Funds to Support Improved Services, Increased Adoptions


JACKSONVILLE, Fla., April 13, 2017 “Never Stray from Hope” is the message Animal Care and Protective Services (ACPS) seeks to convey each day as it serves citizens with animal control, veterinary services, pet adoptions and more. With a mission to save the lives of all adoptable animals in the community, ACPS receives approximately 12,000 animals on average per year. This number could change thanks to a Lifesaving Impact Grant awarded by the Petco Foundation. The grant will provide ACPS with $200,000 over two years to expand animal behavior and volunteer programs, and help improve adoption numbers with increased community involvement and visibility.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the Petco Foundation for the work we do to support citizens and communities,” said ACPS Chief Devron Cody. “I look forward to these funds helping us improve outreach and services to communities and neighborhoods.”

In observance of National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day (April 30), ACPS is offering Jacksonville residents free pet adoptions for the month of April. Citizens can visit available animals at ACPS (2020 Forest St. – 32204) Tuesdays – Saturdays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. To view available animals online visit http://www.coj.net/departments/neighborhoods/animal-care-protective-services/adoptable-pets.


About the City of Jacksonville

The City of Jacksonville is the largest city by land mass in the continental United States, serving approximately 850,000 residents. Located in Duval County, City of Jacksonville leadership includes the mayor and a 19-member City Council. To learn more about the City of Jacksonville, visit COJ.net.


About the Petco Foundation

At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $125 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 8,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and number other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we’ve helped more than 4.2 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit petcofounation.org to learn more about you can get involved.

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