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

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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

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“Kitten Season” is upon us. It’s the time of year when cats give birth, flooding animal shelters with thousands of kittens in need. This season is actually three in one, because female cats will average 3-4 litters a year. The season begins in early spring and ends in late fall. And here in the “Sunshine State” our kitten season runs even longer than most!

So – what should you do if you find a nest of kittens? Here are four ways you can help:

 1. Ask: “Where is your mother?” It’s important to remember that the kittens best chance at survival is to stay with their mother. Our first instinct as humans is “jump to the rescue!” In this case, don’t. Chances are a mama cat is nearby, watching and waiting for you to leave. Mother cats need to leave the nest to find food. Sometimes, they will move their kittens one by one to a more secure location.

If the kittens are not in immediate danger from traffic, construction, rain, or other circumstances, step back and watch from a distance. Give mom a few hours to return. If it has been a few hours and mom is not back, consider her gone.

2. House Hunters: Feline Edition If the mother cat does not return and the kittens do need to be removed from the area, be prepared to see the project through to the end. There are many groups in Jacksonville who can help you! The first step is to always get kittens warm by using a heating pad, rice sock, or other heating device. If the kittens can eat wet food, then will soon be ready for new homes. Make a plan to get the kittens spayed or neutered. Cats can be altered when they reach 2 lbs (generally around 8 weeks) and there are several low-cost and even FREE options in our area – including our very own JHS Community Animal Hospital.  It’s a good idea to do this sooner rather than later; cats can reproduce at just four months of age! Contact our Pet Safety Net team for more resources.

If the kittens cannot eat on their own, please seek advice from a veterinarian or shelter about proper care. Babies of this age will not fare well in a shelter and their best chance at survival is to be in a home. Remember – warm first, then feed.

If you are caring for kittens on your own and would like some guidance, you can reach out to the Jacksonville Kitten Army where volunteers are available to help answer questions.

3. What if mama cat comes back? You have two choices:

A. If the mother cat does return and is friendly, slowly gain her trust, then transport her and the kittens to a safe location indoors. Keep the family in a warm, dry place and away from other pets. If you cannot temporarily foster, ask your friends, family, and neighbors. You never know who is willing to help! JHS can also provide resources to responsibly re-home cats and kittens when ready.

B. If the mother cat returns but is not friendly, begin by providing food and water. Make sure you clean up the area when you are done, and do not leave out more food than necessary. (If this happens on property that does not belong to you, check with the property owner first.) When the kittens are old enough to be separated from mom (about 5-6 weeks) you can then use local resources to trap, spay and release the mother cat. Then, you can foster the kittens until they are old enough to be altered and adopted. The mother cat will then return to her area and live as a community cat.

4. Ask and Offer Help  If you bring kittens to a shelter, the organization will need to find a foster parent and during this time of year, and that is not always possible. You can be that foster parent! Foster parenting begins by giving kittens a warm and safe place to thrive – perhaps in a spare bathroom, screened in porch, or a large dog crate. Keep the kittens well fed. If they can’t figure out how to eat at first, mix warm water with wet food to make “mush” – kittens love it! Spend lots of time cuddling your kittens so they learn to love humans – it’s a tough job, but someone has to do the cuddling.

At the Jacksonville Humane Society, we will provide you with support if you are willing to take the kittens home and care for them. You can also bring kittens to Animal Care and Protective Services, where support is available to you as well. Both organizations are in need of foster parents – so if you did not find kittens but would like to help, please sign up today!

Lastly, we want to know where kittens are being born in Jacksonville. Our city is HUGE and we need your help to identify specific locations where cats are in need. To report a location where kittens were found, call 904-493-4584 and leave a message with as much information as possible. 

 

More Kitten Resources:

  1. Why We Need Kitten Foster Parents
  2. Adopt a Kitten
  3. Shop & Donate To The Kittens

 

Look at this dog.

What do you see?

 

 

 

Do you see a crooked smile?

Big, brown puppy dog eyes?

A belly waiting to be rubbed?

Or maybe … your new best friend?

Aleah is clearly a mixed breed dog. Mixed with which breeds? We will probably never know. The truth is that trying to label a dog’s breed based solely on looks is not only unfair, it’s inaccurate.

That’s why, at the Jacksonville Humane Society, we want to share what we do know about our dogs – who they are as individuals. Sure, we can guess and tell you that Aleah might be a lab mix, or a shepherd mix, or a terrier mix, or a pointer mix … but those are just guesses. That conclusion would have only been reached because a shelter worker said, “Well … she kinda looks like a lab.” And that’s not fair to Aleah. Or you.

What we know for sure is that when you ask Aleah to sit, you better have her favorite treat – Pupperoni – ready as a reward. She will happily give you a high-five when you say “paw” and can even catch a treat in her mouth! Aleah is a big fan of belly rubs and also an excellent giver of sloppy kisses.

What we know for sure is that if you’re looking for a great running or hiking companion, Aleah is an excellent choice. Aleah recently spent a few days with a foster family and they reported that she makes friends wherever she goes and loves car rides.  We know that Aleah might prefer to be the only dog in the home, but she does great on her “buddy walks” with other dogs here at the shelter.

Those are things we can tell you about Aleah. So, does it even matter if we label her as a lab mix or a shepherd mix or a terrier or a chow or a hound? Why should guessing what two breeds came together to create Aleah matter more than telling you just how great she is right now?

We understand that this is a change. JHS is here to help you when you adopt and for the life of your pet. Please come see us! Our adoption counselors would love to talk to you about what you are looking for in a companion rather than what you are looking at. Landlord or insurance concerns? We’re happy to help there, too. At the Jacksonville Humane Society, we are committed to helping adopters look past labels and focus on love.

Infographic: All Dogs are Individuals
by Animal Farm Foundation



Click to see the full image

JHS Breed Label Statement:

The Jacksonville Humane Society believes that each dog is an individual and should be treated that way, so we’ve decided to stop identifying them by breeds as of January 1, 2017. Much like people, dogs have unique personalities and lovable quirks. The truth is that when a dog comes in, our staff typically just make their best guess about breed based on the physical characteristics they see. This is a pretty inexact science when you consider that a dog has approximately 20,000 genes and less than 1% of those determine what they look like. Appearance is only one tiny piece of the genetic puzzle. The majority of dogs that enter our shelter are mixed breed and to arbitrarily label them based on looks seems unfair to dogs and adopters. Looks don’t equal behavior. Besides, it doesn’t really matter once you lock eyes and fall in love with your new best friend. Love is love. We invite you to meet any of our dogs to learn about their individual personalities so you can find the perfect dog for you.

Watch Aleah’s News Story here.

For more information about the science and data behind removing breed labels, click here.

Just for fun:

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JACKSONVILLE CITIZENS MAKE OUR CITY MORE COMPASSIONATE!

It’s been an amazingly generous holiday season. We had so many kind donations that touched our hearts. Here are just a few of the MANY donors would make our year even better:

This apartment complex who collected donations from their residents:

What a great place to live!

What a great place to live!

This 8th grader who told her mom she didn’t want gifts, and instead they bought presents for the animals:

Way to go, Taryn!

Way to go, Taryn!

The Daisy Scouts who made holiday cards for the shelter staff because “you need love too.”

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It’s true, we need love, too! 🙂

The Interact Club who donated over 100 rice socks for our animal hospital:

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You can also do this project: click here for directions.

The two friends who saw dog beds on sale at Petsmart and broke the bank to bring them to us!

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Sweet dreams for shelter dogs!

This office group who had a donation drive at work:

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Lookin’ good ladies!

These two Jags fans who noticed one of our volunteers wearing a JHS shirt and asked their parents to make a donation:

 

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JHS love Kids Who Care!

This amazing Paw Partner, Pet Paradise, for their Wacky Wednesday fundraiser:

 

 

Thank you Pet Paradise!

Thank you Pet Paradise!

These two cat-lovers who wanted to wish the JHS cats a Meowy Catmas:

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Cat ladies in training!

 

If you’d like to donate, please check our wishlist!

We have SO MANY amazing groups and individuals donate to our animals. If we missed you, please email us a picture so we can add it to this list. Generosity breeds joy! Thanks!

When Chaz arrived at the Jacksonville Humane Society, the staff instantly knew that he needed special attention. Chaz was very afraid and would jump whenever he heard unfamiliar noises. He was very mouthy on his leash and would shake in his kennel. It was difficult for adopters to see his true personality when he was so anxious.

Thanks to a grant from the ASPCA, JHS has a program called “Promote A Pet” that recruits foster parents to serve as Adoption Ambassadors to help pets just like Chaz. We put out a plea for Chaz and it caught the eye of an Army veteran named Travis.

Travis could relate to Chaz’ fears because he served three tours overseas. Transitioning back to life in the States after living in a war zone was not easy, and Travis knew just what Chaz needed. The two became good buddies. Chaz eventually grew so confident under Travis’ wing that he could go to public places, like restaurants and parks, proudly wearing his “Adopt Me” vest.

 

One day, Travis met someone who worked from home, who was looking for a dog to help them live a more active lifestyle. He knew that Chaz would be a great fit! Thanks to Travis, Chaz was in a new, loving home just in time for Thanksgiving. Without his Adoption Ambassador, it’s likely that Chaz would still be a little ball of fear in his kennel at the shelter. Thank you to Travis and the ASPCA for helping Chaz find his second chance!

To learn more about how you can become an Adoption Ambassador in our Promote A Pet program,  read more here … 

The Promote A Pet program for Adoption Ambassadors is proudly funded in-part by a grant from the ASPCA!

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Come join us at the Jacksonville Humane Society for FREE* adoptions. We will have tons of adoptable pets that you can take home just in time for the holidays! You do not want to miss this event this weekend from Friday to Monday. Thank you Best Friends Animal Society and Zappos.com for sponsoring this event.

What: Free Dog, Cat and Kitten Adoptions

Where: JHS – 8464 Beach Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32216 (and 2 Petsmart stores on Saturday!)

When: 

Friday, November 25th – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday, November 26th – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, November 27th – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday, November 28th – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

SATURDAY: We will also be at Petsmart Regency (356 Monument Rd.) and Petsmart St. John’s Town Center (10261 River Marsh Drive) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the same special!

 

Thank you to Best Friends Animal Society and Zappos for sponsoring! Additional fees may apply. See below for details.

 

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*Additional Fees May Apply

Frequently Asked Questions:

Please click here to view the event on Facebook and directly contact our staff!

Do you have puppies, kittens, or small dogs?
If there are puppies, kittens, or small dogs, they will be adopted quickly, so we advise you to come early.

How can I see the pets who will be available for adoption?

Jacksonville Humane Society Pets: Click Here

Please remember – things change hourly at each shelter so there are no guarantees that a pet will still be available when you arrive.

What does the “Free Adoption” or “$0 Adoption Fee” include?

The adoption fees that we collect help us provide food, shelter, important medical care and inoculations for the animals. Each adoption fee includes the following for your new pet (retail value is approximately $400):

Cost of spaying and neutering
Initial inoculations
Microchip implant (all animals)
FeLV/FIV Combo Test (Feline Only)
Occult Heartworm Test
Flea and Tick Prevention
Monthly Parasite Prevention
Are the pets fixed? Vaccinated?
Yes, every pet available for adoption will be fixed and given their vaccinations, including rabies. The only exception to the rabies vaccine is kittens and puppies under 4 months of age.

What should I bring?
Please bring your photo ID.

Can I bring my own pets to meet potential new ones?
Shelters and busy events can be stressful for pets! Ask our staff about the sleepover program.

Where can I see the pets who will be available?
Shelters do not know in advance which pets they can bring because we will be doing adoptions at our facilities until Friday. You can always view our adoptable pets online.

What does “Additional Fees May Apply” mean?

The city of Jacksonville requires all adopters under the age of 62 living within Duval County (excluding Jacksonville Beach) to purchase a rabies tag at the time of adoption for any pet that has received its rabies vaccination. The cost for the tag is $20. Some exceptions to apply: click here for more information on pet licensing.

All dogs must go home on a collar and leash and all cats must be in a carrier. You can bring these items with you, or they are available to purchase at the Jacksonville Humane Society boutique for a minimal cost.

The purchase of heartworm prevention will be added to the adoption fee for dogs over six months. Prices vary from $30 to $40 depending on the weight of the dog. If you’d prefer, you may purchase up to a one-year supply for the dog you adopt.

We want to thank you for giving pets a home! We will be having FREE* adoptions Saturday and Sunday. This is an event you do not want to miss. Thank you to our sponsor, Petsmart Charities.

What: Free Dog, Cat, and Kitten Adoptions

When: Saturday, November 19th and Sunday, November 20th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Two Locations

Jacksonville Humane Society: 8464 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32216

PetSmart: 8801 Southside Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32256

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*Additional Fees May Apply

Frequently Asked Questions:

Please click here to view the event on Facebook and directly contact our staff!

Do you have puppies, kittens, or small dogs?
If there are puppies, kittens, or small dogs, they will be adopted quickly, so we advise you to come early.

How can I see the pets who will be available for adoption?

Jacksonville Humane Society Pets: Click Here

Please remember – things change hourly at each shelter so there are no guarantees that a pet will still be available when you arrive.

What does the “Free Adoption” or “$0 Adoption Fee” include?

The adoption fees that we collect help us provide food, shelter, important medical care and inoculations for the animals. Each adoption fee includes the following for your new pet (retail value is approximately $400):

Are the pets fixed? Vaccinated?
Yes, every pet available for adoption will be fixed and given their vaccinations, including rabies. The only exception to the rabies vaccine is kittens and puppies under 4 months of age.

What should I bring?
Please bring your photo ID.

Can I bring my own pets to meet potential new ones?
Shelters and busy events can be stressful for pets! Ask our staff about the sleepover program.

Where can I see the pets who will be available?
Shelters do not know in advance which pets they can bring because we will be doing adoptions at our facilities until Friday. You can always view our adoptable pets online.

What does “Additional Fees May Apply” mean?

The city of Jacksonville requires all adopters under the age of 62 living within Duval County (excluding Jacksonville Beach) to purchase a rabies tag at the time of adoption for any pet that has received its rabies vaccination. The cost for the tag is $20. Some exceptions to apply: click here for more information on pet licensing.

All dogs must go home on a collar and leash and all cats must be in a carrier. You can bring these items with you, or they are available to purchase at the Jacksonville Humane Society boutique for a minimal cost.

The purchase of heartworm prevention will be added to the adoption fee for dogs over six months. Prices vary from $30 to $40 depending on the weight of the dog. If you’d prefer, you may purchase up to a one-year supply for the dog you adopt.