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Summer 2019

News from the Humane Society of Broward County

Surrender Prevention Program Helps Pets and People Pages 18 - 20

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


From Your Board Chair

ummer is the time of year to kick back, relax, and enjoy new adventures. While the HSBC staff rarely kicks back and relaxes, we do enjoy new adventures. In June we were thrilled that our long-awaited Pawsitive Strides 5K Run was an inaugural success. Thank you to everyone who came out and participated! We hope to add it to our list of annual events.

So much of what the HSBC is able to accomplish year after year is directly due to the hundreds of volunteers who provide the staff with tremendous support. Although we officially celebrated them at our annual Volunteer Appreciation Party in May, we truly celebrate them every single day! The event fundraising season that occurs between September and May was a very successful one this year, thanks in large part to the many volunteers who helped on these events which made for a fun and successful season. We love our volunteers.

Another new adventure for the shelter also took place in June when local TV Channel 10’s SoFlo Home Project team – in conjunction with the Florida Panthers – spent an entire day redecorating three of the shelter’s community cat rooms. We extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the decorating teams for donating their expertise and service! The entire project was filmed but if you miss seeing the segment on Channel 10, come by the shelter and view the rooms in person…they look great.

Chairman of the Board Thom Bambenek and his dog Sofie

Enjoy the summer months and be sure to keep your pets hydrated during these hot days. Also, it’s now hurricane season so don’t forget about restocking your hurricane pet and people supply kits, and make sure your pets are microchipped. You can learn more about microchipping on page eight. We look forward to seeing you during the fall fundraising season – the Walk for the Animals is already scheduled for March 7, 2020 at Huizenga Plaza. Hope to see you there!

The HSBC’s regular tried-and-true adventures taking place during the summer months are the ever-popular Summer Kids Camps, and the Summer Splash Adoption Event. Both continue to be very popular and we thank the members of our community who participate in their success.

Kind regards, Thom Bambenek Chairman of the Board

On the Cover: Diana Ross, an irresistibly cute puppy, and her equally adorable


sidekick Kenny, had a ball romping together before settling down for the camera. Both were adopted soon after our photo shoot.

HERE'S THE SCOOP! ................................... 3

Board of Directors Thom G. Bambenek Chairman of the Board John R. Squitero Vice Chairman of the Board Melody Saleh Secretary Matt Katz Treasurer Gerald Weber Past Chairman of the Board Barbara Brush Christine Forman Bryan S. Greenberg Christy Gumberg Steven W. Hudson Carolyn Lee Margaret Meldeau David North Susan Penrod Ingrid Poulin Jennifer J. Robinson Susan A. Smith Jamie Taylor Stiles Julie Strauch 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 *Deceased

Humane Society of Broward County: Building a humane community together.

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


CAT ROOM MAKEOVERS .............................7 CLINIC CORNER ........................................... 8

Our Mission: Advocating for and improving the lives of animals by providing adoptions, community services, and education.

BIG DOG GOLF TOURNAMENT ................. 9 PAWS AUXILIARY NEWS....................... 10-11


TRAINING AND BEHAVIOR..................12-13 VOLUNTEER APRRECIATION ..............14-15 SUMMER SPLASH ...................................16-17

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


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

SURRENDER PREVENTION PROGRAM................................................18-20 WISH LIST .....................................................20


PAWSITIVE STRIDES 5K..............................21 MEMORIALS AND HONORS................ 22-24 FROM THE MAILBAG ................................. 25

DIAMOND COLLAR SOCIETY .................. 26 Issue 19-3 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. CH656.




Here’s The Art Promotes Adoption

FIU Graphic Design major Andres Rojas is an avid animal lover who put talent and passion together for a school project. Andres’ assignment was to “collaborate and develop a sustainable visual campaign for a non-profit organization, by analyzing and identifying a specific problem and selecting the best design solution approach to solve it.” Andres designed 10 posters, each representing a reason why adoption matters. He used pictures of dogs and cats available for adoption to make the campaign feel more personal. We’re impressed with his creativity, talent and kind heart.

Blessings Upon Your Pet


W H A T ’ S


Microchip Reunites Family The Peterson family’s German shepherd puppy, Cedar, disappeared from their property in Southwest Ranches in 2017. There were reasons to believe she’d been stolen. They searched for weeks, and even hired a pet detective to find their girl. Two years and 1,900 miles later in Colorado a county marshal found a young dog in a ditch. He brought the dog to a veterinary hospital where she was scanned for a microchip…that was traced back to Dr. Balasky’s clinic in Davie. Yes, Cedar had been found! Thanks to our contacts at nonprofit groups Wings of Rescue and Cloud Nine Rescue Flights, we helped arrange for Cedar to be flown home to her family by Wings of Rescue pilot Ted DuPuis. It was a wonderfully happy landing!

Cedar touches down at Executive Airport to be reunited on the tarmac with her family.

The Blessing of the Animals is held each year in honor and remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi, a 13th-century Franciscan saint who was devoted to all creatures. For decades, the HSBC has been taking part in this beautiful tradition. Bring your pet and join us at the shelter for this special occasion on Sunday, October 6 at 3:00 p.m. There is no fee to participate. Please keep all pets either in carriers or on a leash.



Paw Pathway Commemorative Bricks

Pay tribute to a loved one while supporting the HSBC! For a $250 donation, your custom message will be etched into a brick and placed in the pathway of our on-site Reflection Garden. Your name will also appear in this newsletter. To order, call Sandy at 954.266.6869. Paw Pathway brick donors for March, April and May are: Wiweka Warnling Rochelle Feinberg Heather Turnbull

Bealls Steps Up

Ambassadors of Love Two-year-old sisters Waddles and Mardi are fortunate to be part of our Adoption Ambassador program. The pair are inseparable, and their volunteer foster home (Ambassador) reports the girls are very sweet and like to snuggle together. Thanks to MGR Plumbing – their Ambassadors – this duo’s adoption fee has been sponsored, so the only thing missing is a family to call their own. If you’d like to meet Waddles and Mardi, or want to learn how you can become an Ambassador yourself, call 954.989.3977, ext. 6.

Get Social with Us! Join us for the Blessing of the Animals.

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In May, South Florida Bealls Outlet stores held a donation drive to gather muchneeded toys, treats and other items for our sheltered pets. Veronica, the company’s Area Manager, was delighted with the response from the public. As a former HSBC adopter, she knew the donations would be very welcome!


We're happy to report the following new homes found during March, April and May:

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

269 213 432 304 76 1,294



Eagle Scout Project is the Cat’s Meow

ecil Graves, Eagle Scout and member of our Kids Club, decided to do his final Scout service project for the HSBC. Cecil was presented with a few options, and he chose to build cat beds for the eighty-plus cats that we house every day. We had this on the list of project needs because a visiting cat expert had evaluated our shelter and suggested that every cat cage have a perch and a place to hide. Raised cat beds would provide both.

Cecil’s hard work really paid off, and the big assembly day for his 80 cat beds took place in April. More than 70 Kids Club members and boy scouts gathered to put the beds together to present to our feline friends. The cats love their perch-and-hide beds!

Cecil went to work planning how to make this challenging project a reality. Meanwhile, we found a generous donor and cat lover, Debbie Trapani, to fund the entire $2,000 project. Along the way, Cecil made many wonderful connections with people who were ready and willing to help. Special thanks go out to: Debbie Trapani - Project donor Elaine and Dave Steehler - Cut and fit 640 PVC pipes and mentored Cecil Jim Deibele, Hoover Architectural - Donated all vinyl fabric Mr. Sikes, Home Depot - Support and guidance


Bronze Award Project Success

irl Scout Troop 10188 did their Bronze Award Project to benefit HSBC shelter pets. This award is the highest honor a Junior Girl Scout can achieve. The girls worked very hard, making 76 no-sew pet beds and more than 80 assorted toys! They did a formal presentation to the Education Department once their project was completed. Thank you Troop 10188 for your valuable service!


Members of Girl Scout Troop 10188 completed their Bronze Award Project!

Cecil, pictured center, works with Scouts and Kids Club members to assemble the cat beds.


Celebrate with Us

hether you're 6 or 60-plus, as long as you love animals there’s no debating that having a party at the Humane Society of Broward County is a tail-waggin’ good time! Birthday parties at the shelter have long been a favorite of kids, but adults have also discovered that the unique party location is a hit! (If you’re an adult and would like to celebrate an event, adult beverages can be provided. You must be 21 years of age to book a Yappy Birthday with us.) We have a variety of party packages, each one offering different animal-themed activities including games, crafts and a special visit from an animal guest to create a special, one-of-a-kind party experience. Parties are offered on Saturdays and Sundays; we recommend booking your date at least eight weeks in advance, as our party room is very popular! We’re not limited to birthday parties. The HSBC is happy to host baby showers, retirement celebrations, engagement parties, business holiday parties and events – you name it! If you have questions or if you need more information, contact Katie, our party specialist, at 954.266.6875 or

Vera celebrated her birthday with friends, including this shelter pup, at the HSBC.


Superpower Dogs

e recently had the pleasure of partnering with the Museum of Discovery and Science to promote their immersive IMAX adventure Superpower Dogs. This documentary film pays tribute to the life-saving superpowers and extraordinary bravery of some of the world's most remarkable dogs. Humane Society Education dog Sherlock and her human mom Dawn Fifield attended the kickoff event where they told the story of how they saved each other. Both Dawn and Sherlock were going through the toughest of times when they met at the Humane Society. They saw something in each other and have been inseparable ever since. Sherlock serves as Dawn's psychiatric service dog and helps Dawn with her anxiety, alerting Dawn by putting her paws on her legs or pressing against her. Dawn knows this is her cue to stop what she is doing and sit quietly with Sherlock to calm herself. Dawn and Sherlock help each other with their social anxiety, because when they’re together they both feel more at ease and confident. They’re the perfect example of a Superpower dog team!

We Create Happy Campers!


ur camp programs teach kids about being responsible pet parents by having the campers roll up their sleeves to help take care of the shelter animals. Some activities include feeding, bathing dogs, cleaning cages, and making enrichment items for the animals. During our recent spring break camp, the kids had a special opportunity to help care for a large litter of orphaned puppies. The campers’ favorite part of caring for the puppies, of course, was simply spending time socializing them to people. They especially enjoyed providing warm laps for the puppies to cuddle in at naptime!

Puppy time is the best time!

Celebrate Your Birthday with the Animals! Dawn and her girl Sherlock made a great team.


Be a Hero with Pet Press

o you want to give a great gift to your child, grandchild, or to a teacher who loves animals? Sponsoring a classroom this school year to receive three issues of our Pet Press newspaper is sure to be a hit! Pet Press is full of fun articles, puzzles and projects to engage students in the world of animals at the Humane Society of Broward County. Every child gets a color copy, three times a year, delivered right to the classroom. Pet Press is suitable for grades two through five. To sponsor a classroom go to and look under the Education section.

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 March, April & May: Isabella Benton 9 Liad Levi 8 Cadence Borzen 6 Hailey McMillian 8 Mariska Cabrisas 6 Gracie Mannise 9 Gabriella Castro 10 Chloe Miller 7 Meagan Crowell 12 Melanie Negus 10 Veronica Demby 32 Natalie Newman 11 Sarah Franklin 8 Scott Schaefer 50 Ava Friedman 6 Julia Sztokisz 12 Reagan Gandara 7 Amanda Schlien 10 Jiayue Ge 10 Agatha Wasserman 9 Keira Gilbert 8 Adam Winter 7 Stephanie Herzog 10 Lior Zisu 8 Victoria Kanjanapitak 5 Sophia Lauria 9 5

Therapy Animal Eye Exam 2019


eartfelt thanks go out to Animal Eye Guys’ Dr. Robert Swinger, DVM Diplomate of The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, as well as his staff and VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital, for hosting this event and partnering with our Animal Assisted Therapy Program. The annual eye exam helps to ensure that our more than 40 therapy animals have a clean bill of eye health so that they can continue providing their valuable services to the community. After Hurricane Maria, the HSBC received many dogs from Puerto Rico and placed them up for adoption. One of those fortunate dogs, now named Quinn, started training for therapy work in January of last year. She passed her evaluation to be a certified Education Dog and is now continuing her training as a therapy dog. She’s pictured here receiving her exam and being the perfect patient.


Certificate of Appreciation

herapy dog Bella and her mom Ilene Lartitegui visit Flamingo Elementary School where they participate in our Wags & Tales Reading program. A favorite of kids, teachers and parents alike, Wags & Tales demonstrates how certified Animal Assisted Therapy dogs and their handlers can be instrumental in improving the literacy skills of children in an effective, unique and fun manner. Flamingo Elementary School honored Ilene and Bella with a certificate of appreciation for their volunteering, and, appropriately, Bella received a pink flamingo dog toy which she definitely enjoyed!

Feathered Friends



herapy rooster Elvis Doodle visits the Daniel Cantor Senior Center and engages the seniors during their time at the center. He’s a very social fellow, and loves being held and sitting on people's laps. Smiles are guaranteed and laughter rings out when Elvis comes for a visit! And because petting a rooster or any animal - involves using large muscles (arms) and fine motor skills (hands), it’s a beneficial activity for seniors.

Animals as Heroes


o tie in with their “Animals as Heroes” thematic unit and to enrich their understanding of how animals help our community, third graders at NSU University School had a special visit from Davie Police Department mounted officers and horses, and a K-9 dog and handler. HSBC therapy teams also joined in, educating the class about the importance of therapy dogs, pet safety, pet care, and responsibility. Students had the chance to interact with the animals while learning about their training, how they help the community, and how they are cared for.


Mutual Rescue

utual Rescue is a national initiative created to change the conversation around animal welfare. The group challenges a commonly-held misconception about animal welfare philanthropy -that gifts to animal shelters and rescue organizations reduce charitable giving to organizations benefiting people, and that the two causes are somehow mutually exclusive. Mutual Rescue aims to change the conversation from “people or animals” to “people and animals,” and to get people to understand that human welfare and animal welfare go hand in hand. Following the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, our Animal Assisted Therapy Manager, Marni Bellavia, was interviewed for a book that the organization’s president, Carol Novello, was writing. “Mutual Rescue: How Adopting a Homeless Animal Can Save You, Too” tells touching stories of people and animals rescuing each other, and discusses the science behind the bond between people and their pets. Marni and her therapy dog Karma are featured in the first chapter of the book, which highlights their journey together and the dedicated work they did to help heal the community after the shooting. The book is available on amazon.


World Autism Awareness Day

herapy dogs joined the Connect and Play organization to help raise awareness about autism. The theme was ‘Lighting Up Blue’ to shine a light on autism, celebrate differences, and increase acceptance. Our therapy dogs interacted with hundreds of children and parents during this event. Volunteers demonstrated how to properly meet a friendly dog, and enjoyed doing pet safety activities with the children.


SoFlo Home Project’s Cat Room Makeover

hen the building was renovated five years ago, we added several community cat rooms that allow us to house multiple felines in a more comfortable, home-like setting. Potential adopters can go into the room to meet with the felines where everyone can relax and get to know one another. Because of daily cleaning, and hundreds of cats having occupied the rooms over the years, it was time for an update. We reached out to Martin Amado, the host and miracle makeover decorator for WPLG Local 10’s SoFlo Home Project show that airs every

Saturday at 11 a.m. Martin met with shelter staff to find out what was needed, and then went to work to renovate three of the rooms. Martin enlisted the assistance of the biggest cats in town -- the Florida Panthers, who helped underwrite the remodeling. The completed rooms are absolutely amazing, and we love all the special little details that Martin included. Stop in to see the new look (these photos don't do it justice) and visit the happy cats who are enjoying their new surroundings.

Alex Lytle of the Florida Panthers, the HSBC's Cherie Wachter, and Martin Amado from SoFlo Home Project

Stylish new digs make these cats feel right at home.

Sr. VP of Operations Mary Steffen, center, with the fabulous crew from the Florida Panthers Roar Corps.

Kittens find comfort in their new surroundings.

SoFlo host Martin films with Panthers mascot Stanley C.

The new wall graphics get this kitty's seal of approval!

SoFlo camera man Frank fell in love with Petunia and just had to take her home.


Clinic Benefits the Public

I 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). • Rubbing alcohol • Cotton balls • Pill Pockets • Rebound • Anxitane (L-theanine) tablets • Surgical staple remover • Ear cleaner • Velcro - industrial strength - low profile 1” • KMR – kitten milk replacer • E-Collar donuts – all sizes • Wooden tongue depressors • Disposable surgical gowns • Oster clipper blades (new & gently used) • New nail clippers for cats • Latex exam gloves • Calmkeen 225 mg • Wee Wee Pads • New suture removal scissors • 3M Littman stethoscope • Heartbeat/comfort toys ($25-$30) • Stethoscope, std-finish chestpiece, 27” ($163. We need 11) • Elite Exam Lift Table ($7,500)

Makes us Smile We have a wish list on amazon that makes it easy to donate much-needed items. 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 March, April and May:

Spay/Neuter surgeries for our low cost programs, SNIP & Surrender Prevention: 1,339 Dogs treated for heartworm: 15 Animals in foster care: 270 8

n late April we partnered with Broward The HSBC offers $20 microchipping for the County Animal Care (BCAC) to host a public’s pets. Vaccinations, flea and tick vaccination and microchip clinic at Delevoe preventative, and heartworm testing are also Park in Fort Lauderdale; the clinic was made available. You can also purchase a Broward possible thanks to a grant BCAC received from County rabies registration tag for your pet PetsMart Charities®. when you have your pet’s rabies vaccination It was a bustling four hours, with 140 pet done at the clinic. The cost for the tag is $25 if parents bringing their furry friends to take your pet is spayed/neutered and $35 if not. The advantage of the services offered. Pets ranged vaccination clinic is open Monday through in age from eight weeks to 14 years. Those old Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with no enough for a rabies vaccination also received a appointment necessary. Vaccinations and microchipping are also available at the time of Broward County license tag at no cost. spay/neuter surgery if you schedule this Keeping your pet’s vaccinations current is procedure at the shelter. For your safety and essential in helping to prevent illness. This is your pet’s, cats must come in a carrier and dogs especially important if your pet visits grooming on a leash (no retractable leashes please). Learn centers, dog parks, is boarded or goes with you more by visiting and on outings where there are other pets. It is selecting the “services” tab. required by Broward County law that all dogs and cats be registered and have a Broward County license tag. Now that we’re in hurricane season, you want to make doubly sure that your pet’s vaccinations are up to date. Hopefully we’ll have a quiet summer, but should a storm threaten and you intend on boarding your pet, proof of vaccinations will be required. It’s best to plan ahead. We also cannot stress enough the importance of having your pet microchipped. As you read in the article here on page three, Cedar the dog was reunited with his family because of a microchip that Though busy, the clinic was efficient was registered and up to date. and handled its 140 clients with ease.

County Low-Cost Spay and Neuter Program Suspended


n 2015, Broward County Commissioners approved a program for the spaying or neutering of feral/free-roaming cats and owned pets, with the funds coming from Broward County rabies and license tag sales. Residents applied for a voucher to have the animals sterilized at low cost or, in many cases, for free. In 2018 alone more than $800,000 was allocated for the program. The surgeries were performed on Broward County Animal Care’s (BCAC) portable unit, staffed by the HSBC, that moved to various parks in the county. Other locations were preapproved veterinary hospitals and, when the portable unit was being relocated, surgeries were

done at the HSBC. This May, Broward Animal Care shared on their website that all the funds for 2019 -- $495,000 -- have already been utilized and the program has been placed on hold. At the HSBC, we will continue to offer affordable spay/neuter services for feral/free-roaming cats and owned pets. For feral cats that arrive in traps the cost is $20; having the feline ear-tipped is required. Spaying for owned female cats is $45, and neutering for owned males is $30. The pricing for dogs depends on their weight. Call 954.463.SPAY (7729) or email us at spayneuter@ to learn more or to schedule an appointment.


Big Dogs Rule the Course

ur 7th annual Big Dog Men’s Invitational Golf Tournament hit the links in April at Fort Lauderdale Country Club. Event Chairs Cherie Marshall and Melody Saleh, along with Honorary Chairs Wil Shriner and Dave LaMont of Big 105.9, hosted a great day of golf that raised over $71,000. The format this year was a 4-Person Shamble, with more than 120 players on the South course. On-course contests included Closest to the Line, Closest to the Pin, Chipping Contest, Putting Contest, Paw the Dice and Ace of Spades. Players also had a chance at each Par 3 to win a variety of prizes from Hole in One Sponsors Auto Source of America, Club Car, Ferrari-Maserati of Fort Lauderdale and South Florida Ford Dealers Association. Prize-drawing tickets were available for the chance to win a choice of a golf getaway trip to Pinehurst Resort or a Sonoma Wine & Dine adventure. The lucky winner was Tom Conlan, who can’t wait to test his skills at Pinehurst! DiSalvo’s Restaurant provided a delicious Italian spread for players pre-shotgun, while volunteers enjoyed lunch from Jimmy John’s at their stations on the course. Beverages were provided by Brew Fish Bar & Grill, Riverside Market - Plantation, Sailfish Brewing, Shiner Bock, Stephens Distributing Company, The Dubliner Irish Whiskey and Chameleon Cold Brew Coffee. Custom cocktail creations were sampled from Best in Show contest participants American Social, Blue Martini, Rhythm + Vine/The Wilder, Rank and File Social Club and Sip Java. The winning drink, by popular vote, was the Pink Chihuahua from Rhythm + Vine/The Wilder. After the tournament, players enjoyed drinks and dinner before going home with gifts including

Golfers from Top Dog Sponsor Fifth Third Private Bank prepare to use the Bazooka Launcher!

Co-Chairs Cherie Marshall and Melody Saleh with Honorary Chairs Dave LaMont and Wil Shriner.

FootJoy shoes, custom golf balls and other great items. First, second and third-place winners received Fort Lauderdale Country Club Pro Shop gift certificates and crystal trophies. In first place were Michael Hartman, Justin Dopp, James Ipock and Ted Birbin, whose names will be engraved into the stand that holds the Big Dog trophy at the club. In second place were JP Villanueva, Johnny Williams, Gregg Snowden and Luke Freeman. Third place winners were Gary Correll, Dennis Glunt, Irwin Schectner and Rich Montalvo. Contest winners were: Pete Oldbury, Closest to the Line; Mike Bruyere and Ed Yevoli, Closest to the Pin; Gary Pyott, Ken Greene, and David Lewis, Chipping Contest; David Vivies, Steve Powell and David Lewis, Putting Contest; James Cameron, Pete Colagiovanni, Gary Pyott and Chris Landis, Ace of Spades. (A big “thank you” goes out to Pete for his generosity in donating his winnings back to the shelter!) The Big Dog tournament was made possible thanks to the generosity of the following: Team Sponsors: Fifth Third Private Bank, ACURE, BrightView, Chewy, South Florida Ford Dealers Association, BB&T, Drew James Salon, Hargrave Custom Yachts, Katz Barron, John & Cherie Marshall, Maus Consulting Group of Raymond James, Brian & Ingrid Poulin, and Ali & Melody Saleh Event Sponsors: Big 105.9, Centennial Bank, Christy & Andy Gumberg, M. Austin & Christine Forman, Stiles, Gabrielle Wellner Shelter Partners: Spirit, Purina and VCA Animal Hospitals

Jon Saxx plays the national anthem prior to the shotgun start.

Ace of Spades winner Pete Colagiovanni donated his prize back to the animals at the shelter.

Overall tournament winners Ted Birbin, James Ipock, Michael Hartman and Justin Dopp from Chewy.

HSBC President/CEO Christopher Agostino and Heidi Colgate-Tamblyn of tournament sponsor Fifth Third Private Bank.

Jan Joyce with Prize Drawing winner Tom Conlan.



Spring Brings Tea in the Garden

Join us On


he lovely waterfront home of Steve and Jeannie Hudson provided an idyllic setting for PAWS’ annual Tea in the Garden in March. Chaired by Jeannie Hudson, Peg Marker, Michelle RussoMatak and Jamie Stiles, the much-anticipated fundraiser netted more than $38,000 for the animals. Adoptable puppies greeted guests upon arrival, with wiggles, wagging tails and cold noses abounding. An interactive champagne wall provided cold bubbly, as well as a conversation piece, as flutes of Laurent-Perrier were offered. There was also photo-taking in front of a stunning flower wall sponsored by Alicia Weaver Design.

(Marlene Aguero, Liz Brown, Tari Collins, Elaine Johnson, Helena Kolenda, Jonelle Lees, Margaret Meldeau, Angelika Stuart), Barbara Grevior and the Sisterhood of sandy paws, Tanya Heller, Lara & the Michelles (Michelle Gumbel, Michelle Russo-Matak, Lara Swirble), Peg Marker, The Madd Hatters (Jan Joyce, Carol Loiacono, Cherie Marshall, Jonelle Milton, Doreen Outler, Melody Saleh, Suzie Smith, Sylvia Sperry), Laurent-Perrier Champagne, Marker Construction Group, Rick Case Auto, Shooter's Waterfront, The Spa at Auberge Beach, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sara Sears, Marcy Gumbel, Julie Strauch, Sheryl Maher and Dawn Dellapina.

Charming tea pots, used as décor at previous Tea in the Garden events, were available for purchase, and guests could also buy tickets for the chance to win the VIP “Pretty in Pink” Table upgrade. Those sitting at the table with the lucky ticket winner all received VIP butler service, gift certificates for a manicure and pedicure at the Spa at Auberge Beach, and a special dessert option. A magnum of Laurent-Perrier was also delivered to the table. Winning ticket holder Monica Weick also took home a gorgeous centerpiece. Guests enjoyed beautifully relaxing music by harpist Nancy Ann Gillan while they lunched on delectable tea sandwiches, scones and desserts. An amazing auction item, “Passport to Fashion Package” at Saks Fifth Avenue Palm Beach, was won by Christy Gumberg, and the Best Hat Contest saw Nicole Hanaka taking home the prize. Sponsors and underwriters of Tea in the Garden included: Jeannie and Steve Hudson, Christy Gumberg, Ingrid Poulin and Susan Smith, Jamie Stiles, Alicia Weaver Design, Christine Forman & Friends

Marcy Gumbel, Michelle Gumbel and Lara Swirbel


Jamie Stiles, Michelle Russo-Matak, Jeannie Hudson and Peg Marker

Christy Gumberg and Julie Strauch

Margaret Meldeau, Jonelle Lees, Helena Kolenda, Tari Collins, Elaine Johnson and Marlene Aguero

Mirka Goga, Keri Feeney, Alicia Weaver and Angelika Stuart

Stacy Sager, Caroline Lee, Cheryl Easby-Smith, Ingrid Poulin, Susan Smith, Anna Lutter and Jane Czubay

Gala Spices It Up


ith a lively “Havana Nights” theme, PAWS’ annual Gala at Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina in late March was a fabulous success. Chairs Dawn Dellapina and Sheryl Maher were delighted with the net of more than $156,000 raised for our programs and services. As guests arrived, they posed for photos at their choice of a variety of backdrops that featured Lifestyle Magazine, the Humane Society, and a Havana Nights scene. Guests were then offered champagne and mojitos, as well as an array of appetizers that attendees could enjoy while they perused and bid on a variety of silent auction items. Cubaninspired music kept the energy going during the cocktail hour, with fun-loving guests joining in to showcase their salsa-dancing skills! The ballroom doors were opened to welcome guests in for more music, this time by the band Face2Face. Festive décor by J. Adan Event Inc. had transformed the space into a tropical paradise, which became the perfect setting for a delicious meal. While they dined, gala-goers bid on items announced by auctioneer Michael Williams. These included a dinner aboard the magnificent custom-built yacht Tanzanite, trips to Colorado and New York City, a blimp ride, a private dinner and wine pairing, and a rare bottle of wine. Multiple guests were also given the unique opportunity to purchase a handmade custom diamond and gold paw print necklace, made especially for PAWS by COOMI. Following the dinner and auction, music took over and the dance floor became the focal point for the remainder of the evening. Sponsors and underwriters for PAWS’ “Havana Nights” Gala included: Lifestyle Media Group, Christy and Andy Gumberg, Michelle Howland and Donald Sussman, U.S. Trust, Florida Peninsula Insurance Company & Edison Insurance Company, Allison and Clint Strauch, Sheryl Maher and Blaine Phillips, Bonnie Barnett and Robert Kagan, M.D., Christine and M. Austin Forman, Elaine and Charles

Julie Strauch, Sheryl Maher, Dawn Dellapina and Margaret Meldeau

HSBC's Christopher Agostino, Christy Gumberg and Michelle Russo-Matak


Kahn, M.D., Carol and Steve Kalagher, Mary and Richard Kazares, Julie and Axel Strauch, M.D., The Palm Tree Pups (Margaret and Mike Meldeau, Tari and Ed Collins, Liz and Gary Brown, Jonelle Lees and Jim Degnan, Marlene and Manny Aguero, Rick Bruns and Helena Kolenda, Angelika Stuart), Tanya and Andrew Heller, Dawn and Peter Dellapina and Darlene and Dennis Jordan, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Alacrity Entertainment Inc., Andrew Barnett and Stacy DeBord, Jonathan DeLuca, Kimberlie Glaser, Paramount Acceptance, Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina, Silverberg & Weiss, P.A., VCA Animal Hospitals, Purina & Tidy Cats, Spirit Airlines, Easy 93.1, Breakthru Beverage Florida, Florida Luxurious Properties, Barbara and Arnold Grevior, Stephen and Charlotte Bell, Cheryl and Bill Easby-Smith and Blue Moon Fish Company.

Austin and Christine Forman

Clint and Allison Strauch, Kent and Sandy Strauch, and Kathy and Paul Adkins

Nancy Westin, Tyler Smillie, Debbie Trapani, Shari Hall, Doug Smith and Adriana Ruiz

Bonnie Barnett and Dr. Robert Kagan

Andrew and Tanya Heller with Lanie and Henry Morgenstern

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis and Michelle Howland


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

Training andtheBehavior Positive Way

The Importance of Environmental Enrichment

eeping animals mentally stimulated and entertained in a shelter environment can be challenging. We use a variety of methods to create a softer, friendlier environment. Seemingly small gestures and tools come together to comfort, entertain, and to help give the animals the opportunity to express species-specific behaviors.

Managing Our Environment In most cases, canines and felines that have a problem with inappropriate behaviors are exhibiting these because they are bored and socially isolated. Here at the shelter we’re constantly thinking of new ways to improve the day-to-day socialization and environmental enrichment for all our animals.

Dog and puppy enrichment includes: •

Food toys such as KONGs for kenneled animals; we use a soft food treat to stuff it with. Soft and chew-type toys are also given to each dog to give them a chance to play or just snuggle with a toy.

Kuranda beds and soft bedding. If a dog is comfortable he is more likely to relax and sleep.

Slow-feed bowls add a little entertainment with dinner.

Playing of music to help relax the animals and block out background noises that may arouse and cause barking. Through a Dog’s Ear is a CD set designed to reduce stress and anxiety; it's available on amazon.

PAL volunteer program (Petting, Attention and Love): volunteers come every day to interact with the dogs and puppies.

Dog walking: volunteers walk dogs both for exercise and to give dogs the opportunity to eliminate. This program helps reduce stress and anxiety by allowing dogs to release pent-up energy and to experience some fresh air and sunshine.

Certain dogs receive behavior modification/training, as needed. Training busies the mind and can be a great source of enrichment, not just something to correct problem behaviors.

Cat and kitten enrichment includes:


Battery-operated toys that move and can provide hours of interactive play.

Cat-friendly grass grown at the shelter provides small green spaces for the cats to enjoy munching on.

Feliway pheromone spray reduces stress.

Slow-feed bowls provide entertainment at feeding time.

Raised sleeping beds. The beds our cats enjoy were created and donated (see page 4), and they now have comfortable, soft resting spaces. They may choose to sleep on the elevated perch, or underneath as a cozy, safe place to have a little privacy.

Various types of toys are used to help cats and kittens enjoy playtime.

PAL volunteer program (Petting, Attention and Love): volunteers come every day to visit with the cats and kittens.

It's playtime for Bruno and his KONG toy!

Kuranda beds like Della's make the kennels more cozy.

This slow feeder bowl makes meal time even more fun for Johnny.

Lacey feels more comfy and secure on her blanket.

Special grass grown for the cats gives them a diversion and a fresh treat, too.

Ginger's bed makes her feel at home.

Training and Behavior . . . Continued We keep it fun and interesting. You can, too! Socialization and play are important to the mental and physical development of a healthy, wellbalanced pet. • •

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Exercise - Keeping your pet on a structured, consistent and interactive exercise routine will help avoid behavior problems. Play - Toys should be interesting and appealing to your pet. Food toys make great brain teasers. These are designed for you to put treats on them or in them, and your pet has fun eating the treat and playing with the toy. Make sure the treat is easy for your pet to get to; you don’t want the food toy to be frustrating. Interact - Play a special game with your pet such as hide and seek, fetch, and find it (hide a toy or treat and encourage your pet to “find it”). You are only limited by your imagination. “Beyond Fetch” by Caroline Coile is a great book about games and other fun things you can do with your dog. Train - This can be a productive way to bond and spend time with your dog. Sign up for a low-cost dog obedience or puppy class at the Humane Society of Broward County. Explore - Get out and about to see new places. Visit people and make friends with other animals. If your pet is a social butterfly he may enjoy a play date or spending time with you for lunch at your favorite restaurant. Not every pet is going to enjoy this kind of outing, so make sure when planning excursions that it will be something you both enjoy.

Volunteer Debbie Miller gives Snickers some one-on-one time.

Staff member Susan stuffs KONG toys with yummy treats.

Staff member Caitlen gives Mickey some room to run.

Dexter gets some fresh air with volunteer Helvi Gold.

Obedience training is a great way to excercise both body and mind.

Rabbits can benefit from enrichment, too. Spuds McFloppy enjoys his bunny bag of dark leafy greens, Timothy hay and a carrot.

If you’d like to donate an item for our enrichment program, visit the HSBC Pet Boutique to purchase calming collars, KONGs, and other toys. You can also donate via our wish list on amazon.


(Cowboy) Hats Off to Our Volunteers! A

t our annual Volunteer Appreciation Celebration in May, we saluted our amazing corps of volunteers, country-style, with a boot-scootin’ good time at Round Up Country Western Nightclub in Davie. The country theme carried through from dÊcor and music to the vittles, with appetizers of chicken wings, corn fritters, queso dip and chips, and stuffed mushrooms being devoured. Dania Beach Mayor Lori Lewellen attended the event to present a proclamation honoring the HSBC's 75 years of service, and declaring May 12 to May 18, 2019, National Humane Society of Broward County Week. Special-edition 75th Anniversary keychains were handed out as gifts to the volunteers.


We enjoy these yearly celebrations, and see them as a heartfelt way to thank our volunteers for their skills, hard work and dedication. Sometimes at the shelter we may become focused on the tasks at hand and the daily needs of our sheltered pets, so it may not be clear how very much we appreciate all that our volunteers do. This celebration is an opportunity to truly focus on our friends -- our volunteers -- and to do our best to make them feel treasured. We currently have 583 adult volunteers who provide us, and the animals, with the invaluable gift of themselves. Our volunteers participate in 23 different programs at the shelter, most of which would not exist without them. Our thanks for our volunteers is never-ending; without them, we could not successfully accomplish our mission and our goals.

Lori Zalis, Ilene Lartitiegui and Marsha Klotzman

HSBC's Christopher Agostino with Dania Beach Mayor Lori Lewellen

Wendy and Kevin Stalling with former Volunteer Director Lacey Freeman

Peggy Anderson, Walton Branch, Debbie Boles, Joanne Gordan and Maria Castillo

Hats Off to Our Volunteers! Continued. . .

Ronni Ostrander, Sara Sears and Angela Green

Richard Braverman with new Volunteer Director Linda Sanders

Barbara Conti, Carla Delgado, Janet McLaughlin, Andrea Silverberg and Bridget Larvenz

Anthony LaRussa and Moe Maxi

Donna Schaffer, Sharon Burnett, Dorothy Schaffler, and Judy & George Perez

MaryAnn and Bob Soltis with Sr. VP of Operations Mary Steffen

Dolores Smith, Ellen Freidman, Carey Morgan and Alison McDaniels


Summer Adoptions Make a Splash D

espite practically nonstop rain, our annual Summer Splash event, held the weekend of June 14, saw a very busy three days here at the shelter. Visitors came in with high hopes of meeting potential new family members, with the added bonus of pets six months of age and older being available for half the regular adoption fee. Select “Beach Babes” even had their entire adoption cost waived – plus, they went home with goodie baskets filled with fun treats.

Nearly 75 pets were adopted during the Summer Splash event! You can see the happiness reflected on the faces in the small sampling of photos shown here. Two of the adopted cats had been with us since March, and one since February, so we were especially excited to see those kitties go home.

Pantera had been waiting since the end of February for Florence to finally find him!

Several puppies like Apollo, left, also got adopted over the weekend.

Sparky's new family took him home to Deerfield Beach.

Zeus was adopted by the Miller family.

All smiles, Zena went home with Shannon to live in Weston.

Pete gets a cuddle from his new family.


Summer Splash - Continued

Six-pound Alice, the smallest dog to be adopted, now resides in Miami. Elissa came down from Lake Worth to adopt Jackson.

The Valencia family was all smiles when taking Jodi home.

Diana came to us from Puerto Rico, and is already being spoiled by her new dad!

Beach Babes went home with a fun basket of goodies.

This couple had adopted a different cat a week earlier, but had also fallen in love with Shadow and came back to take her home, too.

Bunnies Boo Boo and Cinnamon got to go home together.

Edward found his new best pal in Mona.

Bonded pair Penny and Chocolate went home with Heather of Fort Lauderdale.

Wanda, right, was one of nine dogs we received from a hoarding case. This shy gal is now getting the TLC she so desperately needs.

Chiquita was one of several hamsters that found homes during the Summer Splash event.


Program Keeps Animals Where They Belong - Home I

n 2014, to reduce the number of animals being given over by their owners for adoption -- when we could see ways to help those pets stay in their homes -- we initiated the Surrender Prevention program. Many animals being brought to us are simply in need of medical care that their owners cannot afford, or the owner needs help with behavior issues or training. These are often “fixable” situations that, once addressed, can be remedied so that more animals stay in their homes. Surrender prevention also includes providing simple things like food or vaccinations for pets whose owners are experiencing financial hardship. In some cases, it involves life-saving surgery. Because of generous grants from The Community Foundation of Broward, and the contributions of our supporters, we can help these beloved pets to stay in their homes rather than be surrendered at the shelter. It costs hundreds of thousands of dollars each year for this program to prosper, and without financial contributions, these animals’ stories would have different resolutions: Halo: This young tiger-striped cat was going through the doggie door of his home when his tail got caught. His struggle to get free resulted in a severely de-gloved tail, meaning the skin was completely torn from the underlying tissue. Halo’s owners took him to the vet and were informed that it would cost several thousand dollars to treat the injury. Since they were unable to afford this, they came to the shelter to surrender Halo. Admissions staff offered Surrender Prevention services. Our veterinarian performed a tail amputation, and Halo soon went home with his family to recuperate.

Mimi: In May, a very ill cat named Mimi was brought in for surrender. Five days earlier she had been diagnosed with pyometra, a very serious uterine infection. She also had sarcoptic mange and hookworms. We treated Mimi with IV fluids, lime dip and Revolution. Blood tests showed that she was a high-risk anesthesia candidate, but the lifesaving surgery for pyometra was unavoidable. Mimi came through surgery and was able to go home, under constant supervision by her owner. Information and help with flea and mange treatments were provided. The following day her owner brought Mimi back in to be checked, reporting that her cat was already recovering nicely and would now be an indoor-only cat. Simba: In March, Simba the cat was brought in to be euthanized. Horrifically, he’d fallen 10 stories and landed in a tree, where he was impaled on a branch that perforated his right quadriceps muscle. He arrived at the shelter in shock but alert. We quickly sedated him and prepared him for surgery. The tree branch was removed and radiographs taken to assess the damage. Surprisingly, there were no fractures and his organs were intact. Once the interior wound was cleaned, repaired and closed, Simba was neutered as well. His recovery went smoothly and Simba was eating, drinking and ambulating in no time. He was one tough kitty! Unfortunately, although our staff spoke to the owner on a daily basis, she never came to pick him up. He was placed for adoption and his new mom Shannon reports that he is doing great, telling us, "He has a wonderful, loving personality, is super-smart, a fast learner, and is very affectionate.” Shannon said she had been touched by Simba’s story when she visited the shelter and couldn’t leave without him.

Mimi's owner is happy to be taking her healthy cat home.

Halo lost his tail but kept his happy home.


Simba's injuries were severe but could have been much, much worse.

Dr. Singh examines Mimi.

Surgery repaired the damage to the quadriceps.

In his new home, Simba is thriving!

Surrender Prevention Program continued . . . Monica: When her owners noticed she’d become very lethargic, wasn’t eating, and then vomited, Monica’s owners became concerned and brought her to their veterinarian. The thought was that she had swallowed a foreign object, but the family was unable to afford exploratory surgery. They didn’t want their cat to suffer so decided to bring Monica to us for euthanasia. We weren’t sure if Monica would survive, but we offered to try and help her. We took X-rays, did blood work, and then performed surgery to see if there was a foreign body in her; none was found, but her gall bladder was severely distended. The remainder of the exploration was normal. Based on our findings we surmised that Monica has somehow suffered an acute kidney injury. After four days in our clinic receiving medical care and TLC, Monica went home. She is now on a renal diet and is continuing to be monitored. Her owners were extremely grateful. Tri: Along with her litter of four kittens, calico-colored Tri was brought to the shelter. We offered to spay Tri right away and at no charge, hoping this would mean she could stay in her home. Her owners agreed, and Tri was able to go home the day after surgery. Her

kittens, who were still a bit small for adoption, stayed in foster care until they were mature enough to find their own forever homes. Raven: One-year-old Raven and her owners had moved, and the new landlord required that the cat be spayed and up to date with her vaccines. The family couldn't afford to pay for those services at the time, but thanks to the Surrender Prevention program, Raven was able to get the help she needed so that the family could stay together in their new apartment. Binx: One-year-old Binx, a domestic shorthair, was brought to us in March. Her owners said they’d wanted to have her spayed due to her constantly trying to escape, but there was a two-month wait at the low-cost facilities they’d contacted. This is a fairly common occurrence in our admissions department, unfortunately. We offered spay surgery at no cost, and Binx’s owners were grateful for our help in keeping their cat in her home.

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A very sick little girl, Monica spent four days in our clinic.

Tri's kittens stayed with us for adoption, but after spay surgery she went home.

The Surrender Prevention program is made possible, in large part, by support from the following Community Foundation of Broward Funds: Mark & Carol Zemmel Fund for the Human/Animal Connection Scott Family Fund Peter Cooper Charitable Foundation Fund Sally and Frank Atlass Charitable Fund Helen Victoria Foote Fund Francis and Bessie McDwyer Fund The Wil and Susan Greaton Fund Frederick W. Jaqua Fund Monica's family was extremely thankful for the Surrender Prevention program.


Surrender Prevention Program continued . . .

Surrender Prevention is for dogs, too!

Nero: William and his dog Nero live in a remote area near the Everglades. They were outside with a neighbor whose dog went for a drink in the pond when an alligator suddenly leaped up and attacked the dog. That’s when Nero sprang into action, jumping into the fray and distracting the alligator while the other dog escaped. The alligator then retreated into the water, leaving Nero with a broken front leg and the other dog with a flesh wound. William brought his hero in to us. A specialist was called in to repair Nero’s humeral fracture, placing a pin and a plate in the leg. Nero stayed with us for a few days and then went home. Because Nero is a bully breed, his surgery was made possible by a grant from the same foundation that underwrites our Dolly’s Dream adoptions. The grant is geared entirely toward bully breed dogs.

Nero was fortunate not to have suffered more severe injuries as a result of his run-in with an alligator.

We are committed to helping the pets and people of our community, and to providing a safe place for animals to be brought to when there is no better alternative. Yet when we see a situation where we can help that pet to stay in its home, we feel it’s important to take steps to make that

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. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 20

Zip ties 8” & 12” AA & AAA batteries Heavy duty 33-gal. trash bags 8 x 11 ½ white-copy paper #10 plain white envelopes Avery self-adhesive ¾” diameter yellow dots Baby food stage 1 jars – beef, chicken, pork New laundry baskets (6) Dry shampoo & pet cologne Kleenex Packing tape Ping pong balls for cats to play with Feliway & DAP plug-ins for cat areas Automatic dishwasher tabs Toys for dogs and cats • Towels

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Publix gift cards Soft treats for dogs and cats Paper towels Corrugated cardboard cat scratchers Laminating pouches, 8 ½ x 11 Dog training treat pouches Natural Balance Food rolls (dog enrichment program) 8.5 x 11 lucite frames with easel back Lightweight 6' folding table Toys for rabbits Hard-sided pet carriers (no cloth) Wowbutter soy nut spread Sensation Harnesses for Ambassador dogs ($30) Gently used box truck with lift gate Gently used golf cart ($2,000)

Loki: Owned by four college roommates with the best of intentions -they’d found the young puppy as a stray -- one-year-old Loki turned out to be more than they could handle. A typically rambunctious youngster, Loki was destructive in the house and lacked any kind of basic training. After speaking with his owners and educating them about the benefits of neutering, crate training and obedience training, Loki’s owners decided that it was worth putting in the work to train and keep their pup. A neuter appointment was set up with our clinic and a crate was provided, along with training tools for successful crating. Loki was also enrolled in our Doggie Be Good obedience classes. With the Surrender Prevention services that were provided, along with his owners’ dedication and hard Loki, post-neuter, work, Loki is now a happy with one of his moms. member of the college roomie family!

happen. Thanks to the Surrender Prevention program and funding that makes it all happen, many pets and people are staying together, happy and healthy, for years to come. We hope you'll consider contributing to this life-saving program.

5k Fun at Topeekeegee Yugnee O

ur inaugural Pawsitive Strides 5K welcomed over 350 participants to Hollywood’s TY Park on a warm, clear Saturday morning in early June. Runners and walkers ranging in age from eight to 70-plus enjoyed the shade of the tree-covered route that wound through the park. Most ran as individuals, but there were teams that had fun running together as well. A pre-run warmup was held, courtesy of Youfit. After the run, Relax and Get Results loosened muscles with massages, and the Florida Panthers offered prizes and games. Runners were treated to water, coffee and breakfast treats courtesy of Starbucks, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Winn Dixie, Fresh Point and Trader Joes. Everyone who crossed the finish line was

awarded a custom Pawsitive Strides 5K medal. The top runners in each age category were presented with special certificates and the overall top runners were awarded medals commemorating their fast finish times! Many thanks to the team at Victory Sports Management for organizing the event for us, and we’d also like to recognize a special young lady, 10year-old Lilah Howard, who inspired the 5K event. She really loves animals and wanted to do something to help them. The Pawsitive Strides 5K made nearly $7,500 for the shelter, and we're hoping to make it an annual event. Stay tuned!

Our Education Mascot, Chester, had an enthusiastic team that had a strong presence at the 5K run -- although Chester himself did not, as it was a humans-only event.

First Place in the Women's Overall division went to Nicole VonAlven.

Lilah and Amaya Howard encourage their mom, Stacey, as she crosses the finish line.

Kevin Favard placed first in the Men's Overall division.


To include your memorial or honor, please send a contribution of $25 or more using the enclosed envelope, or visit 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, or honored, upon your request. Your message may be edited due to space, and multiple donations for the same person may be grouped together. Memorials and honors received by June 22 are included here. The deadline for the October issue is September 22.

In memory of Bosco, from Dora Schaefer. In memory of Tyler Altschuler. You were a good dog and great companion to my brother from another mother. May you rest in peace over Rainbow Bridge. From Joan & Ernie. In memory of Kera Heller-Lombard. The best treat catcher, ball fetcher, iguana finder, and byyour-side walker: Kera. Her eyes showed you the depth of a dog’s soul, and her happiness told of a dog’s wonderful personality. From Marija, Brian, & Quincy. In loving memory of Charlie who brought so much life and happiness to all who knew him. Marta, Brett and Maximo, we are so sorry for your loss. We will miss Charlie’s sweet energy. Love, Kathy, Dave & Lili. In memory of the Cohen family’s beloved dog, Trucks! He was loved by everyone who met him! From Mom & Dad. In memory of Buddy. From Frederick Holzer. In memory of Sami Albritton. Rest In Peace. From Mairi, Fran & Kim. In memory of Samantha Jean, our beloved Lab Mix of 15 years, and a big part of our family of 1 other dog & 2 cats all adopted or rescued. She loved the family and was well known for her happy hour (snack time) song & dance to let the whole family know it was time for their happy hour! From Michael & Lisa Tumminello.

In memory of Bella Allen – We will never stop loving you. From Linda, Dick, & Nova. In memory of Lady, from Beau, Rhonda, Nicholas, & Leah. In memory of Kris Cooper’s beloved Lucy. From your Turnberry Family. In memory of Sam, loyal companion and friend who will be sorely missed by his owner Joel Kaufman. From Christopher Thau.

In memory of Morris & Helen Ritz. From Joel Ritz.

In loving memory of Capone with love and support to his owners. He will be missed. From Fran Banner.

In memory of Joan Hewitt. Automotive Hardware.

In memory of Blue Boy. A very special kitty, beautiful both inside and out. You will be missed, sweet boy. With love and sympathies from the Giardina Family.

In memory and honor of Mrs. Patricia Schotanus. From the Ridgemoor Country Club’s Professional & Caddie Committee.

In memory of Logan, beloved pet of Sean & Nicole Penny. From Patricia Sammartino.

In memory of Georgia Lucas, from Barbara Stewart.

Richard & Angie Horn’s friends at ACR honor the memory of Blackjack with this donation. We treasure Blackjack’s stories and Richard’s joy in telling them. In memory of Chili Breslau who loved and was loved by everyone she met. From Rosemary & Michael Blumberg.

In memory of Ralph, from Jason Kaye.

In memory of Cole…such a sweet boy and will be forever in our hearts. From Amy & David Weinstein. In memory of Muffin. Rest in peace sweet kitty friend, you will be missed. From Andy & Martha Parker. In loving memory of Katrino, our cat. Katrino, we will miss you always! From Norma Alaya. 22

In memory of Harriett Story, with love and condolences to our friend Julie and family. From Debbie & Jeff Chase.

In memory of Gerta, from Greg & Karen.

In memory of Jennifer, a very lucky furrie to have Maryann as her mother. From Debra, Zavie & Pumpkin.

In memory of Zachary Skinner, loyal & loving. He will live on in our hearts forever. From Nancey & Jouet.

In loving memory of Luvelle Terrio, a true Southern Belle. From Mary Rogers.

In memory of Baby. From Debbie, Bernie, & Family.

In memory of Spice. I will miss you forever. From Sandi.

In memory of Alfie, Alex, Jake, & Jamie. From Muffin, Puffin & Caesar.

In memory of Harriett Story. From Keller & Associates.

In memory of Beverly (Bev) Albers. Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. Bev will always be in our heart. Love, Tina Shanks.

In memory of Zoe, from Marcia & Jody.

In memory of Mali, a sweet polar bear and gentle, loving dog. From Natan Garber.

In memory of Nala, from Kurt Gurbuz.

In memory of Harriett Story, from Ann & Bob Closser.

In memory of Michael D. Soloman. From Drazia & Harvey Simon. In memory of Patricia Schotanus from Stephen Freidin. In memory of Patricia Schotanus, from Tom Vena. In memory of Patricia Schotanus and with my deepest sympathy to Hank Schotanus and family. From Bernadette Haas. In loving memory of Bernice Lippman, and her little Dachshund, Ringo. From John & Denise Sharp. In memory of my aunt, Astrid Sorondo. Throughout her life she loved animals, especially dogs. Respectfully from Ramón Usategui.

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In memory of Carolyn Taylor, a very sweet woman who will be missed. From Bruce & Paul. In loving memory of our grandfather, Allan “Poppy Al” Rose, on his birthday. From Allison & Laura Rose. In memory of Katherine Blaski who was loved and respected by many. I feel so fortunate to have been in her life. To the Blaski family: Please give time, time as you go through the healing process. BIG HUGS being sent your way. From Jeanne Friedman. In memory of Tauck employee Lynn Hardcastle’s sister, Patricia Tetreault. From Tauck. In memory of Jim Wilcox. From Sandra Mullen. In memory of my Uncle Christopher (Chris) C. Karl who was an animal lover and had three cats of his own. May you rest in peace, Chris, and I hope this small gift can help our four-legged friends in need. Love, Byron & Amanda Kurogi. In honor and memory of Katherine Blasik. She will be missed by many. From Karlene. In memory of Pat Schotanus. From Peter & Anne Simmons. In memory of Dr. Melbourne Teigland, from Patrick & Lauren Reilly. In memory of Herbert Jesk, from Joan Lake.

In memory of Johnny Milanese. Happy 60th birthday! Love and miss you. From Barbara & Mykel.

In memory of June A. Boyar, from Sandy Schreiber.

In loving memory of Kathryn Hanzsek Del Monte. From Adam Scher.

In memory of Norman Klein. From Carol Venuti.

In memory of Carlos Serrao on his birthday. From Marta Serrao & Claudia Serrao.

In memory of Joseph Martorano. From George & Louise Mahoney.

In memory of Nancy Ciampa, from Amy Boyer.

In memory of Joey Martorano. From the Tom Johasky Family.

In memory of David Joseph Franklin. I am sure you are taking care of all the pets that have crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Happy Birthday, my son. Love and miss you. Mom. In memory of Cheryl Asman, from a friend.

In loving memory of James Gaunt, a very special friend. From Leah Heckert.

In memory of Andrew Greenspan. From Diane Bader.

In loving memory of Spencer Popwell, a wonderful and caring friend. From Leah Heckert.

In memory of our parents Morris & Helen Ritz. From Joel Ritz & Marcia Ritz.

In loving memory of Patrick A. Marks, from his sister and family. We miss you very much.

In loving memory of my cousin Frederick J. Pratley. From George Bryant.

In memory of Dorothy “June” O’Halloran, a loving woman to humans and animals alike. From friends at Datavision.

In memory of Carl (Pat) Rigsbee, a kind man who loved his family. He also loved his dog, Shea, and loved to take her for walks around his neighborhood. At a sad time, pets are always there to remind us of the happier times. Just like our loved ones would want. From Dennis Ulmer.

In memory of Nancy Ciampa, from Chandra Morris Bussone.

In memory of the mother of Nancy Paris. From Harvey Simon.

In loving memory of our daughter Nancy Carolyn Ciampa with wonderful memories of her love for animals. We miss you Nance, but our love for you will remain in our hearts forever. Love, Mom & Dad.

In memory of Mr. Stuart, from Bonnie Bear & Maria Cooper.

In memory of Danny Capoblanco, Jr. I’ll miss you, my friend. From Judith Marcus.

In memory of Patrick Rigsbee – A loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. From Kim & Christine Umstead.

In loving memory of Nancy Ciampa. She will be greatly missed. From Colleen Martinez.

In memory of Nancy Ciampa. From Sylvia Walbolt. In memory of Nancy Ciampa. Raymond: So sorry for your loss. Nancy was a great colleague and I was honored to work with her the last 10 years. From Rick & Rosa Gross. In memory of Nancy Ciampa, an animal loving friend and lawyer who gave her heart and time to the many dogs & cats she rescued as well as to our legal community through her volunteer work for Legal Services of Greater Miami and her work on behalf of her pro bono indigent clients. She made this world a better place for the people & animals most would have forgotten. From Cristina Alonso. In memory of Patricia Schotanus, from the McHale family. In memory of Bill & Bruno. From Danette Bailly. In memory and honor of Nancy Ciampa. From Susan & Jorge Chaoui. In memory of Marjorie Hazel Longoria with thoughts and condolences to her families. From Loryn, Scott, & Maxie Halperin and Family. In memory of Rhonda Hackbart, a person of great faith and love for others in the community and the four legged friends. From the Todd Family. In memory of Amanda Ginsburg. From James Ginsburg.

In memory of June O’Halloran. She loved animals so much! From Melissa Marrion.

In memory of Kathryn Hanzsek Del Monte, a wonderful and loving person. I cherish the times we spent together. I will be looking forward to meeting again in a place that is free of pain and suffering, and is full of love – filled with lot of animals. Love, Carol. In memory of Todd Tongen, a wonderful friend to the animals who will be greatly missed. From the staff at the Humane Society of Broward County. In memory of Joseph Martorano. From the Shino Bay Family. In memory of Mary Teixeira. Our sincere condolences to the Teixeira family on the loss of your Mother Mary. From your friends from Harbor House East. In memory of Christine Triandafilou. From Maryanne Dickey. In memory of Nicholas Ellis. Happy Birthday My Love, Husband and Soulmate! Today (6/20/19) would have been your 40th Birthday! I miss you every second of everyday. Always & Forever, Your wife, Sophie. In memory of Maria Texeira, from Rachael & Ed Ignatoff.

In memory of June O’Halloran. From George Grubich Family/Polo/Connolly.

In memory of Joey Martorano. We are so sorry for your loss. Sending love and hugs. From Michelle & AJ Nassar.

In memory of Christopher Lawrence Sabin. From INdigital/RPSS.

In memory of Peter Savoca. From Mark & Joyce Golden.

In memory of Jerry Brookins. From Mike Stephan. In memory of Joan Grossman, from Jim Davis & Barry Lowy. In memory of Douglas Harold Paton. From Carl & Shelly Muscarello. In memory of Joey Martorano with deepest sympathy. From Sandra K. Booth. In loving memory of my mother Ruth Kravet, who loved animals. From Fay. In memory of Joseph Martorano. Rest in Peace, Joey. From Michael Salvatore. In memory of Richard Jude Wotocek. Rick will always be with us, forever in our hearts and memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with all his family and friends. Love, Debbie & Nicholas Martinez; Lana & Joe Cabrera & Joey; Ava Marie & Luke; and Donna “Granny” & Linda Lumsden. In loving memory of Kathryn Hanzsek Del Monte from the following friends and family: Karin Zimmerman; Michael Spadaro; Jeremy Day; Andrea Glassberg; Eva Szmutko. In memory of Joseph Martorano, from Kyle Mahoney.

In memory of Maria Santos Teixeira. From Lodge & Caprice Weber. In memory of Mary Santos Teixeira with sincere sympathies to Dan and family for the sad passing of Mary. From Julie Jones Bernard. In memory of Mary Teixeira, from Fred Nathanson.

Estate Gifts These are the estate gifts we received during March, April and May. If you’d like information on naming us in your will, please contact Kathy Tricomi at 954.266.6845.

Elizabeth Albert Elizabeth Bohn Patti Lou Collins Ellen Gatta Jose Gomez John Clarence Hart RK and Christine Steusloff Mildred Talkwicz Helen Thompson 23

HONORS AND CELEBRATIONS To My Best Kitty Friend Chloe…Thank you for the God-given 18 years of “purrrfect” love. Until we meet again, enjoy your “Rainbow Bridge.” From Chloe’s best friend, Janet. In honor of Ozzi – Happy 16th Birthday! From Riley. In honor of Mango & Martini and your new home! From Lilli Schipper. In honor of Cody, from Kenneth Rapkin. “I have lots of toys, and real Super Heroes help others. I have many people who take care of me, and I want to help the animals. I wish I could have a cat or a dog but I am allergic. For my 7th birthday, instead of a gift please help me save the animals.” – Elan Frei. Happy Birthday, Elan from the following family and friends: Nathan; James & Jon; Dominic; Mark; Audrey; Dylan; Sophia, Joshua, & Jessica; the Gebhard Family; Isabella; Matias; Sky Sky; the LaPenta Cousins; Sara; Nicole; Diego; Fabian; Ava & Noah; Griffin; Alexa; Brian; the Drowos Family; Logan; Bubbe; and Hara. Happy Birthday to Bill Griffin. From Arlyne with love & happy wishes. In honor of J.R. Bergeron – Happy 50th Birthday! From Keith & Valerie Paikin. In honor of Jose Cassul – Happy Birthday! Blessings from Wil Jackson & Ken Kaplan. In honor of Barbara Vincent and her birthday. From Margaret Hurley. In honor of Steve Beakley & Lee Hancock. Your JM family wishes you all the best as you celebrate your marriage! Congratulations! In honor of Sofia Gress – Mazel Tov on your Bat Mitzvah. From Andy Zelman. In honor of Sofia Gress’s Bat Mitzvah. From Sabrina Kurzman. In honor of Claire & Kathy. Congratulations! Here’s to Forever! From Ellen Kotler. In honor of Tchaka Owen for your commitment to making a positive impact in the world and for all you do to make sure more furbabies find forever families. From Mary Ensor. In honor of James Maler, from Mark Kruger. In honor of Grace Community Preschool Class #2. From Megan & Friends.

In honor of Jeff Gilbert. From Jeff. In honor of Adam – Happy 7th Birthday! From Chelsea. In honor of Corey Wasserman. Mazel Tov on your Bar Mitzvah, Corey! From Kitt. In honor of Richard Goodnight. Have a very Happy & Special Birthday! From Mark, Ken & Grigio. In honor of Dennis Lopez, from Dennis. In honor of Mary Jo & Sharon. Hansen and I had a great time at the Merriweather in April. From Lee & Hansen. In honor of Mike Weissberg. Happy, Happy Birthday, Mike! Wishing you many more happy and healthy birthdays. With love from Nancy & Betty. In honor of James Maler, from Ronda Maler. In honor of Terry Liston. Thank you for being such a great client! From Tonkinson Financial. In honor of Savannah Tricomi – Congratulations on your high school graduation! From Cherie Wachter. In honor of Jenny Aboud – Happy Birthday, Jenny! From the Hutton Family. In honor of Yvonne Presley, a lifelong volunteer at HSBC who passed away on 3/7/19. HSBC was an important part of my dad, Art Presley, and Yvonne’s lives and our family hopes this donation will help animals in their memory. From Debbie Presley-O’Brien. In honor of my son William P. O’Brien who is constantly rescuing animals. From Gail O’Brien. In honor of Clare Mostel & Kathy Ervolina. From Jeff & Jerry. Go “Team Chester” – Congratulations on participating in HSBC’s Pawsitive Strides 5K Run! From Aunt Giudi & Aunt Pat. In honor of Michelle Rodriguez – Congratulations on your new home! From Lilli Schipper. In honor of Rachel Weismann, from Mom. In honor of Nadine Shanfeld. From the Klitzman Family. In honor of Warren Hoffman. Happy Father’s Day! From the Pogany Family. In honor of Richard Jude Wotocek, from Barbara Wojcik. In honor of Hugh & Sue Jones, from Lilli Schipper.

In honor of Ute Aliah-Colgan. Thank you for your lifetime of dedication for those who don’t have a voice. From Barbara Espinal. In honor of Brian McMorris, from Joan & Norman Gaslowitz. In honor of Ana Brender on her Bat Mitzvah. From Judy Batievsky. In honor of Carey Beyle Morgan—Happy Birthday, from Mom. In honor of my friend Shelley Langel for her birthday. Such a lover of animals. From Marcy Greenberg. In honor of Jim Affeldt. From Ray, Jack, Todd, & Curtis. In honor of Mr. & Mrs. Bert Oliver. Congratulations on your wedding, two incredible individuals coming together to create one. Many beautiful wishes for you both. We love you and always enjoy our times together. From Becca & Larry Styron. In honor of Martha Papo. My mother is an exceptional woman who has a big heart for animals. From Om, Meesh, Ezi, & Emma. In honor of Marilyn Finkelstein – Happy Mother’s Day! I love you! From Shayna. In honor of Albert Lepage, from Laura & Mike Hartstein. In honor of Rachel Ann Smith Murray. Throughout her life she adopted and loved countless animals in need. This gift is thanks for the work HSBC does and for all the animals that gave Ann love and comfort in life. From the Rachel Ann Smith Murray Trust. In honor of the Hwasta Family & their new home! From Lilli Schipper. In honor of Elizabeth Engelgau. Love you! From Princess & Zuzu. In honor of Alan & Michelle Cristantiello. Thank you for being such great clients! From Tonkinson Financial. In honor of Katherine Blasik, from Debbie Clark. In honor of Roberta Insel – Happy 70th Birthday! From the Dinner Family.

Photo Sessions: “For the Love of PAWS”



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 25 photos have been sold to date. For more information, please call us at 954.266.6845.

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,

Hey HSBC team!



I adopted my cat Molly from you guys back in Oct 2004. I just thought you’d like to know she’s still alive and kicking and one of the most loving cats I’ve ever had…She’s currently enjoying her senior years in Seattle, WA, watching the birds and sites from her windows.

adopted Sailor right before Christmas this past year. He was only three and a half months and was one of your rescues out of Puerto Rico! I had met with a few dogs and when he came in, he licked me, rolled in my lap and I instantly cried, he chose me and I couldn’t be happier with him! I was told he was going to be 80 pounds and took the leap, but so far he’s only about 40 pounds at 8 months and don’t think he’s going to get much bigger. He’s got a kitty brother, Gatsby, and they love to play with each other! He also has lots of dog friends that we meet up with almost every day. He’s a runner, loves hopping around to chase lizards, can shred a toy to bits in under 60 seconds and has been a very quick learner. We go everywhere together. Thanks for giving me my new best friend!

Mahala Kelly Molly

Dear HSBC,





ella is doing very well; her name was Cara but I named her Bella, and updated it with her insurance. Shockingly, within two days Bella has gotten so close to me she stays by my side like a baby. I love her with all my heart! I made the best decision in getting her because I knew I could put all my love to something that was suffering and is no longer going to suffer again for the rest of her life. I want her to live happily and she’s the most spoiled, loved, newest member of the family.



adopted Nelly in Oct. 2018 after she and her five puppies were evacuated from San Juan following Hurricane Maria. I just wanted to let you know she is doing great and has happily settled into her new home with a kitty sister. She is adored by everyone who meets her, especially by children. I want to thank the staff and volunteers at HSBC for doing such a great job and always being there for our furry friends. Regards, Anne B. Dania Beach Nelly

Levana Beller

Dear HSBC,


wanted to share some good news with you! Just this past Saturday at the end of my shift, I adopted Dusty! He’s a 2-year-old male, super sweet and snuggly kitty, and a great addition to our home! We are doing the intro slowly to our other cats too. We just adore him. Thank you to the HSBC for this bundle of love!

Dear HSBC,


ashi is doing wonderful and has adapted to her new home, we love her so very much. Shaunna Whitfield


Take care, Lynnette Scarcello



An Evening with the Diamond Collar Society


embers of the Diamond Collar Society gathered in May at the beautiful Fort Lauderdale waterfront estate home of Tanya and Andrew Heller. Guests mingled, enjoyed delicious hors d’ oeuvres and cocktails, and were invited to tour the Hellers’ 145-foot yacht, Tanzanite. The Diamond Collar Society supports the day-to-day operations of the HSBC. Its members also serve as

goodwill ambassadors in the community. Since its establishment in 2001, the DCS has raised $1,609,500 to support our programs and services. Annual membership levels begin at $1,000 and go up to $10,000. If you’d like information on joining this important group of benefactors, contact Kathy Tricomi at or 954. 266.6845. Susan Smith, Sara Sears and Ingrid Poulin

Sharyl and Bobby Friedman, Jennifer Robinson and James George

Matt and Lorena Roos

Jason and Lilli Schipper with HSBC Chairman of the Board Thom Bambenek

John and Heidi Rhodes

Matt Katz with event hosts Tanya and Andrew Heller

HSBC's Christopher Agostino, Lyneth Schroeter, and Ted and Theresa Christie

2019 Diamond CollarBryanSociety Members Lorena & Matt Roos Greenberg Ronni Ostrander

PROTECTOR Didier R. Moritz Charities Tanya & Andrew Heller S. Donald Sussman & Michelle Howland BENEFACTOR Bobby & Sharyl Friedman Susan A. Smith DEFENDER Pat Amey Anonymous John & Kim Penniman Blaine Phillips & Sheryl Maher Heidi & John Rhodes 26

Cindy & Al Uber Peter & Ashley Ventre PATRON Thom & Kathy Bambenek Michael & Joan Brochu Lori & Anthony Bruno Rick Bruns Antonia & Jason Corteguera Roberta Cotton Buzz & Ken Czubay Jeff Ecklund Robert & Kay Giacin Jill Ginsberg

Andy & Christy Gumberg Nicole & Marty Hanaka Susan Helfrick & John Scelfo Karen Hooks & Stephen Walker Stacy & Sara Johnson Matt & Jill Katz/Katz Barron Dr. & Mrs. Frederick Lippman Lloyd & Annette Maliner Barbara McNulty Dr. Richard & Dione Meli Mark Miller Matt Modist & Sarah Wohlfahrt Barbara & Robert Murillo

Martha & Waldy Polizzi Ingrid & Brian Poulin Jennifer J. Robinson Lilli & Jason Schipper Sara Sears Jack & Suzi Smith Julie & Axel Strauch Team National Hope Foundation Lucy & Gerry Weber Donna & Chuck Weiner

Featuring warm and fuzzy shelter stories


Some Things Are Meant to Be

hen Hurricane Irma hit two years ago this August, Lauren’s home suffered extensive damage and the family was forced to move. They were unable to take their two cats, Monty and Coco, with them, and Lauren made the heart-wrenching decision to bring them to the HSBC so that they could find new homes. (The cats had originally belonged to a friend of Lauren’s who had passed away, and she’d taken them in.) Happily, Coco and Monty were adopted together within a few weeks, and they spent the next nearly two years in a good home…until their owner became ill and just couldn’t care for them any longer. She brought them back to the HSBC, hopeful that they would be adopted together. Again. That was in April. On a Saturday in mid-May, Lauren and her daughter were at lunch and started talking about adopting a pet. It was time. They logged on to our website to have a look at who was waiting for a home, and were shocked to see what looked like their Monty and Coco! They couldn’t believe it was the same two cats, and rushed over to the shelter to find out for sure. Cue the tears, hugs and laughter. Needless to say, Monty and Coco went home that very day with their former family and have settled in to the new house, with their old family, just fine.

Timing was everything for Monty and Coco!

Rosie Meets Ted, Thanks to Pets for Vets P

ets for Vets is a nationwide service with the mission to help heal the emotional wounds of military veterans, by using the power of the human-animal bond. The organization provides a second chance for shelter animals by rescuing, training, and pairing them with America’s service men and women. We had a visit in the spring from Kristin Christopher, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer with Pets for Vets. She came to the HSBC looking for a canine match for Ted, a veteran who lives in the area. This was the first South Florida visit for Pets for Vets. Kristin had previously met with Ted to interview him, as well as conducting a home visit. The goal was to understand exactly the type of dog that would best suit Ted’s needs and lifestyle. After that, the search began. Companions chosen are between two and five years of age, and they go through an assessment process before being selected. After adoption, training can take up to eight weeks before the veteran is united with his or her dog. Continued support is offered as well. (Dogs placed are not considered to be Assistant Dogs. They are wellmannered, social companions who enrich the lives of their humans, but are not certified support animals.) Ted had had a small, fluffy dog in mind when he began the process, but Kristin chose Rosie, and as it turns Rosie and her dad out, Ted could not be happier! Neither make a great team. could Rosie. The trio later returned to

the shelter to give a presentation to staff and volunteers about the Pets for Vets program.

Kristin, Ted and Rosie catch up before the shelter presentation.


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

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

Microchip Your Pet: $20 Our public clinic is open Mondays through Fridays between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. for microchipping. No appointment is necessary.

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




National Adopt a Dog Month

October 6:

Blessing of the Animals 3:00 p.m. at the shelter

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

October 16:

Fashion Forward for PAWS Neiman Marcus Fort Lauderdale

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

October 30:

Tricks or Treats with the Animals 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., HSBC Education Center

DONATIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 954.266.6816

ADOPTION AMBASSADOR PROGRAM. . . . . 954.266.6814 ANIMAL ADMISSIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 954.266.6873 BEHAVIOR & TRAINING PROGRAMS . . . . . . 954.266.6819 EDUCATION DEPT. SCHEDULING. . . . . . . . . 954.266.6848

November 4 & 5: PAWS on the Green Grande Oaks Golf Club

HURRICANE HOTLINE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 954.266.6871

December 9:

PAWS AUXILIARY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 954.266.6827

PAWS Holiday Party & Shopping Extravaganza Coral Ridge Country Club

JOB HOTLINE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 954.266.6859 PEACE OF MIND/LEGACY CLUB. . . . . . . . . . . 954.266.6845 PET BOUTIQUE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 954.266.6836

Pet Loss and Grieving 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. Bunny Basics sessions are free of charge. You’ll learn about housing, proper nutrition, bunny introductions and more. RSVP at 954.266.6815. Dog Obedience Classes are offered in six-week group sessions with classes on Tue. or Wed. evenings or Sat. or Sun. mornings. The cost is $150 for dogs adopted from the shelter and $180 for all others. To register, or for more information, visit or 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 on Sat. mornings. The cost is $100 for puppies adopted from the HSBC and $120 for all others. To register, visit or for more information, call Stephanie Rodgers at 954.266.6819.

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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