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Animal Care & Protective Services Part of ASPCA $100K Challenge
Animal Care & Protective Services Part of ASPCA $100K Challenge

The City of Jacksonville’s Animal Care and Protective Services (ACPS) Division is one of 93 agencies across the nation participating in the qualifying heat of this year’s ASPCA $100K Challenge. ACPS is competing for grants totaling $300,000 from the ASPCA, including a top prize of $100,000.

The 2011 ASPCA $100K Challenge is a nationwide competition for animal shelters, and their communities, aiming to get more animals adopted or returned to their owners than ever before. The first phase is the qualifying heat, during which participating shelters compete to accumulate the most online votes from their supporters. The 50 shelters with the most votes become the official contestants for the 2011 ASCPA $100K Challenge.

“This is a great opportunity to save even more homeless animals by placing them with new adoptive families or returning them to their owners,” said Scott Trebatoski, chief of the city’s ACPS Division. “At the same time, we could win $100,000, which could support microchipping for approximately 20,000 pets. That means 20,000 more pets that can be identified through radio frequency and immediately returned to their owners if they become lost. First, we must qualify and we are depending on votes from our supporters and the Jacksonville community to guarantee us a spot in the Challenge.”

Supporters can help by casting one vote each day for "FL - Animal Care and Protective Services, Jacksonville" online at Voting takes place through April 15, 2011. ACPS will also have voting booths and more information available Mondays through Saturdays from 7-10 a.m. at Einstein Bagels at 1661 Riverside Ave. and from 5:30 - 9 p.m. during the "World Famous 'Popovich' Comedy Pet Theater" April 14, 2011 at the Florida Theatre at 128 E. Forsyth St.

ACPS ensures that animals are properly treated and controlled; serves as a resource for the adoption of healthy pets; and implements and enforces laws, regulations, codes and procedures concerning the treatment of domesticated and wild animals. The ACPS Center, located at 2020 Forest St., is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and is closed Sundays and holidays. For more information on ACPS or pet adoptions, please visit or call 630-CITY (2489).

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