Jacksonville shelter aims to be no-kill model as new center opens


>>>LOCAL DOG AND CAT WAITING FOR ADOPTION JUST GOT SOME NEW DIG. HUMANE SOCIETY IN JACKSONVILLE OPENED THE NEW ADOPTION EDUCATION COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER.>>WE WERE THERE AS THEY CUT THE RIBBON WITH COMMUNITY LEADERS AND CELEBRATION IS UNDER WAY RIGHT NOW. [APPLAUSE] RISING FROM THE AS [APPLAUSE] RISING FROM THE ASHES OF THIS FIRE CONNECT AID AGO CRYSTAL SHOWS US HOW THIS REBUILT NO KILL SHELTER PLANS TO BE A MODE TO BE A MODEL FOR OTHER SHELTERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.>>Reporter: THE PET NOW HAVE A COMFORTABLE POLICE TO STAY WHILE THEY WITNESS FOR FOREVER HOME IS. DECADE AFTER FIRE DESTROYED THE PREVIOUS SHELTER, THE JACKSONVILLE HUMANE SOCIETY GOES FROM PORTABLE BUILDINGS TO THIS NEW 15 MILLION DOLLAR ADOPTION CENTER. MOSTLY PAID FOR BY DONOR BUT 4 MILLION DOLLARS SHORT. IT’S TRIPLE THE SIZE OF THE PREVIOUS BUILDINGS WITH MORE KENNEL, SWEET FOR DOG AND CATS AND MULTI-USE SPACE FOR MEETINGS AND TRAINING CLASSES.>>WE ACHIEVE NO KILL BACK 2014 WORKING OUT OF THOSE AWFUL TRAILERS IN A TERRIBLE ENVIRONMENT AND I THINK AS PROUD AS WE ARE OF THIS BUILDING, WE ARE A GREAT LESSON IN YOU CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN WITHOUT RESOURCES. WE DID.>>Reporter: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DENISE SAYS ITEM ALL ABOUT USING THE RESOURCES EFFICIENTL USING THE RESOURCES EFFICIENTLY.>>IT WAS IMPORTANT TO LOOK AT EVERY SINGLE PEPY WE SPENT AND SAY HOW DOES THIS CONTRIBUTE TO SAVING ANIMAL LIVES. IF IT DIDN’T, WE STOP SPENDING IT.>>Reporter: FOR EXAMPLE THEY HAVE CHANGE THE TIME THE ADOPTION CENTER IS OPEN TO MAKE IT MORE CONVENIENT FOR FAMILIE IT MORE CONVENIENT FOR FAMILIES. SHE UPS MOST SHELTERS ARE STRUGGLING WITH LOW FUNDING AND RESOURCES. WHEN PEOPLE ASK HOW JACKSONVILLE BECAME A SUCCESSFUL NO KILL CITY.>>THE ANSWER IS REALLY EASY. IT WAS OUR COMMUNITY.>>Reporter: GAINING SUPPORT FROM VOLUNTEERS AND FOSTER FAMILY THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY HELPED BUILD THE PROGRAM TO WHAT IT IS TODAY. JHS PLANS TO USE THE NEW FACILITY TO HOST AND TRAIN SHELTER STAFF FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO BROADEN THE NO KILL STATUS. CRYSTAL MOYER, CHANNEL 4, THE LOCAL STATION.>>>.>>TO QUALIFY AS NO KILL SHELTER HEALTHY ANIMAL AND THOSE SICK BUT TREATABLE CAN’T BE PUT DOWN. THE SHELTER MUST ALSO MAINTAIN A 90 PERCENT OR HIGHER LIVE

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