- Mayor Alvin Brown
Jacksonville City Leaders : Save Jacksonville's Animal Shelter By Opposing the Proposed Budget Cuts
This is a community effort to let our city leaders know that the community of Jacksonville is against proposed budget cuts to our shelter, Jacksonville Animal Care & Protective Services (JACPS). The budget and program cuts currently proposed seriously risk impeding our progress towards our no-kill mission and goal. We vehemently oppose any further cuts to the city shelter budget. We advocate for appropriate funding that is in line with state and national standards and recommendations. Local non-profits are already subsidizing JACPS and they cannot afford to increase that subsidy. Over the last five years, the JACPS budget has been cut in half. The City is proposing additional cuts to the already woefully inadequate budget. Under the proposed budget cuts, JACPS will no longer accept animals from people who want or need to surrender their pets or strays that are brought in off the streets. Animals will have 14 days to get out of the shelter alive before being euthanized, which will result in approximately 3,000 additional animals being killed each year. Due to proposed staff cuts, up to 900 animal control complaints will go unanswered each month, which will result in an increase of free-roaming animals and would threaten public safety. We the undersigned insist the Jacksonville City Council oppose the proposed budget cuts, stand up for the animals in our community and keep our streets safe.
- Mayor Alvin Brown
Save Jacksonville's Animal Shelter By Opposing the Proposed Budget Cuts
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