Thank you to the office of State Farm Agent Ron Kutruff for sponsoring our July 2021 Pets of the Month!


Did you know that Cosito means “cute little thing” in Spanish? It’s true! Cosito is a sweet, fun guy who has been homeless for nearly two months. He would love to find a new family soon!

Cosito recently spent time in a foster home, and his foster parents said his favorite activities were snuggling and car rides.

Want to meet Cosito? He’s waiting for you in his kennel in the JHS Adoption Center! His adoption is sponsored.


Goomby is a friendly boy who loves being petted and lounging around with his favorite people. He can be a little shy when you first meet him but we hear chin scratches are the way to his heart! He’s been having fun spending time with our summer camp kids but would love to have a home of his own soon.

Want to meet Goomby? You’ll find him hanging out with his roommates in Group Room 1 in the JHS Adoption Center! His adoption is sponsored.

Thank you to the office of State Farm Agent Ron Kutruff for sponsoring our June 2021 Pets of the Month!


Update: Adopted!

Dr. James is a graduate of Good Boy University, where he received his PhD in Treatology. He loves going for walks, spending time outside, and meeting new friends. Dr. James is also a big fan of naps, snacks, and participating in doggy playgroups here at JHS.

Fun fact: Dr. James has heterochromia! That means his eyes are two different colors. Pretty cool, right?

Want to meet Dr. James? He’s waiting for you in his suite in the JHS Adoption Center! His adoption is sponsored.


Update: Adopted!

Bobbi Jo is a sweet, friendly girl who has been feeling a little scared in the shelter. She would love to find a home in which to relax! Bobbi Jo enjoys cheek rubs, head scratches, and an occasional catnip session. She also loves exploring and hanging out in high places!

Want to meet Bobbi Jo? You’ll find her hanging out with her roommates in Group Room 4 in the JHS Adoption Center! Her adoption is sponsored.

Thank you to the office of State Farm Agent Ron Kutruff for sponsoring our May 2021 Pets of the Month!


Update: Adopted!

This sweet, fun gal has been searching for a new home since March – could that home be with you? Delaney can be a little shy with new people but warms up quickly, especially if treats are involved. She recently spent time in a foster home, and her foster mom said she was a great house guest.

Delaney loves long walks on warm days and is a fetch champion – we’re pretty sure she has a future in the big leagues!

Want to meet Delaney? She’s currently on a “Shelter Staycation” with a foster family but will be back at JHS this weekend. If you’d like to meet her before then, please email our team at


Update: Adopted!

Pretty kitty alert! Sunshine is a friendly, cuddly cat who’s guaranteed to make you happy when skies are grey (get it?). She loves getting pets from her favorite people and snacking on tuna and wet food – yum!

Sunshine has spent time with people of all ages as well as other cats and has been great with everyone.

Want to meet Sunshine? You’ll find her in her condo in the JHS Adoption Center at 8464 Beach Blvd. We’re open 7 days a week – 12-7 on weekdays and 10-5 on weekends!

With April being Heartworm Awareness Month, we’d like to take the time to answer any frequently asked questions regarding this disease and how you can help.

Yes, heartworm disease is serious in dogs, especially if it is left untreated. But it is also easy to prevent and is treatable. Dogs treated for heartworm — especially if is it caught early — can go on to live completely normal, wonderful lives.

Let’s get started:

What exactly is heartworm disease?

Heartworm disease is a parasitic worm that inhabits the heart, lungs and associated major vessels in both dogs and cats. Dogs are considered a primary host, which means that heartworms can grow and reproduce in an infected animal. In fact, hundreds of worms can inhabit the heart and lungs of a single dog.

How do pets get heartworms?

Heartworm disease is spread by mosquitoes; the baby heartworms, called microfilaria, are found in the bloodstream of infected dogs. Mosquitoes pick up the larvae of the heartworms when feeding and then transfer them to other animals. The larvae then grow and mature into adult worms.

What are the symptoms of heartworm disease in dogs?

The most common signs in dogs are coughing, exercise intolerance (or getting tired easily with exertion), collapse or fainting episodes, decreased appetite and weight loss. Many dogs, however, show no signs at all early on.

How do you test a dog for heartworms?

Early detection is key to treating the disease successfully. Because many dogs show no signs during early infection, a positive test can guide early treatment and help to avoid potentially fatal complications. The test involves collecting a small blood sample, which can either be analyzed at the veterinarian’s office or sent out to a diagnostic lab. The results are usually acquired rapidly, within a few minutes if run in-house or in a couple of days if sent out.

Because of the worm life stage that the test detects, it will take a dog about six months to show up positive on a test from the day he was infected by the mosquito. For this reason, for dogs not previously on prevention, it is recommended that the test be done immediately, and then again in 6 months.

I found out my pet has heartworms, now what?

If your dog tests positive for heartworm disease, there are several steps to treatment. Your veterinarian may want to perform additional testing to confirm the diagnosis and to look for evidence of infection on blood work or X-rays. This can help to determine the likelihood of complications occurring with treatment. (Despite potential treatment risks, however, heartworm disease will most certainly prove to be fatal if left untreated. That’s why early detection is so important.)

Treatment at JHS:

During treatment, it is imperative that your dog’s activity be restricted. Increased activity before and during treatment (and for up to six weeks afterward) has been associated with an increased risk of complications. What this means is that the dog should go on leash walks only, with kennel confinement at all other times. Sedatives can be used to keep a dog calm while undergoing treatment; your veterinarian can help determine if this is necessary.

Are heartworms contagious to other animals/pets?

The only way heartworm spreads from host to host is if a mosquito bites a dog with heartworms and then moves on and bites another dog. Even under this circumstnace, the microfilariae can only be spread if conditions are just right.

*Humans cannot get heartworm

How can I prevent my pets from heartworms?

There are several options for preventing heartworms in dogs, all of which require a veterinarian’s prescription. A monthly chewable tablet is usually all it takes. This product works by killing off heartworm microfilaria in the pre-larval stage before they can grow into adult worms. Bonus: Some heartworm preventives contain other ingredients that also help prevent roundworm, hookworm and parasites such as fleas and ticks.

How does JHS help dogs with heartworm disease?

JHS provides compassionate care to nearly 9,000 animals each year, some of which come to JHS as heartworm positive. JHS will cover the entire cost of heartworm treatment for each dog, averaging to a total of $50,000 each year in heartworm treatment alone.

JHS will also place all dogs on heartworm preventatives during their time at the shelter to ensure each pet is protected.

How can I help homeless pets with heartworms?

Do you still have questions? Feel free to reach out to us any time! Email us your questions or concerns at 

Thank you to the office of State Farm Agent Ron Kutruff for sponsoring our April 2021 Pets of the Month!


Update: Adopted!

Mallory is a sweet, snuggly cat who loves being petted and also enjoys playing with toys. She has lived with other cats and children in the past and did well with everyone!

Want to meet Mallory? She’s currently taking a shelter break with a foster parent but will be back at JHS this weekend. If you’d like to set up a meet-and-greet, email our team at


Update: Adopted!

This sweet lady is ready to be your soul mutt! Charlotte is a calm, laid back pup who loves cuddles, belly rubs, and sunbathing. We also hear she’s a big fan of peanut butter! Charlotte enjoys making new friends of all ages and would be a great couch companion for those long streaming sessions.

Want to meet Charlotte? She’s waiting for you in her suite in the JHS Adoption Center!


Update: Adopted!

Todd is a sweet, mellow boy whose favorite hobbies include lounging next to sunny windows, dining on wet food, and napping in soft, comfy beds. He’s also a big fan of head rubs!

Todd recently had a few teeth removed, leaving him with an adorable permanent blep. If you’ve been searching for a feline friend with Instagram celebrity potential, Todd is your guy!

Want to meet Todd? You’ll find him hanging out with his kitty roommates in Group Room 1 in the JHS Adoption Center at 8464 Beach Blvd.!


Update: Adopted!

Ludo is a happy, playful boy who enjoys belly rubs and cuddles. After spending time in a foster home recently, his foster parent reported that he loves long, leisurely walks, ham and cheese treats, naps, and relaxing on the floor.

Ludo already knows some basic commands and would love to learn more with you.

Want to meet Ludo? He’s waiting for you in his suite in the JHS Adoption Center at 8464 Beach Blvd.!


Update: Adopted!

Ivan is a sweet, friendly fellow who likes cuddling, going on walks, and snacking on Pup-peroni (we hear his favorite flavor is Filet Mignon & Bacon!). Ivan is also a big fan of stuffed animals, especially ones with squeakers hidden inside!

His adoption is sponsored.

Want to meet this adorable pooch? You’ll find him in the Purple Kennels in the JHS Adoption Center! We’re open from 12-7 on weekdays and 10-5 on weekends, so come on by.


Update: Adopted!

Jo is a shy, reserved lady who transforms into an affectionate, purring cuddle bug who may never leave your lap once she gets to know you! Her foster mom says she loves catnip, treats, playing with toys, and making biscuits.

Her adoption is sponsored.

Jo is currently in a foster home. If you’d like to set up a meeting with her, please email us at!

Humble mutts are rarely in the spotlight, but that hasn’t stopped them from becoming remarkable pets or being selected as Jacksonville’s Cutest Pet.

Sparky, described by many as a “wonder dog”, came to The Jacksonville Humane Society in 2007. He survived the streets, the shelter fire of 2007, and the whole shelter life experience before being adopted by a loving family in 2016. Now, he is living his best life in a cozy home with lots of adventure and affection.

Davi: Hi Sparky! In three words, sum up your life.

Sparky: Life is good.


Tell me something about yourself that most people don’t know.

I’m 15 years old. When people see me, they think I’m still a puppy. Ha, that’s a joke!  Oh, and I rarely bark. Instead, I make this “ARH ARH ARH” grunt, sort of like Chewbacca, but it’s less threatening and way cuter.


Wow, you look great for your age! So, what was your life like before you found your new home?

Supposedly, I was found on the streets and then spent time in the shelter while waiting for my forever home.


Do you have any special talents?

I can hear people even think about opening Tupperware from across the room or eating in the kitchen, no matter how quiet they try to be. When it comes to food, I’m all ears. Pure talent, I tell you!


I can totally relate to “all ears” and food! Do you have a favorite toy?

Nope. My humans have tried giving me toys, but I just look at them like “What is this? What am I supposed to do with this?” My motto is “if I can’t eat it, then I don’t want it.” Oh, and I don’t play catch either. It’s just not my thing. I suppose I don’t fit the typical dog stereotype. I’m not basic.


Speaking of eats, what foods do you crave most often?

Any roasted meat, especially chicken! Yum! And don’t even get me started on the smell. OMG, it’s like heaven! I mean, I have never been to heaven but that’s what I imagine it would be.


If you had the world’s attention for 10 seconds, what would you say?

I could talk about world peace, but that would take more than 10 seconds. Besides, this is about me! Generically speaking, I’d say “adopt, don’t shop”. There are so many shelter dogs, like me, in need of a good home. Adopting a shelter animal is worth it, I promise. Where else can you find the perfect combo of unconditional love and companionship?


That was a barking good answer! What has been your biggest challenge in life so far?

Surviving the devastating Jacksonville Humane Society fire in 2007. That was a frightening experience.


Oh, I’m sure it was. Where is your happy place these days?

On the bed with my humans, of course.

What’s the best part about being part of your family? 

I totally run the house! On a more sentimental note, they shower me with affection and love on me every day. They know I’m not getting any younger, so they try to give me the best life I can possibly have. I’m so spoiled, you have no idea.


Being spoiled is a great feeling! Ok, last question. What’s the best way to spend your day?

With my humans, sticking my head out the window during car rides, chilling at our beach house, and getting fed on the spot. Since I found out I have Cushing’s syndrome, I’m hungry all the time, and plus, I love food!


Sparky is a living example that you don’t need a pedigree to be a best friend. Of course, every dog is unique, however, each mixed-breed dog is a one of a kind pooch that will undoubtedly have a positive, profound effect on your life and hold a special place in your heart forever.


There is nothing like the unconditional love given by our pets. ​They show us constant affection, provide us with purpose, and change our entire lives without trying. Now it is time we come together to change their lives with a day of giving for pets in need.

How you can change a life:

Donate – Each donation made with the designation “Change A Pet’s Life Day” will honor this momentous day. Together we hope to fundraise $4,000 for pets in need but need your help to reach that goal. Will you donate to change a pet’s life?

AdoptIn honor of this day, we will be waiving all pet adoption fees in exchange for a pet food donation to the JHS Pet Food Bank! When you adopt, not only are changing the life of the pet you adopt, but you are making space for another homeless pet to have that same opportunity AND with a pet food donation, you are changing the life of a pet in need – tripling your generosity!

VolunteerIf this isn’t your time to adopt, you can always volunteer. Volunteering your time will help our pets get some much-needed socialization, which in turn helps them find their next home. When you volunteer you are making a difference in the lives of many. Will you volunteer to change a pet’s life?

FosterTake it one step further and bring a shelter pet into your home for a temporary stay. Fosters also help other dogs by freeing up resources, so new pups can get what they need and have a better chance of finding their homes. Will you foster to change a pet’s life?

Share your storySharing how you have changed a pet’s life will inspire others to do the same. Please enjoy a few of the stories shared with us below.

Abbey’s story:

“In April 2020, in the midst of the shutdown, we decided to take a chance on a special girl. The staff at JHS called me immediately after filling out the application for Andromeda (now known as Abbey, aka “momma”), she had a sad history and multiple surgeries prior to going up for adoption. During our visit, we were told that she was deemed “semi-feral” and would never be a lap cat. Fast forward almost a year later…. she is the sweetest girl with an amazing personality. She follows her hoomans everywhere and looks after her baby brother like a hawk. We are so blessed and so so happy we took a chance on a special girl. We love our “Momma”.”

Jorja’s story:

“This is Jorja the Destroyer. She had been through 3 owners and the pound when I found her. She is the most amazing and loving dog ever. I thank God every day for the blessing she has been. She has inspired me to donate to the Jacksonville Humane Society any way I can. Her inspiration has led my family to donate to the Pet Pantry as much as possible. Because of our love for her we were able to donate 235 pounds of food this weekend! We love the mission of JHS!”

Widdle’s story:

“This is Widdle, a foster failure from last summer! We have fostered so many kittens but this girl my husband and kids begged to keep! What makes her extra special is when my daughter is frustrated doing homework she comes and sits by her and I see the frustration just go away! The therapy cat!” Widdle’s family also mentioned that they did not think Widdle would make it when they first brought her in. She was very sick and weaker than her littermates. With constant love and perseverance, Widdle made a full recovery and captured the hearts of her foster family. They just knew she was something special!

Fiona’s story:

“I am a single mom of 3, laid off in March due to COVID, and have an autistic child that has delays in social skills. Since adopting Fiona I have felt my depression lifting, I have lost weight being active with her, and my son’s social skills and confidence have increased. He loves talking to Fiona and playing with her. It’s like they understand each other. When I got her she was timid and scared of soda cans opening and brooms, now she is no longer afraid. She sleeps in the bed every night with me and demands her belly rubs. She has completed the circle of love for our family. We may have rescued her but she actually rescued us.”

Goby, Minka, and Cash’s story:

“We adopted Gobi (cat) in 2012 and Minka (smaller dog) in 2015 from The Jacksonville Humane Society! We adopted Cash (larger dog) in 2019 from Florida Urgent Rescue, Inc. These three animals make my life complete and are the best companions. We love them dearly. I’ve been volunteering as a dog walker at JHS since 2017 and love it.”

Change a pet’s life today.


Update: Adopted!

Lucas is a mellow, loving boy who enjoy snuggles, walks, comfy beds, and any kind of toy. He recently spent time in a foster home, and his foster mom described him as charming, sweet, and a well-mannered people pleaser.

Lucas’s adoption is sponsored by Peaches Pays, and he’ll go home with a certificate for free training classes at JHS!

Want to meet this handsome guy? You’ll find him lounging in his suite inside the JHS Adoption Center! We’re open from 12-7 on weekdays and 10-5 on weekends, so come on by.


Update: Adopted!

Staff and volunteer favorite Sharkie is ready for a new home for the new year!

This goofy guy recently spent time in a foster home, and his foster parents described him as sweet, talkative, and playful. Sharkie enjoys head scritches, making biscuits in laps, and exploring. He has also spent time living with other cats!

Want to meet Sharkie? You’ll find him chilling in his kennel in the JHS Adoption Center! We’re open from 12-7 on weekdays and 10-5 on weekends, so come on by.