From 1982 to 1990, Clay Humane operated a veterinary clinic and animal shelter. In 1990, the organization decided to close the shelter to exclusively focus on offering low-cost spay/neuter surgeries as well as other veterinary services. But a dedicated group of volunteers believed a no-kill shelter provided a much-needed community service. There were more pets entering Clay County shelters than were being adopted. And unfortunately, healthy pets were being euthanized because there simply was not enough room to house them.
To provide housing for more homeless pets in the community until they could find a forever home, Safe Animal Shelter was formed in 1991 as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation registered with the state of Florida.
It became the first no-kill shelter in Clay County. The shelter opened in Orange Park, Florida that year and operated in that location until December 6, 2003 when we moved into our new building in Middleburg, Florida.
Safe Animal Shelter’s new facility houses between 40 and 50 dogs and about 50 to 60 cats at one time. Since inception, we have provided loving care to over 17,000 cats and dogs until they were adopted into loving homes.