SAINT AUGUSTINE – The St. Augustine Humane Society has received funding from the Banfield Foundation Veterinary Assistance Program. The $5,000 grant is in its first year with the Humane Society to provide veterinary care and assistance to pet owners and to keep pets in homes with their families. The Veterinary Assistance grants provide financial support to fund veterinary care programs for pet owners who meet established qualifications. According to Carolyn Smith, St. Augustine Humane Society’s Executive Director, the donation will help provide veterinary care for pets in St. Johns County and residents who are in financial need.
“We greatly appreciate the new resources that will help us provide the best veterinary care available to as many pets as possible in our area,” said Smith. “We support Banfield’s mission to improve the well-being of pets, people and the veterinary profession by: elevating the power of the pet-human bond, strengthening pet welfare in the community, providing disaster relief for pets, and advancing the science of veterinary medicine by fostering innovation and education,” she said. “Banfield Foundation offers some of the most powerful examples of how small acts of partnership and kindness can make a big difference.” For more information, call (904) 829-2737 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the website at http://staughumane.org.
The Humane Society recently served its first pet owner who benefited from the Banfield Foundation funding. Paula Rice, a longtime St. Augustine resident and restaurant professional owns Spike, a 14 year old Pekingese. The dog had been suffering with a severe ear infection and dental disease. Rice was unable to get veterinary care and she also is the caregiver for her brother who is a paraplegic. Her two sons have tragically passed away, and so she must do everything for herself, her brother , and her pets which include Spike and seven cats. Through the grant, Spike received veterinary care at the Humane Society for his ear infection and for dental surgery along with a free grooming session at the Humane Society’s Society Pet Spa.