Dog Day Out & Shelter Staycations

Dog Day Out | Shelter Staycation

Dog Day Out

Note: Dog Day Out will not be available during Silent Night, from Dec 17-24, 2020.
Want to spend a day with a dog? Come to JHS! Our Dog Day Out program pairs visitors with adoptable dogs for an unforgettable adventure.

It’s easy – just follow these steps:

  • Come to JHS during adoption hours.
  • Look for dogs with the “Dog Day Out” tag on their kennel or ask the front desk for a list.
  • Pick your dog.
  • Hit the open road and explore Jacksonville!

JHS will provide you with an “adopt me” leash and other supplies. We will also provide a list of suggested places to visit, like Grub Kitchen and Bar, a JHS Paw Partner with a pup-friendly patio. Dog Day Out participants will receive coupons for a free doggie burger with the purchase of an entrée at Grub while supplies last.

Dogs can leave during adoption hours and must be back one hour before closing. JHS is open 12-7 weekdays and 10-5 weekends.

This program allows our dogs to enjoy a day outside of the shelter. At the end of the day, we ask that you send us pictures and share information to help us find this dog a new family. Pictures can be sent via email to or send directly via Facebook.

The program is free, but there is a suggested donation minimum of $20 to help JHS continue to provide compassionate care to pets in need. We ask that you abide by our requests that dogs stay on leash whenever outside and are not introduced to other dogs. Additional guidance will be provided during the field trip checkout process.

There is no pressure to adopt your Dog Day Out pup, but it is always an option.

Questions? Email for info.

Please note – during adoption specials, such as free or name-your-own-price adoptions, we will put a pause on the program. This is to benefit the dogs, as we get many, many adopters on these days. If you want to check ahead of time, send us an email. Thank you!

Shelter Staycation

This program is currently on hold and will resume in 2021!

Want to spend more than just a day with one of our pups? You can bring a dog home for two (2) whole nights and treat them to a Shelter Staycation! Shelter Staycations give our dogs a much-needed break from the shelter and help us learn all about their personalities.

If you’re interested in hosting a dog for a Shelter Staycation, use this link to tell us more about yourself:

Our team will select a few dogs to fit your household and ask you to make an appointment come in and pick up your furry house guest! Be sure to select a pick-up date and time when submitting your Shelter Staycation form.