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Jacksonville's animal shelter reaches 'no-kill' status in November

5:06 PM, Dec 3, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville's Animal Care and Protective Services is getting closer to the goal of becoming a "no-kill" shelter.

During the month of November, 92.1 percent of all dogs, cats, puppies and kittens that came to the shelter later left alive, according to a release from the city.

To be considered a "no-kill" shelter, the shelter must have a "save" rate of 90 percent or more.

"This is a historic time in Jacksonville for animal welfare. We know it will take time before this happens each and every month, but we have shown that under the right circumstances, we can achieve our goals by working together as a community," said Scott Trebatoski, ACPS division chief.

"The Jacksonville Humane Society, First Coast No More Homeless Pets and the City of Jacksonville have one of the strongest private-public coalitions in the nation. Thanks to dozens of pet placement partners and volunteers, we have been able to achieve great things."

Jacksonville is the largest city to reach a "no-kill" rate of 90 percent or more, according to a release. Austin, Texas is the largest city to achieve this goal on a consistent basis over the past few years.

During the mega adoption event this past weekend, 168 dogs and 52 cats were adopted from ACPS. Also, all cages went back to ACPS empty, as animals that weren't adopted were taken by rescue groups.

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