First Coast No More Homeless Pets

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

Lulu, who's up for adoption at this weekend's Mega Pet Adoption event at the Jacksonville Fairground.
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Hundreds of cats and dogs are up for adoption at the Jacksonville Fairground through 6 p.m. Saturday.

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Two Jacksonville animal advocacy groups are lending a hand to a national initiative calling for an end to killing shelter animals.

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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.

Putnam County Animal Control

A highly publicized animal-hoarding case in Palatka is having some positive effects for other homeless animals in the area.

Last month, Putnam County Animal Control seized around 80 animals at once, including 54 dogs and more than a dozen cats.

First Coast No More Homeless Pets spokeswoman Nicole Brose says help has poured in from across the county.

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Thousands of dogs and cats are turned into North Florida animal shelters each year.

The First Coast No More Homeless Pets is hosting what it’s calling a Super Pet Adoption event this weekend.

Photo of a dog behind a chain-link fence at the Paws and More No Kill Animal Shelter in Washington, Iowa.
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Florida animal shelters could have to wait longer before destroying stray and abandoned pets. Legislation being pushed by a South Florida lawmaker would also let voters approve special animal care taxing districts.

Rep. Barbara Watson (D-Miami Springs) says she isn't a pet owner, but she she's heartbroken by statistics that show nearly 700 animals are euthanized every day in Florida.

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From jazz to improv, there's a lot happening on the First Coast this weekend.


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.”