The Thomasville/Thomas County Humane Society serves our community by receiving and caring for animals. They employ three animal control officers , eight full-time and four part-time workers. In addition to their regular staff, they have approximately ten volunteers per month who donate an average of 40 hours. They take in strays and animals from owners who can no longer care for their pets. They receive transfer animals from neighboring Grady County and Monticello, Florida and house approximately 200 dogs and 50 cats daily. They are always in need of funds to assist with the day-to-day care of these animals. I began my relationship with the Humane Society in 2005 with my "Popcorn For Puppies" project. I popped and bagged popcorn and gave it away at an area horse show in exchange for pocket change. That year I raised $35.00. In the summer of 2006, I contacted the director Mrs. Carol Jones and discussed my idea of a 4-H dog show with all of the profit to benefit the humane society. I contacted our county extension coordinator Mr. Don Clark and asked permission to have the dog show at the ag center and he gave his approval. I met with other 4-H'ers and came up with a list of classes. We worked together to design a flyer and decided to name the show, "Something To Bark About". Next, we decided what everyone's responsibilities would be; who would work in registration,secure a judge, serve as a ring steward, run the concession stand, take pictures, be the announcer, and present the awards. Flyers were printed and distributed to local schools and businesses and schools were asked to make announcements over the intercom. We contacted local pet stores and vet offices for donations and were amazed at the awesome prizes that were donated. I contacted a local dog trainer and he agreed to judge the show at no charge. I selected ribbons from Hodges Badge Company and they were ordered. I contacted our local newspaper and they put an article and picture in the paper. That year we raised $100.00 and the money was used to purchase much needed medications for dogs and also for heartworm treatment and preventative. I realized that the money we raised didn't really go that far but that just motivated be more to work harder to get ready for the next show. In 2007, we hosted our 2nd Annual "Something To Bark About" Dog Show and had 91 total entries. In addition to the dog show, we also held a dog art contest and had 304 entries. One winner from each grade from pre-K to 6th grade was selected and they each received a prize. Our local newspaper did a great article to promote the dog show and then did a fantastic follow up article with the results! The kennel manager from the humane society brought a puppy to the show and it was adopted right away! We were excited to raise $250.00 for the humane society. I have learned so much from serving as the youth coordinator of this event and we are already making plans for 2008! I hope that this dog show will continue long after my days as a 4-H member are over!