Results are In – Jacksonville has Another No-Kill Year in 2019

The Jacksonville Humane Society (JHS) along with Animal Care and Protective Services (ACPS), is proud to announce that the city of Jacksonville has once again earned the no-kill designation for the year of 2019.

According to Best Friends Animal Society, “A no-kill community is a city or town in which every brick-and-mortar shelter serving and/or located within that community has reached a 90% save rate or higher and adheres to the no-kill philosophy, saving every animal who can be saved.”*[1]

In 2019, the save rate for APCS was 90% and for JHS was 95%, for a citywide 93% save rate.

Clumsy the dog being adopted by his new family at JHS.

In total, 16,874 animals entered Jacksonville shelters in 2019. This is a decrease from 19,366 animals in 2018. Denise Deisler, JHS CEO, credits the historic year of lifesaving with collaboration between the organizations and support from the community.

“Jacksonville has proven, time and again, that when everyone works together, animals win. We are better together,” said Deisler. “When looking at what had the single greatest impact, it is without a doubt the community’s support for kitten lifesaving with our Don’t Kit-Nap campaign. From citizens willing to keep found kittens out of the shelter, to private practice veterinarians providing care, to foster parents, volunteers, and donors – each act of generosity made 2019 a record year for lifesaving in Jacksonville.”

Four kittens are reunited with their mother cat as a result of the “Don’t Kit-Nap” campaign.

Don’t Kit-Nap was a campaign launched by JHS and APCS in spring of 2019, that emphasized the importance of spay/neuter, debunking myths about mother cats abandoning kittens, what to do with found kittens and recruiting foster parents. Kitten intake in 2019 for the community was 6,522, a decrease from 7,575 in 2018. This is the first decline in kitten intake since 2015.

Don’t Kit-Nap Flyer, 2019.

In 2014, Jacksonville earned the distinction of being the largest city in the United States to earn no-kill status. The city has maintained the status since, with the exception of 2018 when it fell to 89%.

“Examining the data and trends in 2017 and 2018 resulted in our renewed focus on cats and kittens in 2019,” said Deisler. “As a community, we had to take a look at ourselves ask – what can we do to save those lives? We knew that with the help of our community, a return to no-kill was possible. We are excited about the results from 2019 and even more excited for 2020. Thank you, Jacksonville!”

JHS dog, T-Bone, enjoys quality time during JHS summer camp.

For information about JHS, Jacksonville’s no-kill movement and statistics, visit this link. 

[1] “What No-Kill Really Means,”, May 2019.