Be A Storm Trooper

Jacksonville Humane Society Storm Trooper Program – May the Fur Be with You!

NOTE: We have activated the Storm Trooper program for Hurricane Irma, 9/8/2017. We need families willing to take pets from now until at least Tuesday, 9/12/17.

JHS Storm Trooper program allows families to bring home dogs, cats and kittens for sleepovers during severe weather. Families serve as “Storm Troopers” and host one of our adoptable dogs or cats for a temporary sleepover. This is a great opportunity for our pets to be with a family inside a warm home instead of in our outdoor kennels during the winds and rain.

Willing families are asked to stop by JHS, 8464 Beach Blvd., once the program has been activated via our Facebook page. JHS staff members and volunteers will assist you in selecting a dog or cat to best fit into your home. “Storm Trooper” families are encouraged to spoil their sleepover guests and share pictures on social media using #JHSStormTrooper.  Of course, if you fall in love during the storm, you are welcome to adopt!

“We are grateful that we can always count on the compassion of the Jacksonville community.” – Denise Deisler, Jacksonville Humane Society Executive Director

Who: You and one of our adoptable dogs or cats

When: TBA

What: Welcome a JHS dog or cat  into your home for a sleepover during a storm

Why:  While our animals are safe during storms, spending the night with you during wind and rain is a much better option!

How To Help: Please stop by JHS, 8464 Beach Blvd., during announced time frames. JHS staff members and volunteers will assist you in selecting a dog to best fit into your home. **We appreciate your patience during busier times.**

Click Here to View Our Adoptable Dogs

Click here to see our Adoptable Cats

We encourage you to spoil your sleepover dogs and cats and share pictures with us on social media, using #JHSStormTrooper.

For any questions about “Storm Troopers”, please message JHS on Facebook.  We have high call volume so we are asking that you please email or message us instead of call. Sadly, we cannot return every call or message – so just come on down if you can help! We update Facebook regularly and will post as soon as all the pets have left the building.

Can’t be a Storm Trooper? Consider a donation of any amount to our animals.

After the storm – we can still use your help! We have many dogs and cats who struggle with the noise of construction and day-to-day operations in our shelter. You can join our Promote A Pet program as an Adoption Ambassador, thanks to a grant from the ASPCA.


Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. What do I need to bring with me? – Please bring photo ID. If you are able to bring a leash & collar, or cat carrier, that is appreciated.
  2. What if I have other pets? Kids? – We have information about some of pets in terms of behavior around other dogs, cats, and children, but not all. One of the benefits of fostering is that we will gain this information. It is helpful if you have a spare room to isolate the foster while you do slow introductions.
  3. What types of pets can we foster? – At this time, we have dogs, cats, and kittens in need. Please stay tuned to Facebook for updates.
  4. What supplies do I need? – We will provide food, leashes, litter, and a crate if available. Please make sure you have bedding and food dishes (tupperware works just fine) for your foster pet.
  5. What is the biggest need? – We have a large need for families without any pets, as these pets are not easy to place in homes with other animals.
  6. Are animals still available? – We will update Facebook and this page as soon as we are out of available pets. Thank you!

We want to remind everyone of the benefits of a short-term foster. Though you may think it is sad for the pets to come back, it’s actually a great value to our mission at JHS of finding loving families. Here’s how it helps:

  • During the storm, dogs are in indoor/outdoor kennels. The facility is not climate controlled. If the power goes out, not only is there no a/c, but the fans may not work. Add in the noise of the storm, and the kennel suddenly becomes a very scary place to be.
  • Spending time with families gives us a wealth of information that we cannot gather in the shelter. We often do not know if our pets are good with other animals, comfortable around children, enjoy going to car rides, like trips to the beach, are fully house-trained, etc. However – a foster family can provide that information! It helps the pets  find new homes upon their return much faster than before.
  • Some foster families elect to adopt, which is great. Many others post pictures on social media and find adopters. It’s a wonderful way for our dogs & cats to get some one-on-one promotion for adoption.

Thank you to each and every one of our Storm Trooper Families! If you missed your opportunity, don’t forget that we have Promote-A-Pet year round, and will do a similar short-term fostering during the holidays called Silent Night.

Happy Tails:

James Dean was adopted from his Storm Trooper stay!


During his Storm Trooper sleepover, Nerf’s foster family discovered that he loved children. So when he came back to the shelter, we found him a family with his very own boy to love!