The Jacksonville Humane Society is partnering with Purina to waive adoption fees on pets for adults 55 and older.
Through the new program, the society hopes to increase the number of adoptions at the shelter, according to a news release.
“Pet ownership helps people feel healthier, happier and more engaged with the community,” said Denise Deisler, society executive director. “Even more importantly, pets encourage people to exercise and interact with others socially. We hope this new program will benefit people and pets, bringing joy to adopters and loving new homes to animals.”
The Purina-sponsored adoption program for seniors covers a pet's adoption fee, including the cost of spaying or neutering the animal, initial inoculations, microchipping, heartworm testing and feline leukemia and FIV screening.
Adopters must purchase heartworm prevention for dogs six months and older. Prices range up to $30 for a six-month supply. Duval County residents must also purchase a $20 rabies tag at the time of adoption, according to the release.
For more information about the Purina program, go to purina.com/petsfor55plus. To learn more about adopting a pet from the society, located at 8464 Beach Blvd., go to jaxhumane.org.