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JAX Animal Care takes on ASPCA $100K Challenge

The City of Jacksonville’s Animal Care and Protective Services (ACPS) Division is one of 93 agencies across the nation participating in the qualifying heat of this year’s ASPCA $100K Challenge, competing for grants totaling $300,000 from the ASPCA, including a top prize of $100,000.

The 2011 ASPCA $100K Challenge is a nationwide competition for animal shelters, and their communities, aiming to get more animals adopted or returned to their owners than ever before. The first phase is the qualifying heat, during which participating shelters compete to accumulate the most online votes from their supporters. The 50 shelters with the most votes become the official contestants for the 2011 ASCPA $100K Challenge.

“This is a great opportunity to save even more homeless animals by placing them with new adoptive families or returning them to their owners,” said Scott Trebatoski, chief of the city’s ACPS Division. “At the same time, we could win $100,000, which could support microchipping for approximately 20,000 pets. That means 20,000 more pets that can be identified through radio frequency and immediately returned to their owners if they become lost. First, we must qualify and we are depending on votes from our supporters and the Jacksonville community to guarantee us a spot in the Challenge.”

Supporters can help by casting one vote each day for Jacksonville’s ACPS online at www.votetosavelives.org. Voting occurs from April 4 to 15, 2011. ACPS will also have voting booths and more information available at the following locations:

 Einstein Bagels, 1661 Riverside Ave., 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., Monday through Saturday through April 15;

First Wednesday Art WalkOld Library, 122 Ocean St., 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., April 6;

The World Famous “Popovich” Comedy Pet Theater, Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., April 14.

ACPS ensures that animals are properly treated and controlled; serves as a resource for the adoption of healthy pets; and implements and enforces laws, regulations, codes and procedures concerning the treatment of domesticated and wild animals. The ACPS Center, located at 2020 Forest St., is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and is closed Sundays and holidays. For more information on ACPS or pet adoptions, please visit www.coj.net or call 630-CITY (2489).


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