Pet adoption event largest ever for city

The Mega Pet Adoption Event at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds helped 950 dogs and cats — 96 percent of the available animals — find forever homes. Organizers said it was the largest pet adoption event ever held in Jacksonville, attracting more than 10,000 potential adopters.

The three-day event was a collaborative adoption effort between First Coast No More Homeless Pets, Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective Services, the Jacksonville Humane Society and many other animal rescue groups from across Northeast Florida. More than 500 people volunteered their time to organize and host the event.

“The cooperation that was shown among all the shelters, rescues and groups is unheard of anywhere else in the country,” said Rick DuCharme, founder and executive director of First Coast No More Homeless Pets. He gave special recognition to PetSmart Charities and Best Friends Animal Society for their support.

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