Influential Florida Figure In No Kill on "Talking Animals"
My guest on "Talking Animals" Jan. 9 will be Rick DuCharme, founder and director of First Coast No More Homeless Pets in Jacksonville, Florida.
In that capacity Rick DuCharme, has become a major, influential figure—if still relatively unheralded on a national level—in the wake of helping orchestrate major inroads towards Duval County becoming, in the words of The Florida Times-Union, “within sight of becoming the first large city to become basically a no-kill city for pets.”
DuCharme founded First Coast No More Homeless Pets in 2002, with the organization’s primary mission being to end the killing of dogs and cats in Jacksonville.
Here are some corresponding statistics: in 2002-2003, there were 23,104 total pets euthanized in Duval County; in 2010-2011, there were just 7912.
Also, in the 2002-2003, there were only 2910 spay and neuter surgeries in the city; in 2010-2011, there 24,025.
In 2007 FCNMHP opened its first small spay/neuter clinic that focused on feral cats and then domestic cats. In 2008 working with the city of Jacksonville the Feral Freedom program was introduced; a first in the nation public/private collaboration to save all the feral/free roaming/community cats that come into the city’s shelters. This program is credited with saving the lives of nearly 5,000 cats each year.
And so on.
Rick DuCharme will speak with us live on "Talking Animals" on Jan. 9 at 11am, and listeners are invited to participate in the conversation by calling (813-239-9663) or e-mailing (DJ@wmnf.org).