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Spring 2016

News from the Humane Society of Broward County

Walk for the Animals Read All About It! Pages 16-19 Presented by

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,

o much of what the Humane Society of Broward County is able to accomplish each year is due largely to the hundreds of volunteers who are committed to the animals and the HSBC’s mission. We appreciate each and every one of you every day of the year, and celebrate you even more so (if that’s possible!) during National Volunteer Appreciation week, which was observed this year during the week of April 10th. On behalf of the animals, thank you for your kindness and giving spirit. I would also like to extend heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Suzanne and Marshall Watson for graciously opening their home and hosting this year’s successful Diamond Collar Society Member Reception. This event is the only shelter event that doesn’t require a team of volunteers but wouldn’t be possible without a “volunteer” home. Thank you both for your contribution. Last but not least, Walk for the Animals, our largest fundraising event (and the one that utilizes the most volunteers), was another successful event. On behalf of the animals, I want to thank Walk Co-Chairs Carey Morgan and Deanna Kubinski, as well as the hundreds of people who raised more than $525,000! Thank you for helping to carry on the Walk’s tradition of success. As the special event season begins to wind down and we start to welcome the summer months, we look forward to working as a spay/neuter service

On the Cover: Patches was adopted by Teresa and Paul of Hollywood. At five years old, this adorable guy loves to play, is fond of the swimming pool and enjoys boating with his family.

provider for Broward County Animal Care’s new high volume/low-cost mobile clinic which went into operation in early April. (More details on Broward Pet Fix will be available in the summer issue of Paw Prints). The transportable clinic unit has made its first stop at Reverend Samuel Delevoe Park in Fort Lauderdale and will move throughout the county as needed. The goal is to have 5,000 animals spayed or neutered each year. Our two agencies have a proven record of success, having just completed “Mission Catpossible.” This particular project was a collaborative spay/neuter project for felines residing in 11 targeted zip codes. The goal – to sterilize 4,000 cats from these specific areas between May 2015 and May 2016 – was completed in March, two months ahead of schedule. Congratulations to everyone who contributed to this great success! I am proud of the programs and services the Humane Society of Broward County has instituted over the years to improve animal welfare in our county. Both the HSBC and Broward County Animal Care have seen their intake numbers reduced by 50% over the past five years. We look forward to building on this joint success in order to continue to reduce pet overpopulation in Broward County. With Gratitude and Appreciation, 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 Charles Sparano Treasurer Gerald Weber Past Chairman of the Board Barbara Brush Danielle Capparelli Christine Forman Bryan S. Greenberg Christy Gumberg Nina Zumwalt-Hallick Steven W. Hudson Matt Katz 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


ADOPT A SWEETHEART...............................7 CLINIC CORNER ........................................... 8 TRAINING AND BEHAVIOR ........................ 9 PAWS AUXILIARY NEWS....................... 10-11


PETSET...........................................................12 DIAMOND COLLAR SOCIETY .................. 13 VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT & WISHLIST ...14

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


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

BIG DOG GOLF TOURNAMENT ................15 WALK FOR THE ANIMALS ....................16-19


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

FROM OUR INVESTIGATOR...................... 26 Issue 16-2 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

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.




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We're all Smiles

Christmas Wishes Granted

Dalya and Phoenix, reunited! The crew at Snyder & Snyder delivered loads of holiday cheer. Ho, Ho, Ho and a huge “thank you” to The Law Office of Snyder & Snyder, P.A. in Davie for choosing the animals at the HSBC to be the recipients of their holiday giving spirit. The firm’s staff collected every item from our wish list (except for the heart monitor, golf cart, cargo van & mini Netbook!) and brought in boxes and boxes containing all of the goodies. The cats and kittens were especially happy to receive a total of 144 ping pong balls, which should keep them busy. In addition to all the gifts, $550 was donated to be used toward the purchase of the digital heart monitor. Thank you to our friends at Snyder & Snyder for the heartfelt donations to help us care for the animals in 2016!

Dalya adopted handsome Phoenix in June of 2015 when he was just a few months old. In September he slipped out the door unseen; Dalya searched frantically, putting up flyers, visiting shelters and alerting neighbors, but Phoenix was nowhere to be found. Fast forward six months to an HSBC mobile spay/neuter appointment with someone who had found a cat, was caring for him, and wanted to have him fixed. Upon examination it was discovered that the cat was already neutered and had a microchip. We traced that chip to Dalya and she immediately came in to pick up her long-lost friend. Microchips help save lives. If your pet has a chip, please make sure it's registered with your current information. If your pet needs a chip, call our vaccine department to schedule an appointment at 954.266.6858. Microchipping costs just $20.

Jacaranda Smiles Childrens Dentistry and Orthodontics gave us something to smile about over the holidays. In November and December they held their “Paws for a Cause” fundraiser, collecting lots of wish list items for the animals. They got creative, too: patients and others could purchase a foot of tape to tape the doctor to the wall, and the proceeds of $100 were donated to the HSBC!

Bunnies 101

Keeping your rabbit happy and healthy may involve more know-how than you think! If you're curious about rabbit behavior and would like to learn how to properly care for your bunny, join us for a free one-hour Bunny Basics class at the shelter on May 14 at 10:30 a.m. RSVP by calling 954.266.6822. Hop to it!



Join Cooper for his Kids Clubs

ore than 150 children enjoy membership in one of three Cooper’s Kids Clubs that are tailored specifically to different age groups. Cooper, a golden retriever, is now 12 years old and delights in the company of his kids. They, in turn, enjoy brushing his coat, playing ball with him and applauding his wide array of tricks. The agendas at the monthly Cooper's Kids Clubs meetings include hands-on time with the animals in our care, a valuable lesson in animal care or behavior, fun animal-related games, and arts and crafts. Membership lasts throughout the public school year; registration for next year begins on June 1. For membership details or to register, visit our website at But act soon! Cooper is a popular guy and last year all of the clubs filled up within two days!

All smiles at a Cooper's Kids Club meeting!

Kids Clubs members have fun making arts and crafts. Everything they do at a meeting is animal-themed.

Cooper enjoys his popularity.

Have a Birthday Yappy Hour with the Animals



Change up your friends' get-togethers by hosting a Yappy Hour.

ere's a unique twist on a get-together: Why not make your birthday gathering (or or other celebratory occasion) even more special by visiting with shelter animals? Instead of inviting friends to an expensive restaurant or crowded bar, ask them to donate $35 each to the Humane Society, and meet up to enjoy wine, beer, snacks, cuddling with the animals and making toys and treats for our furry guests. It's a wonderfully warm and fuzzy way to spend time with family, friends or colleagues while doing something positive for others. Schedule your Yappy Hour on line at under the “Get Involved” tab.

Summer Camp's a Sell-Out


ur Summer Camp continues to grow in popularity each year, with all seven sessions of the two age groups selling out in early April. Kids in groups aged six to eight, and nine to 12, will enjoy a summertime treat of petrelated activities and spending time with shelter animals. It's a wonderful winwin that all involved will enjoy!

May we Visit your Classroom? The Education Department is T Wishing for....

he Humane Education Department has several FREE lessons that we present in Broward school classrooms every day. One of those, which we'll address here, is geared toward students from sixth grade through high school and is entitled “The Truth about Pit Bulls.” Discussed in this lesson are: • How owner ignorance, recklessness and irresponsibility are the key factors in having any aggressive dog. • Pit bulls and bully breeds are bred to be friendly to human beings. • The pit bull is the most popular dog in America. • The history of the pit bull and Learn all about pit bulls when we visit your classroom! how they have helped humans. • The pit bull is the most abused breed in America. • How you can help pit bulls in your community. We have a variety of other presentations to choose from; all are tailored to a specific age range. Please call 954.266.6848 to schedule your classroom visit.


Earn Service Hours

tudents who need to earn Service Learning Hours for school are encouraged to help the homeless animals by creating a Student Donation Drive or Student Personal Campaign. A Student Donation Drive allows you to plan and coordinate a collection of needed supplies for our sheltered animals, while a Student Personal Campaign is about collecting monetary donations. Both programs allow students to earn as many or as few hours as they want, and they are a perfect “athome” alternative for those who are unable to earn hours through one of our in-house programs. Information packets about each program, which include tips and suggestions, log sheets, and step-by-step instructions, are available at To request one via email please contact Carrie Neff at 954.266.6822.

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A digital camera Kids' coloring books Crayons Dog treats Amazon gift cards Treat bags Kids' stickers Plastic tablecloths (54 x 108) Washable Crayola markers


Thinking Pawsitive!

arlins Ayudan (Spanish for “help") is the signature outreach initiative of the Miami Marlins. The staff recently joined the HSBC's Education Department for a Pawsitive Service Day at the shelter that included plenty of doggie licks and kitty cuddles! The group learned in-depth details about the programs and services we offer, took a behindthe-scenes tour of the shelter and enjoyed working with the dogs and cats who are waiting to be adopted. Pawsitive Service Days give groups of adults the opportunity to volunteer with us on a weekday. Groups may be made up of 10 to 25 people; the cost is $25 per person. To learn more visit and go to the “Get Involved” tab or contact Darlene Feldman at 954.266.6848 or

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 December 2015, January and February 2016: Nico Balani 6 Torin Balding 7 Grace Boehly 8 Jade Daiter 9 Mya Darsoum 10 Marco Elia 5 Gemma Elisco-Alderman 5 Nyla Fairman 10 Lara Feldman 7

Jordin Goodstein Ryan Haaker Natalie Harrington Grace Harryman Sofie & Katharina Holubeck Sen Horton Fallynn McNamera Vera Omanoff

8 4 6 9 8 8 9 5

Julieta Ramos Mia Spector Sasha Speyer Nicholas Squeri Charlotte Summers Macy Sznitken Ava Thompson Joquian Turri

11 10 7 9 10 6 4 6


We're happy to report the following new homes found during December 2015, January and February 2016

Cats: Kittens: Dogs: Puppies: Other: Total:

295 285 603 402 27 1,612 5

AAT Teams Out and About

AAT Volunteer Alfred and his therapy dog Augy visited the Alzheimer's Community Care Center in Boca Raton to bring holiday cheer to the residents.

We participated in several stress relief events for the medical students at Nova Southeastern Universrity during finals week. They loved interacting with our therapy dogs Sydney and Karma.


The Senior Group at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale welcomes Therapy Dog Elvis to their monthly meetings.

Trading kisses for donations, Therapy Dog Cricket raised over $600 for St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

Therapy dog Aziz makes residents at Hillcrest Nursing Home happy during his weekly visits.

Therapy Pig Wilbur was a huge hit with the kids at Tri-Rail's Rail Fun Day.

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


Cupid's Arrow Finds its Mark

ur annual Adopt a Sweetheart event took place at the shelter the weekend of February 13 and 14. A wide array of furry sweethearts were awaiting their forever homes, and we're thrilled to report that 59 of them found their match!

Adopt a Sweetheart Adoptions: 8 cats 1 kitten 32 dogs 15 puppies 3 others

Adopters were able to name their own adoption price for animals one year of age or older, as opposed to the usual fee of $100 for dogs and $30 for cats. Many adopters still contributed the full amount, and some gave even more! Other Adopt a Sweetheart treats included a bake sale for both pets and people, and a raffle for fabulous cat and dog baskets. The shelter was a very busy place all weekend!

Bentley’s new mom, Joy was feeeling pretty joyful about being Hana, was absolutely in adopted into her new home. love with her new guy.

Handsome Loki, who is deaf, was adopted by the Smith family. They fell in love with him and were happy to work with his disability.

Lucky Kai was adopted by the Sanchez family where he's sure to be well cared for. Their previous adoptees were spoiled and lived to be 15 and 18 years old!

HSBC's Cherie Wachter with Local 10's Todd Tongen and Baby Blue

Baby Blue was featured on WPLG Local 10 and was adopted soon after. When she'd arrived at the shelter her leg was in a cast due to a fracture. It didn’t heal correctly and she may always walk with a limp, but that didn’t stop the Nalerio family of Pembroke Pines from falling in love.

Red was all set to head home with his new family.

Tiffany and her family couldn’t wait to take beautiful Lily home.

Adorable ten-month-old Zoe found her new home at the Adopt a Sweetheart event.

Zuri was purrrrfectly happy to go home!



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 • 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) • Breathe Safe Respirator ($165) • Digital heart monitor ($3,000)

Mission Catpossible Accomplished!

n May 1 of last year the HSBC and Broward County Animal Care & Adoption introduced “Mission Catpossible,” a collaborative spay/neuter project for felines residing in 11 targeted zip codes. The goal was to sterilize 4,000 cats from these specific areas by May 1, 2016. We're proud and happy to report that the Mission has been accomplished – and two months ahead of schedule! Our 4,000th spay/neuter surgery was performed on March 4. We all feel very gratified that our joint effort will keep so many unwanted kittens from ever being born. Felines residing in zip codes 33009, 33021, 33023, 33024, 33025, 33060, 33314, 33315, 33317, 33324, and 33325 were spayed or neutered at no cost, and those old enough received a free rabies vaccination. The HSBC continues to operate a low-cost spay/neuter service for the public who want to have their pets sterilized. Appointments are necessary. To schedule an appointment call 954.463.SPAY (7729)

or email Vaccinations, microchipping and testing are available for a fee.

Suzanne from Cat Crusade brought in many feral cats that qualified for Mission Catpossible. They were sterilized and released back into the targeted neighborhoods where they had been found.

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 December 2015 and January & February 2016 Spay/Neuter surgeries for our low cost programs and SNIP: 3,286 Rabbit spays/neuters: 9 Dogs treated for heartworm: 45 Animals in foster care: 123 8

Peggy, pictured far right, lives in Hollywood. This cat that she brought in turned out to be our 4,000th spay/neuter for Mission Catpossible. The feline is from a group in Dania Beach that Peggy is helping to have sterilized. Also pictured are the HSBC spay/neuter department's Dawn Parisi, Kristen Gillette, Christine Peters and Susan Gilfillan. The HSBC is proud to be working with Broward County Animal Care & Adoptions on a new spay/neuter project called “Broward Pet Fix.” We'll share information about this exciting endeavor in the summer issue of Paw Prints.

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

Training andtheBehavior Positive Way

Preparing Your Pet for a Baby

etting ready for an addition – a human one – to your family? It's a good idea to give your pet time to adjust to the new smells, sights and sounds before the baby actually arrives. Preparing your pet prior to the blessed event will decrease stress levels for all of you. Starting Off on the Right Paw / Managing Your Environment Exposing your pet ahead of time to the changes that are going to take place will give him a chance to get used to the differences in your household routine. Months before the baby arrives you should go through the motions of having a baby in the home. • Accustom your pet to the sounds of a baby. Play a tape of a baby crying (start with the sound very low at first then increase the volume gradually as your pet becomes comfortable with it). • Any baby furniture (rocking chairs, infant swings, crib, car seat or stroller) should be put in place early on. • Establish spatial boundaries for your pet in and around your baby areas that you are comfortable with. If you don't want the dog in the nursery, try using a baby gate; this will still allow him to see what's going on and feel less isolated from the family. Your cat should not be encouraged to sleep in the crib (cats will not steal your baby’s breath away, this is a myth). But cats do like to curl up to something warm. You can use netting to tent and cover the top of the crib. • Let your pet get used to the new smells of a baby by using powders, lotions and shampoos on yourself that you will be using for your infant. • Swaddle a blanket and let your pet sit quietly next to you. You can encourage the quiet part of this exercise with small food treats. • If you have a friend or family member that has a baby, invite them over to spend time with your pet (always closely supervise all interactions). • Practice the changes in routine that your family will undergo, gradually, and make them a positive experience for your pet. When the Baby Arrives You will be very busy with all your new responsibilities and, no doubt, exhausted. It will be important to try and maintain the routine that you practiced with your pet early on and this may be made easier by delegating responsibilities. If the main caregiver for the baby is also the main caregiver for the pet (i.e., Mom), someone else in the family will need to step in and help out with the lion’s share of pet care. Ensuring a consistent routine with your pet will help keep stress to a minimum. • Always supervise any interactions between your baby and your pet. Never leave them together unattended. • Never force close physical contact between your baby and your pet. Allow your dog or cat to approach and investigate at their own pace.

• Use positive reinforcement (like food treats) to reward your pet when interacting with your baby. You want all interactions to be pleasant experiences for your pet. Tips and Hints Now that you have prepared your pet for the addition to your family, here are some helpful ideas to help make the transition even easier: • Ensure that your pet has had a veterinary checkup prior to the baby coming home. • Work on basic obedience cues to ensure that a safe level of training is in place. It will be important to be able to control your dog or puppy when he is around your baby. Often a professional trainer can assist you with this process. You can also sign up for low cost dog obedience classes at the Humane Society by calling 954.266.6819. • Have your pet spayed or neutered before expecting a baby. A spayed or neutered pet is often calmer and more tolerant of children. • Use baby gates to manage your pet’s environment (creating off limits areas). • Training and patience will help your pet and your new baby to live together comfortably and happily. • Make sure your pet gets enough exercise and play time. A tired pet is a happy pet…and less likely to get into mischief. • Spend time with your pet even when things are hectic!

Help your pet to make the adjustment to having a baby in the house.

Need help with training your new dog or puppy? Private and group lessons are available. Call Stephanie at 954.266.6819 for information.



Revving it up for the Animals

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errari-Maserati of Fort Lauderdale provided a racing good time to benefit the HSBC when it hosted “The Fast and Furriest” on December 4 of 2015. Chairs Dawn Dellapina and Ingrid Poulin welcomed Honorary Emcee Neki Mohan from WPLG Channel 10 for this motor-themed event that netted $18,500 for the shelter’s services and programs. Guests enjoyed an evening of eye candy thanks to spectacular cars on display and exciting casino-style games. Accompanying the fun was an open bar, delicious food, and music by Sarz Entertainment. As they arrived, The Fast and Furriest attendees were greeted by one of the shelter’s adoption ambassador dogs, which is a dog that is available for adoption as it spends time in a special volunteer home. Those guests checking in during the cocktail hour received 2,500 in free gaming chips

to spend during the first hour of gaming. There was also a silent auction, and casino game players were able to cash in their chips for Chinese auction tickets. A fabulous prize drawing was held during the evening for the chance to win a Maserati for the weekend; Charlie Fox was the lucky winner! Sponsors and underwriters of The Fast and Furriest included FerrariMaserati of Fort Lauderdale, Florida Peninsula Insurance Company, Clint Strauch, Dawn and Peter Dellapina, Ingrid and Brian Poulin, Christy and Andy Gumberg, Stiles Corporation, Poker Pooches (Margaret and Mike Meldeau, Tari and Ed Collins, Lucy and Gerry Weber), Damaris and Steve Jensen, Darlene and Dennis Jordan, Jane “Buzz” and Ken Czubay, Bonnie and Alex Muxo, Cindy and Howard Greenberg, Little’s Photography and Casino Party Nights Florida, Inc.

Lucy Weber, Christy Gumberg, Lori Sisko, Tari Collins and Christine Forman

Event Chairs Dawn Dellapina and Ingrid Poulin

HSBC Chairman of the Board Thom Bambenek, Margaret Meldeau and Gerry Weber

Sara Sears, WPLG’s Neki Mohan and Ronni Ostrander 10

Benn and Debbie Correale with Jamie and Terry Stiles

John Morgan, Allison Strauch, Clint Strauch, Allison Morgan, Sandy Strauch and Heather Cove Photo Credit: Little’s Photography

Angel PAWS Showcases Style


he sold-out Angel PAWS Luncheon & Fashion Show, held in January at Coral Ridge Country Club, was once again a fabulous success, netting over $78,000 for the animals. Chairs Susan Smith, Carolyn Lee and Shawn Smith-Myers gave the event a “Walk on the Wild Side” theme, which they made sure the attendees were instantly engulfed in as they entered the jungle-like atmosphere. They were greeted by an Ambassador Dog, which is a dog that awaits adoption while staying in a special volunteer home. Honorary Emcee Jacey Birch of Local 10 News kept the buzz going as Bloomingdale’s Boca Raton wowed the crowd with models sporting the latest trends. Music was provided by Sarz Entertainment. Of course, we had a mobile adoption area where there were plenty of cuddles to be had -- two sweet pups and two darling kittens found their forever homes! All sorts of pet-related goodies were also available for purchase at the on-site Pet Boutique. There were several opportunities for guests to participate in the excitement. One of the favorite aspects of the Angel PAWS Luncheon & Fashion Show is always the auction, where wonderful bargains can be had on a wide array of gently-used designer handbags, shoes, jewelry and the like. Guests could also purchase keys for the opportunity to unlock display cases and win the fabulous prizes inside. And there was a prize drawing held, with a GCI “Instinct” Ladies Quartz Watch -generously donated by Gem Couture, Inc.; designs by Melody -- going to lucky winner Lois Schmatz. Bloomingdale’s Boca Raton hosted a mini boutique for guests to visit after the fashion show, generously donating a portion of sales back to PAWS. Supporting sponsors included Lorraine Thomas, Harry T. Mangurian, Jr. Foundation, Christy & Andy Gumberg, Sara Sears, The Gaddis Family Foundation & Yellow Cab Co., Susan & Phil Smith, the Jungle Cat Dolls (Christine Forman, Tara Forman, Lori Sisko, Bonnie Barnett,

Lorraine Thomas, Diana Metcalf, Linda Carter and Lisa Kitei

Betty Levy and Beliza Bermudez


Margaret Meldeau, Tari Collins, Jonelle Lees, Mary Kazares, Lucy Weber and Nicole Fratarcangeli), Cheryl & Bill Easby-Smith, Ingrid Poulin & Brenda Puck, Stiles Corporation, Annette & David Yarborough, Carolyn & Wayne Lee, Suzette Bravo, Women Gone Wild (Cherie Marshall, Melody Saleh, Doreen Outler, Jonelle Milton, Jan Joyce, Gabrielle Wellner, Marie Favre, Carol Loiacono), BreakThru Beverage Florida, Bloomingdale’s Boca Raton, Coral Ridge Country Club and Gem Couture, Inc.; designs by Melody.

Giving puppy cuddles are WPLG Local 10’s Jacey Birch (second from right) and Event Chairs Shawn Smith-Myers, Susan Smith and Carolyn Lee.

Jamie Stiles and Mary Dwors

Dawn Dellapina and Jane Czubay Photo Credit: Downtown Photo

The models enjoyed their time with these adorable adoptable puppies.

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Mixing at Apothecary 330

ixing it up in January at Fort Lauderdale's newest cocktail bar, Apothecary 330, PetSetters enjoyed the speakeasy-inspired atmosphere while raising money for the animals at the HSBC. Delicious edibles were complimented by Knob Creek specialty cocktails in the intimate 1920s atmosphere.

Kat Fitzgerald, Amanda Kayfus and Mandy Kageff

Sponsors Apothecary 330, Knob Creek, and Southern Wine & Spirits are thanked wholeheartedly for their support!

Danielle and Anthony Capparelli

Kim Costello and Nikki Winchester

All Aboard at Boatyard


etSet members and guests enjoyed an evening at the beautifully reinvented Boatyard in February where they experienced an upscale, nautical-chic vibe in the newly sophisticated yet laid-back venue. The stunning waterfront dining destination was the perfect location for young professionals to get together after the workday to enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and specialty cocktails, compliments of Woodford Reserve. Attendees had an exclusive opportunity to participate in Woodford Reserve’s tasting wheel, where they were happy to sample different whiskey flavors that were enhanced by special food pairings. To add to the unique experience, the first 20 guests arriving that evening were invited to take a cruise along the Intracoastal on a beautiful Van Dutch yacht. Also, those guests who prepaid for their tickets were entered into a drawing for the chance to win an amazing gift basket from Woodford Reserve. The lucky winner was Paul Ringon. PetSet reports that nearly $1,000 was raised for the animals that evening, and thanks generous sponsors Boatyard, Woodford Reserve and BreakThru Beverage Florida for helping to achieve this success.

Paul Ringon and Wesley DeShaw 12

Kelly Truitt, Pamela Miller, Michael Soch, Nikki Winchester, Joe Costello, Carrie Caldwell and Leia Bosco

Katie Leibick, Cindy Sepulveda and Carrie Caldwell

Samantha Chiz and Eddie Silva

Sparkling Salute to the

Diamond Collar Society


ur annual Diamond Collar Society member salute was held in February, with this year's locale an especially lovely one – the gorgeous waterfront home of Marshall and Suzanne Watson in the private community of Harborage Island. The stunning Fort Lauderdale home provided the perfect atmosphere for a casual yet elegant “thank you” event that recognized the important role our Diamond Collar Society members play in the work we do. More than 50 guests savored cocktails and delicious food, and mingled while taking in the expansive Intracoastal view with its myriad boats cruising past.

The Diamond Collar Society was initiated in 2001 and plays a pivotal, long-term role both in supporting the shelter’s programs and services, and in caring for the animals received. Membership is offered at four levels, starting with the Patron Level of $1,000 annually and rising from there. For membership information, or if you should have any questions, please contact Kathy Tricomi at 954.266.6845.

Debbie Trapani, Albert Heisler, Patricia Amey, James George and Jennifer Robinson

Gerry and Lucy Weber with Michelle Howland and Donald Sussman

Bryan Greenberg and Cathy Collin

Pierrette Bettex, Joan Brochu and Marsha Alf

HSBC Chairman of the Board Thom Bambanek with Hostess Suzanne

Steve and Jeannie Hudson

2016 Diamond Collar Society Members PROTECTOR S. Donald Sussman BENEFACTOR Bryan Greenberg Marti & Wayne Huizenga DEFENDER Patricia Amey Mr. & Mrs. James Barnett Anonymous Steve & Jeannie Hudson John & Kim Penniman Al & Cindy Uber

PATRON Thom & Kathy Bambenek Joan & Michael Brochu Lori Bruno Roberta Cotton Jeff Ecklund Jayant Goyle & Gregory Dudzek Christy & Andy Gumberg Karen Hooks & Stephen Walker Katz Barron Squitero Faust Greg & Maria LeVine Dr. & Mrs. Frederick Lippman Grey & Peg Marker Barbara McNulty

Tom & Ginny Miller Matthew & Darlene Moretti Ronni Ostrander Ingrid & Brian Poulin Joan Readding Debra Reidbord Jennifer J. Robinson Sara Sears Jack & Suzie Smith Debbie Trapani Gerry & Lucy Weber Henry & Lynda Winkowski/Angels' Eyes David & Annette Yarborough 13

Volunteer Spotlight Spotlight On:

Evy Dee

Began volunteering: 2006 Department:


Pets at home:

Sunny, a four-year-old Yorkshire/silky terrier, recently adopted from the HSBC

Favorite part of volunteering: “Being a volunteer at the HSBC was first on my bucket list when I retired. There are so many reasons I love it, especially being a greeter! I started volunteering at birthday parties, camps, and whatever else was going on at the building. Then I subbed as a greeter and fell in love with that position...I get to see how much we ALL do for our furry friends. I am so blessed to be there and I hope I'm able to help in whatever way I can.” What the animals say: “Evy is a super-nice lady who is always smiling when she greets people as they come into the shelter. She makes a great first impression for all of us! Her job is important; she helps people figure out where to go and what to do, and how the whole adoption process works. She's always especially happy to see us heading out those doors to our forever homes with our new families. Evy's just the best!” If you have time to spare and want to help the animals, we’d love to have you! Visit our website at to learn about our volunteers opportunities or call 954.266.6814 to sign up for our adult volunteer orientation.

Evy Dee We're in need of Greeters! If you'd like to be a Greeter like Evy, give Volunteer Services a call at 954.266.6814.

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 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 Corrugated cardboard cat scratchers

• 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) • Sharp XEA107 Entry level cash register w/LED display ($115) • Point-and-shoot camera ($150)

We are especially in need of paper towels – any color and size is fine! We have so much constant cleanup throughout the shelter that our need for paper towels never ends. As you can well imagine.

• DSLR Camera for Petco Boca Raton ($400) - “Donated!” • Nikon 3200 DSLR Camera to take pet photos of pets at our shelter for website ($400) • Tablet with WiFi (no data plan needed), 16GB or higher, must have iOS 6 ($499) • 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)

Feature Items! Paper Towels


Big Dog Players Teed Up for a Cause

he HSBC's 4th Annual Big Dog Men’s Invitational Golf Tournament hit the links in April at Fort Lauderdale Country Club. Co-Chairs Melody Saleh and Cherie Marshall announced a net tally of more than $80,000 being raised for the shelter. Joining in as Honorary Chairs again this year were Big 105.9’s Wil Shriner and Dave LaMont, lending their unique skills and personalities for a great day of golf. Pre-tournament contests included a chipping and a pre-qualifying putting contest. This year's tournament had a shotgun start; contests included Closest to the Line, Closest to the Pin, Pet Poker and Holes-in-One on all of the par-3 holes. Ultimate Cigars and Fine Wines was on hand with freshly rolled cigars. American Social, Pizza Craft, The Apothecary, Rhythm & Vine and Blue Martini competed for “Best in Show” cocktails with special concoctions that were available on the course. American Social took the prize with their Pawsome Punch! During the putting contest shoot-out, players had the chance to check out more than 60 items in the silent auction including autographed footballs by Don Shula and Jason Taylor, a private Panthers Game Suite, and golf foursomes at the Lost Tree Club, TPC Eagle Trace, Parkland Golf & Country Club, and Heron Bay Golf Club. Also being auctioned were a one-month membership at Trump National Doral, summer membership at Fort Lauderdale Country Club, fine wines, sports venues, trips… the auction had it all! Golfers, as well as people who could not attend, could purchase a prize drawing ticket for the chance to win their choice of two incredible prizes – a spectacular Ireland Golf Adventure for two or a fabulous Ireland Sightseeing Adventure for two. Lucky winner Matt McMillen will be heading off to Ireland soon! A grilled lunch sponsored by Penn Dutch Meat & Seafood SuperStore was provided pre-shotgun; beer was donated by Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Ocean Imports and Double Eagle. Following the golf, players enjoyed drinks and a buffet dinner with carving stations and all the fixings. All players went home with a Player’s Gift Bag including Titleist Pro V1 golf balls, a tournament polo, and other great items. First Place winners on both the north and south courses received Titleist equipment and crystal trophies. This year's Overall Winning Foursome on the south course was the team of Nicholas Tranakas, Anthony Tranakas, Manuel Longo, and Mickey Annecca; the north course Overall Winning Foursome was made up of Craig Offutt, Brad Berner, Mitch Krauss, and Charlie Smith. Their names are engraved into the perpetual stand that

Cat's Meow Sponsors David Ciampini of Moss Foundation and Steve Hudson of Acure Organics with with HSBC President/CEO Christopher Agostino

holds the Big Dog trophy in the Champions Room at Fort Lauderdale Country Club. Second and Third Place winners on both courses received crystal golf trophies. The second place team on the south course was Rick Mijares, Paul Greenberg, Chris Palmer, and Nick LaRocca; north course was Bryan Greenberg, Lawrence Aoun, Greg Beck, and Todd Middlebrooks. Third place winners on the south course were Fred Edmondson, Jimmy McIntosh, Albert Salerno, and Mike Spence; north course were Scott Winchester, Angel Carbonel, Matt Adler and Graeme Edwards. Closest to the Line contest winners were Dave Bayer on the south course and David Morrison on the north course; the Closest to the Pin south course 0-18 handicap winner was David Vivies and north course was J.W. Howard; 19-36 handicap south course winner was Nick Tranakas. In the Chipping Contest the first place winner was Graeme Edwards (Hole in One); second place went to Steven Goodman and in third place was Charles Smith. Coming in first for the Putting Contest was Alan Neufeld; in second place was Dennis St. Germain, and Brandon Opre came in third. Pet Poker added to the fun of the afternoon; at all Par-3 holes, Big Dog participants could purchase playing cards to assemble the winning hand for 50% of the Pet Poker Pot. Barry Kripitzer won this contest and generously donated half of his winnings back to the shelter. A drawing was held for the chance to win a foursome in next year’s Big Dog Golf Tournament, with Steve Hyatt securing his team’s spot for 2017. The Big Dog Men's Invitational Golf Tournament was made possible thanks to these generous sponsors: Cat’s Meow Sponsors: Acure Organics and Moss Foundation. Kitty Clubhouse Sponsors: Audi Fort Lauderdale, BB&T, CopySource, Inc., a Konica Minolta Company, Drew James Salon/Joey & Carol Loiacono, M. Austin & Christine M. Forman, Fusion Analytics, Hargrave Custom Yachts, Katz Barron Squitero Faust, John & Cherie Marshall, The Maus Consulting Group of Raymond James, Brian & Ingrid Poulin and Ali & Melody Saleh. Event Sponsors: Abaco Jet, American Social, The Apothecary, AutoSource, Big 105.9, Blue Martini, Broward Armature & Generator, Double Eagle, Emerging Magazine, Ferrari of Fort Lauderdale, Maserati of Fort Lauderdale, Gem Couture, Inc., Greenberg Traurig, James Ross Advertising, Jimmy Johns, JPG Creative Services, Ocean Imports, Penn Dutch Meat & Seafood SuperStore, Pizza Craft, The Pontes Group, Rhythm & Vine, Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Stiles, Ultimate Cigars and Fine Wines, and Wings 'N Things.

Overall Winners South Anthony Tranakas, Nicholas Tranakas, Mickey Annecca and Manuel Longo

Overall Winners North - Charlie Smith, Steve Hyatt and John Skinner with Honorary Mitch Krauss, Brad Berner and Craig Offutt Chairs Wil Shriner and Dave LaMont

Event Co-Chairs Melody Saleh and Cherie Marshall with prize drawing Winner Matt McMillen

Jon Saxx played the National Anthem prior to the shotgun start.



Walk for the Animals Hits the Streets

ogs and their humans really “walked the Walk” this year in raising funds and awareness for the HSBC at the 26th Annual Walk for the Animals, Presented by VCA Animal Hospitals. The event, held on Saturday March 5 in downtown Ft. Lauderdale, kicked off at Huizenga Plaza amidst dozens of vendors' booths, as well as music, food and entertainment offerings -- and thousands of walkers both two-legged and four. The HSBC's largest fundraiser brought in a net total of more than $525,000. Of course, the Walk for the Animals was a sight to behold. Where else can you witness 2,000-plus dogs of all sizes, colors and breeds or mixes, converging upon one beautiful waterfront location to sniff, wriggle, strut and enjoy a unique

mass-dog experience? All this was set to a backdrop of beautiful South Florida weather – hats are off to the Weather Team at WPLG Local 10! Chaired by the hardworking Carey Morgan and Deanna Kubinski, Walk for the Animals offered something for everyone with a bounce house and face painting, red carpet photos for the furry ones by Little's Photography, doggie pools for a refreshing dip, the ever-popular free IHOP pancake tent, and free sliders from Rosie's Bar and Grill! There was also nonstop entertainment on the stage, with music from the Thunderhead Band and Presented by

Stilish Paws was the Leader of the Packs with $69,559.60 raised!


Walk co-chairs Deanna Kubinski and Carey Morgan with top individual fundraiser Tim Miller and his wife Erica.

IHOP was back again serving their delicious pancakes to hungry walkers.

WPLG Local 10’s Animal Advocate Jacey Birch emceed the event while husband Trent Aric took care of their adopted boys.

Sponsor Purina gave away goodies and chatted with Walk participants.

Tom Hall, Kim Skielnik, Dr. Dylan Buss and Jennifer Brownell-Magee from Animal Eye Specialty Clinic enjoyed meeting walkers both two-legged and four.

Walk continued. . . demonstrations from Achieve Agility. A variety of vendors including VCA Animal Hospitals, Purina, Rosie’s Bar and Grill, Pet Supermarket, BB&T, PETCO, and Animal Eye Specialty Clinic were on hand to inform, promote, and give away great free goodies. Walk participants gathered sponsor donations as part of their participation, with three top fundraisers coming forward as real standouts. The Top Three Individuals were: in First Place, Tim Miller, with an astounding $14,321 raised; Chris Rotolo in Second Place with a fantastic $12,796.15 raised; and Gerry Weber as the Third Place fundraiser with an amazing $10,657 raised. What an impressive amount of dedication and hard work their results showed!

Jimmy Johns, Publix, Alorica, Broward Health, Brown & Brown Insurance, La Croix, Oasis Outsourcing, Conrad & Scherer LLP, Pet Emergency Centers, Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale, Stiles, Sun Credit Union, Target, Total Quality Logistics, Trueba Media, We Florida Financial, Winters Trail, Wizard Creations, Mack Planet, Yelp, Zoetis, 99.9 KISS Country and WPLG Local 10.

The Pack category is highly competitive, with the Top Three Fundraising Packs clearly working their tails off to bring in the dollars. In First Place was Stilish Paws with 69,559.60 raised; in Second Place was PAWS, raising $39,741; and in Third Place was Puppy Peddlers with $36,527.13 raised. The mind is just boggled by the commitment and support shown by all Pack members and individual walkers alike, who each year make a great effort to help the Humane Society of Broward County continue in the important work it does for both animals and people in our community. Sponsors for the 2016 Walk for the Animals included: VCA Animal Hospitals, Purina, Petco Foundation, Tidy Cat, Merial, Pet Supermarket, Rosie’s Bar & Grill, Animal Eye Specialty Clinic, Trupanion, Little’s Photography, RKD Alpha Dog, BB&T, IHOP,

Presenting Sponsor VCA Animal Hospitals turned out in full force!

"Platinum Collar" sponsor Rosie's Bar and Grill cooked up a terrific Pack showing, as well as plenty of free burger sliders for Walk participants.

Christopher Couzens with Jim Miller and Spencer

While 99.9 KISS Country's U-Turn Laverne emcee'd the event, their kissing booth kept the pooch smooches going.




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 sister Kim and my nephew recently adopted a dog who came from a PR shelter - her name is “Joy”. They can’t get enough of her sweetness...In September of 2013, we visited the HSBC to find a dog for my daughter who was turning 8. First if I may say the facility is nothing short of incredible - I am a native Floridian and have seen what a long way it has come and I’m so thankful...We came across a beautiful Husky-Lab mix named “Adonis”. So perky and wanting to meet us just as much as we him. We sat down with him and my daughter and I instantly knew that this was the “one” for us. He was about 1 ½ years old at the time, and we were told he had been returned to the shelter twice because of tendencies these types of breeds have (shedding, digging). We brought him home, and in this Florida heat he basically became an indoor dog. Two years later, we find ourselves in Alaska, in his native neck of the woods with his beautiful coat to prove it! We can’t get him in the house now - it could be in the lower teens, the wind blowing and he’ll just look at you with this expression on his face “I know you aren’t asking me to come in right now” it’s priceless!!! He is a very happy boy, we love him to pieces and can’t imagine not having him around. Best Regards, Karen L. Anderson Anchorage, Alaska


Hello HSBC!

Dear HSBC,


saw your post on Instagram and wanted to share our success story. I adopted Sara on September 6, 2011. I had just finished seven long years of college and grad school and she was my graduation present to myself. I'd grown up with family dogs but, of course, they were really my parent's responsibility. This would be my first dog and I wanted the full experience, so I adopted an 8 week old puppy. Needless to say, it was a lot of work but she is so smart and eager to please that it's been a joy to go through it with her. Potty training, crate training, vet visits (which she loves, go figure), discovering her favorite places, toys (chew bones & tennis balls), treats (hot dogs & cheese), and obedience training after I spoiled her a little too much. Sara is now four years old and we live in Jupiter. Her favorite place in the world is the awesome dog beach we have here, where she chases birds and swims like a fish. She's my 60lb protector, cuddle bug that loves to watch TV, and my mom's most spoiled grandchild. Given her name and the way we talk about her, people confuse her for a human all the time. Just last week one of my mom's new co-workers asked her what grade Sara is in!


t's been a few months since I adopted Ivory from the shelter and she is adjusting to life here with me. She recently got her final shots for her heart worm treatment and hoping for an all clear soon. She is just a weird and whacking dog. Staring at lights and reflection and watching cats and animals on the tv. After my dog Scooby passed away in 2006 and my cat, Zippy, passed a few weeks afterwards, I wasn't sure if I could let another pet in, but Ivory keeps me entertained and not so lonely. Thanks for that. She has a problem pulling on walks because she attacks cats but we're working on that and other than that she is a sweetie. Miranda Dania Beach

Thank you so much for all you do and for taking care of Sara before she came home. Adopting her was one the best decisions I've ever made. Here is a picture of Sara from the night I adopted her, a picture of her now, and a video of her swimming. Sara, now

Lots of love, Fatima Ferrer


Sara, then




Dear HSBC,

Dear Humane Society,


e adopted Chelsey 6 months ago when she was just 6 months old. She was the cutest mutt with the bandana at HSBC. Today she celebrates her 1st birthday and I can't thank you enough for uniting us with our baby girl! She was considered to be dogaggressive in the shelter, but today she's the friendliest little girl, making sure to greet every dog at the dog park! Huge thanks to Save A Sato [a rescue group in Puerto Rico that HSBC works with]...she went from the streets of PR to the princess of our home. Thank you again for the rescue! Yours truly, Chelsey Vanessa and Gil Sunny Isles Beach

Dear HSBC,


elow was taken when Oreo was at your facility 2 years ago. I have had Oreo now for two see how handsome he is, and he is the sweetest little boy. We have since moved from Davie to Loxahatchee in West Palm Beach. Thank you for everything. Sincerely, Marie Mier Loxahatchee

Oreo, then

Oreo, now


adopted my two dogs from you, Polly (big) and Pocket (small) and they are just wonderful! Thanks for all you do to help the animals in need. Jeannette Hollywood

Pocket and Polly

Dear HSBC,


his is “Bugs.” I began fostering him through the Teen Ambassador Program in October 2015. When I got him, he was shy and a little scared, but soon his personality bloomed. We prayed we would find him the perfect “furever” home. In November, we got a call from Jill. She explained that her male bunny had recently passed away unexpectedly, leaving his bunny companion “Bun” brokenhearted. Jill and her husband Michael asked Bugs to meet Bugs, so we quickly set up a meet-and-greet. Jill explained that the reason they chose Bugs was because he had been in a foster setting and would be well socialized. They were right!! Bugs warmed right up to Jill and Michael, allowing them to hold him and even falling asleep in their arms!!! We all were thrilled and Bugs was immediately adopted. Now, Bugs spends his days playing with Bun and exploring his new house. My family and I are over the moon excited that Bugs found such a great home! Katlyn Jones

Dear Humane Society,

Dear Humane Society,



was adopted in 2004 as a little pup and am now living my golden years in the Bahamas. Thanks for finding me the best home!

e adopted Porter on Dec 22 and we love him so much! He’s getting comfortable in his new home and loves his trips to the beach.


Best Regards,

Great Harbour Cay Bahamas

Summer Farrell and Jordan Harrison Fort Lauderdale Porter



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 March 31 are included here. The deadline for the July issue is June 22.

In memory of all the dogs I have loved throughout my life. From John Crespo.

In memory of Fenway with our deepest condolences. Love, Bridget, Jason, Jack & Cane.

In memory of Casey Goldstein. From Marsha Bloom.

In memory of Daisy, from Richard Didonato. In memory of Pogo & Zipper, from Nina Gold-Freeman.

In memory of Lucy Dinkel. My brother got his cat Lucy, “the best pet he ever had” from the Humane Society of Broward County. From Dan & Beth Dinkel.

In memory of Sparky, Coco & Chance. From Rosalie McCarthy.

In memory of Oliver, from Brian Ribner.

In memory of Pompie. From Ginger & Gemo.

In memory of Harry. Dear Lesley & Bruce: May Harry’s memory always make you smile. Love, Barbara & Roy.

In memory of a special dog, Buddy, who brought the Steklof family so much love and joy. From Sue, Brue & Belle.

In memory of Hunter, from Harry Cohen.

In fond memory of a very special friend – Mugger Marangos. From Jenito XOX

In loving memory of Lily Sertich’s beautiful cat, Honey. From Robin & Drew Tommers.

In memory of Hazel Porter, a Boston Terrier and Mommy’s little girl forever. From Frank, Carla & Diesel Spina.

In honor and memory of Chloe Lynn, a really great dog. From Jennifer Nichol.

In memory of Buddy, from Sherry Novak.

In memory of Cisco. From Rose & Ron Dreyfus.

In memory of Abbey, from Shelly Grossberg.

In memory of Hershey, from David & Betsy Weisman.

In memory of Jackson, from Linda Genovese.

In memory of Leo who was adopted from HSBC in 2001. The sweetest Pussy Cat in Heaven. From Alice Chotovinsky.

In memory of our Maltese, “Bear” Romero, who we lost on 12/01/15 at age 15.

In memory of Cody, from Leonard Konis.

In memory and honor of Dudley – the best poodle ever. From Gail Goulett-Meyer. In memory of Mojo Jojo Yellin. From Adam Yellin. In memory of “Bear,” a very sweet little dog owned by my friends Karen Bowman & Terry Baxter. From Sara Sears.

In memory of Mabel…taken away, leaving heavy hearts. RIP. From Ray & Jack.

In memory of Canelito. This sweet dog was nobody’s and everybody’s old folks in the Round Towers, Miami, FL. He will be missed forever. From Norma Jilani.

In memory of Alexander the Great, from Candy Giordano.

In memory of Big Smile, from Pat Kelly & Mark Celette.

In memory of Sheba, Mafia & Necia. From Kenneth Elowitz.

In memory of Tuesday – we love and miss you. From Grandma & Grandpa Harker.

In memory of Skittles who was adopted from HSBC in 1999 and recently passed over the Rainbow Bridge. From Isolde Cahill.

In loving memory of Sarah Carson. My friend, family, my pup. You are LOVED forever! §

In loving memory of Harriet Bonin’s dog Susie who will remain forever in our memories. Love, Kathy, Dave & Lili.

In memory of Jake, Jamie & Alex, from Karen Kaye.

In memory of Rally Fiori. We miss you Rally, and know you are waiting for us with Rio!! From Tricia Saad.

In memory of Cammie, from Frances Ward.

In memory of John & Helene Bushey, from Vernon Bushey.

In memory of Zoie Weiss – we will miss you and your amazing greetings. RIP. From the Rolnick family.

In memory of Snowball. Everyone who knew Snowball loved him. He lived a long and happy life – Aug. 10, 2001 to Feb. 25, 2016. From Rebecca Boyd.

In memory of Audrey Davidson, from Jeanne Carey.

In memory of Samantha, Sabrina & Cali. From Debbie & Steve Weston. In memory of Oliver. From Oliver’s mom.

In memory of Teddy, from Amy Faircloth. In memory of Oscar, with heartfelt sympathy. Love, Mom & Dad. In memory of Tyler, from Meryl Steklof. In memory of Lume. From Hank & Pat. In memory of Cooper Homoky. We are so sorry for your loss. We loved meeting Cooper and know he loved having you as his family. XO from Traci, Laura, Patti & Caroline. In memory of Rocky. After my second trip to the Humane Society, Rocky was the only dog to come up to me both times. It seems he picked me instead of the other way around. He was a wonderful companion for 14-1/2 years. We made each other laugh. From Fred Searcy. In memory of Silver…Rest in Peace. From Barley.

In memory of K.C. – You made us laugh and added joy to our lives. You protected us from all outside strife. We did what we could for you right to the end. It wasn’t easy saying goodbye. Love eternally, Mom & Dad, Max & Maggie. In memory of Foxy Krug, a loving, loyal and special friend. The unconditional love you gave will always be remembered. From Lisa LaBruto & Elaine Steehler.

In memory of Larry Sands, a kind man who loved animals. From Debra Littell. In memory of Jean Raubfogel, from Jan Penovich. In memory of mom who passed away 12/3/15. From Louis Badia, Jr. In loving memory of Henry Gazess, from Wiltrud Messinger.

In memory of Bandit Clahane. I know you were loved and cherished by your mommy and daddy. From Jessica Kiszewski.

In memory of John Trembly with condolences to his wife, Rosie. From Janice & Frank.

In memory of Maggie & Jake, from Barbara Gordon.

In memory of my Mom, Cynthia Thurber, who rescued many cats over the years and brought them in to our loving home. From Lisa.

In memory of our beloved sweet boy Max, who was rescued in 2005 from HSBC. He joins his brother Ralphy and cousins Bricks, Tyson & Bear at the Rainbow Bridge. We love and miss you all so much. From the Grella Family.

In memory of Bob & Lois Hermanson, wonderful parents and great animal lovers. From Nancy Ortenzo. In memory of Robert A. Destasio, Jr. From Robert & Fern Destasio.

In memory of Ginger, from Cindy & Steve Jacobs. In memory of Larry Sands, from Betty Horn.


In memory of Gwen Feigelis. From Barbara & Tim Corrigan.

In memory of Gwen Feigelis. From Newcomers Club.

In memory of Marion Furzer, from the Brandt family.

In memory of Nemia Schulte’s Father, from Linda & Scott Taylor.

In memory of Elizabeth Sabino. From VA co-workers.

In memory of my dearest friend, Judy Langley. With love, Kathy Davis.

In memory of Patricia Kozel, from Ellen & Bernard Schinder.

In memory of Carol Flynn Ferrari – I hope this brings you a bit of joy at this troubling time. From Mike & Sher. In memory of Christina Schwartzberg, from Sam & Francine Sarkisian. In memory of Christina Schwartzberg, from Dennis Howell.

In memory of Mary Ellen Dunford. From Roger Clayton Smith.

In memory of Barbara M. Guerrero. From Don Gallagher.

In loving memory of my father Daniel J. Hill and brother Daniel P. Hill. From Georgene Berger.

In memory of Bob Braber, from Gary Blandino.

In memory of Paul F. Greenwood. From Scott & Autumn George.

In memory of Sybil Davis. From Elisa, Ira & Candy.

In memory of Carol Ferrari. From the Polakowski family.

In memory of John Stegman, from Samuel Rich. In memory of Herschell Goodwin, Jr., a very special man who cared deeply for our animal friends. From Nancy & Bob. In memory of Louis Sugar. We’ll always remember his smile, his jokes, our fishing escapes and the great cookouts. But most of all, his warmth and friendship. From Mike & Johanne Miller. In memory of Herschell Goodwin, from Joe & Joan Payne. In memory of a special young man – Wesley Spano – who was kind and generous and was loved by all! From Manon, Kurt, Rose & Roscoe Wiese. In memory of Jay M. Rand, from Vera Rabino. In memory of Barbara Stolting Guerrero, with loving memories. From the Romanac, Bologna, Scheckler & Parker familes. In memory of Gene Secord for his love of animals. From Margaret Allen.

In loving memory of Judith Langley, a true animal lover and a very sweet person. From Lee & Raul. In memory of Jane Gaffin, with sincere sympathy expressed to her family and friends. From Patrick Kennedy.

In memory of Carol Flynn Ferrari. Carol and her husband adopted many cats from HSBC and this donation honors her memory, her kitties and her loving and generous spirit. From Patty & John.

In memory of Robert Paul Braber, from Linda Vitale.

In memory of Joey Verderber. From Colleen & Richard.

In memory of my dear friend Maryellen Dunford. From Arline Doran.

In memory of Carol Ferrari, from Paul & Ellie Hart.

In memory of Margaret “Peggy” Richards. I have the pleasure of working with Peggy’s beautiful daughter, Amanda, and have experienced this unfortunate journey with her. God Bless Peggy, Amanda, Justin & Don and please know God is with Peggy as well as all of you. Sincerely, Stephanie G. Benitez, BSN, RNC. In memory of Roma Ingamells, and in honor of an uncommon woman. From Tory & Euge.

In memory of Gabriel Dominick DeSabatino. We are saddened by the loss of your dear loved one. May this gift memorialize him by helping those creatures that he loved so much. From your Sawgrass Springs Middle School Family. In loving memory of Catherine Wall. From Metro-Dade Firefighters Local 1403. In memory of Bob Sonnenberg, from Frank, Jill & Erin Silverman.

In memory of Barbara Guerrero, from Richard & Joan Bartfay.

In memory of Jake Williams. Both Jake & Martha had a big heart for animals so this is our way of honoring Jake. I pray that God will ease your sorrow and in time replace it with joyful memories. God Bless You. From Tim & JoAnn.

In memory of Larry Sands, cherished brother-in-law of Ruth Crane and beloved husband to Winona Sands. From Jane & Ronald Schagrin.

In loving memory of Pat Hurley’s wonderful brother, Richard Hurley. Please accept my condolences and please know that I am here for you. From Deyanira Ely.

In memory of Judith (Judy) Langley from the following friends and family: Gillian Pacini; Deborah & Kerry Sanders; Arlene Bromberg & Dolores Drayton; Dr. & Mrs. Anthony Stefanelli; Lois Donovan; David & Nancy Voneida; Steven & Kim Naimoli.

In memory of Bernie Peck, from Donna Loewenthal.

In memory of Jane Gaffin. From Daniel & Lezlie Lundy. In memory of Kathy Muring, from Bertha Roberts.

In memory of Christina Lea Schwartzberg from the following family and friends: Marsha Bratt Taylor & Clarence Taylor; Joseph & Melissa Voelkner; Rene & Patricia M’Sadoques; Anthony & Catherine Boccabella; David & Hallie Schneeweiss.

In memory of Jonathan Earle. We are so sorry to hear about the passing of your brother and son. He must have been a very special person. From Darlene Feldman, Lauren Reed, Preston Newman, Francesca DeCaria & the HSBC Teen Club.

In loving memory of Christina Lea Schwartzberg. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. From Dale & Helene Seidman.

In loving memory of Gloriajean Moran. From Martha, Roianne & MaryBeth.

In memory of Judy Langley, from Elizabeth & Bob Stone.

In honor and memory of Christina Lea Schwartzberg. Our deepest condolences for your loss; you and your family are in our prayers. From Brad & Betty Winston.

In memory of Brett Scneider. Brett will be deeply missed. From Karen & Jerry Simon.

In memory of Brian Little, Alice and all the other animals Brian has loved. From Nancy Baillie.

In memory of Beth Ann Bird, from William Bird.

In memory of Judith M. Langley. You will always be remembered. From Alice Thomas & Dalia.

In memory of Jo Ann Unger, with deepest condolences. From the Potteiger family.

In memory of Barbara Guerrero, from Christine Egitto.

In memory of Lois Leterman, from Simone Dunn.

In memory of Mark Andrew Stevens. From Adam & Robin Ross. In memory of Judith Langley, from Yvette Ciliberti.

In memory of my husband William F. Balch. He was an animal lover and a supporter of HSBC for many, many years. From Patricia A. Balch.

In loving memory of Barbara Guerrero, a beautiful mother and friend. From Marjorie & Nader Daily.

In memory of Jack Ferrara, from “Twelve Pillars” Arturo Rizzo & Nathalie Krywulak.

In memory of Robert Braber, from Valorie Wright & Robert Sheehan.

In memory of Carol Ferrari, from Dr. Jerry Brooks.

In memory of Paul F. Greenwood. From the company & staff of Parsons Brinkerhoff. In memory of Paul S. Stuart. From Patricia Rathburn. In memory of Bud Birrickman, from Pacific Wheelcovers Inc. In memory of Eve Karsh, from Sharon Epand.

In memory of Jack Ferrar. From A1 Property Management and Twelve Pillars Apartments.

In fond memory of Paul S. Stuart, former City of Coconut Creek City Attorney. From Dunay, Miskel and Backman. In memory of Mrs. Joan D. Fisch. From Sheila & Stanley Scher. In memory of Lois Leterman, from Margie Gelber. In memory of Barbara Guerrero. From Susan & Lee Rovner.

In memory of Barbara Lundberg, from Jodi Miller. In loving memory of our good friend, Paul Stuart. From Kathie & Bill Stephenson. In memory of Judith Langley. From Barbara Lefka. In loving memory of James Gaunt, from Leah Heckert. In memory of Al Gerstle. From Lynn & Jay Anderson. In memory of Buddy Centofanti. From Lea Schilit.


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 March 31 are included here. The deadline for the July issue is June 22. In honor of Candy, adopted from HSBC in 2007. From Christy Pacini. In honor of Lucky & Izzy, from Debbie & Dad. In honor of Frankie & Joey, from Mom & Daddy Steve. In honor of Scruffy & Daisy Huizenga. From Pamela & Scott Baynes. In honor of Targa – what a wonderful and friendly companion she was for all her years. From Roland & Diane. In honor of Otis Brennan and Prince Harley Hoffstot. From Brenda Kissel. In honor of Orly who was cared for by HSBC before she adopted me in April 2009. From Susan Lebow. In honor of Hershey, from Josette & Pam. We honor the life and memory of Bishop. With our love from Your Third Grade Family & Zaida: Christina, Todd, Kerry, Brenda, Candy, Karen, Claudia, Dayana, Kim, Renee, Susan & Zaida. In honor if Karly Feinberg, “our Honey Girl.” WOW, we will be celebrating your 15th birthday on April 21, 2016. You make life a joy and you are the sweetest puppy in the world. We love you so much and treasure every moment with you. Stay healthy and safe forever. Love, Mommy & Jeff. In honor of Lilly, from Kristen Trampisz. In honor of Isaac & Ruby, from Jonathan Rivera. In honor of Francine, Lilabelle & Beau. From Lynne Davis. In honor of Chanel Ridriguez. From Maria Rodriguez. In honor of the Florida Papit family, from Mr. & Mrs. J.M. Papit. In honor of Dwight, Lele & Mack Tracy. From Ron & Cindi Ray. In honor of Mr. & Mrs. Sofge – Feliz Navidad. From Chuck Sofge & Soribe Urdaneta. In honor of Katerina Schroeder – Happy Birthday from Antonio & Mercedes Sanchez, Rachelle & Peter Spence, and Bellalucia Interiors. In honor of Jenny Aboud. We love you so much, Jenny, and thank you for all you do for the animals (and us!). Merry Christmas! From P, H, L, R, J & S (the Parkland Huttons). In honor of the Wells family, from Aunt Jolly. In honor of our beloved Gwen Feigelis. You cared for people and animals with all your heart. We will miss you! From Linda, Mark & Amanda.

In honor of Maria Brandt and her love and compassion for animals, especially dogs. From Sharon Schwartz. In honor of Rachel Passer’s Bat Mitzvah, from Randall Kaplan. In honor of Joe Barilla. From Janet Minerich. In honor of the Quinones family, from Evelyn Morris. In honor of Harry Dressler. From Mi. In honor of Debra Placko. From Mi. In honor of Pam Bushnell. From Mi. In honor of Diane Glasser. From Mi. In honor of Michael C. Cernech, from Mi. In honor of John Crosbie. Happy Birthday, John!! From all us furballs at 33 Middle Street! In honor of Neil Blumenfield – congratulations on your closing! From Lilli Stevens. In honor of Sgt. Ken Meiscnheiner. From Diane Skar. In honor of Rachel Passer’s Bat Mitzvah. From Aunt Tammy, Uncle Barry, Andrew & Hillary. Happy birthday to our dear friend Connie – a wonderful friend to all of our four-legged friends. Much love from Ellen & Pam. In honor of Penny Hernandez, from Mr. & Mrs. Robert Cebrat. In honor of Rachel Passer’s Bat Mitzvah. From Alana Friedlander. In honor of Mr. & Mrs. Howard Clyman’s wedding anniversary. From Aunt Sue & Uncle Shel. In honor of Patricia Lord, from K/1 Team. In honor of our friend Bill Doherty and his retirement! From Wayne & Vickie Styck. For my loving grandmother Jane Gaffin, who helped inspire my own love of animals. From Leigh (Wilson) Kennedy, Daniel & Declan Kennedy. In honor of my sister Lynne who passed away in 2015. She loved animals. From Mary Robinson. In honor of my grandson Nicholas A. Buscaglia. I am very proud of you. Love, Your Bub. In honor of Donna Osborne…though Donna no longer lives in the area, the Humane Society of Broward County is carried in her heart and thoughts. Happy Birthday, Donna! From Pauley and all your furry friends ever. In honor of Charlotte Cramir, from Susannah Bexley. In honor of Doug & Diane Renchen for the celebration of their marriage. From Nancy Russell. In honor of Colleen Berzok, for your love and care of all living things – we all miss you, especially the 4-leggers! From Syre & Jeff. In honor of Rachel Passer’s Bat Mitzvah, from Howard & Emily Cutler.

In honor of John (Jack) Ferrara – We miss you “Buddy Boy”…you were a good friend!! From Doug, Karen & Sam Carr. In honor of Egbert Fisher & Keith Hollar. Congratulations! Thank you for being such outstanding people and amazing friends – our lives are better with you in them. Best wishes for a happy forever! From Michael & Pam Shavalier. In honor of Trey Stabinski’s Bar Mitzvah. Congratulations to Trey & the Stabinski family! From Lori Ferman. In honor of Michael Hones, from the Mayor, Commissioners and Employees of the City of Sunny Isles Beach. In honor of Kricket Snow, from Mike & Vivian Taylor. In honor of Cheryl Easby-Smith. Happy Birthday to my best childhood friend! With love always, Kathy. In honor of Edward Strongin, from Sam & Debbie Hammer. In honor of Linda Discher, from Darrel Thomas. In honor of Lloyd Zachary. From Robin & Adam Ross. In honor of Steve Demar, from Ralph & Eva Sheppard. In honor of Steve Demar’s 60th Birthday. From Martha & Jeff Levey. In honor of Jack & Martha Steward – love you and so proud of you! From Lynn & George. In honor of Vicky & Troy Kentera because you love animals, this donation is your wedding gift. Congratulations on your wedding. May God continue to bless you both. Love, the Kemp family. In honor of Steve Demar. From Mike & Kim Custer. In honor of Steve Demar. From Charles & Denise Gonzalez. In honor of Harrison Stevens, from Lilli Rachel Stevens. In honor of Paul Stuart, from Marcy DeGain. Our family would like to honor our dear friend Lois Leterman, whom we recently lost, by making a donation to HSBC. She was a lovely and beautiful woman who loved her family, friends and her beloved dog. Her dog was a constant source of companionship and love. Lois will be missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing her. From Richard Keller, Ken Keller, and Toni & Philip Shepard. In honor of Edward Strongin. From Tessa & Karl Kramer. In honor of David & Marcy Norwood and their new condo! From Lilli Rachel Stevens. In honor of Joan Fisch, from Kamala Anandam. In honor of Alisa Bang and her new home! From Lilli Rachel Stevens. In honor of Jillian Lang. Happy Birthday – we hope you had a good day. Love, Olivia & Taylor Mishkin. In honor of the Delmay family – congratulations on selling Jackson Street!!! From Lilli Rachel Stevens. In honor of Michelle, from Virginia Maurer.

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

Save Taxes by Donating from your IRA


n December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law legislation 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. Before this law took effect, if you wanted to make a gift to charity from your IRA you had to withdraw the money, which had to be reported as taxable income. You would get a deduction for the funds donated but often the deduction was limited and did not fully offset the taxable income. The IRA Charitable Rollover allows you to transfer up to $100,000 of funds directly from the IRA to the charity without having to report it as taxable income. In addition, it may also count toward satisfying the required minimum distribution that must be taken each year. Key provisions in a nutshell: Donors must be age 70½ at the time the gift is made.

or to a charitable remainder trust. The gift may NOT be made to a private foundation, donor advised fund, or supporting organization (as described in section 509a3). Donors who have reached age 70½ and are required to make minimum required distributions can direct the entire amount subject to the aforementioned $100,000 limit to charity in satisfaction of their minimum required distribution. Example: Susan, age 81, has a taxable estate and is concerned by the fact that at her death the combination of income and estate taxes could consume the majority of an IRA that was part of her husband’s retirement plan. She decides to make tax-free distributions to charity in order to take full advantage of income and estate tax savings opportunities provided under the IRA Charitable Rollover. As a result, she is able to make gifts while assuring these IRA funds will never be subject to income or estate taxation.

Individuals can make as many gifts in any amount to as many charities as desired as long as the total does not exceed $100,000 per year.

Example: Robert, age 72, lives comfortably on his pension, savings, and Social Security. He is required to take minimum withdrawals from his IRA and is taxed on those funds. This distribution also causes more of his Social Security income to be taxed. Robert decides to direct part of his mandatory IRA withdrawal to charity, so he can avoid reporting that amount as income and does not have to pay taxes on those funds. He also bypasses additional tax on his Social Security benefits.

The gift may NOT be made in exchange for a charitable gift annuity

If you have questions, please contact Kathy Tricomi at 954.266.6845.

Charitable gifts are to be made directly from an IRA to the charity. An individual can give a maximum of $100,000. A spouse can give an equal amount from his/her IRA.

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 ______________________________________________ City, ______________________State_______ Zip____________ Phone _______________________________________________ Fax _____________________________________________ E-mail___________________________________________

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

Humane Society of Broward County Attn: Development 2070 Griffin Road Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 (fax) 954.989.3991


From Cruelty Investigative Officer Sharron Carmichael


A New Way to Save Shelter Cats

hen animal shelters try to improve their live release rates, finding homes for cats is often the biggest problem they face. In recent years more and more shelters have been turning to a program called “Return to Field” (RTF) to get cats out of the shelter alive.

allows unsterilized cats who are roaming to continue to breed. RTF provides the best of both worlds. It gives cats their best chance to return to their homes, and it also makes sure the cats are healthy, have their vaccinations, and will not be producing kittens.

RTF is sometimes confused with trap-neuter-return (TNR), but it is a very different concept. TNR is for feral cats, and typically involves feral cat caregivers catching cats, having them sterilized, and returning them to their colonies. RTF, by contrast, is a program aimed at cats picked up by animal control as strays or brought to the county shelter by individuals. RTF can apply to any cat, feral or tame. It is an evolving concept and is not implemented in exactly the same way by every shelter, but the basic idea is to give the cat a health check and vaccinations and then sterilize it. If it is healthy and appears to be doing well, it is then returned to where it was found.

What about cats who are truly lost from their homes and cannot find their way back? Or who are injured or sick? Cats who come to the shelter in poor condition are not candidates for RTF, but RTF can still benefit them indirectly. With healthy cats being returned to their home territories, the shelter will have more time and resources to devote to rehabilitating cats who need the help. Those cats can be adopted out to new homes when they are healthy. Programs like this are just two of the many ways animal shelters are working to reduce euthanasia rates, but this type of program takes a lot of patience – and acceptance on the part of the public.

RTF was developed to help cats get back home from the shelter, whether their home is a colony or a neighborhood or a specific house. It recognizes the fact that “home” for a cat can be a very different thing than a home for a dog. Many owned cats spend part of their time outdoors and tend to roam. They may even have multiple houses that they visit. They may disappear for days at a time. They have people who love them and take care of them, but it is a more casual arrangement than a home for a dog. If such a cat is picked up by animal control or by a neighbor and taken to the shelter, the owner may not think to look for the cat for several days, until after the hold period has expired. Studies have shown that such cats are far more likely to get back home if they are left where they are than if they are taken to the shelter. The number of cats reclaimed by their owners from shelters is tiny – typically in single digits. Even a shelter that does its best to return cats to owners may have a success rate of only one cat out of fifty. One option for cats would be for animal control never to pick up a healthy cat. The problem with this approach is that it

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 December 2015 and January & February 2016. Pierrette Bettex Mayte Cordones Eduardo De Las Casas Dwight Fiore Cindy Gorsica 26

Yvonne Presley (S.W.A.N.) Scott Rosen Dorothy Schafer Rachel Thomas

Felines like these benefit from Return to Field programs.

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


Drummer Boy and Sugar Plum

wo scared pups were surrendered in December because their family was moving. And while it can be heartbreaking for animals to have to come to the shelter, sometimes it's the best thing for them. That was the case for these two collie mixes, who were dangerously infested with ticks – HSBC clinic staff spent an entire morning removing literally hundreds of ticks from inside their ears, between their toes and all over their frail little bodies. The pups were then given a bath and tick preventative was applied.

Although a bit shy, Drummer Boy and Sugar Plum were soon doing much better and were certainly more comfortable. Once being placed in the kennels they were quickly adopted into loving new homes where they're now happy, healthy and well-cared-for. We receive no government funding. Donations from the public enable us to help animals in need like these two puppies. Please use the envelope inside this newsletter to make a gift today so that you can be a part of this important work.

The pups enjoy some cuddle time with Adoption Ambassador Coordinator Amanda Kruczynski.

Vet techs spent hours picking ticks from all over the puppies' bodies.

MooMoo's Journey to Happiness T hree-year-old MooMoo came to the HSBC from another shelter where not many people visit to adopt. When she arrived we noticed that she was limping, and an X-ray showed that her elbow was full of shrapnel -- the result of being shot. The wound was an old one, but our veterinarian operated and was able to remove the shrapnel. Moo Moo is making great progress and, in time, we hope she will fully use her leg again.

MooMoo is all set to head to her happy new home.

MooMoo is always seeking out people to give kisses to, and is extremely laid back and loving. Potential adopters Eric and Chona had visited the shelter and first saw her hanging out behind our adoption desk. They left, but came back a week later and said they knew it was “meant to be” because MooMoo was still available. Eric, Chona and MooMoo are now a family.

MooMoo has a second impediment -- she's blind as well -- but what she lacks in eyesight, she makes up for in personality!

Slim Jim the VCA Greeter I n January a young Persian cat was surrendered to the shelter to be euthanized. He was in very bad shape; it appeared someone had tried to groom him and ended up badly cutting the area just under his tail. It looked horrific, as if he had been partially skinned, and the area was infected. The feline was given pain medication and, while under anesthesia, the area was thoroughly cleaned (debrided). A wet-dry sugar application was applied daily over the next week to help stimulate cell growth, and the kitty was carefully monitored

to make sure he was eating.

One of our visiting vets, Dr. Summer from VCA Boca Greene, met the sweet fellow and decided that he should become a part of her extended family. Now named Slim Jim, this lucky boy is the resident cat at VCA Boca Greene and serves as the hospital greeter. Although Slim Jim's skin healed and his hair grew back, he did suffer permanent damage – but this doesn't stop him from living a very happy life! He even has his own Instagram page; follow him @SnapIntoASlimJim1.

Slim Jim, now healed and happy! Slim Jim received medical care as soon as he arrived at the shelter.


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

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

Stop by the shelter or our mobile adoption site at the Petco in Boca Raton and meet our fabulous felines waiting for a forever home.

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



May 19:

PetSet Social at Bull Market, 6:00 – 8:00


May 14:

Bunny Basics, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. RSVP to 954.266.6822

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


National Adopt A Cat Month

BEHAVIOR HELPLINE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 954.266.6851


Dog Obedience classes begin. Call 954. 266.6855 for details.

June 5:

Bark at the Park, Marlins Park

ANIMAL ADMISSIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 954.266.6873 BEHAVIOR & TRAINING PROGRAMS . . . . . . 954.266.6819 CRUELTY INVESTIGATIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 954.266.6840 DOG OBEDIENCE REGISTRATION . . . . . . . . 954.266.6855 DONATIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 954.266.6816 EDUCATION DEPT. SCHEDULING. . . . . . . . . 954.266.6848

Mobile Adoptions: We do mobile adoptions 7 days a week at the PETCO 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. 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.

HURRICANE HOTLINE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 954.266.6871 JOB HOTLINE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 954.266.6859 PAWS AUXILIARY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 954.266.6827 PEACE OF MIND/LEGACY CLUB. . . . . . . . . . . 954.266.6845 PET BOUTIQUE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 954.266.6836 PETSET AUXILIARY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 954.266.6827 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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