Residents Asked to 'Lend a Helping Paw' to Homeless Animals

April 29, 2008  

Lend A Helping PawWhile loving, lifetime homes for all homeless pets might be its first goal, the City of Jacksonville Animal Care and Control Division can also benefit from needed supplies to care for animals at the shelter and to help prepare for sheltering additional animals during a hurricane.

The Animal Care and Control Division will host Lend a Helping Paw, its first-ever city-wide supply drive May 1-31.

A complete list of requested items is outlined below. It is requested that some items be new but many may just be items that can be found around the home going unused.

Dry or canned dog, puppy, cat and kitten food and treats
Rabbit, Ferret, Hamster, Gerbil and Guinea pig food and treats
'Chew-proof' cat and dog toys that can be disinfected
Plastic shower curtain rings, ping-pong balls, empty paper towel rolls
Rawhide and pigs ears
Paper bags
New or gently-used towels and blankets
Pine bedding for small animals
Small animal water bottles
Heat lamps and heat bulbs for snakes and lizards
Bird cages for birds and small animals
Garden hoses and spray nozzles
Brooms and dustpans
Scrub brushes and sponges
Small inflatable swimming pools (small leaks/tears OK)
Large and medium size dog crates
Stainless steel bowls

Items may be dropped off during business hours in collection bins at 18 City of Jacksonville facilities including:

Animal Care and Control Center, 2580 W. First St. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Saturday
Animal Care and Control Mandarin Adoption Center, 10501-2 San Jose Blvd. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 2-5:30 p.m. daily
City Hall at St. James, 117 W. Duval St. 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday
Ed Ball Building, 214 W. Hogan St. 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday
Jacksonville Public Library branches:
Main Library, 303 N. Laura St.
University Park Branch, 3435 University Blvd.
Regency Square Regional Branch, 9900 Regency
Square Blvd.
Beaches Regional Branch, 600 Third St.
Southeast Regional Branch, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd.
Pablo Creek Regional Branch, 13295 Beach Blvd.
West Regional Branch, 1425 Chaffee Road S.
Maxville Branch, 8375 Maxville Road
Bradham-Brooks Northwest, 1755 Edgewood Ave.
W. Highlands Regional Branch, 1826 Dunn Ave.
Webb Wesconnett Regional Branch, 6887 103rd St
Mandarin Regional Branch, 3330 Kori Road South
Mandarin Branch, 12125 San Jose Blvd.
San Marco Branch, 1513 LaSalle St.

Should a donor wish to contribute a large item or many items which may not fit into the collection bin (approximately the size of a garbage can), they should bring the item(s) to the Animal Care and Control Center, 2580 W. First St.

To learn more about adopting a new best friend, volunteering with homeless pets or participating in the Pet Friendly Public Evacuation Shelter Program call (904) 630-CITY (2489) or visit the Animal Care and Control Division online