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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Introducing ACPS Space Force: Our mission? To find foster homes for 60 dogs for 6 weeks! April 15, 2024

Over the next 6 weeks, we are getting critical upgrades done on our shelter's air conditioning system. That's great news—we'll be able to keep our furry friends (and two-legged employees) even cooler this summer! 

ACPS Closed on Wednesday April 26, 2023 April 24, 2023

Animal Care and Protective Services will be closed on Wednesday April 26, 2023. 

Adoption Center Hours January 21, 2023 January 19, 2023

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Memorial Day Adoption Special May 24, 2024

ACPS is waiving all adoption fees this Memorial Day weekend! Come any time during our open hours and kick off your holiday weekend with a new best friend.


MEGA Merry FREE Adoption Weekend December 16, 2023

We’re joining PetcoLove for the merriest adoption event of the holiday season!


Black Friday Free Adoption Event November 24, 2023

Black Friday free adoptions are BACK! Beginning on Black Friday, November 24, adoption fees at both ACPS and The Jacksonville Humane Society will be waived. This free adoption special will last through Sunday, November 26. The community is invited to come out to both shelters to meet a wide variety of available pets!

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