Nationally recognized writer and photographer John Spohrer has donated the framed original of a photograph of a beautiful cat photographed at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge.

The photo is displayed at the Apalachicola Area Chamber of Commerce where raffle tickets can be purchased for $3 or two for $5. Monies raised go to support the Franklin County Humane Society (FCHS).

Only 500 tickets will be sold so don't procrastinate. The more tickets you buy the better your chances of winning. For information call 653-9419.

The FCHS is a 501c3 non profit organization. County funding was cut 10 percent this year and contributions are down by 30 percent. The FCHS is in need of donations from animal lovers who want to make a difference in the lives of the homeless companion animals at the facility.

Donations are tax deductible and all go to benefit the animals being housed. Send donations to FCHS, P.O. Box 417, Eastpoint, FL. 32328

The shelter always needs dog treats, collars, leashes, hard rubber chew toys, tennis balls, braided chew rope, cat litter, bleach, hand soap, laundry detergent, utility water and food bowls (all sizes), kitchen trash bags and 39-gallon yard bags. Bring donations to the shelter or to the Apalachicola Times, 129 Commerce Street, Apalachicola.

The shelter frequently has special needs pets that require more than routine medical care. Make a difference by sponsoring an animal with medical problems. To learn about these special need animals or make a donation, visit

The shelter is also in need of volunteers to socialize animals in its care. For information call 670-8417.