Look at this dog.

What do you see?

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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
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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

Chaz & Travis.

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.

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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.

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Pet safety is easy as pie during Thanksgiving. Just follow these five simple steps to ensure that your pet has a fun and safe holiday!

  1. The Feast: Try to keep your pet on their regular diet during the holidays. If you find that you cannot resist the temptation of indulging your pet in table scraps, check out this list of people foods that you should avoid feeding your pets.
  2. Check Tags: Pets can get loose around busy holidays or if you are traveling. For this reason, you should check that your pet’s microchip is up to date and that their tags have your correct address and information on them.
  3. Keep Busy: If you are hosting the Thanksgiving festivities, you should keep your pet separated from all the commotion. Keep them busy with a puzzle box with an extra nibble of turkey or with one of their favorite bones.
  4. Decorations: Keep glass ornaments and candles out of reach from your pets. Also, know that holiday plants such as poinsettias, holly berries, mistletoe and cedar Christmas trees are toxic to dogs. Keep these far away from your pet, so that they will not get sick.
  5. Share & Inform: Share these tips with your friends and family that will be coming over. This will help make sure that your pet is not getting too many table scraps from Aunt Edna or any desserts from your little nephew.

For even more tips to keep your dog or cat happy and healthy, check our Pet Safety blog.

 

Written by: Tori Compton

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Do you need someone to watch the election results with? Come elect your new best friend this Monday and Tuesday! Adoption fees are just $20.16! (Additional fees may apply.)

What: Free Dog, Cat, and Kitten  Adoptions!

When: Saturday, November 7th and Sunday, November 8th from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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

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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 adoptable animals at jaxhumane.org and coj.net/pets.

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.

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Join us this Saturday and Sunday for FREE pet adoptions! It’s going to be an event that you don’t want to miss. Hundreds of cats and dogs for a $0 adoption fee! (Additional fees may apply.)

What: Free Dog, Cat, Kitten and Puppy Adoptions!

When: Friday, November 11th, as a salute to our troops, military members past and present can adopt for free at JHS only from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Free adoptions for everyone starting:

Saturday, November 11th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and

Sunday, November 12th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at both locations.

Where: TWO LOCATIONS!

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

Animal Care & Protective Services, 2020 Forest St. Jacksonville, FL 32204

This event is sponsored by Petco Foundation!

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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

Animal Care and Protective Services 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 adoptable animals at jaxhumane.org and coj.net/pets.

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.

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It’s time to fall in love with a new pet this weekend!

Join us this Saturday and Sunday for FREE pet adoptions! It’s going to be two amazing days that you don’t want to miss! Plenty of cats and dogs for a $0 adoption fee! (Additional fees may apply.)

What: Free Dog, Cat, Kitten and Puppy Adoptions!

When: Saturday, November 5th and Sunday, November 6th – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day

Where: TWO LOCATIONS!

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

Petco at Kernan Village, 11900 Atlantic Blvd #213, Jacksonville, FL 32225

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Check out the event on Facebook and invite your friends!

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Animal Care and Protective Services 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 and cash/credit card for any additional fees. (See below.)

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 adoptable animals at jaxhumane.org and coj.net/pets.

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 may be added to the adoption fee for dogs over six months. Prices vary from $30 to $40 depending on the weight of the dog; this is a deeply discounted price available only to adopters. If you’d prefer, you may purchase up to a one-year supply for the dog you adopt.

Special Parking Instructions:

Parking is limited at the Jacksonville Humane Society due to construction. We will have staff on hand to help you. Extra parallel parking spaces are located along the fence.

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Are you ready for some SPOOKTACULAR savings on our dog and cat adoption fees? Come to JHS this Friday, October 28th, through Monday, October 31st, for an all treats, no tricks adoption party!

Adopters will pick a treat from our cauldron to discover the price they will pay for adoptions … all the way up to FREE. That’s right – $0 adoption fees! Happy HOWL-oween!

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Location: 8464 Beach Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32216

For more info on adoptions, click here. Additional fees may apply. 

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