About Us

Alachua County Humane Society is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping pets in Alachua County for more than 40 years.

Together with our Maddie’s Fund Community Partners, we work closely with Alachua County’s municipal public intake shelter, Alachua County Animal Services to reduce the euthanasia rate from over 7,000 per year to under 1,000. Our goal is to become a community where no healthy or treatable animal is euthanized due to lack of space.

Alachua County Humane Society is a limited intake, no-kill animal rescue shelter. Most of the animals in our facility are transferred from Alachua County Animal Services. We also care for numerous underage litters of puppies and kittens during the overwhelming spring seasons. From the moment animals arrive at ACHS, our number one priority is to their facilitate comfort and care and find them a loving home as quickly as possible.  

As an independent 501(c)(3) organization, Alachua County Humane Society does not receive funding from federal agencies, nor are we affiliated with any other state or national organizations such as the Humane Society of the United States or the ASPCA. We rely solely on the support of dedicated staff, countless volunteers, thrift store shoppers, grants and generous donations by individuals or corporations to continue our life-saving goals.

Our mission is always evolving as our services continue to grow. We strive to act as advocates for pets and pet owners through the rehabilitation and adoption of pets, humane education and outreach and by promoting the spaying or neutering of our community’s companion animals. 

Alachua County Humane Society is proud to be a member and the lead agency for Maddie’s Pet Rescue project in Alachua County. We are working closely with our partner organizations to achieve a sustainable no-kill community.

maddies_color_3-5in_72dpiMaddie’s Fund® (www.maddiesfund.org) is a family foundation endowed by the founder of Workday® and PeopleSoft, Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl. Maddie’s Fund is helping to achieve and sustain a no-kill nation by providing solutions to the most challenging issues facing the animal welfare community through its grant giving, hands-on animal care, research and education. Maddie’s Fund is named after the family’s beloved Miniature Schnauzer who passed away in 1997.

To see how our community’s collaborative efforts are saving lives, view our 2014 Maddie’s Alachua County Annual Report – ACHS.


FAF_logo_4CFlorida Animal Friend (www.floridaanimalfriend.org) is an organization that began in an effort to help end pet overpopulation. With help from charitable contributions, FAF primarily works toward the goal of ending pet overpopulation through the sale of the Florida Animal Friend license plates. Funds raised from the sale of these license plates are used to finance grants for spay and neuter programs across the State of Florida. You can help spread the word and end pet over population by purchasing a Florida Animal Friend Spay/Neuter license plate for your car.




Alachua County Humane Society Adoptions Office
Our new facility opened in 2011.
ACHS Adoptable Dog
Happy Cat at ACHS