• Local shelters overcrowded; animals in need of homes


    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Animal shelters in the Jacksonville metro area are over capacity, which may put the city's no-kill status in jeopardy.

    Dogs and cats are taking up every bit of space at the Jacksonville Humane Society, which is no-kill. The same is true at the city’s Animal Care and Protective Services in Riverside. Foster homes are also stretched. Officials said if more animals aren't adopted, some will have to be put down. 

    “It's not so much a matter of time, but a matter of resources. We’re up against that wall right now, and we need people to step up and help us,” said Denise Deisler, executive director of the Jacksonville Humane Society.

    The city is hosting a Mega Pet Adoption Event July 18-20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds. Other area agencies, such as Clay County Animal Care & Control, will also be involved.

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