JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- They were lives on the line. Hundreds of cats and dogs crammed into cages at Animal Care and Protective services in danger of dying.
But thanks to the community many were saved. "When the call went out, they responded," said Executive Director of the Jacksonville Humane Society, Denise Deisler.
Administrators at the Jacksonville Humane Society and No More Homeless Pets say it's a problem they want to see end by 2014. "We've already seen a 36-percent drop in the number of animals euthanized in the city shelters," she said.
"The way we become no kill in Duval County is through a lot of targeted spay and neuter programs," said Founder and President of No More Homeless Pets, Rick DuCharme.
DuCharme helps provide free or low cost surgeries for pets, but he knows this is only part of the solution.
"Adoptions are not the only option to help us. Sometimes it can be temporary help for as short as three to five days or a couple of weeks will make all the difference," said Deisler.
"We can't make this community no kill. It's the citizens and residents in the community who will make it no-kill. And that's exactly what happened last week," said DuCharme.