Praise City for Working to End Pet Homelessness

Target: Alvin Brown, Mayor of Jacksonville

Goal: Thank Jacksonville, Florida for working to end pet homelessness

After achieving no kill status last year, Jacksonville, Florida has decided to push its animal welfare policies even further in an attempt to end pet homelessness. This would be a first for the nation and a huge step for animal welfare. An entire city ensuring that every animal has a safe and caring home is perhaps the greatest achievement in animal welfare, and for its dedication the city of Jacksonville deserves our praise.

In November 2012, Jacksonville achieved an incredible no kill rate of 92 percent. The baseline for reaching “no kill status” is 90 percent, which essentially means that no animals had to be euthanized except those who were too ill, injured, or old to survive. The city hasn’t stopped there either. Jacksonville hopes to maintain permanent no kill status, which would result in an end to pet homelessness. Ending pet homelessness doesn’t mean that no more animals become homeless. What it means is that every time an animal arrives at the shelter it will be guaranteed a home. The city is doing this by continuing to raise awareness of adoption and spay/neuter through education, adoption events, and outreach programs with the help of larger organizations across the country.

It is truly a remarkable achievement. Few cities have been able to reach no kill status at all and none have successfully ended pet homelessness permanently. Doing so would be a powerful influence for other cities across the country by showing them not only that it is possible, but how to go about doing it. Please take a moment to sign the petition below and thank Jacksonville, Florida for all of the amazing work it has already done for animals and also for the progress it continues to make toward ending pet homelessness.


Dear Mayor Brown,

In 2012 Jacksonville officially reached no kill status, meaning that all of its shelters successfully adopted out all of the animals that came into the shelter who were capable of being adopted. This is an incredible achievement in itself, but you have taken it a step further by seeking to end pet homelessness and ensuring that every animal who arrives at a shelter will find a loving home from now on.

Thank you so much for all of the work your city has done and continues to do to protect its animals. You are truly an inspiration and I hope that cities across the country take notice of what Jacksonville is doing.


[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. SUE GRIFFITHS says:

    This sounds wonderful and I congratulate Jacksonville, but I’m concerned about the too ill, injured and too old being euthanized. Are efforts made to treat injured and ill animals? There are people who prefer older dogs. I, myself will be adopting two older dogs when the time is right. My husband and I, being 66 and 60 years old do not want puppies or younger dogs at our age, so older dogs would be ideal. Plus giving a loving home to animals nearing the end of their lives is a really worthwhile thing to do.

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