Families poured into the Jacksonville Fairgrounds this weekend to attend an adoption drive that surpassed all expectations.
Volunteer Tabitha Faddis said she’s made so many adopted signs that she’s lost count. “Jacksonville’s really stepping up to say ‘you know what, I have a place in my heart for these animals,'” Faddis said.
The drive was initiated to save shelter animals in the wake of Tropical Storm Debby, when more than 200 area pets were displaced. Animal Care and Protective Services issued a plea to the public to help adopt and foster, and the community’s response was overwhelming.
First Coast No More Homeless Pets representative Dianne Wiles said this is proof that promoting adoption works. “Thank you!” Wiles said. “Thank you for adopting and not shopping and spread the word. We can become a no-kill city and that’s our ultimate goal.”