Jacksonville Humane Society

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Jacksonville achieved no-kill status back in 2014 when the Jacksonville Humane Society (JHS) chose to not to euthanize at least 90% of the animals that enter its shelter.  

Stormy the cat and Jamie Thomas in a waiting room at First Coast No More Homeless Pet's veterinary clinic.
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More than 4,100 cats and dogs are killed every day in animal shelters across the U.S. - nearly 1.5 million every year - but a Jacksonville-based organization claims to have an effective method to bring those numbers down and its model is being exported to communities across the country.

Kenny Lamberti presents $100,000 grant to JHS CEO Denise Deisler (3rd from left) and Humane Society staff.
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The Jacksonville Humane Society was awarded a $100,000 grant on Friday for a new mentorship program aimed at helping other communities in Florida reach no-kill status.

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Anyone looking for a pet can probably find the perfect furry family addition at one of the three free pet adoption events in Jacksonville this weekend.

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First Coast No More Homeless Pets and Petco Foundation are teaming up for the 25th Mega Adoption event this weekend at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds.


Jaguars fans looking for a new furry family member are in luck this weekend.

dog on leash outside
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A hard freeze warning is in effect from 6 p.m. Wednesday until 11 a.m. Thursday for most of Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia after hours of near-freezing rain on Wednesday. Wind chills Thursday morning are forecast to be in the teens as far south as Ocala. 

Jacksonville Humane Society Executive Director Denise Deisler says that means pets need to be taken inside for their safety.

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The Jacksonville Humane Society will begin celebrating the grand opening of its new adoption, education and community resource center on Thursday.

The replacement shelter has been in the works for nearly a decade after a massive fire destroyed the original building and killed 86 cats and dogs back in 2007.

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Two Jacksonville animal advocacy groups are lending a hand to a national initiative calling for an end to killing shelter animals.

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The Jacksonville Humane Society is giving away free cats and kittens this weekend. Adoption fees are normally $50 to $75 dollars per cat.

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Kim Stordahl grew up all over the United States, thanks to her father’s management career.

Following in her father's footsteps, Stordahl went into management, moving with her husband to Jacksonville. That’s when she decided she wanted to do something different.

Jethro, a 7-year-old chocolate mutt
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On Monday, the sound of barking dogs echoed down a hallway of kennels at the Jacksonville Humane Society.  Director Dianne Wiles said it's not what she and her staff want to hear on Christmas Eve, just three days away. They’re hoping no dogs or cats will be left at the shelter on Beach Boulevard over the holiday.

The Jacksonville Humane Society is challenging the city of Baltimore to see which community can raise more money for their hometown animal shelter by the end of this month.

The NFL football team of the losing city will donate $5,000 dollars to the winning city’s shelter.

Amy Pierce with Jacksonville Humane Society says it’s on.

Pierce is confident Jacksonville will win. She said, “Come on, Jacksonville is going to rock this.”


The forecast calls for rain this weekend, but that doesn't mean there aren't a host of options for getting out of the house and out of the rain.