Animal Care & Protective Services Accepting Adoption Applications for English Bulldogs | Urban Wildlife
The City of Jacksonville’s Animal Care & Protective Services Division is now accepting applications for the adoption of 13 English bulldogs that were surrendered to the shelter as part of an eviction earlier this month. ACPS is cautioning potential adopters that English bulldogs in general, and these dogs in particular, require special and potentially expensive care.
“English bulldogs, even in the best condition, have special care needs such as daily cleaning of the folds around their face, keeping them cool and in a well-ventilated space and caring for their limited breathing capability,” said Scott Trebatoski, chief of ACPS. “We strongly suggest that only experienced English bulldog owners adopt these dogs, since they will require upfront special care including house training of adult dogs, leash training and other medical care that could cost up to $3,000 per animal. Additionally, routine veterinarian care for an English bulldog is typically $1,000 per year.”
Trebatoski stresses that all of the dogs, which range in age from approximately 2-8 years old, have some medical and behavioral issues that will need to be addressed by the adopter. These issues can be effectively addressed and these dogs, with the proper care from experienced owners giving them the attention they deserve, are expected to make great pets, he added.
Anyone interested in adopting one of these dogs is asked to complete this online application, questionnaire and statement of home ownership or home/apartment lease (also attached). These forms can also be found at www.coj.net/pets. All forms must be completed and emailed to EngBulldog@coj.net no later than 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3. Late submissions will not be considered. More information is also available by calling 630-CITY (2489).
ACPS will screen all applications and qualify all potential adopters. If the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of dogs, each qualified applicant will be assigned a number and adopters will be selected by lottery system. All approved applicants who are placed in the lottery will be notified of the drawing date and time via email. Adopters must be present during the lottery to be eligible for adopting. There is a limit of one dog per adopter. Adoption fees are $40 per dog and $20 for the license/rabies tag.