City of Jacksonville

If you’re thinking of getting a pet, the holiday weekend just might be the perfect opportunity with a free five-day adoption event now underway.

Jacksonville Humane Society

Adding a furry friend to your family will only cost you a bag of pet food this Sunday.

Patricia is one of the dogs available for adoption at the Jacksonville Humane Society.
Jacksonville Humane Society

Beginning on Black Friday, Nov. 27, and running through Sunday, Nov. 29, all adoptions at the Jacksonville Humane Society (JHS) and city-run Animal Care and Protective Services (ACPS) will be free. 

Pictured: three greyhounds
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January is National Blood Donor Month and that has some veterinarians in Florida asking pet owners to consider that a number of patients in need of blood are of the four-legged variety.

Elaine Thompson / Associated Press file photo

The same kind of facial recognition technology that helps police identify criminals is now being used in Northeast Florida to help reunite dog and cat owners with their lost pets.

Jacksonville Humane Society

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.

A view of the Caffeinated Cat cafe in Jacksonville Beach.
The Caffeinated Cat

If you like cats and coffee, a new cafe is for you.

The Humane Society of the United States

After almost being slaughtered by a South Korean meat farm, 15 dogs arrived safely at the Nassau Humane Society in Fernandina Beach on Monday morning. 

Stormy the cat and Jamie Thomas in a waiting room at First Coast No More Homeless Pet's veterinary clinic.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

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.

Nassau County Humane Society

Nearly 500 purebred German Shepherds have been rescued by the Nassau Humane Society and other rescue groups after they were found in rural Georgia.


Nassau County Animal Services had to euthanize 127 cats this month as the result of an outbreak of feline panleukopenia, officials said.

Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Pet Paradise Resort and Day Spa, the Jacksonville-based developer and owner of boarding and day care for dogs and cats, intends to relocate its headquarters to San Marco.

Jacksonville Humane Society

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.

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.

Kelton Givens

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.

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.

Putnam County Animal Control

A highly publicized animal-hoarding case in Palatka is having some positive effects for other homeless animals in the area.

Last month, Putnam County Animal Control seized around 80 animals at once, including 54 dogs and more than a dozen cats.

First Coast No More Homeless Pets spokeswoman Nicole Brose says help has poured in from across the county.

Kitten Army Recruiting Jacksonville Foster Families

May 5, 2015
Gregory Todaro / WJCT News

There’s a new army in town, and after a boot camp this weekend, they’ll be trained and ready. Their mission? Taking care of Jacksonville’s foster pets.

Pop Tart is one month old. She’s one of hundreds of kittens who arrive here at Riverside’s Animal Care and Protective Services every spring. It’s the time of year when the shelters are flooded with kittens that need foster care outside of a shelter environment. Last year more than 6,000 kittens showed up here alone.


Thousands of homeless pets will get the opportunity to connect with caring families at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds Oct. 4-6 in a mega-adoption event sponsored by Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective Services.

ACPS manager Nikki Harris said shelter groups have worked very hard to make Jacksonville a "no-kill" city, where loving homes are found for sick and homeless pets instead of euthanasia.

The three-day event will feature thousands of cats and dogs that are ready for adoption.

“If you’re looking for a pet,” Harris said, “you’ll find one.”