City of Jacksonville

Animal Care and Protective Services

Animal Care and Protective Services


Welcome to Animal Care and Protective Services (ACPS) in Jacksonville, Florida. Serving the largest city in the United States by land area, ACPS is dedicated to the welfare and protection of animals in our community. Each year, we take in between 6,000 and 8,000 animals, providing them with the care and compassion they deserve.  Our goal is to find loving homes for as many of these animals as possible, and at any given time, we have close to 500 animals available for adoption.

In addition to our adoption services our mission is to take the lead in cultivating a community rooted in compassion and service that safeguards the wellbeing of humans & animals alike. We're dedicated to exemplifying and fostering compassion, reliability, and responsibility in Jacksonville., ACPS handles over 30,000 calls for service annually. Our team of dedicated professionals and volunteers works tirelessly to respond to these calls, which include everything from rescuing stray and injured animals to investigating cases of animal cruelty and neglect.

At ACPS, we believe in a community-centric approach to animal welfare. We offer a variety of programs and services designed to support pet owners, promote responsible pet ownership, and ensure the health and safety of all animals in Jacksonville. Our services include spay/neuter programs, vaccinations, microchipping, and educational outreach initiatives. Whether you are looking to adopt a new furry friend, volunteer your time, or learn more about responsible pet care, ACPS is here to help.

We are proud to serve the Jacksonville community and grateful for the support of our residents in making our city a better place for animals and people alike. Join us in our mission to protect and care for Jacksonville’s animals. Together, we can make a difference. Visit us today to meet our adoptable pets, or explore our website to learn more about how you can get involved. Thank you for supporting Animal Care and Protective Services!

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Animal Care & Protective Services To Receive Much-Needed X-Ray Machine January 6, 2015

The Jed Fund, Anonymous Donation Will Cover Cost of Equipment   Thanks to a private donation and a fundraising campaign launched Dec. 1 by the Jed Fund, Animal Care & Protective Services (ACPS) will be the recipient of a critically-needed X-ray machine. After an initial donation of $32,000 from an anonymous donor, a capital campaign led by the Jed Fund raised an additional $32,003 to cover the remaining cost of the machine.    “The Jed Fund is an inspiring example of what we can achieve as a community when we work together,” said Mayor Alvin Brown. “Efforts such as this one are part of what drives Jacksonville’s success as city.”  

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Dogtoberfest FREE Adoption Special October 22, 2022

ACPS is celebrating Dogtoberfest with FREE adoptions this weekend at PetSmart Regency 


Fall in Love October 15, 2022

Fall in love with your new best friend at our Autumn Adoption Event. 


Howl-O-Ween Adoption Event October 15, 2022

All treats-no tricks at this FREE adoption event. 

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Helping the Community One Dog, One Cat and One Person at a Time

Cat gazing at something4,375ADOPTIONS
Dog excited to go for a walk675PETS REUNITED WITH THEIR OWNERS
Veterinarian performing surgery18,980Volunteer Hours Logged

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