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Silent auction to benefit local Humane Society
Proceeds from June 19 event to help spay, neuter programs
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    As the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year, the Humane Society of Statesboro and Bulloch County will host their eighth annual silent auction next Saturday benefitting their spay and neuter and animal rescue programs.
    The auction will take place June 19 at Trinity Episcopal Church from 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets will be sold for $10.
    Donated items from individuals and local businesses, including various gift certificates, oil change coupons and jewelry, will be among those up for bidding, Carrie Mitchell, President of the Humane Society, said. A short live auction will take place as well.
    “Some people think it’s mostly related to animals, but that’s not true,” Mitchell said. “By far most of the items are not related to animals.”
    In addition to the auction, Dr. Tammie Schalue will give a presentation on spaying and neutering pets, and Dr. Michael Braz, professor of music at Georgia Southern University, will provide music, Mitchell said. A presentation will also be given on the Humane Society’s mission and adoptable animals.
    The Humane Society is a nonprofit animal welfare organization working to end pet overpopulation in the Bulloch County area. By offering a number of adoption and rescue programs the group hopes to end euthanasia of healthy pets
    “The humane society has a two-fold mission,” Mitchell said. “We are trying to spay and neuter as many animals as possible and rescue animals that would otherwise be euthanized.”
    The Humane Society also works with other organizations to find homes for abandoned animals and those at risk of euthanasia. If the Bulloch County Animal Shelter cannot provide a care to an animal, the Humane Society may volunteer to provide a temporary home.
    The organization currently does not have a designated shelter, but nearly 50 foster animals live in volunteer homes throughout the county and can be seen at monthly adoption events.
    Animals under foster care are fully vaccinated and given veterinarian care. The Humane Society charges an adoption fee, averaging $75 for cats and $150 for dogs, to offset the cost of care provided by the foster parents, while medical problems or other special needs can affect the adoption fee, Mitchell said.
    For more information about the silent auction or the Humane Society contact Carrie Mitchell at 912-681-9393.

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