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Thursday through Saturday many area shelters may be closed or have reduced hours to participate in the Mega Adoption Event hosted by First Coast No More Homeless Pets. The event is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds. Adoptions for the general public are $20, which includes spay/neuter, microchip, vaccines and Jacksonville’s city license, and free for active and retired military. For more information go to

Tully is a 2-year-old, 60-pound male mixed-breed dog (ID no. A1073268). He has puppy-like energy and needs a family who will take him on walks and runs. He prefers being in a home with older children but can play well with other children with proper supervision. Meet him at Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective Services, 2020 Forest St. Regular hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. November cat and kitten adoptions are free, dogs older than than a year old are $20 and puppies are $80; city residents also pay a $20 license fee. (904) 630-2489.

Mercy is a 12-year-old female domestic short-hair cat (ID no. 2341-1). She is friendly and gets long with children and other cats. Meet her at Putnam County Animal Services, 174 County Landfill Road, Palatka. Regular hours: 10 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 10 a.m.-noon Friday. Fees vary. (386) 329-0396 option #1.

Shiloh is a 1-year-old male bulldog mix (ID no. 40333). He is shy at first but quick to warm to you and eager to please. Meet him at the St. Johns County Pet Center, 130 N. Stratton Road, St. Augustine. Regular hours: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Gates close at 4 p.m. Saturday. St. Johns cats are two for the price of one — $15 for all seniors, $20 for other males and females; dogs are $35 for males and $50 for females. Fees include spay/neuter, rabies vaccination and shots. (904) 209-6190.

Trax is a 5-year-old male pit bull terrier (ID no. A021241). He is friendly and his tail never stops wagging. He is housebroken and OK with children, but not cats and other dogs. Meet him at Clay County Animal Services, 3984 W. Florida 16, Green Cove Springs. Regular hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Adoptable animals are also at the Fleming Island Adoption Center, 1809-1 Town Center Blvd., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Fees vary; animals are spayed/neutered, microchipped and current on vaccines prior to adoption. (904) 269-6342.

CK is a 3-year-old male terrier mix (ID no. 36814234). He is sweet. Meet him at Nassau County Animal Services, where a “Home for the Holidays” promotion is under way through December: Pick out a cat or dog, take it home during the holidays and, if it is a good fit, adopt for free. The center is at 86078 License Road, Fernandina Beach. Regular hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturdays. All pets go home spayed/neutered, microchipped and current on shots, including a rabies vaccine. (904) 530-6150.

Also at the Jacksonville center is Tulip, a 1-year-old feamle domestic short-hair tabby cat (A1074748). She is sweet and loving and loves canned food and Temptation treats.

At the Putnam center is Emma, a 1-year-old female mixed-breed dog (ID no. 2164-1). She is sweet, friendly and gets along with children and other dogs.

At the St. Johns center is Hiccup, a 4-year-old male cat (ID no. 40551).

At the Clay center is Sandra, a 2-year-old female miniature bull terrier and Boston terrier mix. (ID no. A022335). She has heartworms but is sweet, affectionate and well-mannered, loves treats and walks well on a leash.

Beth Reese Cravey: (904) 359-4109