Press Release

HSN Raises $850,000 at 19th Annual Pet Lovers Gala, Announces New Mobile Veterinary Clinic to Launch in 2019

Clinic made possible by $400,000 gift from Jennifer Conery in honor of departed dog Paige
Clinic will provide free and low-cost veterinary services throughout the county, spay/neuter services

NAPLES, FLORIDA – Humane Society Naples Executive Director Sarah Baeckler Davis announced today the organization raised $850,000 at its 19th annual Pet Lovers Gala on February 16, including $400,000 to launch a new mobile veterinary clinic that will open this year.

“We are consistently humbled by the generosity this community shows companion animals,” Baeckler Davis said. “This amazing night shows how much passion there is in Collier County for the work we do at Humane Society Naples.”

Of particular note was a $400,000 gift from Jennifer Conery announced at the event to purchase, outfit and staff a new mobile veterinary clinic. The clinic will allow for a dramatic increase in the number of animals HSN can treat each year by reaching areas that don’t always have access to high-quality, affordable veterinary care.

Conery said her love of all animals, but especially her dearly departed boxer Paige, led her to make the donation for the new veterinary clinic. “It’s just so exciting that the Humane Society is going to have this mobile clinic now,” Conery said.

Baeckler Davis said the new mobile clinic will allow HSN to work with local partners to help reduce community cat populations by hosting trap-neuter-vaccinate-release events. In conjunction with the launch of the mobile clinic, HSN will begin providing low-cost or free preventative care services in some areas of the county.

“The best way to make sure an animal doesn’t need our shelter services is to keep her in a loving home,” Baeckler Davis said. “By providing preventative medicines and vaccines along with spay-neuter services, we can help keep animals healthy, which will keep them at home with their families.”

In addition to the gift by Conery, HSN gala patrons pledged more than $200,000 to be used for animal care. Live and silent auctions raised another $125,000. “As we approach our 60th anniversary in 2020, it’s wonderful to know that we continue to have the strong support of our community,” said Board President T. Robert Bulloch. “The future for animals in Collier County has never been brighter.”

Humane Society Naples offered a special thank you to the following sponsors and patrons who made this successful event possible:

Event sponsors: Provident Jewelry; The Wellington Group at Morgan Stanley; Key Private Bank; Jordan Delaney and Dr. Nick Schroeder; Waterside Shops; FineMark National Bank & Trust; Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP; J.P. Morgan; Seminole Casino Hotel; Greg Economos and Brad Jamison; IBERIABANK; Kathy and Tighe King; Sam and Julie Wyman; Elephant Creative Co.; Garden District, Rufino Hernandez; and Naples Illustrated

Table Patrons: Jay and Patty Baker; Al and Teresa Geiss; Tom and Joan Sabatino; Donald and Donna Comstock; Judith LeDoux; John and Jean Rothert; Marilyn Katatsky and Col. Richard Kaufmann; Jim and Gail Lozelle; Donald and Diana Wingard; and Alan and Donna Schneider

About Humane Society Naples

Humane Society Naples was founded in 1960 to address a growing homeless animal population in Collier County. Its mission remains to shelter animals in times of need, to locate life-long homes and to promote responsible pet ownership through education, legislation and sterilization.

The organization has found homes for more than 100,000 animals. Each year the organization serves thousands of displaced dogs, cats and small mammals, by providing shelter and working with partner organizations to provide a strong safety net for Collier County’s animal community. Additionally, it serves thousands of client animals through the Humane Society Naples Veterinary Clinic.

For more information visit hsnaples.org.

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