Update: Adopted!

Good boy alert! Tripp is a playful, sweet pup whose favorite things include tennis balls, car rides, walks, and long fetch sessions. He has been homeless since July and would love to find a new family to call his own!

Fun fact: His adoption is sponsored!

Tripp is currently living in a foster home. If you’d like to meet him, please email us at


Update: Adopted!

Peanut Butter is a sweet, friendly cat who loves gentle pets on the head and relaxing chin rubs. She also enjoys looking out windows and soaking up the sun. Temptations treats are pretty awesome as well! Peanut Butter has been homeless since July and would love to find a new family to call her own.

Want to meet Peanut Butter? You can find her chilling in her kennel in the JHS Adoption Center! Stop by and see her today.


Update: Adopted!

Pooh Bear is an insanely sweet, loving gentleman who enjoys relaxing in soft beds, taking naps on rainy days, snacking on cookies, and meeting new friends. He spent time with our camp kids this summer and had a blast – especially when the campers gave him lots of belly rubs!

Pooh Bear is currently living in a foster home! If you’d like to meet him, please email us at!


TayTay is a cuddly, affectionate cat who loves to greet her favorite people with a sassy “MEOW!” She can be a little shy with new people but warms up quickly once she gets to know you. She loves being petted and gets along well with other cats.

Want to meet TayTay? You can find her hanging out with her kitty roommates in Group Room 4 in the JHS Adoption Center! Make a reservation to meet her today.

Toilet paper has become a pretty hot commodity over the last several weeks, but did you know the cardboard tubes inside each roll can be just as useful as the paper itself? It’s true!

Cat and dog owners, you can easily upcycle your empty toilet paper tubes into a variety of fun enrichment items for your pets. Today we’re going to show you 5 things you can make for your cat or dog using an empty toilet paper tube.

Ready to get started?

Cat Toys

The cats at JHS love these toys! Some cats like chasing them around, others enjoying playing with and biting at the tabs.

What do you need?

How to make it:
1. Using scissors, make incisions all the way around each end of the tube, about 1″ in length. This will leave you with a circle of “tabs” at the end of each tube.
2. Use non-toxic markers to decorate the tube for your cat.
3. Fold the tabs at each end of the tube down so that they look like spokes on a wheel.
4. That’s it! You can throw the tube for your cat to chase or let them bat it around on the ground.

Mini Food Bomb for Dogs

Food bombs are a great enrichment activity for dogs, as they require pups to use cognitive skills figure out how to reach the deliciousness hidden inside. JHS dog Ember (pictured above) is a big fan!

What do you need?

How to make it:
1. Fold one end of the tube in to close it off (it’s okay if it’s not completely sealed).
2. Drop a spoonful of peanut butter inside the tube.
3. Add a spoonful of wet dog food.
4. Add some small dog treats or some Cheerios.
5. Fold in the other end of the tube.
6. Give to your dog and let them enjoy!

(Tip: You can make larger food bombs using paper lunch sacks!)

Cat Treat Dispenser

Who says we shouldn’t play with our food? This treat dispenser encourages cats to use mental and physical energy to treat themselves.

What do you need?

How to make it:
1. Decorate the tube for your cat using non-toxic markers.
2. Using scissors, poke small holes in the tube (holes should be large enough for a treat to fit through). (Tip: You can use your fingers to widen the holes!)
3. Fold in one end of the tube to close it off.
4. Add treats to the tube.
5. Fold in the other end of the tube.
6. Give to your cat and let them enjoy! Cats can bat the tube around to dispense treats.

(Hint: You could also dry this with your dog!)

Cat Treat Puzzle

Make snacktime fun and engaging with this simple-to-make cat treat puzzle!

What do you need?

How to make it:
1. Using scissors, cut the toilet paper tube into 4-5 rings.
2. Place one ring inside another ring and continue inserting rings until you have a ball (see photo).
3. Add cat treats into the ball.
4. Give to your cat and let them enjoy! Some cats my knock the ball around to try and dispense treats, others may opt to dismantle it entirely! The rings make a fun toy on their own.

Cat Treat Puzzle Board

This treat puzzle board is another great way to keep your cat mentally and physically active at treat or meal time.

What do you need?

How to make it:
1. Using hot glue gun, glue empty toilet paper tubes together to form a pyramid (or your preferred structure).
2. Glue your pyramid to a cardboard base.
3. Add some additional tubes in a vertical position to make the puzzle even more challenging for your kitty!
4. Add treats or dry food to all of the tubes.
5. Time to eat! Cats will have a blast reaching into the tubes to grab some treats.

If you decide to make any of these tube crafts for your pet, we’d love to hear all about it! You can email pictures to us at or just tag @jaxhumane in your photos on Facebook or Instagram.


Update: Adopted!

Sprinkles is a sweet, easygoing girl who loves making new friends, long walks, and even longer naps. If you’ve been searching for a furry big spoon who won’t judge you for sleeping in, look no further! Her adoption is sponsored.

Want to meet Sprinkles? You’ll find her in her suite in the JHS Adoption Center!


Update: Adopted!

Calling all Nintendo fans! Ever wanted your very own King Koopa? Now’s your chance!

Bowser is a loving, quiet feline who enjoys cat naps in the sun and curling up next to his favorite people. He’s a little shy, but once he gets to know you, he’ll be your best friend! (Psst – we hear tuna treats and catnip are the way to his heart!)

Want to meet Bowser? You can find him in his kitty condo in the JHS Adoption Center!

On Thursday, February 28, we held our first of two Paw Partner Lunch and Learn events planned for 2020. This free event included lunch and networking opportunities for business professionals interested in learning more about partnership opportunities with the Jacksonville Humane Society and the importance of corporate responsibility.

Paw Partners is an opportunity for businesses to receive year-round recognition and help raise awareness about programs and services offered at JHS. It is an annual sponsorship (calendar year) that can be customized to fit each business’s unique marketing needs.

A Paw Partnership with the Jacksonville Humane Society includes multiple opportunities for exposure and gives brands and teams chances to participate in events, volunteer, and network throughout the year. Branding with JHS allows companies to benefit from the vast appeal of companion animals. While partnering with us to help raise awareness for our programs, your company can touch the minds and hearts of consumers in a way that drives sales and endears them to your brand. This allows you to give back to the community you are in all while building your brand!

JHS does not receive any state or federal funding. It is only through the generosity of businesses like yours that JHS, a 501(c)(3) organization, is able to provide for the animals in our care since 1885.

Our Paw Partner Lunch and Learn was sponsored by Gemstone Media, full service broadcast and video professionals. Gemstone Media services include long and short form television production, remote and/or studio shooting, green screen, digital content for websites and social media, post production editing, graphic creation, live sports and entertainment television, commercial and industrial production, training and sales videos, live event productions, internal and external marketing, and more.

During the event, we heard from Gemstone Media President Philip Green about the power of video. Philip also emphasized client relations, meeting deadlines, and staying on budget as main features that set Gemstone apart from other production houses. If you would like to know more about the services offered, please call Phillip Green at 904.354.1500 or email!

Next up: Our next Paw Partner Lunch and Learn will take place in October. Stay tuned for the date! In the meantime, if you would like more information about becoming a Paw Partner, please click here or contact Theresa Scordo at or 904.493.4606 to discuss how your business can get involved.

JHS is currently preparing for our annual Mutt March fundraiser, which is part of the Paw Partner membership.

Thank you to current Paw Partner, Gemstone Media, who helped us make this event a success. If you are in interested in sponsoring the next B2B networking event at JHS, please do not hesitate to reach out to Theresa Scordo.


Our feline guest Otis was a hit with the crowd!

Can’t adopt, but looking to spend some time with a JHS pup?

Join the JHS foster family by taking a dog on a “Shelter Staycation.” Anyone 18+ can fill out our questionnaire and schedule an appointment so JHS staff can match you with the best fit. Your furry house guest can stay two nights with you to get the shelter break they deserve.

Curious about the process? Keep reading to hear about Lindsey and Jackpot’s adventures!

Jackpot enjoyed his “Shelter Staycation” with his new pal Lindsey! He got puppuccinos, lots of love, treats, and plenty of walks. Jackpot’s shelter break allowed us to learn new things about him, like how much he loves car rides! The Staycations give JHS pets a chance to let their true personality shine outside of the shelter. Before his Staycation, we had no idea how much he loves adventures and snuggles!

According to a study done by Carrol College, dog’s cortisol levels (stress hormones) dramatically drop after just a one-night foster stay. In between all the walks and love, Jackpot got a chance to decompress and relax. After this rest, Jackpot came back to JHS recharged and ready to find a home! During Jackpot’s break, the JHS staff were able to give more attention to other pets while he snuggled with Lindsey.

Here is Lindsey’s take on Shelter Staycation:

1. Where did you hear about this program?
I follow JHS on social media and have friends who work there. I saw the ad for the new program and immediately sent in my applications.

2. What inspired you to try the program?
I grew up with dogs and I’m a crazy dog person. Even at my job people joke about dogs going by and “oh, Lindsey needs to go on break to pet the dog.” My landlord only allows me to keep animals for a short period of time, so I can’t have an animal of my own. I saw this program and thought it would be a great chance for me to have my “dog fix” as well as giving a pup a chance to have a relaxing weekend.

3. How do you feel about the person/dog matching process? Do you feel like you were accurately matched with a great dog?
YES! Originally I had another dog in mind but she was adopted. My friend at JHS sent me pictures of him and told me how great he was but I didn’t mention him when I went for my appointment. Coincidentally enough, the matchmaker said Jackpot was the first on her list for me to try and I was so confident that he was a great dog for me. He was so well behaved I’m convinced he practiced. Honestly, I couldn’t have asked for a better dog.

4. How was your overall experience during the Shelter Staycation?
I would rate it a 40 out of 10. He was so fun and energetic but polite and quiet when it came to downtime. He was house trained and crate trained and slept through the whole night. We got along perfectly and I was super upset when it was time to go back. He even has such a personality, he’s hilarious! He snores like a real 80-year-old man and rolls his eyes and head butts you when you don’t give him all your attention. He’s the best dog ever.

Lindsey and Jackpot’s successful Staycation have our pups wagging their tails in excitement for new adventures. JHS is excited to add Shelter Staycations to enrich our shelter pet’s lives. We want our pups to feel their best so they can find the perfect family!

For more information or to try the program, visit

On Tuesday, February 25, JHS held our first Pawsitive Planning Lunch and Learn event of 2020. This free event, sponsored by Cypress Trust Company, was open to anyone interested in learning about estate planning, creating a will and appointing beneficiaries, and making plans for pets in case something unexpected happens.

Several local professionals participated in the Pawsitive Planning Lunch and Learn, including Beverly Flanagan, Senior VP and Market Executive from Cypress Trust Company. Cypress Trust Company has been an independent, Florida-based company since 1996. They forge honest and open relationships while creating customized investment strategies, serve as a corporate trustee, personal representative or agent during estate settlement, and as an administrative trustee for clients already committed to an investment plan.

Douglas A. Oberdorfer, Esquire, JHS CEO Denise Deisler, and JHS Board of Directors Vice President Lisé Everly also spoke and answered questions from attendees.

If you would like more information on estate planning with the Jacksonville Humane Society or would like to be placed on the list for future events, please email Theresa Scordo at or call 904.493.4606.

Next up: JHS is hosting another lunch and learn event for business partners in the Jacksonville area on Thursday, February 27, at 11:30am. Click here to RSVP. Sponsored by our partner Gemstone Media, this event will highlight the impact and benefits of the JHS Paw Partners program, which includes access to Mutt March and Toast to the Animals – our large annual fundraising events – plus year-round marketing recognition.

Our next Pawsitive Planning Lunch and Learn, sponsored by Florida Blue Medicare, will take place in October and feature information on Medicare open enrollment along with estate planning. Stay tuned for the date!

Frances – available for adoption! – had a blast working the room.


Frita is a sweet, easygoing girl who loves going on adventures and snuggling with her favorite people. Frita has been at JHS since October and would love to find a home soon! Her adoption is sponsored by Peaches Pays.

Frita is currently living in a foster home with other dogs AND cats! If you’d like to meet her, email us at!


Update: Adopted!

Want to adopt royalty? Prince William is a regal, refined feline in search of a palace to call his own. He loves chin rubs, napping in the sun, and relaxing inside his favorite paper bag. Prince William has lived with other cats in the past and gets along well with his kitty roommates at JHS.

Want to meet Prince William? You can find him in Group Room 1 in the JHS Adoption Center!


Update: Adopted!

Candy is a sweet, laid-back girl who loves meeting new people, going on walks, and cuddling with her favorite humans on the couch. She’s a Dog Day Out adventure dog, and her chaperones have described her as polite, snuggly, and happy-go-lucky. Candy’s adoption is sponsored by Dolly’s Dream!

Want to meet Candy? You’ll find her in her suite in the JHS Adoption Center! We’re located at 8464 Beach Blvd. and open 7 days a week.


Update: Adopted!

Peachy is a chill, quiet feline who loves being petted and brushed. She’s also a big fan of treats and ball toys – especially ones with bells inside! Peachy has lived with other cats, dogs, and children in the past. She can be a little shy with new people but turns into a total lovebug once she gets to know you!

Want to meet Peachy? You can find her in Group Room 2 in the JHS Adoption Center at 8464 Beach Blvd. We’re open 7 days a week!

JHS held its first-ever Paw Partner Lunch and Learn event on Tuesday, October 29, 2019! Dozens of local business professionals attended and learned all about the Jacksonville Humane Society’s Paw Partner program while enjoying a complimentary lunch and behind-the-scenes tours of our facility. The event also focused on the importance of corporate responsibility and giving back to the community you work and live in.

Paw Partners are local businesses that support JHS’s lifesaving mission and help raise awareness about our programs in exchange for year-round recognition and special benefits like marketing opportunities, event access, and more.

What makes this program unique?

Our Paw Partner Lunch and Learn event was generously sponsored by JHS Paw Partner Promo180, a distinctive eCommerce website dedicated to serving companies of all sizes that features thousands of custom promotional products for exceptional business branding. Their focus is on helping business improve their visibility in the marketplace and increasing company recognition. Promo180 currently gives back 5% of every order with promo code JHS!

Program presenters also included Abel Harding, Executive Vice President, North Florida Market President of JHS Paw Partner IBERIABANK and Halli Bruton from Lifestyle Marketing, another JHS Paw Partner that currently manages the JHS website and oversaw our site redesign in 2015.

If you’d like to learn more about the Paw Partner program, email Theresa Scordo at or call 904-493-4606.

The opportunity to sign up to be a 2020 Paw Partner will end on April 1. Due to the success of this first event, we’ll be hosting a second Paw Partner Lunch and Learn on Thursday, February 27, at 11:30 – mark your calendars and click here to RSVP!

Next up: We’re preparing for our Mutt March fundraiser, set for Saturday, April 11, 2020. Mutt March, an annual pet walk and festival attracting thousands of guests each year, is part of the Paw Partner membership! In addition to logo recognition at the event, all Paw Partners receive festival booth space and the opportunity to include promotional materials in wag bags!

Adoptable Huey greeted attendees as they arrived for the Paw Partner Lunch & Learn!