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CLEAR THE SHELTERS LIVES UP TO ITS NAME AT THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF GREATER MIAMI

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NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL – (July 27, 2016) – Saturday’s “Clear the Shelters” event proved to be an incredible day for animal lovers across the United States!  Families nation-wide poured into one of 680 participating shelters in search of their perfect, furry match.  This year’s event proved to be even more successful than the 2015 outing, by pairing 2,000 more families than last year’s event with animals.   Thousands of dogs and cats found homes thanks to this wonderful adoption event spearheaded by NBC Owned Television Stations and Telemundo Stations Groups.

 

For the Humane Society of Greater Miami, one of four shelters in South Florida that participated in the adoption event, the day proved to be more successful and emotional than last year’s event.  “We are overjoyed to see so many of our animals finally go home to loving families they can call their own,” says Laurie Hoffman, Executive Director.  “It’s so difficult to express in words the emotions that the staff and volunteers feel on a day like today.  So much hard work goes into making sure qualified families find their perfect match; and although we are sad to see them go, we are thrilled they have found their forever homes.  Not only did we exceed last year’s adoption count, but some of our senior animals and Second Chance fund babies went to great homes. ” The Humane Society of Greater Miami ended the day with a total of 97 adoptions.  Ten times the number of adoptions on an average day at the Soffer and Fine Adoption Center.  “We are so grateful to NBC, Telemundo and all the families who came out on Saturday.  Our shelter is almost completely clear as a result of this amazing event!  ”

 

The efforts of NBC Owned Television Stations and Telemundo Stations Group to connect pets across the country with forever families are deeply appreciated by the shelters involved and animal lovers alike. Every pet deserves a loving and permanent home, and “Clear the Shelters” provided an impactful push to help get each and every one of them there.  To view some of the memories made at the event, visit https://www.facebook.com/HumaneSociety305.


HUMANE SOCIETY OF GREATER MIAMI TEAMS UP WITH NBCUNIVERSAL OWNED TELEVISION STATIONS TO HOST SECOND ANNUAL PET ADOPTION EVENT –
CLEAR THE SHELTERS – ON SATURDAY, JULY 23

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NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – (June 18, 2016) – The Humane Society of Greater Miami is excited to announce that it has teamed up with NBC6 WTVJ and Telemundo51 WSCV to host the second annual Clear the Shelters pet adoption event. The Humane Society will offer the public waived adoption fees on Saturday, July 23, as part of the nationwide initiative, spearheaded by NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations in an effort to find new homes for homeless pets.

“We are very thrilled to be a part of this amazing adoption event again as we aim to ‘clear’ our shelter, along with other shelters and rescues nationwide,” says Laurie Hoffman, Executive Director at the Humane Society of Greater Miami. “We hope the event brings even more happy tails than ever as our furry residents meet their forever families!”

This year’s Clear the Shelters event comes after last year’s highly successful inaugural effort, which resulted in nearly 20,000 pets finding new homes. It is all possible through the unprecedented partnership between the NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations and hundreds of animal shelters located all across the country and in Puerto Rico. The nationwide day of action literally emptied dozens of animal shelters across the country and inspired local communities to take action and open their homes to animals in need. Visit the Soffer and Fine Adoption Center on Saturday, July 23rd to meet your furry new family member while helping in this worthwhile cause.

WHAT: Humane Society of Greater Miami to participate as an official Clear the Shelters partner alongside NBC6 WTVJ and Telemundo51 WSCV. Humane Society to offer waived adoption fees

WHEN: Saturday, July 23 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

WHERE: 16101 West Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach, FL 33160

INFO: Viewers can visit www.ClearTheShelters.com to access more information about Clear the Shelters, including the full list of local participating animal shelters

ADOPTION TRACKER: A real-time pet “Adoption Tracker” – posted on ClearTheShelters.com – will record the total number of pets that are adopted across all participating markets

SOCIAL: Use the hashtag #ClearTheShelters to follow the effort on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Clear the Shelters themed Snapchat filters will be activated on July 23. Spanish-language viewers can use the hashtag #DesocuparLosAlbergues


Have a “Howling” Good Time with Your Canine Companion at the Miami Marlin’s Annual “Bark at the Park” Event on June 5th!
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The Miami Marlin’s home-run event, “Bark at the Park,” is back for another “paw”-some day out on the diamond field! On June 5, 2016, man’s best friend is invited to join his or her human companion to watch the Miami Marlins take on the New York Mets at Marlins Park starting at 1:10PM. Tickets for children over three years old and adults are $15 and tickets for your canine companions are $10 each. Proceeds from the doggie tickets purchased in support of Miami-Dade will benefit the Humane Society of Greater Miami.

You will also not want to forget to take part in the Cash Raffle, where 25% of the proceeds will benefit the Humane Society. Take a chance and test your luck to win some serious cash while also helping a worthwhile cause.

Every year, “Bark at the Park” brings more than 500 dogs and the people they own together to enjoy an afternoon filled with peanuts and crackerjacks, seventh inning stretches and lots of cheers (or howls) for their home team! Do not miss out on this exciting event benefitting homeless cats and dogs in your community. Purchase your tickets today!

Other important information: Tickets MUST be purchased online and in advance to ensure availability. Visit www.marlins.com/specialevents to secure your tickets today. Seats are assigned in the Vista Level and availability is limited. If you want to attend with friends, please make sure to purchase the tickets together. All dog owners must sign a liability waiver upon entering Marlins Park in order to bring your pet inside. To purchase an on-site garage parking pass, go to www.marlins.com/parking ; passes are $20 per car.

Marlins Park is located at 501 Marlins Way in Miami. Guests must enter the ballpark through the First Base entrance (located on the corner of NW 4th Street and NW 14th Avenue). Guests needing ADA accessibility should enter through the First Base Dugout Club and take the elevator to the Vista Level. Dog owners must carry their dog’s rabies certificate and dogs must wear their rabies tag.  Visit our website, www.humanesocietymiami.org  for additional information.


HUMANE SOCIETY OF GREATER MIAMI’S 2016 WALK FOR THE ANIMALS A WALK TO REMEMBER!

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MIAMI, FL—April 4, 2016— The Humane Society of Greater Miami’s 2016 Walk for the Animals could not have been a more purr-fect day to celebrate and raise money for the cats and dogs in need. As the beautiful sunrise began to warm the chilly morning at picturesque Bayfront Park, more than 3,000 people of all ages and their doggies gathered to enjoy a day filled with yummy treats, exciting doggie and people contests, live entertainment and a scenic walk, all to benefit the homeless animals of our community.

Joining the Humane Society of Greater Miami as Grand Marshall was dear friend and supporter of the animals, Commissioner Sally A. Heyman. On stage, Ryan Phillips, NBC6 meteorologist, and Julie Guy, morning anchor at 101.5 Lite FM, brought life to the event as emcees. As laughter and cheer filled the park with “paw”sitive energy, walkers and their dogs enjoyed the fun activities and entertainment. The Doggie Fun Zone had dozens of eager pups dazzling the crowd with their athleticism and agility, and the Purina Pro Plan Performance Team left the audience in awe as the talented canines performed jaw-dropping, high-flying disk routines.

This fabulous event brought families, friends and companies with a passion for animals together to raise money to help our furry friends. Walk participants also had the chance to meet furry adoptables and seven found their forever families. Through the many generous donations and fundraising efforts of committed individuals, families and packs, this year’s Walk for the Animals was a great success. The end result: more than $100,000 was raised! A big thank you to everyone who supported in order to help all of the dogs, cats, puppies and kittens in need.

The 2016 Walk for the Animal Sponsors included: 101.5 LiteFM, Bayside Marketplace, Canine Counselors, Coffee Brake, Frames USA, Miami Parking Authority, NBC6, Patterson Veterinary, Pet Heaven, Pet Supermarket, Poop Pickers, LLC, Purina One, RKD Alpha Dog, Road Runner Pharmacy, Rocco’s Pack Dog Training, Ryder Charitable Foundation, The Beach, TheFlyer, The Miami Herald, The Shark, The Ticket, Wizard Creations, Zoetis.


PAWPURRAZZI SPARKLED WITH PURR-FECTION AND EXUBERANCE IN BENEFIT OF THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF GREATER MIAMI

A fabulous evening and heartwarming experience was had by all of the wonderful animal lovers of Miami who participated in Pawpurrazzi 2016. Dogs’ tails wagged with excitement as they “fetched” their owners for this fabulous event at Jungle Island, chaired by Bone-a-fide Chairpersons, Pat and Milton Wallace, Co-Chairperson, Bunny Bastian and Honorary Chairperson, Penny Stamps. The Treetop Ballroom gleamed with beautiful and vivid South Beach inspired table settings that shimmered with the light of the dazzling chandeliers and exquisite flower arrangements. Five hundred animal loving philanthropists and their four-legged companions enjoyed a delectable gourmet dinner and one-of-a-kind entertainment at this over the top event which raised a notable $600,000 for the more than 400 homeless cats and dogs of the Humane Society of Greater Miami!

The night began with guests and their dogs enjoying a cocktail reception with great hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, thanks to the generous donation from Bacardi, and the four-legged guests enjoying a “pup”tail hour from The Doggie Bag Café. While the dogs indulged in delicious “arf-petizers” and “puptails,” their humans perused the haute couture silent auction organized by Juan Lopez, Vice President and General Manager of Saks Fifth Avenue, Dadeland, Marisa Cisneros Rizzon and Ann Rubino. This exciting silent auction featured items from top designers including Bvlgari, Chanel, David Yurman, Dior, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Prada, Roberto Coin, Versace, just to name a few.  Owners and their dogs also had the chance to visit the photo studio from My Perfect Pet Photography for their photo-op in front of the beautiful Miami skyline to remember the wonderful evening.

Eliott Rodriguez, evening anchor for CBS4, and Cynthia Demos emceed the “Great Pets Who Walk in Front of Great People” show, where 25 honored guests strutted their stuff with furry friends, some walking their own pets and others spotlighting adoptable pets from the shelter. Next came a five-star sit-down meal that had the guests raving; but they made sure to leave room for the impressive and fantasy dessert buffet.

Some of the show’s stars and supporters included The Batchelor Foundation; Penny and Roe Stamps; Do Unto Others Trust; Anna Rentz; Stephane Colleu representing dr. brandt® skincare; Yvonne Eldredge and Emily Damiano representing The Victor and Emily D. Damiano Charitable Trust; Joyce and Skip Dickerson; Jacquelyn and Jorge Munilla; Sheila and Frank Kuhl of Coconut Grove Gallery & Interiors; Juan Lopez, Vice President and General Manager of Saks Fifth Avenue, Dadeland; Marisa Cisneros-Rizzon and Marcos Rizzon; Ann and Frank Rubino; Linda and Patrick McEnany; Ruby Bacardi; Nancy Denison; Swanee and Paul DiMare; Mayor and Mrs. Carlos Gimenez; Katherine Fernandez Rundle; Sally Heyman; Lola and Donald Jacobson; DJ and Steve Kerr; Irene Korge; Phillip Levine; Ray Marchman and Joe Siolek; Jeanne Nicastri; Northern Trust; Pet Supermarket; Alan Potamkin and Dr. Brigitt Rok; Gladys Rustan Hernando; Ryder Charitable Foundation; Nick Studds; Linda and Paul Sugrue; U.S. Trust; Sandy Zankl; just to name a few.

Mark your calendars for the next Pawpurrazzi, scheduled for January 20, 2017. For more information, email Laurie Hoffman at [email protected].

 


A Fashionably Giving Night for the Animals!

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What an amazing night was had by all at yesterday’s “Walk in Style for the Animals” event at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour, where “giving” is definitely in season! Fashionistas and animal lovers alike visited Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour to celebrate the exciting launch of Christian Louboutin’s Spring/Summer 2016 Handbag Collection.  Guests enjoyed an evening of fun and shopping to help support the dogs and cats of the Humane Society of Greater Miami and the 2016 Walk for the Animals. With the help of special hostesses Angela Birdman, Andreea Baclea, Paulina Claure, Jillian Posner and Amy Zakarin, and the great PR efforts of Zakarin-Martinez and The Dana Agency, the event was a huge success. Total monies raised from this event will help the “Wolf Pack” team, led by Team Captain – Paulina Claure, Angela Birdman, raise money for the Walk for the Animals, the Humane Society’s largest community fundraising event.

This fabulous event brought more than 150 people and their dogs to Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour to view the latest additions to the World of Louboutin.  Guests enjoyed delectable hors d’oeuvres, champagne and cocktails and live music by DJ Sepidah Amiri. Many people entered the exciting raffle for a chance to win a $1,000 Christian Louboutin shopping spree donated by Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour, to benefit the Humane Society. As shoppers browsed the marvelous collection and made their way around the store, they were able to view a wonderful slideshow that showcased many of the adoptable animals from the shelter.  Shoppers who made a purchase during the event also received a “Doggie Bag.”

As the “Walk in Style for the Animals” event carried on throughout the evening, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour’s Vice President & General Manager, Deborah Slack, the amazing Marketing Team, Nancy Di Bernardo and Nanette Crego, Fifth Avenue Club Manager, Danielle Klein, Catherine Kitty Ibarra, and her amazing team kept the crowd in high spirits. The event was a great success, raising more than $7,000, and the perfect kick-off party for the fun and exciting fundraising event, Walk for the Animals!


A WALK IN THE PARK TO HELP HOMELESS ANIMALS!

This Saturday is the big day; the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s biggest and most exciting annual community event, Walk for the Animals! On Saturday, February 27, 2016, more than 3,000 people and their canine companions will gather at Bayfront Park for a day filled with fun and exciting activities for the whole family, all to benefit the homeless dogs and cats of Miami.

Starting at 8:30AM, people and doggies of all ages will enjoy a morning filled with entertainment, including a walk around beautiful Bayfront Park, fun games, exciting raffles and greatly amusing people and doggie contests like the “Look-Alike” and “Best Kisser” contests. There will be activities for children to take part in at the Kid’s Area including a bounce house and “Paw”casso prints. Doggies will also have a blast at the Doggie Fun Zone, an enclosed doggie racetrack that gives your pup the chance to show off his/her athletic skills and agility with no experience required! Finally, you definitely will not want to miss an entertaining performance by the incredible Purina Pro Plan Performance Team. Watch these amazingly talented and athletic canines perform incredible flying routines! For all those who are looking for a furry addition to add to the family, you will definitely want to pass by the Walk for the Animals Adoption Arena where puppies, kittens, dogs and cats from local rescue groups will be waiting to meet their forever families.

We are proud to have Commissioner Sally A. Heyman as our Grand Marshall and we are excited to have NBC6 meteorologist, Ryan Phillips, emcee the event for the eighth year, joined this year with Julie Guy, morning anchor at 101.5 LITE FM. To date, Walk for the Animal Sponsors include: 101.5 LiteFM, Bayside Marketplace, Canine Counselors, Coffee Brake, Frames USA, Miami Parking Authority, NBC6, Patterson Veterinary, Pet Heaven, Pet Supermarket, Poop Pickers, LLC, Purina One, RKD Alpha Dog, Road Runner Pharmacy, Rocco’s Pack Dog Training, Ryder Charitable Foundation, The Beach, TheFlyer, The Miami Herald, The Shark, The Ticket, Wizard Creations, Zoetis.

WHO: Humane Society of Greater Miami

WHAT:  17th annual Walk for the Animals

WHEN: Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 8:30am – 12:00pm

WHERE: Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132

Get ready to walk the walk and show your support for the homeless dogs and cats in our community at the 2016 Walk for the Animals! For more information, visit www.WalkForTheAnimalsMiami.com or call 305-749-1825.


AFFORDABLE CLINIC SPECIALS FOR PETS IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY 

MIAMI, FL—February 23, 2016— Have you heard about the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s low-cost clinics? Located in North Miami Beach and Cutler Bay, these clinics offer spay and neuter services, as well as preventive pet care services, at very affordable prices. As if the prices at these clinics were not competitive enough, they currently have some specials that make spaying and neutering your pet a no-brainer! How low are these prices, you may ask. As low as free! Yes, you heard it right. Zero. Zip. Zilch.

Thanks to a Miami-Dade Animal Services no kill project in partnership with the Humane Society of Greater Miami, low-income qualified residents are able to get their pets spayed or neutered at the Miami-Dade County Community Spay Neuter Clinic in Cutler Bay, located at 10700 SW 211 Street, absolutely free. This includes a rabies and FVRCP vaccine for cats and a rabies and DHPP vaccine for dogs. Low-income residents who are qualified to redeem these free services for their pets are those with active government assistance benefits including Food Stamps, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Food and Nutrition Services. In addition, all community cats can be fixed for free and receive the aforementioned vaccinations, plus a mandatory ear tip, at either of our clinic locations.

The Cutler Bay clinic also offers drastically reduced spay and neuter prices for all other residents who do not receive assistance from the government through the OK2Spay campaign: only $30 for dogs and $15 for cats. These prices do not include vaccinations and may incur additional charges if the pet has any complications.

“We cannot stress enough how important spaying and neutering is to reducing the serious pet overpopulation problem in Miami-Dade County,” says Laurie Hoffman, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Greater Miami. “These free and low-cost services will have a significant impact on reducing the number of homeless pets entering shelters or being abandoned on the street.”

Take advantage of these limited-time offers today! Appointments may be scheduled online at www.humanesocietymiami.org or by calling 305-749-1854 for our South Clinic and 305-749-1827 for our North clinic.


THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF GREATER MIAMI INVITES ALL ANIMAL LOVERS TO SUPPORT THE 2016 WALK FOR THE ANIMALS on Saturday, February 27, 2016

There are only two more weeks until the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s biggest and most exciting annual community event, Walk for the Animals! On Saturday, February 27, 2016, more than 3,000 people and their canine companions will gather at Bayfront Park for a day filled with fun and exciting activities for the whole family, all to benefit the homeless dogs and cats of Miami.

At the Walk for the Animals, going the extra mile to support our furry friends is literally a “walk in the park!” Starting at 8:30AM, people and doggies of all ages will enjoy a morning filled with entertainment, including a one mile walk around beautiful Bayfront Park, fun games, exciting raffles and greatly amusing people and doggie contests like the “Look-Alike” and “Best Kisser” contests. There will be activities for children to take part in at the Kid’s Area, which will have a bounce house, “Paw”casso prints and even a mini petting zoo with many adorable, baby animals, hosted by the Zoological Wildlife Foundation.

Your pooch will have a dog-gone good time at the Doggie Fun Zone, where he or she will become an instant track star without any prior experience. This enclosed doggie racetrack gives your dog the chance to try something new and fun while dazzling the crowd with his/her athletic skills and agility! Finally, you definitely will not want to miss an entertaining performance by the incredible Purina Pro Plan Performance Team. Watch these amazingly talented and athletic canines perform incredible flying routines!

We are proud to have Commissioner Sally A. Heyman as our Grand Marshall and we are excited to have NBC6 meteorologist, Ryan Phillips, emcee the event for the eighth year, joined this year with Julie Guy, morning anchor at 101.5 LITE FM. Registration opens at 8:30AM, contests will take place at 9:30AM and the 30-minute stroll around the park, with or without a dog, begins at 10:00AM. You can walk as an individual or form a pack. For all those who are looking for a furry addition to add to the family, you will definitely want to pass by the Walk for the Animals Adoption Arena where puppies, kittens, dogs and cats from local rescue groups will be waiting to meet their forever families.

“This community fundraiser uses every dollar raised to care for the more than 400 homeless cats and dogs at our shelter and in our foster care program. The funds also help support our humane education and pet therapy programs, spay/neuter services and help us to make quality adoptions,” said Laurie Hoffman, Executive Director.

To date, Walk for the Animal Sponsors include: 101.5 LiteFM, Bayside Marketplace, Canine Counselors, Coffee Brake, Frames USA, Miami Parking Authority, NBC6, Patterson Veterinary, Pet Heaven, Pet Supermarket, Purina One, RKD Alpha Dog, Ryder Charitable Foundation, The Beach, The Flyer, The Miami Herald, The Shark, The Ticket, Zoetis, Zoological Wildlife Foundation.

Are you ready to walk the walk and show your support for the homeless dogs and cats in our community? If so, then grab your friends and family, both two-legged and four-legged, and join the Humane Society of Greater Miami at the 2016 Walk for the Animals!

For more information or to register for this worthwhile event, go to www.WalkForTheAnimalsMiami.com or call 305-749-1825.


PAWPURRAZZI TAKES THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF GREATER MIAMI TO SOUTH BEACH FOR AN EXUBERANT EVENING

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It is almost time for the most spectacular and premier party of the season: Pawpurrazzi! Driven by the love, devotion and direction of the amazing Chairmen, Pat and Milton Wallace and Bunny Bastian, and Honorary Chairman, Penny Stamps, this amazing event benefits the Humane Society of Greater Miami in the most unique and exciting way.

On Friday, January 22, 2016 at 7:00PM, more than 500 of our community’s most influential leaders, business owners and philanthropic donors and their dogs will come together at Jungle Island to enjoy an absolutely exuberant evening. Attendees will enjoy divine delicacies, great music, an exciting silent auction and a runway for our two-legged and four-legged friends. Fabulous cocktails will be available thanks to the generous contributions from Bacardi. And this year, The Doggie Bag Café will be treating our four-legged guests to a spectacular “pup”-tail lounge that will be serving three-meal doggie courses that will have your canines licking their bowls clean; no “doggie bag” needed! This year’s South Beach theme will add an ornate touch of sparkle and vibrancy to this modish, one-of-a-kind affair you will not want to miss!

Our attendees are animal lovers at heart who believe that every animal deserves a loving home. A “Who’s Who” list of dignitaries and businesses that are involved in making this event a huge success include: Penny and Roe Stamps; Alicia Celorio of Do Unto Others; Juan Lopez, Vice President and General Manager of Saks Fifth Avenue, Dadeland; Marisa Cisneros-Rizzon and Marcos Rizzon; Ann and Frank Rubino; Joyce and Skip Dickerson; Linda and Patrick McEnany; Jacquelyn and Jorge Munilla; The Victor and Emily D. Damiano Charitable Trust; Coconut Grove Gallery & Interiors; Ani and Ernesto De La Fe; Nancy Denison; Lola and Donald Jacobson; DJ and Steve Kerr; Irene Korge; Philip Levine; Ray Marchman and Joe Siolek; Northern Trust; Pet Supermarket; Alan Potamkin and Dr. Brigitt Rok; Anna Rentz; Gladys Rustan Hernando; Ryder Charitable Foundation; Nick Studds and Maria Michaels; Linda and Paul Sugrue; U.S. Trust; Sandy Zankl; just to name a few.

Tickets are $550, $750 or $1000 per person and table prices range from $5,500 to $7,500 to $10,000 per table; dogs are our guests.  Last year, more than $550,000 was raised to help care for the 400 homeless animals in our care daily.

To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact Laurie Hoffman at 305-749-1815 or [email protected].

 


The 4th Annual “Holiday Lights for the Animals” Brings Joy and Cheer to the Homeless Animals at the Humane Society of Greater Miami!

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Oh what fun was had at this year’s 4th annual Holiday Lights for the Animals! It was great to see so many great friends and families come by the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s Soffer and Fine Adoption Center to celebrate the holidays with our furry friends while enjoying delicious treats and great holiday fun.

The afternoon was filled with joyous cheer as children frolicked around the shelter completing an exciting scavenger hunt and enjoyed delicious treats and hot chocolate. Visitors enjoyed magical musical performances by the students of Fulford Elementary School, Holy Cross Lutheran School and the Voices of Cushman School choir. It was very exciting to have the Mayor of North Miami Beach, George Vallejo, and Vice Mayor, Phyllis Smith, visit the shelter and introduce each school. The final performance by the Voices of Cushman School choir had an exciting guest performer as Santa “Paws,” himself, joined in to sing “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”. It was a grand finale, indeed!

We would like to thank the following people and companies for their generous contributions to our Holiday Lights for the Animals: Allied Paper Company, Costco, Edible Arrangements, Exquisite Catering, Frank Rudisill, The Fresh Market, The Home Depot of North Miami Beach and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Station 22.


CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAY SEASON AND THE COMPANIONSHIP OF ANIMALS AT TOMORROW’S

“HOLIDAY LIGHTS FOR THE ANIMALS” EVENT!

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The Humane Society of Greater Miami invites your family to kick off the holiday season at our annual Holiday Lights for the Animals event this Saturday, December 5th for a tree lighting celebration! From 4:00pm to 7:00pm our Soffer and Fine Adoption Center will be jingling with good ol’ holiday fun for the whole family, including delicious holiday cookies, creamy hot chocolate and marshmallows, magical holiday caroling and an exciting scavenger hunt with fun prizes for children. Finally, relish in the excitement that comes with the arrival of Santa “Paws” on the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Station 22 truck as the shelter becomes illuminated and shines a light of hope to celebrate the joy and companionship of animals!

We would like to thank the following people and companies for their generous contributions to our Holiday Lights for the Animals: Allied Paper Company, Costco, David Bernie, Edible Arrangements, Exquisite Catering, Frank Rudisill, Fulford Elementary School, Holy Cross Lutheran School, The Fresh Market, The Home Depot of North Miami Beach, Voices of Cushman School choir.

Admission is free and great fun and family cheer is a guarantee!

WHO: Humane Society of Greater Miami

WHAT:  4th annual Holiday Lights for the Animals

WHEN: Saturday, December 05, 2015 4:00pm – 7:00pm

WHERE: The Humane Society of Greater Miami’s Soffer and Fine Adoption Center located at 16101 W. Dixie Highway in North Miami Beach.


This Year’s “Brunch for the Animals” Rains Dogs and More Dogs!

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Picured(left to right): Brooke Soffer, Don Soffer; Isaac Rosenberg, Amy Zakarin, Laurie Hoffman with Marble, Alan Randolph with Ranger and Steven Rodriguez with Ella; Ann King, Lourdes Martinez with Bella, Bronwyn Miller, Irene Korge, Hayley Sloman, Debbie Young

What a fabulous turnout there was at this year’s Brunch for the Animals held on November 22nd at the chic Fontainebleau Miami Beach! Despite the intermittent showers, close to 400 attendees and their dogs enjoyed the exquisite brunch and exciting silent auction, all benefitting the Humane Society of Greater Miami. It was truly a wonderful sight to see the attendees delighted in an afternoon of great fun and camaraderie.

The event host committee included: Michele Addison, Lana and Michael Bernstein, Angela and Louis Birdman, Sam Blum, Mariana and Simon Cruz, Irene  Korge, Suzanne and Todd Legon, Lesley Lyons-Monahan, Harvey Daniels and Sabine Otamendi, Perry Ellis International, Laura and Jay Parker, James Provencher, Megan Riley, Adam and Brooke Rosenfeld, Durée and Dwayne Ross, Brigitt Rok, Kane Sarhan, Hayley Sloman, Michael Comras and Daniela Swaebe, Judge Bronwyn Miller and Maury Udell, Deborah Young and Elizabeth Van Walleghem.

This year’s Brunch for the Animals raised close to $100,000! A special thank you to the chairs of the event:  Alan G. Randolph, Steven Rodriguez, Amy Zakarin and Isaac Rosenberg, for making this year’s brunch an absolutely memorable one. We are also very appreciative of all of the help and support from Lisa Petrillo, Entertainment and Lifestyle Reporter for CBS4, who emceed, and the following sponsors who helped make the event a great success:  Brooke Soffer, Fontainebleau Miami Beach, C1 Bank, Do Unto Others, Edlen Electric, Eventstar, Gloria Estefan Foundation, Karla Conceptual Event Experiences, Southern Audio Visual, Square One Branding, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, CBS4 and Zakarin Martinez Public Relations.


HOLIDAY LIGHTS FOR THE ANIMALS

A festive time at the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s Soffer & Fine’s Adoption Center

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You’ll be rockin’ around the Christmas tree and the Menorah during the annual Holiday Lights for the Animals event. The walls of our Soffer and Fine Adoption Center will surely be decked and ready to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with all of our four-legged friends on Saturday, December 5th from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.

There will be plenty of entertainment and Yuletide fun for the whole family! Children will enjoy frolicking around our shelter to take part in exciting and festive activities, like a very merry scavenger hunt, which includes stopping by the kissing booth to get a kiss from one of our precious pooches under the mistletoe. The whole family will relish in holiday cheer as they delight in performances and savory treats, like delicious hot chocolate with mini marshmallows, holiday cookies, cupcakes and much more. You will not want to miss the arrival of Santa “Paws” on the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue truck from the 22nd station as the shelter becomes illuminated with twinkly holiday lights; the perfect ending to the jolliest holiday celebration of the season!

WHO: Humane Society of Greater Miami

WHAT:  4th annual Holiday Lights for the Animals

WHEN: Saturday, December 05, 2015 4:00pm – 7:00pm

WHERE: The Humane Society of Greater Miami’s Soffer and Fine Adoption Center located at 16101 W. Dixie Highway in North Miami Beach.

The 4th annual Holiday Lights for the Animals event is a celebratory event for our annual fundraising campaign for our Humane Society of Greater Miami. This year, the campaign will directly benefit our Second Chance Fund, a fund developed to pay for treatments and services that are above and beyond the standard preventive vaccines and medical care that every animal receives and for services that are not available through our own clinics. This commitment to the health of our animals is possible because of support from generous people like youWe hope you can make a donation to our Second Chance Fund to help the animals in need. You may use this opportunity to make a holiday gift in honor or memory of someone you love. A $20 donation will illuminate one light or candle. You can set a strand of lights aglow for $100; illuminate a wreath or menorah for $200; or light an entire tree for $500!

Please join us for the lighting of the trees and menorahs, refreshments, caroling, and the arrival of Santa “Paws” on December 5th while we celebrate the joy and companionship of animals!


PAWPURRAZZI TAKES THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF GREATER MIAMI TO SOUTH BEACH FOR AN EXUBERANT EVENING

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It is that time of year again; time for the most spectacular and premier party of the season: Pawpurrazzi! Driven by the love, devotion and direction of the amazing Chairmen, Pat and Milton Wallace and Bunny Bastian, and Honorary Chairman, Penny Stamps, this amazing event benefits the Humane Society of Greater Miami in the most unique and exciting way.

On Friday, January 22, 2016 at 7:00PM, more than 500 of our community’s most influential leaders, business owners and philanthropic donors and their dogs will come together at Jungle Island to enjoy an absolutely exuberant evening. Attendees will enjoy divine delicacies, great music, an exciting silent auction and a runway for our two-legged and four-legged friends. This year’s South Beach theme will add an ornate touch of sparkle and vibrancy to this modish, one-of-a-kind affair you will not want to miss!

Our attendees are animal lovers at heart who believe that every animal deserves a loving home. A “Who’s Who” list of dignitaries and businesses that are involved in making this event a huge success include: Penny and Roe Stamps; Alicia Celorio of Do Unto Others; Juan Lopez, Vice President and General Manager of Saks Fifth Avenue, Dadeland; Marisa Cisneros-Rizzon and Marcos Rizzon; Ann and Frank Rubino; Linda and Patrick McEnany; The Munilla Family Foundation; The Victor and Emily D. Damiano Charitable Trust; Coconut Grove Gallery & Interiors; Ani and Ernesto De La Fe; Nancy Denison; Joyce and Skip Dickerson; Gupta Wealth Management; Lola and Donald Jacobson; DJ and Steve Kerr; Irene Korge; Martaligia and Carlos Lopez-Cantera; Ray Marchman and Joe Siolek; Northern Trust; Alan Potamkin and Dr. Brigitt Rok; Gladys Rustan Hernando; Ryder Charitable Foundation; Michael Studds and Maria Michaels; Linda and Paul Sugrue; U.S. Trust; Sandy Zankl; just to name a few.

Tickets are $550, $750 or $1000 per person and table prices range from $5,500 to $7,500 to $10,000 per table; dogs are our guests.  Last year, more than $550,000 were raised to help care for the 400 homeless animals in our care daily.

To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact Laurie Hoffman at 305-749-1815 or [email protected].

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SUPPORT THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF GREATER MIAMI ON GIVE MIAMI DAY

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NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL – November 4, 2015 – The Humane Society of Greater Miami is proud to be a participant in the fourth annual Give Miami Day, the biggest annual giving event in South Florida. This 24-hour online giving event brings the community together to help more than 500 nonprofit organizations carry out their missions and ensure the community’s needs are met. Starting at midnight on November 19, 2015, individuals may visit the Give Miami Day website, www.givemiamiday.org, and make a charitable gift to our Humane Society of Greater Miami.

“We are so grateful to The Miami Foundation for including us in this philanthropic day of giving,” says Laurie Hoffman, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Greater Miami. “This year, we are more excited than ever to partner up with the Marlins Ayudan team as part of the Miami Marlins’ Day of Service and Philanthropy. Marlins Blue Shirts will not only be ambassadors for raising donations to our Humane Society during this giving day, but they will also be participating in hands-on volunteer activities with our puppies, kittens, dogs and cats at the Soffer and Fine Adoption Center during the day.”

In addition to the generous donations received from the thousands of individuals in the community, The Miami Foundation, Knight Foundation and other partners will be making a bonus gift for every donation between $25 and $10,000 received through givemiamiday.org, maximizing the philanthropic impact of the day’s contributions.

In 2014, the Humane Society of Greater Miami made great strides in connecting more than 3,250 pets with forever families, educating more than 12,000 children on responsible pet ownership through our Humane Education program and providing preventative care for more than 50,000 dogs and cats at our North and South Dade clinics. With the support of the community during Give Miami Day, the Humane Society can place even more cats and dogs into loving homes and provide even more pet ownership and spay/neuter programs. It is only with your help that we can continue to provide shelter, food and veterinary care for the homeless pets in the community.

Join the movement on November 19th and help the Humane Society of Greater Miami create a more kind, just and loving community for the pets and people of Miami-Dade County. To learn more visit www.givemiamiday.org.


FOR THE THIRD YEAR IN A ROW, THE SPECTACULAR FONTAINEBLEAU MIAMI BEACH IS UNDERWRITING THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF GREATER MIAMI’S BRUNCH FOR THE ANIMALS ON SUNDAY NOVEMBER 22, 2015

In its 19th year, this event promises to be bigger and better than ever

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MIAMI BEACH, FL – October 30, 2015 – Sunday brunch is always a culinary treat. But when you can take your best furry friend along it is the best! And, if you have never been to the Brunch for the Animals you are really missing out. Presented and hosted by the Fontainebleau Miami Beach for the third year on Sunday, November 22, 2015, this event combines an array of scrumptious and gourmet food for the dogs and their owners, as well as fabulous shopping, great fun and camaraderie in an elegant, picture perfect garden setting. It is a truly magical afternoon!

The Humane Society of Greater Miami’s Brunch for the Animals takes place annually to raise funds for the care, medical treatment and shelter of more than 400 animals on a daily basis. Always scheduled right before the holidays, guests will be able to start their holiday shopping early at an exciting silent auction and enjoy many of the Fontainebleau hotel retailers. We are honored to have Alan G. Randolph, Steven Rodriguez, Amy Zakarin and Isaac Rosenberg as Chairs of the event. Lisa Petrillo, Entertainment and Lifestyle Reporter for CBS4, will emcee the event.

Our fabulous hosts for the Brunch for the Animals are: Michele Addison, Lana and Michael Bernstein, Angela and Louis Birdman, Sam Blum, Mariana and Simon Cruz, Irene  Korge, Suzanne and Todd Legon, Lesley Lyons-Monahan, Jackie and Jorge Munilla, Harvey Daniels and Sabine Otamendi, Perry Ellis International, Laura and Jay Parker, James Provencher, Megan Riley, Adam and Brooke Rosenfeld, Durée and Dwayne Ross, Brigitt Rok, Kane Sarhan, Hayley Sloman, Michael Comras and Daniela Swaebe, Judge Bronwyn Miller and Maury Udell, Elena Vertlib, Deborah Young and Elizabeth Van Walleghem.

To date, Brunch for the Animals sponsors include: Brooke Soffer, Fontainebleau Miami Beach, C1 Bank, Edlen Electric, Eventstar, Gloria Estefan Foundation, Karla Conceptual Event Experiences, Southern Audio Visual, Square One Branding, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, CBS4 and Zakarin Martinez Public Relations. Tickets for the event are $200 per person and $50 per child ages three to ten. There is no charge for the stars of the event, our dogs!

The Humane Society of Greater Miami is dedicated to placing every dog and cat into a loving home, and to promoting responsible pet ownership and spay/neuter programs.

For more information call Dani at 305-749-1825 or email [email protected].


 

FLORIDA ANIMAL FRIEND GRANT AWARD HELPS HUMANE SOCIETY OF GREATER MIAMI SPAY/NEUTER MORE SOUTH FLORIDA PETS

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NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL – September 29, 2015 – The Humane Society of Greater Miami is honored to have been chosen as a 2015 recipient for the Florida Animal Friends annual grant award. The $25,000 grant will go towards providing spay and neuter services for the pets of low-income South Florida residents in the zip code areas 33161 and 33162. This great assistance will bring our community one step closer to ending the problem of pet overpopulation.

“We are so thankful to have received this grant from Florida Animal Friends. The funds allow us to provide the low-income residents of our community with these services for their pets while simultaneously reducing the pet overpopulation,” says Laurie Hoffman, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Greater Miami. Approximately 850 surgeries can be performed using this grant.

In order to help Florida Animal Friends continue to do everything they do for animals across the state, we strongly encourage all animal lovers to purchase a Florida Animal Friends license plate. Every license plate purchase ensures additional funding for low cost or no cost spay/neuter programs in Florida. By purchasing a tag you are saving the life of a furry friend in need.

Show your support by bringing your pet to our North Clinic, located at 16101 West Dixie Highway in North Miami Beach, to get spayed or neutered and by purchasing a beautiful Florida Animal Friend license plate today!

To make an appointment to spay or neuter your pet, please call 305-749-1827 or visit www.humanesocietymiami.org.

To purchase your special license plate, visit http://floridaanimalfriend.org/purchase-a-tag/.

 


 

THE ASPCA®, THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF GREATER MIAMI, MIAMI-DADE ANIMAL SERVICES AND THE CAT NETWORK WILL TEAM UP ONCE AGAIN TO HOST A

24 HR MEGA MATCH-A-THON PET ADOPTION EVENT

(Who will you take home?)

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Friday, September 25, 2015 – It’s here again! It’s really big; it’s humongous; it’s colossal; it’s immense. And it’s every animal lover’s fantasy come true. Miami’s 24 HR Mega Match-A-Thon, presented by Subaru, will be a true Midnight Marathon. The event will start at 11:59pm on Friday, October 9th and carry on non-stop, or until all animals are adopted, till 11:59pm on Saturday, October 10th! The Humane Society of Greater Miami, Miami-Dade Animal Services and The Cat Network, together with rescue groups from all over South Florida, will host the event at Tropical Park, located at 7900 Bird Road, in Miami.

Potential adopters will have the opportunity to meet, fall in love with and adopt one or more of dozens of adorable cats, kittens, dogs and puppies at low fees and in a fun and exciting race themed atmosphere. The marathon adoption of puppies and kitties will kick-off the festivities at midnight!

Bring the entire family! There will be a Kid’s Festival and fun games for children of all ages, as well as live entertainment and refreshments by a variety performers and vendors. To make sure that no one goes home hungry, there will be a great selection of food trucks offering a delicious variety of food.

As part of the ASPCA® Miami-Dade Community Partnership, Miami-Dade County Animal Services, the Humane Society of Greater Miami and The Cat Network, Inc. received a grant funding to participate in the 2015 ASPCA® Mega Match-a-thon event, presented by Subaru, as part of large-scale adoption events held simultaneously nationwide in an effort to save more lives of shelter animals.

We are very excited to once again partake in the Mega Match-a-thon and enrich the lives of so many families by bringing these wonderful pets into their homes and their hearts,” said Laurie Hoffman, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Greater Miami. “The more we adopt, the more we can save!”

To get involved or for more information about the Mega pet Adoption Event, please visit the partner websites: animals.miamidade.gov, humanesocietymiami.org and thecatnetwork.org.

Humane Society of Greater Miami
The Humane Society of Greater Miami is a limited admit, adoption guarantee facility dedicated to placing every dog and cat in our care into a loving home, and to promoting responsible pet ownership and spay/neuter programs. Adoption guarantee simply means that every animal under our care is safe from the threat of euthanasia for as long as it takes to find them a forever family. We have been helping homeless animals in Miami-Dade County since 1936.

Miami Dade Animal Services
Unlike limited admission facilities, Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department (Animal Services) takes in all abandoned pets to its shelter providing care and refuge for approximately 500 pets weekly (over 27,000 per year). Every day, Animal Services staff and volunteers work diligently to find life-long homes for these abandoned animals by facilitating onsite adoptions, hosting off-site adoption at events and locations throughout the community, and working collaboratively with over 70 rescue organizations who share in our goal of a No Kill Miami-Dade County.

The Cat Network

The Cat Network, Inc. is a 501(c)3, Florida not-for-profit corporation dedicated to humanely reducing cat overpopulation by educating the public about the need to sterilize their pets and strays; providing access to low-cost spay/neuter services for stray, homeless and abandoned cats; helping members in their efforts to place adoptable cats in loving homes; and advocating non-lethal population control and humane public policy.


OK2SPAY MAKES AN ENCORE PERFORMANCE AT THE MIAMI-DADE COUNTY COMMUNITY SPAY NEUTER CLINIC!

 MIAMI, FL—September 10, 2015— Encore, encore! Thanks to a very generous donation received, the Humane Society of Greater Miami is able to give the community the opportunity to take advantage of something they so appreciate and need: an extension on the OK2Spay offer. For an extended, but limited time, people can still take advantage of drastically reduced spay and neuter prices for their pets at our clinic located in Cutler Bay; only $15 for cats and $30 for dogs. This deal also includes the rabies vaccine.

During the months of June, July and August, our Miami-Dade County Community Spay Neuter Clinic had a record number of dogs and cats receiving the low-cost services, with more than 1,200 spay and neuter surgeries performed. Due to the overwhelming response of families requesting appointments to spay and neuter their pets with the OK2Spay special, we have extended the offer once more.

“It is so exciting to be able to offer our OK2Spay deal for such a long period of time this year,” says Laurie Hoffman, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Greater Miami. “If you have not yet taken your dog or cat to get spayed or neutered, there is still time to bring them to the Miami-Dade County Community Spay Neuter Clinic located at 10700 SW 211 Street in Cutler Bay and take advantage of this great deal. We encourage everyone to share the news with their friends and families, as well, so that they can use these low-cost services before the funds deplete and the deal is no longer available.”

The Say OK2Spay special provides the community the opportunity to get involved in helping our Miami-Dade County overcome pet overpopulation. Appointments may be scheduled online by visiting www.humanesocietymiami.org or by calling 305-749-1854. Don’t delay; call today and Say OK2Spay!


 

LIFE AFTER FINDING LOVE

Happy Tails from the cats of the Humane Society of Greater Miami who found forever homes after the start of the “Finding Love – Cat Ambassadors” program

Love is patient; love is kind; but sometimes love is hard to find. At the Humane Society of Greater Miami, we strive to help each of our four-legged friends find their forever human loves. For some of our animals, happily ever after comes along in no time. For others, unfortunately, a “happy tail” ending is not exactly right around the corner. These animals are not necessarily less lovable or adoptable than the others; they just need an extra push to help connect them with their perfect match.

Thanks to the Finding Love – Cat Ambassadors program, long-time feline residents at the Soffer and Fine Adoption Center are finally seeing sparks fly and are being adopted by families they can call their own. The program gives animal lovers, who may not be able to adopt, themselves, a chance to help promote the cats of the shelter that could use the extra effort in finding a home. Since the start of the program, almost half of these cats have been adopted and are living purr-fect lives that prove it is never too late to find love.

“Love is blind” took a whole new meaning for Dajae, who fell “head over paws” at the first sight of our kitty, Cookies and Cream, who is blind. After taking her home to begin their lives together, Dajae gave this special needs cat a much needed place where she can finally come out of her shell. Timid meows and frightful hideaways were quickly replaced with meows for attention and head butts to the hand for a scratch on the back. Almost two months have passed since she was adopted, and her life could not be better. The void in Cookies and Cream’s heart is now filled. She is finally at peace and even more importantly, she is home!

 

Sweet Aria, who had a significantly longer stay at the Soffer and Fine Adoption Center, Aria at homealso shares a wonderfully happy tail with her hero, Jillian. After having spent more than two years at the shelter, Aria is finally making the most of her time with her wonderful mom in her brand new home. Ever since she brought her home, Aria has given Jillian nothing but unconditional love and affection. “Her purrs and cuddles fill my heart with so much happiness every single day,” says Jillian. She has become the perfect lap cat and cannot stand to spend a second away from her mommy, scratching at any door that separates them until she is let in and nestled by her side again. A truly loyal companion, Aria has devoted her attention to Jillian, who says that she could not have asked for a more fantastic feline.

 

And who can forget about precious Carrie, who arrived at the shelter in 2011 and after spending more than 1,300 days with us, finally found a special place to call her own. No longer does Carrie stare out the window of her little room hoping somebody will finally come in and choose her. Instead, she spends her days gazing out the window of her OWN humble abode, admiring the beautiful wonders of nature while also keeping watch for any unexpected intruders. Carrie is happy to call herself the protector of her hero, Desire. After all the time she spent in the shelter being overlooked by everyone who came in, Carrie now makes sure her presence is always known and that she is included in all household activities each and every day. Thanks to the program, she is living life to the fullest in her forever home.

 

By promoting the cats of the program in their own unique ways, our ambassadors have proven to change the lives of not only the cats it sponsors, but also the lives of people with whom they are connected. Another adopted cat of the Finding Love – Cat Ambassadors program, Brandon and his owner, James, are a perfect depiction of this.

After the loss of his dear cat of many years, James knew he wanted another cat, but wanted to wait a bit before he began his search. After what seemed like an eternity of searching, James finally came across a picture of Brandon, a 10-year-old, black and white beauty and the oldest cat in the Cat Ambassadors program. From the moment he laid his eyes on Brandon he knew that was the cat for him. “My search for the perfect cat took longer than I would have liked, but in the end it worked out perfectly. I was SUPPOSED to wait for Brandon, and there he was!” says James, who has already introduced his neighbors to his wonderful new addition to the family. Today, Brandon is happier than ever in his new home where he enjoys nightly treats and cuddles from James, who, by the way, has told us he intends on “spoiling him rotten.”

These breathtaking “happy tails” make every effort to promote our cats worthwhile; each poster more valuable; each social media post more special; and each t-shirt absolutely priceless. The efforts of each and every Cat Ambassador are admirable and the possibilities for lending a hand to help these needy paws are limitless. The members of Think Petsitive, a Facebook page that promotes responsible pet ownership and the importance of pet adoption, most certainly did not limit themselves when it came to the number of pets they chose to promote. So far, they have acted as ambassadors for three of our special kitties (two of which have already been adopted). This month, Think Petsitive’s Facebook profile picture features our lovely Victoria, who after two years is still waiting to find a forever family.

Inspired by the amazing stories you just read about? You, too, can be a hero and join the Finding Love – Cat Ambassadors program. It can be as easy as the click of a button; and need we remind you how oh-so rewarding it can be? For more information or to get involved in the program, please call 305-749-1807 or email [email protected].

 


PARTY WITH A PURPOSE AND CELEBRATE NATIONAL DOG DAY AT A “YAPPY HOUR”!

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NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL — Friday, August 21, 2015 – National Dog Day is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than taking your dog out to a “yappy hour.” On Wednesday, August 26th, Tito’s Handmade Vodka will be hosting a National Dog Day Yappy Hour at Bougainvillea’s Old Florida Tavern, also known as Bougies. From 6:00pm to 9:00pm, Bougies will be filled with doggie-friendly deals that will have you and your furry, four-legged friend howling for more!

For humans, Tito’s Handmade Vodka mixed cocktails will be available for $4 and 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Greater Miami. Bougies bar will also be donating a percentage of its beer and liquor sales to the Humane Society. Attendees have the chance to enter an exciting raffle with many great prizes, like a Tito’s Handmade Vodka gift basket, a BarkBox gift box and gift cards to select stores.

Let us not forget about our furry friends! Dogs can have their very own “Paw”casso Paw Prints made to take home and keep as a memory. There will also be many doggie-friendly vendors with give-aways and special offers at this special event, including Pooch Perks, Cynjo Pet Boutique and The Doggie Bag Café. Each vendor will be giving a percentage of their proceeds to the Humane Society of Greater Miami. Come join us for a night to remember in celebration of all of our furry friends!

 

WHO:               Tito’s Handmade Vodka benefitting the Humane Society of Greater Miami

WHEN:             Wednesday, August 26th from 6:00pm till 9:00pm

WHERE:           Bougainvillea’s Old Florida Tavern, 7221 SW 58th Avenue, South Miami, FL 33143

WHAT:              Yappy Hour to support the animals in need and pet adoptions from the Humane Society

 


 

ROCK-A-BYE KITTY AT THE HUMANE SOCIETY’S “KITTEN BABY SHOWER”

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NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL—August 20, 2015— Did you know that last year the Humane Society of Greater Miami saved 350 neonatal kittens? This amazing accomplishment could not have been possible without the care received from our wonderful foster families. On Saturday, August 22nd, the Humane Society of Greater Miami will be holding the very first ever “Kitten Baby Shower,” where you can learn everything you need to know to become a superstar foster parent, too!

The “Kitten Baby Shower” will be held at 2:00pm at the Soffer and Fine Adoption Center. At this event, you will not only learn the important points to being a foster parent, you will receive hands-on training for taking care of neonatal kittens (kittens under six weeks of age), from bottle feeding to play time. Our foster care coordinator, along with the help of experienced volunteers, will be helping you every step of the way as you gain the skills needed to be a foster hero.

As a foster parent, you can help save sweet kittens by providing them with the care and love they require in their first few weeks of life as they are too small to stay in the shelter overnight. The Humane Society of Greater Miami provides every foster with all of the essential supplies needed for proper care as the kittens develop and mature, such as bottles, formula, litter and blankets; that way, they can focus their attention on giving the kitties unconditional love and a proper home in which they can grow.

In addition to a foster orientation, there will also be a donation drive at the event. We welcome any donation of supplies necessary to care for the kitties. These supplies include KMR powder formula, blankets, replacement nipples for bottles and beds. The more supplies we have, the more kitties we can save!

They say that happiness is warming a kitten with your heart, and what better way to experience this feeling than by fostering a precious little kitten. Being a foster parent to a kitten in need presents a very special opportunity to make a difference in a pet’s life. Join us and become a foster hero!


“CLEAR THE SHELTERS” EVENT LITERALLY CLEARS THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF GREATER MIAMI!

NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL—August 19, 2015—Saturday’s “Clear the Shelters” event proved to be a truly incredible day for animal lovers. Starting early that morning, people across the United States visited their local shelters in search of their perfect, furry match. The Humane Society of Greater Miami was one of four participating shelters in South Florida and one of 400 participating shelters nation-wide. By the end of the day, a grand total of 18,489 animals went home with forever families, thanks to this adoption event spearheaded by NBC Owned Television Stations and Telemundo Stations Group.

“We are ecstatic to see so many of our animals finally go home with families they can call their own,” says Laurie Hoffman, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Greater Miami. The staff and volunteers of the organization were extremely pleased to witness a total of 71 cat and dog adoptions throughout the day. “Our shelter is almost completely “clear” and that is a problem we do not mind having!”

The efforts by NBC Owned Television Stations and Telemundo Stations Group to connect pets across the country with forever families are deeply appreciated by the shelters involved and animal lovers alike. Every pet deserves a loving and permanent home and “Clear the Shelters” provided an impactful solution to getting each and every one of them there. To view some of the memories made at the event, visit https://www.facebook.com/HumaneSociety305 and check out the “Clear the Shelters 2015” album.

 


“CLEAR THE SHELTERS” EVENT JUST ONE DAY AWAY!

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NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL—August 14, 2015—“Clear the Shelters” is just hours away, and the Humane Society of Greater Miami, along with several other shelters across South Florida, is geared up and ready to kick-off the weekend with adoptions and happy tails. This event is organized in partnership with NBC Owned Television Stations and Telemundo Stations Group and sponsored nationally by Overstock.com.

From 10:00am to 6:00pm, we will be waiving adoption fees for all dogs, cats, puppies and kittens; adopters must only pay for the county tag and microchip. All dogs must leave to their forever homes with a collar and leash, and all cats must leave with a collar, which can be purchased at our shelter’s pet boutique. All adopters can finish their special day by capturing their first moments with their new pet at a mini photo shoot, provided by My Perfect Pet Photography.

“We cannot wait to see all of the happy tail endings that will unfold throughout the day,” says Laurie Hoffman, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Greater Miami. “We hope that tomorrow will make a vast difference in many lives, human and animal!” Help us clear the shelter by making adoption your only option. Each adoption represents a new life that can be saved. Unconditional love is guaranteed!

WHO:               The Humane Society of Greater Miami

WHAT:              “Clear the Shelters”

WHERE:           16101 W. Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach, FL 33160

WHEN:             Saturday, August 15, 2015 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

For more information about the national pet adoption drive, visit www.ClearTheShelters.com. You can follow on Twitter by using the hashtag #ClearTheShelters and #DesocuparAlbergues. To learn more about the animals at the Humane Society of Greater Miami please call 305-696-0800 or visit www.humanesocietymiami.org


 

THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF GREATER MIAMI AND FINDING ROVER JOIN FORCES TO REUNITE DOGS WITH THEIR OWNERS

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NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL—August 14, 2015— The Humane Society of Greater Miami is thrilled to announce its new and exciting partnership with Finding Rover; and what better time to introduce the integration of this family-reuniting technology than during the Clear the Shelters adoption event this Saturday, August 15th.

Finding Rover is the latest social media based application that helps reunite lost dogs with their owners using advanced Facial Recognition capabilities. Now, every dog adopted from our shelter will already be pre-registered in the Finding Rover database. Adopters can then register themselves for free and simply transfer their new pet to his or her own Finding Rover account. If the dog is ever lost, reconnecting them with their family will be a snap.

“We are very excited to integrate this app in our system of finding homes for the animals that enter our shelter,” says Laurie Hoffman, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Greater Miami. “We hope that Finding Rover will help us reconnect many lost dogs who are trying to find their way back home with their owners, and produce even more heartwarming happy tails.”

We highly encourage everyone to join the Finding Rover Community. It provides another great tool for not only connecting lost dogs with their rightful owners, but also uniting more homeless dogs with forever families through their adoptable pets search platform.

To register for Finding Rover, simply download the app to your Apple or Android device or access it through the website, www.FindingRover.com. You can also learn more about the app and its success stories at http://www.findingrover.com/blog/.


 

COMMUNITY COMES TOGETHER TO GET HUMANE SOCIETY VANS BACK ON THE ROAD!

Thank You A heartfelt “thank you” from the Humane Society of Greater Miami Team to everybody who lent a hand in the time of need!

 

NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL—August 12, 2015—The Humane Society of Greater Miami received an overwhelming response after eight out of nine of its vans were vandalized and left completely inoperable on Wednesday, August 6th. The community’s reaction was immediate, with several different businesses and individuals jumping to help the animal welfare organization recover from the damages.

“We are extremely grateful for the outpouring of support received from the community,” says Laurie Hoffman, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Greater Miami. “In a matter of just a few days, all of our vans are back on the premises and fully functional! We couldn’t have done this without the help of some very kind, generous people and their businesses. Nick Cassidy of Interstate Batteries donated all of the batteries and cables needed and AAA Auto Services donated all of their time to install the parts. The team effort by these three businesses got the vans back on the road and ready to make up for lost time,” reported Hoffman.

The kind gestures did not end there. Entercom’s radio stations, 101.5 LITE FM, Magic 102.7 and The Ticket, each offered a van with a driver; and we were able to use one, which drove the staff around the community to take care of everyday business while the vans were being repaired. This allowed many kittens to be transported to Pet Supermarket stores in order to facilitate adoptions. The kind people at Ryder System, Inc. also provided one of their own vans for temporary use during this time of need. In addition to the financial donations and services received, the owner of Florida Video and Security, Inc., Mike Calvet, offered to donate a new and improved camera security system.

Thanks to all the help of the community, the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s eight vans are back on the road and the organization is back to operating at its full capacity. “Many heartfelt thanks to all the businesses who helped us, all the businesses and people who offered to help and all the people who made financial donations,” says Hoffman. “Every day we rely on the community for support and to help fulfill our mission, however, last week was extraordinary. So many acts of kindness for the animals are truly appreciated!”

 

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Staff unloading food for the shelter animals from a truck loaned, free of charge, by Ryder.
LITE FM DonationThanks to the driver and van loaned by our dear friends at 101.5 LITE FM, we were able to transfer some of our kitties to Pet Supermarket stores to facilitate adoptions.

 

CLEAR THE SHELTERS EVENT TO SWEEP THROUGH SOUTH FLORIDA ANIMAL SHELTERS

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NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL—August 6, 2015—The biggest and most exciting adoption event is coming to a South Florida shelter near you!  On August 15, 2015, the Humane Society of Greater Miami and several other shelters across South Florida and the United States will be waiving adoption fees for its pets in honor of “Clear the Shelters” day. This one-day, nationwide event was initiated last year in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in an effort to place all sheltered pets into forever homes. Today, the event is organized in partnership with NBC Owned Television Stations and Telemundo Stations Group and sponsored nationally by Overstock.com. Last year, Clear the Shelters event resulted in the adoption of more than 2,200 homeless animals. This year, we hope we can surpass that number through the involvement of South Florida shelters.

“We are very eager to be a part of such an amazing event that focuses on placing as many animals as possible into permanent, loving homes,” says Laurie Hoffman, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Greater Miami. “We would love nothing more than to “clear the shelter” and see each and every one of our animals go home with their forever families. To know that they can finally enjoy the simple pleasures in life, like a cuddle on the couch or a car ride to their favorite park, would be such a gratifying feeling. Thanks to this great effort spearheaded by NBCUniversal-owned TV stations, a happy tail ending is that much closer for our sheltered pets.” More than 400 dogs, cats, puppies and kittens are cared for by the Humane Society of Greater Miami every day.

Clear the Shelters is sure to be a day full of fun and happiness at the Humane Society of Greater Miami. Besides waived adoption fees for dogs and cats, there will be food, refreshments and music for the whole family to enjoy. The boutique will also be offering special discounts on its fabulous products from leashes to shampoos to apparel for animal lovers. Finally, to capture all of the incredible memories of each family’s first moments with their new, furry friend, there will be a photo studio on site brought to you by My Perfect Pet Photography.

The Humane Society of Greater Miami is an adoption guarantee shelter that does not euthanize due to time, space or treatable medical issues; so many of the resident dogs and cats have spent a very long time at the Soffer and Fine Adoption Center and have yet to find a forever home. Clear the Shelters day offers these long-timers, as well as all of the other pets of the shelter, a special opportunity for a chance at being united with their lifetime, human companions. It is the perfect day to drop by the shelter and be a hero while enriching your life with unconditional love!

WHO:               The Humane Society of Greater Miami

WHAT:             Clear the Shelters

WHERE:           16101 W. Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach, FL 33160

WHEN:             Saturday, August 15, 2015 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

 

For more information about the national pet adoption drive, visit www.ClearTheShelters.com. You can follow on Twitter by using the hashtag #ClearTheShelters and #DesocuparAlbergues. To learn more about the animals at the Humane Society of Greater Miami please call 305-696-0800 or visit www.humanesocietymiami.org


 

EIGHT TRANSPORT VANS VANDALIZED AT THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF GREATER MIAMI

NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL—August 5, 2015—Overnight, eight out of nine vehicles belonging to the Humane Society of Greater Miami were vandalized. The destructive acts occurred sometime around 1:00AM to the vehicles parked in the parking lot of the shelter, as well as in an adjacent parking lot, which offers the space to the organization free of charge. It is not known who committed this crime, but police are reviewing footage caught on surveillance cameras. It is clear that the person who vandalized the vans did everything in their power to ensure that the vehicles were completely inoperable. The hoods were forced open, all of the batteries were removed and vital cables were cut. “We are utterly devastated about what has happened,” says Laurie Hoffman, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Greater Miami. “We cannot understand why somebody would destroy property that is not theirs, especially when the property is used to help the lives of animals in need daily.”

This act of vandalism has presented a great hardship for the Humane Society of Greater Miami because it prevents the organization from performing its normal, daily operations requiring transport. Animals cannot be taken to hospitals to receive emergency care that its own medical team cannot provide; pets cannot be transferred to our partner, Pet Supermarket, to be put up for adoption; and food and necessary pet supplies cannot be transported to the shelter. The Humane Society will suffer significantly in its ability to care for and to help animals in need.

The defacement of the vans has crippled the organization tremendously. Aside from presenting a burden to daily operations, it has also presented a huge financial burden. The organization will now be facing thousands of dollars in costs for fixing the vehicles. Now, more than ever, the Humane Society of Greater Miami could use all the help they can get. Any donation is greatly appreciated, whether it is a financial donation or the donation of a van for temporary use by the organization. Any help is extremely valuable, especially in these unfortunate circumstances. To make a donation, please visit www.humanesocietymiami.org or call 305-749-1816.


SAY OK 2SPAY IS HERE TO STAY TILL THE END OF JULY!

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The Humane Society of Greater Miami is carrying its drastically reduced prices for spaying or neutering all throughout July

MIAMI, FL—July 17, 2015— What an amazing turnout of families June has brought to the Miami-Dade County Community Spay Neuter Clinic for the lowest spay and neuter prices of the year. The Humane Society of Greater Miami’s Say OK2Spay deal brought hundreds of pet owners to the clinic to spay or neuter their cats for just $15 and their dogs for just $30. This deal also includes the rabies vaccine. And although all good things must come to an end, this deal is not over yet! Due to the overwhelmingly positive response, the Humane Society has extended the offer into the month of July.

During the month of June, close to 400 dogs and cats were spayed and neutered using this amazing deal. Not only will these pets benefit from the prevention of certain types of cancers and infections, they will also help minimize the overpopulation of pets in Miami-Dade. This signifies almost 400 litters that will NOT occupy shelters and almost 400 litters that will NOT end up homeless and on the streets.

“We are overjoyed to have had such an amazing response to the OK2Spay deal,” says Laurie Hoffman, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Greater Miami. “We hope that by extending the deal for another month we can accelerate the process of making Miami-Dade a No Kill Community.”

If you have not yet taken your dog or cat to get spayed or neutered, you still have time to bring your pet to the Miami-Dade County Community Spay Neuter Clinic located at 10700 SW 211 Street in Cutler Bay and take advantage of this sweet deal throughout the whole month of July.

Appointments may be scheduled online by visiting www.humanesocietymiami.org or by calling 305-749-1854. Don’t delay; call today and Say OK2Spay!


 

BARK AT THE PARK AND ADOPT-O-MANIA:

A REAL HOME RUN!

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Miami, FL- June 26, 2015 – Saturday, June 13, 2015 was a day to remember at Marlins Park, home of the Miami Marlins. The day began at 10:00AM with the attendance of hundreds of families looking to adopt a new pet at the Adopt-O-Mania event that preceded the Miami Marlins vs. Colorado Rockies baseball game. Many animal lovers, including Marlins’ players, Carter Capps, Steve Cishek, Mike Dunn, Brad Hand and Tom Koehler, visited the adoption area and enjoyed interacting with the adorable dogs and cats that were showcased by the Humane Society of Greater Miami, Miami-Dade Animal Services and The Cat Network. By the end of the day, a whopping 140 pets were adopted and started a new life with loving, forever families!

To add to a day full of happy “tails” was the Miami Marlins’ annual Bark at the Park, where families brought along their special canines to enjoy America’s favorite pastime – a baseball game! All of the proceeds from the sale of more than 400 doggie tickets benefitted the Humane Society of Greater Miami. It was a jubilant experience indeed, seeing all of the families with their four-legged friends enjoying the game and watching the Marlins triumph over the Rockies!

“We are very grateful to the Miami Marlins and all the wonderful families who came out with their dogs to support animals in need,” said Laurie Hoffman, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Greater Miami. “ We were super appreciative to receive a generous donation of $2,000 from the Miami Marlins right before the game started, in addition to more than $4,000 received from the doggie tickets sold.”

The annual Bark at the Park is a truly must-see and must-go experience!


 

“RED, WHITE AND WOOF AT THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF GREATER MIAMI THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF JULY 

Adoption fees reduced from 10% up to 100%

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NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL—June 24, 2015— In honor of the 4th of July holiday, the Humane Society of Greater Miami will be bursting with Red, White and Woof (Blue)! Throughout the shelter, red, white and blue ribbons will be placed on dog and cat information cards indicating special deals on their adoption fees; discounts will range from 10%, 50% to 100% off.

All adoptable animals are spayed/neutered, microchipped and up to date with age-appropriate vaccines. The only thing they are missing is a loving home! So show your love for homeless animals at the shelter by donning a red, white or blue shirt and visiting the shelter at 16101 West Dixie Highway in North Miami Beach. Bring home a new member of the family and give yourself another reason to celebrate this July.

Remember, every time you adopt a pet you are helping two animals – the “adoptee” and a homeless animal waiting to be rescued. Last year alone more than 3,250 pets were adopted from the Humane Society of Greater Miami.

Every adoption story offers a unique “tail” about a pet’s happy and wonderful life with a family they can call theirs forever. Visit http://www.humanesocietymiami.org/happy-tails to see how some of our furry friend’s lives have changed forever.


 

SAY OK 2SPAY

Drastically reduced prices on spaying or neutering during the month of June

MIAMI, FL—June 6, 2015— The Humane Society of Greater Miami is excited to announce that they are bringing back their highly sought after spay/neuter deal that was such an incredible success last summer. For a limited time only, they are offering drastically reduced prices for spay and neuter surgeries:  you can have your cat spayed or neutered for $15 and your dog spayed or neutered for $30. You heard it right! And the price also includes a rabies vaccine! These incredibly low price offers are available at the Miami-Dade County Community Spay Neuter Clinic located at 10700 SW 211 Street in Cutler Bay during the whole month of June.

If you are one of the pet owners who says:I don’t want my dog or cat to feel less of a male/female,” we have eye opening news for you!  Pets don’t have any concept of sexual identity or ego!  They do not have a physical or emotional need to have babies. In addition, the fact that 400,000 offspring can be created by just two cats over a span of only seven years should be a strong reason to have an animal fixed. So, if you have an unfixed animal or you just rescued an animal from the street, what’s the first thing you should do? Have him/her spayed or neutered!

“We are working hard to help our community with their pets and also to help Miami-Dade become a No Kill community; the only way to achieve this is by spaying or neutering!” stresses Laurie Hoffman, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Greater Miami. “We are excited to be able to extend this offer at the Miami-Dade County Community Spay Neuter Clinic  and get that much closer to achieving this goal.”

Still not sure yet whether or not you want to spay or neuter your pet? Spaying and neutering your pets actually provides several health benefits for them, including the prevention of certain types of cancers and infections. Not only can you help reduce the pet overpopulation problem, you can also help your pet live a longer, healthier life. So, whether you own an unaltered animal or just rescued one from the street, don’t delay, Say OK 2 Spay (or Neuter)!

Appointments may be scheduled online or by calling 305-749-1854. Take advantage of this amazing offer and call today before the deal is gone!


 

HUMANE SOCIETY OF GREATER MIAMI JOINS ANIMAL GROUPS AROUND THE GLOBE FOR NORTH SHORE ANIMAL LEAGUE AMERICA’S 21ST ANNUAL GLOBAL

PET ADOPTATHON®

North Miami Beach – June 5, 2015 — The Humane Society of Greater Miami and thousands of animal welfare organizations across the country and around the world are teaming up for North Shore Animal League America’s Pet Adoptathon® 2015. This event was developed to bring together pet-loving adopters with animals in need of permanent, loving homes. Last year, this international, month-long adoption extravaganza placed more than 30,000 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens into loving homes.

Beginning on Saturday, June 6th at 11:00AM the Humane Society of Greater Miami will host a special Pet Adoptathon® Kick-off day. They will launch their June “Double Cat” and “Hi5” adoption specials on adoptable dogs, cats, puppies and kittens ready for new homes. The “Double Catadoption special for a single adoption fee is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for all animal lovers.  For anyone looking to enrich their lives with a dog, their  “Hi 5” adoption special offers waived adoption fees on all dogs five years and older or dogs who have been in the shelter for five months or longer.

For more information, please call Dani Kandera at 305-749-1825 or visit www.humanesocietymiami.org.  For details about the global effort, visit the Pet Adoptathon® website at www.animalleague.org/adoptathon2015.


 

TAKE YOUR FAMILY– BOTH TWO LEGGED AND FOUR– TO ENJOY AMERICA’S FAVORITE PASTIME AT MARLINS PARK ON SATURDAY, JUNE 13TH FOR BARK AT THE PARK

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Miami – Monday, June 01, 2015- “Take me out to the ball game; take me out for a howl!” The Miami Marlins invite you to bring your whole family, two-legged and four-legged, to watch them take on the Colorado Rockies on Saturday, June 13th at 4:10pm at the annual Bark at the Park event at Marlins Park.

Tickets for the people in your family, including children over three years old, are $15 and tickets for your canine companions are $10. All proceeds from the doggie tickets benefit the Humane Society of Greater Miami. Each year more than 500 doggies attend Bark at the Park. To view the 2014 event gallery, click here.

Don’t have a furry friend to bring to the game, but wish you did? This year’s game will also host Adopt-O-Mania, with more than 100 dogs and cats looking for their forever families. Come by at 10:00am and meet all the  adorable adoptables. You will enjoy your day even more with a newly adopted furry friend! Relish your first ballgame together with snacks, seventh-inning stretches and cheers (or howls) for your home team!

Other important information: Tickets must be purchased online and in advance to ensure availability. Visit www.marlins.com/bark  so you won’t be left out. Seats are assigned and availability is limited, so if you want to attend with friends make sure to purchase the tickets together. To purchase an on-site garage parking pass, go to www.marlins.com/parking; passes are $20 per car.

Marlins Park is located at 501 Marlins Way in Miami, on the site of the former Orange Bowl. Guests must enter the ballpark through the First Base entrance (located on the corner of NW 4th Street and NW 14th Avenue). Guests needing ADA accessibility should enter through the First Base Dugout Club and take the elevator to the Vista Level. Dog owners must carry their dog’s rabies certificate on them.


 

HAVE YOU BEEN LOOKING FOR “THE ONE” FURRY FRIEND?

 

North Miami Beach, FL — Friday, May 29, 2015 – They say that variety is the spice of life and our Humane Society offers just that with the brand new, first of its kind, “Match-a-Paw” Speed Dating event, which will take place on Saturday, May 30, at the Soffer and Fine Adoption Center in North Miami Beach. Between 11 am and 2 pm, each of our unique Match-a-Paw* dogs will be available to meet anyone looking for the dog of their dreams. Visit the shelter and take your time meeting each dog individually at our speed dating event. After getting to know them on a one-on-one basis, you can make your decision and choose the dog that steals your heart – your perfect match!

The Match-a-Paw Speed Dating event is a family affair! In addition to lots of love all over our adoption center, there will be food trucks, including Latin Burger and Taco, Magic Box, What the French and Passion BBQ, face painters, My Perfect Pet Photography portrait studio, Canine Counselors’ ask the trainer opportunity for all dog owners, Costco and the best beats brought to you by So Flo Studios. Bring your family to find the doggie of your dreams! It is sure to be a day filled with happy, “furry-tail” endings!

WHO:                The Humane Society of Greater Miami

WHAT:              A Match-a-Paw Speed Dating Event

WHERE:            16101 W. Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach, FL 33160

WHEN:              Saturday, May 30th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

It’s really big; it’s humongous; it’s colossal; it’s immense; and it’s every animal lover’s fantasy come true!  You’ve heard of Match.com; now there is Match-a-paw.com (M-A-P) where you can find the perfect dog companion and give him or her a needed forever home.

Match-a-Paw is the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s program designed to promote young adult dogs (between the ages of three and six, or as we like to call them, “Paws over 21” in human age.) These dogs are out of their puppy stage, fully grown, have established personalities and are loyal and ready for a long life of happiness.

For more information on our Match-a-Paw canines, visit www.match-a-paw.com or call 305-696-0800.


 

ADORABLE, LITTLE KITTENS IN NEED OF FOSTER HOMES!

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 North Miami Beach, FL — Wednesday, May 6, 2015 – The Humane Society of Greater Miami is in desperate need of foster homes for more than 80 kittens. We have a great foster care program that places kittens and neonates (kittens under six weeks of age) in loving, temporary homes around our community and provides all of the essential supplies needed for proper care. We currently have more than 110 kittens in the program; however, the amount of little kittens being brought to the shelter in need of new foster homes is growing daily. In the past few days we have taken in more than 50 kittens that need the nurturing of a foster family.

Most of the kittens are already eating on their own and are properly trained to use the litter box, but they would benefit from a warm and loving home in which they can develop and mature. No shelter can offer an environment as ideal for kittens of this age as a home. The Humane Society will provide all necessary food and supplies so that the foster parents can focus their attention on giving the kitties unconditional love and a proper home in which to grow.

Need we mention how adorable little kittens are at this stage? They are in their prime age for absolute cuteness! Being a foster parent to one of these kittens presents a very special opportunity to make a difference in a pet’s life.

For more information or to get involved, please visit our website at www.humanesocietymiami.org, call 305-749-1821 or email [email protected].


 

OUR FINDING LOVE – CAT AMBASSADOR PROGRAM NEEDS HEROES LIKE YOU!

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Volunteer Diane B. wearing her new shirt as sweet Carrie’s Cat Ambassador.

 Miami, FL — Tuesday, May 5, 2015 – The Humane Society of Greater Miami is looking for cat lovers like you to help us find homes for our adult cats through our newly launched “Finding Love – Cat Ambassadors Program.” This program aims to help cats that have been patiently awaiting a new home for far too long; some for more than three years.

The Finding Love – Cat Ambassador Program provides people the opportunity to get involved in finding homes for these fantastic felines. Simply visit our website www.humanesocietymiami.org and select a cat of your choice on our Finding Love – Cat Ambassadors Program page to become his or her special ambassador. There are so many different ways you can sponsor your special cat, such as placing promotional posters around your neighborhood, posting his or her story on your social media and wearing a t-shirt ($10 donation) that shows-off your cat. Use your unique personality and talents to help a furry friend find a home. Diane B., a volunteer at the clinic for over three years, just became a cat ambassador for Carrie, a six-year-old Domestic Short Hair mix. She got her t-shirt and is excited to try and find Carrie a new home. “I come here twice a week and am overjoyed every time I discover that another cat has found a loving home,” says the eager volunteer.

The Finding Love – Cat Ambassador Program encourages heroes of all ages to join. A superb illustration of a young Cat Ambassador is nine-year-old Luna Balzano who not only joined our great program, but also created a Facebook page called Think Petsitive. This page educates the public about animal safety and promotes pet adoptions. One Facebook post pictured her going to school wearing her t-shirt, which proudly displayed a picture of Brandon, the cat she chose to sponsor and who soon after got adopted. “Brandon was with us for over three years when he finally got adopted,” says Yvette Jorge, Cat Kennel and Adoption Supervisor of the Humane Society of Greater Miami. “It was love at first sight when his new owner walked in looking for him after the loss of his own cat. Thanks to Brandon’s ambassadors’ efforts, he finally found a loving home at the age of ten.”

For more information or to get involved in the program, please call 305-749-1807 or email [email protected].


 

SOME OF THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF GREATER MIAMI’S “SWEET 16” ARE BEING PLACED FOR ADOPTION

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Miami, FL — Wednesday, April 15, 2015 – The Humane Society of Greater Miami is happy to announce that a few of the 16 Maltese mix dogs that were abandoned in front of the Soffer and Fine facility ten days ago are being placed for adoption today.

“We have received an overwhelming response from the community,” said Laurie Hoffman, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Greater Miami. “People were calling us from all over South Florida, making monetary and in-kind donations, and filling out applications to offer their home and their love to these poor little dogs in need.”

The 16 dogs, whom we fondly named “The Sweet 16” were all terribly matted the day we met them, many with feces matted into their fur. They were all very scared. Our medical team took wonderful care of the animals, grooming them and providing them with the medical attention they so terribly needed. “It was heartwarming seeing these poor little dogs get more comfortable and trusting of our staff day by day and seeing their affectionate and loving personalities emerge,” said Hoffman.

All 16 dogs will be placed for adoption over the next week or so. We are appreciative of every application we receive and we will make the best possible matches for these special needs animals.


 SPLISH SPLASH TAKE ME FOR A BATH

The Humane Society of Greater Miami invites you to bring your dog to an outdoor

Barks & Bubbles Doggie Wash—and more– on Saturday, April 25th

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NORTH MIAMI, FL—April 13, 2015—The Humane Society of Greater Miami invites families along with their furry friends to partake in a Barks & Bubbles Doggie Wash on Saturday morning, April 25th from 11am to 2pm.  For a donation of $5 your doggie can enjoy an outdoor bath, (rub a dub dub give your dog a scrub), along with Paw-casso Paw prints (think finger painting for dogs using their paws), pet boutique specials, music, games, and refreshments. An event that every member of the family will find “paw-some”! Bring along a friend for a shelter tour to receive a box of Purina treats free!

WHO:                The Humane Society of Greater Miami

WHAT:              An outdoor doggie wash and very discounted adoptions

WHERE:           16101 W. Dixie Highway,  North Miami Beach, FL 33160

WHEN:              Saturday, April 25th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

All dog owners who have adopted a dog from the Humane Society of Greater Miami are invited to bring their dog for a complimentary doggie wash and receive a bottle of shampoo absolutely free!

Adoptable cats and dogs who are looking for a forever home will be available at incredibly discounted rates – starting at $0 to $100 – so you just might go home with a new addition to your family!

Barks & Bubbles Doggie Wash will take place at the Soffer Fine Adoption Center at 16101 W. Dixie Highway in North Miami Beach.  For further information call 305-696-0800.


 

 SAINT ARNOLD BREWING COMPANY JOINS THE EFFORTS TO

CREATE AWARENESS AND HELP THE ANIMALS OF

THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF GREATER MIAMI

 

Yappy Hour will be held on Thursday April 9th from 4pm to 7pm

at OTC Brickell to celebrate the partnership

NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL—April 6, 2015—Saint Arnold Brewing Co. might be a newcomer to South Florida but they wasted no time getting involved and partnering with the Humane Society of Greater Miami. The company’s Ale Wagger project, which donates a portion of proceeds from the sale of Saint Arnold Ale beer to support five animal welfare organizations nationwide, is now including our own Humane Society.

We are thrilled to be partnering with the Saint Arnold Brewing Company,” says Laurie Hoffman, executive director of the Humane Society of Greater Miami. “We truly appreciate the company’s mission and efforts of directing donations to create awareness and support the animals in need.

To celebrate the partnership, there will be a Yappy Hour on Thursday, April 9th from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at OTC Brickell at 1250 S. Miami Avenue, featuring draft Ale Wagger. A portion of proceeds will be donated to benefit the animals in need. Attendees will also have a chance to try Fancy Lawnmower and Santo beer and meet Brock Wagner, the owner of Saint Arnold. In addition, there will be an exciting raffle with great prizes.

Four-legged guest are invited to attend with their owners. In addition, our adoptable dogs will be there to enrich the event and hopefully meet their new, forever family.

Animals are near and dear to the hearts of the Saint Arnold community, so we are very proud to expand the Ale Wagger project into additional markets,” says Wagner. “Since the Ale Wagger was announced last year, Saint Arnold Ale Wagger has become the brewery’s fastest growing brand, which shows the enthusiastic support for combining two things people love—full flavored beer and helping animals.

WHO:                              Saint Arnold Brewing Company and the Humane Society of Greater Miami

WHEN:                            Thursday, April 09 from 04:00pm till 07:00pm

WHERE:                          OTC Brickell restaurant at 1250 South Miami Avenue

WHAT:                            Yappy Hour to support the animals in need and pet adoptions from the Humane Society


HUMANE SOCIETY OF GREATER MIAMI FINDS 16 DOGS ABANDONED AT THE SHELTER, IN INHUMANE CONDITION, STUFFED IN TWO CRATES

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Miami, FL — Friday, April 03, 2015 – As the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s staff arrived to open the shelter this morning, they encountered a horrific situation. A total of 16 Maltese mix dogs were abandoned in front of the facility, sometime during the night, stuffed – literally on top of each other – in two crates. “We are not sure how long these poor dogs were left cramped inside the filthy crates, but it was a heartbreaking situation,” said Laurie Hoffman, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Greater Miami.

The dogs are currently being examined by the shelter veterinary team. They are all terribly matted, many with feces matted into their fur and very scared. Two of them have mats the size of an eggplant; it is absolutely horrendous. Even ones that don’t have feces matted into their fur are discolored from stepping and living in urine, feces and filth. The team has reported that in addition to the outward appearance of mats and filth, many have severe dental disease and may eventually need to have teeth extracted. Further examinations and tests are currently being conducted.

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“This is sickening,” said Hoffman. “How anyone can neglect dogs to eventually get to this condition is just terrible. While we are happy that someone had the decency to bring them here, the condition that these poor dogs are in is absolutely inhumane. All the dogs are very scared and we are doing our best to calm them down, stabilize them and ensure they are provided all the medical care they need.”

All 16 dogs will be quarantined for 7-14 days to make sure they are healthy and adoptable. They are currently being processed, bathed, vaccinated and will be microchipped and spayed or neutered at the appropriate time.

If you would like to donate to our Second Chance Fund** to help with the care for these poor dogs, please go to our website: humanesocietymiami.org.

**The Humane Society of Greater Miami’s Second Chance Fund Program was developed to be used to pay for outside veterinary services that are not available through our own clinics. The Second Chance Fund gives supporters a way to share their love of animals in a very special way—by helping to nurse a pet back to health and give him a second chance in life


 

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THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF GREATER MIAMI, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MIAMI -DADE ANIMAL SERVICES, WILL BE OFFERING FREE SPAY/NEUTER SURGERIES FOR LOW-INCOME RESIDENTS IN OUR COMMUNITY

Both organizations are striving to reduce the number of unwanted litters born every year, an important  goal which will help in achieving  a No Kill Miami-Dade Community

NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL—February 17, 2015—“The news couldn’t be better! We are honored and ecstatic to be awarded the opportunity to provide free spay/neuter surgeries for low-income residents and community cats at the South Clinic location. On February 12th we have opened the doors of the Miami-Dade County Community Spay Neuter Clinic. This is a Miami-Dade Animal Services no kill project in partnership with the Humane Society of Greater Miami!” says Laurie Hoffman, Executive Director at the Humane Society of Greater Miami.

Hoffman is referring to the one year contract and funding the organization received from Miami-Dade County Animal Services to partner with the County at the South Clinic located at 10700 SW 211 Street in Cutler Bay. Once the project launches, the Humane Society will be able to perform 7,400 spay/neuter surgeries at no cost for pets of low-income residents and for community cats at the South Clinic location. Anyone showing proof of low income can have their dogs or cats spay/neutered at no cost and receive rabies vaccine. In addition, cats will receive free a FVRCP vaccine and dogs will receive a free DHPP vaccine. There will be animal transportation assistance available for those in need. Surgeries and vaccines will be available at low cost for the general public as well. Drop-off and pick-up hours for surgery are 7:00am to 7:00pm, Tuesday through Saturday.

“This is a very significant step towards accomplishing our mission of reducing the number of reproducing pets,” says Hoffman. “This past year, at our South Clinic alone, we performed more than 7,300 spay/neuter surgeries and with this free surgeries project we look forward to achieving even greater numbers to help our community’s no kill efforts.”

“Increasing the availability of affordable spay/neuter surgeries in our community is a critical goal for Animal Services,” said Alex Muñoz, Director of Miami-Dade County Animal Services.  “We are very happy to have the Humane Society on board as a partner in this effort to reduce the number of homeless animals.

The service provided for the community’s cats is also very important. Community cats are defined as un-owned cats whose “home” is within the community rather than in an individual household. In Miami-Dade County there are more than 300,000 homeless cats.

Let’s end pet homelessness – spay or neuter!

For further information contact 305-749-1825, email [email protected] or visit www.humanesocietymiami.org

For more information about Miami-Dade County Animal Services, visitanimals.miamidade.govor call 3-1-1.

The Humane Society of Greater Miami is dedicated to placing every dog and cat into a loving home, and to promoting responsible pet ownership and spay/neuter programs. More than 400 homeless dogs, cats, puppies and kittens are cared for every day in its shelter and through the foster care program. For more information visit humanesocietymiami.org or call 305-696-0800.

Every year Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department (Animal Services) provides care and refuge for over 27,000 unwanted dogs and cats. Every day, Animal Services staff and volunteers work diligently to find life-long homes for these abandoned animals by facilitating onsite adoptions, hosting off-site adoptions at events and locations throughout the community, and working collaboratively with over 70 rescue organizations who share in our goal of a No Kill Miami-Dade County.

For more information, visit animals.miamidade.gov or call 3-1-1.


 

THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF GREATER MIAMI INVITES MIAMI TO SUPPORT THE

WALK FOR THE ANIMALS, PRESENTED BY PET SUPERMARKET

on Saturday February 28, 2015

Bayfront Park

MIAMI, FL— February 2, 2015 – It is that time of year! The superb, “howly-dowly-dog-gone” fun time at Miami’s WALK FOR THE ANIMALS Miami! So grab your family—both two legged and four— and walk to support the homeless animals on Saturday February 28, 2015 at Bayfront Park at the annual WALK FOR THE ANIMALS.  Presented by Pet Supermarket, the event attracts more than 3,000 people and all proceeds go to the animals at the Humane Society of Greater Miami.

You and your doggie(s) will enjoy a fabulous morning filled with fun activities, entertainment, a doggie fun zone – a thrilling and entertaining run with multi-dimensional lure motivated obstacle course – people and doggie contests, a fabulous raffle and yummy snacks for everyone. Not to miss is the Walk for the Animals Adoption Arenawhere local rescue groups will bring their puppies, kittens, dogs and cats, so loving and permanent homes can be found. A heartfelt thank you to Pet Supermarket for sponsoring the Adoption Arena again this year.

We are honored to have Commissioner Sally A. Heyman as our Grand Marshall and NBC6 meteorologist, Ryan Phillips, will emcee the event for the seventh year. Registration starts at 8:30am, the contest will take place at 09:30am and the one mile stroll around the park—with or without a dog—begins at 10am. You can walk as an individual or form a pack. To register for this unique and fabulous event go to humanesocietymiami.org or call 305-749-1825.

“Every dollar raised from the Walk goes toward sheltering more than 400 homeless cats and dogs in our care every day in our shelter and through our foster care program. In addition, the funds help support our spay/neuter services, quality adoptions, humane education and pet therapy,” said Laurie Hoffman, Executive Director.

Sponsors to date include:

101.5 LiteFM, 50 Eggs Inc., Alpha Dog Marketing, Bayside marketplace, Buckeye Cleaning Center, Canine Counselors, Coffee Brake, Costco, Dr. Brigitt Rok, Frames USA, Global Excel Managment, Hyatt Miami, Miami Parking Authority, NBC6, Patterson Veterinary, Paws pet Hotel, Pet Heaven, Pet Limo Animal Services, Pet Supermarket, Pure Pooch, Purina One, Ryder Charitable Foundation, The Miami Herald, The Ticket, TRESemme.

Learn more at www.WalkForTheAnimalsMiami.com


 

 

SOUTH MOTORS – A LONG TIME SUPPORTER OF THE ANIMALS IN NEED – WILL HOST A PET ADOPTION EVENT AT THE MAZDA DEALERSHIP

Holiday Adoption Event

Drive home for the holidays – in your new car, with your new BFF – Best Furry Friend!

MIAMI, FL—December 18— Join the pet adoption team of the Humane Society of Greater Miami at the South Motors Mazda dealership, 18010 South Dixie Hwy, Miami, this Sunday, December 21st from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. There will be adoptable dogs of different sizes, colors, breeds and personalities – all sharing the same holiday wish: To find a loving, forever home!

“We are so thrilled about this adoption event,” said Laurie Hoffman, Executive Director at the Humane Society of Greater Miami. “South Motors has been a wonderful supporter of our organization and of our signature and premier event, Pawpurrazzi, for many years. Their desire to help the animals in need goes even further with their efforts to host an adoption event in hope to find them a permanent home.”

Adoptable dogs who are looking for a forever home are spayed/neutered, microchipped and with age appropriate vaccinations – some will be even available at discounted adoption rates  – so you just might drive home in a new car and with a new, wonderful addition to your family!

WHO:             Humane Society of Greater Miami

WHAT:           Adoption Event “Drive home for the holidays –with your new furry BFF”

WHEN:           Sunday, December 21st  from 1:00pm to  4:00pm

WHERE:         South Motors Mazda dealership, 18010 South Dixie Hwy, Miami

To learn more call 305-696-0800.

MEDIA CONTACT: Alice Fisher (954-791-9910; [email protected])

 


 

SPLISH-SPLASH-TAKE ME FOR A HOLIDAY BATH!

The Humane Society of Greater Miami invites you to bring your dog to an outdoor

Barks & Bubbles Holiday Doggie Wash—and more– on Saturday, December 13th

NORTH MIAMI, FL—December 10—The Humane Society of Greater Miami invites families along with their furry friends to partake in a Barks & Bubbles Holiday Doggie Wash on Saturday morning, December 13th from 11am to 2pm.  For a donation of $5 your doggie can enjoy an outdoor bath, (rub a dub-dub, give your dog a scrub), along with “Paw-casso” Holiday Paw Prints (think finger painting for dogs using their paws), pet boutique holiday specials, music, games, and refreshments. An event that every member of the family will find “paw-some”!

There will be a great holiday photo opportunity (P.S. Santa is coming to join the fun)  as well  as great prize giveaways from the movie Annie, in theaters December 19. (www.Annie-Movie.com)

Adoptable cats and dogs who are looking for a forever home will be available at discounted adoption rates –starting at $0* –  so you just might go home with a new addition to your family! (*County tag not included.)

Barks & Bubbles Holiday Doggie Wash will take place at the Soffer and Fine Adoption Center at 16101 West Dixie Highway in North Miami Beach.  For further information call 305-749-1825 or visit us online at www.humanesocietymiami.org

WHO:             Humane Society of Greater Miami

WHAT:           “Barks & Bubbles” Holiday Doggie Wash event

WHEN:          Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:        Soffer and Fine Adoption Center at 16101 West Dixie Highway in North Miami Beach

MEDIA CONTACT: Alice Fisher (954-791-9910; [email protected])


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HOLIDAY LIGHTS FOR THE ANIMALS AT THE SOFFER AND FINE ADOPTION CENTER ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4TH AT 5:30 PM

A festive fun-filled event for all members of the family

NORTH MIAMI, FL—December 03, 2014–You’ll be rockin’ around the Christmas tree and the Menorah during the holidays at the annual Holiday Lights for the Animals event at the Soffer and Fine Adoption Center On December 4th , at 5:30pm. There will be entertainment, tours of the Shelter, refreshments, caroling by The Cushman School choir, and of course to usher in the holiday season, the arrival of Santa “Paws” on the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue truck from the 22nd station.

The 3rd annual fund-raiser benefits the Humane Society of Greater Miami and the highlight of the evening is the lighting of the Shelter, a sight to behold. Admission is free.

WHEN: Thursday, December 04, 2014 5:30pm – 7:00pm

WHERE: The Humane Society of Greater Miami’s Soffer and Fine Adoption Center at 16101 W. Dixie Highway in North Miami Beach.

The Humane Society of Greater Miami is dedicated to placing every dog and cat into a loving home, and to promoting responsible pet ownership and spay/neuter programs. More than 300 homeless dogs, cats, puppies and kittens are cared for every day in its shelter.

Click here for more information or call Dani Kandera at 305-749-1825, or email [email protected].

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MEDIA CONTACT: Alice Fisher, 954-791-9910, [email protected]


 

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FOR THE SECOND YEAR, THE SPECTACULAR FONTAINEBLEAU MIAMI BEACH IS HOSTING THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF GREATER MIAMI’S BRUNCH FOR THE ANIMALS ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2014

In its 18th year this event promises to be bigger and better than ever and there still a few tickets available

MIAMI, FL—November 19, 2014 – Sunday brunch is always a culinary treat. But when you get to be spoiled by the Fontainebleau Miami Beach and at the same time help raise funds for animals in need – it is just the best! If you have never been to the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s Brunch for the Animals you are really missing out. Presented and hosted by the Fontainebleau Miami Beach on Sunday, November 23, 2014, this event combines an array of scrumptious and gourmet food, delicious cocktails as well as fabulous shopping, great fun and camaraderie. Due to a rainy forecast for this Sunday, the event has moved indoors and unfortunately the dogs are not allowed in the ballroomAll guests will enjoy a stunning ocean-front view in the beautiful Glimmer Ballroom; it will still be a truly magical afternoon.

The Humane Society of Greater Miami’s Brunch for the Animals takes place annually to raise funds for the care, medical treatment and shelter of more than 400 animals we care for on a daily basis in our shelter and through our foster care program. Always scheduled right before the holidays, guests will be able to start their holiday shopping early at an exciting silent auction and enjoy many of the Fontainebleau hotel retailers. We are honored to have Alan G. Randolph and Steven Rodriguez and Amy Zakarin and Isaac Rosenberg as Chairs of the event. Belkys Nerey, Emmy-award winning Channel 7 news personality, will emcee the event.

The Brunch has gathered Miami’s greatest Host Committee members including Michele Addison, Lana and Michael Bernstein, Angela and Louis Birdman, Sam Blum, Tara Gilani, Perry Ellis International, Irene  Korge, Alison Kunkel, Marcia Martinez and Michael Laas, Suzanne and Todd Legon, PetNet, James Provencher, Adam and Brooke Rosenfeld, Brigitt Rok, Mara Schwartz and Jordan Fein, Amanda and Michael Tillman, Judge Bronwyn Miller and Maury Udell and Deborah Young.

Brunch for the Animals Sponsors include: The Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Bacardi, BluBell Ice-cream,  Square One Branding, C1 bank, Edlen Electric, Hierbas, Melthous, Square One Branding, Southern Audio Visual, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Zoological Wildlife Foundation, WSVN, to name a few.

The event starts at 11:30am. Tickets are $200 per person, $50 for children ages 3 to 10, and while this event supports the animals, please let Fido relax at home! It is a people only event.

For more information call Dani at 305-749-1825, or email [email protected].

MEDIA CONTACT: Alice Fisher, 954-791-9910, [email protected]

Humane Society of Greater Miami The Humane Society of Greater Miami is a limited admit, adoption guarantee facility dedicated to placing every dog and cat in our care into a loving home and to promoting responsible pet ownership and spay/neuter programs. Adoption guarantee simply means that every animal under our care is safe from the threat of euthanasia for as long as it takes to find them a forever family.

 


 

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THE ASPCA®, THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF GREATER MIAMI, MIAMI-DADE ANIMAL SERVICES AND THE CAT NETWORK, WILL TEAM UP ONCE AGAIN TO HOST A 24 HR MEGA MATCH-A-THON PET ADOPTION EVENT

(Who will you take home?)

 Miami – October 07, 2014 – It’s here again! It’s really big; it’s humongous; it’s colossal; it’s immense. And it’s every animal lover’s fantasy come true. Miami’s 24 HR Mega Match-A-Thon, sponsored by the ASPCA® will be held from Friday night, October 17, at 11:59, until Saturday night, October 18 at 11:59pm—without stopping! The Humane Society of Greater Miami, Miami-Dade Animal Services and The Cat Network, together with rescue groups from all over South Florida, will host the event at Tropical Park, 7900 Bird Road, in Miami.

Potential adopters will have the opportunity to meet, fall in love with and adopt one or more of dozens of adorable cats, kittens, dogs and puppies from each of the partner agencies ― as well as several invited local rescue groups ― at low fees, in a fun and festive fall themed atmosphere. The marathon adoption of puppies and kitties will kick-off the festivities at midnight!

Bring the entire family! There will be a Kid’s Festival, sponsored by Pet Supermarket, complete with rides and fun games for children of all ages as well as live entertainment and refreshments by a variety of vendors and performers. To make sure that no one goes home hungry, there will be a great selection of food trucks with a delicious variety of food.

As part of the ASPCA® Miami-Dade Community Partnership, Miami-Dade County Animal Services, the Humane Society of Greater Miami and The Cat Network, Inc. received grant funding to participate in the 2014 ASPCA® Mega Match-a-thon event, presented by Subaru, as part of large-scale adoption events held simultaneously nationwide in an effort to save more lives of shelter animals.

“We are very excited to once again partake in the Mega Match-a-thon and enrich the lives of so many families by bringing these wonderful pets into their homes and their hearts,” said Laurie Hoffman, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Greater Miami. “The more we adopt, the more we can save!”

“This is the third year that all three agencies work together as ASPCA Community Partners on this nationwide event,” said Alex Muñoz, Director of Animal Services. “We decided to go back to making it a 24-hour pet adoption event which creates excitement and also offers a longer window of opportunity for every pet to find their forever home.”

To get involved or for more information about the Mega pet Adoption Event, please visit  www.humanesocietymiami.org, e-mail [email protected] or call 305-749-1825.

Humane Society of Greater Miami The Humane Society of Greater Miami is a limited admit, adoption guarantee facility dedicated to placing every dog and cat in our care into a loving home, and to promoting responsible pet ownership and spay/neuter programs. Adoption guarantee simply means that every animal under our care is safe from the threat of euthanasia for as long as it takes to find them a forever family. We have been helping homeless animals in Miami-Dade County since 1936.

Miami Dade Animal Services Unlike limited admission facilities, Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department (Animal Services) takes in all abandoned pets to its shelter providing care and refuge for approximately 500 pets weekly (over 27,000 per year). Every day, Animal Services staff and volunteers work diligently to find life-long homes for these abandoned animals by facilitating onsite adoptions, hosting off-site adoption at events and locations throughout the community, and working collaboratively with over 70 rescue organizations who share in our goal of a No Kill Miami-Dade County..

The Cat Network The Cat Network, Inc. is a 501(c)3, Florida not-for-profit corporation dedicated to humanely reducing cat overpopulation by educating the public about the need to sterilize their pets and strays; providing access to low-cost spay/neuter services for stray, homeless and abandoned cats; helping members in their efforts to place adoptable cats in loving homes; and advocating non-lethal population control and humane public policy.

 

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