SAINT AUGUSTINE – The St. Augustine Humane Society has completed its major fundraising efforts in 2017 with the annual Pin Up Paws calendar launch party that raised more than $17,000, calendar contest and sales that raised $15,000, and Columbia Restaurant Community Harvest program gift certificate donations of $6,100. In addition, a generous anonymous donor from St. Augustine contributed $10,000 to fund feline surgeries. Additionally, throughout the year, individuals and businesses donated thousands of dollars in monetary contributions, in kind services, pet food, and merchandise, among a myriad of donated medical equipment and supplies.
Another milestone includes a recent fundraising program set up by a local family who lost their pet Labrador of 13 years to cancer. Mookie’s Fund was established as a grant to help families experiencing financial difficulty cover the cost of cremation for their pets along with providing a copy of The Grief Recovery Handbook for Pet Loss. About a week after her death, Mookie’s owners went to the St. Augustine Humane Society to pick up her ashes and witnessed a conversation from another family who was also mourning their pet, but were trying to figure out how they were going to pay for their pet’s cremation. Since that time, Mookie’s family now volunteers at the Humane Society and has also set up a donation account for tax deductible contributions to the non-profit to support Mookie’s Fund which helps ease the burden of pet loss for those who are struggling financially. Visit the funding page at https://www.youcaring.com/staugustinehumanesociety-1043734.
According to Carolyn Smith, the Humane Society’s executive director, due to funding and grants last year the non-profit was able to provide 1,822 wellness visits, 5,466 vaccinations, 533 microchips, 1,937 spay neuter surgeries, 223 special surgeries, nine dental procedures, and 20,000 lbs. of pet food. For more information, visit the St. Augustine Humane Society at 1665 Moultrie Road in St. Augustine. Visit the website at www.staughumane.org.
About St. Augustine Humane Society:
The Humane Society’s spay, neuter and surgery clinic are open every Tuesday from 8:00 am to 4 pm. The wellness clinic is open every Wednesday and Thursday from 9 am to 4 pm. Pet owners must pre-register for spay and neuter surgery. The Humane Society’s resource center includes a wellness and preventative care clinic, low-cost spay and neuter clinic, grooming facility, dog training, and a pet food pantry. These and other services enable local pets to live happily and healthfully in their homes for life. Business hours are Monday through Friday from 9 am until 4 pm. Open Saturday by appointment. Closed Sunday. The Humane Society is located at 1665 Old Moultrie Road in St. Augustine.
St. Augustine Humane Society promotes healthy responsible lifelong pet ownership by serving the medical and rehabilitative needs of companion animals in our community. The programs are designed to strengthen human-pet relationships and reduce the need for pets to enter shelters with a goal is to ensure all pets have access to quality veterinary care, prevent overpopulation, and end animal suffering.