JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The clock is ticking for animals at Animal Control and Protective Services in Jacksonville.
The shelter is bursting at the seams with animals and that means some are going to be facing euthanization soon. The shelter can hold around 58 dogs and 30 cats. It currently has 170 dogs and 38 cats, with more continuing to be brought in.
ACPS Division Chief Scott Trebatoski said they are keeping animals in every room possible, including their offices to try and keep from having to put them down.
"The key for us is trying to give them as much time before we make those decisions and unfortunately they (staff) have had to make some of those decisions and that is why they are really trying to get the message out," said Trebatoski.
If you cannot be a permanent pet owner at the moment, Trebatoski suggests fostering. Foster families look after the animals until a forever home can be found.
Jane Chambers has been fostering cats for ACPS for around a year and a half and came in Friday morning to pick up a female cat and her kittens. She said she loves it and enjoys saving their lives.
"It makes me feel like I am giving back and giving back life," said Chambers.
She said fostering an animal is very easy and it helps the dog or cat become better socialized with people.
"You can feel that they love you. Whether they feel love like we do is beside the point, they are there for you and you are there for them," said Chambers.
ACPS is also starting an adoption ambassadors program where a person can take in an animal and help it find a home. Animal Control and Protective Services is located at 2020 Forest Street in Jacksonville.
For more information on fostering go here: http://www.coj.net/departments/neighborhoods/animal-care---protective-services/foster-homes-needed.aspx
For more on ACPS visit its website here: http://www.coj.net/departments/neighborhoods/animal-care---protective-services.aspx
First Coast News