$1K donation to help with spay, neuter program

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Donations are always needed at the Andalusia Area Humane Society (AAHS), and a monetary donation from Wells Fargo was well appreciated, officials said Monday.

The Andalusia Wells Fargo branch chose to donate $1,000 to the AAHS on Monday.

“Every year we pick one place to donate the $1,000, and we chose the humane society,” store manager Giovanna Allgood said. “It’s not much, but it’s a little something to help the animals.”

“Most everything will go to spay/neuter,” Jim Flournoy president of the humane society, said.

Wells Fargo District Manager Misty Russell, store manager Allgood, and several other managers met with humane society officials to present the donation.

“Every store gets to choose the location they donate the funds and store managers from multiple stores visit the location as well,” Russell said.

Allgood said that animals are dear to her heart, and the Wells Fargo branch wants to aid the humane society and spread awareness of the animals’ needs.

“The most important thing of all this is to let the people, the community be aware of these animals in need,” she said. “It’s nice to do something for the Andalusia animals that don’t get the kind of exposure and help they need.”

Flournoy and Louis Jones, former president and founder, received the donation and expressed their appreciative for the support.

“We are just so appreciative to Wells Fargo for this donation,” Flournoy said. “It will go a long way.

“Most everything goes to spay/neuter,” he said. “We’re pretty much able to take care of animals here ourselves, but 90 percent of the money goes to help with spay and neuter, and to get animals adopted out.”

Flournoy said the humane society would be hosting a few events in the coming months including the pet calendar contest, Doggie Dash and pet photos with Santa.

A booth will be set up at the Covington County Kiwanis Fair with the photos of pets to vote on for the 2015 Pet Calendar.

Entry forms for the Doggie Dash and Santa photos will also be available at the booth.

“We’ll be out at the fair all week with a booth,” Flournoy said. “The pet calendar photos will be on display and people can pay a quarter to vote on the animals that they want in the calendar.”

Calendars, which are $10, can also be preordered at the booth.

All money raised by the calendars stays in Covington County and supports the spay/neuter program.

Signs and displays are being made for the upcoming Doggie Dash and Strut Your Mutt, which will be held at Robinson Park on Nov. 8.

The cost to participate is $20 and registration ends at 9:30 a.m. and the event starts at 10.

Pet photos with Santa will be at the humane society from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 22.

“The number of dogs and cats we are able to reach each year through our low-cost spay and neuter program, depends on the success of these events,” Debra Evans treasurer and volunteer said. “They need your support.”