FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. – The Nassau Humane Society in Fernandina Beach took in 20 small dogs Friday from Animal Care and Protective Services in Jacksonville.
Humane Society Director Debbie Chissell said the dogs range in age from 4 months to 13 years old and lived with two people in Duval County, but one person passed away and the remaining owner, who is in her 80s, couldn’t care for them.
The dogs were surrendered to ACPS on Friday, and the shelter contacted Nassau County for help.
“We are very happy to partner with animal welfare organizations that reach out to us to help animals in need,” Chissell said.
The dogs include Chihuahua mixes, Dachshund mixes and Chiweenies. All of the animals will need vaccinations and some will need spay-neuter surgeries, which NHS will pay for. Some of the dogs appear to have eye issues that will probably require treatment or surgery, and some may also need grooming and additional medical procedures. Some have heartworm and will need medication.
“Were socializing them and we’re hoping that we can find great adopters out there that are looking to introduce a new family member,” Chissell said.
She said they’ve been through a lot.
.@Nassau_Humane took in 20 dogs who are now in need of forever homes! Some have eye issues, heart worm and need procedures. Some will be ready for adoption on Tuesday! Or if you want to donate $ to help, visit https://t.co/0u2nb1Jpkx or call 904-321-1647 @wjxt4 📸: nassau humane pic.twitter.com/76blMMUPL1— Brittany Muller (@BrittMullerNews) September 6, 2020
“It’s going to be time-consuming for our staff and costly,” Chissell said. “We are glad to do it, but if anyone could offer a financial donation to help us with the unexpected costs, we would greatly appreciate it.”
As the dogs are cleared for adoption, they will be posted on the NHS website under the “adopt” link. Dogs requiring spay-neuter will be posted for pre-adoption pending their surgeries.
If you would like to donate, you can do so on at Nassau Humane’s website, call 904-321-1647 or visit the shelter itself at 639 Airport Road in Fernandina Beach.
The shelter will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday. It is closed Monday.