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Jacksonville is home to the largest pet adoption event in North America. Nearly 1000 pets were adopted this past April during the Mega Adoption Event put together with the partnership of Animal Care and Protective Services, Jacksonville Humane Society and First Coast No More Homeless Pets.


There were hundreds and hundreds of cats and dogs and


puppies and kittens to choose from. “The idea is to remove the barriers for adoption. Make it convenient and make it a pleasant experience for the people to adopt,” said Deisler. All of the ani- mals were spayed or neutered, vaccinated, micro-chipped and came with a city license if for residents of Duval county. It truly was a collaborative effort. “None of us has


the staff to do this by ourselves. But the three of us together made it happen,” said Scott Trebatoski, former Chief of Animal Care and Protective Services (ACPS), Jacksonville. “We supply the equipment, coordinate and facili-


tate the event. But, we don’t have any animals,” said DuCharme. “Florida Disaster Animal Response Team helped to transport the animals to the Fairgrounds. They brought three large transport vehicles. The success of these events relies heavily on collaboration with the community’s businesses as well.” “We have the biggest shelter, a true open admis-


sions shelter with the most animals to provide to the event,” said Trebatoski, at the time. “We provide our dogs and cats. And it’s our job to


promote the event,” said Deisler. In 2013, Best Friends granted $550,000 to FCNMHP and Jacksonville Humane Society. “First Coast No More Homeless Pets and


Jacksonville Humane Society, in cooperation with the City of Jacksonville’s Animal Care and Protective Services have joined together to help the area’s shelter animals,” said Paul Altherr of Best Friends Animal Society. “Since 2008, Best Friends has been pleased and proud to help fund their life-saving efforts.” There have been six Mega Adoption Events held in


Meet Roscoe, one of the adoptables during the April Mega Adoption Event in Jacksonville. The next Event is scheduled for October 10-12


at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds, 10a-6p. Photograph by Pavlina Sanborn.


Denise Deisler, Executive Director of Jacksonville Humane


Society said, “I think our community has come to know what this event is now. Rather than losing its charm, it’s growing. And, it creates such a positive spirit of community. The first fair- grounds event, none of us expected this. There were lines of people waiting outside before the doors opened. It was a moment of joy for me that can’t be repeated.” Rick DuCharme, Executive Director of First Coast No


More Homeless Pets said, “We work in close collaboration with Animal Care and Protective Services and the Jacksonville Humane Society, plus we invite the rescue groups from surrounding counties.”


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First Coast No More Homeless Pets FCNMHP.org Jacksonville Humane Society JaxHumane.org NOTE: Scott Trebatoski is now the Director at Hillsborough County Animal Services and Pet Resource Center. Nikki Harris is now the Director at Jacksonville’s Animal Care and Protective Services.


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Jacksonville since 2012. So far, 5,000 animals have been adopted during these events, and there are no signs that the community is through. As the No Kill Nation web- site, and others with experience state, “Becoming a No Kill Community does not take two years, four years or even five years. It takes compassionate leaders committed to fully implementing all of the programs and services of the No Kill Equation.”


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