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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 walk4theanimals.com, 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 info@walk4theanimals.com. To register, go to walk4theanimals.com; you can start fundraising today without ever leaving your home!

Photo Credit: Little's Photography

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

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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 www.browardcenter.org/events/detail/ 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.)

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Paw Prints: Fall 2016