Local volunteers with the St. Tammany Humane Society are hoping to deploy 5,000 rubber ducks to aid 108 homeless dogs and cats at the north shore’s only no-kill shelter.

The public can adopt a duck for $5 or a whole flock to help toward the facility’s upkeep, toward medical expenses for the animals and low-cost spay and neuter vouchers.

At noon on Saturday, the “adopted” rubber ducks will be dropped into the Bogue Falaya River in a race at the Bogue Falaya Park, 213 Park Drive, Covington. Top prize for the winning duck is $1,000.

The event is dog friendly, and admission is free. There will be games and food beginning at 10 a.m. Christian Serpas and Ghost Town will provide live music.

You can also meet some of the 53 dogs and 55 cats currently adoptable at the shelter.

“We’ve had 778 adoptions in the last 12 months,” said Michele Nazar, volunteer coordinator at the shelter.

Ducks can be adopted online at www.sttammany duckderby.com; in person at the shelter at 20384 Harrison Ave., Covington; or at Zorro’s Fun Zone for Pets, 924 Girod St., Mandeville; or The Scotts’ Coffee and Tapas Bar, 201 Carroll St., Mandeville.

Founded in 1953, the St. Tammany Humane Society is Louisiana’s largest nonprofit, no-kill animal welfare organization and shelter. It relies on the financial support of the community.

“Our five-year plan includes a new facility, but in the meantime, we have to keep this one up and running to serve the animals,” Nazar said. “We also have a few shelter pets that need surgery right now and several others that need heartworm treatment,” she said.

Dog days at STHS

And it’s the “dog days of summer” at the Humane Society. During July, dogs are available for adoption for $25.

This includes up-to-date shots, microchip, spay/neuter and six months of heartworm prevention for dogs.

Nazar said a recent adoption was Petey, who came to them as a puppy. He was adopted but didn’t get along with cats. Then finally, the perfect adopter showed up.

“This person is willing to work with Petey and give him the forever home he deserves,” she said.

Volunteers are always needed, as are donations of towels and cat litter.

The next volunteer orientation is planned for 9 a.m. Aug. 15.

For information, contact Nazar at (985) 892-7387 or volunteers@sthumane.org, or visit sthumane.org.

Sharon Edwards is community news editor of The New Orleans Advocate.