Check out adoptable Donnie working on his “shake”!

Could your dog use a little work on his or her manners? Do you have a new puppy who needs to learn the basics? Register for one of our upcoming dog training classes! Our September/October class lineup includes:

Basic Dog Manners

This class is for dogs 6 months or older that have not had previous obedience training. Skills covered will include loose leash walks, not jumping on people, coming when called, and more.

Puppy & Small Dog Training

Do you have a new puppy (under 6 months of age) or maybe a small breed adult dog that hasn’t had a prior training class? Get your new puppy and small dog off on the right “paw” learning skills to help you both become an obedient team. Topics will include potty training, mouthy puppies, taking treats treat gently, sit, stay, come, leash walking, and more.

1-on-1 Training

If your dog is not comfortable in a group training class or maybe you just have one or two obedience skills you want your pup to learn, then sign up for a 1-on-1 class!

Our classes fill up quickly, so register now while there’s still space available!

During the month of September, JHS Veterinary Services will be open limited hours.

Veterinary Services will close early at 4:00 p.m. on the following days: September 10 through September 12, September 19, and September 20.

Veterinary Services will be closed to the public beginning at 12:00 p.m. noon on Friday, September 13, through Wednesday, September 18.

There will be no appointments for wellness exams during this time. We will be performing spay/neuter surgeries for both owned pets and shelter animals as well as taking previously scheduled heartworm treatment appointments.

If you need low-cost veterinary services during this time, please reach out to one of the following low-cost veterinary clinics:

2727 Atlantic Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL 32207

First Coast No More Homeless Pets
Two locations:
6817 Norwood Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32208

464 Cassat Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32254

Jacksonville Community Pet Clinic
Beach Location:
335 11th Avenue North
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

Westside Location:
5425 Verna Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL 32205

Maverick Animal Hospital
404 Madison Avenue
Orange Park, FL 32065

Clay County Humane Clinic
2230 Filmore Street
Orange Park, FL 32073

Sandy Paws Animal Hospital
1447 Wells Road
Orange Park, FL 32073

When school is out…camp is IN at the Jacksonville Humane Society! Registration is NOW OPEN for three fall day camps at JHS:

“Back to Drool” Day Camp – Monday, September 2

“Howl-o-Ween” Day Camp – Friday, October 18

“Generosity Breeds Joy” Day Camp – Monday, November 11

JHS day camps are open to children in grades K-8 and take place from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at our Adoption and Education Center located at 8464 Beach Blvd. Extended care is available from 7:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. for an additional fee.

Click here to learn more and register.

Jacksonville, we need your help! JHS has taken in over 500 kittens in the month of May alone and foster homes are needed to save these little lives. We provide all the supplies, you provide the love! If you’d like to take home a kitten (or several) to foster, please stop by 8464 Beach Blvd. – just look for the entrance labeled Pet Help Center.

No matter how much time you have to give – whether it’s a night or a couple months – you can make a difference.

To learn more, visit:

If you cannot foster, please consider sending the kittens a gift from their online registry!

You know what they say…a Lannister always spays their pets.

We have extended our cat spay/neuter special and are currently offering $40 cat neuter surgeries and $50 cat spay surgeries at our hospital. This special is only available for a limited time, so make an appointment for your cat today by calling 904-493-4611 (or send a raven if that’s more your style).

We will re-open Thursday, 9/14/17, for normal business hours. JHS appreciates your patience as we have been in disaster response mode after Hurricane Irma. All Storm Trooper fosters are welcome back!

Adoptions will be open from 8-12 on Friday, 9/15/17.

Weekend hours are to be determined and subject to change. We appreciate your patience!

Please follow us on Facebook for the most up to date information.

Related Links:
Hurricane Safety with Pets
Pet Friendly Evacuation Shelters in Jacksonville, FL
JHS Storm Trooper Program


Earlier this year, we pitched a new idea to the first-ever Innovation Showdown by Petco Foundation and Jackson Galaxy Foundation, and our idea was selected a runner-up!

The competition called for animal welfare organizations to submit innovative, lifesaving ideas for the chance to win investment funds to make the idea a reality. Our Kitten Private Investigation Unit was selected to receive a $5,000 investment!

Watch our submission video to learn more about how focusing on kittens will save animal lives in Jacksonville!


We need $20,000 to get this idea off the ground and we’re already $5,000 closer to our goal. 
Now it’s your turn to invest! If you like our idea as much as the Petco Foundation and the Jackson Galaxy Foundation did, join us by making a donation to help bring this idea to life.

Make your donation today and join the Petco Foundation and Jackson Galaxy Foundation to help us save animal lives!

Become an investor in saving lives, Donate Today!

The Jacksonville Humane Society is pleased to announce that Points of Light has certified us as a Service Enterprise! A Service Enterprise is an organization that fundamentally leverages volunteers and their skills throughout their organization to successfully deliver on its social mission. JHS is one of only three organizations in Florida to earn this distinction.


Research conducted by the TCC Group, a national program and evaluation firm, found that organizations operating as Service Enterprises outperform peer organizations on all aspects of organizational effectiveness, and are more adaptable, sustainable and capable of scaling their work.


JHS completed an extensive assessment, over 20 hours of training and consulting and extensive internal planning and change to better integrate volunteers in our day-to-day operations. By achieving this level of excellence and certification, the Jacksonville Humane Society is now better equipped to leverage the time and talent of volunteers and better meet our mission.


Here are just a few examples of the changes made at JHS with the support of our Service Enterprise training:



For more information regarding volunteer opportunities with our organization, please visit click here.


For further information regarding the Service Enterprise Initiative, please visit:



Thank you, Best Friends Animal Society, for your support in helping the Jacksonville Humane Society become a Service Enterprise organization.



Jacksonville Humane Society Saves Kitten Found
on Top of Dames Point Bridge with Help from Construction Crew

Jacksonville, FL – (May 23, 2017) A five-week-old kitten is now safe in the care of the Jacksonville Humane Society after construction workers at the top of the Dames Point Bridge rescued him.

At approximately 8 a.m. on Sunday, May 21st, Good Samaritans Arthur Eatley and Jose Rosario were working on a construction project at the top of the Dames Point Bridge when Jose heard a kitten cry. They stopped work to locate the sound and found a tiny white and brown kitten huddled behind a large piece of concrete. The two men were able to grab the kitten and pull him to safety. They gave him water and the snacks they had with them – including string cheese, a piece of apple and a granola bar. They then brought the little kitten to the Jacksonville Humane Society.

Dames Point the kitten after he was rescued by a construction crew on the Dames Point Bridge.

Upon arrival, the kitten received a thorough examination, vaccines, flea treatment and a microchip. JHS staff named him Dames Point in honor of his journey. Our veterinarian determined that the kitten needed to gain weight but was otherwise healthy. He is now in a foster home where he will spend the next 3-4 weeks gaining weight before he can return to JHS for neuter surgery and adoption.

Dames Point the kitten with his foster mom, Meghan.

“This is just one example of the many acts of compassion that happen in Jacksonville every day,” said JHS Executive Director Denise Deisler. “Dames Point’s rescuers already have a dangerous job and knowing that they took a risk to save this kitten is generosity at its best.”

For more information about Dames Point and the many kittens in need at the Jacksonville Humane Society, please visit Anyone wishing to send a donation can do so by calling 904-725-8766 or Donors can also donate and ship gifts for the kittens right to our shelter by using this link: .

Dames Point getting ready for his close-up!

Click here to read more!


Special thanks to Kaitlyn Chana from Action News.

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