ROCCO – I call him my puppy soulmate

 

My Heart Dog / Gina Pape
As seen in Unleash Jacksonville / No. 24 HEART Issue

ROCCO

It alllll started two years ago in July. Before I met my boyfriend, I was living alone and I missed our family dogs—we’d always had a dog (or three) running around. A house is just not a home to me unless there’s a dog running around! I went to the Jacksonville Humane Society three times in one week. The third time was the charm! I saw Rocco (previously Dixon) posted as a new dog that morning. I walked up to his cage when I got there and he looked completely exhausted. He let out a little tail wag and smile. That was it. I chose him. I brought him home and was completely in love right away. I wanted a dog who would never leave my side—that’s what I got, and so much more! As much as he’s attached to me, I’m just as attached to him. My family calls him Shadow Boy, as I trip over him on a weekly basis. I’ve had six family dogs throughout my life, but never one of my very own—Rocco is my first. I’ve never shared a bond or connection with a dog as I do with Rocco. He’s so special. He truly is my everything and will forever hold a piece of my heart. I honestly can’t put into words how much he means to me. He’s on my mind all day, every day—yes, I’m obsessed! I call him my puppy soulmate … he’s everything and more I could ever want in a best friend.

Photos: Woof Creative Photography

 

Barks, Brunch & Brews

What could be better than a Sunday Funday food truck brunch with your dog? Enjoy Jacksonville’s hottest brunch trucks, plus bottomless mimosas and drink specials all day.

August 25 – A Flying Sausage
Pure Barre Pop Up class at 10am
Athleta store pop up at 11am!
Please bring a bag of treats to donate to JHS to be entered into a raffle for Athleta items!

September 22 – Pup Active Pop Up!
Please bring a bag of treats to donate to JHS to be entered into a raffle for swag!

First visit to Kanine Social? Please create an account using the ticket link below. All dogs must have proof of up to date rabies, bordetella and distemper. All dogs over 6 months of age must be spayed/neutered.

Bingo at Culhane’s Irish Pub

Join the Jacksonville Humane Society at Culhane’s Irish Pub- Southside for a fun night of Bingo! For a $10 donation you will receive your bingo card and a free house drink! You can enjoy some yummy food and have a great time while supporting JHS. We will have even more bingo cards and tables available for this bingo night! Your donation will help JHS save the lives of more than 8,000 dogs and cats this year.

For questions about bingo, please contact Culhane’s at 904-619-3177.

What to do if your pet is lost

Originally published in the Unleash Jacksonville GOOFUS issue

tips to find lost pets of jacksonville
Find your lost pet

It’s a horrible horrible feeling to know your pet is out there somewhere without you. Getting the word out and starting the search quickly can greatly increase the chances of getting your baby back safely. The following are tips and resources that can help you be successful in your reunification:

• Start looking immediately.

Search your OWN home & property to make sure he’s not just hiding.

• Search your neighborhood. Bring your pet’s favorite things with you, a “squeaky” toy or favorite treats and rattle them loudly while calling your pet’s name. It’s also important to stop regularly, be quiet, and listen to see if your pet is making any noise.

• Use social media! Facebook, instagram and twitter are amazing for spreading the word. Post on Lost Found Pets Jacksonville and North Florida, your neighborhood pages, Unleash Jacksonville, and ask your friends to share share share! Post on the NextDoor app.

• Use the power of scent. Place a recently worn article of clothing (at least a day… the stinkier the better) belonging to a family member or the lost pet’s unwashed bedding in your yard or outside your front door where the breeze can carry the scent. Familiar scents can bring them home. Cats will respond to an open can of tuna fish or litter box also.

• Post signs at intersections. Include the breed of dog (or cat), sex, age, weight, and color, use bright colored paper for higher visibility. Give copies of your flyer to people that walk their dogs in the area… and even the postman! The Jacksonville Humane Society has a FREE flyer generator.

• GO TO all the local shelters. Calling the animal control department or shelter on the phone is not very effective. You should go to the shelters at least every other day.

• Contact veterinary clinics both in your area and surrounding areas. Leave a picture of your pet with contact information for the staff.

Use FindingRover.com or the Finding Rover App (free) to mark your pet as missing. The facial recognition technology could help your pet find his or her way back to you.

• Microchips. When your pet is microchipped, be sure to register your pet’s microchip with the microchip company, and if you move, update the information.

• In Jacksonville, file a report with Animal Care & Protective Services. 904-630-2489 (select option 5) or visit coj.net/pets

Notify the shelter or rescue group where you got your pet. They can help!

• Don’t give up hope! There are amazing stories of found pets every day!

JACKSONVILLE LOST PET RESOURCES

Jacksonville Animal Care & Protective Services
(904) 630-2489 • coj.net/pets
ACPS current strays or found dogs

Jacksonville Humane Society
(904) 725-8766 • jaxhumane.org
Free online flyer generator

jaxanimals.com/lost pets

Lost Found Pets Jacksonville and North Florida

Lost Pets of Jacksonville

petharbor.comlostmydoggie.com
fidofinder.competamberalert.com

Atlantic Beach Animal Control • (904) 247-5866
Neptune Beach Animal Control • (904) 270-2411
Jacksonville Beach Animal Control • (904) 247-6167
St. John’s County Animal Control • (904) 209-6190

Have you had a successful reunion? Are you still looking for your pet? Do you have more ideas to help others? Post them in the comments!

 

JHS Toast to the Animals 2018

Taste the best wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres the First Coast has to offer while helping homeless pets! Join the Jacksonville Humane Society for Toast to the Animals in the US Assure Club West at TIAA Bank Field. All proceeds benefit the shelter’s medical fund. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased at jaxhumane.org/toast or by calling 493-4566.

Location: US Assure Club WEST
TIAA Bank Field

Tickets
Regular
$100
Includes admission to the event, all you can taste wine and hors d’oeuvres from Jacksonville’s hottest restaurants.

VIP
$1,000
Access for 2 to VIP hour, which includes pre-event champagne and hors d’oeuvres in the Jaguars owner’s suite, as well as general admission for 2 to the main event.

Enjoy our silent and live auction, music, entertainment, a wine pull, and our exclusive Jaguars raffle along with hors d’ouevres, wine, beer and a special cocktail from Tito’s Handmade Vodka. This event is chaired by Jaguars General Manager, Dave Caldwell, and his wife, Joelle – loving friends of the Jacksonville Humane Society.

JHS Summer Camp for Kids

View all 2018 Camp Themes and Dates

JHS is proud to offer a selection of camps for children of all ages, thanks to The Jim Moran Foundation.  Camps provide children an experience to learn about dogs, cats and helping pets in our community.

** Camp registration is now open at jaxhumane.org/kidscamp ** Contact us with any questions. Cost: $200/camper
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (extended care available for additional cost)

One snack provided. Campers are asked to bring a water bottle and a lunch.

Extended care is available beginning at 7:45 a.m. and ending at 5:15 p.m. for an additional $50 flat fee with any enrollment. Drop off is from 8:45 – 9:00 a.m. and pick up is from 4:00 – 4:15 p.m. Extended care must be arranged in advance.

All first-time campers will receive a free book, courtesy of The Jim Moran Foundation, while supplies last.

For more information, please read our Camp Handbook available on our website jaxhumane.org/kidscamp, call 904-493-4573 or email events@jaxhumane.org.

JHS Camp Registration Protocol:
Allergies: Camp is not recommended for children with allergies to pet dander or nuts. Camp is held on a campus that houses more than 200 dogs and cats. Dogs are given peanut butter daily and many treats contain nut allergens. For these reasons and the safety, health and well-being of your child, we do not recommend that children with these allergies attend camps at JHS. 

Ages: JHS recommends that parents use “rising” grades (example, a child who finished 2nd grade should register for grades 3-5 camp) however – you know your children best and we encourage you to follow parental instinct. We reserve the right to make a professional judgment and move a camper to a more appropriate age group after consulting with you.

Eat at Chipotle – Benefit for Jacksonville Humane Society

Eat at ANY Chipotle in the Jacksonville area and show the event flyer on your phone when you pay – 50% of your purchase will come right back to help our dogs and cats at JHS!

Flyer: jaxhumane.org/chipotle

Participating Locations:

Regency
9395 ATLANTIC BLVD,
JACKSONVILLE, FL 32225

Argyle
8635 BLANDING BLVD STE 102,
JACKSONVILLE, FL 32244

Mandarin
11113 SAN JOSE BLVD STE 101,
JACKSONVILLE, FL 32223

Hodges & Beach
13546 BEACH BLVD STE 1,
JACKSONVILLE, FL 32224

Julington Creek
13920 OLD ST AUGUSTINE RD STE 105,
JACKSONVILLE, FL 32258

Beaches
1758 3RD ST S,
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, FL 32250

Northside / Airport
790 SKYMARKS DR STE 101,
JACKSONVILLE, FL 32218

Town Center
4865 TOWN CENTER PKWY STE 1,
JACKSONVILLE, FL 32246

Online and mobile orders do no count. You must show the flyer, either a printed copy or on your phone. Go to jaxhumane.org/chipotle to view or download the flyer.

Meowmasté – Yoga with Cats

Join JHS for a yoga session at our brand new Adoption, Education and Community Resource Center on Friday, March 16th at 5:45 p.m. Lead by certified instructor, Beth Jordan, this course welcomes all skill levels. Special guests will include adoptable cats and kittens from the Jacksonville Humane Society!

Donation based.

You might sign-up in advance. Please visit jaxhumane.org/yoga for details.