To commemorate the Charles Bright Visitor Center’s 25th Anniversary, the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau will highlight one local non-profit entity per month. The goal is to do a one time drive for goods or services needed by the entity but more importantly to educate the public as to how they can continue to support the charity throughout the year. The Visit Nac staff seeks to instill and reinforce the habit of giving back and investing in the Nacogdoches community. The benefit of this undertaking has many facets of merit from meeting needs of neighbors to lessening our environmental footprint by they thoughtful and intentional reuse of items. By highlighting one partner agency per month, we can truly do a deep dive into the actual, active, and specific needs and then communicate them to the public so that they might easily find the most efficient and effective means by which to engage and support.
To kick things off, the non-profit of the month is the Humane Society of Nacogdoches County!
Their mission is to help people help animals. Pets mean even more to folks now as so many are isolating to stay safe and healthy. Their spay/neuter and emergency aid programs continue to help them keep their pets healthy as well. Although they target low-income households, they assist the community overall with guidance on next steps if money not an issue, and with free or low-cost S/N assistance at local vets of their choice. Emergency aid (exam and diagnosis) is offered to all without qualification except for county residency. For every animal adopted at the shelter they offer financial assistance for a portion of the required sterilization costs, including Pets of the Week featured regularly in the Sentinel, for which we cover 100% of first shots, rabies vaccination and spay/neuter. They collaborate with LOVE INC, Nac Foster Rescue, and provide emergency aid to any shelter animals in need to improve their chances of being adopted.
The CVB will amplify the Humane Society's presence in Nacogdoches by providing an additional platform to educate bot online and in person at Nac Snack Fridays.
HSNC is hosting "Have A Heart Adoption Week" where they'll cover the adoption fee, microchip fee and city registration tags for animals adopted from February 8th to 12th. Adopters will also receive a voucher toward spay or neuter and rabies vaccination.