A chance to help homeless animals while enjoying a night of food and fun is coming up Saturday, June 18, when the Humane Society of Statesboro and Bulloch County host a silent auction to benefit the cause.
Held from 5 to 7 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, the event will raise money to help support homeless animals, educate the public on the value of spaying and neutering, and aid those eligible for spay and neuter programs, said Deborah Kosina, HSSBC spay and neuter committee coordinator.
For a $15 ticket, guests can enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and music by Dr. Natalie da Roza, she said. Then, bids can be made for a variety of items including art, oil change certificates, massage packages, a Briggs and Stratton engine, a
weekend getaway at a condominium on St. Simons Island, restaurant gift certificates, items from area businesses and a gourmet meal for eight prepared in a Humane Society member’s home.
All proceeds will be used to fund spay and neuter and animal rescue programs, she said.
Also, people can donate scrap gold or silvery jewelry, and the Humane Society can turn it into cash to help pay for pet food, vet bills and more.
The Humane Society of Statesboro and Bulloch County is not affiliated with the Statesboro-Bulloch County Animal Shelter, although the entities work together often. The Humane Society was formed in the 1970s, with the first shelter built in 1972, Kosina said.
In 1990 the City of Statesboro took over the shelter, but the Humane Society continued working towards saving animals and helping educate the public about spaying and neutering, she said. In 2003, the Bulloch County Animal Rescue merged with the Humane Society to form the Humane Society of Statesboro and Bulloch County.
With about 75 members and several more volunteers, the HSSBC took in 446 animals in 2010 and adopted 409. The society is a network of foster homes and other volunteers and is operated 100 percent from local donations with no federal or state funding, she said.
One program the HSSBC offers is assistance in spaying or neutering for citizens financially eligible, she said. Approved citizens can have a pet spayed or neutered for $20 through the Spay and Neuter Alliance, which visits Statesboro every other Wednesday. Citizens who do not have carrying crates can borrow one from the Humane Society, Kosina said.
For more information about the HSSBC, its programs or the silent auction, contact members at (912) 681-9393 or go to www.statesborohumane.org.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (91) 489-9414.