The Big Three animal welfare organizations in Jacksonville and at least 15 animal rescue groups will join forces this weekend for what they’re calling one of the nation’s largest pet adoption events.
First Coast No More Homeless Pets, Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective Services and the Jacksonville Humane Society plan to have more than 1,000 dogs, puppies, cats and kittens available for adoption at the “Home for the Holidays” event at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds.
That makes it the largest adoption event held in one location in the United States, according to PetSmart Charities and Best Friends Animal Society, which regularly sponsor similar events across the country.
The goal is to free up space at area animal shelters and move toward a citywide target of becoming a no-kill community by 2014 if not earlier.
“Adoptions are crucial to our goal of making Jacksonville a no-kill city. Our shelters are full so we want to find homes for as many of those dogs and cats as possible,” said Rick Du
Charme, executive director of First Coast No More Homeless Pets. “Each animal that is adopted saves two lives — the life of that pet and the life of another that will take its place in the shelter.”