Paws & Stripes

Are you a past or present member of the U.S. military with a passion for working with dogs and cats? Our Paws & Stripes program wants YOU.

Paws and Stripes Volunteer bPaws & Stripes is a unique volunteer opportunity for active duty service members and military veterans to enhance the well-being of animals in need while enjoying the therapeutic benefits of working with shelter animals.

Paws & Stripes participants primarily facilitate care and enrichment to shelter dogs by providing daily walks, basic behavior training, and organizing playgroups in which dogs are given the opportunity to play and socialize with other dogs at JHS.

Studies, such as a 2014 study by Kaiser Permanente, show that dogs can significantly reduce the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression in veterans. The Paws & Stripes program seeks to form a mutually beneficial relationship between shelter animals in need of comfort and compassion, and military veterans in search of an outlet for their sense of selfless service while at the same time receiving the overwhelming gratitude of a special animal in need.

Email [email protected] or call 904-493-4583 to learn about this unique opportunity.

The Jacksonville Humane Society’s Paws & Stripes Academy is a FREE job skills training program in the Animal Care and Enrichment industry exclusively for military veterans.

This 4-week training program is designed to provide real-world knowledge and experience that can be applied to a number of jobs in a growing career field. Participants will receive classroom instruction from experienced animal care professionals as well as hands-on skills training in an animal shelter environment.

Upcoming class dates:

February 8 – March 4, 2022

March 15 – April 8, 2022

May 10 – June 3, 2022

June 28 – July 22, 2022

August 9 – September 2, 2022

October 4 – October 28, 2022

If you would like to receive more information about this program and find out how to join, please join our Paws & Stripes Academy Interest List. Once we receive your information, our team will reach out!

Unable to commit to a long-term volunteer assignment but still want or need to complete a few volunteer hours? Please join our Short-Term Military Volunteer Interest List to be notified when opportunities become available.

Paws & Stripes is generously supported in part by:

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Jaguars Foundation


Latham Foundation

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