SEDA New Homes, one of Jacksonville’s largest local home builders, made a substantial donation to both the Jacksonville and Nassau Humane Societies as a part of their Christmas Pet Food Drive.
“We wanted to support the Humane Society because they do so much to ensure that every pet has the opportunity to find a loving home,” said Linda Semanik, Vice-President of Sales at SEDA New Homes.
SEDA collected dog food, cat food, pet beds, pet toys, training pads and more at their model homes and corporate office during their Christmas Pet Food Drive. This month, Semanik and SEDA employees delivered these items to the Jacksonville and Nassau Humane Societies.
“Many companies choose a charity during the holidays to support,” says Semanik. “At SEDA, our pets are such a huge part of our families, that we knew we wanted to support the Humane Society. Pets give us unconditional love and bring so much joy to our lives; something we all need in order to cope with the stress of today’s world. Our hope is that other companies will begin supporting their local Humane Society to help pets in need.”
The Nassau Humane Society has dogs, cats and other small animals for adoption. During the trip to bring the donations, SEDA employee Judy Reed fell in love with an adorable black rabbit that was up for adoption. Binks, as he is fondly now known by his new family, has brought so much joy and laughter to the Reed family.
“He’s just like a dog. He plays fetch, comes for treats and loves being petted.” says Reed. “Teaching our kids responsibility is a plus.”
Binks the rabbit is a new addition to the Reed Family adopted from the Nassau Humane Society
Recently another SEDA employee adopted a kitten from the Jacksonville Humane Society.
SEDA New Homes has partnered with the Jacksonville Humane Society to lend a paw to our furry friends in need during this Christmas season by holding a Pet Food Drive at their model centers from November 30th to December 19th.
Today’s economy has been difficult for many pet owners. Unfortunately, this means owners are surrendering their pets because they say they can no longer afford the upkeep of their animals with increased rent, gas, and food costs. The escalation in returns has put a strain on local animal shelters struggling to keep up. It has become such an issue that the Jacksonville city shelter leaders put a temporary pause on all walk-in and unscheduled visits to allow staff more time to identify and prepare in the assistance of relocating these pets.
This isn’t just a problem in our community but nationwide. The Shelter Animal Counts database shows that the population of cats and dogs in shelters rose by 9.5% from April 2021 to April 2022. We see this to be true in our own animal shelter here in Jacksonville. The Jacksonville Humane Society reported 7,688 animals were brought to them from January 2022 to June 2002 alone.
How can you help? Below are the items requested by the Jacksonville Humane Society:
- Dry/wet dog food
- Dry/wet cat food
- Soft dog treats
- New leashes (non-retractable)
- Paper towels
- Blankets (without stuffing)
- Gently used pet supplies
Where to drop donations off? Stop by any of our model homes with your donation and register for a chance to win a $500 GIFT CARD. The drawing will be held on December 20th.