Dog Day Out

Want to spend a day with a dog? Come to JHS! Our Dog Day Out program pairs visitors with adoptable dogs for an unforgettable adventure.

It’s easy – just follow these steps:

  • Come to JHS during adoption hours.
  • Look for dogs with the “Dog Day Out” tag on their kennel or ask the front desk for a list.
  • Pick your dog.
  • Hit the open road and explore Jacksonville!

JHS will provide you with an “adopt me” leash and other supplies. We will also provide a list of suggested places to visit.

Dogs can leave during adoption hours and must be back one hour before closing. JHS is open 12-7 weekdays and 10-5 weekends.

You must be 18 years of age or older to take a dog out for the day. If you are under 18, you may still participate but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

How does Dog Day Out benefit the dogs at JHS?

This program allows our dogs to enjoy a day outside of the shelter and come back feeling much more relaxed. Dog Day Out is also a great way to expose our pups to potential adopters out and about in the community!

At the end of the day, you can send us pictures and share information to help us find this dog a new family. Pictures can be sent via email to [email protected] or sent directly via Facebook.

Is there a cost to participate?

The program is free, but there is a suggested donation minimum of $20 to help JHS continue to provide compassionate care to pets in need.

Can I take my Dog Day Out dog to a dog park?

No, we ask that you abide by our requests that dogs stay on leash whenever outside and are not introduced to other dogs. Additional guidance will be provided during the field trip checkout process.

Can I hang out with a JHS dog for more than one day?

If you’d like to treat an adult shelter dog to a mini-getaway, then our Shelter Staycation program is for you! Shelter Staycations give our adult dogs a much-needed break from the shelter and help us learn all about their personalities.

Can I adopt my Dog Day Out dog?

There is no pressure to adopt your Dog Day Out pup, but it is always an option.

Are there any days/times when Dog Day Out isn’t available?

During adoption specials, such as free or name-your-own-price adoptions, we will put a pause on the program. This is to benefit the dogs, as we get many, many adopters on these days. If you want to check ahead of time, send us an email. Thank you!

Dog Day Out is generously sponsored by:


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