First Coast No More Homeless Pets (FCNMHP) (Florida)
Headquarters Location: Jacksonville, FL
Mission: The mission of First Coast No More Homeless Pets is to end the needless killing of cats and dogs in Northeast Florida and, eventually, the nation, with programs designed to decrease the number of animals entering the shelters, increase the number of pets leaving the shelter alive and to keep pets in homes and out of shelters.
Expert Reviews of First Coast No More Homeless Pets (FCNMHP) (Florida)
Evidence of Impact Summary:Since they were established, First Coast No More Homeless Pets has led the way to providing no cost and low cost spay/neuter to a number of counties surrounding Jacksonville.
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|First Coast No More Homeless Pets has developed several targeted cat and dog spay/neuter projects which have directly and measurably reduced the number of animals entering – and dying in – local animal shelters and which have improved the health and welfare of at-risk animals, especially cats. Each program has been designed to meet specific needs (e.g. city vs. county, low-income owners vs. unowned cats, etc.) and is targeted to help ensure that all funds invested result in measurable change. They have introduced innovative programs which, while controversial at first, have proven effective and now serve as models for other communities. They are able to connect with a variety of audiences by avoiding divisive language and focusing on their primary goals.|
|First Coast NMHP is an outstanding organization that has created pioneering programs on a modest budget. They have worked successfully with local governments and national groups alike. They strongly deserve recognition for their achievements.|
|First Coast No More Homeless Pets has focusing on providing free and low cost sterilization for low income families and ferals in Jacksonville, FL, a community with a climate that lends itself to year round reproduction for cats. Since 2002 First Coast No More Homeless Pet has facilitated over 90,000 pet sterilizations in the Jacksonville Fl. area. They have seen an overall reduction in pet intake of approximately 34% and a 58% decrease in the number of animals having to be euthanized. Their Joseph A. Strasser Animal Health and Welfare Building, designed with the capacity for up to 200 daily sterilizations, is one of the highest volume clinics in the country when at full capacity. Operating the Jacksonville Pet Food Bank the have donated over 120,000 pounds of food has been distributed to more than 4,000 pets, helping qualified low income families keep their pets in this challenging economy. Their ‘Feral Freedom’ program is truly innovative. Director Rick Ducharme has impressed key national funders with his creative, data-based initiatives, and is now providing a model for communities around the country to emulate.|
|First Coast No More Homeless Pets runs the Feral Freedom program and has created a model for TNR programs which saves thousands of cats every year. Jacksonville Animal Care and Control in partnership with the Jacksonville Humane Society turns all cats it believes might be feral or free-roaming over to Feral Freedom instead of taking them to the shelter. The cats are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and returned to their colonies. Feral Freedom has had a tremendous local impact in Jacksonville, and presently serves as a national model.|
|First Coast No More Homeless Pets is known for its groundbreaking spay/neuter programs and one of the finest feral cat programs I've ever heard of. The director is very willing to share program elements, statistics budget, etc.|
|They have reduced shelter killing through targeted spay / neuter services and innovative management of community cats.|
|Since they were established, they have led the way to providing no cost and low cost spay/neuter to a number of counties surrounding Jacksonville. They have taken the Humane Alliance model to the next level and have included feral cats in their newest program called Feral Freedom. The intake and subsequent euthanasia rate in Duval County [Jacksonville] has dropped by over 35%.|
He has become a recognized leader in the animal welfare field, speaking at many national conferences, mentoring and training representatives from animal welfare groups across the nation, and authoring Best Friends Animal Society’s publication on Feral Freedom.
Rick is also co-founder and director of the Target Zero Institute which brings together top leadership and best practices nationwide to systematize and mentor organizations to help make their communities no-kill.