Dog Day Out

Want to spend a day with a dog? Come to JHS! Our new 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. 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 without guidance from our staff. Other guidance will be provided during the field-trip check out.

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 or free 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!

Alana enjoyed a day out to the beach with new friends!