Prior to 1991 the Clay County Humane Society was a combination veterinary clinic and an animal shelter. In 1991 they decided to discontinue the animal shelter portion and concentrate on low cost veterinary services they had been providing which included caring for various species of wildlife.
A dedicated group of the shelter volunteers decided that the shelter operation should continue, so they began some serious fundraising and organized Safe Animal Shelter, a 501(C)(3) Non-Profit Corporation registered in the State of Florida with the purpose to preserve life and provide quality of life for lost and abandoned pets (principally cats and dogs) including food, shelter, medical attention-with spaying and neutering as the humane AND ONLY means of animal control-and companionship. Animals are cared for until such time as they can be placed in loving permanent homes. Over the years we have placed literally thousands of cats and dogs into loving homes.
We survive through private donations from private citizens and business in our community. Individuals make a huge difference in the lives of our dogs and cats by providing volunteer hours, support, monetary donations, food and other supplies.
Safe Animal Shelter is Clay County's oldest no-kill shelter, created for the purpose of preserving and providing quality of life for lost, abandoned, abused and unwanted pets. The first facility opened in Orange Park in the summer of 1991 and continued to operate at that location until moving to a new facility in Middleburg, December 6, 2003. Since its inception, Safe Animal Shelter has provided loving care to over 11,000 cats and dogs until adopted into forever homes.