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Largest 'mega-adoption' event this weekend

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – People lined up Friday as the doors of the Jacksonville Fairgrounds opened for the largest adoption event ever in the community.

More than 1,000 animals from 12 different shelters across northeast Florida will be available for adoption.

"When we add more events like this to the calendar, it's because our shelters are full," said Nicole Brose with First Coast No More Homeless Pets. "Our mission is to eliminate the killing of animals in shelters so the more of these massive events that bring out northeast Florida and beyond, the more likely that shelters have more space so animals aren't euthanized for space."

Brose said shelters in the greater Jacksonville area have been overly crowded with pets and they are hoping to find these animals a home and make room for others.

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"There's a lot of wonderful dogs and this is the place to get your pet, for sure," said Stephanie Braun, one of the first in line at the event. "They just bring a little happiness into your life."

"They make you laugh and give you a sense of responsibility that's not yourself," said Dantrell Manning, a veteran who became a pet owner Friday. "Animals are just great."

The event is open through 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission and parking are free.

Organizers said all you need is a driver's license or a military ID, $40, and an open mind, because you never know who you could meet at the event.

All pets come spayed or neutered and will be microchipped.

For more information, visit fcnmhp.org.