The St. Augustine Humane Society recently participated in the 23rd Annual World Spay Day, a campaign of The Humane Society International and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSUS). On the last Tuesday of every February, the local Humane Society participates in World Spay Day to communicate the benefits of affordable, accessible spay and neuter services available to save the lives of companion animals, and feral and stray cats in St. Johns County.
â€œEveryday in the United States , thousands more puppies and kittens are born than human babies.Â 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,â€ said Carolyn Smith, St. Augustine Humane Societyâ€™s Executive Director. Smith added that all pet owners who brought their pets to the clinic on World Spay Day this year received a gift bag of pet treats and gift certificates for products including flea preventatives available at the facilityâ€™s wellness clinic.Â Also, one pet owner received a $100 gift certificate as a door prize, courtesy of Columbia Restaurant’s Community Harvest.
Additionally, Donna Chambers, a volunteer with the Spay Neuter Kingston Initiative in Kingston , Ontario , Canada was a special guest who attended World Spay Day at the St. Augustine non-profit. Chambers studied the facilityâ€™s specialization as a certified High Volume High Quality Spay Neuter center (HVHQSN). She met with Smith and Lauren Rockey, DVM, the staff veterinarian who oversees a team of highly-trained technicians and team members who perform approximately 30 to 40 spay and neuter surgeries per day along with preventative care for client-owned dogs and cats. In March 2015, the clinic earned formal certification 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 145 nationwide.
The spay and neuter clinic is open every Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. , and the wellness clinic is open every Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.