Animal Services 2000 is a website containing valuable information on the care and safety of animal life of Putnam County and its surrounding counties (Florida). This area consists of Alachua, Bradford, Clay, Flagler, Marion, St. Johns and Volusia Counties.
    Animal Services 2000 website is a community service provided by Humane Animal Education and Services. The Mission of HAES is to promote the welfare of all animals in our area. HAES is an animal WELFARE group - not an animal rights group. HAES is a project of Karl's Kids Program, Inc.
    • AS2000 promotes the humane treatment of animals through education.
    • AS2000 promotes rescuing pets from shelters by highlighting available animals from local shelters.
    • AS2000 promotes adopting pets from reputable rescues.
    • AS2000 promotes buying animals from reputable breeders only.
    • AS2000 promotes the safety of area animals from family emergencies to county disasters.
    These and other topics of interest for animal lovers may be found on AS2000. FaceBook Page: Humane Animal Education & Services - HAES

Wash Your Hands

Use common safety measures - wash your hands (and don't eat the dog's breakfast) ....

FDA starts testing pet food for salmonella
Dow Jones Newswires
12:29 p.m. CDT, November 1, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has begun a year-long nationwide effort to test pet food for salmonella contamination, but the key concern is not the health of dogs and cats -- it's of their owners.

Putnam County Pet-Friendly Evacuation Shelter Volunteers

Volunteers with the Putnam County Pet-Friendly Evacuation Shelters are members of the Putnam County Emergency Animal Support Team who have had additional training to work in evacuation shelters. The Emergency Animal Support is an Emergency Support Function (#17) under State of FL and Putnam County Emergency Management. All team members are trained in compliance with Federal and State of FL regulations and Putnam County policies.

Saving human life is always the top priority of emergency management personnel. From experience it is shown time and time again that helping people plan for the safety of their pets, equines, and livestock is a major part of ensuring the safety of animal owners.

If you think you may be interested in joining the team and working with companion animals in emergency situations please attend the Awareness Level Emergency Animal Sheltering Course being given in Palatka on Saturday, January 28, 2012.

For updates check back here and also visit the Putnam County Pet-Friendly Evacuation Shelters (FL) Facebook page at


Going someplace on vacation? Don't know where to stay with Spot and Kitty? Now find the pet-friendly hotels and camp areas around the country. Go to "Go Pet Friendly" and just fill in a few easy pieces of info and you will be shown not only where these places are located but also contact info and prices.

Not All Working Dog Owners Have Housing Rights

Search and rescue dog, owner declined lease at condo

"They said that you are not approved by the condo association,” explained Bowles. "It was heartbreaking to find out the reason they didn't want Rue was she's over 25 pounds, and in their mind they did not see her as being a true service dog."

A true service dog per the Dept. Of Justice is
“Service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of this definition. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the handler´s disability. Examples of work or tasks include, but are not limited to, assisting individuals who are blind or have low vision with navigation and other tasks, alerting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to the presence of people or sounds, providing non-violent protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, assisting an individual during a seizure, alerting individuals to the presence of allergens, retrieving items such as medicine or the telephone, providing physical support and assistance with balance and stability to individuals with mobility disabilities, and helping persons with psychiatric and neurological disabilities by preventing or interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors. The crime deterrent effects of an animal´s presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks for the purposes of this definition.”

The condo association members are within their rights. They have a weight limit on the size of a pet dog allowed and prospecitive buyers are aware of this when they consider a purchase.

There are no national or FL state laws giving housing rights to any class of working dog owners except for PWDs. If owners of S&R dogs want specific housing rights then they will need to follow the legal way and begin lobbying for a law addressing this issue.

Assistance Dog (Service Dog) owners have certain rights given to them through Federal Laws such as the ADA which are overseen by the Dept. of Justice. These are Civil Rights based on needs of a particular group of people in order to have the chance of having the same quality of life as those without legal disabilities.

SAR Dogs, LEO K-9s, and Fire Dogs all have laws on the books here in FL. But no where does FL have a law that any owner of these types of working dogs has the right to keep their dog with them in any type of housing which has a no-pet or a limiting to acceptable pets criteria in their contracts or leases.

Want to learn more about Assistance/Service Dogs then visit our Assistance Dog Advocacy Blog at or Service Dog Central Website at

Upcoming Events For Humane Society of Northeast FL

Saturday, 10/15 - Adoptathon at TD Bank on Hwy 19 in Palatka
Monday, 10/17 - Chili's Palatka Give Back
Thursday, 10/20 - Applications for 2012 Board of Directors due at the Shelter
Friday, 10/21 - WOOFStock Revisited at Downtown Blues, downtown Palatka (get your tickets now!)
Saturday, 10/22 - Hoots 'n Howls, St. Augustine
Thursday, 10/27 - Board Meeting at 6:30 in downtown Palatka
Sat/Sun, 10/29 and 10/30 - Fall Festival at St. John the Baptist Church, Crescent City
Sun, 10/30 - Must be a registered member to vote for 2012 Board of Directors
Saturday, 11/12 - Cruising for Critters Poker Run starting at the Shelter in Hollister
Monday, 11/21 - 3rd A.D.A.P.T class graduation, New River-O Correctional Facility in Bradford County
Saturday, 12/3 - Alternative Christmas at St. James United Methodist Church in Palatka
Thursday, 12/15 - Election of 2012 Board of Directors at 6:30 in downtown Palatka

Family Fun at Palatka Horsemen's Club


Special Called Meeting

The Humane Society of Northeast FL will hold a Special Meeting of the Board of Directors on Friday, September 30, 2011.
Meeting to begin at 6:30 pm
Location: 107 N 6th St in Palatka

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