Pet abandonment in Jacksonville is declining overall, according to the Jacksonville Humane Society – UNF Spinnaker

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news swell across the country reported one increase when giving up pets in America. The Jacksonville Humane Society (JHS) says they see exactly the opposite here in town.

Spinnaker spoke to Lindsay Layendecker, assistant development director for the Jacksonville Humane Society, to discuss what they went through.

From January through April of this year, JHS helped people adopt 1,743 pets. In the same period, this number is significantly higher than the adoptions of the previous year 1543. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic that began last year, adoption rates were initially lower than in previous years.

Tables courtesy of JHS.

Tables courtesy of JHS.

Tables courtesy of JHS.

Both the Jacksonville Humane Society and Animal Care & Protective Services participated in two large-scale adoption events in February and April. They had been canceled in the past due to COVID-19. Both organizations will resume the events in July.

“We’re not seeing an increase in people trying to give up pets. Instead, we’re seeing an increase in people asking for help to keep their pets. We know Jacksonville is a compassionate city that cares about animals. We didn’t see any change in that, ”says Layendecker.

Image of the JHS logo via the JHS website

The Jacksonville Humane Society provides a pet safety net for owners in need of assistance. These services range from free pet food to medical care. The idea of ​​the pet safety net is to provide everything a pet parent could possibly need to keep their pet at home. Additional resources are available Here.

“People love pets in Jacksonville and that’s getting nowhere,” she said.

Layendecker encourages anyone looking for help with their pets to email her [email protected]Call them at (904) 493-4560 or visit theirs website.

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