Silent Auction for The Hermitage Cat Shelter!
October 15-31, 2020 | Learn More →
Bid on 99+ awesome prizes, including a South African Photo Safari for Two!
All proceeds benefit needy cats and kittens in Southern Arizona.
Jacksonville Humane Society is a non-profit organization in Jacksonville, Florida. It was founded in 1885 to serve Jacksonville and outlying areas in an animal control capacity. In 2005, Jacksonville Humane Society officially became a no-kill shelter and now are one of the nation's largest.
Jacksonville Humane Society believes each dog is an individual and should be treated that way. They no longer identifying dogs by breeds. Much like people, dogs have unique personalities and lovable quirks. Guessing a dog's breed is an inexact science when you consider that a dog has approximately 20,000 genes and less than 1% of those determine what they look like. Appearance is only one tiny piece of the genetic puzzle. The majority of dogs that enter the shelter are mixed breed, and arbitrarily labeling them based on looks is unfair to both dogs and adopters. Looks don't equal behavior!
Besides, it doesn't really matter once you lock eyes and fall in love with your new best friend. Instead, go and meet any of the dogs to learn about their individual personalities so you can find the perfect dog for you.
Adopting a dog or cat from Jacksonville Humane Society is a happy occasion. Here's how it works:
Adoption fees at Jacksonville Humane Society are as follows:
Many dogs have sponsored adoption fees. Talk to Jacksonville Humane Society's staff about which dogs qualify.
Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchipping, flea prevention, parasite prevention, and heartworm testing for dogs.
Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!
In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.
Because shelter dogs are full of love!
Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?
I can't say for certain, but yes.
Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.