Jacksonville Humane Society Shelter Stars
Adoptable animals walk the red carpet to kick off ASPCA Rachael Ray $100,000 Challenge
At the May 31 Jacksonville Humane Society's Shelter Stars, pups, walkers and the crowd were dressed to impress to help raise awareness for the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100,000 Challenge. Fifty shelters across the country are competing for the largest percentage increase in summer adoptions to win the money. Denise Deisler, JHS executive director, told the crowd that 10 years ago 35,000 dogs and cats made it into Jacksonville shelters, and less than half made it out alive. Last year, fewer than 20,000 animals entered shelters, and more than 75 percent were adopted, placed with foster homes or returned to owners. The goal of JHS and shelters across Jacksonville is to be the largest no-kill city in the nation. Last summer, JHS adopted out 1,101 animals. Their goal is to find homes for 2,013 cats and dogs in June, July and August of this year.