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Fall 2016

News from Humane Society of Broward County

Inside this Issue Working with BCACA Pages 12 & 13

The Humane Society of Broward County is a nonprofit organization funded by friends like you who care about animals.


Chairman of the Board Thom Bambenek and his dog Sofie

From your Board Chair,

ummer tends to be a time for relaxation…days spent at the beach or traveling, and kids attending fun summer camps. The HSBC summer camp sessions sold out again this year and the kids had a great time. The animals also benefitted during camp days from all of the extra attention they received. Our thanks to all of you who participated! Families have also been known to consider summer as a good time to adopt a new pet into the home. On July 23rd hundreds of families visited the shelter and adopted 121 pets during the Humane Society of Broward County’s second annual nationwide pet adoption event, Clear the Shelters. HSBC teamed up with NBC 6 South Florida/WTVJ and Telemundo 51 Miami/WSCV to host NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ adoption day. I want to extend my thanks and appreciation to everyone who ensured its success: the NBCUniversal staff, HSBC staff and volunteers, and – most importantly – those families who opened their hearts and homes that day to adopt a furry companion! We are really pleased so many in the community came out for this great event. As we now move into the fall, winter and spring months – HSBC’s prime fundraising season – our special events calendar has been filled. Jamie Stiles will be serving another year as the PAWS Auxiliary President and Leia Bosco is stepping in to lead the PetSet Auxiliary. I welcome them to these leadership positions and thank them for their time and efforts!

On the Cover: Photogenic eight-year-old Wally was adopted from the HSBC as a young puppy. He resides in Hollywood where he’s a real Daddy’s boy. He loves to play rough, doesn’t like a bath, and enjoys frequent back rubs.

The HSBC’s 2017 Walk for the Animals – by far our largest event – is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 18th at Huizenga Plaza in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The date is later than usual which will give you more time to encourage your family, friends and coworkers to get on board and support you in your efforts to raise money for our four-legged companions. Walk registration is open so I encourage you to visit for up-to-date information and much more! Further back in this issue of Paw Prints you can read about the face of the 2017 Walk, Chiquita Mia. I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for supporting the Humane Society of Broward County and invite you to consider becoming a member of the Legacy Club. The Legacy Club is comprised of individuals who have included the Humane Society of Broward County in their will. Bequests can be tailored to fit your financial and estate planning goals while providing lasting support to the HSBC and the animals who will come to depend on our loving care. Additional information on ways to become a Legacy Club member can be found on page 25. I look forward to seeing you throughout the year as we all continue to do our part to “fun”d-raise in support of the shelter and the animals in our care. Sincerely, Thom Bambenek

IN THIS ISSUE... HERE'S THE SCOOP! ................................... 3

Our Mission: Board of Directors Thom G. Bambenek Chairman of the Board John R. Squitero Vice Chairman of the Board Melody Saleh Secretary Matt Katz Treasurer Gerald Weber Past Chairman of the Board Leia Bosco Barbara Brush Christine Forman Bryan S. Greenberg Christy Gumberg Steven W. Hudson Carolyn Lee Margaret Meldeau Virginia I. (Ginny) Miller David North Susan Penrod Brian Poulin Ingrid Poulin Jennifer J. Robinson Susan A. Smith Jamie Taylor Stiles Eugene (Huey) Vanek Jennifer Edwards White Nikki Worsnop Winchester Board of Trustees Arnold Grevior Barbara Grevior Marti Huizenga Elaine Levine Al Sorensen President and CEO Christopher Agostino

The Humane Society of Broward County provides shelter, aid and responsible adoptions to animals entrusted to our care, and educates the community about respect and kindness to all animals.

ABC'S OF EDUCATION.............................. 4-5


ADOPTION AMBASSADORS........................7 CLINIC CORNER ........................................... 8 TRAINING AND BEHAVIOR ........................ 9 PAWS AUXILIARY NEWS ............................ 10 PETSET...........................................................11


WORKING WITH BCACA ......................12-13 VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT.......................... 14 WISH LIST .....................................................14 THE WALK IS IN MOTION ..........................15

No portion of this magazine may be reproduced without the express written permission of the Humane Society of Broward County.


ANIMAL ASSISTED THERAPY .....................6

CLEAR THE SHELTERS 2016..................16-18 MAKING PIT STOPS.....................................19


FROM THE MAILBAG............................ 20-21 MEMORIALS AND HONORS................ 22-24 PLANNED GIVING .......................................25

Issue 16-4 Paw Prints is a quarterly newsletter published by the Humane Society of Broward County, Inc., a private, nonprofit 501© (3) animal welfare organization established in 1944. We are not a branch or affiliate of any national or local organization, and we do not sell or exchange our donor list. Amy Bloom Clough Paw Prints Editor Cover photo by: Bea Morell

FROM OUR INVESTIGATOR...................... 26 PAW PATH......................................................26 HAPPY TAILS .............................................. 27


EVENTS AND INFORMATION................... 28 F.Y.I. You can make a lasting commitment to the Humane Society of Broward County by naming the Humane Society of Broward County, Inc. in your will. We recommend working with your private attorney to ensure that your wishes are carried out. For the purposes of a bequest, our legal name and address are:


Humane Society of Broward County, Inc., 2070 Griffin Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312. For more information, please contact Kathy Tricomi at 954.266.6845.

The Paw Prints newsletter is sent to all supporters donating in the amount of $15 or more per year. To ensure that you continue to receive your issue of Paw Prints, please use the enclosed envelope to make a minimum donation of $15. The animals need your help, and we don’t want your mailing to be interrupted! The Humane Society of Broward County directly receives 100% of contributed funds. Solicitation no. CH-00656.




Here’s The


W H A T ’ S


Promoting the Walk



Welcome, KPMG Employees of KPMG recently spent an evening at the HSBC for a Yappy Hour. They enjoyed drinks, light snacks and snuggling with animals, all while supporting the shelter. Yappy Hours are scheduled during the week from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. and include a tour, pet toy-making activity, and beer, wine and light snacks. (What a great idea for an office holiday party!) Groups are welcome to bring food in for the event, or we’re happy to add some pizzas to your Yappy Hour reservation. The cost is $35 per person. For more details, contact Katie at 954.266.6875 or

Ahoy Sea Tow!

Our friends from Sea Tow Fort Lauderdale stopped by with donations they collected from their members during Ruff Seas Week in July. The HSBC partnered with Sea Tow Fort Lauderdale to promote pet safety while boating. WSFL TV did a segment on their show with host Jessica Alpern; the HSBC’s Dr. Fischer helped educate boaters in regard to pet safety and boating.

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2017 Walk Committee volunteers are out and about in the community sharing information about the HSBC’s biggest fundraiser – Walk for the Animals. We’ll be at Mutts & Martinis in downtown Fort Lauderdale on November 19, and the Bow Wow Bonanza at Greynolds Park on November 20. Stop by and say hello! And if you know of a community event – not necessarily pet-related -- where we could set up a table to reach lots of people, let us know! We’re especially looking for events that will be held in January and February. Our Walk Committee volunteers are also available to come to your office to do a presentation to encourage more people to take part. To learn more, contact Linda at or 954.266.6817.

Two of the employees of KPMG, enjoying puppy-cuddling.

Team-Building Fun

Kelli O'Donnel and Michele Kerrigan from Sea Tow delivered the goods!

Our Friends from Keiser University

The HSBC offers an excellent team-building opportunity for companies or groups: taking part in a Pawsitive Service Day at the HSBC. Your group will enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility, then will get to work with dogs, cats and maybe even some other critters, as well as enjoying a pizza lunch. A minimum of 10 employees or group members must attend, and we can accommodate up to 25. Service days are held Monday – Friday from 11:00 – 2:00, and we ask for a $25 donation for each person planning to participate. Want to book your Pawsitive Service Day? Contact Darlene at 954-266-6848 or

Presented by

Walk for the Animals is scheduled for Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Huizenga Plaza in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Save the date! Adoptions

We're happy to report the following new homes found during June, July and August:

Thank you to the members of the Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) of Keiser University/Fort Lauderdale for collecting $145.75 for the animals.

Cats: Kittens: Dogs: Puppies: Other: Total: The gang from Ultimate Software in Weston

203 513 657 388 68 1,829 3


TV Time is Educational

ECON TV, the Broward Education School Network, provides interactive educational experiences to all K-12 Broward County Public Schools. Collaborations are one-to-one connections with other teachers and students, providing opportunities to explore curriculum and deepen student knowledge. What better way to reach the masses than to have school classrooms join us live at the HSBC through the Distance Learning Program? To kick off the school year, we worked with our partners at the Bonnet House to organize the effort. Students from four elementary schools and one high school tuned in to our Humane Society living room to meet some of our current animal residents. First, they met Education Mascot Cooper, who dazzled them with his A+ behavior. He set the bar high for our other visiting animal guests who were up for adoption and looking for lifelong homes. Daisy, a two-year-old Carolina dog, made a splash when she came into the room and left an immediate pee-mail for Cooper on his blanket! Then Chew, the seemingly docile, mellow adult cat decided to go rogue when she spotted the exit door. Three puppies wiggled their way into the hearts of all the students and almost out of our arms! It was a warm and wonderful experience. And we were happy to learn of the authentic impression we made, when Northeast High decided to start a collection on our behalf.


Girl Scouts Make No Bones About Helping Animals

irl Scouts across the U.S. have learned important lessons about kindness to animals, pet parent responsibility, and helping homeless pets, thanks to the HSBC’s “No Bones About It” Pet Care Patch program. Initiated by our Education Department in 1998, the “No Bones About It” patch has been incorporated into Girl Scout programs nationwide. Since its inception over 10,000 Girl Scouts in Broward County alone have earned the Humane Society patch. Imagine what that number is nationwide! There are four variations of the pet care patch program, corresponding to the different Girl Scout levels of Daisy, Brownie, Junior, and Cadette/Senior. Each level consists of fun, ageappropriate activities that teach the girls about pet care and safety, allowing them to earn a different patch at each level. One of the activities that the girls do while working toward the patch is to tour our shelter while learning about the needs of homeless pets.

For nearly two decades, Girl Scouts in Broward County have been enjoying earning their No Bones About It pet care patch.

For more information about the “No Bones About It” Pet Care Patch program, call Darlene at 954.266.6848 or visit and click on Education Programs. 4

The HSBC's Caroline Crane and Education mascot Cooper partnered with Marlene Schotanus and Bill Snydor of Bonnet House to introduce the 2016 - 2017 school year's BECON TV series.

Kudos to Happy Kids!


e host a lot of events and parties for kids here at the shelter, and many times children attending are thrilled to go home with the best gift ever – a furry new family member! In September one of the guests helping to celebrate friend Elena’s 11th birthday went home with something better than a goodie bag – a new kitten to add to the family.

Jason, a member of the HSBC’s Daisy’s Kids Club, was beside himself after the Club’s first meeting in August when his parents surprised him with a puppy. It was a day he’ll never forget.


Targeting Teachers

eaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar.” – Bradley Miller How do the HSBC’s Humane Education lessons support your goals in the classroom? Broward County Schools mandates the teaching of Character Education traits, specifically: responsibility, citizenship, kindness, respect, honesty, self-control, tolerance and cooperation. These Character Education themes are intertwined throughout all of our Humane Education lessons. In many ways, Character Education is synonymous with Humane Education. Humane Education is the use of education to nurture compassion and respect for living things. It includes fostering compassion and respect of other people, non-human animals, and the environment. It provides facts about related issues, encourages curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking, instills reverence, respect, and responsibility, and offers positive choices and tools for problem solving. Please call Darlene at 954.266.6848 to schedule a free Humane Education lesson for your classroom.


Pet Playdate Day Camp

hen school’s on break, send your kids to the HSBC to have a blast spending time with our adorable animals. They’ll have fun spoiling the homeless dogs and cats with love and affection, and coming up with surprises to treat them with. There will also be cool animalthemed crafts, games, and activities. It’s ALL animals, ALL day! Kids ages 7 through 12 are invited to join us for a day of tail wags and purrs from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The cost is $65 for the day, which includes a snack and a pizza lunch. Register today at If you have questions, please email Camp dates are: November 11, December 29, December 30, January 6, January 16 and February 20.

Here a few of the many lessons we offer: THE PET SUITCASE A hands-on lesson that teaches children the huge responsibility of caring for a dog or a cat. Children will learn how to be a good pet parent. They will unpack a real pet’s suitcase, identifying each item’s importance to the pet’s welfare. Length: 20-30 minutes. Grades: VPK-5. PET SAFETY Children are the number one victims of dog bites! Often, children do not know the proper way to greet an animal, when to leave an animal alone, and what to do if a stray animal approaches. This lesson will teach children all the basics to keep them safe and keep our animals happy. Length: 20-30 minutes. Grades: VPK-5. ANIMALS HAVE FEELINGS TOO! Children will learn that animals share some emotions in common with humans and, though we do not speak the same native language as dogs and cats, we can learn to understand them by observing their body language. The knowledge gained in this lesson will help children learn to interact safely with dogs and cats. Length: 45 minutes. Grades: 2-12. ABC’S OF ANIMAL CARE Children will learn the basics of caring for some common types of pets: dogs, cats, rabbits, Guinea pigs, and ferrets. They will learn about each animal's needs regarding feeding, exercise, housing, socializing, grooming, and veterinary care. Length: 1 hour. Grades: 2-12.

Campers love making goodies for the animals, like these adorable bandanas.

Celebrate Your Birthday with the Animals! Call 954.266.6875 to find out how to have your birthday party at the Humane Society! Here are the birthday celebrations held at the shelter in June, July and August: Josie Harrington Olivia Peters Emily Kogan Lola Pakarati Jenny Larkin Ethan Wengrow Rosie Perez Alexa Turner Logan Scissors Elle Lewin Dia Ashfaque Alice Belshe Grace Bialy Emma Kolb Grace Peterson Isabella Jassir

10 10 11 5 9 9 6 9 8 7 8 11 8 10 5 8

Sienna & Alessio Mungaini Xavier & Damian Suarez Isabella Sera Michael Fitzgerald

7&5 7&5 9 10



Fundraising Lunch

any thanks to in Boca Raton for hosting a fundraising event during their lunch hour and inviting our

therapy dog Bentley to provide some cuddles and stress relief. raised $591 for our shelter animals.

Join Us! If you’re an adult with a great companion animal, or if you have a facility, organization or school that’s interested in learning how you can join our Animal Assisted Therapy Program, we need you! Fill out our online application, or for more details on how to get started visit

Bentley enjoyed lunch time with the folks at


Welcome, Jabez!

abez is a 15-year-old mini horse who was recently certified as an HSBC therapy animal. Jabez and his mom Sharon volunteered for summer camp, and the kids were so excited to meet him! He was a very popular addition to the campers’ overall experience. Sharon and Jabez will continue to work with children and seniors in our community.


Senior Visits

aving to give up pet ownership can be extremely difficult, especially for those living in care facilities. Our therapy teams visit many senior centers, assisted living facilities, nursing homes and other types of facilities where people may no longer own animals. During these visits the seniors are greeted by one of our therapy dogs, and they receive lots of attention, wags and kisses.

Therapy Dog JR visits Carol at The Peninsula; Carol says those visits are the best part of her day!

Jabez wowed the kids at summer camp.


Story Time

everal Broward County libraries have partnered with the Humane Society's Animal Assisted Therapy Program to bring a certified therapy dog into the library for some special reading time with the children. This program helps children with their literacy skills in a fun, non-judgmental manner. Contact your local library to pre-register your child for this unique learning experience.


Therapy Dog Zoe visits North Regional Library, where she is a much sought-after reading companion.

For information on how to join our AAT Program call 954.266.6877 or visit and visit the “Get Involved” tab. Follow us on facebook at

Tonka’s Story


or Tonka, a Lab mix who was transferred to the HSBC from Puerto Rico’s Save-a-Sato program, the world of humans was a terrifying place. As a “sato” – a stray – Tonka probably grew up on the streets with other homeless dogs, lacking socialization with humans. He arrived here with no understanding or trust of human interaction. He curled up at the back of his kennel, refusing to eat or drink, and trembling when approached by strangers. It was obvious that the shelter environment was not the optimal place for Tonka, so he was quickly placed into our Adoption Ambassador (AA) Program, a home-to-home foster care process that allows hard-to-place animals a chance to go into volunteers’ homes until they find a forever family. Tonka’s case was particularly challenging, but with plenty of time, patience, and counter-conditioning, his AA family saw glimmers of progress. After a few days, he began to stick his head out of the crate to eat and drink from bowls placed right outside the crate door. And although he still had to be carried outside, he started to walk to the grass on his own to relieve himself. Everything was baby steps, but each day he became more comfortable with interactions with his AA family, and after a few months, he was deemed ready for meet-andgreets with potential adopters. This brought about new challenges: although Tonka had learned to trust his foster family, new humans were a totally different story and Tonka wanted no part of it! But the AA family’s motto with Tonka continued to be “baby steps” and, after a few more months of slowly introducing Tonka to new people, he started to become more social. One day, ten months after Tonka had entered his AA home and following several unsuccessful meet-and-greets, the Dingers called. They had lost their dog, Lucky, after sixteen and a half years, and were ready to open their hearts and home to a new dog. As former foster parents of abused children, the Dingers said they understood the need for patience and unconditional love, and they drove over to meet Tonka. Although Tonka was afraid at first, the Dingers’ soft voices and quiet demeanor seemed to calm Tonka and the meeting went well. The next step, a trial visit at their home, also went really well, and the Dingers adopted Tonka that same week.


Tonka is doing great in his new home. He even started stealing his mom’s socks and hiding them in his bed, a comfort behavior he used to do at his AA’s home. He enjoys long walks around the neighborhood and watching Jack Hanna on the couch with his dad, and he gets along great with his cat sister, Annie. Tonka definitely hit the lottery with his new forever family! But this success story would not have happened without the Adoption Ambassador Program, a truly one-of-a-kind initiative that helps shelter animals like Tonka become more adoptable. If you’re interested in becoming a part of this amazing program, contact Volunteer Director Lacey Freeman at 954.266.6814 or to find out what steps you can take today to become an Adoption Ambassador and make a difference in the lives of animals.

Tonka's new mom and dad understand that he needs their patience and plenty of TLC.

Stevie’s Success Story

any animals adapt quickly to the shelter environment while they wait for their forever families to discover them. Others don't adjust as readily, and for different reasons they may feel too stressed to do well while at the shelter. These are the animals that are selected for our Adoption Ambassador Program.

Say hello to:

Stevie Because he is blind, Stevie’s adoption was a bit more of a challenge than some. He needed a family that would understand his special needs and be willing to adapt to them. Stevie's Adoption Ambassador family found him “a real joy to have around.” They said you’d almost never know he couldn’t see, because he learns his way around new environments quickly and loves to run and play with toys like a typical young dog. He’s a big love bug and enjoys a good cuddle. After spending nearly two months with his AA family, and just before this newsletter went to print, Stevie was adopted. He now lives in Davie with Paula and her dog Domino, also adopted from the HSBC. Stevie and his new mom, Paula

Calling All Teens! T

eens can participate and earn their required high school community service hours by partnering with a parent and becoming a Teen Adoption Ambassador, earning three hours for each day the dog is in the home. Teen Ambassadors earn additional hours for walking the Ambassador Dog in public with its “Adopt Me” vest on; attending weekend events; making and hanging signs; promoting the Ambassador pet through social media; and making phone calls and sending emails to let people know about their loving shelter pet that needs a home. A parent or guardian must attend an adult shelter volunteer orientation in order for a teen to participate, and families must complete one successful adoption experience before school service hours may begin to accumulate. Contact Lacey at 954.266.6814 or for details. 7


The Clinic has the following wishes. Should you have medical items to donate that are not listed, please call 954.989.3977 to see if these are items that can be used. Any dollar amounts listed are given in case you’d like to contribute funds to purchase the item(s). • Digital thermometers • Comfort Zones ($25 each) • New nail clippers for dogs and cats • Canned pumpkin, no spice • Paper towels • Pet Ag puppy bottles (six pack) • Advantage, Revolution and Capstar • Latex exam gloves • Full-size towels • Heating Pads • Wee Wee Pads • New suture removal scissors • KMR - Kitten milk replacer • Esbilac - Puppy milk replacer • Kitchen timers (Digital) • Puppy milk replacement – powder • DYMO LabelWriter 450 Turbo Thermal Label Printer ($100) DONATED! • Breathe Safe Respirator ($165) • Digital heart monitor ($3,000)

Makes us Smile We’ve added some clinic supplies to our amazon wish list. To donate, visit to find our registry, click on “Wish List” and then search for our name. You can also sign up for AmazonSmile so that your chosen charity will receive a monetary donation from any purchase you make through

Clinic Statistics June, July and August Spay/Neuter surgeries for our low cost programs, SNIP & Surrender Prevention: 3,092 Rabbit spays/neuters: 31 Dogs treated for heartworm: 63 Animals in foster care: 382 8

Holiday Hazards and Precautions

he holidays will be upon us before we know it, so it’s a good time to familiarize yourself with some holiday tips and hazards when it comes to your pets. Nobody wants to spend their holiday worrying at the vet’s office or emergency clinic because a curious pet ate something dangerous, or injured himself. The following are some situations to watch for that may pose a hazard to your pet. Tinsel is very attractive to pets, especially cats. The shiny, dangling decoration reflects light and shimmers in the slightest draft — the perfect eyecatching enticement. While it isn’t toxic, it can choke your pet or easily bunch up and cause serious intestinal damage if swallowed. Pets with these “linear foreign bodies,” as they’re called, quickly become ill with signs including vomiting, diarrhea, depression, belly pain and sometimes fever. You may be tempted to fashion your pet with a decorative ribbon “collar” but beware that this could become a choking hazard. It’s best to quickly discard ribbons and bows wrapped around holiday gifts so that your curious companions won’t be enticed to chew or swallow them, and keep an eye on those ribbon-tied gifts under the tree. Like tinsel, ingested ribbon can cause a choking hazard and can ultimately twist throughout the intestines, leading to emergency surgery and possible death. Do you have a pet that likes to chew? If so, beware of where you place electrical cords and strings of lights. Electrical shock can occur when a pet chomps down on an electrical cord, and may result in burns, difficulty breathing, loss of consciousness and even death. Call a veterinarian immediately if your pet has been injured by electrical shock. Treatment is most effective if begun soon after the shock. Check your holiday lights for signs of fraying or chewing and use a grounded three-prong extension cord as a safety precaution. Colorful tree ornaments can draw the attention of a curious kitty. Be sure to place glass, aluminum and paper ornaments high up on the tree where batting paws can’t reach them. Pets can chew and swallow these fragile objects; sharp, broken pieces can lacerate your pet’s mouth, and can also create a choking hazard. Twinkling, shiny holiday lights such as icicles, light nets, garland and bubble lights may be another source of danger to your curious pets. If you have candles on display, place them in a hardto-reach spot so that your pets can’t access them. Not


only can pets seriously burn themselves on the flame or with hot wax, but knocking over candles creates a fire hazard. Securely anchor your Christmas tree so that it can’t fall over, causing possible injury to your pet (especially if he or she is trying to climb it!). Cover the tree’s water source, as stagnant tree water is a breeding ground for bacteria and your pet could end up with nausea or diarrhea should he decide to drink it.

Can you spot the cat in the Christmas tree? Holiday time usually means edible treats, and lots of them. Unfortunately, some of the most popular goodies, such as chocolate and nuts, can be extremely toxic or even fatal to pets. Give your dog or cat only treats that you’re sure are safe for animals. Acquaint yourself with which holiday plants are toxic to pets. Lilies pose the most serious threat and should never be in a household with cats; even a single leaf from any lily variety is lethal. Pine needles, when eaten, can cause vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy and posterior weakness. Holly can also cause severe vomiting and diarrhea, and eating mistletoe is even more dangerous, resulting in difficulty breathing, hallucinations and even death. Poinsettia sap can cause irritation to the mouth and stomach, and sometimes vomiting if a large quantity has been consumed. If you have pets in your home or visiting for the holidays, particularly curious ones, take the necessary precautions during the holidays to help ensure that you and your family will enjoy a happy and healthy holiday season.

Where to Find the FORT

he portable spay/neuter FORT that was located at Delovoe Park has been folded up, loaded on its trailer and relocated to Sunview Park, 1500 SW 42nd Avenue in Fort Lauderdale, 33317. HSBC clinic staff will be there Mondays through Fridays performing spay/neuters for owned pets, and feral and neighborhood cats. Appointments are necessary so please call 954.463.7729.

To see if your pet qualifies for a free surgery, Broward residents can apply online at If approved, you will receive a voucher to be redeemed at the new location. Without a voucher prices for sterilization are: Female cats $45; male cats $30; feral cats in traps $20 (ear notch required). Dogs up to 60 lbs. $100; 61 – 110 lbs. 150; over 111 lbs. $175.

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From our Training and Behavior Department Specialist Stephanie Rodgers, CPDT.


Training andtheBehavior Positive Way

Choosing a Dog Trainer

inding a good trainer can be like finding a good mechanic or a good veterinarian. You want someone knowledgeable and experienced but you also need someone you can communicate with. If you can’t see eye-to-eye, or don’t even like your trainer much, chances are you will not find success in training your pet with this person. Do your research.

Asking the Right Questions As an organization concerned and committed to humane animal welfare, we recommend that you look for a trainer that uses positive reinforcement. This type of training uses mutual respect and a symbiotic relationship between people and their pets as a foundation, as well as many, many years of scientific study and research surrounding learning theory and how animals learn. Some of the specifics you should be looking for: • Trained / studied in the use of positive reinforcement • Accredited by an organization such as the Association of Professional Dog Trainers • Experience (2 to 3 years minimum) • Get references from past clients • Attend a class or training event where the trainer is working to get a preview • Group classes that are not too large; attendance should not be more than what the trainer and an assistant can handle Take your time in choosing a trainer before you write a check. Make sure you’re comfortable with the class curriculum and the way it is presented before you make a commitment. Do your research early; your dog will benefit from receiving training before behavior problems begin to surface.

Avoiding the Pitfalls Start your dog or puppy off on the right paw. Puppies begin to learn the moment they enter the world, and planning for early training and socialization is a great way to avoid problems. Plan on a puppy beginner class for your new puppy or a basic obedience class for your new adult dog. Waiting until behavior problems occur and then trying to “fix it” will be harder than planning ahead and anticipating problems and how they can be avoided. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. If the trainer you selected does not live up to your expectations, don’t be afraid to ask for a refund – and, more importantly, don’t give up looking for a trainer that is the perfect fit for you and your pet. The effort will be well worth it!

A good dog trainer will be your dog's best friend -- and yours, too!

Training Supplies on Sale Need some training supplies for your new canine friend? Stop by the HSBC Pet Boutique and get

20% off your purchase

of a Sensation Harness®, training treats, martingale collar, treat bag or Walk with Me ™ Stop Pulling Head Harness. Cannot be combined with any other coupon or discount. Not valid on previous purchases. Expires 12/31/16.

Need help with training your new dog or puppy? Private lessons and group classes are available, as well as convenient in-home sessions. Call Stephanie at 954.266.6819 for information.



New Members Warmly Welcomed


AWS hosted a New Member Welcome in September, providing a wonderful opportunity for the latest inductees to tour the shelter, learn more about our programs and services, and meet and

mingle with current PAWS board members. And of course, no membership mixer would be complete without snuggles from adoptable puppies!

HSBC Chairman of the Board Thom Bambenek and PAWS President Jamie Stiles

Luci Corso, Ronni Ostrander, Terri Cole and Sylvia Sperry

Sylvia Lewis and Jen Capps

Help the Homeless Animals in Our Care. Join PAWS Today! By joining PAWS, you will be aligning yourself with other animal-loving individuals to help find homes for thousands of homeless pets, while raising money and awareness for the animals at the Humane Society of Broward County. It is PAWS’ belief that Pets Are Worth Saving.

Family Friend ❏ 1 year - $50 ❏ 2 years - $100

Critter Friend ❏ 1 year - $35 ❏ 2 years - $70

Name: ______________________________________ Spouseʼs Name: ______________________________ Company Name: ______________________________ Address: ___________________________________ City:_______________St:______Zip: _____________ Phone (Home): ______________________________ Phone (Office): ______________________________ Phone (Cell): _________________________________ Phone (Fax): ________________________________ E-mail: _____________________________________


Best Friend ❏ 1 year - $100 ❏ 2 years - $200

Forever Friend ❏ Lifetime - $1,000

Payment Method: Please make checks payable to: PAWS And mail to: Humane Society of Broward County Attn: PAWS 2070 Griffin Road Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 For credit card payment please fill out below: Please charge my: ____Visa ____MC ____AMEX ____Discover Amount ____________________________________ Card # ____________________________________ Expiration Date ______________________________ Print Name ________________________________ Signature __________________________________

Upcoming Events

PAWS Holiday Party & Shopping Extravaganza

Angel PAWS Luncheon & Fashion Show

PAWS Gala “Rock Star Party Animals”

Monday, December 12 at Coral Ridge Country Club

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at Coral Ridge Country Club

Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six

PetSetters Searched High and Low and Found a Great Time!


etSet members and friends gathered together on Las Olas in July for PetSet’s Scavenger Hunt, an event that’s now in its second year. Teams of two to four members checked in at O Lounge and eagerly awaited the distribution of clue packets. Once the hunt began, participants dashed up and down Las Olas, trying to locate and snap photos of as many clues as they could find. When a team completed the search, it was off to YOLO where they enjoyed a complimentary, celebratory cocktail or beer. Team members then received a second complimentary cocktail at American Social. Event chairs Leia Bosco and Nikki Winchester were happy to see participants enjoying some friendly competition, while helping to raise funds to benefit the animals!

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The winning team was Oh Shih Tzu, made up of Jessica Petruzzelli, Brian Griffis, Lauren Vaneman and Stef Geisser. They each took home prize baskets featuring fabulous items from our generous sponsors. Team Aloha Beaches, comprised of Mimi Heptinstall, Ingrid Dyer, Kelly Jones and Zack Jones, won the Most Spirited Award for their creative outfits; they also enjoyed some special prizes. Many thanks to the sponsors of PetSet’s Scavenger Hunt: RumHaven, BreakThru Beverage Florida, Stephens Distributing Company, O Lounge, YOLO, American Social, W Fort Lauderdale, B Ocean, Yoga Joint, Dunkin Donuts and Weston Center for Plastic Surgery.

Samantha Chiz, Gabby Shayne and Micaela Weiss

Pamela Miller, Katie Leibick and Leia Bosco

Scott Rosaci, Philip Caldwell, Carrie Caldwell and Amanda Williams

Leia Bosco, Eliana Porras, Jackie Worsdale, Sarah Porter, Lauren Simo and Christine Dias

The winning team, Oh Shih Tzu, was made up of Jessica Petruzzelli, Brian Griffis, Lauren Vaneman and Stef Geisser

Taking home the Most Spirited Team award was Aloha Beaches -- Zack Jones, Kelly Jones, Ingrid Dyerand Mimi Heptinstall

Calling All Young Professionals If you’re a young professional who has a love for animals, and you’d like to connect and network with other career-driven, animal-loving individuals, then look no further. We’ve got the group for you! PetSet memberships are $50 per year, and your membership includes: • Invitations to exclusive members-only events • Discounted admission at all “open” PetSet events (events open to non-members) • Subscription to the Humane Society of Broward County’s Paw Prints newsletter • 10% discount at the Humane Society of Broward County’s Pet Boutique Visit or contact 954.266.6818 for more information.


Working Hand in Hand – and Paw in Paw


he county agency, Broward County Animal Care and Adoptions -- a governmental organization that is not affiliated with the HSBC -- receives thousands of stray pets annually. Sadly, some of these animals are not in the best of condition. Over the past year we have taken in several dogs, and a few cats, that needed medical care or special orthopedic surgery. Some of the more recent stories are detailed below.

Buzz Lightyear


ambunctious one-year-old Buzz Lightyear, an American bulldog, was transferred to us in July. After an examination and X-rays, our vet staff diagnosed two fractures to his left rear leg. We brought in a specialist to do surgery, which required a titanium plate and 29 metal staples. Buzz made a quick recovery and after two weeks of rest and healing the staples were removed. Buzz now gets around with a slight wiggle in his step, but he has

Buzz received an exam by an orthopedic specialist, veterinarian Dr. Cabrera (right), who later performed the surgery.

loads of spirit and, thanks to the Dolly’s Dream Foundation, his adoption fee and pet supplies were underwritten for the lucky family that would adopt him. That family turned out to be Anne and her dog Rosie, also an HSBC alumna. Anne renamed her new boy "Oliver" and they all live happily in Fort Lauderdale.

Enjoying some exercise and post-surgery cuddles with an HSBC clinic staff member.

Buzz, now named Oliver, is excited to go home with new mom Anne.



nother dog we provided assistance to over the summer was Chloe, a supersweet three-year-old Rottweiler mix guaranteed to smother you with kisses if given the chance. When Chloe arrived at our shelter, X-rays showed a fractured femur. The problem was that the injury was at least a few

Orthopedic specialist Dr. Cabrera and his assistant prep Chloe for surgery. 12

weeks old and had started to heal improperly. Surgery was done and she, like Buzz, needed rest for several weeks in order to heal. It didn’t take long for this girl to find a home, and she now lives a happy, healthy life in Fort Lauderdale with her new dad Rory.

Chloe was an excellent patient.

Ready to head out the door!

Working Hand in Hand – Continued Kiara


t was early June when Kiara came to the HSBC from Animal Care, limping badly as she walked. X-rays revealed that she was suffering from a very painful femoral head fracture of the growth plate. Femoral Head Osteotomy (FHO) surgery was performed at the shelter, and Kiara went home with one of our Adoption Ambassadors to heal and then find her forever home -which she did, with Julie of Ft. Lauderdale.



t just under a year old, adorable Eeyore is gentle, easygoing and good with other dogs. We picked him up from BCACA in August and gave him a thorough checkup, including several skin scrapings to see whether he had mange. Despite his patchy coat, Eeyore tested negative for the condition and our veterinarian diagnosed superficial pyoderma, a skin infection that could have been the result of living in a dirty environment prior to arriving at BCACA. We knew that with simple treatment, including lots of TLC and a nutritious Purina ONE diet, Eeyore would certainly overcome his condition and have a healthy coat. Eeyore went home quickly once Christian spotted him and fell in love.

In addition to being a terrifically sweet girl, beautiful Kiara is very photogenic. Eeyore was a docile and coopertive training subject while at the HSBC.



n August 1 we went to BCACA and picked up an injured five-month-old kitty who, despite her bruised and bloody hind leg, was sweet and docile, purring up a storm. An X-ray determined that this little gem who we named Sapphire had two fractures -- to her fibula and to the tibial cortex. Her wounds were cleaned and a splint applied, but within 24 hours Sapphire had removed her splint twice! A different type of splint (more like a cast) was put in place, which worked much better in deterring removal. On day three, Sapphire received laser treatment -- through her cast -- by one of our oncall vets, to help her injury heal. Dr. Hirschfeld reports, “She was a good patient, purred during the treatment, and didn’t mind having the protective safety goggles on.” Sapphire was fortunate that a foster home was available to help her recover. As of this writing she is available for adoption. Sapphire, a brave patient, is well on her way to a full recovery.

When Christian met Eeyore he didn't mind the patchy coat at all -he saw the loveable pup beneath it and adopted him.

We are so fortunate to be able to help animals like these at BCACA, who need extra-special medical care, so that they can have a second chance at living a happy and healthy life. Thanks to donations from people who care about animals -- people like you -- Chloe, Eeyore, Sapphire, Buzz Lightyear/Oliver, and Kiara have recovered from their injuries. Donations in any amount are appreciated toward this effort of saving lives. 13

Volunteer Spotlight Spotlight On:

Steve Niren

Began volunteering:



Dog Walker

Pets at home: Steve has a 30-year history of having Great Pyrenees and white German shepherds, but his last dog has passed away and he now lives in a condo. Two elderly cats are his companions these days. Favorite part of volunteering: “When I moved here full-time from Minnesota, I realized I missed the interaction of animals. They make me feel connected, so I decided to volunteer. My sister has been a volunteer at the HSBC for many years so that’s how I ended up here.” What the animals say: “When we see Steve coming, we get so excited! Thanks to him we get to walk and run outside, smell all kinds of interesting things, and pretend we’re lucky dogs just out for a stroll, with a nice home and someone to love us. He also gives us lots of pets and always has nice things to say to us that make our tails wag. We love Steve the Dog Walker!”

Interested in volunteering? We’re especially in need of dog walkers, adoption ambassadors and customer service volunteers. Call Lacey at 954.266.6814 to learn more and/or to sign up for our next orientation.

Steve Niren

Wish List There are lots of ways you can help us to help the animals. Just choose a wish here and make it come true; or see what the Clinic is wishing for in this issue. Feel free to grant as many wishes as you like! (Cost of some items is included in case you’d like to donate the funds for purchasing.) Should you have any questions, please call 954.266.6810.

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Packing tape Canned pumpkin Disposable packing tape dispensers Manual can openers Ping pong balls for cats to play with Home Depot Gift Cards - for bldg maint Premium ZINK paper 2x3 for Polaroid digital camera Dishwashing soap Automatic dishwasher tabs Scrubbing brushes for dishes Publix gift cards (to buy fresh veggies for our rabbits) Toys for dogs and cats Soft treats for dogs and cats White towels Paper towels Washable Crayola markers Yards of fleece fabric, any colors/patterns Mr. Clean Eraser Sponges

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Corrugated cardboard cat scratchers Laminating pouches, 8 ½ x 11 Dog training treat pouches Cheerios & Peanut Butter Dixie Cups Natural Balance Food rolls (dog enrichment program) Humane cat traps ($57 each) 8.5 x 11 lucite frames with easel back Gallon-size zip lock bags Boxes of tissues Full-size towels Plastic silverware Plastic table covers and skirts (54x108) Liquid hand soap Wowbutter soy nut spread Foldable rolling cart ($30) Enclosed strollers for our Adoption Ambassador cats ($100)

We’re in need of tablets with WiFi (no data plan needed), 16GB or higher, must have iOS 6. To be used mostly for registering people at off-site pre-Walk events.

Feature Item! Tablets Needed

• Sharp XEA107 Entry level cash register w/LED display ($115) • Point-and-shoot camera ($150) • New or gently used Canon Rebel camera to take pet photos for website ($400) • Sensation Harnesses for Ambassador dogs ($30) • New or gently used digital video recorder ($500) • Gently used box truck with lift gate • Gently used golf cart ($2,000)

undraising has started in earnest for the 2017 Walk for the Animals. Packs are being formed and people are getting their walking shoes ready for our largest fundraiser of the year. Favorite sponsors will be returning, along with some fresh new faces. Our 27th annual will take place on March 18 in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Be sure to mark your calendar! Walk day is a celebration of months of fundraising, with proceeds going to the animals in our care and the programs that we offer. Last year our enthusiastic and dedicated walkers raised over $525,000 for the animals! This year our goal is even higher. Remember, the more money raised, the more animals we can help.

You can walk as an individual, or it's easy to form your Walk Pack (team). Simply go to, register, choose a name for your Pack, and invite friends, family and co-workers to join and donate. Some of last year’s creative team names were Boxers or Briefs, Puppy Peddlers, and Stilish Paws, to name a few. Your Pack can be named after your pet, your business, or anything you choose. Once you’ve registered, you can set up a personal fundraising page that easily connects with your Facebook, Twitter and email. The face of the 2017 Walk for the Animals is our Cover Dog, Chiquita Mia (she goes by Mia). This beautiful five-year-old Chihuahua mix was adopted at our shelter by the Ramos family and she couldn’t be happier. Mia’s journey began when she was found abandoned and was brought to our shelter. At a scant four pounds, she was skinny and frightened -- until her new mom showed up. Mia immediately jumped into her arms and plastered her face with kisses. It was love at first sight for both of them. Dogs like Mia are fortunate when compassionate people visit us to find a new pet. When her new family was told that Mia was deaf, it didn’t faze them at all. The bond formed quickly and has grown stronger through the years. Her new family adapted by

teaching Mia hand signals, which she quickly picked up. They’ve reported that she is smart as a whip, and is loved and very spoiled. What better dog to represent the Walk as our Cover Dog? Join us in fundraising so that we can continue helping dogs like Mia -- and cats, Guinea pigs, hamsters and rabbits -- to find their forever homes. Be a part of the 2017 Walk for the Animals and raise $2,500 or more for the chance to have your dog as our 2018 Cover Dog. For more information, or if your business is interested in being a sponsor, contact Linda Sanders at 954.266.6817 or email To register, go to; you can start fundraising today without ever leaving your home!

Photo Credit: Little's Photography


The Walk is in Motion

Presented by

Our 2017 Walk Cover Dog Chiquita Mia says, "Join us for Walk for the Animals and help the homeless fur gang at the HSBC!"

Mutts Gone Nuts – Feb. 18, 2017 Y

Broward Center for the Performing Arts

ou’ll fall in love with the cast of crafty rescue dogs in Mutts Gone Nuts. These adorable four-legged acrobats will perform tricks and stunts to thrill and amaze you. Cheer them on as they walk on tight-wires, jump through hoops, balance on barrels, act mischievous, and even talk! This familyfriendly performance is a crowd-pleaser and leaves audiences howling for more. “A must see!” says the Washington Post.

Purchase tickets on line at mutts-gone-nuts, or stop by and register to win tickets at any of the events our Walk for the Animals committee is attending. Or you can register for Walk for the Animals or like us on facebook and watch there for more details. (If you go to the show, be sure to stop by the Walk table where we'll be giving out information and registering people for the Walk.)


Clear the Shelters Draws Adopters S

helter animals across the country and Puerto Rico, and people wanting to add a furry new member to their family, all benefitted on July 23 through the second annual Clear the Shelters event. Through this partnership between NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations and hundreds of animal shelters, many thousands of pets found loving new homes that day. Seven shelters participated in South Florida. Here at the HSBC we teamed up with local partners NBC 6 South Florida/WTVJ and Telemundo 51 Miami/WSCV. All adoption fees were waived for the event, and 121 of our animals found new homes! Eric Harryman from NBC 6 Miami spent the entire day with us at the shelter promoting the pets. Also helping to get the word out was our friend Steve Harmon from the Paul and Young Ron Show on Big 105.9. The PETCO Foundation provided goodie bags for our adopters, Metro PCS visited the shelter and gave away goodies to those who stopped by, and Sal’s Pizzeria rewarded our hardworking staff with delicious pizza the following day (which was still very busy because animals adopted on Saturday had to be spayed or neutered before heading home).

Our adoption fee was waived for Clear the Shelters but many adopters still wanted to contribute. Those who gave $50 or more are listed here. Our apologies, in advance, to anyone who donated but is not included in this listing: $100 + Donors Barbara Collette Sonia & Jolyon King Jamie & Neal Morris Kim & Ryan Reynolds Ruth Reynolds

$50 - $99 Donors Carmen Alfred Jennifer Boni Clyde Broughton & Roberto Lopez Mary Chester Jodi & Christian Dirmann Liz & Danny Giesler Herring Family Becky Ingram

Jesse Jones Leban Family Brian & Mimi Murphy Luz Stella Perez de Corcho Joseph Povelaitis Ana Maria Stickley Liz Oria Diana Quintana

“I was in today for Clear the Shelters with my mother-in-law so she could adopt a cat. Everyone was exceptionally nice and the facility and animals looked great! She found her new little man Junior and had a great time. Thanks Humane Society...good job!” EJC

The Jacir family of Weston reports that Dozer is an awesome dog, and they are happy to have added him to their family!

The aptly named Oreo got to go home with the Conroy family.

Little Friday went to his new home in Miami Beach with Jesse-Lee.

Mouse, a teddy bear hamster, went home with Joe.

Adorable Zuko was adopted by the Matos family of Margate.

Neal and Jamie Morris adopted beautiful Venus and took her home.


Clear the Shelters Continued. . .

Doug now has two little girls to dote on.

Bella is a new resident of Pembroke Pines -- and the newest member of Arleen's family.

Cypress was adopted by Ricardo of Deerfield. He's doing great and is an active pup who loves to play.

Eight-week-old Zelda, headed home.

Milo has a big new family to love!

This family picked sweet Rose.

Dexter found a new dad at Clear the Shelters.

Eight-year-young Delilah went home with the Rios family. We hear that she is happily getting spoiled!

Waldo waited with us for 2 months before being adopted by Lidia and her family. He was heartworm positive and is in the process of being treated, which we are able to do at no charge -- thanks to our 17 wonderful supporters.

Clear the Shelters... Continued

Ginger-colored Phoenix has a new mom and dad.

Rocky, still woozy from being neutered, is ready to go home!

Little Tommy found his purrrfect family.

Cutie Victoria is happy with her new dad.

Macho was adopted by Victor and went to his new home in Davie.

Roxxy and her new mom met at Clear the Shelters.


Ten-month-old Roxy found her new BFF!

Striker, ten years old, was adopted by Tonia of Miami; she reports that he is doing great.

10-year-old Charlie the cat waited three months for the perfect family. He hit the jackpot with the Lundys; Charlie loves kids!


We're Making Pit Stops

n early September we held our first-ever Pit Stop event at the Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park. The idea was to promote the adoption of “bully breeds,” of which the HSBC sees many. These include the American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, American bulldog and others.

Wristbands were sold which entitled the buyer to a discount on beer, and people could buy a chance to win one of several gift baskets. Our Pet Boutique was also on hand selling pet-related items and unique gifts. Larry Warsh Photography took photos of people with their pets in exchange for a donation to the shelter.

Many who attended brought their dogs to join in on the fun – Funky Buddha is always pet-friendly, as they have an outdoor area that accommodates both two- and four-legged patrons. The HSBC’s adoption team introduced four of our current bully breed guests that were available for adoption. The dogs’ sweet demeanors helped to dispel some of the pre-conceived notions that people have of the breeds.

Over $1,100 was raised through donations, wristband sales and gift basket chances, and nearly $400 in boutique sales was tallied.

The HSBC's Sara Negron with Wendy, who was looking for a home.

We’re hoping to visit other places of business, to introduce our wonderful bully breed friends to more of the public. If you can help us to spread the good word about these often-misunderstood dogs, and to raise some funds to take care of them at the same time, please contact Darlene at or 954.266.6838.

Andrea Silverberg, the HSBC's Customer Service Supervisor, made sure everyone bought a chance to win a great gift basket.

Sisters Whitney and Roxi, on the way to having fun at Funky Buddha.

Friends and families at the event posed for photos by Larry Warsh Photography.

HSBC volunteer Holly Delaro with Eeyore, who has since been adopted.

Pit Stop attendees Jessica and Kim with their dogs, and foster dog Sugar (center).

CrossFit for the Animals In late September we visited a fundraiser at The Training Pit CrossFit in Hollywood, introducing the group there to Meat Loaf and Blue, two bully breed dogs looking for their forever homes. It was a workout for a cause, with a one-hour session targeting all levels of fitness and raising funds for the HSBC via the $10 participation fee. Nearly $400 was raised!


Send your letters and cute pet photos to: 2070 Griffin Road, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312 Or e-mail photos and letters (photos JPG with a minimum of 180 dpi resolution) to

Dear Humane Society,


y new name is Chiquis. I was adopted May 30th 2015 and nobody knew how old I was. My mom went to the shelter to find her future son and she found me. When they told her I might be around 8-9 and were afraid my mom would turn me down but she didn't! But they were silly. I'm around 4 years they just don't know it! I had various issues at first and a massive hernia in my belly my mom got removed. With her care and my grandpa’s I was able to be up and running on the 3rd day! I live with my mom now and I'm so spoiled! I'm always begging for some treats but mom is always giving me organic food and organic treats. Geesh mom! I even went to Peru for vacation! I never thought I'd be so lucky! They even let me in all these fancy restaurants! My mom lets me do whatever I want really but my mom raised a well behaved young boy so I don't give a hard time. She never leaves me out of site. But I do miss mom when she goes to work and every morning she leaves the radio on for me so I can relax but I guess she works so much to afford my food? All I know is that things always happen for a reason and the fact that nobody wanted me for my various health issues was worth it as I have the best mom ever! Thank you HSBC for helping find the right mom for me! Alejandra Bilbao Plantation

Hello Folks,


y name is Dooby(sie) (among other names I get called along the way depending on how good or bad I am).

I’m a “CHIWEENIE’’ (That’s Chihuahua mixed with Dachshund in case you were wondering). My journey began in a shelter up north; not sure how that happened or why I was put there. Well! The wonderful people at the HSBC on one of their many trips spotted me in a kennel (I think they were cleaning it at the time so it was full of water) being the dapper little fellow I am, all of 2 lbs. I wanted to make a good impression so they would pick ME. I have to say it was a bit daunting because you see I had NO fur anywhere on my body. I looked like a rat gone wrong, my little paws were all raw from paddling around in the water and these ginormous ears, plus, they probably thought I was an oldie not a good candidate but they took pity and YEAH! I was on my way to a better life. So fast forward, my age was estimated at Dooby about 5 months after checking my teeth (which I had too many) along with a few other peculiar ailments. Two days before Christmas I went to my foster home to be part of a family with other hounds all shapes sizes young & old, my fur grew back thank goodness, after lots of TLC now I am a very handsome Chiweenie and still only a mere 2 ½ lbs. I’m loving the good life in my wonderful new home, charging around like a Ninja Warrior as my Mom calls me and getting into all sorts of trouble and then looking at her with those big eyes and ears -- who can resist me?! Thank you HSBC for all your support and all you do for us Doggies & Kitty Cats. Woof Meow.


Dooby G


Dear Humane Society,


y daughter-in-law, son, and family adopted your puppy Carlos from Petco on Glades and 441 Saturday so I thought I would send you a happy picture so you can see just how much this puppy will be loved!! He is one of the puppies they said came from Puerto Rico!! Thank you very much for all the loving work all of you do! Victoria Skiba & Derek Skiba New Mom and Dad Lighthouse Point



Dear HSBC,


e adopted Skyy from your Petco location in Boca Raton on August 13, 2015 -- the same day our son had his braces put on, what a busy and exciting day for our family. We had previously adopted Sambuca, aka Boo, on March 2005 a couple of months after my husband and I were married and relocated to Florida. She was such an amazing dog and a huge part of our family for 10 ½ years. She passed away on June 2, 2015 and what a hole in our hearts she left behind and amazing memories; thank you for finding her for us. We needed a little time to pass before we found our new baby Skyy! I believe in my heart that Boo sent Skyy to us. Having a puppy has brought new life and joy into our home with a lot of craziness, but it’s all good when everyone is smiling, laughing and full of love. Thank you for all the work that you do and for helping complete our family again,


Jennifer, Donald, Vincent & Skyy Ciullo Parkland


The following letter is from an HSBC staff member who has adopted three pets from us. All had medical issues that made them seem “less adoptable” to many in the general public.



ttached are pictures of my adoptees. Lady is a golden retriever and is 11 years old. She was surrendered when her family moved and the landlord wouldn’t let them keep her. She is amazing. She had medical problems when we adopted, but had surgery to remove two masses and is doing well. She also helps Stephanie, the HSBC trainer, with her good citizen dog meets. She lives with a Malinois lab mix named Kane, also adopted. She loves the pool and lies with our cat Mazikeen who was adopted a month ago. Mazikeen, a Cornish rex, came in with a severe tear duct infection in both eyes. I fostered him and treated his eyes and he is a foster failure. He is two years old and is more dog than cat. He loves to snuggle and plays with the dogs, often sleeping next to them. He loves high places and will wake you by walking all over your face at 3 in the morning! All of us make up one big, happy family. Thanks, Shelley

Lady and Kane


Dear HSBC,


Dear HSBC,


annah is ready to watch football tonight with Dad wearing her Patriots jersey! Hannah is well and very smart and we love having her! Love, Roberta Burns (Hannah’s new owners live in new England. They adopted her and flew her straight up to her new home.)

n March 30, 2016 I adopted Mia from you. She chose me by asking for a tummy rub 30 seconds after I met her. She also interacts well with 7.5-year-old Karma, rescued from you 6 years ago. Thanks for all you do.




To have your memorial expressed through our newsletter, please use the enclosed envelope to send a contribution of $25 or more. Donations of $100 and more appear in color; for a $500 contribution a photo of your pet will be included. We will send an acknowledgment to the bereaved upon your request. Please print clearly, and indicate whether your memorial is for a person or pet. Due to space limitations, your message may be edited; multiple donations in memory of the same person may be grouped together. The newsletter is scheduled to mail in January, April, July and October. Memorials received by September 22 are included here. The deadline for the January issue is December 22.

In loving memory of Poppin Alaimo, March 2002 – June 2016. Miss Poppin loved to visit with house guests. Thanks to all of you who showed her love and affection during the last decade, plus. Love, Friends of Poppin. In loving memory of Kathy Loper’s beloved dog, Faith. From Jay Doro. In memory of Bambino & JoJo – two sweet babies whose loving mother has a heart as wide as the ocean and who loved you more than words can express. May you comfort and love each other on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge. From the 5:45 Jack’s Rabbits. In memory of Kobe, from Thomas Owens. In memory of Ezzy, a beloved cat, companion and friend. She is greatly missed. From Steve & Heather. In loving memory of Kiki, who brought tremendous joy into the world. From Keith & Amanda. In loving memory of Belle, one of the sweetest dogs in the world. You were an angel on earth. From Lisa & Paul. In memory of Mollie, Barnie, Countess, Maddie, Max & Sassy. From Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Anderson. In memory of Maya Serafini, from Susan & Ed Michaelson. In memory of Alex – our condolences on the passing of your dog. From Carl Artman. In memory of Tribi Jilani. Our Tribi was rescued after he was thrown out of a car. Being in bad condition, we took him to our vet then adopted him. He lived a wonderful life even though it was short. We still miss him very much but he’s in Heaven. From Norma Jilani. In memory of Snow White. I’ll be watching over you still, of that you can be sure. I’m your canine guardian angel and my love for you remains pure. From Tina Shanks. In memory of Joey. No matter the time, the age, the circumstance, it always hurts to lose a pet you’ve loved. Joey is smiling down on you both today. From Jack’s Rabbits. In memory of Dinah, from John & Barbara Holt. In memory of Doodle, with love from Howard & Meryl Steklof. In memory of Beloved KK. From Mr. Bernie & Ms. Barbara. In memory of Ginger. From Donald L. Twiss. 22

In memory of Ginger Maliner. To Lloyd & Annette: We want you both to know that we understand your loss and that we grieve with you. Ginger was a member of our family and this donation is in honor of her. With much love and hugs from your folks, Robert & Veronica. In memory of Booker “The Bookmaker” Brownlow. From John W. Borsa, Jr. In memory of Peek A Choo, a beautiful little parakeet who gave 15 years of love and wonderful memories to her family. From Mark & Marguerite Cianci. In memory of Bailey. We will miss him terribly! From Debbi, Henry, Laurie & Adam. In memory of Holly, your best friend. From Evelyn. In memory of Copper – a cool cat that went out with his boots on. We miss you, Cop! From Nugget. In memory of Jackson, from Linda Genovese. In memory of Bianca. With love from Howard & Meryl Steklof. In loving memory of Mimi, special dog of Ellen Rodriguez. From Christine Williams. In memory of TiKi, from Martha & David. In loving memory of Evinrude, dearly loved Lab of Marj & Houston Horne. With sympathy from Kathy, Dave & Lili Gardner. In memory and honor of Scooter Galan – he was loved. From The Branch Administrators of Henderson Behavioral Health. In memory of Pierrette’s dogs. From Rosalyn Berger. In memory of Riesling, Samantha, Linden & Prancer. You filled our lives and hearts with so much LOVE. Forever in our hearts. From Micki Rodriguez & Stephen Sisson. In memory of Katie, from Sue Ann & Ethel. In memory of Karly for the many wonderful years that we shared. From Nicole Vanden Heuvel. In loving memory of Mathew. You will forever be in our hearts. From George. In memory of Lucy England. May the England family take comfort knowing that Lucy is free of pain and restrictions… now running free, eating her favorite treats, and telling all the other dogs that she may look bigger but she is really “petite.” She will be missed! From Fran Banner. In loving memory of Nikkita, from Vinodray Mehta.

In memory of Bandit. Find comfort, Mayr & Leo, in knowing the joy your furry travel companion brought into your lives and others. Love, Jill & Stephanie. In memory of Hollywood Ring – Hollywood was a loyal & loving friend to all who knew her. I will miss her snuggles and smothering on my visits to Florida. From Debbie Ubele. In memory of Hollywood Ring, from Kasia, George, Andy, Ela & Lola Guhr. In memory of Sabrina – a gift to help Sabrina’s friends. From Aunt Linda. In memory of Bailey, from Breezie. In memory of Dulce. From Heather Howell & Family. In memory of Zephyr. From Ethel Weinberger & Sue Ann Charron. In memory of Brittany, from Marc & Valerie. In memory of your sweet dog Sofie. From Howard & Meryl Steklof with love! In memory of Ginger Maliner. RIP sweet Ginger. From the Baldwin family. In honor and memory of our beloved Sheila who for 115 dog years taught the world unconditional love and forgiveness. She is now back home in the arms of our Savior. From Tom Owens. In memory of Nina…a sweet, regal Weimaraner who loved chasing Mark’s laser light at Happy Tails Dog Park. From Bonnie Heather Lurer. In memory of Rosie. Dear Rosie – Thank you for the years of joy you brought to Nancy & Michele and all their friends. From Creg, David, Stan & Phil. In memory of Maggie, from Beth Miller. Dear Jocelyn, Aaron, Nicky & Jonah: In loving memory of Bruno. While there will always be sadness, may you also be blessed with the fun and happy memories of the shared life together. Fondly, Leslie & Pete. In memory of Sara, a sweet little dog who was lucky to have been loved by so many for so long. From Barbara & Scott Tyler. In memory of Karly Feinberg, “our Honey Girl” & B.F.F. Karly lived 15 glorious years and was celebrated almost quarterly in Paw Prints. She had a fabulous life and made her Mommy & Jeff so very happy. The sadness we feel is overwhelming. She will be missed and will forever be in our hearts. We Love You. From Mommy & Jeff.

In memory of Buddy. From Kathy Jacobs.

In memory of Chuck Naranjo. From Debbie & Jeff Fennell.

In memory of Sedric, Sadie & Simon, from Aventura Insurance Group.

In memory of Phyllis Benson. From Micki & Gerry Salomon.

In memory of Buddy. From Debra Howard Heck.

In memory of Marty Tunis, from Russell Rossi & Christopher Drummond.

In memory of Jessie, my beloved Border Collie. From Anne Preston.

In memory of John Oss, with love from Mark & Carol Fried.

To the members of HSBC, the world’s BEST animal shelter: On May 2, 2007 we adopted the most beautiful & sweetest Yorkie in the world from your fabulous establishment. Her name was Sugar. Unfortunately, she had to be euthanized on August 1 of this year. Sugar was so well liked and loved by so many people. Please accept the enclosed donation in Sugar’s name, as a token of our gratitude. Thank you for giving us 9 years with the most magnificent little dog that you can imagine. Gratefully, Dave & Marilyn Cohen.

In memory of John Oss, with sincere condolences from Rod & Caryl Nalven.

In memory of Rosie & Sandy, from Angela Coplien.

To Chris Quartin & Family in memory of your mother. From Patti & Bart Quartin.

In memory of Joey Stewart. From Margaret Osburn. In memory of Chester Niss. We love you and miss you, Chester Niss! From the Niss family. In memory of Mitch, from Mr. & Mrs. Robert Cebrat. In memory of Beth Bird, from William Bird. In memory of Suzanne Wright, from Jean Whitson. In memory of Patricia McGarry, a friend who loved cats. From Freda Logan. In memory of Nicholas Ellis. From Emmanuelle Sartor. In memory of Darren Gill. From the City of Tamarac. In memory of Gary Rosen. From Diane & Steve Gershenson. In memory of Marie Braga and her little friends. From Roger Mierop. In memory of Paul “Richard” Mitchell, Jr. From The Spice Lab family. In memory of Sara DeWarf, from Colette Wilbur.

In memory of John Oss, with love from Cathy & Leighton Bewley. In memory of Kevin Murphy. From Sue & Jim Klau. In memory of Martin J. Tunis. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and his dog “Bo.” From Ronald Fluellen. In memory of Ron David, from Moss, Peg, Ethan, Susan, Oren, Amy & Jennifer.

In memory of Emily Rachel Sutker. Always thinking of you, Em. Especially a bit extra this month. Happy Birthday, beautiful. Hope Jiggy and Jackson spoil you silly with doggy kisses! Love you lots, Mand. In memory of Oliver “Ollie” McMurry Grace, III. A kind and gentle soul has left us physically but in our hearts forever. From Sandi & Family. In memory of Ivan J. Smith. This donation is for Ivan, Angel & generations of beloved Smith dogs. Woof. From Kate Effinger & family. In memory of Ivan J. Smith – The animals have lost a friend. From Bart & Christina Hartman. In memory of Ivan Smith, from Linda & Richard Allen. In memory of Ivan J. Smith. We remember Ivan as a wonderful, personable, generous and fun-loving gentleman. Ivan showed great love for his family and, of course, his beagles! From Tom & Gloria. In memory of Ivan J. Smith. Stephanie - Our thoughts & prayers are with you and your family as we honor the memory of your Dad. From Barbara & David Welch.

In memory of Adam Metlika. “Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer.”– Dean Koontz. From Andrea, Gokhan, Jeremy & Brooke. In loving memory of Mary Buscemi. From Rona Wolfson. In memory of Adam Metlika. From Jill Sauer. In memory of Ivan J. Smith. From the Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtors. In memory of Ivan J. Smith, from Liz Gorra & Charlie Zarett. In memory of Ivan J. Smith. He always loved his Beagles and he appreciated the work the HSBC did to help the rescued animals in our community. From Ivan & Sharon Gant. In memory of Adam Metlika. From Dan Cahoon/Jerry Pair Leather, Inc. In memory of Adam Metlika. To Kristen Metlika & family: Although we did not work in the same location of Jerry Pair and we’ve never met, I was so terribly sorry to hear about the sudden loss of your husband. You will be in all of Jerry Pair’s thoughts and prayers. From Gretta Hobein (Jerry Pair). In memory of Adam Lee Metlika. On behalf of myself and the NY staff of Jerry Pair, we’d like to send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this most difficult time. From Ashley & Jerry Pair NYC. In loving memory of Stanley Blitstein. From Beverly & Kenneth Anderson. In memory of Donald Kaplan, from Martin Claire & Shelly Blum and Families. In memory of Ivan Smith. From Joyce & Jim Olson. In memory of Adam Metlika. From Julia & Arnold Washburn. In memory of Ivan Smith. From Margareta WalleniusKleberg. In memory of Adam Metlika, from CHS Class of 66 Reunion Committee.

In memory of Sandi Bradley, from Virginia & Rodney Bradley.

In memory of Shelley Tilonsky, with deepest sympathy and love, Marlene.

In memory of Cliff Jolley. From Steven Rask.

In memory of Jennifer Williams, from Steve & Robin Newman.

In memory of my sister Helen W. Tesher who was a volunteer for the Humane Society of Broward County. This donation is to honor her wishes. She was an avid animal lover and donated her time every weekend to better the lives of the animals in your care. From Mimi Saylor.

In memory of Ivan J. Smith. From the Wittmer Family.

In memory of Donald Kaplan, from Theresa Gioffre.

In memory of Anthony Fucci, from Dottie Sillano & Romeo. In memory of Ronald Davis. From LexisNexis Risk Solutions.

In memory of Abby Demare, from Carol Demare.

In memory of Donald Kaplan, from Donna Gioffre, Louis Gioffre & family.

In memory of Stella Maracic. From Daniel Brady.

In memory of David Kaye. From Bryce & Elizabeth Epstein.

In memory of Belle Weinstein and in celebration of a beautiful life! Love, Howard & Meryl Steklof. In memory of Adam Kaufman, from Joan Ross.

In memory of Elizabeth Winters, from a friend. In memory of Elizabeth (Betsy) Winters. Betsy, you will be missed. From Bernice Jaffe. In memory of Jacqueline King. From Carol & Brian Genson. In memory of Suzanne Diack Wright, from Richard & Judith Vinroot.

In memory of Ivan J. Smith. From Susan & Jeffrey Rome/Chestnut Hill Management Co. In memory of Adam Lee Metlika from the following family and friends: George & Shirley De Angelo; Melissa Christensen; Christy & Stephen Almond; Cherie Wachter; Yolanda Nave; William & Marjorie Eyster; and Phil & Sally Headley.

In loving memory of Clorinda Healy. May she rest in peace. From Debbie, Alisa & Charlette. In memory of Sharon Stedman. From Brenda, Davey & Nolan Rolf. In memory of Norman Hirsch. From Adam Hirsch.


HONORS AND CELEBRATIONS Send an extra-special message with a donation for the animals! Contributions of $25 or more receive mention in Paw Prints; donations of $100 and more appear in color. Please use the envelope provided in this newsletter. Paw Prints is scheduled to mail in January, April, July and October. Messages received by September 22 are included here. The deadline for the January issue is December 22. In honor of Lily, from Paddy & Nena Furzer. In honor of Tuesday. Dear Toosie, We love and miss you very much. From G & G Harker. In honor of our friend @iggy mila! From Sprout. In honor of Molly Phillips. Since adopting Molly from the Humane Society of Broward County, our lives are brighter every day. She brings so much love and happiness to our family and we are beyond grateful for finding her. Thank you HSBC for helping us find Molly! From the Phillips family. In honor of Diesel Baars-Giroux. From Jeffery Baars. In honor of Zoe Feinberg, our new little girl. On September 6 you arrived from Alabama & immediately became part of our family… 10 weeks old and a sweet puppy. We will have many good times spoiling and loving you. Stay healthy and safe forever. Love, Mommy & Daddy. In honor of Jessica Wetzold, from Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Novick. In honor of Bob Puck – Happy Birthday! From Debbie Lollar. In honor of Robert J. Puck. Happy Birthday, Bob! From Shelley Marciano. In honor of Sandra Bradley. I’ll miss our lunches and dinners. From Syd Homan. In honor of the Kostecki family and their new house! From Lilli Stevens. In honor of Peter Green, from Brian & Kim

Bencie. In honor of Louise & Alan Scheib – Happy 50th Anniversary. Best wishes with love from Gilma & Lilia. In honor of Dr. John Eccher & Just Paws Animal Hospital Staff. Thank you for giving Joey Steehler 13 years of wonderful care and love. From David & Elaine Steehler. In honor of John Kaufman & Clifford Smith on their wedding. From Rita, Gabby & the cats. In honor of Lucianne Agate – congratulations on your new condo! From Lilli Stevens. In honor of Joyce Gitlin – Happy Birthday, from Riki Frankel. In honor of Jean Ciaburri. Our deepest sympathy during this difficult time. Know that you are surrounded by your loved ones because of the love that you have shown to so many. Thank you, Jean, for the fun dinners. You were always so very kind and sweet. This kindness is reflected beautifully in your children. Love always, Helen & Sylvet Waters. In honor of Christine Scrivener, from Yaniv Cohen. In honor of Dr. Alan Lewis. Congratulations on your big birthday to my big brother. Love, Susan Allan & Kevin Michelle. In honor of Elizabethanne (Bettyanne) Denton. Always In Our Thoughts, Forever In Our Hearts. From Rod Vamosi & Charlie Rivenbark. In honor of Marty Hinze, from Ken & Cindy Reitano. In honor of Echo Keller Banigan. From Stephen Banigan.

In honor of Heinrich Kortye, from Kent & Cathy Stolley and Dennis & Patty Cahill. In honor of Isolde’s Father. From Norman Kunkel & Family. In honor of Andrea Darlow – Happy Birthday, Andrea!! From David & Elaine Blattner. In honor of Damon Lorber, from Dee Luceri. In honor of Claire Garofalo. We are so sorry for the loss of Claire. From Martin & Rachelle Springer. In honor of John & Sandra Yang – Congratulations on your new home! From Lilli Stevens. In honor of Mia Albright’s 10th Birthday. From Scott Collins; Aaron Reed; and Philip & Gayle Rosen. In honor of Joyce & Frederick Schnurr – Happy 25th Anniversary. From Alana & Glenn. In honor of the Dietrich family – congratulations on your new home! From Lilli Stevens. In honor of Amit, Melissa, Ari & Ollie. From the Ehrlich family. In honor of Derin Oesch – Happy Birthday, Derin! From Sebastian & Sofia Jurado. In honor of Clifford Smith & John Kaufman’s marriage. From Tamer & Claire Harpke. In honor of Gerald Tower, from Marilyn & Shelley Pernick. In honor of Andrew & Tanya Heller – Best Wishes on your wedding! From Lisa Kitei. In honor of Dr. David Bieber & Staff. Thank you for your care and kind words of concern for us and Joey. From Elaine & David Steehler.

In honor of Garric Sacca – Happy Birthday. From Jill Anstendig.

Photo Sessions “For the Love of PAWS”

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or the Love of PAWS” is a unique opportunity to pay tribute to a beloved pet. The pet attends a private photo session at the shelter with photographer David Lee (people may appear in the photo as well). The contributor’s photo of choice is framed and displayed at the shelter in one of three select areas, with the cost ranging from $1,500 to $5,000 depending upon the area chosen. Photos remain on display for five years, after which the client may renew or keep the framed photo. The contribution is tax-deductible, and 18 photos have been sold to date. For more information, please call us at 954.266.6845. 24

Smart Ideas for Year-End Benefits


ith the end of the year just around the corner, now is an excellent time for you to review your charitable giving plans. Here are some creative options to consider for your year-end planning that can help support the Humane Society of Broward County and also benefit you. CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS - A simple gift of cash or an unneeded asset can further the HSBC’s mission and provide you with valuable tax savings.

APPRECIATED SECURITIES – If you have appreciated stocks, bonds or mutual fund shares, you may want to gift them because you receive greater tax benefits when you donate appreciated securities. You get an income tax deduction and you avoid capital gains. Consult with your personal attorney or estate planner for the estate plan that works best for you and that will benefit the animals.

CHARITABLE GIFT ANNUITY - Double your benefits while making a gift and receiving cash back. A gift annuity gives you income tax advantages this year while providing you with dependable payments for life at higher rates than you can obtain from traditional investments. IRA CHARITABLE ROLLOVER - On December 18, 2015 legislation was signed into law that indefinitely extended the IRA Charitable Rollover and made it retroactive to January 1, 2015, with no expiration date. The IRA Charitable Rollover allows anyone age 70½ years or older to make an outright charitable gift of up to $100,000 directly from their IRA to a qualified charity without paying income tax on the distribution.

Estate planning helps to support homeless animals for many years into the future.

A Lasting Impression Do you want to leave a lasting legacy for the animals? You can do just that, and give the gift that will keep on giving -- providing food, shelter and a second chance to a great many needy animals. Those of us who love animals our whole lives often want to be able to make a difference for as many animals as we can. The best way to carry out that wish is to support all of the animals at the Humane Society of Broward County through a bequest. By making a bequest to the Humane Society of Broward County in your will, you can ensure that your love for animals will continue on…and that we’ll be able to keep providing food, shelter, medical attention and compassion to the tens of thousands of animals who depend on us. You will also be recognized as a member of our Legacy Club.

Name ________________________________________________ Address ______________________________________________

If you would like more information about legacy gifts, please phone 954.266.6845 or complete the following and mail it to:

City, ______________________State_______ Zip____________

Humane Society of Broward County

Phone _______________________________________________

Attn: Development 2070 Griffin Road Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 (fax) 954.989.3991

Fax _____________________________________________ E-mail___________________________________________


From Cruelty Investigative Officer Sharron Carmichael

The Three-Year Rabies Vaccination


hree-year rabies vaccines, available for cat and dog rabies vaccinations, have recently become widely accepted in veterinarian clinics throughout the U.S. However, there are specific protocols which must be used when a pet is on this type of rabies vaccine schedule, and some veterinarians may not recommend this form of vaccination due to specific situations. What is the Three-Year Rabies Vaccine? This type of vaccination is created by killing, or inactivating, a strain of the live rabies virus which results in a ‘killed virus’ vaccine. There is no risk of transmitting rabies to a cat or dog through the vaccine, and the vaccine will successfully protect a cat or dog from the rabies virus for three years. The three-year rabies vaccines are identical in content to the oneyear killed virus rabies vaccines which have been used for decades. The major differences between the two are in labeling, recordkeeping and vaccination protocols. The dosage is not three times the strength of the one-year dosage, although many veterinarians may charge up to three times the price of the one-year vaccine. Three-Year Rabies Vaccination Protocols Most vaccine protocols for three-year rabies are as follows: •

The initial rabies vaccine (administered to puppies and kittens) is good for one year (generally given at four months of age)

At one year of age another one-year rabies vaccine is needed.

At two years of age, the three-year rabies vaccine may be given.

Adult dogs and cats that have an unknown vaccination history or who have not received a one-year rabies vaccine before, must receive a one-year rabies vaccine and then the next year they may qualify for the three-year vaccine.

Paw Path Thank you to everyone who has sponsored a commemorative brick on the Humane Society’s Paw Path! Those listed below purchased a brick during the months of June, July and August: Danielle Capparelli LaVar Edgecombe Stacy Johnson


Susan Penrod Lila Yore

Does this mean I only need to see my veterinarian every three years? Regular wellness examinations (at least once or twice a year) are the most important preventive measure that you can provide for your pet. Vaccinations are just one component of the wellness visit. To help keep your pet in optimum health, regular wellness examinations are critical — regardless of how often vaccines are administered. Remember, cats and dogs age at a much faster rate than humans, so a once-yearly exam -- depending on the age of the pet -- is similar to a human getting a physical every five to ten years. Plus, animals don’t always show signs of early disease, and they can’t easily communicate discomfort to us. Important information to know: While you are not required to get a rabies vaccination for three years, you are required to obtain a Rabies/License tag through Broward County Animal Care and Adoption each year. Cost of the Rabies Registration Tag: The cost of the Rabies Registration Tag depends on whether your pet is a dog or cat and whether your pet is spayed/neutered*: DOGS: • If your dog is spayed/neutered (fixed) -- $25 • If your dog is NOT spayed/neutered (fixed) -- $55 • Replace a current, lost tag -- $10 CATS: • If your cat is spayed/neutered (fixed) -- $15 • If your cat is NOT spayed/neutered (fixed) -- $30 • Replace a current, lost tag -- $10 The Humane Society of Broward County offers rabies vaccinations by appointment. When we administer the rabies vaccination, you’re able to purchase your Broward County pet license tag from us. To schedule an appointment, please call 954.266.6858 or

Pay lasting tribute to a friend, pet, or family member and show your support for the HSBC at the same time! With a contribution of $250, your special message will appear on a Paw Path brick at the shelter. For more information or to receive an order form, please call Sandy at 954.266.6869.

Featuring warm and fuzzy shelter stories

These Felines are the Cat's Meow! T



en-year-old Chewey was surrendered because his owner was ill and could no longer take care of him. Our clinic staff noticed that the handsome, one-eyed white Persian had a wobbly walk, likely due to some arthritis and a possible disc problem. A weekly medication was prescribed. One of our longtime foster parents met Chewey and knew he would fit in perfectly with her senior pets at home. Now named Louis, this guy acts like he’s lived all his ten years in his new home, getting along swimmingly with the other cats and the dogs. Not one to shy away from attention, he adores being petted and doted upon. He's even had special steps placed so that he can easily walk up onto the couch and claim his spot.

The following comes from a happy adopter:


hen I visited the Humane Society I was looking to adopt a big fluffy older cat, similar to one I had adopted years ago at your shelter and who had recently passed away. While there were many beautiful cats there, I kept going back to a certain shy, petite, one-eyed kitty. She was a year old, and I knew I had to adopt her. She had her head buried under her blanket and was so nervous when they brought her into the room! Fast forward from her adoption and after nearly a month of hiding, sweet Minnie has settled in and adores my other cats. They wrestle and play and she just purrs and purrs when you pet her. She has filled out now and the patches of fur that were missing are gone. I know many people must have their hearts set on a certain breed or color of cat or dog, I sure did…but adopting Minnie was one of the best things I have done. Thank you for giving me that opportunity. Keep up the great work! Minnie’s new mom


Vanette Gogh

hen Vanette Gogh was transferred to the HSBC from Broward County Animal Care and Adoptions, it was obvious something was missing -- her right ear. While we’re not sure exactly what happened to her, we did know that she was a complete love bug, who only wanted to snuggle and purr. Luckily for this little girl, she got to visit the DJ Laz morning show on Hits 97.3. She quickly won over the hearts of everyone in the studio, and Kimmy B, the morning show’s co-host, was especially smitten. Immediately after the show, Kimmy B came to the shelter and adopted Vanette Gogh. The latest report is that she is happily ensconced in her new home and the family couldn’t be happier.

A Malcolm, with HSBC vet tech Jenna Parker, before he is sedated to have the sutures removed following eye surgery.


tiny fur-ball, little Malcolm came to the shelter when he was just seven weeks old. We put him into foster care to help him get over a cold, but unfortunately he developed a very bad infection in both eyes. We arranged for his foster parent to take him to an eye specialist where it was determined that due to the infection, Malcolm was partially blind; he required special medication as well. After several more weeks his left eye was looking better but the right had not improved, so the decision was made to remove the eye. Surgery went fine and Malcolm was a real trooper, now getting around just like any other rambunctious kitten. Just before this newsletter went to print, Malcolm was adopted and went home to live in Pembroke Pines with his new family.

There are always amazing cats waiting to be adopted at the HSBC. We hope you’ll visit us when you’re ready to open your home to a new pet.

Malcolm and Ellen Jaffe from Easy Radio became fast friends when she helped promote him on the station's web site and facebook page. Ellen, who is a huge cat-lover, says Malcolm is a regular purring machine.


The shelter is located at 2070 Griffin Road Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

954-989-3977 Fax: 954-989-3991

Humane Society of Broward County: Located immediately west of I-95 on the south side of Griffin Road. Tel: 954.989.3977

Volunteers Needed We’re especially in need of volunteers for our Adoption Ambassador Program, Customer Service, and Dog Walkers. Call 954.266.6814 for information on how to help.

Visit us on the web at Adoptions:

Mon - Sat: 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Sunday: 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.


Mon - Sat: 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Sunday: 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.



ADOPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PRESS 6 HOURS AND DIRECTIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6723 OWNER’S REQUEST EUTHANASIA………………… 6722

CALENDAR November 7 & 8: PAWS on the Green Ladies' Invitational Golf Tournament


December 2:

PetSet White Party

ANIMAL ASSISTED THERAPY . . . . . . . . . . . . . 954.266.6877

December 3:

Paws and Shop Event for Kids At the shelter, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

ANIMAL ADMISSIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 954.266.6873

PAWS Holiday Party & Shopping Extravaganza

BEHAVIOR & TRAINING PROGRAMS . . . . . . 954.266.6819

December 12:

January 25, 2017: Angel PAWS Luncheon & Fashion Show


BEHAVIOR HELPLINE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 954.266.6851 DOG OBEDIENCE REGISTRATION . . . . . . . . 954.266.6855 DONATIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 954.266.6816

March 18, 2017:

Walk for the Animals

EDUCATION DEPT. SCHEDULING. . . . . . . . . 954.266.6848

April 22, 2017:

PAWS Gala: Rock Star Party Animals

HURRICANE HOTLINE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 954.266.6871 JOB HOTLINE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 954.266.6859

Mobile Adoptions: We offer mobile adoptions at the PETO located at 9960 Glades Road in Boca Raton. Pet Loss and Grief Support Sessions are held free of charge on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 5:30 p.m. at the shelter. To register, please call 954.266.6848. Dog Obedience Classes - are offered in six-week group sessions with classes on Tue. or Wed. evenings or on Sat. or Sun. mornings. The cost is $150 for dogs adopted from the shelter and $180 for all other dogs. To register or for more information visit For private dog obedience lessons call Stephanie Rodgers at 954.266.6819. Volunteer Orientation sessions are held on a regular basis: Call Volunteer Services at 954.266.6814 for details. Puppy Pre-School – Classes are offered in four-week group sessions with classes on Sat. mornings. The cost is $100 for puppies adopted from the shelter and $120 for all other puppies. To register or for more information visit For private lessons call Stephanie Rodgers at 954.266.6819.

PAWS AUXILIARY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 954.266.6827 PEACE OF MIND/LEGACY CLUB. . . . . . . . . . . 954.266.6845 PET BOUTIQUE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 954.266.6836 PETSET AUXILIARY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 954.266.6818 PRIVATE PET CREMATIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 954.266.6833 SPAY/NEUTER INFORMATION . . . . . . . . . . . . 954.463.7729 VACCINE/MICROCHIP INFORMATION … . 954.266.6858 VOLUNTEER SERVICES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 954.266.6814

The HSBC pet cemetery and mausoleum are located at the Broward Pet Cemetery in Plantation Acres. They offer private or communal burial; cremations and arrangements can be as simple or as elaborate as you wish. Visit or call 954.476.0743 for more information.

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