JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The St. Augustine Humane Society will hold an open house fundraising event called Raise the Woof on April 29 to support the nonprofit’s expansion plans at 1665 Old Moultrie Road.
According to Carolyn Smith, St. Augustine Humane Society’s executive director, around $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.
The fundraiser will be from 1 to 4 p.m. 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 every day. Donations are requested.
The 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.
The nonprofit’s pet clinic is currently serving the community three days a week which can be enhanced to five days a week with an increase in veterinary services.
“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,” Smith said. “Founded in 1946, we have come a long way, however, the response for care from the community is now overwhelming.”
The Humane Society provided 2,139 low or no-cost spay and neuter procedures for dogs and cats, 224 specialized surgeries, 4,167 vaccinations, and 384 microchips inserted into local pets last year. 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.
“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.”
For more information about the event and Raise the Woof Building Fund, call (904) 829-2737 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to visit the campaign and donation website.