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If a pet is on your holiday gift list this season, adoption is the way to go! Here are three animal shelters in the Jacksonville area where you can find the perfect furever friend for your crew.

Jacksonville Humane Society

This awesome nonprofit cares for almost 9,000 dogs and cats every year. Their inventory of adoptable animals is vast, with pups and kitties in all shapes, sizes, colors, and ages. Best of all, Jacksonville Humane Society is a no-kill shelter. In fact, Jacksonville became a no-kill city in 2014, so you’re free to adopt with a clear conscience no matter which Jax shelter you choose.

Address: 8464 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville

Hours: Weekdays, noon - 7 PM; weekends, 10 AM - 5 PM

Animal Care & Protective Services

The city of Jacksonville’s Animal Care & Protective Services is a great spot to adopt. Not only are they instrumental in reuniting countless strays with their families throughout the city, but they always have quite a few cats and dogs up for adoption. 

Address: 2020 Forest St., Jacksonville

Hours: Tuesday-Friday, noon - 7 PM; weekends, 10 AM - 6 PM

Froggy’s Cat Rescue

Froggy’s doesn’t have a physical shelter, instead relying on a network of foster parents to house its adoptable cats, but it’s a fantastic spot to find the perfect feline friend nonetheless. Be sure to order one of their 2022 calendars featuring “silly cats in funny hats” while you’re browsing their adoptable “furballs.” It’d make a great gift, and all proceeds go toward helping cats in need.

Not Ready to Adopt? Donate!

Jacksonville’s homeless pets need your help. Even if you’re not ready to adopt, consider donating to a local rescue organization this holiday season. You could even make a donation in an animal lover’s name as a gift. It’s the perfect gift for those warm-hearted friends on your gift list!

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