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Jacksonville, FL 32204
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Events

Be sure to keep up with whatʼs happening with FOJA and Animal Care and Protective Services. Check our calendar regularly for pet friendly events that are fun for the entire family.

Southern Women's Show 2019
Oct
17
to Oct 20

Southern Women's Show 2019

Don't miss the fun at the Southern Women's Show. This year, Animal Care & Protective Services will have adoptable animals on site ready for you to meet and greet and learn more about your City shelter. Stop by and see us and our friends from ACPS.

Purchase your ticket online using the code FRIENDS to save $4 from the door price. A $2 donation will be made to FOJA for each ticket purchased using this code.

Show dates/times:

  • Thursday 10/17 10am-6pm

  • Friday 10/18 10am-7pm

  • Saturday 10am-7pm

  • Sunday 11am-5pm

Gather your mother, daughter, grandmother, aunts, girlfriends and enjoy this annual day out of fun.

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Best Friends Strut Your Mutt Charity Walk
Oct
26
8:00 AM08:00

Best Friends Strut Your Mutt Charity Walk

Join Team FOJA or donate to one of our team members for the Best Friends Strut Your Mutt charity walk. Donations to the Friends of Jacksonville Animals team will stay local and go directly to the animals of Duval county supporting medical needs of shelter pets.

Our goal this year is $30,000. We came close last year thanks to all of YOU!

Join the team today (or donate to another team member) now and come out and have fun with us in October.

We're excited that this year's event will be in late October when temperatures will be more comfortable for walkers and the dogs.

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Hambingo at Hamburger Mary's Benefiting FOJA
Nov
11
7:00 PM19:00

Hambingo at Hamburger Mary's Benefiting FOJA

HamBINGO Mary’s is a weekly charity event held in Hamburger Mary’s Dining Room every Monday and Thursday evening (7pm)… with a different charity beneficiary every week. Hosted by some of Jacksonville’s most fabulous drag queens, you know this is NOT your typical “church basement bingo!” The show can get a little risqué, so enjoy the drink specials! It’s all about having fun while supporting local Jacksonville charities.

Guests are asked to make a $10 donation to play all night. If you want more chances to win, additional cards are available. The money collected for the Bingo cards goes directly to that night’s charity! We sometimes feature special shots and drink specials that benefit the charity as well, so “eat, drink, and be… MARY!”

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Family Pet Fair & Blessing of the Pets
Nov
16
10:00 AM10:00

Family Pet Fair & Blessing of the Pets

7th Annual Family Pet Fair & Blessing of the Pets. Family and Pet Friendly. Fun family event. Bring your pet for this fun family event!

  • Enter the “Best in Show” contest hosted by Katy Jefferies of First Coast News.

  • Complimentary baths at our Laundromutt.

  • Free nail trims by Green Dog Spa.

  • Discounted micro-chipping by St. Francis Animal Hospital.

  • Kids activities by Epic Outreach.

  • Honeybee Observation Hive by Bee Friends Farm.

  • Eats by Berry Good Farms.

  • Lots of vendors, a Charity Shop, adoptable pets.

Don’t miss the Blessing of the Pets ceremony at 1pm!

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3rd Annual Adopt a Bark in the Park
Sep
21
10:00 AM10:00

3rd Annual Adopt a Bark in the Park

Join us for a dog day in the park, featuring adoptions, a doggie kissing booth, pet vendors, microchip checks, demonstrations, a ball pit, and more! All proceeds to benefit Friends of Jacksonville Animals, Inc. whose mission is to end unnecessary euthanasia, educate the public on responsible pet ownership, and enrich the lives of shelter animals.

Hosted by Jacksonville Jaycees

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The 2019 Cat Film Fest
Sep
1
12:00 PM12:00

The 2019 Cat Film Fest

The NY Cat Film Festival™ is an annual celebration of the cats who share our lives, through short films from around the world that inspire, educate and entertain, benefiting The Friends of Jacksonville Animals (FOJA).

Buy tickets: 14438.formovietickets.com
Follow this event: Facebook

[These films are free of physical or verbal abuse toward people or animals. The only tears you might shed would be tears of joy for happy endings. The programs are designed for adult
audiences but can be enjoyed by all members of the family, including mature children.]

  • THE PET EFFECT (2 min) A priceless mock-advertisement.
    Little Works of Art (13 min) a documentary about Harold "Cat Man" Sims and his self-styled American Museum of the House Cat in Sylva, NC, with over 10,000 cat-related objects.

  • Art’s Automotive (6 min) An animated tale of an orphaned kitten who bonds with an auto repair robot in the future.

  • Akamatsu the Cat (10 min) A documentary about life with a paralyzed kitty, Akamatsu, who went on to live 4 vibrant years with the use of a wheelchair.

  • Pure Fluff (4 min) A documentary sketch of a professional cat groomer in New York City, who shows how to tackle this challenge.

  • Winter Break (5 min) The thoughts of a school teacher bored during winter break with only her cat for company.

  • Guardians of Recoleta (21 min) A documentary examining community cats living in the iconic Buenos Aires Recoleta cemetery, and what became of some kitties removed by well-meaning American rescuers.

  • Scaredy, the Cat (8 min) A heartwarming documentary about a very shy cat who was adopted at the tennis courts in NYC’s Riverside park but avoids everyone except for a few choice people.

  • MARNIE: The Cat Guru (2 min) A philosophical tabby cat expounds on the meaning of life and happiness.

  • CAT NATION: A Film About Japan’s Crazy Cat Culture (26 min) A documentary about Japan’s extraordinary love of kitty cats.

  • INSTAGRAM CAT MOM (5 min) A mockumentary about the lengths people might go to for the purrfect photo to post online.

  • SAMANTHA AND THE ROCK CATS (11 min) A documentary that follows a woman who travels the country with her cat show.

  • Mittens from Kittens (4 min) A documentary about a woman was inspired by the nuisance of cat hair to discover other uses for it.

  • BETH IS NOT A CAT (3 min) A flight of fancy about Beth who is not a cat, but looks like one.

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The 2019 Dog Film Fest
Aug
31
12:00 PM12:00

The 2019 Dog Film Fest

The NY Dog Film Festival™ is an annual celebration of the love between dogs and their people, through short films from around the world that inspire, educate and entertain, benefiting the Friends of Jacksonville Animals (FOJA).

Buy tickets: 14438.formovietickets.com
Follow this event: Facebook

[These films are free of physical or verbal abuse toward people or animals. The only tears you might shed would be tears of joy for happy endings. The programs are designed for adult audiences but can be enjoyed by all members of the family, including mature children.]

  • Unexpected (2 min) An animated tale with an unexpected ending.

  • Shit Happens (2 min) A mime demonstrates what happens when you don't "Pick it Up"

  • Esther - Saving Castaways (6 min) A documentary chronicling a prison program for unwanted dogs trained by inmates: an unlikely union that changes both man and dog.

  • Elvis: The Lonely Hunter of Circle Beach (5 min) A remote Long Island beach. A tough little dog named Elvis. His search for the elusive Buried Bagel.

  • Dog Power (25 min) A dynamic documentary following the glorious canine/human athletes competing together in international competitions for shared outdoor sports.

  • I Rescue Senior Dogs (5 min) - A documentary about Sherri Franklin, the founder of Muttville, a last-chance rescue for senior dogs in San Francisco.

  • About a Dog (16 min) A charming story about an antisocial book editor, who reluctantly fosters a dog, which brings her out of shell and introduces her to love.

  • It's a Potcake Life (30 min) A heart-warming documentary following the indigenous stray dogs of the Bahamas - called Potcakes - and the happy endings facilitated by an island of dedicated
    rescuers.

  • A Dog's Life (8 min) - An animated interpretation of a dog’s view of an ordinary day in his life.

  • Well Groomed - (8 min) A colorfully-hued documentary peeking into the colorful, passionate world of competitive creative dog grooming.

  • Imperfect Adventure (5 min) A beautifully philosophical journal of one woman’s trip across North America in a motorcycle, with her dog in the sidecar, overcome her doubts and fears.

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Back to School Pet Adoptions
Aug
24
4:00 PM16:00

Back to School Pet Adoptions

It's almost that time again!! Get your Furkid's 1st day photo taken!!

Photos are FREE but we will be taking donations for Friends of Jacksonville Animals, Inc.. 🐾🍎📚🎒🐶

  • We are also giving away a bag of pet food for the most dapperly dressed back to school pet!

  • FREE Back To School bandanas will also be available while supplies last.

  • While in-store we will have treats for furbabies & cookies for humans.

Don't miss the chance to give back to a local animal shelter and capture your Furkid's Back To School grin!

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Dog Days of Summer Paw-ty
Jun
23
11:00 AM11:00

Dog Days of Summer Paw-ty

Calling all dog lovers- we are throwing a Dog Days of Summer Paw-ty benefiting Friends of Jacksonville Animals, Inc. Bring the pup and join us in the Beer Garden on Sunday, June 23rd for Sunday Brunch, Live Music, Local Vendors and more! Wicked Barley will be donating a portion of the Beer Garden sales to Friends of Jacksonville Animals, Inc., a non profit fundraising group that advocates for Animal Care and Protective Services.

LOCAL VENDORS INCLUDE:
Pet Wants Jax Beach - food truck for dogs
Barked Goods - locally made dog treats
Creative Grain Studio - DIY paw print blocks
Pawsmetics - natural dog care products
Kanine Social - dog park + craft beer bar

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Hambingo at Hamburger Mary's Benefiting FOJA
Apr
29
7:00 PM19:00

Hambingo at Hamburger Mary's Benefiting FOJA

HamBINGO Mary’s is a weekly charity event held in Hamburger Mary’s Dining Room every Monday and Thursday evening (7pm)… with a different charity beneficiary every week. Hosted by some of Jacksonville’s most fabulous drag queens, you know this is NOT your typical “church basement bingo!” The show can get a little risqué, so enjoy the drink specials! It’s all about having fun while supporting local Jacksonville charities.

Guests are asked to make a $10 donation to play all night. If you want more chances to win, additional cards are available. The money collected for the Bingo cards goes directly to that night’s charity! We sometimes feature special shots and drink specials that benefit the charity as well, so “eat, drink, and be… MARY!”

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Pet Adoption Event at Beall's Outlet Wesltand Mall
Mar
9
12:00 PM12:00

Pet Adoption Event at Beall's Outlet Wesltand Mall

Bealls Outlet is partnering with Animal Care and Protective Services (ACPS) and Friends of Jacksonville Animals (FOJA) for a pet adoption event at their outlet in the Westland Mall. Adoptable animals will be onsite looking for their furever homes. Adopt and shop! Bealls Outlet has the perfect item for your pets:

  • Pet Beds

  • Toys

  • Snacks

  • Puppy Pads

  • Retractable Leash

  • Travel Pet Bowls

  • Dog Waste Bags

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Jacksonville Game Night Yappy Hour @ Aardwolf
Jan
24
5:00 PM17:00

Jacksonville Game Night Yappy Hour @ Aardwolf

Take a chance on playtime with your pup! Your dog knows there's only one rule: Have fun!

So bring your pup and join us at Aardwolf Brewery, in their outdoor beer garden. Grab a brews and hangout while your dog snags a chew. Pet Wants Jax Beach, Jacksonville’s first pet food truck, will be onsite if your pup gets hungry and Sunset Sliders will be serving up some food for the rest of us.

Every human gets a free drink and a chance to roll the dice for a free toy from our new Heads or Tails line in Target and online at Urban Outfitters!

Raffle proceeds will be donated to Friends of Jacksonville Animals, Inc.

*ONLY SERVICE DOGS ALLOWED IN THE TAPROOM*

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BARK BOX Game Night at Aardwolf Brewery
Jan
24
5:00 PM17:00

BARK BOX Game Night at Aardwolf Brewery

BARK, makers of BarkBox, is hosting this event to promote their new line of nostalgic Heads or Tails game toys launching in Target.

Come on down for a game night Yappy Hour at Aardwolf Brewery. There will be pups up for adoption, and a raffle to win a few bundles of BARK’s Heads or Tails toys.

All proceeds go to FOJA. YAY!

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Painting with a Purpose to Benefit FOJA
Jan
19
3:00 PM15:00

Painting with a Purpose to Benefit FOJA

Friends of Jacksonville Animals (FOJA) is partnering with Painting With A Twist for a fun afternoon of painting. Click on the event photo to see the full image of the featured class painting. 50% of the proceeds from the class will directly benefit the medical and enrichment needs of Animal Care and Protective Services. Tickets may be purchased through https://www.paintingwithatwist.com/studio/jacksonville/event/1835403/

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Photos with Santa at Riverside Arts Market (RAM)
Dec
1
10:00 AM10:00

Photos with Santa at Riverside Arts Market (RAM)

Join Santa for photos from 10am - 2pm on December 1st! A portion of the proceeds benefit Friends of Jacksonville Animals, Inc. Photos are $5 and will be emailed to you within a couple of days. 

It's also First Saturday Brews at Riverside Arts Market so enjoy a local beer from Bold City Brewery.  And listen to the tunes along the River Stage: 

10:30 - 11:15 a.m.: Callie Tomblin - Singer/Songwriter
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.: Collapsible B
12:30 - 1:15 p.m.: The Bridge Street Vibe
1:30 - 1:50 p.m.: Olive My Pickle Pickle Eating Contest
2 - 2:45 p.m.: Yuleslide 

Don't forget, we are now a full year market, so we will be open every Saturday in December! 

Produced by Riverside Avondale Preservation, RAM features artists, artisans, farmers, makers, musicians and many other community organizations. RAM is a great place to grab your locally grown produce, purchase local art, grab a bite to eat and enjoy the day along the St. John’s River.

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