Registration is NOW OPEN for three fall day camps at JHS:

“Back to Drool” Day Camp – Monday, September 7
Grades 3-8

“Howl-o-Ween” Day Camp – Friday, October 16
Grades K-8

“Generosity Breeds Joy” Day Camp – Wednesday, November 11
Grades K-8

Campers will learn all about animal behavior and sheltering, make fun crafts and treats for the pets, help promote pets for adoption, and so much more!

JHS camp hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at our Adoption and Education Center located at 8464 Beach Blvd. Extended care is available for an additional fee.

Click here to learn more and register.

To help ensure the health and safety of all campers, parents, and staff, we will be implementing precautions including limited capacity, daily temperature checks, hourly hand washing, masks, and more. Please be sure to review our Camp COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocol prior to registering your child for a camp.

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 education@jaxhumane.org or just tag @jaxhumane in your photos on Facebook or Instagram.

Celebrate National Read Across America Day at the Jacksonville Humane Society on Monday, March 2!

People of all ages are invited to visit JHS between 12-7pm to read out loud to the dogs and cats. From 3-6pm only, enjoy light refreshments and special activities including:

Reading out loud is a wonderful form of enrichment for animals in shelters – it lowers their stress levels, helps them feel more calm in their kennels, and also helps them feel more comfortable around people.

Read Across America Day at JHS is sponsored by Regions Bank with program support from The Jim Moran Foundation.

Learn more about the JHS Pawsitive Reading program at: jaxhumane.org/read

Questions? Contact us at education@jaxhumane.org.

Calling all creative kids in grades K-12!

We need YOUR help designing our 2020 Summer Camp T-shirt! The winning designer will receive a T-shirt AND one (1) free day of camp* at JHS.

Design requirements:
– Designs may include images and/or text
– Designs must incorporate the phrase “Summer Camp 2020”
– Designs should be for ONE side of a T-shirt only
– Designs must use ONE color only on a white background (T-shirts will be printed in black ink)

To enter:
1. Create a design and send a high-resolution image to: education@jaxhumane.org (file must be a .jpg, .png, or .pdf)
2. In your email, please provide the name, age, and grade level of the designer as well as your preferred method of contact (email address or phone number).
3. If you are unable to send us your design digitally, you can mail it to us at:

Jacksonville Humane Society
Attn: Education Department
8464 Beach Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32216

Please include the same information specified in #2.

4. The deadline to submit a design is FRIDAY, JANUARY 31. (If mailing your design, we must receive it in the mail by Friday, January 31.)

UPDATE: THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7.

5. Contest entrants must be children in grades K-12.

Three finalists will be selected by the JHS Education department and the public will vote for the final design online between February 12-19, 2020.

By submitting your design, you agree that JHS can share your design on JHS camp marketing materials and social media.

If your design is selected, JHS reserves the right to modify the design to fit the size and format needs for the T-shirt printer.

To learn more about our humane education camps for kids, visit jaxhumane.org/kidscamp.

For questions, contact us at education@jaxhumane.org or 904-493-4573.

*Free day of camp prize constitutes enrollment for one (1) camper in one (1) day of JHS Day Camp or Spring Break Camp. Must be used in the 2020 calendar year. No refunds, returns, or exchanges. Not eligible for cash value.

Parents, would you like to enjoy a night out while your kids enjoy a night IN with the animals at the Jacksonville Humane Society?

Children in grades K-8 are invited to attend our Fall and Winter Pawjama Jams on Saturday, November 2, and Saturday, December 14, from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.! While parents take a “paws,” children in grades K-8 are invited to don their PJs and join us for an evening of animal encounters, pizza, sweet treats, a PG movie, crafts, and more.

Cost: $40 for the first child, $30 for each additional sibling

Date: Saturday, November 2 & Saturday, December 14

Time: 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Click here to register now.

Registration is now open for our 2019-2020 Winter Break Camp! Pet lovers in grades K-8 are invited to spend part of their winter break”chilling” with the animals at JHS. We’ll spend time with dogs and cats, help socialize kittens, learn how to care for pets at home and in the community, make crafts and treats for our four-legged friends, and so much more.

Session 1: December 20 & 23, 2019

Session 2: January 2-3, 2020

Cost: $100 per session or $175 for both sessions (this discount is available through October 14 only)

Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (extended care available for an additional flat fee of $20 with any enrollment)

Click here to register now!

School’s…out…for…summer! Well, not quite – but registration is now open for the Jacksonville Humane Society’s 2019 Summer Camp!

Children in grades K-8 are invited to spend part of their summer at JHS learning all about dogs and cats and how to help pets at home and in the community.

Choose from 7 week-long sessions from June through August. Camp days run from 9am to 4pm with extended care available for an additional fee.

Our summer camp tends to fill up quickly, so register now while we still have space available!