St. Augustine pet owner benefits from Humane Society grant

Pekingese gets treatment with help from $5K donation to hospital

Executive director Carolyn Smith, pet owner Paula Rice, holding Spike, and Dr. Lauren Rockey (Provided by St. Augustine Humane Society)

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – A St. Augustine dog owner who couldn't afford veterinary care for her sick 14-year-old Pekingese was able to get him treated recently thanks to a Banfield Foundation grant awarded to the St. Augustine Humane Society.

The $5,000 grant allows the hospital to fund veterinary care for pet owners who meet certain qualifications.

Paula Rice, a longtime St. Augustine resident and restaurant professional who lost her two sons, now cares for her brother, who is a paraplegic, along with seven cats and her Pekingese, named Spike.

Through the grant, Spike received veterinary care at the Humane Society for a severe ear infection, along with dental surgery and a free grooming session at the Humane Society’s pet spa.

“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 Carolyn Smith, executive director of the St. Augustine Humane Society. “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. Banfield Foundation offers some of the most powerful examples of how small acts of partnership and kindness can make a big difference.”

The Humane Society is located at 1665 Old Moultrie Road in St. Augustine. It's spay, neuter and surgery clinic is open every Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The wellness clinic is open every Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Human Society's business hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. It is open Saturday by appointment and closed Sunday.

Pet owners must pre-register for spay and neuter surgery.

For more information, call 904-829-2737, email info@staughumane.org or visit http://staughumane.org.