How We Serve Our Community

Safe Animal Shelter is a 501 (c)(3) organization which receives no government funding. All services we provide the community are funded by individual and business donations, grants from charitable foundations, pet adoption fees, and fund-raising activities held throughout each year.

We measure our success by maximizing the number of loving families who adopt pets from us. Each pet we adopt to a forever family opens up space to save another homeless cat orkitten community dog.  We encourage you to consider us your “Go To” Our Adoption Center when looking for your next family pet.

Pets Are Cared for Medically before Adoption:

All rescued animals that enter Safe Animal Shelter are provided food, shelter, loving care, attention, socialization, recreation, exercise and quality medical treatment. That includes spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, and heartworm testing. If heartworm positive, pets are usually put through treatment before adoption. Occasionally new owners take them home before treatments are completed and return them to Safe Animal Shelter when it’s time for treatment. All dogs and cats are microchipped for their safety and  their future owner’s convenience.

“I got my Mickey from Safe.  He was a badly abused dog and they helped me help him.  He is an awesome boy and we’re so lucky to have him.” ~ January 29, 2016 post on Facebook by Caryn V.S.

Conveniently Located Clay County Pet Adoption Center

Safe Animal Shelter is located at 2913 County Road 220, just past Knight Boxx Road in Middleburg, Florida. That’s just a 15-20-minute drive from Orange Park, Green Cove Springs, Middleburg and Fleming Island. Once you arrive, you’ll be greeted by our staff and asked to sign in before you visit the dogs or cats. If you’re looking for a new family dog, there will be 40 to 50 dogs or puppies for you to consider. If a new feline is in your future, there will be 50 to 60 cats or kittens from which to choose. Visiting hours are Noon to 5:00 pm, Wednesday through Sunday. Other meeting times may be made by appointment.

Dogs are housed in indoor/outdoor kennels with chain link gates from the internal hallway, so visitors can easily see dogs of all sizes and doggone cuteness. Our facilities include several fenced yards and a private Meet and Greet room where you can meet with one or more dogs on an up close and personal basis.  Just ask to have an adoption counselor help you meet the dog or dogs of your choice. If you already have a dog or dogs at your home, you can bring them to the shelter for a supervised meeting with the new dog you’d like to adopt.

Cats are housed in one of three rooms where they are free to roam, snooze, play or go outside to a fully-enclosed porch for some fresh air. Enter at the risk of picking up some cat hair — and some loving attention!

            “I adopted my sweet Tootsie Roll a year and a half ago from Safe Animal Shelter.  She is my sweet baby girl and she waits for me in the window every day. When I met her at the shelter she was all about getting and showing affection (and she still is).  All other shelters I’ve visited in my   life, the cats cowered in cages but this isn’t so with Safe Animal Shelter.  The open, social environment was key in my Tootsie adjusting so quickly when I brought her home.  After 15 minutes of being at home with me, it was like she had always been there and she took a nap on her back in the middle of the living room floor. Thank you Safe Animal Shelter for the love and compassion you show the animals and making    sure they find their furr-ever homes.” ~ December 17, 2013 post on Facebook by Wanda H.

Website Features Photos and Brief Description of our Adoptables

If you’re looking for a pet with a specific look or a specific breed, you can watch our Website to see when it makes sense to visit in person.  Each pet is photographed and posted on the site for your selection convenience.  Just click on Adoption to learn about our adoption approval process, things to consider before adopting a new pet and photos of pets currently available for adoption.

We Participate in Off-site Adoption Events

Numerous times throughout the year, we attend adoption events at Petco Stores, PetSmart, Pet Supermarket and other venues.  This gives our pets additional exposure in the community.  Some lucky animals are adopted at the off-site events.  But the main benefit is to make members of the community aware of Safe Animal Shelter so they will visit our facility in person.

“We adopted Kila at the Mega Adoption event and she is a wonderful dog.  Everyone was extremely friendly and helpful!!!  So glad we got the chance to adopt Kila!.” ~ October 15, 2014  post on Facebook from Elizabeth M.

We Advocate Spay/Neuter

Every dog and cat that comes to Safe Animal Shelter is spayed or neutered before adopted. We do not have surgical facilities at the shelter but work with community veterinary clinics to handle the required surgeries.

For  members of the community seeking affordable spay/neuter services, we provide local community resources for low-cost surgeries: simply call Safe Animal Shelter at 904-375-9122 for our most current list of low-cost providers.

Community Service for Bright Futures Scholarship Hopefuls

High School students aged 16 or older who are striving to qualify for a Bright Futures Scholarship are required to provide community service. Safe Animal Shelter offers these students an opportunity to earn community service hours throughout the summer and on Saturday and Sunday during the school year.  Students are supervised while at the shelter and help with cleaning in each of  the cat rooms and some limited cleaning in the dog kennel area.  Occasionally the students have the chance to help socialize puppies or kittens.

Each student’s work is summarized at the end of the school period and provided to their guidance counselor to confirm the number of hours worked and assignments handled.

If you are interested in learning more about this program, call Safe Animal Shelter at 904-375-9122.

Community Service Opportunities for Youth Groups

Each year, a number of Boy Scout Troops, Girl Scout Troops, and church-affiliated Youth Groups contact us to see if there is a way the group can be of service with supplies or fund-raising campaign or if there is a special project they can work on to improve things at Safe Animal Shelter.

We welcome these inquiries because we almost always have projects that can improve how the shelter and its outdoor facilities look.  Please call us if your group is seeking ways to be of community service – 904-375-9122.