August 2019
Bruce Waited For Help
Lying on the side of the road and suffering, the sweet pup waited. Waited for someone to find him, waited for help.  Clay County Animal Services was quick to respond to the distress call from a good Samaritan and brought him to Clay Humane for immediate care. 
Senior Veterinarian, Chris Broadhurst, examined the rotting leg that was exposed to the bone ( see image - warning graphic ) and the multiple lacerations all over the dog’s body. He received a tentative wag. The doctor and technicians cleaned the wounds, took x-rays and lab samples while the grateful dog silently obliged.  “Looks like a dog attack and not just one attack,” stated Dr. Broadhurst.  “The dog is covered with offensive wounds, both old and new, on his snout, head and torso – it is a strong possibility that he is a victim of dog fighting.” Dr. Broadhurst received yet another wag of the tail.
With the dog’s mangled leg too far gone, amputation was the only option. After a successful surgery, patience and much TLC, the very thin, sweet, and once forgotten dog had a new “leash” on life. 
We ceased to be amazed and marveled at the way animals can love unconditionally, even after the most horrible circumstances. This gentle soul, with a trusting nature has become a favorite among the Clay Humane family. Now named “Bruce,” this FBD (Florida Brown Dog) is ready for a home.  He is approximately 4 years-old, 50lbs, good with other dogs, wags often and makes fast friends. So far, some of Bruce’s favorite things are; snuggling in his bed under a doctor’s desk, being wherever you are, car rides and a Jeremiah’s pup cup.
If you would like to help with “Bruce’s” medical costs and other animals like him, please consider making a donation now.
Prepare For Pets In Advance of Hurricane Dorian
Dr. Broadhurst recommends the following tips
  • Create an emergency kit: Pack a pet first-aid kit, a three or four-day supply of your pet's food and medications, bottled water, feeding dishes, litter and / or disposable garbage bags and extra leashes and harnesses. Make sure to pack photocopies of your pet's medical records and pictures of your pet(s) in case you are separated. Bring a spray bottle filled with water for birds' wings. Carry a sturdy bowl for reptiles to soak in and ample bedding for small animals like hamsters or guinea pigs.
  • Offer pets a safe, comfortable place: The loud noises associated with a strong storm can scare pets. Keep them in a quiet space. Never leave pets outdoors in strong winds and rains.
  • Ensure you have proper crates and carriers: Identify which crates and / or carriers you will take in the event of an emergency and put them in a place where they are easy to access in case of emergency. Make sure crates and carriers are labeled with your name and your pet's name(s) and allow pets comfort on long evacuation drives. If your bird’s carrier does not have a perch, line it with paper towels for easy cleaning.
The Unofficial End Of Summer
Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer. We look forward to celebrating with friends and family at BBQ’s, festivals and picnics. During this fun but sometimes hectic festivity, let’s not forget our four-legged family members. Keep your pets happy, safe and healthy this weekend by following these tips:
Beat the heat. Although it’s September, the weather can still be scorching. Animals can become dehydrated quickly, so be sure your pets are getting plenty of water—especially if the weekend is packed with outdoor adventures. Make sure there are plenty of shady spots for your pet to escape the sun, and avoid letting your pup linger on hot asphalt.
Keep an eye on your chemicals. In the warmer months, many people keep a stash of sunscreen and/or bug spray nearby, but take note that chemicals in these products can be harmful to your pet. Ingestion of sunscreen products can result in drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy. The misuse of insect repellents that contain the chemical DEET can lead to neurological problems. Keep citronella candles, insect coils and oil products out of pets’ reach, too. And never apply sunscreen or insect repellent to your pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals.
Big Thanks
Our generous friends at  The River House Orange Park  raised more than $4500 for Clay Humane and organized the donation of a room full of items from Clay Humane’s wish list including pet food, cleaning items, and clinic supplies. Organized completely by River House staff and volunteers, the event was held on Saturday, August 17th alongside the beautiful St. John’s River. The weather was less than perfect for the fundraiser, but that didn’t deter more than one hundred animal lovers who enjoyed an evening featuring BBQ, live music, silent auctions, and raffles while celebrating the Dog Days of Summer on the river deck. We extend a HUGE thanks to The River House owners and staff (Kelly, Kelly, and Patty), its members and volunteers, and the supporters who donated so generously for the event. We ADORE and appreciate our animal-loving community!
SAVE THE DATE
DON'T MISS THESE EVENTS
Clays For Clay
September 28
Clays For Clay, a unique skeet shoot fundraising event to benefit the animal welfare programs at Clay Humane. Straight shooters and novices of all skill levels welcome! Registration begins at 8am on Saturday, September 28th and costs $125 per person or $500 per team. Must be at least 13yr of age to participate and 13-17yr olds must attend with a parent. Find out more about this event.


The Official
Pars Fore Paws
Golf Tournament
October 7
The OFFICIAL - PARS FORE PAWS Clay County Golf Tournament returns for its 13th year to support Clay Humane on Monday, October 7, 2019. Arrive at noon for lunch and shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. The format will be Captain’s Choice. Registration entry fee includes 18-holes of golf with cart; bag service, complimentary driving range balls; lunch; dinner; and prizes. Hurry, register now! Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place scores; Longest Drive; Longest Putt; and Closest to the Pin. We will have drawings for prizes; 50/50 Raffle; and a putting contest. Register now for this golf event.


Strut Your Mutt
Jacksonville
October 26
Lace up. Leash up. Save lives. Best Friends Animal Society brings Strut Your Mutt back to Jacksonville on Saturday, October 26th.  Join the Clay Humane team now ! This charity dog walk brings communities together to raise money and save the lives of homeless pets. Can't walk?  Support Team Clay Humane !


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Urgent Care Services
Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 5pm - 12 Midnight
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Urgent care prices apply. We offer after hours urgent care for minor emergency services and outpatient treatment.
Urgent Care is for emergencies that need immediate assistance but are of a nature that allow out-patient emergency treatment. We provide effective after-hours relief for common pet illnesses and injuries - just like an urgent care center for people but for pets!

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