The first annual “Paws in the Sand” Dog Walk-A-Thon raised $6,000 for St. Augustine Humane Society.
The St. Augustine Humane Society was the beneficiary of $6,000 raised by Flagler College’s Society for Advancement of Management (SAM) during a dog walk-a-thon on March 31. Participants and supporters pledged donations of $1 or more to sponsor each walking team. Top pledge earners won prizes from online viewers who voted on the pre-registered participants at www.360fundraiser.com/124.
The event was held at Butler Beach Park East on SR-A1A and began with registration and entertainment at 9:00 amwith the walk-a-thon from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm. The fundraiser included a one mile walk on the beach and demonstrations by St. Johns County K-9 officers. Music, food, and prizes were also featured. The cost was $15 to register each dog. There were approximately 40 dogs and owners registered for walk-a-thon.
The Society for Advancement of Management Chapter (SAM) at Flagler College managed all activities as a club project and has named the event as the student group’s annual fundraiser. SAM was established in 1983 and is a student chapter of the nation’s oldest management organizations which is close to 100 years in existence. Flagler College SAM has been awarded nine, first place titles in the SAM International Management Conference. The local chapter supports non-profit organizations in the community including the St. Augustine Humane Society, the Boys and Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity, and Take Stock In Children.
According to Carolyn Smith, St. Augustine Humane Society’s Operations Director, the local SAM club did an outstanding job with overseeing the project while obtaining participation from local businesses that donated in-kind services.
“Our members were pleased with the attendance and participation during the fun, dog walk. The first time effort was a tremendous success and we look forward to supporting the annual fundraiser for the Humane Society,” said Tucker Estes, Flagler College SAM club member and Paws in the Sand chairperson. “Our members are from various majors at Flagler College, and we were able to use our education and practical knowledge to provide marketing and management expertise,” he said. “We are proud that our school and our members were instrumental in the walk which raised significant funds to help to keep St. John’s County pets in their homes.”
The fundraising efforts will support the Humane Society’s charity pet clinic which helps pet owners who would otherwise be unable to seek preventative medical care for their pets. The event will also help to fund a dog training scholarship program in collaboration with the “Be a Pack Leader Dog Walking Club” in St. Augustine. The Club addresses behavior problems as one of the primary reasons dogs are relinquished to shelters.
“We are so pleased that the SAM club had an interest in the St. Augustine Humane Society and its mission to reduce the relinquishment rate of pets to shelters through various assistance programs,” said Smith. “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.” For more information, call 904.829.2737. Visit the website for more information at www.staugustinehumanesociety.org.
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 of St. Johns County, Florida. The facility is located at 1665 Moultrie Road in St. Augustine, Fla. Business hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 am until 4 pm. Closed on Sunday and Monday. For more information call 904.829.2737or visit the website at www.staugustinehumanesociety.org.