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The mission of First Coast No More Homeless Pets (FCNMHP) is to eliminate the killing of dogs and cats in our community through free and low-cost spay and neuter programs. Spay and neuter programs are the only proven method for controlling the pet overpopulation problem. As spay/neuter surgeries increase, the shelter and euthanasia rates decrease. We have a truly exceptional plan to end the needless killing of adoptable pets. We are committed to reaching those who need our assistance.
Since 2002, we have facilitated more than 140,000 pet sterilizations in the First Coast area. We have seen an overall reduction in pet intake and a 80% decrease in the number of animals being euthanized. In April 2009, FCNMHP opened our high-volume, high-quality spay/neuter clinic, located in the Joseph A. Strasser Animal Health and Welfare Building, to facilitate the needed increase in surgeries. The clinic is designed with the capacity for up to 200 daily sterilizations, making it one of the highest volume clinics in the country when at full capacity.
To help support our low-cost and free spay/neuter programs, we also provide affordable pet health care. We offer vaccinations, testing, microchipping, flea and heartworm preventative and treatment in our Veterinary Clinic.
FCNMHP opened the Jacksonville Pet Food Bank in March 2010, giving qualified low-income families pet food so that they may keep their pets in this challenging economy. More than 600,000 pounds of food has been distributed to more than 7,000 pets.
First Coast No More Homeless Pets was founded in 2001 when Rick DuCharme, founder and executive director, developed the SpayJax program in response to a request by the City of Jacksonville for a city-funded spay/neuter program. Following SpayJax, SpayNassau was developed along with two other low-cost programs. In 2006, our Trap-Neuter-Return program was developed to offer low-cost spay and neuter surgeries for feral, stray, outdoor and community cats. In August 2008, our Feral Freedom program kicked off, saving approximately 5,000 feral cats a year. We moved in and opened our state-of-the-art high-volume and high-quality spay/neuter and wellness clinic in April 2009. We are averaging 2,000 spay/neuter surgeries every month!