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Cat lovers everywhere - unite!

April 12, 2009 | By Bill P.

Why should you vote for the Humane Society of the Nature Coast to win a $1-million makeover?
Our population has grown since 1964 from 11,250, when the shelter opened, to over 166,000 today
- The increase in our population has caused a dramatic increase in homeless pets
- Current foreclosures and job losses have doubled the pets being surrendered in our community
- While the shelter has made improvements and repairs over the years, it is still roughly the same size
- Approximately 6,000 animals were euthanized at our county animal control last year due to a lack of adequate space at rescue shelters

The Makeover would enable us to construct a modern addition allowing us to transfer more of the animals from animal control to save more lives
- The addition would meet hurricane Cat 3 standards and would double as a pet evacuation center for the community
- None currently operate in our area and we saw first hand the consequences while volunteering in New Orleans
- Our existing site is prone to flooding in heavy rains with up to 6 inches of water in our buildings
- We need to maximize the use of our land by hooking up to the local sewer system and no longer rely on 3 small and inadequate septic systems and drain fields that take up far too much of our land. One backed up again last week!

The Humane Society of the Nature Coast, with our limited facility reaches out far beyond our shelter walls to help animals and families in need.
- We are the co-founders of the Coalition for Animal Welfare of West Central Florida
- Founded Safe Harbor for Pets to rescue the pets of domestic abuse and place them in confidential foster homes
- We offer a food bank for families in financial need to keep pets in their loving homes
- Military foster program for deployed service men and women
- Junior Board of Directors
- An educational program in the local schools
Currently organizing a state wide Federation for Animal Welfare
- Certified for disaster relief aid
- Training program for shelter pets and families with behavioral issues.
- Spay Neuter Programs such as Operation Pit Snip through our coalition, as well as our shelter pets
- Lost and Found reunification program
- Microchipping of all shelter pets

Much more info at our website:
www.HumaneRescue.org

The staff, volunteers, and our four-legged friends at the Humane Society of the Nature Coast would sincerely appreciate your vote!
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