Community animal adoption event planned for Jacksonville fairgrounds –

PetSmart Charities and First Coast No More Homeless Pets will host a community adoption event in Jacksonville July 13-15 with the goal of adopting 600 pets.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day inside the air-conditioned Greater Jacksonville Expo Center at the Fair Grounds, according to a news release.

Nearly two dozen Northeast Florida animal rescue nonprofits and agencies — including the Jacksonville Humane Society and Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective Services are expected to participate.

“PetSmart Charities has provided us with this great opportunity to find homes for hundreds of homeless pets that might not find homes otherwise,” Rick DuCharme, founder and director of First Coast No More Homeless Pets, said in the release. “Events such as this will bring Jacksonville closer to becoming a no kill community.”

An estimated 8 million dogs and cats enter animal shelters in the U.S. each year, and approximately 4 million never find homes. PetSmart Charities strives to bring attention to the availability of pets at shelters and rescue groups and to the benefits of pet adoption, according to the release. Additional sponsors are Purina Pro Plan and MAXX Scoop.

“Every homeless pet deserves the opportunity to find a forever, loving home,” Kevin Hill, shopper marketing manager, Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, said in the release. “Our goal in supporting the PetSmart Charities’ community adoption events is to help improve the lives of homeless pets by providing them with super premium nutrition as well as other important pet care supplies. We hope by providing these essentials, these pets and new pet owners can now focus on other important matters like growing a bond for life.”

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