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.
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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, as well as an almost 90% decrease in the number of animals being euthanized. In April 2009, FCNMHP opened a 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 700,000 pounds of food has been distributed to more than 7,500 pets.
First Coast No More Homeless Pets began 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 similar 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 2008, working with the city of Jacksonville, the Feral Freedom program was officially introduced: the first public/private collaboration in the nation to save all feral, stray, outdoor, and community cats that entered the city’s shelters. The program currently saves the lives of about 5,000 cats per year. We opened one of the largest spay/neuter clinics in the country in 2009. The 16,000 square foot facility includes the FCNMHP headquarters, an 8,000 square foot veterinary clinic, and garage space to execute and expand transport efforts. We are averaging 2,000 spay/neuter surgeries every month!