Pawsitive Healing event raises $1,000 for Celestial Farms


Carla Rodrigues, veterinarian and owner of Pawsitive Healing, Veterinary Rehabilitation and Acupuncture in Jacksonville, hosted the second annual local Artisan Market fundraiser with local artists who displayed and sold a variety of handmade, creative and locally produced merchandise to benefit Celestial Farms, a not-for-profit farm animal rescue and educational center located in Jacksonville.

Rodrigues, patrons and artists contributed to the $1,000 donation, including Eleanor Crosby, artist and owner of Field Edge Farm Art Gallery; Melissa Elphick, owner of Petite Pedestals with home décor; David Priest, woodworker and owner of Old Colony Woodworks; Jade Paws canine massage and animal reiki; Piedad Camacho, plant fiber artist and owner of The Art of Handmade Fique; Milena Carolina Centeno de Samon, baker and owner of Universal Flavors, Hawk and the Hare Woodworks and Ingravity Art photography portraits.

The event was held Sunday, Nov. 14, at the veterinary practice at 1617 Thacker Ave. in the San Marco neighborhood of Jacksonville. The event was open to the public and free of charge and attracted pets and pet owners along with local residents and visitors.

Rodrigues regularly holds events and activities as her philanthropy to benefit pets and people in need throughout Northeast Florida. Last year, Rodrigues hosted her first artisan market and donated $800 to benefit the Jacksonville Humane Society.

“Our philanthropic programs are just some of the activities we have in place and examples of the service culture throughout the history of the veterinary practice,” said Rodrigues. “Our mission is to serve and give back to pets, pet owners and local communities through providing extraordinary care. I believe in service through actions and charitable deeds, and where we all can touch and improve the lives of many who are not so fortunate. In our social purpose efforts, what we do and who we are, will always be joined together.”

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