There are several ways that you can directly affect the success of the Humane Society of Marion County. The Humane Society of Marion County is a non-profit no-kill shelter dedicated to caring for and protecting animals in Marion County, Florida. We have been serving homeless and neglected animals in Ocala and Marion County for over 55 years. We’ve come a long way since our humble beginnings in 1964, with a couple of foster homes and a few good people with a burden to care for these helpless creatures. The first facility, built-in 1979, was located about 15 miles west of Ocala off Hwy 200 in the Black Jack woods, where very few people lived. Today, this area is very heavily populated and continues to grow. Below is a picture of the first facility, taken shortly after the facility opened.