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Two cats, one with a white belly looking at the camera, another cat asleep, with head resting on a brick.
Sylvie Schiller / Froggy's Cat Rescue

Before the COVID-19 outbreak erupted in Florida in March, Jacksonville’s Animal Care and Protective Services was already dealing with an outbreak of its own. 

Ian Sane / Wikimedia Commons

There are nearly three billion fewer birds in North America today as compared to 1970, according to Science News.

Stormy the cat and Jamie Thomas in a waiting room at First Coast No More Homeless Pet's veterinary clinic.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

More than 4,100 cats and dogs are killed every day in animal shelters across the U.S. - nearly 1.5 million every year - but a Jacksonville-based organization claims to have an effective method to bring those numbers down and its model is being exported to communities across the country.

Petteri Sulonen / Wikimedia Commons

People in Clay County whose dog or cat gets sick after the vet’s office has closed for the day can now take their pet to an after-hours clinic run by the nonprofit Clay Humane Society.

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Michelle Corum / WJCT News

The Jacksonville Humane Society is giving away free cats and kittens this weekend. Adoption fees are normally $50 to $75 dollars per cat.

Anna Vignet / Reveal

Find out what's happened since we first took a look at two cats whose fates diverged. One, an invasive predator, is encouraged to thrive and hunt; the other, a native wildcat, is being hunted and trapped. We revisit these cat stories on the next Reveal.

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Warren Miller

Tammy King was an animal person long before she came to the commercial fishing village at Mayport, where there are more feral cats than people. She started a non-profit, Mayport Cats, to spay, neuter and treat the health issues of feral cats to humanely control their population. It’s the hardest job she’s ever had.


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First Coast No More Homeless Pets

Dogs and cats can now be fixed for free, thanks to grant money and gifts now flowing to animal-care facilities in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. The services are available to pet owners and those who want to help feral animals too.

DeLand Police Department

Homeowners trap a python in their barbeque grill while a house cat traps its owners in their bedroom in this week's edition of ONLY IN FLORIDA!

ACPS

Thousands of homeless pets will get the opportunity to connect with caring families at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds Oct. 4-6 in a mega-adoption event sponsored by Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective Services.

ACPS manager Nikki Harris said shelter groups have worked very hard to make Jacksonville a "no-kill" city, where loving homes are found for sick and homeless pets instead of euthanasia.

The three-day event will feature thousands of cats and dogs that are ready for adoption.

“If you’re looking for a pet,” Harris said, “you’ll find one.”