Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective Services

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.

Kitten Army Recruiting Jacksonville Foster Families

May 5, 2015
Gregory Todaro / WJCT News

There’s a new army in town, and after a boot camp this weekend, they’ll be trained and ready. Their mission? Taking care of Jacksonville’s foster pets.

Pop Tart is one month old. She’s one of hundreds of kittens who arrive here at Riverside’s Animal Care and Protective Services every spring. It’s the time of year when the shelters are flooded with kittens that need foster care outside of a shelter environment. Last year more than 6,000 kittens showed up here alone.


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.”