St. Johns County Pet Center

April 2024 Newsletter

Pet Center's Longest Standing Residents

Meet Nash and Berry: Seeking a Forever Home!


Meet Berry, a charming 3.5-year-old female terrier with a heart full of love. This sweet girl has been patiently waiting for a forever home since January at the pet shelter. Berry is playful, affectionate once she’s comfortable with you, and ready to bring joy into your life. Give her the loving home she deserves, and you'll have a loyal companion for years to come.


Introducing Nash, a spunky 4-year-old terrier mix with a heart as big as his energetic spirit. He first arrived at the Pet Center on January 18th and has been eagerly waiting for his forever home. Nash's beautiful coat and soulful eyes captivate everyone he meets. He's a seasoned adventurer who loves exploring and sniffing out hidden treasures. Nash is known for his loyalty and is happiest by your side, whether it's a cozy evening at home or an outdoor escapade. This charming canine is looking for a loving home where he can share his zest for life with a kindred spirit.

Adopt Berry or Nash and be a part of their extraordinary journey towards a brighter future!

Adoption Information:

- Spayed/ Neutered: Yes

- Vaccinated: Up-to-date

- Adoption fees will be waived!

How to Meet Berry and Nash:

Visit the Pet Center during our adoption hours to spend some time with them. Your love and care could be the missing piece in their journey to a happy, forever home.

Let Berry’s and Nash’s resilient spirit be the inspiration that brings them into your heart and home.

Spring Cleaning Pet Safety

  • Pet-Safe Cleaning Products: Use pet-friendly cleaning solutions to avoid exposing your furry friends to harmful chemicals. Look for products labeled as non-toxic and eco-friendly.
  • Secure Cleaning Supplies: Store cleaning supplies in pet-proof cabinets or high shelves to prevent pets from accessing potentially dangerous substances. This includes items like detergents, bleach, and other cleaning agents.
  • Ventilation During Cleaning: Ensure good ventilation while cleaning to minimize your pet's exposure to fumes. Open windows and doors to allow fresh air to circulate, especially when using cleaning products with strong odors.
  • Safe Disposal of Trash: Keep trash bins securely closed to prevent pets from rummaging through potentially hazardous items. Dispose of cleaning wipes, used paper towels, and other cleaning materials safely.
  • Pet Bedding and Toys: Wash your pet's bedding, blankets, and toys regularly. Use pet-safe detergents and ensure that the items are completely dry before returning them to your pet's living area.
  • Inspect Hidden Spaces: During spring cleaning, check hidden areas where pets might hide or explore. Ensure these spaces are free of any hazards, such as loose wires, small objects, or cleaning products.
  • Check Plants and Flowers: If you have indoor plants or flowers, ensure they are pet-friendly. Some plants can be toxic to pets if ingested. Research and remove any potentially harmful plants from your home.

Remember to create a safe and comfortable space for your pets while you're cleaning, and be mindful of their presence to avoid accidents or stress during the process. If you're unsure about the safety of a particular cleaning product, consult with your veterinarian for advice.

Field Services

Putnam County’s recent dog hoarding incident brought together communities for a noble cause. It all began when news broke out about a dog hoarding situation involving a staggering 200 dogs. The situation was dire, with the dogs in need of immediate care and attention.


Thankfully, neighboring counties rallied together to lend a helping hand. Among those who stepped up were our very own Animal Control Officers Dillard and Lockhart. These brave officers, known for their compassion and determination, joined forces with volunteers and animal welfare organizations to rescue and rehabilitate the dogs.


Amidst the chaos, some the dogs were brought to our Pet Center where they received much-needed medical attention. They were given updated vaccinations, underwent spaying and neutering procedures to ensure their health and well-being, and were showered with love and care from our staff and volunteers.


At the shelter, each dog was given a name and a chance for a new beginning. Adoption advertisements drew in families and individuals eager to open their hearts and homes to these deserving companions.


Thanks to the collaborative efforts of the surrounding counties, dedicated officers like Dillard and Lockhart, and the compassionate staff at the shelter, the dogs brought to our shelter were well cared for and all of them found loving forever homes. It was a true testament to the power of community, kindness, and the unwavering bond between humans and animals.

Employee Spotlight

Paul Studivant

Our department is thrilled to shine a spotlight on Paul Studivant, the dedicated and passionate leader of our Pet Shelter and Animal Control Department, who has devoted 29 years of dedicated service to St. Johns County.

Paul has played an instrumental role in shaping our shelter's commitment to the well-being of animals and the community. With almost three decades of experience, he has demonstrated unwavering dedication, expertise, and compassion in managing the challenges that come with animal welfare.

Throughout his tenure, Paul has been a source of inspiration for our team. He has been at the forefront of implementing innovative programs and initiatives that have significantly enhanced our ability to care for and find loving homes for countless animals.

Beyond his professional contributions, Paul is a proud parent of 3 wonderful grown kids and 2 precious grandsons. During his free time, Paul enjoys spending time with his family, playing with his grandsons and going to the gym.

We express our deepest gratitude to Paul for his outstanding service, commitment, and leadership. His unwavering dedication is truly the backbone of our mission.

Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week

During Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to all Animal Control Officers for their dedication and compassion in ensuring the well-being of animals in our communities. Your tireless efforts in rescuing, caring for, and advocating for animals are truly commendable. Thank you for your hard work and commitment to creating a safer and happier environment for both animals and our citizens.

Pup-A-Pawlooza Event

On Saturday, March 23, 2024, the St. John’s County Pet Center joined the fun festivities of the Pup-A-Pawlooza Event. This event helped us promote pet adoptions and celebrate the bond between humans and animals.

One of the most delightful outcomes of the day was the adoption of Slate and Obi, two of our shelter pets who captured the hearts of many attendees. Slate and Obi found their perfect match during the event, marking a joyful moment for them and their new families.

The Pup-A-Pawlooza Event not only provided a platform for showcasing the wonderful pets available for adoption but also highlighted the importance of pet rescue and responsible pet ownership. It brought together animal lovers, potential adopters, and dedicated volunteers, creating an atmosphere of compassion and support for shelter animals.

The Pup-A-Pawlooza Event not only provided a platform for showcasing the wonderful pets available for adoption but also highlighted the importance of pet rescue and responsible pet ownership. It brought together animal lovers, potential adopters, and dedicated volunteers, creating an atmosphere of compassion and support for shelter animals.

Nocatee Farmers Market

Find Your Furry Friend!

Looking for a loyal companion who's always ready for an adventure? Join us at Nocatee Farmers Market every 3rd Saturday of the Month from 10am-1pm. Events may be canceled due to weather conditions.

St. Johns County Pet Center will have a few loving dogs eagerly waiting to find their forever homes. Our dogs are vaccinated, spayed/neutered, and ready to shower you with unconditional love.

Give a Home and Get a Friend! Adopting a dog not only changes their life but enriches yours too. Experience the joy of unconditional love, boundless loyalty, and the excitement of having a four-legged friend by your side.

Don't miss out on the chance to make a difference in a dog's life and bring endless joy to yours. Join us and discover the paw-sibilities of a new, loving companionship. See you there!

March Pet Center Stats

22 Cat Adoptions

28 Cats Rescued

23 Cats Spay/Neuter

5 Cats Available for Adoption

43 Dog Adoptions

4 Dog Rescued

45 Dogs Spay/Neuter

18 Dogs Available for Adoption


• No appointment required

• Cats can be dropped off at Norwood Spay/Neuter Clinic: 6817 Norwood Ave, Jacksonville FL 32208

o Monday-Friday 9am-3pm; Saturday 9am-1pm

• Cats MUST come in a humane trap. FREE TRAP RENTALS available from FCNMHP or St. Johns County Animal Control

o Proof of St. Johns County residency required

• Questions about outdoor cats in your area?

Call FCNMHP (904) 425-0005 or SJCAC (904) 209-0746 to discuss solutions

Click Here to View All Adoptable Pets!