Hurricane Irma

As many of you saw on social media yesterday, Clay County Animal Care & Control flooded after Hurricane Irma. Their dedicated staff worked tirelessly to save every animal – some of them even swimming dogs and cats to safety. Thanks to the generosity of our community far and wide, JHS had empty kennels for emergency situation just like this one.

We want to extend our gratitude to each and every donor who has supported JHS and supported our campaign for the new building. Without this building in place – we would not have have been able to help our Clay County friends. If you would like to help us continue our lifesaving mission after Hurricane Irma, simply click here:

This life-saving collaboration would not have been possible without our friends from Lynchburg Humane Society and Cat Depot, who took in our animals prior to the storm. Thank you, also, to PetSmart Charities and Petco Foundation for helping with supplies, and First Coast No More Homeless Pets for loaning us their truck.

A world of thanks to the generous Storm Trooper families who took in any remaining JHS pets prior to the storm. Your generosity in emptying those kennels saved more lives than you know! Thank you also to the team at Auld & White Constructors, LLC for helping us get into the new building prior to the storm and securing the construction site. Let’s give a round of a-paws to our volunteers and team members who left their homes yesterday to help get the Clay pets settled into their new temporary home.

And thank you to our JHS fans, far and wide, for your online support. Your positive messages and kind words are keeping us uplifted as we wade through the muck left in Irma’s wake.

We know that many of you want to know when you can adopt the Clay County pets who weathered the storm – we will keep you posted. 

PLEASE NOTE: JHS remains in disaster response mode, we will post as soon as normal operations resume.

Jacksonville, you are a compassionate and resilient city. You always have been. You always will be. Never forget – generosity breeds joy!

Flooding at Clay County Animal Care & Control caused by Hurricane Irma.

Flooding at Clay County Animal Care & Control’s adoption center caused by Hurricane Irma.

CCAC trucks heading to JHS with evacuated animals.

CCAC evacuated animals arriving at JHS!

Volunteer, Steve, and JHS Team Member, Kristy, unloading one of the 33 cats who were evacuated to JHS.

JHS Team Members Kristy, Nikki and Dr. Hill helping transport the cats from Clay County into the new building at JHS.

A three month old kitten waiting to be placed in a dry kennel at JHS.

Team Member Suzy gives some love to the Clay County kittens!

JHS volunteer Kelly helping walk dogs into the new JHS Adoption, Education & Community Resource Center.

JHS Team Member Cole is happy to helping these Clay County pups get to dry land at JHS!

These Clay County dogs will be some of the very first to live in our brand-new kennels at the JHS Adoption, Education & Community Resource Center!

Hooray! All animals were evacuated thanks to the hard work of the Clay County staff, and thanks to our donors and friends, JHS was able to shelter 26 dogs and 33 cats.

Team JHS. Goodbye Irma!