There is nothing like the unconditional love given by our pets. ​They show us constant affection, provide us with purpose, and change our entire lives without trying. Now it is time we come together to change their lives with a day of giving for pets in need.

How you can change a life:

Donate – Each donation made with the designation “Change A Pet’s Life Day” will honor this momentous day. Together we hope to fundraise $4,000 for pets in need but need your help to reach that goal. Will you donate to change a pet’s life?

AdoptIn honor of this day, we will be waiving all pet adoption fees in exchange for a pet food donation to the JHS Pet Food Bank! When you adopt, not only are changing the life of the pet you adopt, but you are making space for another homeless pet to have that same opportunity AND with a pet food donation, you are changing the life of a pet in need – tripling your generosity!

VolunteerIf this isn’t your time to adopt, you can always volunteer. Volunteering your time will help our pets get some much-needed socialization, which in turn helps them find their next home. When you volunteer you are making a difference in the lives of many. Will you volunteer to change a pet’s life?

FosterTake it one step further and bring a shelter pet into your home for a temporary stay. Fosters also help other dogs by freeing up resources, so new pups can get what they need and have a better chance of finding their homes. Will you foster to change a pet’s life?

Share your storySharing how you have changed a pet’s life will inspire others to do the same. Please enjoy a few of the stories shared with us below.

Abbey’s story:

“In April 2020, in the midst of the shutdown, we decided to take a chance on a special girl. The staff at JHS called me immediately after filling out the application for Andromeda (now known as Abbey, aka “momma”), she had a sad history and multiple surgeries prior to going up for adoption. During our visit, we were told that she was deemed “semi-feral” and would never be a lap cat. Fast forward almost a year later…. she is the sweetest girl with an amazing personality. She follows her hoomans everywhere and looks after her baby brother like a hawk. We are so blessed and so so happy we took a chance on a special girl. We love our “Momma”.”

Jorja’s story:

“This is Jorja the Destroyer. She had been through 3 owners and the pound when I found her. She is the most amazing and loving dog ever. I thank God every day for the blessing she has been. She has inspired me to donate to the Jacksonville Humane Society any way I can. Her inspiration has led my family to donate to the Pet Pantry as much as possible. Because of our love for her we were able to donate 235 pounds of food this weekend! We love the mission of JHS!”

Widdle’s story:

“This is Widdle, a foster failure from last summer! We have fostered so many kittens but this girl my husband and kids begged to keep! What makes her extra special is when my daughter is frustrated doing homework she comes and sits by her and I see the frustration just go away! The therapy cat!” Widdle’s family also mentioned that they did not think Widdle would make it when they first brought her in. She was very sick and weaker than her littermates. With constant love and perseverance, Widdle made a full recovery and captured the hearts of her foster family. They just knew she was something special!

Fiona’s story:

“I am a single mom of 3, laid off in March due to COVID, and have an autistic child that has delays in social skills. Since adopting Fiona I have felt my depression lifting, I have lost weight being active with her, and my son’s social skills and confidence have increased. He loves talking to Fiona and playing with her. It’s like they understand each other. When I got her she was timid and scared of soda cans opening and brooms, now she is no longer afraid. She sleeps in the bed every night with me and demands her belly rubs. She has completed the circle of love for our family. We may have rescued her but she actually rescued us.”

Goby, Minka, and Cash’s story:

“We adopted Gobi (cat) in 2012 and Minka (smaller dog) in 2015 from The Jacksonville Humane Society! We adopted Cash (larger dog) in 2019 from Florida Urgent Rescue, Inc. These three animals make my life complete and are the best companions. We love them dearly. I’ve been volunteering as a dog walker at JHS since 2017 and love it.”

Change a pet’s life today.

Mutt March, Jacksonville’s largest dog walk and pet festival, is coming soon. Register to walk on April 11, 2020 at the Jacksonville Humane Society.

JHS can’t wait to see you and your four-legged friends on Saturday, April 11th as we bark down Beach Blvd and paw-ty in the sunshine. Mutt March helps to raise funds to benefit the nearly 9,000 pets that walk through our doors every year.

This fun-filled day will include:

Anyone who registers online will get our custom wag bag filled with goodies from our sponsors, including plenty of treats and toys for your pup. Wag bags go fast, and registering online is your only chance to secure one!

Who’s ready to march? Join us and raise the “woof”!

To register or donate, visit jaxhumane.org/muttmarch

Our CEO, Denise Deisler, is here to explain why Mutt March matters to Jacksonville and how you save lives by walking with us!

 Mutt March Presenting Sponsors