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202 Forest Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204



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.

Photos with Santa at Riverside Arts Market (RAM)
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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Hambingo at Hamburger Mary's Benefiting FOJA
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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Strut Your Mutt - Join the FOJA Team!
8:00 AM08:00

Strut Your Mutt - Join the FOJA Team!

Love animals? Interested in saving lives? Join Best Friends Animal Society and our partner rescue groups, shelters and animal welfare organizations for Strut Your Mutt in Jacksonville!

On September 29 join fellow animal lovers to strut at Riverside Park. The event starts with a celebratory walk (dog not required) and includes a family friendly festival with food trucks, vendors and lots of fun activities.

Mark your calendars for the day of the walk, September 29th at Riverside Park. Another great date to remember to push your fundraising is National Dog Day on August 26th. 

Join the FOJA team!!!

Best Friends, along with our partner organizations are dedicated to helping raise funds for pets in the Jacksonville area. Last year, over 1,000 people raised more than $60,000 for lifesaving programs, such as spay and neuter services, adoption events and more. 

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BrewHound National Dog Day
11:00 AM11:00

BrewHound National Dog Day

BrewHound is hosting a National Dog Day Festival @ the wonderful 25 acre Dogwood Park. The day is all about celebrating ☞

DOGS - the impact they have on our lives
COMMUNITY - coming together to connect
& THE WILD PLACES - exploring + respecting the great outdoors that nurture us all

This event will benefit Friends of Jacksonville Animals, Inc., we will have food trucks, doggie ice cream, pools for pups & beer donated from Veterans United Craft Brewery will be flowing for donations. Join us & all these incredible vendors, including Jax Disc Dog League performing an exhibition, for the festivities!

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ACPS Volunteer Orientation
5:00 PM17:00

ACPS Volunteer Orientation

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Want to volunteer with animals? Become an approved volunteer with Animal Care and Protective Services (ACPS)!

Step 1 apply : Complete an online volunteer application at

Step 2 attend orientation:

When: Wednesday, August 22nd at 5:00pm

Where: ACPS, 2020 Forest St, Jax, FL, 32204


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Be There with the Jay Fund
12:30 PM12:30

Be There with the Jay Fund

Join us at Bottlenose Brewing, 9700 Deer Lake Court, Jacksonville, FL 32246, Saturday, August 18, 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm, to watch the Jacksonville Jaguars take on the Minnesota Vikings (kick off at 1:00 pm)

Bottlenose Brewing is hosting this event to benefit two great local charity organizations: Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation ( and Friends of Jacksonville Animals ( (a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Jay Fund and FOJA).

Ticket price is $20 ($30 day of the event) and includes your choice of: Bottlenose or American Burger; All Beef Hot Dog; Chicken Sandwich and a ticket towards one house beer, cider or wine. Additional beverages can be purchased during the event with a portion of the proceeds going to support the charities.

There will be a 50/50 raffle and two great silent auction items: One Jaguars helmet signed by Tom Coughlin (100% of the proceeds benefitting the Jay Fund) and one Jaguars helmet signed by Coach Doug Marrone (100% of the proceeds benefitting FOJA).

Come out and support the Jay Fund and FOJA while cheering on the Jaguars as they prepare for the upcoming winning season!

Tickets on sale via Eventbrite on Facebook:


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3rd Annual Ales for Tails Pub Crawl
12:00 PM12:00

3rd Annual Ales for Tails Pub Crawl

Start the party on Thursday, June 1st at Green Room Brewing (228 3rd Street N. Jax Beach) from 6-9 pm. You'll be able to pick up your t-shirt, check out silent auction items, enjoy some free grub and live music.

The party continues on Saturday, June 3rd at The Pier Cantina with check-in and registration at 12:00 noon.

Tickets are $25 online presale until the pre-party (June 1). Tickets will be $30 online after June 1st and in person on June 3rd at the door. To guarantee yourself an awesome t-shirt, purchase your ticket in advance by June 1st.


12pm-1pm- Registration outside of The Pier Cantina and Sandbar

1pm-2pm- The Pier Cantina and Sandbar

2pm-3pm- The Wreck Tiki

3pm-4pm- Hoptinger

4pm-5pm- Brix Taphouse

5pm-6pm- Lynch's

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Pawject Runway At Bo's Coral Reef
1:00 PM13:00

Pawject Runway At Bo's Coral Reef

Join Friends of Jacksonville Animals and Bo's Coral Reef for an afternoon of shelter dogs walking the in their own Paw-ject Runway show.  We'll have a special paw-o-graph table where you can get your favorite model's paw print.  You can bid big in our silent auction (a great time to pick up great Christmas gifts), buy some organic vegan dog treats, and so much more. We'll even have the Jag's game on the tv so you won't miss the action. The shelter dogs will be hanging out on the patio. Come visit them and enjoy the drinks and fun.  Food will also be available for purchase.

Purchase your wristband in advance and enjoy drink specials from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.  All donations and wristband sales go directly to FOJA to support the shelter animals of Jacksonville including the three beaches shelters. 

Help the dogs and cats in your community while having a good time.

Ticket Levels:

Basic Entry $10: Drink specials of $3 rum punch, $4 wells, $2 Bud Light draft

VIP - Cool Cat $20:  Get more drink specials with your special VIP Cool Cat wristband including  $3 rum punch, $4 wells, $2 Bud Light draft, PLUS $5 Stoli and $3 Fireball

Super VIP - BIG DOG $50: Be a BIG DOG and enjoy ALL the drink specials:  $3 rum punch, $4 wells, $2 Bud Light draft, PLUS $5 Stoli and $3 Fireball AND $5 Long Islands, $5 for any Bomb (vodka & Red Bull), $3 Intuition I-10 draft. 

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