The St. Augustine Humane Society secured a $5,000 grant in 2014 from the Banfield Charitable Trust for the local non-profitâ€™s veterinary assistance program and Cookie Jar Medical Relief Fund. The year-long Banfield funding supported direct veterinary expenses for St. Johns County pet owners in need of emergency medical care for their companion pets. The now completed award helped 25 local pets receive medical assistance for a wide variety of serious illnesses and conditions. Specifically, the grant helped a local feline named Tigger with a serious infection on his leg which he had been suffering from for close to one year.Â Tiggerâ€™s owner in St. Augustine had been trying to treat the wound herself, but was unable to bring the pet to a veterinarian due to a recent family tragedy and lack of finances. Tiggerâ€™s wound cleared up temporarily with the ownerâ€™s care, however the infection returned so severely that Tigger needed emergency medical care. The Banfield Charitable Trust funds covered the veterinary expenses and saved the catâ€™s leg from further infection and amputation. Also, the Humane Society learned that initially, Tiggerâ€™s owner adopted the stray animal after the death of her fiancÃ©. She thought the cat that wandered into her yard with a pink collar was a spayed female. The veterinarians at the Humane Society informed the owner and told her the cat was a neutered male. Tigger comforted the owner during some very hard times and the owner believes that Tigger saved her life. The cat is now a forever family pet in great health. According to Carolyn Smith, St. Augustine Humane Societyâ€™s executive director, the Banfield Charitable Trust was designated for the non-profitâ€™s Cookie Jar Medical Relief Fund which provides grant assistance for emergency medical treatment for cats and dogs. â€œWe are grateful for the grant which helped us save the lives of dozens of companion animals,â€ said Smith. Banfield Charitable Trust was established by Banfield Pet Hospital leadership in 2004 as a separate nonprofit organization after recognizing the growing need to help struggling pet families.Â Banfield Charitable Trustâ€™s work focuses on pet advocacy and the prevention of pet homelessness, along with efforts to keep pets out of the shelter system and living in the homes of the owners who love them. Annually, a variety of programs helps approximately 100,000 individuals keep their pets through veterinary care assistance, pet food funding and Meals On Wheels organizations to deliver pet meals with human meals to homebound seniors. plus hospice care programs nationwide. The St. Augustine Humane Societyâ€™s spay, neuter and surgery clinic is open every Tuesday from 8:00 am to 4 pm. The wellness clinic is open every Wednesday from 9 am to 4 pm. Pet owners must pre-register for spay and neuter surgery. For appointment scheduling and information call 904- 829-2737. Visit the website at www.staugustinehumanesociety.org.