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Fight for Feral Freedom, Keep Jax No-Kill

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URGENT HELP NEEDED—Jacksonville’s No-Kill Status threatened!

The very foundation of our efforts that have resulted in Jacksonville becoming a No-Kill Community is being threatened with changes! After a decade of hard work, the City of Jacksonville has been considered a No-Kill community for two years.  We plan on sustaining this success, however, all of the No-Kill efforts and success are NOW being threatened by proposed changes to our Feral Freedom Program.

The Feral Freedom Program was implemented in 2008 and allows First Coast No More Homeless Pets to take all community/feral cats that enter Jacksonville Animal Care & Protective Services and sterilize, vaccinate, ear tip and return them to their home territory. This program has and continues to save thousands of cats each year from certain death at Animal Care & Protective Services and frees up VITAL resources to be used on adoptable pets. Without this program Jacksonville cannot remain No-Kill.

Feral Freedom was innovated in Jacksonville and since its inception has been replicated in dozens of communities nationwide. It continues to be a model program discussed at animal welfare conferences across the globe.

A Washington D.C. anti-cat group is telling Jacksonville we cannot remain No-Kill and save our community cats! They have convinced city Councilperson Doyle Carter to hold a special meeting to consider changes to Feral Freedom. These changes could include not releasing spayed/neutered cats back into the community. What would happen to these innocent cats? 

Your quick action is needed to ensure Jacksonville continues to be a No-Kill city!

  1. Call or write your Councilperson and tell them you want Jacksonville to be a No-Kill City and you want Feral Freedom to remain untouched. Ask that they increase funding for Jacksonville Animal Care & Protective Services and spay/neuter programs. Thank them for serving our community and their past support for animal welfare issues (find your district / find your Councilperson).
  2. Call or write Councilperson Doyle Carter specifically and tell him the same message. 
  3. Attend the meeting on January 12th at 3:00 pm in City Hall, Conference Room A, Suite 425 and speak out in support of community cats and No-Kill Jacksonville. RSVP to the meeting.
  4. Sign this petition!

Contact us with any questions at or message us on Facebook. TAKE ACTION NOW OR WE ALL MAY REGRET IT LATER!


Rick DuCharme

Founder, Executive Director of First Coast No More Homeless Pets

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