On February 22, Animal Care & Protective Services of Jacksonville, FL posted a desperate plea to their Facebook page. Animal Control officers were in the process of rescuing an estimated 50 – 60 dogs from a single home and the shelter was already at capacity.
In less than one week’s time, their call for help was answered – more than 120 dogs found placements!
Adopters, foster paw-rents and rescue groups far and wide responded to ACPS’s cry for help, allowing them to make space for the new crop of rescues!
All tolled, 50 dogs and 11 cats were removed from the Florida home last week. Initial reports say the animals appear to be in good health, but were being kept in crates in an “unhealthy” environment. So far no charges have been filed against the tenant who says she started with 6 rescue dogs, but gained a reputation for taking in unwanted pets.
She told Jacksonville.com that people dump animals at her home all the time and that she has placed more than 300 pets for adoption in the past year. Neighbors have backed up her claims, saying that she is a kind animal lover who simply got overwhelmed trying to help too many pets.
Although they are beyond grateful for the assistance they have received, Jacksonville Animal Care & Protective Services is still dangerously overcrowded. They want to remind everyone that fostering a pet saves two lives – that of the fostered pup and that of the dog who fills the empty kennel!
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ACPS waived adoption fees last week and will continue to do so through the coming weekend. They will also be holding a special adoption event on Friday March 3 and Saturday March 4 to help with the overwhelming number of dogs still under their care.
No matter where you live, please consider becoming a foster parent for your local shelter. It’s as easy as 1-2-3-4-5!
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