NHS on WJXT-Channel 4!

Happy, affectionate Opal was our star on River City Live April 16! Please come see all of our adoptable dogs and cats

Click the link to join River City Live on a tour of the NHS Dog Park

We were thrilled to welcome Rance Adams and River City Live to NHS  on Easter weekend! 

On a glorious day, WJXT’s River City Live showcased a glorious dog — our Gloria!  

Handsome Winchester stopped by River City Live to say hello — he’s available for adoption!

Mellow Mack paid a visit to River City Live on Feb. 19, and he’s hoping you’ll come see him at NHS!

Feb. 5 was a Lucky day for viewers of River City Live when sweet Lucky made an appearance!

Cute puppy alert! Check out their appearance on WJXT-Channel 4’s River City Live Jan. 22!

Friendly Fozzie was a star on River City Live Jan. 8, and he’s ready for adoption!

Little Knox made a bold debut on River City Live Dec. 11! (Update: He’s adopted!)

Flint paid a visit to WJXT’s River City Live Nov. 20 — He’s a sweetheart!

Everything was just ducky at River City Live Nov. 13 — our great dog Ducky paid a visit!

Vida, one of the sweet rescue dogs we welcomed from Puerto Rico, paid a visit to WJXT’s River City Live with Dionna on Oct. 24!

Haze is a happy, active dog who introduced himself to the River City Live audience with his pal Steele on Sept. 25! He was adopted shortly afterward! 

Sterling, a great dog who lost his Louisiana home in Hurricane Laura, visited River City Live with Dionna! You can watch his segment here!

Stoli is a fantastic dog who was a superstar on WJXT’4’s River City Live! Please watch his segment to learn more about him!

Our Volunteer Coordinator, Dionna Sowers, visited River City Live to talk about our friend Austin (who came along) and more!

River City Live on WJXT-4 recently featured some of our adorable puppies! Click the “adopt” button on this website to see our currently available dogs, cats, puppies and kittens!

WJXT-Channel 4’s River City Live dropped in at NHS for a look at kitten season!

Lovable Quail was on WJXT-TV 4 ‘s River City Live June 1 with an important message!

Lola the cat paid a virtual visit to WJXT-Channel 4’s River City Live April 28!

The importance of fostering, and virtual meet-and-greets, were discussed by our Dionna Sowers on The Morning Show March 26. 

Beto the Chihuahua mix visited The Morning Show March 10 and helped spread the good word about having your pets spayed and neutered! 

Bobby showed off his tricks on The Morning Show March 5! Please come see Bobby and his friends at NHS!

Sweet Pancake the rabbit hopped over to WJXT-4’s River City Live March 2! Bunny lovers, you’ll flip for Pancake and Waffles!

Adorable Molly was a star on WJXT-4’s River City Live on Feb. 21! Thank you, Channel 4 for helping get the word out about our wonderful, adoptable dogs and cats!

Lovable Logray was looking for his valentine on WJXT-Channel 4’s The Morning Show Feb. 11!

River City Live introduced Ernie on Feb. 7! Please check our pet listings to check on his availability, and his pal Bert. See our pets on alternate Tuesdays between 9 and 10 am on The Morning Show, and alternate Fridays between 11 and noon on River City Live!

Sweet Woodrow said hello on the Morning Show on Jan. 29! 

Ginger, one of our favorites, was featured Jan. 24 on River City Live!

Utterly adorable Piglet steps out in style on The Morning Show for National Dress Up Your Pet Day on Jan. 14!

New schedule! Watch WJXT-TV4 between 9 and 10 a.m. on alternate Tuesdays to meet our great adoptable pets on The Morning Show, and on alternate Fridays between 11 a.m. and noon on River City Live!

Jan. 10 — Puppies Bubba and Chubs make a lively NHS debut on River City Live

Nov. 1 — It’s National Adopt a Senior Pet month, and our sweet Shepherd helped celebrate with The Morning Show!

Oct. 25 — April, one of our recently rescued Lab mixes, was our featured pet on WJXT-4’s The Morning Show today. Thank you, Channel 4 for helping spread the word about our adorable adoptables! And please watch our Morning Show segments most Fridays during the 9-10 a.m. hour.


Oct. 4, 2019 — Handsome Hampshire was a star on WJXT-4’s The Morning Show! We have Shepherd mixes available for adoption now, so please come see us!

Sept. 26, 2019 — Two of our Bahamas dogs greeted viewers of WJXT-TV4’s The Morning Show. These sweet-natured “potcakes” are available for adoption now!

Sept. 20, 2019 — NHS Animal Services Manager Daryl Thompson shares our sweet Cookie with viewers of WJXT-TV4’s The Morning Show!

Sept. 13, 2019 —  The WJXT Morning Show audience got an update on our Nassau for Nassau efforts, and got to know Kramer, who’s looking for a foster to help with his training. He’s a cutie!

Sept. 6, 2019 — NHS Operations Director Christina Sutherin discusses NHS’s Nassau for Nassau effort to help people and pets in the Bahamas.

Aug. 23, 2019 — Our sweet Hercules showed off his bulked-up physique on The Morning Show! 

Aug. 16, 2019 — Skylar was this week’s NHS pet on WJXT-Channel 4’s The Morning Show. Please watch her segment here

August 9, 2019 — Mellow Rizzo was our featured pet on WJXT-Channel 4’s The Morning Show! Please watch her segment and come see Rizzo and her friends!

August 2, 2019 — Merlin worked his magic on WJXT – Channel 4’s The Morning Show (and has already been adopted)! We still have lots of wonderful dogs and cats who need forever homes — please come see us and find your new best friend!

July 26, 2019 — Puppies were our stars this week on WJXT-Channel 4’s The Morning Show! Please watch their segment here and be prepared for major cuteness!


July 19, 2019 — Sir Charles was our super-cute representative on The Morning Show, and  you can watch his segment here!  He’s one of about three dozen rescue dogs who came to us this week from a severely overcrowded shelter. Several have been adopted but several are still available! Come meet your new best friend!


Bartlet was a charmer on WJXT-TV4’s The Morning Show July 12, and it’s no wonder! Please watch his segment and you’ll see what we mean. He’s a sweet, mellow dog who needs a foster home for a few weeks where he can recover from life-saving heart worm treatment. We supply you with everything you need to keep him, including food, bowls, treats and more. If you’d like to get the warm feeling of knowing that you helped save a life, please drop by our Adoption Center at 639 Airport Road in Fernandina Beach and meet Bartlet!


Nassau Humane Society will be at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds Saturday for the MEGA ADOPTION EVENT. We’ll be there from about 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ALL adoptions, at Mega and at our Adoption Center (639 Airport Rd., Fernandina Beach, Fl. 32034), will be ONLY $20.00 on Saturday! The dogs who will be at the Fairgrounds are Bryson, Buffalo, Devon, Misuka, Nora, Simba, Talco, Trooper, Virginia Woolf and Whisker Fish. For more on those dogs, and the additional dogs who will be at our shelter, please click here. We have lots of great cats too! The Adoption Center will be open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Come meet your new best friend!


Our sweet Juliet was delighted to accept an invitation from the Nassau County Council of Aging to attend a nonprofit-collaboration event July 5!  Juliet had a great time with the kids and adults, and happily posed for pictures as you can see (photo courtesy Jimmie Stone Photography).  She got lots of love and showed off her gentle treat-taking, sitting, and going-to-the-door-when-she-has-to-go -outside skills. And she’s available for adoption! You can see more on the council’s Facebook page.


Adorable Lonestar was indeed a star on WJXT-4’s The Morning Show June 28, and he could be yours! Please click here to see the segment, then come see this great rescue dog and all of our adoptable dogs and cats!


Handsome, sweet Tatonka is one of more than 2 dozen dogs we have welcomed from an overcrowded shelter in Texas, where they were running out of time through no fault of their own. If he looks familiar, it’s because he was our Dog of the Week on WJXT-4’s The Morning Show on June 14! You can see all of our adoptable dogs here!

Unfortunately one of the Texas rescue dogs escaped from his foster home and is being sought. Here is information on Haslet.



May 25 Wow! What a day!
   Hollywood (now Koa) is the final hoarding/cruelty case Shepherd case to be officially ADOPTED!
   Not only did he find his forever home but he, along with his furry sister, got a reunion party in our dog park today! Here he is with Juneau and Goliath (now Bruce)
   Check out how far these guys have come! Thanks to all of the support they have received over the past months!
   Happy Tails!!


Update on rescued German Shepherd dogs (scroll down for earlier postings)

A report on breeder-abuse cases in Georgia was aired on Atlanta’s WXIA-TV.  See video reports and story here.



April 29 In January of this year NHS was on site during the rescue of hundreds of German Shepherds from a rural Georgia cruelty/hoarding case.
    All of the GSDs that came to NHS were eventually fostered and all but 1 have found their forever home.
    Hollywood has been cared for and worked with by an amazing foster family who have brought him so far from the terrified shell of a dog he was when he came to Nassau Humane Society.
    Unfortunately, Hollywood still has a LONG road to recovery. Despite the leaps and bounds his foster family made with Hollywood they made the heartbreaking and selfless decision that they had brought Hollywood as far as he was going to come along in their home. This was by no fault of his foster mom and dad and we are eternally grateful for their dedication to Hollywood and his progress.
    Hollywood is dog friendly and prefers women. He still has a long way to come and may never fully recover from his traumatic past.
    If you are interested in meeting Hollywood and discussing foster and adoption options with our staff please come in and talk to one of foster coordinators.


April 9

We LOVE getting updates of our Alum. Juneau, one of the Shepherds from the cruelty case, is thriving in her new home. We even got a weight update that she is 68 pounds now!

April 5

Freya is ready to find a home, but she will need special attention from someone who knows German Shepherds and can work with her to give her the attention, training and love she deserves. If you’re interested in this big, beautiful dog, please call us at (904) 321-1647 for more information, or come on over with your family and other dog for a supervised meet-and-greet. She’s only about 2 years old, and she truly deserves a better life than the one she’s had. If you’re that special person who’s willing to help a special dog, please call us or come meet Freya! Update, 4/9/19: Freya has been adopted!


March 19 Happy Tails to Juneau!
Once part of a cruelty and neglect case, now a valued family member.
Officially adopted today!
Thank you to all who adopt, foster, volunteer, share, donate and advocate. It is because of you these stories are possible.


March 10 Life changing: Goliath is the first of our shepherds adopted (by his foster family)!

Feb. 16 Many have inquired about majestic Telluride. His hair is slowing growing back & he is getting a LITTLE more comfortable every day. He isn’t quite ready to leave our care yet, but we’ll keep you posted.

For those interested in fostering, stunning Hollywood (white) is still looking to learn about life in a home. This includes having a lot of patience & going SLOW. Unfortunately no kids, cats or small animals will work. He is just too frightened. Normal sounds & movements can startle him & cause him to want to flee.

Hollywood & his friends deserve to experience a home & love. If willing to try, please email [email protected] or fill out our application.

Feb. 12 We just received 2 more petrified shepherds, released from the horrible South Georgia breeding case.

They are as unsocialized as our original 5, yet feel more comfortable together. Please note, we don’t know if they are “bonded” yet or just get comfort from other dogs (vs people).

What should we name them? We lean towards “strong” names for these sad dogs. One is male, other is female.

Of course, any support is hugely appreciated. Please note, we have many many animals in our care simultaneously that also need assistance.

To donate supplies:

To help financially:

We’ll absolutely keep you posted on their journey. It’s all up from here.

If interested in fostering one of the original 5 German Shepherds that we saved, please email [email protected] or download the app here:


Thank you!

Feb. 7 Our first German Shepherd from the breeding/hoarding case is off to a foster home! We’re so happy for you, Goliath, and very thankful for this patient family. If you are interested in fostering, please submit an application: https://nassauhumane.org/foster/

Jan. 31 Juneau is progressing a little slower than the others. But, it’s still amazing to see.

When we first took in these dogs, Juneau absolutely refused to come out of her crate. No coaxing or even taking the crate apart worked. We ended up having to carry her in.

She still flattens on a leash. But the other dogs give her confidence & she is now lighting up when we hang out with her. Slow & steady, we see trust.

We’re going to keep Juneau with us a little longer. But if you’re interested in fostering Hollywood, Denali or Goliath, download an application https://nassauhumane.org/foster/ & email to [email protected] please.

For those who have inquired about our current shelter needs, anything off our Wish List is always appreciated:


Thank you for caring about our animals!

Jan. 28 Exciting news! Three of our German Shepherds are ready to go into foster homes! Hollywood (white), Denali (sable), and Goliath (black) are ready to move onto the next stage and become pets.

We are looking for loving fosters with dog experience, that can help these GSDs learn what living inside a home is like. You will be crucial in teaching your foster that the world is not a scary place and that couches, car rides, and everyday household items are wonderful experiences. Please note:

· Candidates must live within 45 minutes of NHS.
· No cats or small animals please.
· Hollywood is too nervous for any children
· Denali & Goliath need kids at least older than 12.

Fosters need to be willing to:
· Use a crate when unsupervised
· Keep dog on leash, even in a fenced in back yard
· Bring dog to vet appointments in a timely manner

If you have your own dog/dogs, please schedule a supervised meet & greet to make sure everyone gets along. Once selected, we ask that the potential foster come visit several times to get your particular dog used to you & to ensure that it will be a good fit for everyone.

We will provide everything that you will need for them, including crates, leashes, food and supplements.

Foster applications can be downloaded here: https://nassauhumane.org/foster/
And emailed to: [email protected]

Thank you for understanding our precautions and wanting to help these dogs experience the good life!


Jan. 26 Denali & Goliath have made incredible progress walking on a leash. We hope to get them spay/neutered soon.

Hollywood & Telluride tolerate the leash, but still have to be coaxed to walk more than a few feet.

Juneau (not pictured) is finally taking food out of our hands, but no go on the leash yet.

This is a great example that all dogs are individuals & develop at their own pace. We love them along the way as they are.

Many of you have asked about any supplies we still need. Anything from our Wish List is sincerely appreciated for the GSDs as well as all our other pets waiting for homes:


Thank you again for all of your support!

Jan. 19 Just some recent photos of our 5 GSDs: Hollywood, Telluride, Goliath, Denali & Juneau!

Each dog is making progress in his/her own way, some more comfortable on a leash or being touched than others. Most of the time, they will come up to greet us or take treats from our hand, which is such a happy moment.

They are all still huge flight risks, so must be kept on a leash, even in a yard, at all times. Please stay tuned as we will be moving the most social into foster homes soon.

We can’t thank you enough for the support for these special dogs as well as all of our animals.

Jan. 13 We had to shave Telluride’s long coat as the fur was severely matted. His skin also had abscesses that smelled like rot. Thankfully, he is on antibiotics & now feeling A LOT better already.

Please note, we cannot put anyone on a list for these dogs just yet, but assure you that they are making progress each & every day & soon will be ready for fosters.

We sincerely hope you understand & enjoy following along with their progress with us.

If you would like to help our dogs get ready medically, physically & mentally, please consider a donation:


Or assist with supplies via our Amazon Wish List:

We recently added treat feeders that help both these GSDs & all of our dogs learn its great when humans stop by their kennels (the picture is from another adoption center).

If you have room in your home now, please consider adopting or fostering one of our non-purebred dogs that are ready to go. They are just as loving & deserving:


Thank you again for all the love for our pets awaiting forever homes!

Jan. 10: Thank you so much for for the incredible outpouring of generosity. These donations not only help the German Shepherds, but all the other dogs in our care as well.
At this time, we are all set with food & linens & do not have room to store any more. We are so so grateful.
If you’d still like to give, we’ve added some “extras” to our Wish List.

Again, thank you!!

Jan. 10: Report from WSAV-TV, Savannah (see link below)

This is a valuable report to understand more about the German Shepherds & why they need time with us before we can list them for adoption.

It doesn’t mean that they will all have lifetime medical issues, but we do need time to really get to know them first, so they aren’t later returned or bounced around even more.

The most important lesson is not purchasing a puppy from someone you cannot see both the parents & the living conditions. Doing so 100% supports the neglect & abuse.



Jan. 9: Who is excited for his first bath (probably ever) & to not smell like a poop explosion? Goliath!

Please note, we cannot put anyone on a list for these dogs & do not yet know when they will be available. They truly need time to decompress & be fully medically/behaviorally cleared..even if you have a lifetime of medical & GSD experience.

We sincerely hope you understand & enjoy following along with their progress with us.

Jan. 8: Report in The Florida Times-Union

Jan. 7:  We are getting hundreds of calls & messages and we truly appreciate all of you caring!


We understand many of you have GSD experience, want to be first in line to get one, etc. We can’t wait until they are able to go into foster or adopted homes, but they need time to decompress & feel safe around humans first. 

Please watch our Facebook page & our website for their progress. We are unable to take applications or promise them to anyone until they have been fully assessed & medically treated. We hope you understand it’s in their best interest. 

Please remember, we have SO many other dogs (and cats) that ALSO need homes. If you have room in your heart & family now, please consider adopting or fostering one of non-purebred dogs that are ready to go. Adopting one of them allows us room to save others. They are just as loving & deserving. They can be viewed here: 


Earlier Jan. 7

NHS is assisting in a substantial rescue effort in Georgia to find homes for neglected German Shepherds. Hundreds of dogs, reportedly part of a breeding operation in central Georgia, have been rescued in a combined effort by several rescue groups. NHS staff traveled to the site Jan. 6 and brought back 5 dogs, and will transport more at a later date. Here are reports from First Coast News, Action News Jax and News4Jax. Please check our Facebook page for updates. Here are answers to the questions we’ve been asked most frequently:

Thanks so much for your interest in adopting!
Please note, none of these dogs even know how to walk on a leash & all need extensive medical care. We can’t wait until they are able to go into foster or adopted homes, but ask that you watch this Facebook page & our website for their progress. We are unable to take applications or promise them to anyone until they have been fully assessed & medically treated. Calling us ties up our phone lines when other animals need us. Thank you for your understanding. If you have room in your home now, please consider adopting or fostering one of our non-purebred dogs that are ready to go. They are just as loving & deserving:


If you would like to help get them ready medically, physically & mentally, please consider a donation:


Or assist with supplies via our Amazon Wish List:

We always need volunteers. But these dogs are huge flight risks. If they get off of a leash, they will be gone. We have many other dogs that have been in our care for months that would love such awesome attention though. Please sign up for our volunteer orientation here:

This is a result of very irresponsible breeding. If you choose to purchase through a breeder, please research who you are supporting. Have you seen the parents in person? Are they used again & again to make puppies? Have you seen the property? Are they giving basic necessities of food, water, shelter & human interaction? No responsible, caring breeder sells puppies in pet stores or ships them off to anyone on the Internet.

There are two different rural properties with different amounts of dogs, totally close to 500. We went to the smaller property to assist with some of the 165. Our rescue partner Animal Aid USA is on the larger property & transferring others to us next week. All dogs are being removed as a group effort by multiple rescue teams. Please please be patient as we work through this situation.

Thank you again for caring. We could not rescue without you.

Earlier posts of NHS in the News

Our first “Deck the Howls” was such a heartwarming evening of sweet kids reading to our shelter pets!

We hope you enjoyed the 2018 Parade of Paws holiday dog parade in downtown Fernandina Beach! Pictures and video are available on Facebook:

Photo Album #1, click here

Photo Album #2, click here

Parade winners and more photos, click here 

Facebook Live video, click here


When the Murphy family adopted Hero from NHS, they had no idea that he would live up to his name. Now he’s not just their dog — he’s their hero, too. Please click here for their heartwarming story.


Boss is coming to the end of his life, and he has won the hearts of the NHS staff. Come along on a special trip for our special friend. Please click here.


The Rev. Liz Zivanov of Fernandina Beach joined us for Blessing of the Animals on Thursday, Oct. 4. That is the traditional date for celebration of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. Rev. Zivanov is a retired priest from the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaii. She blessed shelter animals and individuals’ pets as well. We thank Rev. Zivanov, and everyone who has adopted or helped a homeless animal. The love and companionship of a rescued pet is a blessing every day.