The City of Fernandina Beach has permitted Nassau Humane Society to operate its Adoption Center out of the City's Animal Control facility. Upon entering the shelter, an animal is held for 5 business days in the stray area to allow the owner to reclaim the pet. On the 6th day, at the expense of NHS, the pet is put through a series of tests to determine if it is a candidate for adoption. These tests include Heartworm, FIV, Feluk, and temperament testing. Healthy, behaviorally sound animals are then placed into the Adoption Program. All animals in the Adoption program are sterilized, made current on vaccinations including rabies, wormed, treated for fleas, and dogs are started on heartworm prevention. When funding and space is available, NHS will address illnesses such as heartworm, mange, and upper respiratory, thanks to the efforts of our local veterinarians. NHS assumes all costs from this point until adoption.

The Nassau Humane Society's Adoption Center operation is funded solely by donations and run by a small staff with the help of volunteers. Your support and financial help is greatly appreciated.

The Adoption Center is open for adoptions 5 days a week, during the following hours:

Our shelter is open to visitors from:

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
11:30 AM until 6:00 PM

1:00 PM until 7:00 PM

11:00 AM until 4:00 PM

11:00 AM until 3:00 PM

Please stop by the shelter during these hours. We will open by appointment if these hours do not allow a potential adopter to visit. Our animals may also be viewed online at

For more information please contact us at