Animal Control headed to Jax

Officials hope adoption event keeps Animal Control from having to euthanize to relieve capacity issues

Putnam County Animal Control will be sending 21 dogs to an adoption event in Jacksonville this weekend in hopes they will find new homes. 

The Mega Pet Adoption event will be 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. today through Sunday at Jacksonville Fairgrounds. 

The event will bring together more than 1,000 pets in need of homes with potential adoptive families, said Lisa Suarez, who oversees Animal Control. 

Suarez said Animal Control would take 21 of its bigger and more active dogs to the event. The dogs heading to Jacksonville are all mixed breeds between 40 and 60 pounds, she said. 

“The event has been very successful for us in the past,” she said. “Last time we sent dogs up, about half were adopted.” 

The need to find homes for dogs at Animal Control is critical, Suarez said. Overall, the facility is over capacity with 63 dogs currently living there. Currently, the shelter is so full, it cannot accept surrendered animals.

“I know a lot of people are frustrated,” Suarez said. “We cannot accept voluntary surrenders because we are full to capacity.” 

For people suffering financial difficulties and trying to surrender their pet, Animal Control may be able to help donate food, she said. The facility can also help owners who want to give up their pets find another home for the animal. 

“Dropping your dog at the shelter should be a last resort,” she said. “And we want to do what we can to help people.” 

Suarez says she hopes the adoption event this weekend will be a success so the dogs will find new homes and reduce the population at the shelter. 

“It’s been five years since we’ve had to euthanize animals for space,” she said. “And we don’t want to start now.” 

Admission and parking at the Mega Pet Adoption event are free. The cost to adopt an animal is $20, and that includes spaying or neutering, all vaccinations, a microchip implant and license, if applicable. 

Active military personnel and veterans also qualify for free adoption at the event. 

Suarez said she hopes every animal can find a good home through adoption. 

“There’s no need to go to a pet store or breeder,” she said. “Adopted dogs make great pets, and they are already spayed or neutered and have all their vaccinations.” 

Putnam County Animal Control will also host an adoption event 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. July 19 at its adoption center.

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