I have been volunteering with the Jacksonville Humane Society since 2008 and it is a charity that is near and dear to my heart and where my family adopted 2 special members of our family, Simba and Dexter. You may not realize it, but Jacksonville is proud to be a “no kill” city, thanks to the work of the Jacksonville Humane Society, along with our friends at Jacksonville Animal Care & Control, and First Coast No More Homeless Pets. That means that unless an animal is a danger to society or too sick to live a meaningful life, it will not be euthanized if it is in JHS’ care.
Founded in 1885, the Jacksonville Humane Society is Jacksonville’s second oldest non-profit. We are funded by philanthropic contributions. In April 2007, the shelter was destroyed and 86 animals succumbed to a devastating fire. I am happy to report that we had our Grand Opening of the new “JHS Adoption, Education and Community Resource Center” this past November. If you haven’t been there yet, it is worth the trip to see this beautiful new facility and all the good they do for the homeless animals of Jacksonville.
Some interesting statistics from last year include:
- 5,778 animals cared for at JHS including more than 4,000 many of which were stray animals or those transferred in from the city shelter.
- 3,063 families in danger of surrendering their pets were provided resources such as free pet food, free temporary boarding, and free or low cost veterinary care so they could keep their beloved best friends.
- 2,440 underage kittens saved thanks to dedicated foster parents.
- 1,000 Positive Readers helped provide enrichment for the animals.
- 6,096 free or low cost spay and neuter surgeries performed at the JHS Animal Hospital.
- 25,171 hours donated by amazing volunteers.
If you are looking for a new best “furry” friend, JHS is located at 8464 Beach Blvd. and hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 12-7pm; Saturday and Sunday 10-5pm. All animals adopted at JHS leave spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and heartworm tested, which is all covered by the adoption fee. Adoption fees vary, but many dogs’ adoption fees are sponsored. Further information can be found at www.jaxhumane.org.
The Deercreek Womens’ Alliance held a supply drive to benefit JHS this past September and we donated over 400 pounds of dog and cat food and treats to JHS. JHS is always in need of used towels and always accepts donations of wet and dry dog and cat food, cleaning supplies, pet treats and, of course, monetary donations. Any donations can be dropped off at the shelter, or you can drop them off at my house, 8233 Persimmon Hill Lane, or call me (904-519-6948) and I will be happy to pick them up from you. The puppies and kitties and I thank you for your generosity!!