Animal shelters receive grants | Local News

Three Golden Isles nonprofit organizations dedicated to caring for and housing unwanted dogs have just received grants to support animals in times of need.

The Raymond & Elizabeth Baumel and Abernathy Fund Annual Gift for Animal Welfare awarded the grants through the Coastal Georgia Communities Foundation.

Kaitlyn Cenicola, who is part of the foundation, said Raymond Baumel, a longtime businessman in the Golden Isles, was always generous to those in need.

“He had a special place in his heart, however, for abandoned or abused dogs, she said. “When Raymond died, he sought through his estate to ensure the welfare of the ‘dogs’ here on the Georgian coast for generations to come. He established the Raymond & Elizabeth Baumel and Abernathy Fund for Animal Welfare at CCGF and in doing so created a lasting legacy as well as an ongoing revenue stream for the care and housing of stray and unwanted dogs through interest earned on the endowment. ”

The endowment fund has made grants over the past decade to support the care and housing of stray and unwanted dogs.

The recipients are the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia, Glynn County Animal Services and No Kill Glynn County.

Lori Austin, the new director of Glynn County Animal Services, said the donation of more than $1,500 was very timely because the shelter was nearing the end of the fiscal year and was running out of pet medicine.

Austin said the only stipulation for the donation is to spend the money on the health of the shelter dogs. She said the entire donation was spent on heartworm medicine.

“The budget was almost done,” she said. “It helps a lot.”

It allows the shelter to provide heartworm prevention medication for the next two months.

“Heartworm medications are very expensive,” she said.

Donations are crucial to help the shelter meet the needs of animals waiting for homes. While the Raymond & Elizabeth Baumel and Abernathy Animal Welfare Fund is one of the largest individual donations, Austin said small animal adoption events generate small donations of $5 and $10 that add up and help support operations.

Anyone who has a dog knows how expensive dog food is at the grocery store. It’s a concern Austin said the shelter will need to address.

“This year we’re looking at a food budget that’s half of what we’re likely to need,” she said.