JHS Awarded PetSmart Charities Grant

 Jacksonville Humane Society Receives $75,000 Grant from PetSmart Charities to Prepare Pets for Adoptions


Jacksonville, Florida (Jan. 3, 2021): The Jacksonville Humane Society (JHS) is the proud recipient of a $75,000 grant from PetSmart Charities to help cover the costs of preparing pets for adoption.


Pets arrive at the Jacksonville Humane Society in a variety of ways; they are either found as lost or stray animals, surrendered by their owners who can no longer provide care, or transferred from another facility. Prior to adoption, all pets are given a medical examination, vaccinated, microchipped, and spayed or neutered.


The PetSmart Charities grant will help the JHS cover the costs associated with adoption preparation for approximately 1,315 animals, primarily kittens. In 2020, kittens represented 42% of the total intake of animals to the shelter; the highest category compared to puppies, adults dogs and adult cats. JHS found homes for 2500 kittens in 2020. JHS partners with three local PetSmart stores to help find homes for cats, including the Jacksonville Beach, St. Johns Town Center, and Southside Boulevard locations. In total, JHS found adoptive homes for 5,891 pets in 2020.


“The importance of preparing pets, both socially and medically, for adoption is paramount to our lifesaving mission,” said Denise Deisler. “We are grateful for the continued support of PetSmart Charities and our partners at Jacksonville PetSmart locations.”


This is the second grant received by JHS in relation to adoption preparation from PetSmart Charities. The previous grant was for $65,000 in 2019.


To learn more about the Jacksonville Humane Society’s adoption procedures the animals waiting for homes, please visit jaxhumane.org or call 904.725.8766.