Jacksonville, FL - Jacksonville’s animal shelters are packed to the brim.
“We are beyond capacity- every single cage, kennel, nook and cranny is full,” says Jacksonville Human Society Executive Director Denise Deisler.
Deisler says the summer months are always the busiest for shelters around the nation because that’s when people often make significant life decisions and cat’s breeding cycles lead to more kittens this time of year.
In preparation for that, they have organized a “Mega Adoption” event at the Fairgrounds for the weekend of July 18-20. Deisler says they traditionally adopt out 800-1,000 animals at that event.
“We’re banking on that event to help us clear the shelters and get a little reprieve from crowding,” she says.
Until that time, she says they’re holding on, but desperately need the community to help.
“Right now, all resources in Jacksonville are tapped,” she says.
The Humane Society has cut adoption fees, even offering some dogs free of charge. They’re also willing to help give you food or supplies if you’re struggling with your animal and considering returning them to a shelter. JHS is also looking for people to foster animals.
If you’re unable to take in an animal for any duration of time, Deisler says they’re also looking for donations. You can give food or even money, because Deisler says they’re dealing right now with incredibly high medical bills.