Auction to fund dental care for pets in need


While your annual dental exam may seem like a routine task, it’s not so simple for dogs and cats. Even the best pet owners may not realize the critical importance of dental health for their companions. When pets don’t receive routine dental care, major issues — and major costs — can arise.

This February, the St. Augustine Humane Society’s Share the Love Auction recognizes National Pet Dental Health Month by raising money to help animals with important dental procedures. From Friday, Jan. 19, through Feb. 10, a multitude of special items, experiences, services and more will be available for auction at

“Many pet parents don’t realize how important dental health is for their treasured friends,” said Carolyn Sindad Smith, executive director of the St. Augustine Humane Society. “We recognize that for some families, the services their pets need can really add up and exceed their financial capabilities. That’s where we can step in and offer some much-needed assistance. All proceeds raised by the Share the Love Auction directly benefit pets that require the most care.”

The St. Augustine Humane Society works tirelessly to ensure that all pets live safe, happy and healthy lives and that pet owners have the tools and education to create lasting relationships with their animals, lowering the risk of them ending up in shelters or on the streets.

The St. Augustine Humane Society's Dental Health Program aims to provide life-saving dental care to the animals that need it most. Dental issues are increasing in pets, with 80% of dogs and 70% of cats showing signs of periodontal disease by the age of 3. These diseases can cause serious issues, damaging not only the teeth, roots, mouth and gums but also vital organs, including the kidneys and heart.

Proceeds from the Share the Love Auction are used to assist dogs and cats that need dental surgeries and procedures that are critical and, in some cases, life-saving.

“We want all pet stories to be success stories,” said Sindad Smith. “The Share the Love Auction is a wonderful way to help. In previous years, the auction has featured jewelry, gift certificates, experiences like golfing and dining, vacations and more. Bidders can snag a great Valentine's Day gift for a loved one or themselves while giving the gift of health to an animal in need. It’s truly a win-win!”