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Raise the Woof
Humane Society of Statesboro and Bulloch County hosts fundraiser comedy show
W Bayou the cat
A recovered cat, Bayou, shows off her new fur. The Humane Society is hosting a fundraiser on Friday to help other animals like Bayou.

The Humane Society of Statesboro and Bulloch County is hosting a standup comedy show fundraiser on Friday at the Russell Union Ballroom at Georgia Southern University. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door.

Proceeds from the show help animals like Annie find a home with a loving family. A pit bull terrier and chocolate Labrador retriever mix, Annie was scheduled to be euthanized because of her poor physical condition, but was rescued by those who found her initially and then contacted the humane society for help.

A healthy and beautiful brown-coated Annie with eyes that beg "take me home" now awaits a family to love her forever.

Former fundraising helped Bayou the cat find her home. Surrendered to a veterinarian, Bayou had burns covering its furry body, burns from scalding hot water. With no details on the injuries, the family gave what it could afford toward its care.

Offering little hope for recovery, the veterinarian started treatments and a Humane Society member was able to place the cat in foster care after a week. Even through intense pain, the cat simply wanted to sit in a human's lap and purr.

With weeks of continued treatment, Bayou recovered enough to begin playing, often hiding inside the foster family's couch and pouncing on the first person to walk by.

Shortly after Bayou's skin began to heal and fur reappeared, she was adopted by a forever family.

The doors for "Raise the Woof" open at 6 p.m., with the show lasting from 7-10 p.m. Touting three standup comedy acts, the event includes heavy snacks, non-alcoholic drinks and the show. An additional cash bar and a drawing at intermission are available.

All money raised at the event will go toward the Humane Society's rescue and spay/neuter programs.

The Humane Society of Statesboro and Bulloch County - sometimes confused with the Bulloch County Animal Shelter, which is a different entity - is a nonprofit animal rescue organization that strives to help animals find forever homes and decrease the euthanasia rate in Bulloch County through animal rescue and spay/neuter programs.

"Since we do not have a physical location to house our ‘adoptees,' they are mostly housed with families in foster homes," Humane Society secretary Cheyenne Waters said. "We host bimonthly adoption events at different locations in Statesboro, quite often at Petco and Tractor Supply Company."

All of the foster animals are fully vetted to age, spayed or neutered, and dogs are micro-chipped. The adopter pays an adoption fee to offset some of the fees encountered while the pet is in foster care.

For information about the event, pet adoptions or how you can help, visit


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