Clear the Shelters Jax

Join The Jacksonville Humane Society and Animal Care and Protective Services in a one day goal of clearing the shelters! This national event can be followed online using #cleartheshelters .

Two Locations:

The Jacksonville Humane Society
8464 Beach Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32216
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Animal Care & Protective Services
2020 Forest St.
Jacksonville, FL 32204
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Adoption fees have been waived for this event. Adoption fees range from $50-125, and have been reduced to $0 on all animals for one day only! This covers the cost of having your pet spay/neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped. Additional fees may apply. Download the printable flyer here.

Pets are adopted on a first come, first served basis and no holds are permitted. If you are looking for puppies or small dogs, we suggest you arrive early!

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Additional Fees & Costs:
The purchase of heartworm prevention will be added to the adoption fee for dogs over six months. Prices vary from $30 to $40 depending on the weight of the dog. If you’d prefer, you may purchase up to a one-year supply for the dog you adopt.

The city of Jacksonville requires all adopters under the age of 62 living within Duval County (excluding Jacksonville Beach) to pay the city licensing fee at the time of adoption for any pet that has received its rabies vaccination. The cost is $20.

All dogs must go home with an approved leash and collar; all cats must go home in an approved carrier. You may bring these items in with you, or we have them available for purchase at the time of adoption.


What form of payment is accepted?
Both locations can take cash or charge.

Is there an entry fee or fee to park?
Nope! There is no fee to look and no fee to park. (Please note: JHS is under construction so the parking lot is limited – there is extra parallel parking along the fence!)

How long does an adoption take?
During these events, you may experience wait times. We ask that you use the animals as inspiration – they’ve been patiently waiting for YOU! Your paperwork can take at least 30 minutes to complete.

Do animals go home the same day?
Yes, most animals go home the same day with only a few exceptions. Please be prepared to take your pet home the same day.

Will there be puppies, small dogs, and kittens?
Animals shelters cannot control their inventory, as we are in the business of saving the animals who need us. While we do get puppies and small dogs, they are usually the first adopted. We encourage you to arrive early! Typically, animals shelters have an abundance of kittens in the summer but they are also usually the first adopted. Adult animals make great pets, too!

What if I’m not 100% ready to adopt?
Some pets are eligible for sleepovers – mainly animals over the age of 1 year and (for dogs) above 30 lbs. Talk to any staff member or volunteer about the ability to “try before you buy!”

How can I see which pets are available?
Please visit each shelter’s website.