JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — From Monday, Aug. 1 to Friday, Aug. 5, the Jacksonville Humane Society will be offering free pet adoption for teachers, administrators, and all other school personnel.
JHS is emphasizing that the back-to-school special is its way of thanking the teaching community’s commitment to the children in Jacksonville.
“Teaching is such an important job and it can also be emotional work, much like the work that happens in animal shelters,” said CEO Denise Deisler. “At JHS, we understand the importance of the human-animal bond and the role that pets play in bringing joy to our lives.”
A 2021 study from the Rand Corporation found “a much higher proportion of teachers reported frequent job-related stress and symptoms of depression than the general adult population.”
In other studies, owning pets and the human-animal interaction are known to lower stress and help mitigate depression.
JHS says that teachers and school personnel can bring any form of current ID to Jacksonville Humane Society, located at 8464 Beach Blvd., during adoption hours to participate in the special.
JHS is open for adoption from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends.
All pets are neutered, vaccinated and microchipped prior to adoption. Adoption fees are waived for qualifying adopters during this event; additional fees may apply.
For more information, please visit jaxhumane.org or call 904-725-8766.