The St. Augustine Humane Society recently participated in the 24th Annual World Spay Day, a campaign for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the Humane Society International and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association. Throughout the month of February, the local non-profit provided 72 affordable spay and neuter services to help save the lives of animals.
“Everyday in our area and throughout the United States, thousands more puppies and kittens are born than human babies,” said Carolyn Smith, St. Augustine Humane Society’s executive director. “That means there will never be enough homes for all the dogs and cats born each year until more people realize the importance of spaying and neutering.”
All pet owners who brought their pets to the clinic in February for spay and neuter services were eligible for a prize to include a gift certificate courtesy of Columbia Restaurant's Community Harvest program. Tina Devores and her dog Sterling of St. Augustine won the $100 Columbia Restaurant gift certificate.
Staff veterinarian Dr. Lauren Rockey, and her team of technicians and volunteers regularly perform approximately 30 to 40 spay and neuter surgeries per day along with preventative care for client-owned dogs and cats. The clinic is certified from the Humane Alliance as a National Spay/Neuter Response Team (NSNRT) and is the only certified Humane Alliance clinic in St. Johns County among 155 nationwide.
The Humane Society’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. Pet owners must pre-register for spay and neuter surgery. The Humane Society’s resource center includes a wellness and preventative care clinic, low-cost spay and neuter clinic, grooming facility, and a pet food pantry. These and other services enable local pets to live healthily in their homes for life. Business hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m until 4 p.m., with the office open Saturday by appointment. The Humane Society is located at 1665 Old Moultrie Road in St. Augustine.