The Jed Fund, Anonymous Donation Will Cover Cost of Equipment
Thanks to a private donation and a fundraising campaign launched Dec. 1 by the Jed Fund, Animal Care & Protective Services (ACPS) will be the recipient of a critically-needed X-ray machine. After an initial donation of $32,000 from an anonymous donor, a capital campaign led by the Jed Fund raised an additional $32,003 to cover the remaining cost of the machine.
“The Jed Fund is an inspiring example of what we can achieve as a community when we work together,” said Mayor Alvin Brown. “Efforts such as this one are part of what drives Jacksonville’s success as city.”
The $64,000 piece of equipment will be located at ACPS to allow staff members to more efficiently and safely treat injured animals. Last fiscal year ACPS took in 11,800 dogs and cats. Currently, injured dogs and cats needing X-rays must be taken to partner organizations, resulting in travel and staff time, as well as unnecessary stress on animals in need of urgent care.
“This life-saving equipment will be a critical tool as Jacksonville strives to maintain a no-kill status. As an organization, we are continuing to seek new opportunities to save even more lives, and having an X-ray machine in-house will allow us to do just that,” said Nikki Harris, Division Chief of ACPS.
The X-ray machine will increase the number of injured animals that can be treated on site, thus reducing the need for transporting critically-injured animals. It will also expedite treatment in emergency situations and help reduce the need to euthanize animals that have been hurt. As of October 2013, Jacksonville achieved a no-kill status, and is the largest city in the country to sustain that record.
"The Jed Fund would like to thank our matching donor, the citizens of Jacksonville and all of the donors from around the country who helped us raise $32,003 in 31 days," said Dione Garnand, founder and president of The Jed Fund. "Having an X-ray machine at ACPS is critical to saving the lives of homeless dogs and cats in our community. We are proud to be part of this effort."
The Jed Fund is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization in Jacksonville whose mission is to offer financial support to animal welfare organizations that work diligently to save the lives of homeless dogs and cats. Each dollar raised will directly benefit animals in carefully selected facilities doing this life saving work. For more information and to make a donation, please visit thejedfund.org or facebook.com/thejedfund. Your support will directly save lives.