If you've been looking for a way to support the Clay County Humane Shelter, Sharon Hoffman has an answer for you.
"Working with Kroger and other retailers in the community, they (the shelter) are able to purchase 'gift certificates' at a discount, sell them to the public at full price and the difference is the profit for the animals," Scrip Program Coordinator Hoffman said.
The Great Lakes Scrip Program was originally attempted years ago and then revived again last fall, she said.
On a monthly basis, people can place orders for certificates for restaurants and retailers.
Restaurants supporting the program include Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Texas Roadhouse, Wendy's, KFC and Long John Silver's.
Retailers in support include Kroger, offering a 5 percent discount, Sears, Lowes, Menards, Osco and CVS.
According a news release issued about the program, the fundraiser is to raise "much needed money" for the shelter. Hoffman said more funding has been needed since the shelter lost nearly $5,000 in funds due to City cut-backs last year.
"We have really tried to get the money back we lost," she said.
When pet owners don't spay or neuter their animals it leads to more problems for the shelter.
"We are always going to have more and more homeless animals, but this year we've had an influx," she said.
Another program called "Pet's Alive" is coordinated through the shelter where animals can be transported once a month to be spayed or neutered.
For more information on "Pet's Alive," call Humane Shelter Manager Rick Moore at 446-5126.
Scrip orders can be placed through Hoffman. She can be reached at 448-2958. Those who want to help need to have a payment and their order placed by the second week of each month.