Customers bought cars. The Statesboro community voted. Vaden Nissan Statesboro donated. And dogs and cats across the area now benefit in a large way.
Jane Vaden Thacher, president for Vaden Automotive, presented a check Friday for $5,375 to the Humane Society of Statesboro and Bulloch County with several four-legged, furry recipients on hand to witness the occasion.
“Everybody is passionate about animals,” said Thacher, who said her family has three Portuguese Water dogs — Trout, Minnow and Mahi — a dog for each child in the family.
“It was neat to see the people of the community decide where they wanted to donate,” Thacher said. “We wanted it to be meaningful to Statesboro.”
Vaden Automotive regularly gives to community organizations, but Thacher said it was the first time they used community input to make a decision.
“We set it up online for people to vote for the charity of their choice,” she said. “We committed to donate $25 for every car sold at the Statesboro dealership during the fourth quarter, and the online community voting determined the organization that would receive the money.
“It’s really important to us to be a part of every community where we do business,” Thacher said. “A lot of great organizations were mentioned, but the overwhelming response was for the Humane Society, and I’m excited about that because I’m a dog person.”
Vaden Nissan Statesboro sold 215 cars from September through December.
Kania Greer, president of the Humane Society of Statesboro and Bulloch County, was thrilled with the donation and said that the organization thrives on donations.
“We don’t receive government or city funding,” Greer said. “Being the winner (of the online voting) shows us that our efforts and being recognized. It means so much to us when we have partners in the community.”
Greer said that often times when the Humane Society receives donations, the money has already been spent.
“Dogs that are in foster care don’t wait for us to have money,” she said. “Fortunately, we work very closely with local veterinarians, and they know we’ll raise the money.
“This tremendous donation will allow us to pay our outstanding bills and then go forth and save more dogs and cats.”
Greer pointed out that being an animal lover is not a requirement for supporting the Humane Society.
“We’re trying to reduce the homeless animal population and pet over-population to benefit the community.”
For example, forty animals rescued and fostered in Bulloch County were recently transported to New York where forever-homes await the formerly homeless animals.
“We do this out of a love for animals and to see that animal get the home they deserve.”
Greer said the Humane Society of Statesboro and Bulloch County always is looking for volunteers and supporters for their on-going fundraising efforts.
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