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.

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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

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.

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.

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.

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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Hours:

Location: 8464 Beach Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32216

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

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Did your pet go missing in Jacksonville, FL?

Did you find a pet in Jacksonville, FL?

It can happen to anyone. Use our “How To” guide to help lost dogs and cats!

Lost and Found isn’t just for keys and sunglasses – it can happen to our furry family members at any time. At the Jacksonville Humane Society, we love reuniting families with their lost pets. Below is a guide for folks with lost or found pets in Jacksonville, Florida or surrounding areas.

Gizmo was missing for 10 days! his mom saw him on the JHS website and they were reunited.

Gizmo was missing for 10 days! His mom saw him on the JHS website and they were reunited.

Missing Pet Tips:

If your pet is microchipped, notify the company and make sure your contact information is current. If you adopted from JHS recently, your pet was registered with this website.

Check the JHS Lost & Found page and the website of Animal Care and Protective Services (ACPS).

Be sure to check shelter websites for updates each day, as information changes when new pets arrive. Make sure you search through animals listed as both adoptable and stray, just in case.

Visit both our shelter and ACPS. Leave a picture of your pet with contact information for the staff.

Register your pet as missing on Lost and Found Pets NE Florida and Lost Found Pets Jacksonville.

Use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and the Nextdoor app as a tool to tell your friends and neighbors.

Post on Craigslist.org in both “Lost and Found” and “Pets” sections. Provide a picture & contact info.

Make flyers to post around your area using this free tool.

 

What else can you do?

If you live in surrounding areas, please be sure to check with bordering county animal control offices:

Click here for more tips about searching for your lost pet from the ASPCA.

Special notes about missing cats.

 

Found Pet Tips:

 

Odie was brought to JHS by the woman who found him for a microchip scan and we were able to reunite him within one hour!

Odie was brought to JHS by the woman who found him. Thanks to a  microchip, we were able to reunite him with his family within the hour!

 

What to do if your dog or cat goes missing: printable checklist..

 

Did you FIND a pet in Jacksonville, FL? Take these steps to find the family:

Have the pet scanned for a microchip. This can be done at local shelters, pet stores, or veterinary offices.

Create flyers and post them in the area where the pet was found. Check Craigslist.org (in both “Lost & Found” and “Pets” sections) for ads that meet the pet’s description, and post an ad yourself.

Visit local shelters to see if anyone has reported the pet as missing, and discuss your options with the staff.

Use social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the Next Door app, to share pictures and your contact information. Two great groups in Jacksonville are: Lost and Found Pets NEFL and Lost Found Pets of Jax.

Stray animals in the city of Jacksonville can be brought to Animal Care and Protective Services, 2020 Forest St. in Riverside. Call 904-630-CITY (2489) or email jaxpets@coj.net for more information.

The Jacksonville Humane Society can only take stray pets by appointment. To make an appointment, call 904-493-4584 and leave a message or email petsafetynet@jaxhumane.org. You are welcome to stop by for a free microchip scan anytime during open hours.

Pets who are missing for a length of time may appear disheveled or fearful; pets can also escape when they are receiving medical treatment and not looking their best. Think “lost” before rushing to judgment.

Note: Before bringing a pet into your home, make sure you isolate him/her from your own pets to prevent potential health of behavior hazards.

And remember – the best chance at a reunion is with a microchip! Our JHS Animal Hospital can microchip your pet for only $25. Call 904-493-4611 to schedule an appointment.

Zena's got lost when her mom was visiting Jacksonville. Her mom saw her on a JHS Facebook post and drove all the way through the night to get her back!

Zena the boxer mix got lost when her mom was visiting Jacksonville. Her mom saw her on a JHS Facebook post and drove all the way through the night to get her back!

When she first arrived at the Jacksonville Humane Society on a sunny afternoon, Samira wasn’t sure if she was ready to adopt a dog. But she didn’t think it would hurt to take a look around …

 

Meanwhile, inside the kennels, a black and white terrier mix named Gloria lay on her bed and wondered if today would be the day that a family decided to take her home.  Gloria had been left in the yard when her owners moved away, and was taken to the shelter.

 

Since then, she had spent many nights in her kennel, waiting for a family. The shelter was stressful for Gloria, and she would bark almost endlessly as if to say, “Hey Guys! Pick me!” Once she was out of the kennel, Gloria blossomed into the loving, goofy, playful dog that the staff knew and loved.

 

However, after so many days at the shelter, Gloria was starting to lose hope. The kennel began to put a strain on Gloria physically and mentally. She started to refuse going back in the runs, and her BFF staff member, Dylan, would lovingly carry her inside every time.

 

Glloria & her BFF Dylan.

Would this afternoon be any different for Gloria?  It had been a long 359 days since she first arrived at the shelter, and she wasn’t sure how much longer she could wait …

 

Samira was moved by how many animals were in need, and asked the staff how she could help. We mentioned that we were hoping someone would take Gloria, even just to give her a break from the shelter for a few days. With just one look, Samira decided to take Gloria home for a trial sleepover.

 

She called her boyfriend, Jacksonville Jaguars Defensive Tackle, Sheldon Day, who immediately agreed. The staff wished Gloria good luck on her adventure, and Dylan reminded her to be a good girl.

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After a few weeks, Sheldon and Samira decided that Gloria absolutely needed to become a permanent addition to their home! They completed her adoption paperwork and sweet Gloria now spends her days cheering for her dad and her favorite team, the Jaguars!

 

JHS sends a big round of a-paws to Sheldon and Samira for opening their hearts and home to dog that no one else wanted. Generosity truly breeds joy.

 

Gloria’s Facebook Video
Gloria’s Facebook Plea
Gloria as the Poster Child
Gloria’s Selfie
Gloria & Her BFF Dylan
Gloria’s Adoption Picture
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