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Jacksonville’s Animal Care receives $20

The City of Jacksonville’s Animal Care and Protective Services Division (ACPS), in partnership with First Coast No More Homeless Pets (FCNMHP), has been awarded nearly $200,000 through a PetSmart Charities grant. The funds awarded will provide additional support for the city’s effort offer low or no cost spay or neuter services to pets of Jacksonville residents.

Currently, ACPS provides free spay and/or neuter services through its SpayJax program for those who meet the specific income requirements. Through the PetSmart Charities grant, anyone living in the 32210 zip code will be able to receive sterilization services for their pet for free regardless of income. This zone is targeted specifically because ACPS intake numbers are higher in this area than any other part of the city.

“We were of course very excited to receive the news about the grant” said Scott Trebatoski, chief of Animal Care and Protective Services. “The money will help to bolster our efforts to control the pet and animal population in our city and particularly in the 32210 area. If we can show that by concentrating our efforts in a part of town we can reduce the number of shelter intakes, and subsequently euthanasia, it will be a great step toward securing future funding for other large scale efforts similar to this one.”

The PetSmart Charities grant will be administered over a two-year period with the goal of completing 4,660 (2,330 each year) spay/neuter surgeries in the targeted area during this time frame. FCNMHP is a partner in the two-year program and has also committed to providing $255,000 in matching funds and services to accompany the grant funds. This additional funding support is necessary to reach the surgery goals of the grant.

“This generous grant from PetSmart Charities continues a long term relationship with PetSmart Charities and local efforts and allows us to take one more step towards No More Homeless Pets,” said Rick DuCharme, executive director of First Coast No More Homeless Pets.

Anyone living in the 32210 area who would like to participate in the free program should contact First Coast No More Homeless Pets at (904) 425-0005 or visit www.fcnmhp.org for additional information.


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