The Humane Society will be hosting a Raise the Woof fundraiser from 1-4pm on April 29 to raise money for the renovations on their veterinary clinic. 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 every day. Donations are requested.
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.
“We must maintain and grow our capabilities and standards of excellence with new equipment, staff, and physical space. We need about 1,200-square-feet of additional space as we’re now operating at capacity.”
Smith added the non-profit’s pet clinic is currently serving the community three days a week which can be enhanced to five days per week with an increase in veterinary services. Last year, the Humane Society provided 2,139 low or no cost spay and neuter procedures on dogs and cats, 224 specialized surgeries, 4,167 vaccinations, and 384 microchips inserted into local pets. With the additional funding for expansion and services, Smith estimates the increase in veterinary care will more than triple the number of procedures and pets served throughout St. Johns County.
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