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The mission of Safe Animal Shelter is to provide a “no kill” safe haven for lost, abandoned, mistreated, and unwanted cats and dogs until they are adopted into a permanent home, and to advocate spay and neuter as the most effective and humane means to reduce animal overpopulation.

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Safe Animal Shelter is Clay County's oldest no-kill shelter, created for the purpose of preserving and providing quality of life for lost, abandoned, abused and unwanted pets. The first facility opened in Orange Park in the summer of 1991 and continued to operate at that location until moving to a new facility in Middleburg, December 6, 2003. Since its inception, Safe Animal Shelter has provided loving care to over 11,000 cats and dogs until adopted into forever homes.

Shelter interiorAll rescued animals at the Safe Animal Shelter are provided food, shelter, loving care, attention, socialization, recreation, exercise and quality medical treatment. Medical treatment includes vaccinations, spay/neuter, heartworm treatment, corrective surgery and other needed services. Once residents are recovered and ready for adoption, they are placed in carefully screened permanent homes.

Safe Animal Shelter receives no government funding. Homeless cats and dogs are provided quality care only through private donations from individuals, groups and businesses.


From 1982 to 1990 the Clay County Humane Society operated a veterinary clinic and animal shelter. In 1990 the organization decided to close the shelter to exclusively provide low-cost veterinary services. A dedicated group of shelter volunteers believed the shelter provided a much needed community service and decided it should not be closed, so they formed the Safe Animal Shelter, a 501(c)(3), non-profit corporation registered with the State of Florida.


Animal Intake By Appointment OnlyWe have very limited space at our shelter since we consistently operate at, or above, capacity. Before you consider surrendering your pet, please look at all other options.

If there are behavior issues, please research trainers in the area. Many training videos are also available online. Most dogs can be trained with consistent practice and patience. If your time is limited, look into having a friend, relative or professional stop by while you are gone to interact with your pet(s). Perhaps money is an issue, which is becoming increasingly common. Look into our area’s low-cost veterinary services and clinics. Discuss options with your vet.

If the decision is inevitable, please know that you must make an appointment at Safe Animal Shelter to surrender your pet. DO NOT ABANDON ANY ANIMAL ON OUR PROPERTY OR ANYWHERE. Please call (904) 276-7233 to schedule an admissions appointment or email us. Remember, we may not always have space. Prepare for your appointment by having all of your pet's veterinary history, medical records and medications it may be taking. A surrender fee will be due at the time of your appointment.

If your situation is dire, you can call Clay County Animal Control at (904) 269-6342 | map


The Safe Animal Shelter is a member of the Clay County Chamber of Commerce.