Animal Services

The Nassau Humane Society operates the City's animal services program. To learn more about the Nassau Humane Society, visit: Nassau Humane Society Webpage, Nassau Humane Society Facebook Page or call 904-321-1647.

Adoptable NHS dogs and cats may be viewed online at the:
Nassau Humane Society Adoptable Animals Page.

The City and Nassau Humane Society encourage all pets to be spayed or neutered to reduce overpopulation of dogs and cats. For information on free and low-cost spay/neuter options, call First Coast No More Homeless Pets at (904) 425-0005 or visit their website at FCNMHP also offers low-cost wellness options for pets and provides a pet food bank for those who qualify.

The hours of operation for animal intake, reclaim, and adoptions are:

Tuesday to Friday 11:30AM - 5PM
Saturday 11:00AM - 4PM
Sunday 11:00AM - 3PM

NHS will open by appointment if these hours do not allow a potential adopter to visit. After-hour emergency services, defined as an animal bite to a human or identification of a vicious or injured animal, are provided by the Animal Control Officer.

Pet Licensing

All pet owners within the City limits are required to license their pets. Licenses can be purchased at the Nassau Humane Society office at 671 Airport Road. To obtain a city license, proof of current rabies certificate administered by a veterinarian must be furnished. The cost for a city license is $5.00 for a sterilized pet and $100.00 for a non-sterilized pet (95% refundable if the pet is subsequently sterilized). Verification of sterilization is required. The license will provide very valuable assistance if the pet becomes lost.

Nassau Humane Society is located on Airport Road off of the Amelia Island Parkway. Airport Road is close to the 14th Street/Parkway roundabout. The City of Fernandina Beach provides animal control services within the City limits. Services are currently contracted to the Nassau Humane Society (NHS). NHS operates its Adoption Center out of the City's Animal Control facility. Upon entering the shelter, a stray or surrendered animal is held for five (5) business days to allow the owner to reclaim the pet.

On the sixth day, the animal is put through a series of tests to determine if it is a candidate for adoption. Healthy, behaviorally-sound animals are then placed into the Adoption Program. All animals in the Adoption Program are sterilized, made current on vaccinations including rabies, wormed, treated for fleas, and dogs are started on heartworm prevention. NHS assumes all costs from this point until adoption. The Nassau Humane Society's Adoption Center operation is funded solely by donations and run by a small staff with the help of volunteers.