SAINT AUGUSTINE – The St. Augustine Humane Society will host an open house fundraising event to support the non-profit’s expansion plans at 1665 Old Moultrie Road from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 29. Activities will include tours of the facility and an opportunity to meet the staff at the kick off to expand the veterinary clinic and launch a major capital gifts campaign, “Raise The Woof”.
The free event will feature a live radio remote with DJ and music, door prizes, a hot dog cookout, St. John’s County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit and demonstrations, along with other activities. The family friendly afternoon will help raise funds for renovations to better serve patients in St. Augustine and St. Johns County and to modify the veterinary clinic for life-saving pet services everyday. Donations are requested.
For more information about the event and Raise The Woof Building Fund call
According to Carolyn Smith, St. Augustine Humane Society’s Executive Director, approximately $270,000 in renovations are needed to help ensure the facility can continue its mission to keep pets out of shelters and in forever homes with responsible pet ownership. Expansion includes construction of a new surgery wing for low or no cost spay and neuter services, charity pet clinic renovations, x-ray equipment, radiography room, along with dog and cat recovery areas, waiting rooms, and an outdoor pet pavilion, among others.
“Since 2013, the Humane Society has provided its extensive list of pet services and programs for the area’s underserved in just 2,000-square-feet of space. We are now open for business six days a week,” said Smith. “Founded in 1946, we have come a long way, however the response for care from the community is now overwhelming,” she said.