Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm
Reporter – News Analyst
April 19, 2019 – 11:30 a.m.

Are Fernandina Beach City Commission meetings going to the dogs?

Humane Society volunteer Crystal Foster presents Tobi to City Hall audience.

If you tuned in early to their April 16, 2019 meeting, you might have gotten a preview of what is intended to become a monthly meeting feature.

Representatives of the Nassau Humane Society presented Tobi, a mixed breed, spayed female dog aged a bit over a year but fully grown at 24 pounds.  Tobi is one of 55 dogs pictured on the Nassau Humane Society’s website as ready and eager for adoption.

Dr. Christine Sutherin, Operations Manager of the Nassau Humane society, volunteer Crystal Foster, and Animal Control Officer Mandy Holden escorted Tobi to the podium.  Sutherin said that while Tobi has a home at the Animal Shelter, she is looking for a new one.

Tobi wore a neckerchief imprinted with two sentences:  “Pick me! Pick me!”

Crystal Foster explained the basics of a Humane Society program that allows potential dog owners to “borrow” a dog for a day with a donation of food or supplies (or $$) to the shelter.  This program benefits the dog and its temporary master:  the dog gets out of the shelter and socialized; the human might just decide to adopt the dog — or someone else in seeing the dog might decide to do so.  She said that after a day out with Tobi, she discovered that Tobi is great with children.  She suggested — to the laughter of audience members — that this could be a good activity for a girls’ day out or a date night.

Sutherin added that the Humane Society would be holding its first annual Easter Egg Hunt for dogs on at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, April 20th.  Everyone is invited to bring their dog.

And even folks who do not have a dog — but may be seeking just the right 4-legged furry companion — might check to see if Tobi is still available for adoption.

And doggone it, cats are available, too!

For more information on pet adoption and the work of the Nassau Humane Society, visit their website.

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