Adopt a pet for Thanksgiving

November 13, 2011 by  

Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective Services is holding a special adoption event for Thanksgiving. Thankful Hearts in Happy Homes is a pet adoption event that hope to place as many dogs and cats in homes by Thanksgiving as they can. It will take place on November 19 from 9-3 pm; adoptions on the day will cost $20. The event is being advertised by a dog and cat dressed up in Thanksgiving costumes on a colorful poster; printing companies in the area were most likely hired to create this cute poster to help promote the event.

Animal Care and Protective Services has been looking out for the welfare of Jacksonville’s animals since 1946. In 2010, they housed a total of 19,196 cats and dogs; most were re-adopted. Euthanasia rates at the facility used to be 75 percent, now they are at 39 percent.

Animal Care and Protective Services offers free microchipping of cats and dogs and low-cost adoptions. They also strive to educate pet owners about the proper ways to care for their animals. They offer a Pet Education Program in which speakers appear at school and public places to teach children how to respect their animals. On their website, the organization also provides links to publications on how to care for a pet; they also have a downloadable coloring book for children.

In times of economic hardship, sometime pets are the first to suffer. Many people cannot afford to care for their animals anymore and that is why organizations such as this are important. They can assure former owners that they will do their best to find that animal a loving and permanent home.