Helping Lost Animals
The Jacksonville Animal Shelter promotes and protects the health, safety, and welfare of the people and animals in the City of Jacksonville. Our goal is to return lost animals to their owners and find responsible and caring homes for all our animals that are available for adoption.
Every stray animal that comes into the shelter has to be held for 5 days. During those 5 days the owner has a chance to reclaim their animal. If the animal is not reclaimed after the 5 days, it will go up for adoption at the Jacksonville Animal Shelter.
Please note: The Jacksonville Animal Shelter only takes in strays or owner releases within the city limits. If an owner of an unwanted animal is unable to find a suitable home, or dispose of the animal through legal channels, ownership of an animal may be relinquished to the Animal Shelter for a fee of $20 after meeting the following requirements:
- Try to find a home for the animal through family and neighbors.
- List the animal in a local newspaper and provide a copy of the ad to Animal Control.
- Show a utility bill that states proof of residence in the city limits of Jacksonville.