The humane society is raising money to take care of the animals at the shelter located on 1 Shelter Drive, Palm Coast.
For its largest fundraiser of the year, the Flagler Humane Society hosted a tropical-themed cocktail party at the Grand Haven Golf Club on the evening of Saturday, June 2.
The FHS board of directors honored Flagler County Sheriff's Office Detective Annie Conrad for her more than 20 years of dedicated service to the local animal community through her role at the FCSO and previously as a veterinarian technician at Flagler Animal Hospital. Conrad was given a plaque as the night's honoree.
"She really helps with the animal cruelty cases," FHS Executive Director Amy Wade-Carotenuto said. "She makes them progress for us. She's been a big help forever."
As the night progressed, locals bid on silent auction items, listened to Kenyon Dye entertain on the piano and gathered around Wade-Carotenuto as she announced upcoming events with the shelter and encouraged continued financial support.
"We're really trying to expand our membership program, which is called 'Humane Heroes,'" Wade-Carotenuto said. "Members get rewards for their membership depending on what level they do."
Wade-Carotenuto said that the shelter is packed with animals during the busy spring and summer seasons, so the more donations the better to provide medical supplies, animal services and more. She said the society is looking for foster parents to care for the surplus of kittens as well.
"We love to give tours, so please come visit us," Wade-Carotenuto said. "I think a lot of people are still under the old misconception that 'oh, it's so sad there.' It's really just not the case anymore. Our success rate for animals dropped off at the shelter is over 90% — they either go back to their original owners or they get adopted or, with feral cats, we do trap, neuter and return."
Visit https://flaglerhumanesociety.org to donate or to find information on the nonprofit's services.