Animal Care and Protective Services (ACPS) works hard every day to ensure that pets in the city of Jacksonville are being cared for humanely. Every now and again a case of neglect surfaces and the officers of ACPS are quick to act and save the lives of those being neglected. On Thursday September 11th officers confiscated 50 dogs and 11 cats from a west side home. Audrey Burch became overwhelmed caring for the dogs and cats she took in as an effort to rescue and help. “I was trying to help, not trying to hurt,” the 49-year-old Audrey Burch said as she helped officers carry the pets from her home. Read the full story as reported by the Jacksonville Florida Times Union.
A Classic Case of Hoarding
Often time’s people think they are helping, and while their intentions are good, they get overwhelmed with the care needed to provide for high volumes of animals such as 50 dogs and 11 cats. While Jacksonville doesn’t have a limit on the number of pets you can own, you must be able to provide sufficient food, water, shelter, veterinary care, and air circulation. When those requirements are not met then a hoarding case is deemed, and necessary action must be taken. All of the pets taken from this west side home appeared to be in good health and are at area shelters awaiting adoption.
When a hoarding case occurs, shelters get inundated and become over capacitated quickly. In a city that is aiming for “no-kill” and seeks to Save Them All it can be a very scary situation. That is where the public and community come in to help. ACPS and the Jacksonville Humane Society are seeking your help to foster adoptable pets awaiting homes until the Mega Adoption event in October. By fostering you open cages for new pets coming into shelters. Fostering relieves the shelters of the pressure of Euthanasia. If you are interested please contact ACPS or JHS.
The Next MEGA Adoption Event
October is Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog –Month and what better way than to have a Mega Adoption Extravaganza. Jacksonville has become the spotlight for these very successful events, and the next one is happening on the weekend of October 10-12th. Don’t miss out on finding your new best friend.
Who: Over 1,000 Pets will be waiting for their Forever Home
What: Dogs, Cats, Puppies and Kittens
When: October 10-12th, 2014 (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
Time: 10am – 6pm
Where: Jacksonville Fairgrounds (conveniently located downtown with lots of parking)
Why: It’s $20 dollars to adopt, and each pet is vaccinated, neutered, and micro chipped
When you’re passionate and committed, you can do anything. Thank you for reading and thank you for sharing this article with others. Please share any comments, story, and event ideas with me at Jessie@myepicwriting.com.