Jax Shelters Offer Free Black Friday Adoptions As Cats Arrive From Panhandle

Nov 26, 2019

The Jacksonville Humane Society (JHS) and Animal Care and Protective Services (ACPS) are offering an extra incentive beginning on Black Friday in an effort to help more cats and dogs find new homes during the long holiday weekend.

Beginning on Friday, Nov. 29, all adoptions at JHS and ACPS will be free. This free adoption special will last through Sunday, Dec. 1.

Hours of adoption at JHS will be noon to  7 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Hundreds of eligible dogs and cats will be available at the Jacksonville Humane Society at 8464 Beach Blvd.

Free adoptions will also be available at Animal Care and Protective Services located at 2020 Forest St. from Nov. 29 through Dec. 1.

The promotions are being launched as JHS takes in 20 homeless cats from Gulf County, which was hit by Hurricane Michael in October of 2018. JHS is taking in the cats from the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society.

Cats from the Panhandle are unloaded at the Jacksonville Humane Society Tuesday.
Credit Jacksonville Humane Society

“Hurricane Michael still has a lasting impact on our adoption rates, as many families are still unable to care for their own pets,” said SJBHS Adoption Coordinator Caitlin Godwin. “The cats just need a new audience.”

The Panhandle cats are arriving Tuesday, Nov. 26 and will be immediately available for adoption during regular business hours.

This isn’t the first time JHS has helped animals affected by hurricanes. After Hurricane Michael, JHS took in more than 100 dogs and cats when shelters in the Panhandle were destroyed or left without power.

“Jacksonville never ceases to amaze us when it comes to supporting a neighbor in need,” said JHS CEO Denise Deisler in an email to WJCT News.

Cats from the Panhandle are unloaded at the Jacksonville Humane Society Tuesday.
Credit Jacksonville Humane Society

Additional information about adopting a cat or dog is available on the JHS and ACPS websites.

Bill Bortzfield can be reached at bbortzfield@wjct.org, 904-358-6349 or on Twitter at @BortzInJax.