JSO Employees Donate 1,700 Pounds of Pet Food to Animal Care and Protective Services | Community Spirit

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JSO Employees Donate 1,700 Pounds of Pet Food to Animal Care and Protective Services
JSO Employees Donate 1,700 Pounds of Pet Food to Animal Care and Protective Services

Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office employees this week donated approximately 600 pounds of dog and cat food and treats to the city’s Animal Care & Protective Services’ Pet Meals on Wheels program. The food will be distributed to senior pet owners who participate in the Meals on Wheels program and may have trouble affording pet food.

“Many times, these seniors are sharing their Meals on Wheels food deliveries with their cats or dogs,” said Christine Parker, community relations supervisor for ACPS. “This helps them to keep their beloved pets – and themselves – nourished.”

The food was collected during a month-long pet food drive at JSO locations across the city. The food drive, spearheaded by Officer Tanya Nelson, took place in March. She placed bins at JSO facilities throughout the city and spread the word to her JSO counterparts that pet food donations were needed.

Nearly 1,100 pounds of food has previously been collected and distributed to ACPS for Pet Meals on Wheels. This donation was the fourth and final from the food drive, bringing the total amount of dog and cat food JSO collected for ACPS to nearly 1,700 pounds. JSO also donated money and another 600 pounds of food collected in the drive to First Coast No More Homeless Pets.

“I really have a soft spot for animals and realize the impact that their health and safety can have on the wellbeing of a community,” said Nelson. “So, I do whatever I can to help. I am so proud of the great response we got from JSO.”

The amount of food collected is enough to feed approximately 100 animals for one month. More food is always needed to keep this year-round program, funded only by donations, running, said Parker. Call 630-CITY for information on starting a pet food drive.

ACPS ensures that animals are properly treated and controlled; serves as a resource for the adoption of healthy pets; and implements and enforces laws, regulations, codes and procedures concerning the treatment of domesticated and wild animals. The ACPS Center, located at 2020 Forest St., is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and is closed Sundays and holidays. For more information on ACPS or pet adoptions, please visit www.coj.net or call 630-CITY (2489).

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