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No-kill Jacksonville animal nonprofit
wins $7,500 paint makeover

Posted on March 9, 2012

First Coast No More Homeless Pets recently received a $7,500 paint makeover as the top vote-getter in Performance Painting and Money Pages magazine's Gift of Color giveaway.

The nonprofit no-kill animal clinic and adoption center received the makeover on March 3, according to a news release.

Rick DuCharme, founder and executive director of First Coast No More Homeless Pets, said the new paint boosted the appearance of the Norwood Avenue facility and being the top vote-getter boosted staff morale.

"It meant a lot," he told the Times-Union. "It was really humbling to have that happen."

DuCharme also marveled at the "professionalism" of the paint crew.

"We didn't have to do anything," he said.

Nonprofits were nominated for the makeover and were voted on by the community. The four nonprofits that received the most votes were interviewed by Performance Painting and Money Pages staffers and DuCharme's organization came out on top.

"We are glad we were able to help such a viable asset to our community," Money Pages CEO Alan Worley said in the release. "First Coast No More Homeless Pets is a deserving organization that benefitted greatly from receiving the Gift of Color makeover."

Founded in 2001, First Coast No More Homeless Pets' mission is to eliminate the killing of dogs and cats through free and low-cost spay and neuter programs.

As spay/neuter surgeries increase, shelter and euthanasia rates decrease, according to the release. In 2010 the nonprofit averaged 2,000 spay/neuter surgeries every month.

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