BARKS & BUBBLES DOGGIE WASHES – ALL GOOD, CLEAN FUN!
Thanks to the promotional funding from the ASPCA, The Humane Society of Greater Miami held two successful Barks & Bubbles Doggie Washes in December 2014 and April 2015. The events brought doggies from all over the County to the Soffer and Fine Adoption Center together to enjoy a day filled with bubbles, music, doggie paw-print painting, refreshments, and more. Open to the public, the members of the facility were happy to see both new and familiar faces come out and join us for a day of splish, splash doggie baths.
For a $5 donation, the dogs were pampered by our amazing staff with refreshing outdoor baths and free nail polish. Dog owners who have adopted from the Humane Society of Greater Miami were welcomed to a complimentary doggie wash and a bottle of dog shampoo.
Anisa Kumar, who adopted a precious Basset Hound/Mix named Jake from the Soffer and Fine Adoption Center, was very excited to bring her furry friend and showcase how much she cherishes the day she met him. She brought us Jake’s original adoption card, which she received over two years ago when she adopted him. It was heartwarming to see how happy Jake was with his human friend, and vice-versa.
Many of the doggies left their unique mark by making their very own Paw-casso paw prints; like finger painting but for dogs- let’s call it paw painting. While the dogs were getting washed up, many people took advantage of the dog trainer from Canine Counselors that was available for question and answer sessions, and as well as many pet boutique specials that were being promoted. The events proved to be beneficial and fun for both the owners and their canine companions!
The Barks & Bubbles Doggie Wash held on December 13, 2014 made for a great community event during the holiday season. The cool December morning brought together over 50 dogs, along with their owners, to enjoy the weather while also enjoying music and refreshments. The event offered holiday photo opportunities and a chance to meet Santa! There were also great prize giveaways from the promotional team of the movie Annie, which came out in theatres a few days later. Towards the end of the event, the dogs of the Soffer and Fine Adoption Center were able join in on the fun and receive baths as well. The doggie wash was such a hit that another doggie wash was held only four months later. We found homes for 9 wonderful animals that day, which is a 100% increase from the previous year.
The second Barks & Bubbles Doggie Wash, held on April 25, 2015, proved to be an even bigger success. The faculty had their hands full with attendance of over 100 dogs to be bathed on that sunny afternoon. Among the many clients who had previously adopted from us was Michael, who brought along his dog, Brody. Michael was an adoption ambassador for the animals in our shelter and Brody was one of the dogs he took out and about to help him find a home. Love prevailed and Michael was soon head over heels with Brody, and adoption papers were signed. The support from Michael, as well as all the other community members who joined, really made the event special. Aside from a refreshing bath on a warm, spring day, the dogs particularly enjoyed the paw-lickin’ doggie ice cream that was offered to them. It was the cherry on top to a perfect afternoon. This was a particularly happy day for 27 of our animals who went home that day with their new families – compared to 9 adoptions the previous year.