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Summer 2021

News from the Humane Society of Broward County

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

From Your Board Chair A s this issue of Paw Prints arrives in your mailbox, I hope you are enjoying a relaxing summer and your life is resuming some normalcy following the long year living with the effects from the COVID-19 virus. We remain grateful to everyone who continued to support the HSBC during these trying times. However, because of the ripple effect from the many cancelled events, the organization is still in need of funding in order to continue to support our programs and services.

Chairman of the Board Thom Bambenek and his dog Sofie

I am happy to report that shelter activities and fundraising events are slowly taking place – summer Kids’ Camp has resumed and is sold out; in April the Big Dog Men’s Golf Tournament took place and HSBC staff hosted a drive-through Volunteer Appreciation Party; also exciting was the return of the PAWS fundraising event Tea in the Garden which took place in mid-May. Thanks to all who participated and supported these activities!

On the Cover: Our cover kitten Spooky now lives in Davie and is adored by her new family, who wrote to tell us how magnificent she is and what an amazing job her foster parents did with her.

Board of Directors Thom G. Bambenek Chairman of the Board John R. Squitero Vice Chairman of the Board Melody Saleh Secretary Matt Katz Treasurer Barbara Brush Ted Christie Christine Forman Bryan S. Greenberg Christy Gumberg Michelle Howland Steven W. Hudson Carolyn Lee Sheryl Maher 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.

It has been challenging, but we continue to meet the animal welfare needs of our community thanks to general donations and generous grant funding. Recently the HSBC was fortunate to receive grants from the Community Foundation of Broward and from GreaterGood to treat the many canines that suffer from heartworm disease. The Community Foundation of Broward's funding will allow us to treat 70 dogs annually and GreaterGood’s funding will allow us to treat another 480 dogs annually at a cost of $500 per dog. This issue’s feature article highlights these wonderful organizations and the treatment the HSBC clinic staff is able to provide thanks to their support. Thank you, again, for your belief in our mission and for your continued support! Kind Regards, Thom Bambenek

IN THIS ISSUE... HERE'S THE SCOOP! ....................................... 3 ABC'S OF EDUCATION ................................. 4-5


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

Our Mission:

TRAINING AND BEHAVIOR.............................7

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

CLINIC CORNER ............................................... 8 HEARTWORM INITIATIVE.........................9-11


PAWS AUXILIARY NEWS.................................12 BIG DOG GOLF TOURNAMENT....................13

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

SUPERHERO VOLUNTEERS ...........................14


PLANNED GIVING...........................................14

11 FROM THE MAILBAG..................................... 15

MEMORIALS AND HONORS.................... 16-18

Issue 21-3 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.

HAPPY TAILS ................................................. 19


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.

Amy Bloom Clough Editor Cover photo by: Bea Morell

EVENTS AND INFORMATION ...................... 20

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 $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.

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GreenWise Does Good Work

B I T S A N D P I E C E S A B O U T W H AT ’ S G O I N G O N . . .

Pets for the Elderly

Publix now has a GreenWise Market location in downtown Fort Lauderdale, and if you’re a REWARDS member who signs up for the GreenWise Market Good Works program, each purchase you make can benefit the animals. Membership is free; just sign up online at, where you’ll also find information on selecting the Humane Society of Broward County as your charity.

Paw Pathway Commemorative Bricks

Pay tribute to a loved one while supporting the HSBC! For a $300 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 954.266.6827. Charlie, a middle-aged dog at five years old, was recently adopted by a lovely family from Cooper City. Since the people were 60 or older, and Charlie is “of a certain age,” the Pets for the Elderly program covered half of Charlie's adoption fee. The HSBC has been a part of the national program for more than 10 years.

Paw Pathway brick donors for March, April and May are: Lois & Mike Austin Alfredo Rodriguez Tanya & Andrew Heller Sisterhood of the Holly Acres Pet Resort Sandy Paws Cordell Price

Schedule a Sleepover

Clutch Cares

Thinking of adding a furry family member, but not quite sure you’re ready? Or maybe you have a dog at home and want to see if he’d enjoy a playmate? Well, you’re in luck, because we’re now offering select adult pets for dog and cat sleepovers (sorry, puppies and kittens are not included in the program).

GreenWise Store Manager Ana Fusco came to the shelter to present HSBC President & CEO Christopher Agostino with a check for $2,500. We are so pleased to be chosen as a GreenWise partner!

Thank You Indian Ridge

Pets available for sleepovers are usually those that have been passed by for no apparent reason. Once in a home environment, they soon relax and just want to be part of the family. A $50 deposit is required before a pet can go home for the sleepover. Cats must leave wearing a collar and dogs must have a collar and leash. Sleepovers can last as long as two weeks, at which time you either bring the pet back or finalize the adoption and pay any remaining fee. If you think a sleepover might be right for you, stop by the shelter to see who’s waiting to come spend the night!

Sweet Treats

Clutch Coffee Bar celebrated the opening of their Cooper City store in June by inviting folks to drive in with their pets, with all dogs receiving a free pup-a-ccino -- and 100 percent of the day’s proceeds going to three local animal shelters. With locations in North Carolina and Florida, the company launched “Clutch Cares” because they believe strongly in giving back to the communities they’re in. The HSBC is very thankful for Clutch Coffee’s donation of $1,127.


We're happy to report the following new homes found during March, April and May: Mr. Cochran, a Social Sciences teacher with Indian Ridge Middle School in Davie, organized a fundraiser to benefit the shelter animals. He and three of his students brought in over $180 that was collected, in addition to lots of much-needed supplies. Thank you so much Mr. Cochran and IRMS!

Gourmet donut and coffee shop MOJO Donuts of Pembroke Pines chose the HSBC to be the beneficiary of their April “Donut 4 Change” benefit. Half the proceeds from sales of the Cosmic Charlie donut went to the shelter, and the donut purchase also came with a half-off dog adoption of pups 40 pounds and up.

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

285 235 456 183 18 1,177


Welcome Back, Girl Scouts Story Time Has a Happy Ending e sure missed the Girl Scouts while things were so upside down with the Covid-19 pandemic, but at last the troops are coming back and boy, are tails wagging! We are now offering Girl Scout tours Monday through Friday for troops of up to 10. Girls can complete their activity books at home and then earn their very own Humane Society patch when they arrive for their shelter tour and educational program. Tours are an hour long and can begin as early as 11:00 a.m. and as late as 5:30 p.m. Troops are encouraged to bring items on our shelter wish list, which they’ll find in their activity books. We are especially in need of dog treats and safe chew bones. Please email or call Caroline to schedule your tour at or 954.266-6815. We can’t wait to see you all; the animals have missed their friends!


V.P. of Education Caroline Crane meets with one of the first returning Girl Scout troops.


hen the Girl Scouts arrived at the shelter one afternoon in May to read stories to the animals, a troop member named Katelyn and a kitty named Cookies had no idea they were about to meet their new best friend. It started when Katelyn peered into the kitty condo and saw a three-yearold tiger mix curled up all alone. "I'll read to her," she said. When Katelyn sat down and opened her book to begin, Cookie instantly cuddled next to her and gazed up adoringly. The purring, cuddles and connection continued for the entire reading session. When it was time to leave, a tearful Katelyn begged her mom to spend the night; she didn't want to leave Cookies alone. To her delight, the Katelyn and Cookies' instant connection family had a meeting during Story Time led to a lefetime bond. and decided that Cookies and Katelyn would spend all their future nights together. She was adopted by the family the next day! Now, that’s what we call a story with a happy ending.

No Summertime Blues Here ur sold-out Summer Camp is well under way, and of course at the HSBC, camp is all about ANIMALS! Kids have a blast with a variety of activities including arts and crafts, games, shelter tours, fun educational lessons, and everyone’s favorite -- animal play and cuddle time. This summer the campers also created a kindness rock garden, located at the entrance to the shelter lobby. The purpose of the garden is to promote



It seems like every camper's favorite activity is one-on-one cuddle time with the animals.

kindness by painting rocks with inspirational and loving messages or artwork. Check the Education tab on our website at for information on Day Off of School Camp in the fall. Spaces fill up quickly so make your plans well in advance for some fun your animal-loving kids will never forget.

Campers created a kindness rock garden just outside the shelter lobby where they invite shelter visitors to leave messages of love and inspiration on painted stones.

Buddy the Education Dog helped campers stuff Kong toys with peanut butter as an enrichment treat for the shelter dogs.

Pet Project Pup Art

ur summer campers recently created some super fun artwork with the help of the dogs at the shelter. If you have a dog at home, it’s easy to put together your own pup art. Just follow our simple instructions!


What you’ll need: • • • • •

Small canvas from an art store (smaller than a large baggie) Large resealable plastic bag Non-toxic paint Cream cheese or peanut butter A dog

Instructions: 1. Lay out the piece of canvas and dab some circles of paint onto it. Use as many or as few colors as you like. 2. Gently place the canvas, paint side up, into the plastic bag. 3. Put a tablespoon of cream cheese or peanut butter on the outside of the bag (paint side).

Education Mascot Chester is now on hand to answer your animal-related questions. He’ll use his best doggy wisdom to address whatever you may throw his way – so don’t be shy! Write to him at the HSBC, ATTN: Education Department, or email him at Dear Chester, Since our family is finally able to get out and travel we, of course, want to include our dog Dakota in our travel plans and take her with us. Do you have any suggestions that will make the trip both fun and safe for her? On the Road Again – The Brenner Family Dear Brenner Family, I am so glad you are including your furry family member in your vacation plans! We love a good getaway where we can sniff new smells and enjoy fun with our two-leggeds. There are some things I recommend that will make travel safer for your dog and also more fun. Remember, safety first… be sure that your dog has on updated ID tags and that you pack their medical information file – better to have them and not need them than the other way around.

4. Invite your dog to lick the treat off the bag. Your dog’s tongue will spread the paint around inside, while he or she is licking the sticky stuff off the outside. 5. Carefully remove your one-of-a-kind artwork from the bag and place on a flat surface to dry.

Celebrate Your Birthday with the Animals! Call 954.266.6815 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: Jaxon Arango Nathaniel Berman Courtney Done Claudia Gonzalez

Dear Chester

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Maggie Mackeen 9 Lucianna Perez 8 Pavla Ponomarenko 10

I always want to be a “front seat dog” but my Hotels beds are the best! mom says it’s too dangerous! Sheesh, MOMS! I have to ride in the back seat either in my kennel or secured with a seatbelt (I sometimes get bored and chew through the seatbelt strap so she opts for the kennel - ooops, sorry!) Also, then we have my kennel and I can use it when we get where we are going so I have a cozy familiar space to go to if I’m ever feeling homesick or nervous. My mom always brings my favorite toys and treats and she makes sure that she has plenty of my regular food for me to eat for the duration of the trip. Finally, make sure that wherever you are staying allows dogs to stay there as well. Some hotels do not allow animals (unfathomable to me, but WHATEVER!) I have a summer house in Ohio that we travel to frequently and my parents always plan their overnight stops and call ahead to confirm that animals are permitted. Hope you have a great summer vacation and don’t forget to send a postcard! Love - Chester 5

In-Person AAT Visits are Back! We are back in action! Therapy visits have resumed, and we are safely visiting hospitals and other facilities again.

Honoring Nurses n honor of National Nurses Week therapy dogs Karma, Willow, Quinn and Cooper walked the hospital floors at Broward Health Coral Springs with a trick up their furry sleeves – a “paw tap” that broadcasts a gratitude voice message to nurses. With much appreciation and full hearts, nurses embraced the visit with belly rubs and hugs enough to fill their love tanks to continue their work shift. Pediatric nurse Ariela Ben-Nehemiya was delighted! “This was a nice surprise to break my day because nurses can benefit from the positive vibes of dog therapy


too,” she said. “It was honestly the best surprise today!” AAT program manager Marni Bellavia expressed her happiness about finally being able to bring the dogs back to say thank you to the nurses. “We look forward to more visits in the coming year so we can continue to bring more smiles, joy and stress relief. It’s so rewarding to help alleviate stress during their work shifts," she said. And the dogs were obviously thrilled to be back, too!

Quinn, Cooper and Karma are so happy to be back “in AAT dog Karma hangs out with pediatric nurse Ariela Ben-Nehemiya person” with friends! Volunteer Marcia Klotzman does rounds at Broward Health Coral Springs. with the three dogs.

Visiting at Broward Health are Animal Assisted Therapy volunteers Bob Siegel and Terri Cannici with AAT dogs Cooper, Willow and Karma.

Willow makes a friend at Broward Health.

Zoomie Visits & TeleTherapy


eleTherapy options are currently available for all facilities, including hospitals, senior centers, schools and daycare centers – any organization that would love a pet interaction but is unable to have onsite visits. These TeleTherapy sessions aim to provide social interaction, storytelling, dog tricks, and an opportunity for participants to learn more about our volunteers and their therapy pet. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, graduation, or attending your next company meeting, the Humane Society’s Animal Assisted Therapy team is ready to add a little paws-itivity to your video conference through our Zoomies program. For a minimum donation of $25, we’ll drop in on your next video call for a maximum of 10 minutes. For more information visit under Education Programs and Animal Assisted Therapy.

If you look closely, you’ll see Bentley pictured bottom right, participating in a Zoomie call with delighted folks at a senior center.

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If you’d like to learn about joining our Animal Assisted Therapy team, visit

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From our Training and Behavior Department Specialist Stephanie Rodgers, CPDT

Training andtheBehavior Positive Way

Feline Playbiting and Predatory Behaviors

ormal cat play is predatory in nature and is an important factor in a kitten’s development -- cats are stimulated by sights and sounds. If structured appropriate play is not facilitated, the owners can become a big mouse in their own house and may be under constant assault. Being aware of your pet’s physical and mental needs and having realistic expectations when dealing with this type of behavior will cause less frustration for both you and your pet. Providing a stimulating and interactive environment will help you to build a happier and healthier relationship.


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Managing Your Environment Always have the right toys for your kitten, and never use your hands or feet as a substitute. Redirect your feline to his toy when he bites at your hands or clothes. Have toys handy to toss for him to chase. Always praise your pet for accepting petting without playbiting. Time spent petting may need to be delivered in short intervals, as the attention may excite your pet and result in playbiting. Games and activities should be kept within acceptable arousal levels. If your cat or kitten becomes overly excited during play, take a break; roughhousing may be fun but if you’re having a problem with playbiting, rough play will only make the problem worse. Play should be kept low-key and under control.

Correcting Mistakes Most stalking and playbiting problems can be brought under control with redirection, exercise and providing an interactive environment. There are some cases where playbiting has been left unattended long enough to become a stubborn habit, and adding a time out exercise may be necessary to curb the behavior. If biting occurs during play or petting, stop, walk away, and ignore your pet. This removes the attention your cat wants and acts as a punishment. The time you spend ignoring should be brief, only 30 to 60 seconds, and then resume the play. If your cat resorts to scratching and biting again during play, repeat the ignoring exercise. It may take a while for him to get the idea that if he bites, you won’t play. It is also important to use positive reinforcement through verbal praise and food treats when your feline is allowing petting and play without using his mouth or claws.

Cat condos – Cat furniture can provide resting areas, elevated areas for your cat to view his kingdom and an exercise area for scratching and climbing. Scratching posts - Provide different areas and surfaces for your cat to scratch. Cat nip - Some cats do not respond to catnip but it can be great fun if your pet enjoys it. You can also use it to make new toys or new cat furniture more appealing. Cat TV - Install a window perch and hang a bird feeder outside the window. Having a fish tank may be an option but DVDs are available that are made just for your cat’s entertainment. Satisfy the hunter - Hide treats around the house and in toys. When your cat finds them, he can enjoy the thrill of the hunt. Make the treats very easy to find in the beginning. Exercise - Set aside at least 30 minutes twice a day (morning and evening) to interact and play with your pet.

Avoiding the Pitfalls The most common mistake in trying to control playbiting is to join in on the game. Your feline is playbiting out of excitement and when you use your hands to push him away or swat at him, this only intensifies the game. Any physical punishments like hitting or slapping will not only fail to eliminate the undesired behavior but may result in new behavior problems: • Your cat or kitten may learn to be afraid of you. • He may become defensive and develop aggressive behaviors. • He could shy away from wanting to be petted. • Fearful behaviors will influence future training and make learning difficult for your pet.

Creating the Purrfect Playground If you’ve been out all day at work, you want to come home and relax. But while you’ve been toiling away your cat has been snoozing most of the day. If your cat is the only pet, his ability to exercise during the day is limited. Providing an interactive and interesting environment for him to explore and enjoy will help burn off some of that extra energy. • Toys – Have plenty of toys and rotate them out with fresh ones every other day. • Fishing pole toys – These are perfect because the toy is attached at the end of a long string and your hands do not become a target or part of the game. • Battery operated toys - These work even when you can’t be around to provide interactive play.

Toys are one component of a healthy environment for any cat or kitten.




Shelter Veterinarian Dr. Isabelle Vivies Retires

A 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 we can use. Any dollar amounts listed are given in case you’d like to contribute funds to purchase the item(s). • Rubbing alcohol • 4x4 gauze pads • Pill Pockets • Lysol wipes • Anxitane (L-theanine) tablets • Ear cleaner • Velcro - industrial strength - low profile 1” • KMR liquid – kitten milk replacer • Wooden tongue depressors • Hand sanitizer • Oster Cryogen-X Pet Clipper Blades – size 40 • New nail clippers for cats • Latex exam gloves • Large Wee Wee Pads • New suture removal scissors • Heartbeat/comfort toys ($25-$30) • Stethoscope, std-finish chestpiece, 27” ($163. We need 9) • Otoscope ($200) FUNDS • Portable Ultrasound Machine - DONATED! • New Dental Machine ($4,500) • Elite Exam Lift Table ($7,500)

fter more than 35 years of dedicated service to the HSBC, with thousands upon thousands of animals benefitting from her veterinary skill and care, Dr. Isabelle Vivies was celebrated in June with a retirement party. Staff and volunteers at the shelter gathered to reminisce, laugh, and congratulate Dr. V. on an amazing career in animal shelter medicine. Back in 1984, Dr. V. came to the HSBC as a per diem veterinarian, coming on staff fulltime after two years. She has always been an invaluable member of the team, offering her talents and knowledge while always maintaining a calm, gentle demeanor and a caring smile. In 1988 she was one of the first veterinarians in the country to perform early-age spay/neuter surgery, which is now an accepted procedure in shelters nationwide. She has performed some 100,000 spay/neuter surgeries in her three and a half decades with the HSBC. Dr. Vivies will be sorely missed in the clinic and among all the shelter staff. Happily, she has handed down her love of animals - and her skills

to help them - to her daughter Stephanie, who is currently in her fourth year of studying veterinary medicine at the University of Oklahoma. This summer Stephanie is completing an internship with the HSBC, where she has been working alongside and learning from the best – her mom!

Longtime HSBC Board Member Louise Geffner, left, was instrumental in bringing Dr. V. onto the team back in the 80’s.

Makes us Smile We have a wish list on Amazon that makes it easy to donate much-needed items and have them sent directly to the shelter. Visit to find our Charity List under "Pets & Animals." And by joining AmazonSmile and selecting the HSBC as your charity, we will receive a percentage of all your purchases -- at no extra cost to you!

Clinic Statistics March, April & May:

Limited spay/neuter surgeries: 150 cats, thanks to a grant we received. Animals in foster care: 450 Dogs treated for heartworm: 139 Dogs are treated at the shelter or at select VCA Animal Hospitals with medication we provide. 8

It was quite the sendoff: Dr. Vivies smiles for the camera during her final surgery -- while daughter Stephanie performs a spay at the same time!

Getting Schooled


ity College in Fort Lauderdale offers a veterinary technician program, and for the last half-dozen years our clinic staff has been working with the school and its educators. Students at City College regularly visit the shelter clinic to practice anesthesia monitoring, as pictured here. The fact that we perform a high volume of surgeries gives tech students the valuable opportunity of seeing multiple patients in one visit. (Some students so thoroughly enjoy their day with us that they request a six-week externship at the shelter.) Other ways we work with the program at City College is by providing blood and stool samples for the students to practice their lab skills, and having their

veterinarian perform spays and neuters on our shelter animals.

New Heartworm Initiative and Targeted Funding Save Lives eartworm disease is highly dangerous and threatens the life of an otherwise healthy pet. Transmitted by mosquitos, heartworm microfilariae (immature worms) grow into adults within dogs that are not on preventive medication. The worms live in the animal’s lungs, heart, and circulatory system. Lack of treatment typically results in lung disease, heart failure, other internal organ damage and eventual death.


In many parts of the U.S., heartworm is more of a seasonal concern and the number of heartworm-positive pups is a low one. Many veterinarians in some northern, central and midwestern states only treat the occasional case. But being a pet parent in South Florida, especially for those of us who have a dog, means year-round vigilance. Dogs must receive monthly oral medication that controls internal and external parasites, and to have their prescription renewed they must be tested annually. (Cats, too, can get heartworm disease.) In the United States, heartworm disease is most common along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts from the Gulf of Mexico to New Jersey and along the Mississippi River and its tributaries. The five states with the highest incidence of heartworm are Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina, Arkansas, and Alabama. In 2019, nearly 10 percent of the dogs in Mississippi that were checked for heartworm disease tested positive. Rates in Louisiana were at nearly 8 percent.

A Greater Good Charities flight arrives from Louisiana, full of dogs destined for new homes in South Florida. At the HSBC, thanks to both a generous local funding grant and an entirely new southeast U.S. project, as of April we are excited to be helping scores of heartworm-positive dogs – many more than we have been able to treat previously. On these pages you’ll see some of the happy dogs whose health and lives have been saved because of funding from the Community Foundation of Broward, and a partnership with a new project called Save a Heart. This HSBC heartworm initiative is receiving $60,000 in support from the following Funds at the Community Foundation of Broward: Francis and Bessie McDwyer Fund, Elizabeth Clark Wood Fund, Brogan Family Fund, and the Kresge Unrestricted Fund. This generous support will provide heartworm treatment for 70-plus dogs per year, for two years (depending on their size and stage of disease). Dogs receiving treatment are those that are coming into the shelter and will be available for adoption, as well as dogs that test positive in the shelter’s low-cost vaccine clinic.

Louisiana transport Frankie, who is deaf, meets his new mom and his new sibling Atti, who is also deaf. Frankie’s treatment is covered by Save a Heart.

Dr. Dayton administers Paula’s first heartworm treatment, with A beagle is checked upon arrival a second injection being given before being placed for adoption. the following day.

Several South Florida VCA Animal Hospitals have teamed up with shelter veterinary staff to treat the heartworm-positive dogs that are adopted. This will make it convenient for adopters who may not live close to the shelter to ensure their newly adopted dog is treated and lives a long and healthy life.

A clinic check from the vet tech earns a kiss from Penny!

Vet staff checks in all incoming Louisiana dogs to ensure they’re ok after their transport.


New Heartworm Initiative (continued) Coincidentally, the Save a Heart project kicked off around the same time that we received the Community Foundation’s grant. Save a Heart is a life-saving initiative of Greater Good Charities’ ‘Good Flights’ program that is in cooperation with Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, the maker of HEARTGARD® Plus, and The Animal Rescue Site. The goal of Save a Heart is to transport 2,000 shelter dogs from Louisiana to eventual new homes on the East Coast. That number includes 1,000 asymptomatic heartworm-positive dogs. The dogs are being brought via airlift and ground transport from seven shelters in Louisiana to two east coast shelters – the Humane Society of Broward County and St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in New Jersey.

Heartworm disease affects dogs of all sizes. Toffee and Shortcake will undergo treatment thanks to Greater Good Charities and the program they created.

A Louisiana transplant, Knuckles 10 found his new family in Fort Lauderdale.

Angel’s dad Rahdam was happy when she completed her last heartworm treatment in June. The lifesaving procedure was made possible thanks to the Community Foundation of Broward.

Bee is ready to go home with Dad after her treatment.

Hairy Pawter and his new dad are grateful for the Save a Heart program.

In April, the inaugural Save a Heart mission transported 160 dogs on three flights; half of those were heartworm-positive. A week later HSBC staff picked up another 35 dogs from Louisiana and drove them back to Fort Lauderdale. About twice each month, more dogs make the journey to good health and new homes in Florida and New Jersey. Each Save a Heart trip transports 50% heartworm-positive shelter dogs, (1,000 for the year) with an additional 1,000 heartwormnegative shelter dogs, for a total of 2,000. Additionally, the initiative will help nearly 2,500 heartworm-positive shelter dogs that are not transported; those dogs will receive medication in Louisiana, saving even more lives. We are honored and grateful to be taking part in saving the lives of so many dogs, who deserve good health and long lives in loving homes. Cyrus’ family receives care instructions following his heartworm treatment. The cost for the procedure was covered by Community Foundation of Broward grants.

Bridget visits the HSBC for X-rays and bloodwork before treatment at a VCA Animal Hospital.

This dachshund is heartworm-positive and will be treated thanks to life-saving programs at the HSBC.

Both Kane, pictured here with his Dads, and Jordy (not pictured) are newly-adopted and heartworm-positive. Jordy's treatment is paid for with funding from the Community Foundation of Broward, and Kane's is covered by Save a Heart.

Jessie met his new mom at the HSBC after coming to us from Louisiana. Next step, heartworm treatment!

Winston, seven years old and heartworm-positive, has a new doggie brother who is also an HSBC alumnus. 11

Tea Breeze is a Splash

Join us On


auderdale Yacht Club was the location for PAWS’ 12th annual Tea event in May, and what a pleasure it was for everyone to gather again after such a long hiatus of in-person events!

This year’s theme, PAWS Tea Breeze, melded perfectly with the gorgeous Intracoastal Waterway view and the beautiful outdoor terrace of LYC’s completely renovated venue. Chairperson Michelle Russo Matak happily reports net proceeds of over $50,000 that will go toward the shelter’s many programs and services. Attendees for the Tea arrived displaying their most fabulous fascinators and tea hat creations, and were promptly greeted with glasses of chilled Laurent-Perrier champagne. They then perused the silent auction tables while enjoying entertainment by guitarist Stevan Carter. Once seated, guests sampled delicious scones and tea sandwiches, served, of course, with a selection of teas.

auction. Departing guests took home photo mementos of the PAWS Tea Breeze, which was certainly an afternoon to remember! PAWS salutes their generous sponsors and underwriters: Christine Forman & Margaret Meldeau, Christy Gumberg, Jeannie Hudson, Paws Gals (Dawn Dellapina, Sheryl Maher & Jamie Stiles), Ingrid Poulin & Susan Smith, Barbara Grevior, Tanya and Andrew Heller, Beverley Clarke / Florida Luxurious Properties, Alacrity Entertainment, Julie JonesBernard / Florida Luxurious Properties, Laurent-Perrier Champagne, Alyse Lemstrom, Little’s Photography, Michelle Russo Matak, Erica Morse and Shooter's Waterfront.

Guests had the opportunity to purchase tickets for the chance to win a table upgrade. The lucky winner, Tari Collins, and everyone at her table enjoyed an elevated menu, VIP butler service, custom wine glasses, VIP goodie bags and a beautiful centerpiece. Speaking of winners, the traditional Best Hat Contest honors went to Julie Strauch, whose topper was just stunning. The festivities included a live auction featuring an incredible shopping experience courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue Palm Beach. The auctioneers, Saks Fifth Avenue Palm Beach General Manager Bibi Siegel, and Saks Fifth Avenue Style Advisor Maria VonSteinbeck, were the perfect pair to highlight the package; they raised thousands of dollars during the live Standing: Stacy DeBord, Bonnie Barnett and Christine Forman Seated: Lori Sisko, Margaret Meldeau, Marlene Aguero, Jonelle Lees and Tari Collins

PAWS President Sheryl Maher, Event Chair Michelle Russo Matak, HSBC President/CEO Christopher Agostino and Tanya Heller


Bibi Siegel, Maria VonSteinbeck, Julie Strauch, Christy Gumberg and Michelle Russo Matak

Debbie Trapani and Dawn Dellapina

Standing: Ingrid Poulin and Stacy Sager. Seated: Jane Czubay, Carolyn Lee, Cheryl Easby-Smith and Susan Smith

Pam Praolini, Beverley Clarke, Trisha Warren Atlas, Sara Sears and Ronni Ostrander

Standing: Kitty Tatelbaum, Melanie May, Erika Baren, Laurie Ermer, Angie Stone and Maria Rose Seated: Joan Koether and Barbara Grevior

Big Dog Golf Tournament Returns n April the long-awaited 8th Annual Big Dog Men’s Invitational Golf Tournament, presented by BrightView, made a triumphant return to the beautifully-renovated North Course at Fort Lauderdale Country Club. Event Chairs Cherie Marshall and Josh Renick, along with Honorary Chairs Wil Shriner and Dave LaMont of Big 105.9 and Tournament Founder Melody Saleh, hosted a great day of golf that raised over $80,000 for the HSBC’s programs and services.


The format this year was a 4-Person Shamble, with over 100 players in attendance. On-course contests included Closest to the Line, Closest to the Pin, Paw the Dice, Chipping Contest, and a new Disc Golf Challenge. Players had a chance at each Par 3 hole to win a variety of prizes from our Hole in One sponsors including Club Car, Josh Renick - BNY Mellon, and Chad Scalf - Compass Realty. Participants could also purchase a prize drawing ticket for the chance to win their choice of four amazing trips. The lucky winner Alan Levinsohn will be packing his bags for Nashville!

American Social and Shiner Bock. Additional beverages were provided by Brew Fish Bar & Grill, Red Bull and Chameleon Cold Brew Coffee. Following the tournament, players enjoyed dinner and found out which amazing auction items they won. First, second and third place winners received Fort Lauderdale Country Club Pro Shop gift certificates and crystal trophies. This year's overall winning team, whose names will be added to the Big Dog perpetual trophy, was Craig Offutt, Ron Capitena, Gary Pyott and Andrew Feinstein. The second-place team included Greg Williams, Zack Kopp, TJ Collier and Ellery Brower. Third-place winners were Jim Demos, Jim Salhli, Mike Kruzick and Lee Patterson. Contest winners included Closest to the Line - Barry Romeril; Closest to the Pin – David Morrison and Guilherme Colaferri; Chipping Contest – David Morrison and John Wickman, and the new Disc Golf Challenge winners were Ed Mitchell and Adam Hawkins. The Big Dog tournament was made possible thanks to the generosity of the following:

DiSalvo’s Restaurant continued to support the tournament with a fantastic Italian spread for players to enjoy pre-shotgun while volunteers enjoyed a delicious lunch from Jimmy John’s. Players made the most of the beautiful weather and sampled custom cocktail creations from Best in Show Participants American Social, The Wilder, and Sip Java as well as Best in Brew Participants 3 Sons Brewing, Shiner Bock and Anheuser Busch Double Eagle. Congratulations to the winners chosen by popular vote –

Presenting Sponsor: BrightView; Team Sponsors: ACURE, Drew James Salons, Hargrave Custom Yachts, Katz Barron, John & Cherie Marshall, Maus Consulting Group of Raymond James, Ali & Melody Saleh, and Truist; Event Sponsors: Big 105.9, Fifth Third Private Bank, Austin & Christine Forman, Stiles, Gabrielle Wellner, and Downtown Photo; and Shelter Partners: Spirit, Purina and VCA Animal Hospitals.

Tournament Co-Chairs Josh Renick and Cherie Marshall with HSBC President & CEO Christopher Agostino.

Tournament founder Melody Saleh, along with Carol Loiacono and Gabrielle Wellner, made sure the silent auction items were ready.

Honorary Chairs Wil Shriner and Dave LaMont enjoyed the perfect weather with their teammates.

Adoptable dogs from the shelter made an appearance at the tournament.


Superhero Volunteers

HR manager Gretelle Gaid greeted visiting volunteers with the WOW game.

Outpatient Services Manager Andrea Volunteer Carolin Teicher is welcomed by HSBC mascots Digger and Scratcher. Silverberg with volunteer Wanda Betancourt

he HSBC is enormously fortunate to have over 550 fabulous volunteers, helping us in every single aspect of shelter operations and as foster families. We consider our volunteers to be our superheroes because we couldn’t do our important work for the animals without them! On April 28 we turned the tables and had superheroes on hand to thank these dedicated individuals for all they do. Unlike in years past, for Covid-19 safety reasons we couldn’t have a full-blown bash, so we held a drive-through Volunteer Appreciation party in the parking lot. With our staff decked out in capes and masks, volunteers drove in and stopped at different stations throughout the event and were treated to games, photos, gifts or food at each. Upon arrival, our dog and cat mascots ran to the car window to take a photograph with each volunteer. As superheroes shouted words of thanks, volunteers continued around the parking lot, receiving a special gift from Aquaman, trying their hand at a superhero WOW game as


they shot a nerf gun at prizes, and putting their powers of X-ray vision to the test at the Kryptonite challenge. All of this and more took place while the volunteers remained in the comfort and safety of their cars. It was different, for sure, but seeing the smiles on our volunteers’ faces, we feel we accomplished our goal of showing them our appreciation. Our hats are off to our Superhero Volunteers!

A Lasting Impression


Send your letters and cute pet photos to: 2070 Griffin Road, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312 Or email photos and letters (photos JPG with a minimum of 250 dpi resolution) to

The following is from the new family of one of 13 “potcakes” to come to us in April from a shelter in the Bahamas, thanks to the nonprofit group Wings of Rescue:

Good morning,


e changed Ava’s name to Ginger and she is adjusting to her new forever home. She is a very sweet girl and we are excited to have her with us. She is starting to settle in and show her personality a little more each day. She is becoming familiar with her surroundings and getting into a routine. We are very patient with her and will give her all the time and love she needs to feel safe and secure.


y kids and I adopted Lily in May, 4 days after she was brought to the shelter. She is such a beautiful dog. Very well mannered/tempered, so loving and sweet. We couldn’t have asked for a much better pup. We were truly blessed to have her in our lives. So glad that she chose us to become her furever family. Thank you for making the process easy to adopt and thanks for giving these babies a second chance at life. You guys are the true angels. The Bogle-Carreras Family Fort Lauderdale



Daniel & Mary Hollywood


Dear Humane Society,



e adopted Shiloh in 2019 when she was about 3. I had lost my dear little street-adopted tortie, whose name was Shadow, a few months earlier, and was ready to adopt again.

Shiloh wouldn't come out from under her blanket in her shelter room. All we could see was her tail…I knew I wanted her to be my girl. She has come out of her shell slowly but surely, and is now happy, unafraid, and lively. Shiloh has also transformed our orange tabby, Taffy, who is my husband's cat after they bonded at HSBC 15 years ago. Taffy has lost a little weight since Shiloh came (a good thing) and scampers around like a 10-year-old now. They sleep together, like to be within sight of each other, and have their own food sharing protocol that is a hoot to watch. Thank you for the wonderful work you do taking care of all the fur babies and trying to find good homes for them all. We can't imagine a world without you. Warmest regards, Gail Blount & Patrick Grodeska Pompano Beach

adopted Willy a couple weeks ago, he’s such an energetic spirit, always zooming around, so I’ve started calling him Blaze. He’s fitting in so well here! Absolutely loves his siblings and didn’t hesitate to make himself at home. Thank you so much for allowing me to bring him home, I couldn’t imagine it without him!! Sara Koorse Blaze and one of his siblings




just want to say thank you so much for the handouts for training on your website. We just rescued our second dog, we are in Ohio. We did all the puppy classes with the first dog but I needed a refresher of information for the puppy and the handouts are just what I needed. Thank you so much for providing positive reinforcement basic training free handouts. Cathy This is from a family whose daughter Taylor celebrated her 12th birthday by having a Snuggle Session with us. The kittens in that session were just going into foster care, and Taylor fell in love with one of them. Once the foster time was up, Taylor and her family adopted the little bundle of love:

Hi, hank you again for introducing Citrus into our lives. She is truly an amazing kitty, so well behaved, intelligent, and open to doing activities with the whole family. Citrus goes on walks with us to the park, she has a stroller but she also likes to walk as she has a harness and leash. She does cat puzzles and likes to go on car rides. We are very thankful for that fateful day we met!


Taffy and Shiloh

The Mizioznikov Family Hallandale Beach

Citrus and Taylor



Messages from the Heart

To include a 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 the pet or person 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 fall issue is September 22. The Humane Society of Broward County staff and volunteers extend deepest condolences to Ann Marie, Sean, and the entire J.R. Dunn family on the recent passing of Jim Dunn. He and the Dunn family have been an invaluable part of the Humane Society of Broward County and the entire community. Jim was an animal lover his entire life, as well as an advocate for animal welfare. This passion, and financial support, have made a real difference in the mission of the HSBC. We are very saddened by Jim’s passing; he will be greatly missed. In memory of Stoney, from Monah Conner Garrett. In memory of Charlie Girl. We miss you, Charlie! Love from your family. In memory of Sophie. We have such wonderful memories of Sophie. A very special companion. From Ed & Marcy. In memory of Peedy & Jack. From Karen. In memory of Coco Ferber. From Amy Siskind. In memory of Rocky. Thank you for being so loving. You showed me what it means to be in a family. Molly: I will always be your baby. Sydney: You were the big sister I always dreamed about. Mommy: Thank you for letting me be a part of your family. I loved all of you! From Poppa. In memory of Winston, a little dog with a heart of gold. He loved to share a blanket and a snuggle. From Aunt Diane. In memory of Rocko Suarez. From Josh, Jen, Emily, & Dani. In memory of Charlie Frances. I loved Charlie so much, sorry that he is no longer here, but will always remain in our hearts. I miss him every day. He is in a very special place. He lived 13 wonderful years. I love you forever. From Maria Frances. In memory of Fletcher. From Jim, Em, George & Henry Eberwine. In memory of Sweetie & Larry. From Nancy Kuhn. In memory of Baxter & Sasha. From Joseph Edelstein. In memory of Rusty Olmstead. We will miss you, Rusty. Thank you for taking care of Faith. God sent you his text to his kingdom. Xoxo from Michele Meli & Charlie. In memory of Roxy, from Mr. & Mrs. Michael Lisena. In memory of Felix, from Beth Miller. In memory of Shaq Schneider. We are all very sorry for your loss…may all the wonderful memories keep him alive in your hearts. Love from Sharon & Stephen. In memory of Tito. From Brad Sterl & Tedd Davis. In memory of Patches, from Harold Keelay. In loving memory of Zach – he left paw prints on the hearts of all who met him that will last a lifetime. From 16 the West OHR Family & all of our Fur Babies.

In loving memory of Miss Kitty. From Mary Bocchino. In memory of Beryl Hunter Gorr. From Susan Hunter. In memory of Lily, with love from the Gustman-Cole family. In memory of Bear. We’re so sorry for your loss; it’s sad every time one leaves us. From Susan & Irwin Cooperman. In loving memory of Candy, Karen’s fur baby. Candy was every bit as sweet as her name. She was so special and will be greatly missed. From the Lees family. In memory of Scout Lundy, from Sharon & Stephen. To my loving, sweet baby girl doggie, Sasha Issa. I love you, I miss you, you are forever in my heart and soul. May you find peace and happiness wherever you are. Thank you for all the great memories, love, and protection you gave us. From Mommy & Daddy. In memory of Lilly Gregory, the Grand Dame of Coral Ridge, and she will be missed. From Robert, Alan, & Pepper. In memory of Biff & Bruno, from Danette Bailly. In memory of Sambuca. Our family was blessed with the time we had with our Sambuca“Boo”– we miss her so much we feel she sent us Skyy (both adopted from the Humane Society) to love and enjoy! From Mima. In memory of Brandi. I waited all my life for a doggy girl like you. I celebrate 9/22 as your re-birthday because it’s when I brought you home and you were finally safe. Love forever, mommy dog. From Meg. In memory of Browzer, the sweetest, softest dog! Browzer will be missed! Sending love from Susie & Bobby. In memory of Campbell Taylor, from Linda & Scott Taylor. In memory of Browzer who is in our hearts forever. He will always be such a special part of your family. I love you so much and I know that Browzer did too. From Jensen. In memory of our brother, Ed Lawrence, who loved volunteering to pet the animals at HSBC during his retirement. From Paul & Ann Lawrence. In memory of Kathleen Marie McCarthy. From Rainey & Dean. In memory of Barbara Fast. So very sorry for the loss of your beautiful mother. She will be missed by all who knew her. May she rest in peace. From the Adler Family. In memory of Kathleen McCarthy. From Sherrill E. & Judy J. Smith. In memory of Kathleen McCarthy. From Doug & Lynne O’Connell. In memory of Kathleen Marie McCarthy. From Rich & Stephanie Ziegler. In memory of Yvonne Kolocas. From Gregory Kolocas. In memory of Marcia Minor, from Catherine High. In memory of Jack Osterholt. Jack was a good man and great friend. His passing is a tremendous loss to all who knew him. From Joseph Goldstein. In memory of Kathleen M. McCarthy, from Michael H. Blackman. In memory of James Federici, III. From Adam & Jean Farber. In memory of Anthony Marzilli. From Tricia Saad. In memory and honor of Jack Osterholt. From La Prairie.

In memory of Morris & Helen Ritz. From Joel Ritz & Marcia Ritz In memory of Josef Gontarczuk with deepest sympathy. We know your memories of good times will help keep your dad in your heart and mind. From Beth-Ann & Peter Krimsky. In memory of William “Bill”J. Conlon with deepest sympathies. From the Krevans Krew. In memory of Edward “Ted” Moser. From Norma Maybruck. In memory of Edward “Ted” Moser. From Cheryl, Rob, Molly & Dara Meltzer. In loving memory of James Austin Neel. Our deepest, heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your beloved son, James Austin. Our sincere condolences at this most difficult time. From Nancy & Eliot. In memory of Axel Eberhardt Strauch. From Gordon & Deborah Oakes. In memory of Axel Strauch. From Susan & Wil Greaton. In memory of Dr. Frederick Share. From Aviva Share & Family. In memory of Rena Speth, from Buzz & Cheryl Lamb. In memory of Dr. Axel Strauch. From Dr. & Mrs. Charles Kahn. In memory of Axel Strauch, from Margaret & Mike Meldeau. In loving memory of Theodore “Ted” April. From James Murphy. In loving memory of Axel Strauch. With love from Jorge & Kim Pastore. In memory of Axel Strauch, from Saunders & Sara McMullian. In memory of Axel Strauch. From Anne Bennett. In memory of Axel Strauch, a really great gentleman I had the pleasure of knowing. I will miss seeing him at the PAWS events. From Sara Sears. In memory of Axel Strauch. From the Gershman family. In memory of Jennifer Kavouklis. From Harry & Susan Renkoff. In memory of Elizabeth “Betty” Rizzo, our very special friend Diane Rizzo Miller’s mother. From Phyllis Keeth & Liz Garvin. In memory of Robert Clutter, from Ken Elowitz. In memory of Axel Strauch. From Elena Nudelberg. In memory of Dr. Axel Strauch. To all the Strauch family – Julie, Clint, Nicky, Kent, Willie: No amount of money would be enough for all the kindness and love showed to me by the Strauch family. With much love from Ginger. In memory of Axel Strauch. From Carmen & Peter Hotchkiss. In memory of Axel Strauch. From Bonnie Barnett & Bob Kagan, M.D. In memory of Dr. Axel Strauch. From Joanna Berens. In memory of Diana Pirich. From Ernie & Sylvia Enedy. In memory of Ron Leroy. Suzie & Diane: Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. From Leon & Elaine Kahn. In memory of Axel Strauch. From Kathy, Roy, & Savannah Tricomi.

Memorials In memory of Axel Strauch. From Michelle & Martin Matak. In memory of Deborah Berson. From Zira Scheer. In loving memory of Don Ehrlich. Forever in my heart ♥ Love, Cherie. In memory of my mom, Joan Trayer. From Pamela Anderson. In memory of Axel Strauch, from Jamie Taylor Stiles. In memory of Robert S. Kelly. From Laura Ranelli. In honor and memory of Edward M. Williams, M.D. I was so very sorry to hear of Dr. Williams’ passing, but then again so grateful to have known and worked with him for many years during my physical therapy career. I will never forget his smile and kindness. He could always make you feel better just being in the same room with him (unless, of course, you hadn’t followed his instructions regarding one of his patients). He will be long remembered by many. From Linda Duggan. In memory of Edward McBride Williams, M.D. From Dr. & Mrs. Ernest Costantino. In memory of Axel Strauch. From Chris & Austin Forman. In memory of Lois Rose who loved dogs! From Sandra Zieve. In memory of Nancy Ko. From Zenway Veterinary Group. In memory of Dr. Edward Williams, from Kay Allen. In loving memory of Edward Williams, M.D., a dear friend. From Bette & Laurel Lestrange. In memory of Dr. Axel Strauch. He will never be forgotten! From Maureen & Ben Jacobson. In memory of Dr. Edward Williams. We went fishing in his later years when his eyesight was failing him. He could feel the Trout. He truly was a great man. From NC Carlos. In loving memory of Dr. Edward Williams. From Gary & Emily Sager. In honor and memory of Greg Couture, from Terrie Couture. In honor and memory of Gregory Couture. From Alicia & Jorge Garcia. In memory of Margery Doutre, from Deborah Gruenhagen. In memory of Jennifer Kavouklis. From Waterford at Aberdeen Association. In memory of Morris & Helen Ritz. From Joel Ritz. In loving memory of Patrick A. Marks, from his sister & family. We miss you very much. In loving memory of Spencer Popwell, a wonderful and caring friend. From Leah Heckert. In loving memory of James Gaunt, a very special friend. From Leah Heckert. In memory of Diana E. Pirich. From Amy Peters & Raymond McCarthy. In memory of Jack Osterholt, from Bob Huebner. In memory of Jim Dunn. Our condolences to the family of Jim Dunn, a very kind and generous man. May his memory always be for a blessing. From Jordan, Fran, & Robert Lenter. In loving memory of Dora Eaddy, from Lette & Murray Goodman. In memory of Barry Greenspon. From the Hurwitz family. In memory of Barry Greenspon, from Matt & M.E. Anderson.

In memory of Barry Michael Greenspon. From the Frier family. In memory of Dr. Edward Williams. From Susan & Wil Greaton. In memory of Margery Doutre, from Tom & Carrie Bolf. In memory of Margery Doutre. From Steve & Deborah Moody. In memory of Margery Doutre. From Guy & Cathy Wescott. In memory of Margery Doutre. From Jody Akens. In memory of Rebecca Torres. From Laura Copp. In memory of Rebecca Lynn Torres. From Michael VanLerberg (a Latite employee). In memory of Barry Michael Greenspon. All our love. From Munck Wilson Mandala, LLP. In memory of Margery Doutre. From Vera & Bruce Wood. In memory of Margery Doutre, who adored and loved the dogs her daughter Barbie Doutre rescued from the HSBC. From Dr. & Mrs. Hilaire Fernandes. In memory of Dr. Ed Williams, from Ed Ziegler. In memory of our dear friend Barry Greenspon. From Sally & Joel Harrison.

In memory of Rowdy and his Dad, Adam Geesey. From Cindy Geesey.

In memory of Becki Boneta Rathbone. From Vanessa Boneta. In memory of Joseph G. Chandler, from Rocky & Mary Lee Cale. In memory of Barry Michael Greenspon. From Chandler Stephens. In honor and memory of George Ringger. A friend to all who fly safely. From Graham Carson. In memory of Rebecca (Becki) Boneta Rathbone, friend of Vanessa (Herbert) Boneta. From Amy Smith. In honor and memory of Dr. Christopher Deane. He had a loving wife and family. God decided he needed him more. He was called early in his life. We will miss his good spirit. Thinking of you, Chris; fly with the angels and remember all of us here, guide us to make good choices. From Roger & Liz Knaggs. In honor and memory of George Ringger, a most honorable man. From Laura Suihkonen Jones. In memory of George J. Ringger. From the team at SAE International. In memory of George J. Ringger, my friend and classmate who fought the battle. Rest easy my friend. We will miss your smile at the next Towson High School Reunion Class of 1973. My prayers to the entire Ringger Family. From Stephen T. Gisriel, Towson High Class of 1973. In memory of Rebecca Lynn Torres. From Cynthia Cary.

In memory of George Ringger, from Center for American Progress. In memory of Becky Torres, from Mary Cotton and The TriStar Team. In honor and memory of George John Ringger. From Jim & Jane Cosgrove. In memory of George Ringger, with sympathy to Christine, Devin, and the Ringger family. From Lily Roberts. In memory of George John Ringger. From Jim & Lorraine Werts. In memory of Rebecca Lynn Torres. Our deepest condolences to the Torres Family. From Gregory & Barbara Boruch. In memory of Barry Greenspon, from Mary Clark. In memory of Barry Michael Greenspon. From Anthony Capozza. In memory of Marg Doutre, a lovely lady! From Joan & Michael Brochu. In memory of Jim R. Dunn. Your special service to the community was invaluable. We will be forever grateful for all you did, and you will be forever missed. From Wendy & Bruce Brand. In remembrance of my dear friend, Loretta Johnston. From Maggie Davidson. In memory of Dr. Ed Williams, from Farolyn Mobley. In memory of Terry Gilday, not only a much-loved and sorely missed gentleman but a marriage to be envied, emulated, and esteemed. Rest in Peace, dear Terry. May memories provide comfort to your beloved soulmate, Vyvyan. From Donna & Bill Teat. In memory of George J. Ringger, from Beth & Dave Chodnicki. In honor of Frederick Thomas Fischer. Our deepest condolences to you and the family. From the Iserson family. In memory of Dr. Arthur Brian Christopher Deane. From the Parigian family. In memory of George John Ringger. Father to two incredible sons! From James B. Pollack. In loving memory of our cousin Joseph J. (Joey) Cannizzaro. You will be dearly missed. From Linda Grant. In memory of Jim Dunn. From Brad & Melissa Ackerman. In memory of Lynda Parry, from her sister Anne Spielman. In memory of George Ringger. George exemplified excellence and was a beacon for us all. He was a good friend and will be greatly missed. From your Air Support International family. In memory of Einstein. The loss of a best friend & family member is so very difficult; but fortunately, losing memories is impossible. Thank you Einstein for all the love & great memories which will be cherished forever. From your UKG Family “The Squab.”

Estate Gifts Estate gifts gratefully received in March, April & May:

Peter Bruck Elizabeth Dame Peter Graybill


Honors & Celebrations In honor of Henry, the sweetest pug. We love you so, Henry. Those who are remembered are never forgotten. From Debbie, Mike, Freya, & Zoey. In honor of Bon Bini. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! From the Florida Wolf Gang. In honor of Lyric, from Geo Turner. In honor of Rocky, from Lee Hillier. In honor of Tiva, from Jeanette, Jeremy, & Drake. In honor of Mitzi Weisbaum. You blessed many with your unconditional LOVE. Rest in Peace, Mitzi. From Raymond & Fran Russell. In honor of Duke Giostra. The most special puppy ever, adopted by Libby & Jerry Giostra from HSBC in 2013. He was pure goodness blessed with a loving personality who brought true happiness to all who knew and adored him. From Eileen, Starlight, Sunset, & Cupcake. In honor of Jet Zur. From David Aron. In honor of Fred Astaire. We know Fred will be missed…and we also know he will be watching out for you. From David & Pat Weinstock. In honor of Buddie, from Sadie & Dallas. In honor of Taffy Schafler, from Erika Pfeiffer. In honor of Jingles. From Mia Bergolla. In honor of Sissi. I love you, mi niña. From Maria Valdes. In honor of Taffy. Wishing you a very happy birthday! Enjoy your celebration with your Mom. You are such a lucky girl!!! From Karen Hotaling. In honor of Chloe Konover. We miss you every day. In honor of Harper Lee. Sweet and loyal. You spread so much love and joy to everyone you met. There will be so many who will be so blessed when they see you again at the Rainbow Bridge. You will always be in the hearts of your family and friends. From Erin, Tim, & Nate. In honor of Coco, from Adrienne Rosen.

In honor of Cindy Nash – Happy Birthday from Julia Bass. In honor of Lucille Solana. Happy Birthday, Lucille! I Love You. From Moe. In honor of Mindy Lane & Mark Harari and selling your house! From Lilli Schipper. In honor of Fern Franco, from Bill Kennedy, Sam Jacobs, & Wendy Ryan. In honor of the Stolyarov family and your 2nd Florida condo! From Lilli Schipper. In honor of Dr. Stephen Berg. From the Lipson family with love and gratitude. In honor of the life of Hernando Arango. From Joy & Amy Luis. In honor of the marriage of Glen Miller & Nancy Piper. From Lori & Jeff Malvin. In honor of Our Loving Beta Sisters Liz Krokosky & Stella O’Brien who truly loved the Beta Nu Master Chapter and animals. We will never forget you both. From Chapter Members 2020-2021. In honor of Nancy & Glen – Congratulations on your wedding!! xoxo from Ronit Oliver. In honor of Brandon Wolf – Happy Birthday, and “meow” from Cleon. From the Elder Wolf Gang. In honor of William P. O’Brien. From Gail O’Brien. In celebration of Stephanie March and her kind heart. Love, GMa. In honor of the Volunteers at the Humane Society of Broward County. From Harriet Mathis. In honor of Anne Nicolle. On the 1-year anniversary of her passing, I am donating to the cause and organization most dear to her heart. My stepmother Anne was an animal lover, particularly a dog lover. Thank you HSBC for the work you do to save animals. Anne was grateful for your service. From Jill Tapia. In honor of Mark Levey. Happy Birthday, Mark! Love from Cooper, Angus, Pat, & Paul.

In honor of Gregory Couture. From Deanna Jimenez. In honor of Helen Dorsaneo Norley – our birthday gift to your favorite charity. From the Falcone Family. In honor of Barbara Grevior. From the Sisterhood of the Sandy Paws…Angie, Joan, Kitty, Maria, & Melanie. In honor of Samantha Fitzgerald, Esq. From Marsha Bradburd. In honor of Kim Welles & Donna Eprifania – Congratulations on selling your Highland Home! From Lilli Schipper. In honor of Camila Doerffler – loving friend of dogs – on her birthday. From the Cohen family. To honor with love our dear and much-loved cousin, Diana E. DiCamillo Pirich. From Shelley & J. Lord, Claudia & David Cooper, & Rick Gravino. In honor of Nancy Joy “PoPo”Feldman, a wonderful woman who at her very core loves and cherishes all things with“fuuuuuuuuur.” From Shari Stupp. In honor of Shilpa Kumar, from Lilli Schipper. Congratulations on your new home! In honor of Rebecca Lynn Torres. From the Walters Family (Josh, Jen, Max, & Charlotte). In honor of Dorothy Schafler, an old friend and colleague. From Hilda Kogut. In honor of Brandon Weiss & Spencer Grossman and selling Johnson! From Lilli Schipper. In honor of Chris Rumbold. Thank you for your dedication to the Family Law Section. From Doug. In honor of Debbie Cohen and her 60th birthday. Her passion is rescue! From Marla, Adam, Lisa, & Jonathan. In honor of Susan Lewis-Ruddy’s 70th birthday. From Val Morello, Esther Dicther, & Bev Vitner. In honor of my father, Jerry Giostra, who has always loved animals and always took animals into his home. From your son, Brandon. In honor of Mark Dich. Happy 75th Birthday from Susan, Allan, Val, Fred, Bev, & Chuck.

Remembering a Life Well Lived t’s been over a year since one of our most influential supporters, Arnold Grevior, passed away at the age of 92. Arnie and his wife Barbara had been supporters of the HSBC since the mid-1970’s, and he began his service as a board member in 1976. He was at the helm of the shelter rebuild committee, a major project that involved a capital campaign as well as intensive animal shelter research and design. This took us from a small indoor/outdoor facility utilizing two run-down old buildings to a new state-of-the-art structure that at 33,000 square feet can house over 300 animals and welcomes as many as 100,000 visitors annually. As Board President for many formative years (1993 - 1999), Arnie’s love of animals and determination to help them was a driving force in numerous new policies and programs that are still in place today. At the time of his passing, Arnie was still serving on our Board of Advisors. Barbara Grevior, who as a longtime volunteer has been important to the shelter in her own right with various fundraising events and projects, continues as a supporter of the HSBC. We join her in remembering a fine man whose passion for animals has left a great legacy in our community.



Arnold Grevior March 21, 1927 - March 3, 2020

Featuring warm and fuzzy shelter stories

Home Safe and Sound eorge’s family figured that since their 14-year-old pug was partially blind and deaf, they didn’t have to worry about him ever leaving their yard. They were wrong, as they discovered one day in May when he wandered off unnoticed. A good Samaritan found the confused fellow, who had no collar on, and brought him to us hoping that he had a microchip. Everyone was excited when the scanner beeped!


When the call was made to the chip company, they were able to tell us George’s name and the phone number on file - but when we called the number it was no longer in service. We made George comfortable with soft blankets and nutritious food, and alerted Broward County Animal Care (which is responsible for handling strays) so they could post his photo on their website. 72 hours later the kind man who’d found George came to the Humane Society with his owner, who had been hanging signs for her missing boy when she and the finder bumped into each other. She was ecstatic to know George was safe, and we were thrilled that we could be a part of this reunion. This is an important reminder to make sure your pet has a microchip, and that the chip company has your current information on file. If your pet has a chip and you want to confirm the details, we’ve listed contact information for you. A collar with an ID tag is a simple, highly visible tool that can get a lost pet home very quickly. We recommend having both the chip and a tag. ID tags can be purchased in our Pet Boutique and our Vaccine Clinic, and the clinic does microchipping too. Clinic hours are Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and payment is by credit card only.

Reunited and it feels so good!! These are the companies the HSBC has used for chipping. There are others; contact information for those can be found by doing an online search.

Home Again 1.888.466.3242

Pet Watch 24 1.866.597.2424

AKC Reunite 1.800.252.7894

Found Animals 1.855.738.2447

Avid 1.800.336.2843

ResQ 1.877.738.5465

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ith funding from a limited grant, the HSBC works with a small group of women who do Trap, Neuter, Release (TNR) for neighborhood and feral cats. (We hope to open the program to everyone, but for now are only able to accommodate a specific number.) In early spring a friendly young cat was brought to us heavily pregnant. It was evident that she would soon be in labor. Fluids were administered and an X-ray done, which showed six babies. The soonto-be mother, named MuMu, was sent home with one of our foster moms who is very experienced with the birthing process in cats. Unfortunately, MuMu soon had difficulty and a natural birth would not be possibile. An emergency C-section was performed by Dr. Dayton, with four vet techs and two more staff assisting – one for each kitten, as each would need extensive care immediately. Thankfully, though it was touch-and-go, all went well. The next challenge was MuMu’s lack of milk production. Tiny bottles and KMR kitten milk replacement were readied and the little ones instantly took to the bottles. Soon the group was split into pairs for foster, with Mom staying with the two weakest. One kitten did not survive, but the rest flourished and all were adopted. Unfortunately, as of this writing, MuMu was still awaiting her happy home.

Thankfully, the kittens took to the bottle right away. 19

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

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

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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 The shelter is open 7 days a week. Animal Admissions hours are 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Saturday, and 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday. Adoptions are currently opening at 11 a.m. daily. Vaccines are Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.



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


Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

October 10:

Blessing of the Animals Bring your leashed or contained pet for a blessing. At the shelter, 3:00 p.m.

October 14:

CALL THESE SERVICES DIRECTLY: ADOPTION AMBASSADOR PROGRAM. . . . . 954.266.6814 ANIMAL ASSISTED THERAPY . . . . . . . . . . . . . 954.266.6853 ANIMAL ADMISSIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 954.266.6873 BEHAVIOR HELPLINE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 954.266.6851

Fashion Forward for PAWS Neiman Marcus Boca Raton

BEHAVIOR & TRAINING PROGRAMS . . . . . . 954.266.6819

October 29:

Trick or Treat with the Animals

EDUCATION DEPT. SCHEDULING. . . . . . . . . 954.266.6815


Adopt a Senior Pet Month

November 8:

The Marti Huizenga PAWS on the Green Women’s Golf Tournament Grande Oaks Golf Club

DONATIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 954.266.6816 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 PRIVATE PET CREMATIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 954.266.6833

Puppy Pre-School is offered in four-week group sessions on Sat. mornings; $100 for puppies adopted from the HSBC and $120 for all others. Dog Obedience classes are in six-week group sessions held Sat. or Sun. mornings; $150 for dogs adopted from the shelter and $180 for all others. To register visit, or for info call Stephanie Rodgers at 954.266.6819. Pet Loss and Grieving Support Sessions. The sessions are free of charge and are offered on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month via Zoom. To register call 954.266.6815. Bunny Basics sessions are free of charge. You’ll learn about housing, nutrition, bunny introductions and more. For scheduling information call 954.266.6815. Adult volunteer orientations will take place on September 22 and October 14 via Zoom meetings. Foster and Adoption Ambassador orientations take place on September 16 and October 19. Contact Volunteer Services at for more information.

VACCINE/MICROCHIP INFORMATION . . . . 954.266.6858 VOLUNTEER SERVICES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 954.266.6814 WALK FOR THE ANIMALS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 954.266.6817

The HSBC pet cemetery and mausoleum are located at 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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