Questions about how to adopt a pet?
Here you’ll find an overview of our process, fees, tips and other helpful information about adopting.
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Adopting a dog or cat from the Jacksonville Humane Society is a wonderful experience!
If you are interested in adopting, you are welcome to stop by our Adoption Center at 8464 Beach Blvd. and look around. We are open 7 days a week: 12-7pm on weekdays and 10am-5pm on weekends.
Many pets have sponsored adoption fees!
We process adoption fees via contactless mobile payment. Please plan to pay via credit card.
Pre-adoptions are available for pets for a variety of reasons including – but not limited to – pets who are on a stray hold or pets who are not yet altered. If you see a pet that you’d like to adopt, please speak to our adoption team. There is no difference in pre-adoption pricing vs. regular pricing.
The adoption fees that we collect help us provide food, shelter, important medical care and vaccinations for the animals at JHS. Each adoption fee includes the following for your new pet (retail value is approximately $400):
Wondering what to bring with you when you come to JHS to adopt?
You must be at least 18 years of age or older to adopt.
If your potential new best friend hasn’t completely convinced you during your visit to JHS, we offer commitment-free sleepovers on most adult pets. Just ask our staff about this option.
All adoptions will include a Healthy Start Certificate from our partners at VCA. The Healthy Start Certificate includes a free health exam (must be scheduled within 14 days of the adoption) and free 14-day follow-up care for the following conditions ($250 maximum coverage):
JHS is a proud partner of Pets for Patriots, a national organization aiming to end animal homelessness in the United States while giving our military veterans and their families the greatest “thank you” of all: the extraordinary love of a companion pet.
To participate, veterans must first join Pets for Patriots and pre-qualify. Get started now »
The Jacksonville Humane Society believes that each dog is an individual and should be treated that way, so we’ve decided to stop identifying them by breeds as of January 1, 2017. Much like people, dogs have unique personalities and lovable quirks. The truth is that when a dog comes in, our staff typically just make their best guess about breed based on the physical characteristics they see. This is a pretty inexact science when you consider that a dog has approximately 20,000 genes and less than 1% of those determine what they look like. Appearance is only one tiny piece of the genetic puzzle. The majority of dogs that enter our shelter are mixed breed and to arbitrarily label them based on looks seems unfair to dogs and adopters. Looks don’t equal behavior. Besides, it doesn’t really matter once you lock eyes and fall in love with your new best friend. Love is love. We invite you to meet any of our dogs to learn about their individual personalities so you can find the perfect dog for you.
We do not have a waiting list, but you can set up email alerts using our automated system. To receive a Pet Alert email when a dog or cat that matches what you are interested in is placed up for adoption go to Petango.com: