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Inside Bulloch Business with Jan Moore - Vaden drive aims to help Humane Society
MOORE Jan 073109

Savannah-based Vaden Automotive Group is partnering with humane societies in southeast Georgia for the next several weeks, launching its "Doggone Great Deals" campaign, which is focused on raising money and collecting "wish list" items for humane societies in five locations.

Vaden Nissan of Statesboro, and general manager Bill Long, are joining with the Humane Society of Statesboro & Bulloch County Inc. for the campaign, which began Friday and is slated to run through Dec. 24.

"There are several ways that just about anyone, with the help of the Vaden dealerships, can support their local humane society," said Statesboro native Wes Beaver, the CEO of Vaden Automotive Group. "When you test-drive any new or used car at any Vaden dealership, we'll donate $25 to your local humane society. If you're not in the market for a new or used car, we have a collection box in the showroom and we're encouraging school groups, Boy Scout troops, youth groups and others to conduct a collection drive for the humane society's 'Wish List' items."

Wish list items for the Bulloch group include: bleach, cat litter, Fabuloso household cleaner, paper towels, canned dog and cat food and white copy paper.

Vaden Nissan's Statesboro dealership has set up a photo booth to create holiday cards featuring your pet. Just come in with your pet, and they will take it from there. However, the campaign is only open to dogs and cats, no other type of animal.

The campaign also provides other ways to generate donations by Vaden to the Bulloch Humane Society. Upload a photo or video of your pet,and Vaden will donate $1. The most popular six photos and six videos will win a free maintenance plan worth $795. All you have to do is visit to enter.

"Since we are entirely dependent on the donations of individuals and companies, and the efforts of our dedicated volunteers, this campaign means a lot to us ... and it will make a huge difference for hundreds of animals that we care for each year," said Christine Lemon, the president of the Bulloch Humane Society. "We really appreciate all of the people at the Vaden dealerships being so enthusiastic and helpful."

The Bulloch Humane Society was founded more than 30 years ago. Last year, the society found homes for almost 400 animals and helped about 600 families to spay and neuter their pets. They are a worthy cause. There is potential here for our local Humane Society to receive a substantial donation.

To learn more about the campaign you can visit the Bulloch Humane Society's website at www. or go to the "Doggone" website I listed above.

So, until next Tuesday, I bid you au revoir.

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