Founder & Executive Director
As a child, Rick DuCharme would bring home any stray pets he came across. Together, he and his mother would bring the pets to the city shelter. One day, Rick’s mother revealed to him that the pets they brought to the shelter may not have made it out alive. The seed for a life in animal welfare was planted.
While working in the heavy equipment industry, Rick began volunteering at various animal shelters and rescues. For years, he observed and researched the issues surrounding homeless pets and became an advocate for an effective spay/neuter program in Jacksonville. Rick brought experience in sales, marketing, and management from his previous career when he was appointed to the “Mayor’s Task Force for Animal Control” in 2001.
With Best Friends Animal Society serving as his mentor, Rick founded First Coast No More Homeless Pets a year later with the mission to end the killing of dogs and cats. Many programs later, FCNMHP has helped reduce euthanasia rates in Jacksonville, Florida by an astounding 90 percent. Rick also consults with and mentors groups across the country to help the entire nation reach No Kill status by 2024.
Dr. Kelly Farrell earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. Dr. Farrell has previous experience in establishing new high-volume spay/neuter programs, as well as expanding existing ones. She helped launch the Planned Pethood Clinic, the first in the region, in Boones Mill, Virginia. Likewise, she established Angels of Assisi in Roanoke, Virginia which covered 10 counties and included both a mobile unit and fixed clinic.
She served on the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and PetSmart Charities Spay/Neuter Task Force from 2006 to 2008, and assisted in the publication of The Association of Shelter Veterinarians “Veterinary Medical Guidelines for Spay/Neuter Programs” in 2008. She currently presents at humane and veterinary medical conferences around the nation on topics such as Early Age Spay/Neuter and Feral Cat Coalitions. She is a member of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians, Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights, American Veterinary Medical Association, Florida Veterinary Medical Association, and the Jacksonville Veterinary Medical Society.
Dr. Farrell has also helped create feral cat clinics and no-kill adoption centers. She joined FCNMHP in 2009 and organized the start-up of our Community Pet Wellness Clinic, including assisting with the building design. As the Medical Director, she supervises the FCNMHP clinic to ensure patients receive consistent high-quality care.
Dr. Ravi Kumar Putluru
Medical Director of Veterinary Clinic
Dr. Ravi Kumar Putluru achieved his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in India in 2002 and a Master of Animal Science from the University of Hawaii. Dr. Putluru worked in animal ER and private practice and witnessed pet euthanasia due to owners inability to pay. Driven by a desire to help avoid preventable euthanasias Dr. Putluru sought to provide low cost veterinary services.
Dr. Putluru became the first full-time spay/neuter veterinarian for FCNMHP. After leaving for a private practice for three years, he returned as a medical director for the veterinary clinic. Under his guidance, our clinic has grown more than 80 percent, helping us care for local pets.
Jennifer studied pre-veterinary medicine at the University of New Hampshire with additional focus on business development. She has extensive experience managing veterinary clinics including general practice, emergency and critical care hospitals, and referral hospitals with advanced specialties. Jennifer has worked as a veterinary technician and served on the advisory board for Heritage Institute to consider development of a veterinary technology program.
Jennifer joined FCNMHP in 2014 and has helped with the growth and development, including assisting with the building design for a second veterinary clinic location. She has a special interest in animal assisted therapy and helped train miniature horses for therapy programs working with young children. Jennifer has volunteered in many animal welfare organizations, including a horse farm for rescued and abused horses and one of the oldest zoos in Massachusetts.
Jennifer has a genuine interest in supporting people to provide necessary care for their pets and is dedicated to removing financial barriers to treatment. Her own life has been enriched by many wonderful pets and she believes the human-animal bond has powerful health and social benefits.