About Us

The Jacksonville Humane Society (JHS) is a local, independent non-profit in Jacksonville, FL.

JHS was founded in 1885 to serve Jacksonville and outlying areas in an animal control capacity. In 2005, JHS officially became a no kill shelter. Shortly after, a coalition was formed to make Jacksonville a no kill city. In 2014, the goal became a reality and Jacksonville became the nation’s largest no kill city.

JHS opened our new Adoption, Education and Pet Help Center in 2017 on our Beach Boulevard property. JHS first moved onto this land in 1920 and has been operating on its grounds since. The land was donated as a gift from the Bowden family. Ms. Flora Genth Bowden, a local animal advocate, was one of the first founders and the society’s first President. A fire in 2007 destroyed most of the property but with the support of our community, donors and friends, the new building is now open.

JHS believes in transparency and is proud to share the following information:

JHS offers a wide range of community programs, including:

JHS receives no government funding, and our work is only made possible by the support of friends like you. Please consider a gift to provide compassionate care to pets and the people who love them.

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