03/22/2013 9:45 AM -

JACKSONVILLE – The 2012 South Division Champion Jacksonville Sharks and First Coast No More Homeless Pets teamed up for a pet food drive as part of the Sharks’ preseason scrimmage Friday, March 15. Thanks to the generosity of Sharks fans, the initiative was a tremendous success, raising more than 15,000 lbs. of pet food.

Representatives from First Coast No More Homeless Pets (FCNMHP) collected donations outside the arena as fans brought bags and cans of dog and cat food in lieu of a charge for admission to the game. The drive also generated $1,700 in monetary donations, funds that will be used to assist the day-to-day operations of FCNMHP’s clinic.

“I can’t thank our fans enough for their generosity,” Sharks managing partner Jeff Bouchy said. “We’re proud of the impact that we made with this pet food drive, and we can’t wait to partner with First Coast No More Homeless Pets again in the future.”

“These donations will help us feed hundreds of pets that might otherwise go hungry or be relinquished to a shelter,” said Rick DuCharme, founder/executive director of FCNMHP. “The monetary donations from Sharks fans will help fund our programs that are ending the needless killing of dogs and cats in our community.  Partnerships like this help us make a bigger impact in the lives of animals in need.” 

WJXT Channel 4 served as the media partner for the preseason scrimmage and pet food drive, utilizing their platform to raise awareness about the event and FCNMHP’s mission.

The donations of pet food will help FCNMHP take a step toward achieving no-kill status in Duval County. The organization strives to help keep pets out of shelters and with their families, and the contributions made by Shark fans will go a long way toward reaching that goal.

About First Coast No More Homeless Pets

The mission of FCNMHP is to end the needless killing of cats and dogs through sterilization. Several programs offering free or low-cost spay/neuter surgeries are available to First Coast residents. Since 2002, more than 130,000 dogs and cats have been sterilized and benefited from these programs. FCNMHP also mentors organizations across the country to help them start similar programs in their communities, saving even more animals nationwide. FCNMHP runs the Jacksonville Pet Food Bank to help keep pets with their families and out of shelters where they may be euthanized. More than 575,000 pounds of food have been given to pets in need since March 2010. Clinic Hotline: 904.425.0005 Website: 

About the Jacksonville Sharks

The Jacksonville Sharks are members of the Arena Football League (AFL). The ArenaBowl XXIV and back-to-back-to-back South Division Champions are presented by Sea Best Seafood and play all home games on Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Season Tickets for the 2013 season are now available, two tickets as low as $185. To reserve your season tickets or for more information, please call (904) 621-0700. Follow the Sharks on facebook at and on Twitter @jaxsharks, as well as the Attack Dance Team at and Chum at

About the AFL

Since its inception in 1987, the Arena Football League has showcased its fast-paced and exciting game to millions of fans in a myriad of markets across the country. CBS Sports Network will broadcast an AFL National Game of the Week on Saturday nights for the entire regular season and postseason through the semifinal round. The ArenaBowl XXVI Championship Game will air on the CBS Television Network on August 17, 2013.