On Thursday, February 28, we held our first of two Paw Partner Lunch and Learn events planned for 2020. This free event included lunch and networking opportunities for business professionals interested in learning more about partnership opportunities with the Jacksonville Humane Society and the importance of corporate responsibility.

Paw Partners is an opportunity for businesses to receive year-round recognition and help raise awareness about programs and services offered at JHS. It is an annual sponsorship (calendar year) that can be customized to fit each business’s unique marketing needs.

A Paw Partnership with the Jacksonville Humane Society includes multiple opportunities for exposure and gives brands and teams chances to participate in events, volunteer, and network throughout the year. Branding with JHS allows companies to benefit from the vast appeal of companion animals. While partnering with us to help raise awareness for our programs, your company can touch the minds and hearts of consumers in a way that drives sales and endears them to your brand. This allows you to give back to the community you are in all while building your brand!

JHS does not receive any state or federal funding. It is only through the generosity of businesses like yours that JHS, a 501(c)(3) organization, is able to provide for the animals in our care since 1885.

Our Paw Partner Lunch and Learn was sponsored by Gemstone Media, full service broadcast and video professionals. Gemstone Media services include long and short form television production, remote and/or studio shooting, green screen, digital content for websites and social media, post production editing, graphic creation, live sports and entertainment television, commercial and industrial production, training and sales videos, live event productions, internal and external marketing, and more.

During the event, we heard from Gemstone Media President Philip Green about the power of video. Philip also emphasized client relations, meeting deadlines, and staying on budget as main features that set Gemstone apart from other production houses. If you would like to know more about the services offered, please call Phillip Green at 904.354.1500 or email pgreen@thegemstonegrp.com!

Next up: Our next Paw Partner Lunch and Learn will take place in October. Stay tuned for the date! In the meantime, if you would like more information about becoming a Paw Partner, please click here or contact Theresa Scordo at tscordo@jaxhumane.org or 904.493.4606 to discuss how your business can get involved.

JHS is currently preparing for our annual Mutt March fundraiser, which is part of the Paw Partner membership.

Thank you to current Paw Partner, Gemstone Media, who helped us make this event a success. If you are in interested in sponsoring the next B2B networking event at JHS, please do not hesitate to reach out to Theresa Scordo.


Our feline guest Otis was a hit with the crowd!

JHS held its first-ever Paw Partner Lunch and Learn event on Tuesday, October 29, 2019! Dozens of local business professionals attended and learned all about the Jacksonville Humane Society’s Paw Partner program while enjoying a complimentary lunch and behind-the-scenes tours of our facility. The event also focused on the importance of corporate responsibility and giving back to the community you work and live in.

Paw Partners are local businesses that support JHS’s lifesaving mission and help raise awareness about our programs in exchange for year-round recognition and special benefits like marketing opportunities, event access, and more.

What makes this program unique?

Our Paw Partner Lunch and Learn event was generously sponsored by JHS Paw Partner Promo180, a distinctive eCommerce website dedicated to serving companies of all sizes that features thousands of custom promotional products for exceptional business branding. Their focus is on helping business improve their visibility in the marketplace and increasing company recognition. Promo180 currently gives back 5% of every order with promo code JHS!

Program presenters also included Abel Harding, Executive Vice President, North Florida Market President of JHS Paw Partner IBERIABANK and Halli Bruton from Lifestyle Marketing, another JHS Paw Partner that currently manages the JHS website and oversaw our site redesign in 2015.

If you’d like to learn more about the Paw Partner program, email Theresa Scordo at TScordo@jaxhumane.org or call 904-493-4606.

The opportunity to sign up to be a 2020 Paw Partner will end on April 1. Due to the success of this first event, we’ll be hosting a second Paw Partner Lunch and Learn on Thursday, February 27, at 11:30 – mark your calendars and click here to RSVP!

Next up: We’re preparing for our Mutt March fundraiser, set for Saturday, April 11, 2020. Mutt March, an annual pet walk and festival attracting thousands of guests each year, is part of the Paw Partner membership! In addition to logo recognition at the event, all Paw Partners receive festival booth space and the opportunity to include promotional materials in wag bags!

Adoptable Huey greeted attendees as they arrived for the Paw Partner Lunch & Learn!

Is your business or a business you know interested in having a year-round sponsorship with JHS to help us care for pets in need? If so, come to our FREE lunch and learn event at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 29, and learn all about the JHS Paw Partner program!

Our Paw Partners support our lifesaving mission all year in exchange for benefits like marketing opportunities, meeting space, and more. It’s a wonderful way for companies to share their compassion with the community and reach new companies at our signature events and via JHS’ online community.

The Lunch & Learn will feature a Q&A session plus remarks from current Paw Partners including Abel Harding, IBERIABANK VP, Halli Bruton of Lifestyle Marketing Jacksonville, and Paul Lepore of Promo 180. Lunch is included and private tours of JHS will be available upon request

Click here to RSVP!

Do you own a local business? Want to support the Jacksonville Humane Society’s mission year-round and help us lead the no-kill movement in Florida? If so, we’d love for you to consider becoming a Paw Partner.

Paw Partners are JHS’s most loyal supporters in our First Coast community. They sponsor our lifesaving work and allow us to provide care for more than 8,000 homeless animals every year.

How can a business become a Paw Partner?

Paw Partners make gifts to JHS between $1,000 and $20,000.

What do Paw Partners receive in exchange for their gifts?

Paw Partners receive recognition throughout the year. These benefits vary depending upon sponsorship level, and we can also customize the perks to fit a business’s needs and priorities. All Paw Partners have the opportunity to reach up to 142,000 potential consumers per month through recognition on the JHS website and social media channels as well as at our annual signature events (Mutt March and Toast to the Animals).

Why should I become a Paw Partner?

Over 60% of households have at least one pet, and over three million dogs and cats are adopted from animal shelters each year. By becoming a JHS Paw Partner, your company will touch the hearts and minds of consumers throughout Jacksonville and beyond and endear them to your brand.

But don’t take our word for it…

Pawsmetics, an all-natural pet care company, has been a JHS Paw Partner for several years. Owner Bob Schafer recently sat down to chat with us about why he initially decided to become a Paw Partner and what inspires him to continue this relationship with JHS year after year.

Video by Gemstone Media.

Click here to become a Paw Partner today!

For questions regarding the Paw Partner program please call Theresa Scordo at 904.493.4606 or email tscordo@jaxhumane.org.