City Animal Shelter Needs Community Support to Win $100K, Offers $20 Adoptions | Community Spirit

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City Animal Shelter Needs Community Support to Win $100K, Offers $20 Adoptions
City Animal Shelter Needs Community Support to Win $100K, Offers $20 Adoptions

Thanks to more than 8,700 local animal lovers who voted for Animal Care & Protective Services (ACPS) during an online qualifying phase earlier this year, the city has won a spot in the 2011 ASPCA $100K Challenge, competing for grants from ASPCA totaling $300,000, 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 homes than ever before. Taking place from Aug. 1 to Oct. 31, ACPS will compete to find homes for more cats and dogs than it did during the same time period in 2011. Competing against 49 other shelters, ACPS’ goal is to save at least 300 more animals than last year.

“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 permanent identification and immediately returned to their owners if they become lost. We must have the support of the Jacksonville community to achieve this life-saving goal and obtain this much-needed money.”

This Saturday, ACPS will hold two adoption events to encourage Jacksonville residents to adopt shelter animals and help the city win the $100,000. On August 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., ACPS will feature $20 adoptions, food, fun and music from Gator Country 99.9 FM at its Main Shelter at 2020 Forest St. All adopted pets come spayed/neutered, microchipped and fully vetted. Also from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, Friends of Jacksonville Animals will have adoptable animals at the Pet Supermarket at 10485 San Jose Blvd.

More information about these and any upcoming adoption events will be on the city’s website at www.coj.net/pets. Here, animal-lovers can also track ACPS' progress toward adopting more animals than ever this summer.

For more information about the ASCPA $100K Challenge, visit http://challenge.aspcapro.org/.

About Animal Care & Protective Services:
Animal Care & Protective Services (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 Street, 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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