Be A Storm Trooper

Jacksonville Humane Society Storm Trooper Program – May the Fur Be with You!

We have activated the Storm Trooper program for Hurricane Dorian as of August 31, 2019. We need families willing to take pets from now until at least Friday, September 6, 2019.

Update: As of September 3, 2019, all eligible animals have been placed in Storm Trooper foster homes. A handful of animals with special needs will remain in our shelter and be cared for by trained JHS staff.

The JHS Storm Trooper program allows families to bring home dogs, cats and kittens for sleepovers during severe weather. Families serve as “Storm Troopers” and host one of our adoptable dogs or cats for a temporary sleepover. This is a great opportunity for our pets to be with a family inside a warm home instead of in a shelter kennel during the winds and rain.

Willing families are asked to stop by JHS at 8464 Beach Blvd. once the program has been activated via our Facebook page. JHS staff members and volunteers will assist you in selecting a dog or cat to best fit into your home. “Storm Trooper” families are encouraged to spoil their sleepover guests and share pictures on social media using #JHSStormTrooper.  Of course, if you fall in love during the storm, you are welcome to adopt!

“We are grateful that we can always count on the compassion of the Jacksonville community.” – Denise Deisler, Jacksonville Humane Society CEO

Who: You and one of our adoptable dogs or cats

When: Hurricane Dorian Storm Troopers can stop by JHS between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 1, to pick up a pet. If there are still pets in need of Storm Troopers after Sunday, we will also be open from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, September 2.

Where: Our Adoption Center is located at 8464 Beach Blvd.

What: Welcome a JHS dog or cat  into your home for a sleepover during a storm

Why: While our animals are safe during storms, spending the night with you during wind and rain is a much better option!

How to Help: Please stop by JHS, 8464 Beach Blvd., during announced time frames. JHS staff members and volunteers will assist you in selecting a dog to best fit into your home. **We appreciate your patience during busier times.**

Click Here to View Our Adoptable Dogs

Click Here to View Our Adoptable Cats

For any questions about “Storm Troopers,” please message JHS on Facebook. We have a high call volume so we are asking that you please email or message us instead of call. Sadly, we cannot return every call or message, so just come on down if you can help! We update Facebook regularly and will post as soon as all the pets have left the building.

Can’t be a Storm Trooper? Consider a donation of any amount to our animals.

After the storm – we can still use your help! We are in need of foster homes year round for kittens, puppies, dogs and cats. Click here to learn more about all of our fostering options.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. What do I need to bring with me? – Please bring photo ID. We will provide food, leashes, and collars.
  2. What if I have other pets? Kids? – We have information about some of pets in terms of behavior around other dogs, cats and children, but not all. One of the benefits of fostering is that we will gain this information. It is helpful if you have a spare room to isolate the foster while you do slow introductions.
  3. What types of pets can we foster? – At this time, we have dogs, cats, and kittens in need. Please stay tuned to Facebook for updates.
  4. What supplies do I need? – We will provide food, leashes, litter, and a crate if available. Please make sure you have bedding and food dishes (Tupperware works just fine) for your foster pet.
  5. What is the biggest need? – We have a large need for families without any pets, as many pets are not easy to place in homes with other animals.
  6. Are animals still available? – We will update Facebook and this page as soon as we are out of available pets. Thank you!

We want to remind everyone of the benefits of a short-term foster. Though you may think it is sad for the pets to come back, it’s actually a great value to our mission at JHS of finding loving families. Spending time with families gives us a wealth of information that we cannot gather in the shelter. We often do not know if our pets are good with other animals, comfortable around children, enjoy going to car rides, like trips to the beach, are fully house-trained, etc. However – a foster family can provide that information! It helps the pets  find new homes upon their return much faster than before.

Some foster families elect to adopt, which is great. Many others post pictures on social media and find adopters. It’s a wonderful way for our dogs & cats to get some one-on-one promotion for adoption.

Thank you to each and every one of our past Storm Trooper Families!

Storm Trooper Happy Tails:

James Dean was adopted from his Storm Trooper stay!


During his Storm Trooper sleepover, Nerf’s foster family discovered that he loved children. So when he came back to the shelter, we found him a family with his very own boy to love!