Mutts & Mimosas

DOG FRIENDLY EVENT!

Enjoy a brunch buffet, refreshing mimosas, live music, and a silent auction all while benefiting Friends of Jacksonville Animals! Furry friends welcome!

Sip & Stay with us at the Sheraton with one of our Mutts & Mimosas hotel packages! Hotel packages includes a one night stay on May 10th along with (2) event tickets to Mutts & Mimosas on May 11th from 10 am – 1 pm. Tickets include brunch and bottomless mimosas!

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A portion of ticket proceeds to benefit Friends of Jacksonville Animals. Ticket prices will increase at the door.

Bring home a new family member from Animal Care and Protective Services! ACPS will be on-site with adoptable pets.

Friends of Jacksonville Animals will gladly accept the following donations on behalf of the shelter on the day of the event: canned dog food, canned cat food, spray cheese, Velveeta cheese blocks, Pup-Peroni soft dog treats, Milk Bones dog treats, and large Kongs, medium and large snap dog collars, and puzzle feeders.

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3rd Annual Adopt a Bark in the Park

Join us back in Riverside for our 3rd year!
Adoptable dogs, pet friendly vendors, dog events, demos, live raffle & more!

Jacksonville Jaycees

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We are a young, energetic organization dedicated to fun and community service. We give young people the tools they need to excel in the areas of business development and management, with access to individual training, and networking opportunities.

Barks & Brews at Engine 15

Barked Goods is proud to present NATIONAL PET PARENTS DAY Barks & Brews! National Pet Parents Day was created to honor all dedicated pet parents across the nation with a special day of their own!

So mark your calendar to join other canines and their companions to sniff and schmooze at another Barks & Brews! Human guests can relax with a glass of Engine 15’s craft selection of ever rotating original beers and food truck delicacies available for your enjoyment.

Barked Goods treats will be available for sampling and purchase;

CBD Supply House LLC is going to have an amazing selection for two and four legged customers;

Pet Wants Jax Beach will be there letting you know what a better diet can do for your animals and they will have a huge variety of treats;

Body & Soul is coming with their deliciously wonderful soaps, body products and pet packages;

Your Home Vet will be joining us with information on their in home veterinary services;

Paws Gourmet will have their awesome dog pizzas available;

We will have a Paparazzi vendor with lots of gorgeous accessories;

Ruff Rubs is going to be there with information on thier canine mssage therapy and pet sitting services;

Major Dog House Project will be joining with information on their amazing projram that provides animal control officers with dog houses to share with pets they encounter in the community;

Comprehensive Canine Training is coming to show off some amazing tricks;

Dos Vatos Tacos is going to be there serving up delicious tacos!

DogFest Jacksonville

Join the fun at DogFest Jacksonville, a community-based walk and festival that brings dog lovers together for a cause. Whether you have a dog or simply love them, spend the day at DogFest and celebrate our canine friends and heroes that bring joy to our lives. All funds raised benefit Canine Companions for Independence and their mission of matching assistance dogs with children, adults and veterans with disabilities, free of charge. These expertly trained assistance dogs make a profound impact through the jobs they do like opening doors, picking up dropped items, alerting to sounds and much more.

Gather your friends, family and dogs and head to the Seawalk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach, FL on March 31 for the 6th annual DogFest Jacksonville. Everyone is invited to join us for a day of fun, festivities, inspiring speakers, dog demonstrations, music, food and more! Registration is free.

Doggie-Gras

Join us as we celebrate during our annual Mardi Gras event to benefit the shelter animals of Duval County.

Bold City will donate $1 from every beer sold during the event.
We’ll have a huge silent auction full of treasures.
Bring cash for our 50/50 cash raffle and win half the pot!
Food will be available for purchase.
Music will be provided by Daniel Kleinrock

Mark your calendars for this fun annual event.

Jacksonville MEGA ADOPTION

First Coast No More Homeless Pets is not a shelter but helps make shelters stronger by hosting, planning, and funding the Mega Pet Adoption Events, the largest adoption events in the country, three times a year.

Together in one place, more than ten groups bring their adoptable dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens in hopes that each one will find forever homes.

These events are an important part of maintaining Jacksonville’s no-kill status and helping surrounding areas and the nation follow suit.

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Mutts & Mimosas

Join us for the 3rd Annual Mutts & Mimosas Saturday, June 16th from 10 am – 1 pm on the patio of the Sheraton Jacksonville Hotel! Enjoy a brunch buffet, refreshing mimosas, live music, and a silent auction all while benefiting Friends of Jacksonville Animals! Furry friends welcome!

Mutts & Mimosas Hotel Package includes a one night stay on June 15th along with (2) event tickets to Mutts & Mimosas on June 16th from 10 am – 1 pm including brunch and bottomless mimosas! A portion of the proceeds to benefit Friends of Jacksonville Animals.

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Friends of Jacksonville Animals works directly with Jacksonville’s Animal Care and Protective Services to benefit the lives of shelter animals by focusing on fundraising to assist with medical care, enrich the shelter environment, and promote adoptions to reduce euthanasia.

Friends of Jacksonville Animals will gladly accept the following donations on behalf of the shelter on the day of the event: canned dog food, canned cat food, spray cheese, Velvetta cheese blocks, Pup-Peroni soft dog treats, Milk Bones dog treats, medium and large Kongs, medium and large snap dog collar.

A letter from a heartbroken family

To whomever picked up a tan and white pup on Plainfield Ave in the Town of Orange Park on October 13, 2107:

Missing since October 13, 2017, in Orange Park, Florida

Please know that she is deeply missed and loved by her family. Please take Doucie in to the nearest vet and scan her for her chip! Doucie is a female, Aussie Shepherd/Beagle/ Lab mix, she is about 18 inches at the shoulder, has white on the legs and belly and last half of her tail. The rest of her is reddish brown with a dusting of black on her nose and ears. Her fur is medium length and seems to be a double coat, hence her love of swimming in all weather. She may have a slight limp from her surgery. She got loose through no fault of ours.

Around 9 o’clock that morning, my mom and I took Doucie to AVS-BluePearl Veterinary Hospital, located at 275 Corporate Way behind Adamec’s Motorcycle Shop, for an after-surgery check-up. Three weeks prior she had ACL surgery on her right knee, hence the shaved fur on that leg and the stitches. We were told to leave Doucie in the care of AVS/BluePearl becuase the doctor that did the surgery wanted to look at her, and the doctor was performing an emergency surgery. We handed Doucie over to a vet-tech after removing her harness. Doucie still had on her yellow and green waterproof collar with an i.d. tag showing her name and phone number, as well as a little red cow bell. We left, believing all was okay. That was the last time we saw Doucie. 

The vet-tech that took Doucie didn’t correctly latch her kennel. Doucie was able to open the gate, open and walk through to interior doors, scan the lobby, and then use her head to open the heavier front door. Even though an alert customer called out that an unattended pup had come through a door and was in the lobby, no vet-tech’s seemed alarmed. They didn’t react until Doucie was outside. Doucie scanned the parking lot for us, but we were already gone, so she ran across Corporate Way and went for a swim in Wells Lake. After her swim, Doucie ran back across Corporate Way, almost getting hit, and ran back to the front door. At this point, either a vet-tech outside, or someone inside scared Doucie and she ran off again. 

Doucie ran along Corporate Way then darted over the railroad tracks and through the woods and brush. A vet-tech did see her crossing the tracks.  We learned that a truck driver had seen Doucie running through the parking lot of the warehouse behind the hotels on Wells Road. Doucie eventually made her way through the woods, possibly resting near a feral cat colony in the area. We found out two weeks later that she was seen being picked up by an unknown person in an unknown vehicle near 704 Plainfield Ave. (verified by Pat Totillo and her K9 search team).

Over the next month and a half, our family and friends made fliers and posters, tacking and taping them to every post, pole and phone box in Orange Park. There is also a Police report on file of the incident. The town of Orange Park was very understanding to our dilemma and allowed us to leave our signs up for a month and a half. They have a town ordinance against unauthorized signs being up more than a day or two. Since October 13, 2017, there have been over 25 possible sightings. None have been verified as Doucie, all have been linked to local pups, even if the caller describes Doucie perfectly.  Case in point, we received a call about a dog that could have been Doucie near W.E.Cherry Elementary School in the Blairmore Blvd area, the caller described her perfectly, even down to the shorter hair on her leg that had been shaved for surgery a month before.  This call proved to be false. The dog seen was a boxer mix, we saw him.  There have been possible sightings all over Clay County, from Plainfield Ave to Oakleaf to the Orange Park Country Club to Ridgecrest to Middleburg and Fleming Island, even up Blanding Blvd to Townsend Road, behind Lexus of Orange Park. We have posted fliers wherever there is a sighting. 

Two weeks into our canvassing of the Town of Orange Park, we encountered an employee of a business on the business loop at the end of Loring Ave that said she saw a dog that looked very much like Doucie being picked up on Plainfield Ave, the day Doucie escaped from the vet hospital. This led to us contacting Pat Totillo and her team to narrow down our search. The K9’s were able to track Doucie from the AVS/BluePearl, down Corporate Way, across the tracks and through the parking lot.  They lost her scent in the woods, but picked her scent up on Ash Street and followed it to an area near the mailbox of 704 Plainfield Ave. To verify this, Ms Totillo had her other K9 come from Loring Ave. This K9 did not alert to Doucie’s scent until he reached the same patch the first K9 alerted to, this verified that Doucie had been picked up. And the K9’s were able to verify that Doucie had never been at any of the sightings that were called in. The only unverified call belongs to a farmer, possibly in Clay County, who described several of Doucie’s characteristics, as well as her collar and tags, in a deep, gravely voice. He said he had to go but he would call back. He never has returned the call, and his numbers were blocked. We have several contacts in Clay County that have been helping us with spreading Doucie’s story and fliers, among them are the Town of Orange Park Police Department, Melissa from PrimeVet on Kingsley Ave., and Mary from Crackers in South Orange Park.     

Doucie has been my moms constant companion ever since we rescued her.  Doucie would sleep by her bed, and check up on her throughout the day, no matter where each one was at the house. Doucie would interrupt her front gate guarding, her sunning, her swimming, or her strolling to go and check on mom, to make sure everything was alright. Mom would go out and check on Doucie too.

Doucie is chipped and was wearing a yellow and green waterproof collar with an i.d. tag and a red bell. She is reddish brown on top and sides with white underneath, and white legs and the last half of her tail is white, like a flag. She has a light dusting of black on her nose and ears. She has medium long fur that seems to be a double coat, based on her penchant for swimming in all kinds of weather.  She is smart, energetic, playful.  Her absence is weighing heavily on us.  We miss Doucie and need her to come home.

If you have ANY information, please contact us! Please share her photo and search for her call/text 904-327-3698

THANK YOU,
James Mooers

Doucie has two facebook pages, Find Doucie and Help Us Find Doucie (please follow!). 

Nothing Tops DogFest – Jacksonville

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Join us at Topgolf Jacksonville on Sunday, February 24th from 2:00 – 6:00 PM as we play at the area’s premiere golf entertainment complex!

Anyone can play Topgolf, from aspiring pros to those who’ve never walked 18 holes. This multi-level driving range is equipped with drivers, microchipped balls and targets to hit.

Registration is $100 for each person and includes 3 HOURS OF GOLF, heavy hors d’ouevres and bottomless soda, iced tea and water. A cash bar will be available. There will also be a chance to win prizes at our raffle and silent auction! All proceeds benefit Canine Companions for Independence DogFest Jacksonville.

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There are a maximum of six people per bay. If you would like to sponsor a bay, or are interested in becoming an event sponsor, please email Heather at socialfly1229@gmail.com