JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -The city of Jacksonville's Animal Care and Protective Services shelter is at max capacity and a group of volunteers are trying to prevent any of these animals from being euthanized.
Volunteers with Friends of Jacksonville Animals, an organization which focuses on the well being of homeless animals, worked alongside with the city's animal control to set up a special pet adoption event this weekend.
The special adoption event helps match homeless animals with loving families. The number of adoption events like this one are becoming more frequent because the shelter receives an average of 50 animals each day.
ACPS Director Scott Trebatoski says 4,000 to 5,000 animals are euthanized each year in Jacksonville and the city is obligated to take in strays. He believes too many pet owners see their animals as disposable and they show up at the city's shelter. He cites this as of one reason the city is falling short of becoming a no-kill shelter.
"Because you are going on vacation, because school is out, or because you are going to have a Christmas party, that is not a good reason to surrender your pet, find a temporary solution to that and keep the pet in your house," he said.
Trebatoski urges people to find their unwanted pets a new home before dropping them off at the shelter. Spaying and neutering animals is important, as well as keeping pets at home so they don't go off and impregnate other animals and reproduce.
Another way to help is by adopting a pet as many did Saturday. The adoption event continues Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
First Coast News