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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.

Jacksonville Game Night Yappy Hour @ Aardwolf
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.


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Painting with a Purpose to Benefit FOJA
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

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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

  • Animal Care and Protective Services (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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