Community Briefs 080719

Clay Today
Posted 8/7/19

More than 300 animals rescued last month at Clay animal servicesGREEN COVE SPRINGS – More than 300 animals, including 120 dogs and 227 cats, left the Clay County Animal Shelter healthy, …

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Community Briefs 080719


More than 300 animals rescued last month at Clay animal services

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – More than 300 animals, including 120 dogs and 227 cats, left the Clay County Animal Shelter healthy, neutered and ready for a new home in July.

Commissioner Mike Cella said, “These numbers speak to the tireless efforts of animal control officers, shelter staff, volunteers and rescue organizations who work every day to protect the animals’ welfare, provide care and feeding, medical attention and find loving homes.”

Clay County Animal Services works closely with a variety of rescue and foster organizations, and partners with Friends of Clay County Animals to improve adoption numbers. Animal services also participates in many community events by bringing adoptable pets out for the public to see, without needing to visit the shelter.

“The shelter has frequent price specials to encourage adoption, which are a great deal considering the animals will be neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and healthy when you take

them home, said animal services director Troy Nagle.”

The shelter held a Christmas In July special during which all adoptions were free for one day. During that one-day special 39 animals were adopted and 6 were placed on hold.

The shelter also features adoptable pets at BCC meetings and regularly posts adorable photos of animals on the Clay County Animal Services Facebook and Instagram pages. The Animal Services web site also provides information and tips for dealing with behavioral issues to help keep adopted pets in their new homes.

“These programs, partnerships, and helpful resources have increased the live adoption rate in our shelter to over 90% which, by industry standard, is considered no kill,” Nagel said.

Only 16 animals had to be euthanized in July due to behavioral or medical problems.

The shelter took in 132 dogs and 202 cats in July. Many of these, 49 dogs and 190 cats, were brought in as strays. The remainder were impounded or confiscated as a result of a 61 cruelty or abandonment investigations, or due to aggressive behavior.

The shelter received 307 service calls resulting in 544 actions taken by staff and investigators last month.

Clay County Animal Services is located at 3984 State Road 16 West. Animal Services staff invite you to visit the shelter and interact with our adoptable pets. If you can’t adopt, then please consider fostering, volunteering or making a donation. Visit our website for more information.

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Feeding Northeast Florida selects Susan King as president, CEO

JACKSONVILLE – Feeding Northeast Florida, the greater Jacksonville’s largest nonprofit community food bank that also serves Clay County, announced Susan King will serve as its new president and CEO.

King steps into the role after former CEO Frank Castillo resigned for personal reasons in May. "We are incredibly grateful for all of Frank Castillo's hard work and dedication to Feeding Northeast Florida," says Josh Martino, president of Feeding Northeast Florida’s board of directors. "We are excited to work with Susan as she brings her knowledge and experience to help fight food insecurity in our community."

More than 270,900 people in the organization’s eight-county service area turn to food pantries and meal service programs to feed themselves. Through the distribution of food and other essential goods, promoting healthy living, and by advocating for the well-being of those struggling with hunger, Feeding Northeast Florida’s mission is to address social and health care issues, to educate the community about food insecurity, and to collect relevant data to improve the welfare of our community.

“Susan’s strong financial background, leadership experience and heart for the underserved make her an excellent choice for this important role,” says Martino. “Susan has a passion for addressing social disparities, and I’m confident she will deliver on our overarching mission of eradicating hunger in our community.”

In 2018, Feeding Northeast Florida distributed more than 14.1 million meals in eight counties throughout Northeast Florida.

“It is an honor to join Feeding Northeast Florida as its president and CEO,” King said. “I look forward to continuing the great work being done in our community by this wonderful organization and am passionate about bringing innovative and entrepreneurial ideas to alleviating food insecurity for our neighbors in need.”

King previously served as a member of Feeding Northeast Florida’s board of directors. She’s also held prominent roles including Executive Director for WeCareJax, Executive Director of Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry (BEAM) and President/CEO at Atlantic Beach Urban Farms. Before following her heart to work in the nonprofit sector, King spent more than two decades working as a financial professional primarily in commercial real estate development.

King holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of West Florida and is a Certified Public Accountant and Licensed Real Estate Broker. She and her husband reside in Atlantic Beach.


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