart or sandwich sizes, ziploc bags can be used to send home food, litter and medication with foster parents. Next time you see a BOGO sale, throw in an extra box or two for the animals!

 

#3 Leashes – While many shelters have a specific leash used by employees and volunteers, new or gently used leashes can be used to help dogs who come in without a leash, families who need supplies, or dogs who go on sleepovers with potential adopters. At JHS, we can only accept cloth leashes with clips – we cannot use retractable leashes.

 

#4 Poop Bags & Trash Bags – You can’t live without ’em! Whether it’s cleaning up kennels or after dogs on walks, poop bags and trash bags are essential. At JHS, we always scoop the poop!

 

#5 Dish Soap – For any animal, a flea infestation can be deadly. However, many flea treatments and shampoos are too dangerous for infant, neo-natal dogs and cats. Dish soap, a non-concentrated variety without lotion, like Dawn, is a great alternative to flea shampoos. It stuns the fleas and makes it easy to remove them in a safe way.

 

#6 Treats – Some animal shelters have a preference, but you really can’t go wrong with moist treats. They are easy to break into smaller pieces and have a smelly scent that entices dogs! Our favorites at JHS include Pup-Peroni and Beggin’ Strips from Purina. We also break them into tiny pieces, mix with Peanut Butter and freeze the mixture inside Kong toys for dogs to enjoy each day.

 

#7 Office Supplies – Just like any other office, animal shelters use the basics like 8.5 x 11 copy paper, pens, staples, sticky notes and tape! While everyone has specifics, you probably can’t go wrong with copy paper and pens. Oh – and at JHS we go through a lot of glue sticks! Remember, donating these supplies that are less-likely-to-be-given can make a difference, too!

 

#8 Q-Tips and Cotton Balls – Most animal shelters will have a veterinary clinic, whether for the public or just for animals in the shelter. Q-Tips and cotton balls are common items used for veterinary practice and your shelter can put them to good use.

 

#9 Gift Cards – Just like the rest of us, animal shelters love gift cards. Be strategic when you purchase them and consider which stores are nearby. Whether it’s a store like Petco or PetsMart or a retailer like WalMart or Sams Club, there is going to be something for every shelter in the aisles. When in doubt – an Amazon gift card makes a great gift, too!

 

#10 Towels – Cleaning out your linen closet? Need an excuse to get a new set of bath towels? While not all bedding can be donated to animals shelters, towels of all sizes can be put to use. Be sure to wash them first and then drop them off to help dogs and cats in need.

 

And don’t forget – animals in need can always use your time and talent. Perhaps you can’t adopt a new pet or make a large donation. That’s okay! Your generosity is still needed. Volunteering and fostering are two excellent ways to help animals with the gift of time. No time? No problem? Consider raising funds with your business or even having a Facebook fundraiser on your birthday. There is never a gift that won’t make a difference.

At the Jacksonville Humane Society, we are so grateful for our generous community. They never cease to amaze us with their giving spirit. Here a few helpful links to check when donating supplies to our organization:

As many of you saw on social media yesterday, Clay County Animal Care & Control flooded after Hurricane Irma. Their dedicated staff worked tirelessly to save every animal – some of them even swimming dogs and cats to safety. Thanks to the generosity of our community far and wide, JHS had empty kennels for emergency situation just like this one.

We want to extend our gratitude to each and every donor who has supported JHS and supported our campaign for the new building. Without this building in place – we would not have have been able to help our Clay County friends. If you would like to help us continue our lifesaving mission after Hurricane Irma, simply click here:

This life-saving collaboration would not have been possible without our friends from Lynchburg Humane Society and Cat Depot, who took in our animals prior to the storm. Thank you, also, to PetSmart Charities and Petco Foundation for helping with supplies, and First Coast No More Homeless Pets for loaning us their truck.

A world of thanks to the generous Storm Trooper families who took in any remaining JHS pets prior to the storm. Your generosity in emptying those kennels saved more lives than you know! Thank you also to the team at Auld & White Constructors, LLC for helping us get into the new building prior to the storm and securing the construction site. Let’s give a round of a-paws to our volunteers and team members who left their homes yesterday to help get the Clay pets settled into their new temporary home.

And thank you to our JHS fans, far and wide, for your online support. Your positive messages and kind words are keeping us uplifted as we wade through the muck left in Irma’s wake.

We know that many of you want to know when you can adopt the Clay County pets who weathered the storm – we will keep you posted. 

PLEASE NOTE: JHS remains in disaster response mode, we will post as soon as normal operations resume.

Jacksonville, you are a compassionate and resilient city. You always have been. You always will be. Never forget – generosity breeds joy!

Flooding at Clay County Animal Care & Control caused by Hurricane Irma.

Flooding at Clay County Animal Care & Control’s adoption center caused by Hurricane Irma.

CCAC trucks heading to JHS with evacuated animals.

CCAC evacuated animals arriving at JHS!

Volunteer, Steve, and JHS Team Member, Kristy, unloading one of the 33 cats who were evacuated to JHS.

JHS Team Members Kristy, Nikki and Dr. Hill helping transport the cats from Clay County into the new building at JHS.

A three month old kitten waiting to be placed in a dry kennel at JHS.

Team Member Suzy gives some love to the Clay County kittens!

JHS volunteer Kelly helping walk dogs into the new JHS Adoption, Education & Community Resource Center.

JHS Team Member Cole is happy to helping these Clay County pups get to dry land at JHS!

These Clay County dogs will be some of the very first to live in our brand-new kennels at the JHS Adoption, Education & Community Resource Center!

Hooray! All animals were evacuated thanks to the hard work of the Clay County staff, and thanks to our donors and friends, JHS was able to shelter 26 dogs and 33 cats.

Team JHS. Goodbye Irma!

 

Jacksonville Humane Society Storm Trooper Program – May the Fur Be with You!

NOTE: We have activated the Storm Trooper program for Hurricane Irma, 9/8/2017. We need families willing to take pets from now until at least Tuesday, 9/12/17.

JHS Storm Trooper program allows families to bring home dogs, cats and kittens for sleepovers during severe weather. Families serve as “Storm Troopers” and host one of our adoptable dogs or cats for a temporary sleepover. This is a great opportunity for our pets to be with a family inside a warm home instead of in our outdoor kennels during the winds and rain.

Willing families are asked to stop by JHS, 8464 Beach Blvd., once the program has been activated via our Facebook page. JHS staff members and volunteers will assist you in selecting a dog or cat to best fit into your home. “Storm Trooper” families are encouraged to spoil their sleepover guests and share pictures on social media using #JHSStormTrooper.  Of course, if you fall in love during the storm, you are welcome to adopt!

“We are grateful that we can always count on the compassion of the Jacksonville community.” – Denise Deisler, Jacksonville Humane Society Executive Director

Who: You and one of our adoptable dogs or cats

When: TBA

What: Welcome a JHS dog or cat  into your home for a sleepover during a storm

Why:  While our animals are safe during storms, spending the night with you during wind and rain is a much better option!

How To Help: Please stop by JHS, 8464 Beach Blvd., during announced time frames. JHS staff members and volunteers will assist you in selecting a dog to best fit into your home. **We appreciate your patience during busier times.**

Click Here to View Our Adoptable Dogs

Click here to see our Adoptable Cats

We encourage you to spoil your sleepover dogs and cats and share pictures with us on social media, using #JHSStormTrooper.

For any questions about “Storm Troopers”, please message JHS on Facebook.  We have high call volume so we are asking that you please email foster@jaxhumane.org or message us instead of call. Sadly, we cannot return every call or message – so just come on down if you can help! We update Facebook regularly and will post as soon as all the pets have left the building.

Can’t be a Storm Trooper? Consider a donation of any amount to our animals.

After the storm – we can still use your help! We have many dogs and cats who struggle with the noise of construction and day-to-day operations in our shelter. You can join our Promote A Pet program as an Adoption Ambassador, thanks to a grant from the ASPCA.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. What do I need to bring with me? – Please bring photo ID. If you are able to bring a leash & collar, or cat carrier, that is appreciated.
  2. What if I have other pets? Kids? – We have information about some of pets in terms of behavior around other dogs, cats, and children, but not all. One of the benefits of fostering is that we will gain this information. It is helpful if you have a spare room to isolate the foster while you do slow introductions.
  3. What types of pets can we foster? – At this time, we have dogs, cats, and kittens in need. Please stay tuned to Facebook for updates.
  4. What supplies do I need? – We will provide food, leashes, litter, and a crate if available. Please make sure you have bedding and food dishes (tupperware works just fine) for your foster pet.
  5. What is the biggest need? – We have a large need for families without any pets, as these pets are not easy to place in homes with other animals.
  6. Are animals still available? – We will update Facebook and this page as soon as we are out of available pets. Thank you!

We want to remind everyone of the benefits of a short-term foster. Though you may think it is sad for the pets to come back, it’s actually a great value to our mission at JHS of finding loving families. Here’s how it helps:

Thank you to each and every one of our Storm Trooper Families! If you missed your opportunity, don’t forget that we have Promote-A-Pet year round, and will do a similar short-term fostering during the holidays called Silent Night.

Happy Tails:

James Dean was adopted from his Storm Trooper stay!

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During his Storm Trooper sleepover, Nerf’s foster family discovered that he loved children. So when he came back to the shelter, we found him a family with his very own boy to love!

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In case of an emergency, being prepared is always the safest bet! Here’s a check list of items that you can include in your disaster kit for your pets:

  1. Food & water for at least 5 days, per pet
  2. Medications & medical info in a waterproof container – if you are planning to board your pets or go to a pet-friendly shelter, bring up-to-date vaccination records.
  3. Sturdy leashes, collars with identification, carriers to transport your pets
  4. Cat litter, litter box, scoop and garbage bags – don’t forget poop bags for dogs!
  5. Current photos of your pets with descriptions
  6. Written information for your pets that includes medication and behavior info, in case you have to leave your pets in boarding or foster care

Other useful items include:

Click here for a printable version of this checklist.

If you are a Duval County resident and need to evacuate, please click here to find your government-operated pet-friendly shelter. Pet-friendly shelters include Mandarin Middle, Landmark Middle, Legends Community Center, Atlantic Coast High School and Chimney Lakes Elementary School.  Please bring proof of vaccinations and supplies (crate, bedding, food, water, bowls, leashes, litterboxes, litter, and any prescribed pet medication) with you to the shelter if at all possible. *

In Duval County, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (buses, skyway, trolley) will allow certain animals on their vehicles during state of emergency situations. Click here for more information.  *

Jacksonville has a city guide and an app to help you during a hurricane. Download it now and be ready. 

Click here to find or provide foster help before or after a storm.

Below is a list of websites to help you find pet-friendly motels:

Do you care for feral or community cats? Click here for a guide on how to best prepare.

Click here to read more about preparing for disaster with your pet from the ASPCA. Thank you for keeping your pets safe during storms!

*  This information is subject to change – always verify with the City of Jacksonville website.

They’re cute.

They’re cuddly.

They’re everywhere.

They’re KITTENS!

Those familiar with animal welfare know the phrase “Kitten Season” all too well. It’s the time of year when kittens are born to unfixed cats in our community and shelters are overwhelmed with baby cats. Although the idea of never-ending kittens sounds adorable, in reality, it is a big problem in Jacksonville.

Kitten intake in our shelters has been steadily climbing over the last few years. We are saving more kittens than ever before, thanks to progressive foster programs, neo-natal kitten nurseries, open adoptions, and community support – but the kittens keep showing up on our doorstep by the thousands each year.

Let’s look at the numbers:

In 2015, both JHS and our partners at Animal Care and Protective Services took in 5,927 kittens.

In 2016, 6,204 total kittens.

Now, in August of 2017 – only halfway through kitten season – a whopping 4,187 kittens and counting!

If the trend continues, kitten intake numbers will rise 5% each year, meaning that in 2020 over 7,000 kittens will come to Jacksonville shelters.  And remember – these are just the ones who arrive at the shelter, not the others born in the community.

How do we stop this avalanche of kittens?

JHS has a plan to empower community members to become Kitten Private Investigators! Every day, we see generous and compassionate citizens walk through the doors at JHS to help animals in need. The Kitten P.I. plan takes it one-step further, so that when someone walks in with a box of found kittens, we can help them find the adult cats responsible for these kittens and provide resources to have them spayed or neutered to stop rise of kittens in our community.

The JHS Kitten P.I. Program won a “runner-up” spot in the Petco Foundation & Jackson Galaxy Innovation Showdown and $5,000 to get this program up and running. Jackson Galaxy, the “Cat Daddy” himself, praised JHS for having one of the most innovative programs and challenged others to donate!

Continue the movement to slow kitten season with a donation today. Your generosity will provide life-saving resources for cats and kittens in our community.

Click here to give your donation and show Jackson Galaxy that you’re not kitten around when it comes to saving lives in Jacksonville!

Watch the Kitten P.I. Video with a special introduction by Jackson himself!

Thank you to the Petco Foundation and the Jackson Galaxy Foundation for giving $5,000 to our Kitten P.I. Program!

Related Links:

What To Do For Found Kittens In Jacksonville

How to Foster Kittens For JHS

Donate Supplies to the JHS Kittens

Adopt a Kitten

Oh say can you see … 

There’s nothing quite like a July 4th celebration. Barbecue, cold drinks, friends, family and of course – fireworks! Celebrating America’s independence can pose dangers for pets, but with these 4 simple steps, both you and your pet can safely enjoy the Fourth of July.

 

Avoid All Fireworks

Fireworks, like thunder, can cause extreme anxiety for some pets. Protect your pets by putting them in a secure space indoors, and turn on music to drown out the noise. Don’t bring your pet along to an outdoor fireworks event, even if they normally do well in a crowd. When it comes to pets and fireworks – just don’t do it.

This helpful tip from Purina that can be used during fireworks and storms.

 

 

No Table Scraps

We all enjoy giving pets a treat, but remember that “people food” is not pet food for a reason. Many common picnic items can lead to upset stomachs and even poisoning. Stick to regular treats for pets and remind guests to do the same.

Pets and Bar-B-Ques don’t mix! Picture Credit: dogue.com.au.

 

 

Beat the Heat

Fun in the sun has a different meaning for dogs and cats. Even on a cloudy day, the humidity and heat index can put pets at risk. To keep your pets safe always have fresh water available, give plenty of breaks in the air conditioning and never leave your pets in the car! Know the signs of heatstroke (excessive panting, blue/purple gums, drooling, lethargy) and contact your vet if your pet is exhibiting these symptoms. Looking for a unique way to help your pet stay cool? Try our DIY Pupsicles.

Pets are cool, help them stay that way! Picture credit: petswelcome.com

 

Show Some ID

Many pets go missing on July 4th and during the summer time after being frightened by fireworks or thunder. Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with current ID tags and your pet’s microchip is up to date. Does your pet need a microchip? Call the JHS Hospital at 904-493-4611 to make a microchip appointment today.

Microchips and ID tags help reunite pets with families every day. Photo Credit: JHS Staff Member.

 

Get the App

The ASPCA Missing Pet Prevention App is an extremely useful tool for pet loss prevention. You can create a profile for each pet including microchip information. If a pet goes missing, the app will create a personalized recovery plan based on your pet’s species, circumstances and personality. The app also has useful tools for disaster preparedness. Download the app at aspcaapp.org or find it in the App Store!

Available Now In the App Store and Google Play! Download today: aspcaapp.org

 

One more important thing to know about July 4th – it’s a wonderful time to adopt a pet! The Jacksonville Humane Society usually runs an adoption pricing special. Click here to view our calendar of events.

More Info:

7 Summer Safety Tips for Pets

July 4th Tips for Dogs

July 4th Tips for Cats

 

Jacksonville, FL – This past weekend (5/6 & 5/7) 181 pets found loving homes thanks to the generosity of Malik Jackson of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ foundation, Malik’s Gifts, and PetSmart Charities

This was one of the largest two-day adoption events in Jacksonville’s history! Pets from the Jacksonville Humane Society (JHS) and Jacksonville Animal Care & Protective Services (ACPS) were available for adoption in two local PetSmart stores, and at JHS. Malik’s Gifts, a foundation run by NFL Jacksonville Jaguars player Malik Jackson, generously sponsored all adoption fees for the weekend and PetSmart Charities provided the locations and funds to help make the event possible. The timing could not have been better as shelters in Jacksonville were full.

Bosco is ready to roll into a new home!

To make an already great weekend even better, Malik Jackson also made a personal visit to JHS to meet adopters and fans. Malik signed autographs, took pictures with fans, staff and volunteers, and talked about the importance of fostering and adopting. His fans were not only thrilled to meet him, but also to say thank you for his generous support of JHS! One adopter told us that because she had not had to pay an adoption fee, she was able to go to PetSmart and buy all kinds of supplies to spoil her new addition.

Malik with a tiny kitten in need of a home.

 

One of our favorite stories from the weekend is about a cat named Devan. Devan is a senior citizen cat who had Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, a slow acting virus that makes him more susceptible to various secondary infections. He also had scars on his facing giving him a pirate-like charm. Although he was sweet, and outgoing, those scars and his FIV diagnosis made adopters overlook him, so Devan had been with JHS for quite a while. Well, on Sunday morning, that all changed. Hearing about the free adoptions, his new Mom checked out the JHS website. She had been looking for a cat, and when she saw Devan’s picture, she knew he was THE one. She made sure she was the very first person in line at PetSmart on Sunday morning to adopt this special boy.

Devan and his new mom!

Also adopted was Prince, one of our dogs who had been at JHS longer than others. In addition to needing a home without other pets, Prince needed to find a family who was willing to maintain his arthritis treatment. Prince’s luck changed when his new mom saw him sitting in his kennel! She was thrilled to adopt him and have a chance to say thank you to Malik in person.

Malik with Prince and his new adopter!

JHS is so very grateful to Malik’s Gifts and PetSmart Charities for their generous support. There are 181 more happy families today thanks to your support! Generosity breeds joy!

181 Adoptions!

If you’d like to follow in Malik’s powerhouse footsteps, click here and make a gift to help us save the lives of more than 5,000 cats and dogs.

Sunny days are coming and it’s time to put on your flip flops and hit the beach! Heat and pets, however, don’t always mix. Here are 7 simple steps you can take to keep cats and dogs safe in the hot weather:

1 – Leave Pets At Home

Your pets don’t want to wait in the car while you run errands – they’d rather be at home in the cool air conditioning! The inside of your car can reach upwards of 20 degrees higher than the temperature outside in just a few minutes. Cracked windows and shade from trees do not provide enough relief and your pet is at risk from suffering a fatal heat stroke. When it comes to pets, staying at home is best!

 

2 – Provide Lots of Water

Your dog and cat will need some extra hydration when the weather warms up. Make sure to fill that water dish and keep it full! If you are taking your pet on an outdoor adventure, bring water and a portable container with you. Ocean, lake or river water contains bacteria and other contaminates that can harm your pet – it’s best to bring a supply from home instead! Providing extra water can be fun, too. Try our 3-Step DIY Pupsicle to keep your pooch happy and cool.

 

 

 

3 – Keep Coats Long

You might be tempted to give your pet a buzz cut in the summer months. A short trim is fine, but shaving your pet can result in sunburn and bug bites. Brushing your dog or cat can help to remove excess fur and keep them feeling fine in the summertime.

 

4 – Avoid Pavement When Possible

Of course, your dog will still need to go for walks each day, but keep them shorter during the hotter times of day. Don’t let your pet linger on hot pavement or asphalt – that can lead to burns on the pads of paws. Ouch!

 

5 – Fireworks and Pets Don’t Mix

Fireworks are a lot of fun … for humans. Loud noises and bright lights can scare many pets, leaving them lost and disoriented. Find an escape-proof room in your house for your dog or cat during firework displays, and enjoy the Fourth of July with your favorite people, not your pets!

6 – Don’t Skip Flea & Heartworm Prevention

Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitoes, and mosquitoes thrive in the warm weather. To be safe, it’s best to keep your pets on heartworm prevention year round. Heartworms are a preventable, but left untreated, they are fatal. The Jacksonville Humane Society Animal Hospital can provide you with affordable options to protect your pets. Click here for more information.

 

7 – Know When to Act

Keeping your pets cool in the summer time is the best way to avoid heat stroke, which can be fatal. It’s important to pet owners to know the signs, which include heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, seizure, and unconsciousness. If you see these signs in your pet, immediately contact a veterinarian.

 

Take these simple steps to keep your dog or cat safe in the hot summer months ahead! And don’t forget, if you’re looking to add a new family member this summer, the Jacksonville Humane Society is open 7 days a week for pet adoptions.

 

Read More About Summer Safety and Pets:

ASPCA Hot Weather Tips

Petfinder.com Summer Pet Safety