JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – From Monday, August 1 through Friday, August 5, the Jacksonville Humane Society will offer free pet adoption to teachers, administrators, and all other school personnel.
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JHS points out that the back-to-school special is its way of thanking the teaching community’s commitment to the children of Jacksonville.
“Teaching is such an important job and it can also be emotional work, much like the work that goes on in animal shelters,” CEO Denise Deisler said. “At JHS, we understand the importance of the human-animal bond and the role companion animals play in bringing joy to our lives.”
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A 2021 study by the Rand Corporation found that “a much higher proportion of teachers reported frequent work-related stress and symptoms of depression than the general adult population.”
In other studies, pet ownership and human-animal interaction are known to reduce stress and help alleviate depression.
JHS says teachers and school staff can bring any form of current identification to the Jacksonville Humane Society, located at 8464 Beach Blvd., during adoption hours to participate in the special.
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JHS is open for adoption from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends.
All animals are sterilized, vaccinated and microchipped before adoption. Adoption fees are waived for eligible adopters at this event; additional charges may apply.
For more information, please visit jaxhumane.org or call 904-725-8766.
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