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St. Johns County Pet Center

June 2024 Newsletter

Pets of the Month


Bunny is a seasoned adventurer who loves exploring the world around him. Bunny is a friendly and sociable coonhound with a love for outdoor adventures. He's good with older kids, cats, and other dogs, making him a versatile companion for families. Bunny has a curious nature and enjoys sniffing around, following scents, and tracking interesting trails. He's also affectionate and enjoys spending time with his human companions, especially during outdoor activities like hiking or playing fetch. Bunny is a loyal and loving dog, but he has a tendency to escape fences, so a secure environment is essential for his safety and well-being.


Hunter is a handsome and energetic coonhound who was found as a stray, ready to embark on new adventures with his forever family. He is a spirited and vocal dog who loves to express himself through barking and howling. He has a keen sense of smell and enjoys tracking scents during outdoor activities. Hunter is friendly and social, with a playful nature that shines when he's engaged in games and exercise. As a Blue Tick Coonhound, Hunter has a striking coat with unique blue ticking patterns. He is an active dog who thrives on regular exercise and mental stimulation. Hunter would be best suited for a home with a spacious yard or access to outdoor areas where he can indulge in his love for exploring and vocalizing. Hunter is ready to be a loyal companion and adventure buddy in the right home setting.

Adoption Information:

- Spayed/ Neutered: Yes

- Vaccinated: Up-to-date

- Adoption fees waived the entire month of June!

How to Meet:

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.

Adopt a shelter pet and be a part of their extraordinary journey towards a brighter future! 

More Cats are also Available at:

Pet Supermarket

1020 S Ponce de Leon Blvd

St. Augustine, FL 32086


1779 U.S. 1

St. Augustine, FL 32084

Firework Safety Tips

1. Keep pets indoors: Keep your pets inside during fireworks displays to reduce their exposure to loud noises and flashing lights.

2. Create a safe space: Create a safe and comfortable space for your pets inside your home where they can retreat if they feel scared. This could be a quiet room with their favorite toys, blankets, and treats.

3. Provide distractions: Distract your pets with calming activities, such as playing soft music or giving them interactive toys to keep them occupied.

4. Use calming aids: Consider using calming aids like pheromone diffusers, calming collars, or supplements recommended by your veterinarian to help reduce anxiety in pets.

5. Update identification: Ensure your pets are wearing collars with up-to-date identification tags or have microchips with current contact information in case they escape due to fear.

6. Avoid leaving pets in cars: Never leave your pets alone in a car during fireworks displays, as they can become distressed and overheated.

7. Stay calm: Your pets may pick up on your emotions, so try to remain calm and reassuring during fireworks to help them feel more secure.

8. Consult with a vet: If your pet has severe anxiety or fear of fireworks, consult with your veterinarian for additional advice and possible medication options.


By following these tips, you can help keep your pets safe and comfortable during fireworks displays.

Extreme Heat Index

Remember to also pay attention to weather conditions during the summer months! Keep your pets safe by avoiding outdoor activities during extreme heat. High temperatures can lead to heatstroke and dehydration. Always provide plenty of fresh water and shade to keep your pets cool and comfortable. Best practice is to keep your pets indoors during extreme heat.

Field Services

Animal Control Officer Cindy Dillard received a call about a group of bunnies abandoned at the local park. With a sense of urgency, she headed to the scene, knowing that domesticated bunnies wouldn't stand a chance in the wild.

Upon arrival, Cindy began her search, carefully navigating through the woods. Her keen eyes spotted tufts of fur among the bushes, and she slowly but surely collected each frightened bunny, placing them gently in her carrier.

As she continued her rescue mission, Cindy noticed a man dumping more rabbits. With calm determination, she approached him and discovered that he was the one who had left all the bunnies there. Cindy took a moment to educate him about the dangers domesticated bunnies face in the wild, explaining how they lack the survival skills necessary to fend off predators and find food.

The man, realizing his mistake, apologized and thanked Cindy for the education on domestic animals and responsible pet ownership. All the bunnies were safely rescued and are being well cared for by their owner.

Thanks to Cindy's dedication and compassion, the bunnies found a new chance at life. Her actions not only saved the helpless creatures but also highlighted the importance of kindness and education in the community.

Employee Spotlight

Brianna McAfee

Meet Brianna McAfee, an integral part of our team since June 2023. As an Animal Care Technician, Brianna's passion lies in witnessing the incredible transformations of animals. Her favorite aspect of the job is seeing an animal start as untrusting and introverted, only to blossom into the most social, outgoing, and personable companion imaginable. Brianna finds immense joy in helping these animals find their forever homes, ensuring they are matched with the perfect families.


Outside of work, Brianna enjoys spending time with friends and indulging her creative side by experimenting with new hair colors. Her dedication to animal care and her vibrant personality make her a cherished member of our team.


SJC Sherriff's Well-Being Expo

The Well Being Expo, hosted by the Sheriff’s Department, provided a perfect platform to showcase the loving animals in need of forever homes. Among the furry ambassadors representing the shelter were Otis, Nash, and Snickers, accompanied by dedicated animal care technicians Brianna, Andy, and Logan. These friendly canines not only stole the show with their wagging tails and playful antics but also captured the hearts of many attendees.

The event witnessed a fantastic turnout, with numerous visitors stopping by to meet and interact with the adorable shelter pets. As people learned about the unique personalities and stories of these animals, the message of adoption and responsible pet ownership resonated deeply.


The highlight of the day was Nash finding his forever family. This joyful moment marked not just a successful adoption but also a testament to the power of community events in connecting deserving pets with loving homes. Nash's adoption was a collective celebration, showcasing the positive impact of such initiatives on animal welfare. The dedication and hard work of animal care technicians Brianna, Andy, and Logan were instrumental in making the event a success. Their passion for animal welfare, coupled with their expertise in handling and showcasing the pets, played a pivotal role in creating a positive and memorable experience for both pets and attendees.


As we celebrate Nash's adoption success, let's continue to support initiatives that promote shelter pet adoptions and create a brighter future for all animals in need.

Dog's Day Out

Anne, one of our dedicated volunteers, decided to give our furry resident, Snickers, a special day out. Snickers is a friendly and playful Terrier Mix and has been at the Pet Center since April. They headed to the beach, where Snickers joyfully played in the sand and made friends with other beachgoers. His tail wagged non-stop! After fun in the sun, Anne and Snickers took a drive to Starbucks in downtown St. Augustine for a delicious pup cup. Snickers really enjoyed his special treat and couldn’t stop smiling! The day was a perfect mix of adventure and relaxation, leaving Snickers happily tired and Anne fulfilled by the joy she brought to his life.

May Pet Center Stats

50 Cat Adoptions

39 Cats Rescued

23 Cats Spay/Neuter

8 Cats Available for Adoption

35 Dog Adoptions

2 Dog Rescued

14 Dogs Spay/Neuter

25 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!