The purpose of the Clay County Humane Society is the prevention of cruelty to animals, the relief of suffering among animals, and the extension of humane education.
Humane education, the catalyst of our work, continues to be of the utmost importance to us. Our school presentations, facility tours, publication and speaking engagements are just some of the ways that we educate the public. Through our exhibits at fairs and festivals, we can speak one on one about humane issues with our community members and answer any questions they may have.
Another effective way for the society to educate the children of the community is with our annual Poster Contest. The contest is held for the 5th grade students and is offered to elementary schools countywide. The theme of the contest is pet overpopulation problem. The students are asked to use their creativity and design a billboard illustrating to the public the importance of spaying and neutering our pets.
Society staff members give humane education presentations and handouts to participating schools to prepare them for the contest. Through these presentations alone, we reach approximately 1200 students. The winning poster is made into a billboard on Blanding Boulevard for the month of May. What a way to get the message across!