Generosity Breeds Joy Day – Kenneled for a Cause

Kenneled for a Cause

What is Kenneled for a Cause?

Did you know? Generosity Breeds Joy Day is an official holiday in Jacksonville commemorating the grand opening of the new JHS Adoption, Education, and Pet Help Center on November 9, 2017 – and celebrating the amazing work the community has made possible via our organization since 1885. Join us as we celebrate our 4-year “GBJ Day” anniversary on November 9, 2021, with a day of giving and help us reach our fundraising goal of $25,000!

This year, we’re inviting the public to be Kenneled for a Cause.

Kenneled with a Cause participants will be placed inside dog bonding rooms and group cat rooms for 60-minute shifts and must fundraise their way out! Different fundraising milestones will give participants the opportunity to earn different rewards (for example, a treat for the dog they’re sharing a kennel with or a 15-minute break outside).

Sign up to participate.

I need more details!

For even more information about this event, check out the Frequently Asked Questions below.

I signed up to participate but need help setting up my Facebook fundraiser.

You can easily create a Facebook fundraiser for JHS by clicking on the “Raise Money” button on this page. You can also follow these steps:
1. Click “Fundraisers” in the left menu of your Facebook news feed. You may need to click “See More.”
2. Click “+ Raise Money.”
3. Select “Nonprofit.”
4. Select the Jacksonville Humane Society, fill in your fundraiser details and choose a cover photo. (We have some cover photos below for you to use!)
5. Click “Create.”

If you need additional assistance setting up your fundraiser, email our team at [email protected].

Shareable Graphics for Registered Participants

Facebook Fundraiser Cover Photos:

GBJD FB Cover Dog

GBJD FB Cover Cat

“Today I Am Kenneled” Graphic:

Today I am Kenneled

Milestone Graphics to Share When Goals are Met:













If you need assistance downloading these graphics, email our team at [email protected].

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Generosity Breeds Joy Day? Why is this event taking place on a Tuesday?

  • Generosity Breeds Joy Day is November 9th each year. This date is an official commemorative date in Jacksonville declared by the mayor in 2017, when our new facility opened. This day is to recognize all of the work JHS has done in the community to help pets and people since 1885, when we were first established.

Do I have to be a JHS volunteer in order to participate?

  • No, this event is open to all members of the public.

Is there an age requirement to participate?

  • Registrants must be at least 18 years old. Registrants are able to bring one child who is at least 12 years old.

What if I can’t sign up to be kenneled on November 9? Is there a way to participate from home?

  • Yes! We have a virtual participant option available. Just because you can’t be with us on November 9 doesn’t mean you can’t still celebrate Generosity Breeds Joy Day! You can “quarantine for a cause” with your pet(s) at home and still create a Facebook fundraiser for JHS.

How do I create a Facebook fundraiser?

If I do not have a Facebook, can I collect money another way?

  • This event requires you to create a fundraiser through Facebook. If you do not have a Facebook and want to participate in this event, please email us at [email protected].

Can I start fundraising early?

  • Yes! You may start fundraising as soon as you create your Facebook Fundraiser. If you meet milestones prior to your arrival, you will receive them when you arrive.

What if I do not hit the fundraising milestones?

  • We appreciate any support you are able to provide. The milestones are to help motivate donations and all in good fun! All animals will still receive rewards at the end of each shift.

Do I have to wear the cone of shame?

  • The cone is all in good fun, but individuals are not required to wear it if they are not comfortable. If you hit your first milestone ($100) before arrival, you can even skip it!

What if I am unable to stay the entire shift?

  • We ask that participants commit to a full shift when signing up, including early arrival for a brief orientation.

Is safety training mandatory?

  • All participants are required to arrive early to complete a safety briefing. This will cover animal body language and give some time to answer questions before your shift.

Can I sign up for multiple shifts?

  • Yes, we encourage it!

Will the kennel be cleaned before I participate?

  • All kennels will be cleaned and sanitized prior to each shift.

Will I be able to leave the kennel at any point?

  • If you need to use the restroom or need a break from the kennel, you are able to exit the kennel at any point.

What should I wear?

  • Closed-toe shoes and masks are required. We encourage participants to wear long pants and comfortable clothing.

Do I have to wear a mask the entire time I participate?

  • Masks are required while in the facility, but you will be permitted to go outside during your breaks where you can social distance and remove your mask, if necessary.

Can I bring food or water?

  • A bottle of water will be supplied to all participants upon arrival. “Treats” are also provided upon completing milestones. Should you decide to bring additional snacks, we ask that you please eat them during your break and not in the kennel with the pets.

Can I bring my kids?

  • Yes, participants are welcome to bring one child who is at least 12 years old and comfortable around animals.

Can I bring my personal pet?

  • Although JHS is a pet-friendly facility, we ask that your personal pet stay home for this event. You will be paired with a shelter animal during your visit.

Can friends and family visit me during my shift?

  • They are welcome to stop by, however, they cannot go into the kennel with you. We also ask you to remember that having someone standing outside of a kennel for a long period of time can be stressful for pets, as they want to meet everyone they see. For that reason, we suggest friends and family do not hang out for too long.

Do I get to pick the animal I am with?

  • Though you are able to suggest a cat or dog that you’d like to be kenneled with, the specific animal will be selected by staff for you upon arrival.

Can I adopt the pet I am with?

  • Some participating animals may already be pre-adopted. You are welcome to check in with our adoptions team to see if the pet you are with is available. If so, you are welcome to adopt!
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