The Jacksonville Humane Society (JHS) is a local, independent, 501c3 non-profit in Jacksonville, Florida. We care for nearly 9,000 dogs and cats each year and offer a wide range of community programs including pet adoption, support for pet owners, resources for lost and found animals, low-cost veterinary care, public training classes, youth programs, and more.

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.

JHS Mission

The Jacksonville Humane Society provides care, comfort and compassion to animals in need while engaging the hearts, hands and minds of our community to bring about an end to the killing of abandoned and orphaned shelter animals.


JHS History

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.

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