Fins for Furs raises money to support Pet Samaritan Fund
The University of Florida Veterinary Hospitals “Fins for Fur” Fishing Challenge, held Nov. 5 in Cedar Key, drew UF faculty and staff, area veterinarians and industry representatives together to fish and network for a good cause.
The event brought in $2,563 for the UF Veterinary Hospitals Pet Samaritan Fund, which is used to provide critical life-saving care at UF to pets of families facing unusual financial hardship.
Forty-six competitors in 15 boats joined in the fun.
The event was sponsored by Crevasse Pet Cremation, WeGo Couriers, Douglas & Carter Law Firm, Blue Gill Quality Food, Phoenix Wood Products, Miller’s Boating Center, Klover Leaf Tack & Western Wear, Patterson Veterinary, P & J Marine, Gary’s Tackle Box, Allen’s Land Clearing and Angler’s Art. In addition to faculty and staff from the college, representatives from Jonesville Animal Hospital, Rainbow River Animal Hospital and Town & Country Animal Hospital in Ocala participated.
Dr. Ashley Allen, an emergency and critical care specialist with the college, organized the event. Brittany Caldwell and Rachel DiSesa helped to coordinate it.
The award winners were:
- Grand Slam (largest redfish, trout and Spanish mackerel): Danny Sanetz
- Largest Redfish: Beau Crevasse and sons
- Largest Trout: Arlen Weintribe
- Largest Spanish Mackerel: Danny Sanetz
- Diverse Slam (Most types of fish caught): Charlotte Pisano and family
- Baby Slam (Smallest fish caught): Alex Wigglesworth
Also among the participants were Dr. Michael Pridgeon of Westwood Animal Hospital, Tallahassee; Dr. Bob Porter of Conway Animal Hospital, Orlando; and Dr. Charles Courtney, professor emeritus of infectious diseases and former associate dean for research and graduate studies at the college.
Photos from the event are available on the college’s Facebook page here.