Presents for Pets, in memory of Nicole Burling,  is an annual event usually held on her birthday in May. Nicole was a devoted animal lover, and the event was created in 2015 to collect items needed for shelters and rescues.

This year, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the event has been rescheduled for July 12, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.  at Hot Paws, 1008 S. 8th St.  in Fernandina Beach. NHS is honored to be a part of it. Scheduled activities include a car wash, pony ride and doggy nail trim, and there will be T shirts,  a food truck and raffle prizes.   You can find lots more information on this Facebook page.

There is a GoFundMe page, and anyone who donates to the fund is automatically entered in the raffle drawing.  Raffle prizes are still being collected.

T shirt and tank tops are available here. Donations for the recipients are still being collected at Hot Paws and Amelia Pointe Animal Hospital & Daycare, and an Amazon Wishlist can be found here.

Let’s make this the biggest event yet for all the charities that benefit. See you in July!

From the GoFundMe page:

Presents for Pets in Memory of Nicole Burling was set up in 2015. Our daughter Nicole passed away September 1, 2014 from drowning after a seizure, she was 9. Shortly before this Nicole saw a clip on the news about a little boy in Jacksonville that had a birthday party, however instead of his friends bringing gifts for him to his birthday party he asked them to bring items that could be donated to the local Humane Society. Once she saw this news clip she stated that that’s what she wanted to do for her 10th birthday.

Shortly after Nicole passed away I was having lunch with a friend and was telling her about what Nicole wanted to do for her next birthday. So she helped our family start the first Presents for Pets event for May 2015 in honor of Nicole‘s 10th birthday. And then we have been continuing the event every year after. We do it to keep her memory alive and her love of animals alive. And our whole family are avid animal lovers so we do this to help all homeless animals in shelters that need donations.

Octavio at Hot Paws Pet Resort has been a huge part of this from the beginning and continues to do so. Hot Paws is one of the drop off spots for donations as well as the location for this year’s event. We normally do this in May, to coincide with Nicole’s birthday (May 17th), but due to Covid 19 we moved it to a later date. This year will be Sunday, July 12th at Hot Paws. Please check out our Presents for Pets page in memory of Nice Burling on Facebook. Any donations received here will be split amongst the four rescues that are our beneficiaries from this year. They are listed on the flyer that is a photo, and you can also find more information on our page. Any donations made will entered in a drawing for our raffle. We have all kinds of really cool things in the raffle, so please make sure your name and contact is noted if you would like to be entered in the raffle drawing. You do not have to be present to win. And thank you so very much for your continued support, we really have a lot of great donations so far and we hope that this gets larger every year to help animals and shelters in need. We know that would make Nicole proud. We love and miss you Nicole. 5/17/05-9/1/14