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St. Augustine Humane Society and Rotaract start holiday pet food drive in St. Augustine

St. Augustine Humane Society and Rotaract start holiday pet food drive in St. Augustine

 

St. Augustine, Florida– Nov. 13, 2011- The St. Augustine Humane Society has teamed up with the local Rotaract club atFlaglerCollege to run a holiday pet food drive inSt. Augustine. Collection bins are currently located at Winn Dixie, 3905 A1A South and Food Lion on US 1 andLewis Point Rd.

 

Each week, the Rotaract group of volunteers will collect the pet food donations. “We understand it’s a busy time of the year, but we’re working diligently to maintain the bins and collect the generous donations,” said PJ Mistry, president of the local Rotaract. Last year, the St. Augustine Humane Society collected 800 lbs. of pet food during the holidays while set up at a variety of locations.

 

The St. Augustine Humane Society works to reduce the relinquishment rate of pets to shelters through various assistance programs. Designed to give a helping hand, the non-profit’s Pet Food Bank provides food and supplies to pet owners in financial need and allows families to receive assistance for up to six months. According to Carolyn Smith, St. Augustine Humane Society’s Operations Director, the goal of the non-profit is to keep pets in loving homes instead of surrendering to a temporary shelter for housing, and to prevent euthanasia.

 

The Rotaract group of volunteers participating in the food drive are students atFlaglerCollege. Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30. The clubs are either community or university based, and sponsored by a local Rotary club. Rotaract is a “partner in service” and members serve along with the family of Rotary organization members worldwide.

 

For more information, call904.829.2737. Visit the website for more information at

http://www.staughumane.org/petfoodbank.html.

 

The St. Augustine Humane Society promotes responsible pet ownership and strengthens the human-animal bond through education and training; works to reduce the relinquishment rate of pets to shelters through assistance services and through effective, affordable spay and neuter efforts; and is a resource center for the citizens and animals ofSt. Johns County,Florida.

 

The facility is located at 1665 Moultrie Roadin St. Augustine, Fla.Business hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 amuntil 4 pm. Closed on Sunday and Monday. For more information call 904.829.2737or visit the website at www.staugustinehumanesociety.org.

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