Florida Sun Cats is hosting a cat show this weekend, January 17 – 19 at the Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk downtown. More than 200 cats will be competing in 7 rings. A cat show offers a wonderful opportunity to see and learn about many different breeds. There are Bengals, Sphinx, Ragdolls, Persians, Siamese, and more. There’s even a special category for housecats!
Lucas has brought his cat all the way from South Carolina to be in the show.
Vendors will have booths with cat-related items for sale. And if all these kitties make you want to add a new member to your family, Lucky Cat Adoptions will be on hand with homeless cats and kittens seeking forever homes.
Hours are from 4:00 to 9:00 pm Friday and 9:00 am to 4:00pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $6 for adults, and $5 for seniors, children and military. More information and photos are at FloridaSunCats.org.
Do you ever wonder what your pet is thinking? Here is a sign posted on a tree in Jacksonville’s Dogwood Park:
First Coast No More Homeless Pets, Jacksonville Animal care and Control, and the Jacksonville Humane Society and at least 15 other animal rescue groups are once again teaming up to offer over 1,000 dogs, cats, puppies and kittens up for adoption. “Home for the Holidays” will take place downtown at the Fairgrounds this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (December 2-4, 2012). It is said to be the largest pet adoption event in the nation.
Last year’s event was so popular, that 946 pets were adopted, and we ran out of adoptable dogs and cats by the 3rd day. This year, if the 1,000 pets are adopted, more animals will be brought in. Having volunteered at the event last year, I can testify that there are many amazing pets in shelters just waiting and hoping for loving homes.
Special thanks go out to two of our sponsors – Best Friends Animal Society and PetSmart Charities. Through their support, Jacksonville is well on its way to becoming a no-kill city by 2014, or sooner. I hope you’ll come out to this event and that these wonderful dogs and cats will find loving, forever homes.
Pictures coming later on Foto Friday.
Little Talbot Island is one of Northeast Florida’s few remaining barrier islands free of commercial development; the entire island is a state park. It is located North of where the St. Johns River flows into the Atlantic Ocean, and is connected to the mainland by Route A1A. A great way to get there is by taking the St. Johns River Ferry.
Little Talbot Island offers 1872 acres, 5 miles of beach, and 2 trails totaling 4.2 miles. Facilities include 3 bathhouses, boardwalks, boat ramp, a campground (40 sites, all with electricity), picnic tables and pavilions, a playground and ranger station. There’s lots to see and do!
A 3.2 mile hiking trail that loops around the northern end leads through a coastal hammock, rambles over dunes, and finally reaches the beach where crowds of gulls and terns provide most of the shoreline activity.
Little Talbot Island is a great place to enjoy our beach without most of the crowds. If you stay late in the day, be sure to pull West off A1A for beautiful sunset views overlooking Fort George Sound.
If you go: Pets are not allowed on the beach in any Florida State Park, but leashed dogs are allowed elsewhere in the park. Nesting sea turtles come up from the beach to lay their eggs; please respect these endangered creatures and avoid disturbing their nests.
Visit the State Park Website for fee schedule.
Last weekend was a wonderful 3 days for the First Coast area’s shelter animals. Here’s a summary of what happened:
- 950 total adoptions – more than 96% of all pets available found homes
- Largest pet adoption event ever in the nation
- 10,000+ attendees, not including volunteers and team members
What was most impressive was seeing the teams of the Jacksonville Humane Society, Animal Care and Protective Services, First Coast No More Homeless Pets and all the shelter and rescue groups working together seamlessly as one.
Here are two of my pictures taken just after opening:
Special thanks to Pet Smart Charities and Best Friends Animal Society for their support, and to Rick DuCharme, founder and executive director of First Coast No More Homeless Pets.
This weekend, First Coast No More Homeless Pets and its coalition partners are hosting the largest ever adoption event in Jacksonville. Our goal is to find lifelong, loving homes for 600+ dogs, cats, kittens and puppies.
Here are the details:
- Dates: July 13, 14, 15
- Time: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
- Place: Jacksonville Fairgrounds and Expo Center
Adoption fee is just $25, and includes spay/neuter, vaccines, micro-chip, and city license. In honor of those who serve or have served, all active duty and retired military will be given totally FREE adoptions.
I have volunteered at several adoption events and will be there Saturday. It is heart-warming to see so many beautiful pets walk out with their new families! This weekend’s adoption event will be a huge step towards reaching our goal of becoming a no-kill community.
Thank you for helping Jacksonville’s dogs and cats!