Cold Noses, the Times-Union's weekly pet blog, features pets available for adoption at local government-run shelters. For more information and photos of all the animals featured, go to Jacksonville.com/coldnoses. For more pet news, go to Jacksonville.com/news/pets.
Area shelters will be closed to the public this weekend because they are participating in the regional Mega Adoption event at the Jacksonville fairgrounds. Also, some of them were too busy preparing to submit Cold Noses pets this week. But here are a few pets for you to inquire about at the event:
Daisy is a 2-year-old female boxer mix. She loves to play with a tennis ball. She is easily motivated by treats and has an eager-to-please attitude. She is spayed and current on shots. She has been at County Animal Care and Control, 3984 Florida 16 W., Green Cove Springs. Regular adoption hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Also, adoptable animals are at the Fleming Island Adoption Center, 1809-1 Town Center Blvd. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Fees vary. Phone: (904) 269-6342. bit.ly/W8xIEO.
Also ask about Clay's Blitzen, a 2-year-old male, white and brown bulldog mix. He is a sweet boy and has been working with a trainer. He loves to be challenged, learn new tricks and stay busy. He is neutered and current on shots.
Priscilla is a 7-year-old Tortoiseshell cat. She may be old in age but she has a young spirit and is looking for a family to show her the same love kittens receive. She is spayed, microchipped and current on shots, including a rabies vaccination. She has been at Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective Services, 2020 Forest St. July adoptions are $20. Regular adoption hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Phone: (904) 630-2489. coj.net/pets.
Also ask about Jacksonville's Diego, a 4-year-old male red Labrador retriever mix. This handsome boy is full of good spirits. He is neutered, microchipped and current on shots, including a rabies vaccination.
- St. Johns County Pet Center, 130 N. Stratton Road, just off U.S. 1 in St. Augustine. Regular adoption hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Gates close at 4 p.m. Saturday. Phone: (904) 209-6190. bit.ly/Qwo7jH.
- Nassau County Animal Services, 86078 License Road, Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034. Fees vary. Adoption hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays. (904) 491-7440. bit.ly/YGUTm5.
The Mega Adoption event began Friday and will continue Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Jacksonville fairgrounds, 510 Fairground Place. About 1,000 dogs, cats, puppies and kittens will be available at the event, hosted by First Coast No More Homeless Pets.
The adoption fee is $25, which includes spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchip, and city license. Adoptions are free for military members with ID.
Parking is free. For more information, go to jaxadoptapet.org.