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Winter 2018

News from the Humane Society of Broward County

Walk for the Animals March 3 Details inside! Pages 16 & 17 Presented by

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

From your Board Chair For the next several months, we will be busy with our FUNdraising season. Don’t forget that the HSBC’s largest event is Walk for the Animals on March 3rd at Huizenga Plaza in downtown Fort Lauderdale. We hope you will be able to join us for a fun-filled day! If you need sponsorship or event fundraising information, please contact our Walk Coordinator Linda Sanders at 954.266.6817; she is available to assist and answer your questions about this incredible event. PAWS and PetSet Auxiliaries have the season booked, as well, with several fundraising events. Visit for more details about their upcoming events. Last, but not least, the HSBC has been provided a wonderful opportunity to have a Pop-Up Store at 811 East Las Olas Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. The storefront has been generously donated by The Las Olas Company, one of the leading commercial real estate and hospitality companies in Fort Lauderdale. Thank You Las Olas Company! The Pop-Up Shop offers a variety of pet boutique items, with all proceeds benefiting the animals and our community programs and services. Special thanks to everyone who made it possible for us to expand our reach! Thank you for your continued support.

want to take this opportunity to wish all of you a healthy, happy and enjoyable 2018. Naturally, I wish the same for the animals in our lives as well as those waiting here at the shelter for a new home! So…if a new family pet is on your “bucket list” this year, be sure to visit the shelter and deliver some love and happiness to a pet waiting for a new home. This past November, the Humane Society of Broward County (HSBC) was honored to be presented with the Purina Better with Pets Award in Philadelphia at the National Dog Show. Purina was impressed with the many hurricane-related efforts the HSBC and staff undertook throughout our community to ensure the safety of both shelter animals and owned pets. On behalf of the entire organization, I want to extend humble thanks to Purina for their recognition of our hurricane relief efforts. In addition to the hundreds of individuals and companies throughout the United States that made donations to support the shelter during the busy hurricane season, I want to thank the following foundations that also stepped up to underwrite our efforts: GreaterGood, PetSmart Charities, Petco Foundation, VCA Animal Hospitals, Rachel Ray Foundation/North Shore Animal League, Purina and The Wildflower Foundation. Our heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you for helping the HSBC help the animals! Although the hurricane season is behind us, the HSBC continues to assist Puerto Rico by accepting – as space in our kennels permits – animals that still need to be evacuated.


Chairman of the Board Thom Bambenek and his dog Sofie

Sincerely, Thom Bambenek


On the Cover: Adorable Sassy enjoyed her visit to J.R. Dunn Jewelers and playing with the precious gems! She and a few shelter friends were selected for a photo shoot to announce J.R. Dunn’s Jewelers renewal of the Diamond in the Ruff program. Read more about it on page seven.

Our Mission: Board of Directors Thom G. Bambenek Chairman of the Board John R. Squitero Vice Chairman of the Board Melody Saleh Secretary Matt Katz Treasurer Gerald Weber Past Chairman of the Board Leia Bosco Barbara Brush Christine Forman Bryan S. Greenberg Christy Gumberg Steven W. Hudson Carolyn Lee Margaret Meldeau Virginia I. (Ginny) Miller David North Susan Penrod Brian Poulin Ingrid Poulin Jennifer J. Robinson Susan A. Smith Jamie Taylor Stiles 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

The Humane Society of Broward County provides shelter, aid and responsible adoptions to animals entrusted to our care, and educates the community about respect and kindness to all animals. No portion of this magazine may be reproduced without the express written permission of the Humane Society of Broward County.





Issue 18-1 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: Brittany Muscato



HERE'S THE SCOOP! ................................... 3 ABC'S OF EDUCATION.............................. 4-5 ANIMAL ASSISTED THERAPY .....................6 ADOPTION AMBASSADORS........................7 CLINIC CORNER ........................................... 8 TRAINING AND BEHAVIOR ........................ 9 PAWS AUXILIARY NEWS....................... 10-11 PETSET...........................................................12 SHELTER VARIETY ARTICLE ......................13 VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT...........................14 BIG DOG GOLF TOURNAMENT ................15 WALK FOR THE ANIMALS 2018 ...........16-17 ISLAND AID AND RESCUE: HURRICANE MARIA ..............................18-19 FROM THE MAILBAG............................ 20-21 WISHLIST ......................................................21 MEMORIALS AND HONORS................ 22-24 POP-UP STORE .............................................25 LEGACY CLUB.............................................. 26 PAW PATH......................................................26 HAPPY TAILS .............................................. 27 EVENTS AND INFORMATION................... 28 F.Y.I. You can make a lasting commitment to the Humane Society of Broward County by naming the Humane Society of Broward County, Inc. in your will. We recommend working with your private attorney to ensure that your wishes are carried out. For the purposes of a bequest, our legal name and address are: Humane Society of Broward County, Inc., 2070 Griffin Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312. For more information, please contact Kathy Tricomi at 954.266.6845.

The Paw Prints newsletter is sent to all supporters donating in the amount of $15 or more per year. To ensure that you continue to receive your issue of Paw Prints, please use the enclosed envelope to make a minimum donation of $15. The animals need your help, and we don’t want your mailing to be interrupted! The Humane Society of Broward County directly receives 100% of contributed funds. Solicitation no. CH656.




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Focus on the Elements


Engaging Proposal at HSBC Rick and Chris Riveron are twins who share a real love of animals. For Halloween they decided to trick-or-treat for the animals, and donate what they collected to the HSBC. They also entered our Halloween Instagram Contest -- and won!

Purina Award Recognizes HSBC

Jeff and Lexi, newly engaged! About a year ago Jeff and Lexi adopted their beloved dog Ella at the HSBC, and the shelter holds a special place in their hearts. So, Jeff figured, what better place to ask Lexi to become his wife? With the help of HSBC staff, Jeff planned a surprise proposal in our meet and greet area, telling Lexi that they were going to be in a photo shoot with shelter dogs. When Jeff got down on one knee to pop the question, a thrilled Lexi said “Yes!” and shelter visitors held up congratulatory signs they’d be given. We were so honored to participate in the happy occasion. Congrats, Jeff, Lexi and Ella!

Hop on In We’re holding another free Bunny Basics session on Saturday, March 17 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Join us in the Education Center to learn all about the best housing for your rabbit, proper nutrition, how to introduce rabbits to each other, and more. You may be surprised at what you find out! RSVP to Carrie at 954.266.6822.

Hollywood residents Russ and Robin Chard, left, stayed at the HSBC’s Pet Friendly Hurricane Shelter. With them are the HSBC's Kathy Tricomi, Purina’s Joan Hurley and HSBC President and CEO Christopher Agostino.

Starting in the new year our adoption staff initiated a new way for potential adopters to “meet their match” – one that moves away from the focus being on the breed. Our Pups in Progress Team now works with the dogs each morning to assign them one of the Four Element signs (Air, Water, Fire, Earth): Air: These dogs are outgoing, have a lot of energy and are very adventurous. Water: For dogs that are very smart, love to be around people and are very easygoing. Fire: Dogs that are full of energy, feisty, and need a stronger owner with lots of patience. Earth: These dogs are especially loyal, love being around people and are more stable (may pertain to many older dogs). The assigned element is indicated by a sticker on the cage card. Potential adopters will take a fourquestion survey when they come in, to find out which element they are so they can match themselves with the dogs available for adoption. Our goal is to create a stepping stone to eliminating breed labels altogether.

Black Friday Adoption Event

During a ceremony at the National Dog Show in Philadelphia this past November, the HSBC was honored to receive the Purina Better with Pets Award. Purina recognized the preparation, rescue and relief efforts that we were involved with throughout the entire hurricane season.

Tune in to Ellen Six-year-old Alfa was evacuated from Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria. She found her new mom Shelley during our Black Friday adoption event.


Our good friend Ellen Jaffe from Easy 93.1 is huge fan of the animals, and each week she visits the shelter to be photographed with a selected pet who’s waiting for a home. The radio station features a photo of Ellen and her furry friend on their website at, and she talks onair about the pet. Ellen loves all animals, but has a special place in her heart for felines. Many thanks to Ellen and all the folks at Easy 93.1 for helping us help the animals!

We're happy to report the following new homes found during September, October and November 2017:

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

267 310 590 269 41 1,477


Camp Time is Seriously Fun ids and pets go together like peanut butter and jelly, so it’s no wonder our camp programs are some of the most sought-after in South Florida! Our beautiful shelter welcomes hundreds of campers over the course of each year where they enjoy animalthemed games and crafts, and of course spending time with our adorable adoptable pets. While having fun, our campers also learn about staying safe around pets, basic pet care and animal handling, helping homeless animals, and the responsibilities involved in having pets.


In our week-long camps, such as those held during spring break and in the summer, the kids are also able to roll up their sleeves and help with the physical care of the animals in the shelter. This includes activities such as feeding the animals, cleaning cages, assembling litter boxes, folding towels, and bathing dogs. Campers learn first-hand that there is more to keeping pets than just cuddles and playing! We show them how pet parenthood also requires commitment, empathy, good citizenship and respect. Olivia Berrios and Blake Daar are happy campers!

If you know a child between the ages of six and 12 who’d enjoy spending a week with us helping homeless animals, visit our website at to learn more and to register for our spring break and summer camp programs.

Want to Work with Animals When You Grow up?


f you picture yourself working with animals when you grow up, you’re probably thinking, “I have to be a veterinarian!” -- but that’s not the only animal welfare career option. While being a vet is a great choice for some people, it’s not for everyone. The HSBC offers a bunch of opportunities for the animal lovers in our community. If your school has a Career Day this spring, we’d love to come out and speak to your classroom about jobs in Animal Welfare. Have a teacher call us at 954.266.6848 to schedule a presentation.

Kindhearted Shamaya Lalla, 14, of Coral Springs, started a charity called Dream Catchers. She asks friends and other kids to donate dog and cat supplies exclusively to our shelter because she “wants the animals to have a better experience” staying here.

Daisy’s Shopping Bazaar’s a Hit!


id’s Club Mascot Daisy hosted her second annual Holiday Shopping Bazaar for kids, and it sure brought in the shoppers! Our Education Center was a holiday delight, with kids browsing a variety of terrific gift items that they could purchase for friends and family members, furry or otherwise!


Chester, our Education Mascot, hung out with friends at the Bazaar.

Chester is obviously loving the attention he got at the Shopping Bazaar!

Pet Project

Dear Chester Education Mascot Chester is now on hand to answer your animalrelated 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

Our dogs at the shelter go wild for these “no-bake” treats! Make some and bring them over to share with the homeless animals, or make them for your dog at home. INGREDIENTS: • ½ cup soy butter or peanut butter • ½ cup honey • 1 cup imitation powdered milk • 1 cup rolled oats • ½ cup Wheat Germ

Dear Chester, Why do dogs wag their tails? Your friend, Sebastian G. Mrs. Steehler’s Class Hollywood Central Elementary School Dear Sebastian, Thank you for writing to me. You’re the very first question I’m answering in my new position as a columnist! I am a big tail-wagger myself, and I wag my tail for two reasons. My favorite is to wag my tail when I’m happy to see someone. When I’m happy I wag my tail low, and it goes pretty fast! I usually greet the person or animal I am happy to see. The second reason I wag my tail is when I’m not happy and I might feel threatened or scared. When I wag my tail for this reason, it is held high and stiff and sometimes the hair on my back stands up and I bark. Never approach a dog with this kind of wagging tail; he wants you to stay away! So, next time you see a dog wagging his tail, can you tell the difference? Your buddy, Chester

Teen Club Gets Artistic The Teen Club sponsored a painting party in November at Painting with a Twist in Coral Springs. They enjoyed instructional painting, had lots of fun, and raised $455 for the animals! The HSBC’s Darlene Feldman, pictured right, gratefully accepted the donation check.

Directions: 1. In a large bowl mix together soy butter, honey, powdered milk and oats. Use your hands and make it extra fun! 2. Form the mixture into small balls of dough. 3. Roll the balls in the wheat germ. 4. That’s it! Now pass them out and make a dog’s belly very happy!

Celebrate Your Birthday with the Animals! Call 954.266.6875 to find out how to have your birthday party at the Humane Society! Here are the birthday celebrations held at the shelter in September, October and November 2017: Naomi Abramzon Gabriela Bravo Danica Brockman Jadzia Brockman Elise Coren Natalie Croud Eden George Sophia Greyling Vala Gurrera Haley Hartmann Ella Kephart Isabella Lopez Nolan Mancino Alyah Marvin Bryan Medina Charlotte Moy

6 13 11 13 40 9 8 7 9 11 11 12 6 7 11 7

Cooper McClure Ani Namoff Mia Nascone Sophia Porat Haylee Remy Vivian Ryan Bernadette Salas Bethany Taddeo Madison Valencia Samantha Weiss Kaylee Williams Evan Yanks Dana Zighelboim Lara Zilbervarg

5 12 14 8 6 11 13 8 10 8 7 8 9 9 5

AAT Out and About


ur popular Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) program utilizes volunteers and their companion animals to provide social therapy as a comfort to children and adults with special needs, or those experiencing life’s stresses. AAT teams are selected with care; the animals must pass a certification test that ensures they are well suited for the role.

Animals provide invaluable comfort, emotional support and physical benefits to the people they encounter. They serve as catalysts for social interaction and as bridges to interpersonal communication and attachment. We are very proud of our remarkable human-and-pet teams and the admirable work they do for our community!

Therapy dog Nichi is all about the seniors! Nichi volunteers at several senior facilities in Broward, sharing his love and sweet personality. The seniors really enjoy interacting with Nichi and they look forward to his visits. Most of them have had pets in the past, so having Nichi visit is a wonderful way to reconnect and share stories about dogs or cats they once had in their lives.

Therapy dog Goldie volunteers in the Oncology Unit at Memorial Hospital in Hollywood where she brings lots of love and wags to the patients. A visit from a therapy dog is a huge stress relief and gives the patients a pleasant distraction during treatments.

Wags & Tales Adds to Reading Fun Our four-legged volunteers are wagging their tails all over Broward County with the Wags & Tales Reading Program. While reading to a therapy dog, participants learn how to be safe around animals. And while improving their reading skills, kids also come to realize what a loving friend a dog can be. Our program is offered in Broward County libraries and schools, and in private libraries and schools too. Therapy dogs Bentley, Bella and Jax are just three of our many wonderful Wags & Tales Reading dogs.

Bentley visits with the class at Abundant Life Christian Academy.


Bella is sitting pretty at the Dania Beach Library.

Jax is ready to read at the Lauderhill Towne Center Library.

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

J.R. Dunn Jewelers:

a Shining Example of Beneficence urry little diamonds in the rough – just waiting for their “perfect setting!” That’s the idea behind the HSBC partnership with J.R. Dunn Jewelers, aptly named the “Diamond in the Ruff” adoption series. Initially started in October 2015 as a yearlong undertaking, the results were so gratifying that our friends at J.R. Dunn decided to continue.


Each week a pet in need of adoption is featured on both the J.R. Dunn and HSBC social media pages. Through sharing and promoting, 50 pets were placed during that first year, with J.R. Dunn underwriting the entire adoption fee of that cat, dog, kitten or puppy. Diamond in the Ruff is now in its third cycle, and has grown more successful with each inception. Throughout the 2016-17 year of promotions, a “Diamond” was chosen after having waited, on average, 65 days at the shelter or in a foster

home. Thanks to the media promotion each animal gets through the program, once selected these pets only had to wait another 10-14 days before finding homes. Seeing the tangible impact that the adoption series has on the lives of these furry friends, Sean Dunn said, “We are absolutely thrilled with the results of this unique program, and it’s heartwarming to know that we helped so many animals find their forever families much faster.” The third year of the program has kicked off and again features 52 pets over the 12-month time frame. Diamond in the Ruff is promoted through J.R. Dunn’s local radio spots and social media, and the HSBC does its share of promotion as well. Visit J.R. Dunn’s Facebook page each week at to see who the featured pet is.

Our friends at J.R. Dunn -- Jim, Sean and Anne Marie Dunn.

Sassy, our cover girl this issue, stole the show!

Sassy and her sister Chloe enjoyed some very elegant “cat toys” at J.R. Dunn.

Freckles loved the attention he got at the photo shoot.


Pyometra – Another Reason to Spay t the HSBC, of course we talk about the importance of spaying and neutering all the time. We spend a good percentage of our resources providing low-cost or free spays and neuters for the public's pets because we are so passionate about decreasing pet overpopulation. However, there are reasons to spay and neuter that go beyond reducing pet overpopulation, and these are mostly health-related. Dogs and cats will remain much healthier and live a much longer life if they are spayed or neutered at a young age. One of the most dangerous and yet most preventable conditions that we see in female dogs and cats is an infection called pyometra. The name pyometra means “pus filled uterus” and it occurs more often in dogs than in cats. Animals affected by pyometra are usually over six years of age and still have both their ovaries and their uterus. Unspayed females produce hormones, and when the uterus has been idle for a period of time (between heat cycles) the fluid produced by these hormones can build up. If inflammation and bacterial contamination occur, the fluid becomes infected. If the cervix is closed the fluid cannot drain, the uterus will become very distended and the infection can spread to other parts of the body, causing the animal to become seriously ill. (Pyometra can also occur if the cervix is open, however.) Pyometra occurs in all breeds and sizes of dog, but we do see a lot of it in the smaller breed dogs and in dogs that have had several litters in their lifetime. The treatment for pyometra is surgical removal of the ovaries and the uterus. Hospitalization is required, with aggressive IV antibiotics and fluid therapy. The infected uterus can also rupture, requiring emergency surgery followed by intensive care. The surgery is risky, worrying, and very costly, and people without the financial resources

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 can be used. Any dollar amounts listed are given in case you’d like to contribute funds to purchase the item(s). • Digital thermometers • Comfort Zones ($25 each) • New nail clippers for dogs and cats • Canned pumpkin, no spice • Paper towels • Pet Ag puppy bottles (six pack) • Advantage, Revolution and Capstar • Latex exam gloves • Full-size towels • Furminator de-shedding tools • Heating Pads • Wee Wee Pads • New suture removal scissors • KMR - Kitten milk replacer • Esbilac - Puppy milk replacer • Kitchen timers (Digital) • Puppy milk replacement – powder • 3M Littmann 6153 Cardiology IV • Heartbeat/comfort toys & pillows ($25-$30) • Stethoscope, Std-Finish Chestpiece, 27” ($163. We need 11) • Breathe Safe Respirator ($165)

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

Clinic Statistics September, October and November 2017:

Spay/Neuter surgeries for our low cost programs, SNIP & Surrender Prevention: 1,779 Dogs treated for heartworm: 65 Animals in foster care: 320 8

contact the HSBC often, looking for assistance with this condition. The financial, emotional and physical pain can easily be avoided simply by spaying female dogs and cats.

Diamond, a seven-year-old American Staffordshire terrier, was suffering from Pyometra and her owner could not afford to take her to a veterinarian for surgery and treatment. Thanks to our surrender prevention program, the Dolly’s Dream Foundation, and donors like you, the lifesaving surgery was performed – and just in the nick of time! Immediately after Diamond’s severely infected uterus was removed, it ruptured; had that happened an hour earlier she would have died. Happily, Diamond came through surgery just fine and made a full recovery at home.

FORT is Back in Action


ue to hurricane Irma, the portable spay/neuter FORT was delayed in opening at the John Williams Park in Hollywood. The park suffered a tremendous amount of damage with flooding and downed trees, but we are happy to report the FORT is now up and accepting appointments Monday through Friday. Those who have pets in need of spay/neuter services can apply for the county’s SNIP Program, a voucher-based system available to all Broward County residents who own a dog or cat. SNIP services include spay/neuter surgery, a rabies vaccination, and a Broward Country

Registration tag. Broward Residents must apply online at Once the SNIP voucher is received, the appointment can be made by calling the HSBC at 954.463.SPAY or For those without online access, the county has partnered with Broward County Libraries to provide computer access at any of the 33 library locations. During the time FORT services were unavailable, those who held vouchers were accommodated at the HSBC.

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

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Multi-Cat Households and Keeping the Peace

anaging a multi-cat household can be a challenge, and the more cats living in an average-size living environment, the more difficult it may be. Cats have a need for a surprisingly large area of living space in order to be mentally and emotionally content. Common problems may be aggression between cats, not using the litterbox, or a pet that is fearful and constantly hiding.


Dividing the real estate in your home is very important. Each of your pets should have his own feeding area, resting area, toys and litterbox. If your cat does not have to share his resources he will be less likely to become territorial. Taking your time when introducing a new pet is critical. Never force cats in your household to interact with each other; let them proceed at their own pace. A spare room that can be closed off will work well as a safe place for your pet if they must be temporarily separated. Successful acclimation can sometimes take weeks and even months. Providing an interactive and entertaining environment for your cat will help to decrease boredom and stimulate exercise. Cats that are mentally and physically satisfied will feel less compelled to search for entertainment and you will find that they are getting into less trouble. If you have cats that are fighting on a regular basis, the most important thing is to manage the environment. The social structure of cats will fluctuate; stable hierarchies are not formed as they are with dogs. Fights that are permitted to continue will only get worse, because cats that fight learn this behavior and will use it more quickly in dealing with conflicts. Don’t let it become a habit! Your cats should not be left to “work it out on their own.”

Separate cats into different areas of the house while working on modifying the behavior. This will lower the level of tension and help your pets feel less threatened. Several hours or days of separation may be necessary, depending on the severity of the agitated behavior, and re-introduction should be gradual. Use positive reinforcement with food treats and verbal praise when cats are interacting appropriately. Cats that have a history of fighting with each other may never become best friends and may just tolerate each other. Some highly territorial cats may do better as the only cat in the household. Never punish cats for fighting; in most cases, this will only increase the aggression. Instead, redirect your cats when you see one of them targeting another (stalking) -- get his attention focused on something else, such as a favorite toy or treat. Learn your cats’ body language and try to anticipate when disagreements may develop, and avoid activities that may trigger an over-aroused response in your pets. If a fight has already begun, interrupt it as soon as possible with a clap of your hands or a loud “HEY,” or use a spray bottle of water or a can of compressed air. (NOTE: this is not a “training” technique and should only be used to separate cats that have already begun to fight.) Do not attempt to pick up or separate your cats; this could easily result in an injury to yourself. Once separated, your cats should be isolated from each other so that they have time to calm down. If your cats aren’t cohabitating well, using these tools and techniques should help to keep the peace in your multi-cat household. Making the effort will be well worth it!

Felines in the community cat rooms enjoy lounging in a variety of spots.



PAWS and Pets -- Always in Fashion

eiman Marcus Fort Lauderdale hosted another fabulous “Fashion Forward for PAWS” in October. Now in its fifth year, the popular event was chaired by Christy Gumberg and Julie Strauch and raised a record $40,000 for the animals.


Arriving guests were greeted by adorable adoptable pets, three of whom found their forever homes that day! Lifestyle Magazine was on hand to photograph the fun. Attendees enjoyed mingling during a cocktail hour, as well as taking advantage of purchasing tickets for drawings to receive the Grand Prize of a $1,000 Neiman Marcus shopping spree, a stunning pair of earrings courtesy of Sutra, a spectacular jewelry suite courtesy of Dina Mackney, and an Yves Saint Laurent beauty basket. The delighted winner of the Grand Prize was Angela de Ferran. During lunch attendees were treated to stunning fashions presented by


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Neiman Marcus Fort Lauderdale. The models were even joined in their final walk by the adoptable furballs in attendance. Sponsors of Fashion Forward for PAWS included: Neiman Marcus Fort Lauderdale, Christy Gumberg, Lorraine Thomas, Christine Forman & Margaret Meldeau, ACURE Organics, Tanya & Andrew Heller, Lys Rubin, Julie Strauch, Dawn Dellapina & Jamie Stiles, Shooters Waterfront, Friends of PAWS (Ingrid Poulin, Brenda Puck & Susan Smith), Doggie Divas (Lisi Arup, Carolyn Loiacono, Cherie Marshall, Doreen Outler, Melody Saleh, Judy Simkowitz, Dotti Sindicich, Joan Streicher, Gabrielle Wellner, Annette Yarborough), Puppy Love (Katharine Barry, Teri Cole, Tish Flavin, Mary Garber, Kathryn Glenewinkel, Susan Greaton, Annette Hoffman, Jonelle Milton, Sandy Romanovitz and Suzie Smith), Lifestyle Media Group & Michelle Simon, Adorada, Breakthru Beverage Florida, Ann’s Florist, Michelle Gumbel and Purina.

Christy Gumberg and Julie Strauch

Lauren Johnson, Julie Strauch, Bibi Siegel, Christy Gumberg, and Christopher Agostino

Stacy Sager and Dawn Dellapina

Margaret Meldeau, Angela de Ferran and Ingrid Poulin

Lori Sisko and Christine Forman

Meghan Leckey and Michelle Simon

Susan Scheid, Sara Sears and Ronni Ostrander

Caryn Ellman, Peggy Marker and Jeannie Hudson

Tanya Heller, Shari Hall and April Patterson

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19th Annual PAWS on the Green

Honors Marti Huizenga


his year PAWS re-named the annual golf tournament The Marti Huizenga PAWS on the Green Ladies’ Invitational Golf Tournament, in honor of beloved HSBC supporter and dear friend Marti Huizenga. The tournament, now in its 19th year and themed “Bubbles & Birdies,” was presented by AutoNation and Mercedes-Benz of Fort Lauderdale and took place at Grande Oaks Golf Club on November 6 and 7. Chairs Monica Correll, Andria Cunningham, Michelle Howland, Alice Jackson and Ursula Scott announced that the event raised over $134,000. Participants enjoyed a pre-tournament dinner party at the home of S. Donald Sussman and Michelle Howland. They were treated to stunning water views and a starlit night overhead, thanks to a gorgeous glass tent where the dining and dancing took place. Players even had the opportunity to do a little shopping that night with a couple of vendors that were present; a portion of those sales were donated back to the Humane Society. A beautiful ceremony honoring Marti’s memory took place just before teeing off on the first day of the tournament. A bag piper’s tune began the ceremony, followed by a bench unveiling with Huizenga family members in attendance. The inscribed bench will have a permanent home at Grande Oaks Golf Club. Players enjoyed two days of golf, a silent auction with a wide array of items to bid on, a live auction, and then an awards luncheon to wrap up the event. Blue Martini offered delicious cocktails on both days, and representatives from Drew James Salon treated the ladies to pampering and blowouts predinner on Monday evening. A heartfelt champagne toast was also held on Monday night in honor of Marti Huizenga. The ladies also enjoyed dazzling tunes by the talented Billy Bones, and a prize drawing was available for the chance to win a stunning 18k Gold “Silver Lining” Necklace with Small Cocholong Cloud and Three Accent Diamonds, which was generously donated by Pamela Huizenga Jewelry. A delighted Tammy Tubandt was the lucky winner. Another highlight of the tournament was the animals that were on site and


available for adoption; six of these found their forever homes.

Players could participate in several on-course challenges including a hole in one contest for the chance to win wonderful prizes: a two-year lease on a luxury car generously provided by AutoNation, a $5,000 cash prize, a $750 Visa gift card, and an Apple Entertainment package. Participants also competed in the longest drive, straightest drive, closest to the pin, and putting contests. Awards were given for the Best Dressed Team and the Best Decorated Golf Cart. Congratulations to the first place foursomes! Overall Gross winners were Pat Case, Karen Hale, Ann Fulginiti and Debe Schwedler, and Overall Net winners Lucia Cohn, Monica Correll, Debbie Day and Carol Loiacono. Sponsors, Tee Sign Sponsors, Pin Flag Sponsors and Underwriters included: AutoNation, Mercedes-Benz of Fort Lauderdale, Lorraine Thomas, Michelle Howland & Michelle Luxury Homes, The Huizenga Family, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Holy Cross Hospital, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Nancy Bailey & Anthony R. Abraham Foundation, City Furniture/Ashley HomeStore, Ellen & Skokie Jackson, EZ Go Textron, Diana & Steve Shelton, Toast Vodka, Thomas Family Foundation, ACURE Organics, The Baldwin Foundation, Monica & Gary Correll, Steve & Debbie Day - Blue Martini, Michael P. Henderson / CollaborativeWEALTH, Ann Marie & Harry Moon, Nova Southeastern University, Laura & Jim O’Connor, Ursula Scott, Wells Fargo Private Bank, Kathy Assaf, Elbo Room, D & B Tile Distributors, Dianne Davant, Christy Gumberg & Julie Strauch, Heidi & Peter Huizenga, Alice Jackson, Kaye Manly, Kimber Mariani, Ginny Miller, Oak Park Davie, O-B House, Cathy O'Connor, Steve Pomeranz, United Capital, Publix, Annette Yarborough, Lois & John Schmatz, Chatham Imports, Inc., Southern Wine & Spirits, Stephens Distributing Company, Drew James Aveda Salon, Blue Martini, Tharanco Group, Pamela Huizenga Jewelry, Grande Oaks Golf Club, Sixth Star Inc. and ROMAX Communications. A special thank you goes out to the many volunteers who donated their time during the tournament.

Carol Loiacono, Debbie Day, Monica Correll and Lucia Cohen

2017 PAWS on the Green Players

Julie Strauch and Ellen Gertz

Monica Correll, Alice Jackson and Michelle Howland

Christopher Agostino, Steve Hudson, Scott Baynes, Tammy Calabria, Pamela Baynes and Ursula Scott

Pat Case, Karen Hale, Debe Schwedler and Ann Fulginiti


Kickin’ It for the Animals etSet’s second annual kickball tournament, presented by Tap 42 and chaired by Cindy Dayhoff, Jillian Bortot, and Justin Bighouse, was a great day out with friends while benefiting the HSBC. Taking place in October at Floyd Hull Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, the oneday tourney included food, drinks, music and prize drawings. At the end of the day, the team that claimed the first-place winning trophy was “The Bunt Sniffers.” There was also a prize for the most spirited team, and “Chewluminati” took home the honors. Thanks to all the hard-kicking teams and our event sponsors, over $4,100 was raised for the animals.


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This success would not have been possible without the generous support of Tap 42, Redball Kickball, the amazing referees who donated their time, Einstein Bros Bagels, American Trophy Co., Sysco, Premiere Produce, Purina, Miami Purveyors, Big C’s Pizza, Double Cross Vodka, Bacardi, and Tito’s. Thank you to the generous companies who donated items for our prize drawing, including Quarterdeck Restaurants, CycleBar Fort Lauderdale, Coral Ridge Country Club, Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Hotel, American Social, JEY Group, Rhythm & Vine, and The Fit Shop Fort Lauderdale.

Bunt Sniffers was the first place victor.

Chewluminati took home the title of Most Spirited.

Event Chairs Cindy Dayhoff, Justin Bighouse and Jillian Bortot

Meghan Gyory, Pamela Miller, Leia Bosco and Nikki Winchester

Referees Andee Powell, Jonathan Korb and Jason Langlais

The Tap 42 kickball team in full force!

Jamming at First-Ever PetRock etSet’s PetRock Battle of the Bands, chaired by Laura Ortino and Lindsay Mazzei, hit all the right notes with great music, drinks and small bites while benefiting the animals at the HSBC. Happening in November at Stache Drinking Den + Coffee Bar in downtown Fort Lauderdale, PetRock Battle of the Bands featured three selected bands -The Hoy Polloy, Del Pelson and Fugitive Distillery (formally known as MJJAy). Chris Cruz emceed the competition while guests enjoyed the specialty drink of the night, a Cucumber Mint Vodka Collins courtesy of Finlandia Vodka, as well as delicious appetizers provided by Stache Drinking Den + Coffee Bar. The music was fantastic and choosing a winner was challenging, with the bands vying for the prize of a paid gig at a Damn


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Good Hospitality location. Taking home the honors and accolades was Fugitive Distillery. PetSet thanks the three celebrity judges: Brian Freed, Founder/Partner of Stache Drinking Den + Coffee Bar; Vinny Venditto, Multi Grammy AwardWinning Producer/DJ and Engineer; and Chris Cruz, TV, Radio and Event Host-Personality. This event would not have been possible without the generous support of Stache Drinking Den + Coffee Bar, Breakthru Beverage Florida, Finlandia Vodka, The Catalyst Group, Chris Cruz, and Purina. Many thanks for their support!

PetRock judges Brian Freed, Vinny Venditto and Chris Cruz

The winning band was Fugitive Distillery (formally known as MJJAy)

No Variety at the Shelter? Not True! Written for our online blog by Brittany Muscato, HSBC Digital Marketing Specialist


common complaint on our own social media pages is:

“They only have pit bulls.”

Barkpost recently conducted a survey that reported the top 10 most common breeds found in shelters throughout the United States. Not surprisingly, Chihuahuas and American Pit Bull Terriers topped the list. While we certainly see these types of dogs a lot -- especially bully breeds -- to say that shelters only have these types of dogs is far from the truth. We’ve seen nearly every dog breed pass through our shelter at one point or another, and quite a lot are purebreds. You never know what you’re going to find at your local Humane Society! In one recent HSBC pet flyer there were a Coonhound mix, a Boston Terrier, a Keeshond mix, a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen mix, and even a Finnish Spitz mix. There are so many gorgeous, diverse pups ready to be adopted!

Meet Prince Two-year-old Prince was adopted by one of our employees in 2016. His puppy intake photo is shown here. When he was surrendered to the shelter his previous owners said he was a Chihuahua mix, which is how he was listed on our website. As Prince started to grow and get comfortable at home, his personality became very un-Chihuahua-like. Furthermore, his size and appearance seemed to suggest that he had a larger, terrier-like dog in his family tree. His mom used a dog DNA Test called Wisdom Panel. The results? Not surprisingly, Prince has a lot of Chihuahua in his family, but he also had equal parts Miniature Pinscher and Pomeranian! While Prince’s size and physique both reflect his min pin DNA, would you be able to tell that this little guy has Pomeranian in him?

But please don’t let the breed label attract you (we’ll explain why below). Get to know the furry friends for yourself! And if you see one you like, ACT QUICKLY. These unique-looking dogs are often adopted within hours of arrival. Prince's first puppy photo

What’s in a Breed? At least once a day, a potential adopter will come into our shelter and ask to see a particular breed of dog. When we ask why, it turns out they were attracted to that breed because it is known for a certain temperament that fits their lifestyle. Once we figure this out, they typically end up adopting the perfect dog…a mixed breed that is quite different from what they had in mind. Categorizing the breed of a dog, especially a mixed-breed dog, is not a reliable indicator of the temperament and health characteristics of the animal. Breed labels for mixed-breeds paint an incomplete picture of the animal’s ancestry. While Lobito (seen here) certainly appears to have a lot of Keeshond in him (see the purebred Keeshond, also pictured), chances are he is mixed with a Labrador or other largerbreed dog. It is simply impossible to accurately label the breed of a dog without a DNA test, and even then, those results may not be fully accurate. Prince, all grown up!

A good example of a purebred Keeshond

So, What’s the Point? Long story short, please do not use breed labels as the deciding factor to adopt. We rely on the former owners to tell us about the animal they’re surrendering, but if no information is given, we make our besteducated guess based on looks alone.

Lobito is a Keeshond mix

Because shelters so often make important characterizing decisions based on unreliable methods, many have decided to remove breed labels from kennel cards. This is something we are considering here at the HSBC. Until then, we recommend that you use breed labels simply to start the conversation about a dog you are interested in adopting. Please don’t let it have the final word! For the curious among you -- if you have a dog at home that you’d like to DNA test, visit and go to the “Shop” tab on the top right, then click on the Shop link. If you’re a new customer purchasing a DNA kit, or anything else, Chewy will donate $20 to the HSBC. 13

Volunteer Spotlight Spotlight On:

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Pets at home: Leo, a shy senior cat Bette fell in love with while volunteering in the cattery Favorite part of volunteering: “As a PAL volunteer, I spend time with the cats to help socialize them. I enjoy making them feel important and loved. I was never a “cat person” but now I can’t imagine my life without a cat.” What the animals say: “When we see Bette coming we feel so happy, because we know she’s going to sit with us and cuddle, talk, play, pet, or do whatever it is we need to feel good inside. She makes sure to pay attention to each one of us, even if someone feels a little shy or scared for a bit…she helps us come out of our shell. Bette is the cat’s meow!”

Interested in volunteering? Bette Jacoby

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

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When is the 2018 Walk for the Animals?

Saturday, March 3, 2018, rain or shine. Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. Walk begins at 10:00 a.m.

Where is the Walk held?

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Huizenga Plaza—32 East Las Olas Boulevard, Downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Is there a cost to register? There is no registration fee, but the Walk for the Animals is our shelter’s largest fundraiser of the year. The funds raised allow us to continue caring for the animals at the shelter and offering our public programs and services. We encourage everyone to help by raising money.

Who can attend? All of our supporters! It’s a family event and all friendly, leashed dogs are welcome.

How far is the Walk? The walk itself is 1.25 miles, but it is optional. You are welcome to skip it and stay at Huizenga Plaza to enjoy all of the festivities.

Look at the S’Wag you can earn while you have fun raising money for the animals! $150 Official 2018 T-Shirt and Bandana $300 Official 2018 Baseball Cap and $50 exam certificate from VCA Animal Hospitals $500 FREE VIP Parking on Walk Day, name recognition on our Exceptional Fundraisers Walk Day Banner and on the Walk Website PLUS entry into the VIP Tent on Walk Day to enjoy free food, courtesy of Jimmy John’s $1,000 Atcuison Court Duffel Bag and an additional $50 exam certificate from VCA Animal Hospitals $2,500 Stainless Steel Bluetooth Travel Cup plus a personalized Brick on the HSBC Paw Pathway $5,000 Photo Shoot and print of you and your furry friend courtesy of Little’s Photography $7,500 Personalized replica figurine of your pet Prize levels are cumulative. All items are while supplies last. Sorry, no substitutions. You must have your coupon to claim your prize. No exceptions.


INCLUDING YOUR DOG, FOR A FUN-FILLED DAY • Have fun while raising money for the homeless animals in our community • Enjoy a free pancake breakfast courtesy of IHOP • Listen to the sounds of the Thunderhead Band • See the Purina Incredible Dogs and visit over 30 sponsor booths • Qualify for great prizes as you fundraise

Visit to join in on the fun!

Questions? Call 954.266.6817 or email 16

PACKS Packs, or teams, that raise $1,500 or more collectively will receive Pack Perks including a team photo taken at the Walk, a personalized Pack Sign, a Pack Prize for each member, entry into prize drawings and more. All registered Pack Leaders will receive information to keep their Pack motivated and informed right up until Walk Day. Each member of Packs raising $5,000 or more will be rewarded with entry into the VIP Tent on Walk Day to enjoy free food courtesy of Jimmy John’s! Every member of the TOP 2 PACKS will receive a professional photo shoot and print courtesy of Little’s Photography. The top fundraiser in each of the two Packs will also be the lucky recipient of a custom frame, courtesy of The Frame Studio at Little’s Photography.

SKIP THE LINES ON WALK DAY! Come to an Advance Check-In Day at the shelter. Turn in your donations, pick up your S’Wag Bag and other prizes you’ve earned, and get a special gift!


Just drop by on Saturday, February 17, 2018 between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.


Please call 954-266-6817 to schedule your appointment. We encourage all Pack Leaders to attend an Advance Check-In Day: Thursday, February 22, 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Friday, February 23, 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Saturday, February 24, 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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Before you begin fundraising, make copies of this form so you can collect more donations and earn more goodies. You can also pick up additional forms at our shelter, VCA Animal Hospitals, Coconut Creek Subaru, or Broward IHOP locations. Downloadable forms and additional distribution locations and information are available at Donor’s Name Example: Pamela Poodle

Amount of Cash or Check Collected

Amount Donated Online

$25.00 Check 3302 (Checks Payable to HSBC)


Woof! Woof! Woof! Total Money Collected on this Page $__________

Donor’s Contact Information

Corporate Matching

123 Puppy Dog Lane Fott. Lauderdale, FL 33312

Translation: (Don’t Stop Now!)

Total Collected Online $___________

Grand Total $_______________

To receive goodies, Individual Walkers must turn in registration form and monies collected at Individual Donation Drop Off & S’Wag Bag Pick Up at the shelter on February 17, 2018 OR on Walk Day. Pack leaders must schedule their Pack Donation Drop Off & S’Wag Bag Pick Up on February 22-24, 2018 by appointment only at the shelter OR on Walk Day. Contributions to the HSBC qualify for a tax deduction. You, and the people who sponsor you, should check with employers to see if they have a Matching Gift Program. In order to get credit for corporate matches, a matching gift form must be submitted with the check donation at time of registration. We can do the rest. The more we raise, the more animals we can help. Make checks payable to the Humane Society of Broward County. ALL WALKERS MUST READ, SIGN & SUBMIT THIS WAIVER: In consideration of my signing this agreement, I hereby for myself, my heirs and my administrators, assume any and all risks which might be associated with the Walk. I waive and release any and all rights and claims for damages which I may have against the organizers and any others connected with this event, their representatives, successors and assigns for any and all injuries or damages of any kind whatsoever suffered by me or my pet as a result of taking part in this Walk and related activities. I also understand and agree to permit HSBC and the Sponsors of this event to use for publicity or promotional purposes my name and pictures of me and/or my dog without liability or obligation to me.

Your Signature: _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Doggone it! I can’t participate, but here’s my donation of $ ________________ to help the animals. ❏ My tax deductible gift is eligible for a corporate match and I have attached the necessary paperwork. Two-legged Walker: _______________________________________________________________

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Four-legged Walker: __________________________________________Age: _______ Breed: ______________________________________________ Address: _____________________________________________________________ City: _____________________ State: _______ Zip: __________ Phone: __________________________ email: _______________________________ Pack Name (If Applicable): _______________________________ A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer services by calling toll-free 800-435-7352 within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state. All proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Broward County. Solicitation CH656

The Humane Society of Broward County • 2070 Griffin Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 QUESTIONS? CALL 954.266.6817 OR EMAIL INFO@WALK4THEANIMALS.COM Photo: Ruby, 2018 Walk for the Animals Cover Dog—Little’s Photography


Island Aid and Rescue: Hurricane Maria urricane Maria, as we know, brought devastation to Puerto Rico and other nearby islands in September and had a heartbreaking impact on both the human and animal populations there. The HSBC, working with several other groups including the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Wings of Rescue, Greater Good, American Humane Association, The Sato Project and Save a Sato, helped thousands of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens to come to the U.S. mainland from Puerto Rico. Organizations from across the country accepted animals from these transports; their locations included New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina, Colorado, Washington, Missouri, Illinois and, of course, Florida. The HSBC took in a total of 345 animals from Puerto Rico and another 57 from Tortola and St. Croix. Other shelters in the continental U.S. accepted 200 pets from those two islands.


others, as they evacuated the island. The desire to reunite these pets with their owners now living on the U.S. mainland was great, so Wings of Rescue and Greater Good organized four different flights to get owned animals out of Puerto Rico and into the waiting arms of their families. With the assistance of staff from the HSBC, 160 families were reunited at W Aviation in Fort Lauderdale. There were plenty of smiling faces and wagging tails to be seen!

Meet Snow White and her pups Happy, Doc, Dopey, Bashful and Sleepy. They came to us from Puerto Rico and all six were quickly adopted.

Furry refugees of Hurricane Maria arrive safely in Fort Lauderdale. There were many ways the HSBC sprang into action following Maria, including immediately securing warehouse space for the HSUS. Thanks to our friends Chuck and Sylvia Sperry, the space and loading dock at Baring Industries was donated by Michael and Tina Fitzgibbon. The site served as an initial home base where relief goods for both people and animals were received from corporations and then loaded onto flights for distribution on the devastated islands. The warehouse was manned by staff from the HSUS and the HSBC, and a variety of HSUS and other volunteers from near and far. When the planes arrived in Puerto Rico and were relieved of their humanitarian supplies, crates of animals were loaded up for the return flights, thanks to Wings of Rescue and Greater Good. HSUS and HSBC staff also served as “pet escorts” on every plane to their final destinations, to ensure that everyone arrived safe and sound. Wings of Rescue became acutely aware of the number of animals in Puerto Rico that had been left there by loving owners, in the care of he Humane Society of Broward County has no affiliation with either the Humane Society of the United States, American Humane Association or the ASPCA. We are all thankful to be able to work together for the welfare of animals in need. Wings of Rescue is a nonprofit that has flown, to date, nearly 30,000 homeless dogs and cats so that they may be adopted into loving homes. The pilots donate their time. Save a Sato is dedicated to easing the suffering of the island’s homeless and abused animals. "Sato" is slang for street dog; they rescue satos from the streets and beaches, give them medical care, food and shelter, and plenty of love. When they are healthy, they send 18


Sisters Martha and Matilda, normally inseparable, were accidentally separated as they were being loaded onto flights leaving Puerto Rico. (Both dogs were supposed to have been sent to a shelter in the Northeast.) Having discovered the error, when Martha’s plane stopped in Fort Lauderdale to refuel we took her off so that she could wait and be reunited with her sister. Martha was very nervous and sad on her own…until several days later when Wings of Rescue was able to fly Matilda to be reunited with her sister. The reaction when the two saw each other again was truly heartwarming! Best of all, the girls were adopted together and their new family loves them dearly. them to one of their shelter partners for adoption into loving homes. The HSBC has been partnered with Save a Sato for 20 years. The Sato Project is dedicated to rescuing abused and abandoned dogs in Puerto Rico, working primarily in the municipality of Yabucoa on the southeastern coast of the island, which is rated the poorest of all 78 Puerto Rican municipalities. Greater Good strives to connect a passionate audience with simple online tools to make the world a better place. The nonprofit “turns your desire to make a difference into tangible, documented support for charities that help people, save pets, and improve the planet.”

Island Aid and Rescue: Hurricane Maria - Continued

Five-year-old Snow, pictured right, now resides with the Yellin Family of Coral Springs. She was one of the more than 100 dogs sent to the HSBC after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico.

Blackjack's family was separated from him for a while. They were so happy to see him again!

Far from home but reunited and glad to be together, China's family was all smiles.

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Winnie loves her sister Mia, who is also a rescue – and a former racing horse. Percy was adopted by the Fines and now lives in Coral Springs.


Four-year-old Shelby was brought from St. Croix after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. The fun-loving cutie waited several weeks for the perfect adopter and was so excited to go home with her new dad!

Monty Hall came to Florida and found his new family.

Adorable little Vincent came from Puerto Rico and was adopted soon after he appeared on WPLG Local 10. His new family is smitten and tells us they've taught him to sit and to give his paw.

We would like to thank the following for their support of our Hurricane relief efforts: Petsmart Charities, Petco foundation, Purina, The Wildflower Foundation, VCA Animal Hospitals and the Rachael Ray Foundation/North Shore Animal League.


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,

Dear HSBC,



am thankful for my dog Rusty who is 17 years old and we adopted him from you on Dec 15, 2000. He was 6 weeks old then and is still going, not as good but still here. His name was Rudolph, but we changed it to Rusty for his color. Thank you for all you do to put love in people’s hearts with your service to the community.

ust in case you guys were wondering, Smokey is the best cat ever and we love him! Thank you!

Jordan Conley Pompano

Rusty Bob Barclay

Dear HSBC, fter the loss of my beloved 12 ½ year old Golden, Yogi, who came from you, I have been fortunate enough to have a new addition to the family. Another adoption from this wonderful shelter and I now have another Golden Retriever, named Halo. We have been together now for just over a month and our bond is deepening daily and he is learning his rank amongst the family unit (and it is not the #1 position as he thought it might be). He is full of energy as most 2-yearold pups are and our training is well underway. This is one smart pup and I will have to get him trained to be a therapy dog for sure once he settles down.


Thank you for all your dedication and hard work in finding forever homes for our wonderful furry family members. As a volunteer at the HSBC, I see firsthand the effort that this staff displays daily in caring for all the animals.


Donna and Halo Hollywood

Dear HSBC, e just wanted to let you know how grateful my husband and I are for Tuco!! We were heartbroken over the loss of our dog Benson, 8 months earlier...I didn't think I was ready for another dog until I saw "Cheeto" on your website. It was love at first sight, and within 24 hours we were bringing him home. I will never understand how someone could give up this little treasure. He is wonderful in every way, we are SO blessed. He is with us for the rest of his life, that's for certain.



Dear Humane Society,


n update on Emily -- we call her Coco now and she is doing so well. She just turned 11 months old Nov. 28. She is so beautiful and so very smart. She was house trained in only 4 days. She brings our family so much happiness. I take her to the dog park in Tamarac on Southgate and she plays so well with the other dogs. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Coco Paul Weinrauch

Dear Humane Society,


hank you for our loving pet dog, adopted four years ago.

Thank you for the student program you offer. My son participated last year. He learned a lot more respect for animals and his relationship with our dogs is more joyful and appreciative as a result. He enjoyed earning his community service hours with your program. This small donation, I hope, will help provide more community outreach.

Thanks for giving us the opportunity to adopt "Cheeto" who is now known as "Tuco"...we all couldn't be happier ♡ Tonya, Chad, and Tuco Langley Deerfield Beach

Smokey and his family

Best Wishes to your staff. Thank you for all you do. Sincerely, Victoria O’Gorman Tuco



Dear HSBC,

Dear HSBC, e just wanted to take a moment to share our adoption story and to thank everyone at HSBC and our friends at J.R. Dunn Jewelers. We adopted our then “Spirit” now “Bowie” last January after seeing a J.R. Dunn ‘Diamond in the Ruff’ facebook post. The image beautifully captured his charming yet mysterious eyes and we just had to meet him. Quickly we realized that he would make a wonderful Bimini, Bowie and Riza addition to our family and he certainly has. Bowie loves to play in his backyard with his two big sisters, Bimini and Riza and his main job around the house is to remind me to feed them on time like clockwork and he takes that job very seriously! We’ve learned a bit about his backstory from the shelter where he was transferred from in Georgia and it’s clear that so many people have fallen in love with this little guy and made sure he was given every chance to find his forever home. Thank you for helping Bowie become a part of our little world!



want to thank you for the best gift a dog could hope for - a new loving family just in time for the holidays! The shelter I was living at in Puerto Rico lost their roof in Hurricane Maria and I was lucky enough to take a plane ride to Florida. Everyone at the Humane Society was so nice to me and I made lots of friends during the 6 weeks I stayed there but, thanks to Dolly's Dream, my dreams of a new home finally came true! I have two human sisters, I give everyone hugs and I love going on walks. Thank you to everyone for the love and care you gave me and Happy New Year! Love, Ellie Mae Plantation

Ellie Mae and her family

Sincerely yours, Kim, Joe, Natasha Bimini, Riza and Bowie

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. • Scrub brushes • Publix gift cards (to buy fresh veggies for • Wowbutter soy nut spread • Zip ties 8” & 12” our rabbits) • Foldable rolling cart ($30) • AA & AAA batteries • Toys for dogs and cats • New or gently used Canon Rebel camera to • Heavy duty 33-gallon trash bags • Soft treats for dogs and cats take pet photos for website ($400) • 8 X 11 ½ white-copy paper • Towels • Sensation Harnesses for Ambassador dogs • Avery self-adhesive ¾” diameter yellow • Paper towels ($30) dots • Dixie brand paper plates and clear plastic • New or gently used digital video recorder • Kleenex cups ($500) • Liquid dish soap • Corrugated cardboard cat scratchers • Gently used box truck with lift gate • Disinfecting wipes • Laminating pouches, • Gently used golf cart ($2,000) • Packing tape 8 ½ x 11 • Canned pumpkin • Dog training treat pouches • Manual can openers • Cheerios & Peanut Butter • Ping pong balls for cats to play with • Natural Balance Food rolls (dog • Home Depot Gift Cards - for bldg maint enrichment program) • Premium ZINK paper 2x3 for Polaroid • 8.5 x 11 lucite frames with easel back digital camera • Gallon-size zip lock bags • Automatic dishwasher tabs • Plastic silverware, table covers and skirts (54x108)

We’re always in need of paper towels to clean up the many messes that happen at the shelter every day!

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To include your memorial, 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 upon your request. Your message may be edited due to space, and multiple donations in memory of the same person may be grouped together. Memorials received by December 22 are included here. The deadline for the April issue is March 22. In memory of Nathan Detroit. Nathan Detroit, our handsome gentleman, you were so loved and honey bunny you will be forever missed. From Barbara & Arnie Grevior. In memory of Cooper, from Marcy Greenberg. In memory of Snowflake. From Angela & Mark Tompkins. In loving memory of my beautiful cat Mia, adopted from HSBC 18 years ago and was in her early to mid-twenties when she passed away on August 7. Also in loving memory of my husband Marvin who passed away in early December. Both are terribly missed. From Ellie Daniels. In memory of Lincoln Requena, March 14, 2006 – September 27, 2017. The best dog a girl could ever hope for. From Lisa Requena. In memory of Curly. So sorry for the loss of Curly. What a lucky dog he was to have you as his family! I am sure Brinkley met him at the Rainbow Bridge and they are together again. Hugs. From Terry, Bob, Hunter & Ansley White. In memory of Brutus Chung. Brutus – you are such a special guy and you are truly missed. May you Rest in Peace, big guy. Love, Frank, Carla & Diesel XOXOXO. In memory of Panda Bear. Bob & I are thinking about you, dear Carol, and sending extra love your way after losing your Panda Bear. From Amy & Bob. In memory of Cujo Guiliano. Love, Doug & Diana. In memory of Chloe Renzer. We know her footprints will always be in your hearts. She & Sandy have all of heaven to create havoc! We love you. From Fran, Rachel & Josh. In memory of Ollie, from Gary & Arlene Gannet. In memory of Costillas Knight. From your IAL Family. In memory of Shuli who will be missed but she is romping around with Shuki. From Sande, Ian & Zachary Hartman. In memory of Zoe Buch. For the past 14 years Zoe brought so much fun, comfort, and spunk into our lives. Thinking of you and she will be deeply missed. From Jared & Brittany. In memory of Bustopher Jones Cohen, from Stephen Cohen. In memory of Duke. From Richard Stack. In memory of Jack Vason who will be missed. We know he’s in Heaven playing with Max! From Lisa, Bob, Teddy & Mickey. In memory of Giorgio, our beloved pet, being so grateful for almost 12 years of happy memories, giving us so much love, smiles and wet kisses. We miss him every single day!! From the Steeger Family. In memory and honor of Sumo Baker – we miss you! From Mark Baker. In memory of Foose & Dori, from Joseph & Wanda Amador. In memory of Spike. Sending love to you, Spikie. Five years missing you. Forever in our hearts. From Carol Fleming. In memory of Bogie who will be in our hearts forever. From Margaret & Hannah. In memory of Patches, a true friend who will be forever remembered. From Michael Wilensky. In memory of our sweet Lucy. We miss you every day and love you forever. From Momma & Scotty. In loving memory of Amy’s sweet Baby Boo Bop. From Linda & Scott Taylor. In memory of our beloved Ripley Saltzman. Our hearts are forever broken, our lives always empty from your loss. Shared happiness is eternal, our 22 brave Labrador. From the Saltzman Family.

In memory of Bailey, from Vivian Karr & Connie Lino. In memory of Marley. Dear Lauren, Jeff, Dylan, & Brody: We all know how painful it was for you to say goodbye to Marley. She was loved by all and will be missed. From Mom, Nat, Gail, Dan & Amy. In memory of Shelley, a true and faithful pet From Alicia & Derek Briggs. In memory of Freya, from Gilbert Salguero. In memory of Oliver Circonciso. “Love and grief are a package deal.” From Neil Cohen. In memory of Biff & Bruna. From William & Danette Bailly. In memory of Jake & Leo, from Lynn Bamdas. In memory of Skipper, my daughter’s horse. From Patricia Balch. In memory of Miles, a very sweet and loving dog. From Kathy Gibbs. In memory of Brandi Chung…Brandi girl – Missing you every day. So thankful we got to have you in our lives. We love you! You will stay forever in our hearts. From Carla & Frank Spina. In memory of Nikki, Koko, Sable, Mercury & Bandit. From Linda. In memory of Jelly Bean. I am 9 years old. We lost our pit bull Jelly Bean. We miss her very much. Because of her I want to help other animals. From the Orton Family. In memory of Sheldon, the Sharon family cat who enjoyed sitting on Mercedes. From Jared Rosenstein. In memory of Dylan, from Paula & Peter Newfield. In memory of Homer Bartle, Best Boxer Boy in the world. From Denise Bartle. In memory of Pinto Bean & Lucus. From Tedd & Brad. In memory of Annie Hoffman-Mayback. The office will not be the same without you, our sweet Annie. From Serene, Diane, Julie, Jim & Mariann. In Loving Memory of Alex, my sweet little baby boy who was filled with love. May he rest in peace. Love you always. From Susan Winters. In memory of Star, from Stuart Kent. In memory of Rusty & Sam; also from Mandy who lives like the princess she is! From Glenn & Teri Saren. In memory of Lexi Jancura, a beloved pet. Thank you for your work on behalf of animals in need. From Edward Jancura II. In memory of Roxy. From Steven & Emily Demar. In memory of Bo, from Candace Whitelock. In memory of Maggie Mae. From David Hoenig & Jeff Stich. In memory of Holmes (adopted 1972), Sparky (adopted 1985), Watson (adopted 1990) & Alex (adopted 1991) Gentile. We loved them all as family. From Francis Gentile. In memory of Max, the BEST dog in the whole world…who will live in our hearts forever. From Ann. In memory of Sophie Marie DeMars. Still in our hearts even though you have been gone 4 years. The best dog we ever had. From Margaret DeMars. In memory of Rascal…we miss you a lot. From Hanna Zukoski. In memory of my Molly, from Sandra Andersen. In memory of Chloe. From Jen, Colleen, Sam & Jack. In memory of Cookie Fink. Cookie gave countless hours of joy to hospitalized children as only she could. These memories will stay in our hearts forever. From the Cutler Family.

In memory of Oreo & Zak. This Hanukkah we’re thinking of our friends and yours who are no longer with us. In Oreo & Zak’s memory we have donated to the HSBC so that others can experience the love you did from having them in your life. From Josh, Celestia & Alyssa. In memory of Toby Wolberg, from the Wolberg-Stok Family. In memory of Teddy & Angie Yeh. From Chuck Yeh. In memory of Oscar. From Stefani Logue. In memory of Calypso. Nothing on earth quite equals the bonds of love and devotion we share with our four-legged family members. Calypso was loved, adored, and lived a great life. Rest easy Sweet Friend. Love, Nancy. In loving memory of Oliver “Ollie” Newman. From Leslie & Pete. In memory of Spock – 6 Best Cat in SF Cat Show! From Xcaptain Dick. In memory of Oliver Newman. A little guy with so much happiness to share. From Pat & Bob Breslau. In memory of Willow. We will always love you! xo Gigi xoxo. In memory of the deceased kitties belonging to Joanne Kauffmann. From Donna Noble. In memory of Oscar Leitner. We are thinking of you as you grieve for Oscar. We are glad you got to share your lives together. From Lisa & Casey Boland. In memory of Lincoln Porcaro. Always loved, never forgotten. From Connie Porcaro. In memory of Konrad, from the Sparacino Family. In memory of Shadow. Shadow had a sweet soul and shared his love with everyone. He is truly missed by those who cared for him the most. From Marian Sernick. In loving memory of Bear. This donation is in hopes of giving another animal a chance at a beautiful, love-filled life. From Carol Liversedge. In memory of Elizabeth J. Brawley. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Brawley family during this difficult time. From Lisa, Marge, Pat, Susan & Joy. In memory of James Morgan, from the staff at Broward Health Urgent Care. In memory of Terry Stiles. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Stiles family. From Greg & Nancy Wise and Steven & Tamara Totty. In memory of Terry Stiles. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We are sorry for your loss. From BCBE Construction, LLC. In memory of Terry Stiles, from SouthOcean Capital Partners – Ned Bannon, David Horvitz & David Roth. In memory of Dave Yarborough…a man who lived fully with a heart full of love for his family, friends, and all animals. From Barbara & Arnie Grevior. In memory of Terry Stiles, from Sara Sears. In memory of Terry Stiles. So proud to be a part of the Stiles legacy that Terry created! Terry was an inspiration every time I heard him speak. Bless you and your family. XO from Michele Berger. In memory of Terry Stiles, from Carolyn & Wayne Lee. In memory of Terry W. Stiles. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Stiles family and the Stiles Organization. Terry was an exceptional person who every one respected and loved. He was a great leader and a thoughtful mentor in business and community involvement. From Peckar & Abramson.

In memory of Terry Stiles, from Margaret & Mike Meldeau. In memory of Arnold Ivey Brown, a kind and gentle person. A life that touches others goes on forever. From Holly & Dan Oleski. In memory of Elizabeth Neiman Brawley who will surely be missed. Our sincere condolences. From all of us at Royal Palm Senior Residence. In memory of Elizabeth Neiman Brawley. Dear Brawley family: Every time we saw your Mom she was smiling and happy. And that’s what we will always remember about her. We will miss her too. Love & our condolences to you all, from the Wielands. Lifesafety Management honors the memory of Terry Stiles – A great community and business leader. In honor and memory of Robert Rhyne. Our heartfelt condolences to the family. From Al & Blanca Ochoa. In memory of Marshall Zucker. Dear Aline, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. May you remember all of the wonderful times you had together. Wishing you lots of physical and emotional strength during this difficult time. Fondly, Lynn Wolfson & Zev (ruff). In memory of Leonidas Castro, loving father of Vicki Castro. From Lynn Oshins. In memory of Samuel Marshall Zucker, from Theda Collins. In memory of Elizabeth Robinson Hall, beloved mother of Jennifer Robinson. From Liska Langston. In memory of Dr. Samuel Marshall Zucker. I’m sorry for your loss; my thoughts are with you at this very difficult time. Love, Linda. In memory of Terry Stiles, from Gerry & Lucy Weber. In memory of Walter Walz, from Nancy Dombroski. In memory of Marshall Zucker. From Mary Kwiatkowski. In loving memory of Connie Jacques. Connie was a loving, wonderful woman and an animal lover and supporter. She will be greatly missed. XO from Randi, Alissa, Brett & Jaxson Valdes. In memory of Walter Walz. From Rusty Sherman. In memory of Sophie Pacheco-Smith, a beautiful soul lost too soon. From Heidi & John Rhodes. In memory of Peter Gijselaers, from Tica Vallely. In memory of Pat Abbondanzio. From Judy Wilson. In memory of our parents Morris & Helen Ritz. From Joel Ritz & Marcia Ritz. In loving memory of Jo Ann Vickers, a beautiful friend of animals. From Judy Koscielniak. In memory of Pasquale Abbondanzio. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during this difficult time and pray that wonderful memories will bring comfort and peace in the days, weeks, months, and years ahead. From Ross & Sarah Schroeder. In fond memory of Ruth Zacharias, a devoted pet lover. From Barbara Hiaasen. In memory of Terry Stiles. From Don Winsett & the Davey Family. In memory of Marshall Zucker, from Dolores Gollahon. In memory of Ben Fishbein. From Justin & Alicia. In memory of Marilyn M. Oxman, from the Oxman Family. In memory of Cindy Schwartz. From R. Tim & Sandi Hubiak. In memory of Joseph Zappia. From Carol Degnan. In memory of Charlie Copley, a wonderful man who was the husband of my dear friend, Ronni Ostrander. From Sara Sears. In memory of Bessie Soalt, from Marsha Stern-Colp. In memory of Mary Homann. From Robert Z. & Linda B. In memory of Catherine Ford to help the Save-a-Sato pets from Puerto Rico. From Helen Sandeman. In memory of Edward Q. O’Mara. From Nancy Hough. In memory of Linda C. Fields, from Mark Grand. In memory of Cindy Schwartz, from the Fort Lauderdale Country Club. In memory of Peter Gijselaers. From Ivy Tenenbaum & Family.

In loving memory of Connie Jacques, a kind woman with a big heart for people and animals alike! She will be missed! From Jason & Michelle Hall & Family. In memory of Dr. Michael Cole. Words can’t express my thanks for taking such great care of Kota. To a great Man and a great Doctor. You will be missed. From Michelle Daglaris & Kota. In memory of Mary E. Homann. From Jill Thorngren. In loving memory of Julius Muscari. From Christine & Patrick Jeanjumeau. In memory of Joseph Zappia, from Kathy Schubler. In loving memory of a special friend, James Gaunt. From Leah Heckert. In memory of Walter Walz, from Susan & Frank Campana. In memory of Cindy Schwartz, from Geoff & Janice Thomas. In memory of Michael Cole. From Maizy & Leo Gabel. In memory of Joseph Kofron. From Elder Benefits, LLC. In memory of Marla Schwartz, from Darren Snow & Family. In memory of Carlos Mourin. Love, your Franklin Academy Family. In memory of Bernice Adler, from Craig Gilbert. In memory of Katha Sheehan, “The Chicken Lady.” From William E. Baird, Jr. In memory of Paul H. Levine. From Marcia E. Levine. In memory of Marla Schwartz. Words can’t express how saddened I am to hear of your loss. Heartfelt sympathies, Sherri Boxer. In loving memory of Marla Schwartz, a great friend. You will have a place in my heart forever. From Robin Smolin Kugler & Family. In memory of Linda Fields. May her memory always be a blessing for all eternity. From Laura Bourne Burkhalter, PA. In memory of Paula Powell. From her Tennis friends at Coral Ridge Country Club. In memory of John David “JD” Terziu. From The Marti & J.D. Terziu Philanthropy Fund. In memory of Ivan J. Smith, from Marie McDemmond. In memory of Alan Smiley. Alan’s warm and generous heart for humans and animals will be forever kept alive in the lives of his beautiful wife, children, grandchildren, friends and most certain his beloved dogs. A life gone too soon. From Wendy & Richard Stone. In memory of David Cooper. From Ann Lee, Terri, Gail, Renee, Elyse, Lenka, Marilyn & Cookie. In memory of Charles Copley, whose love for animals shined through his giving heart. You will be truly missed, Charlie, by all who knew you. From Aphrodite Jones & John Faltings. In memory of Fabian Chavez, from Armando & Marta Guardado. In loving memory of Marla Schwartz – loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, and a great animal lover. From Gerri Pearl. In memory of Cindra Robelen Schwartz. From the Women’s Golf Association of Fort Lauderdale Country Club. In memory of Fredrick J. Martin. He loved “Ms. Lucky,” our dog. From F. Jullien Martin. In memory of Marti Huizenga. Wise Warrior: Remembering you on your Birthday. Loved you and I will forever miss you. From Wee Warrior. In memory of Mom, Dotti Bever. From Jeffrey Saull. In memory of Kathy Meilnek & Miggety Piggety. Rest in Peace. From Marie Crane. In memory of Frederick Martin, from Kathleen Freeburg & Teresa Hill. In memory of Joan Avon. From C. Don Petersen, Sr. In memory of Sean Patrick Hanrahan, a good hearted man. Forever remembered by friends and family. From Nic’s Mom & Grandpa. In memory and honor of Joan B. Norman. Joan: “Ruff-Ruff.” We miss you and are so fortunate for our wonderful friendship. May You Rest in Peace. Love, Paula, Chip, Sissy, & Sophie. In memory of Joan Norman, from the Kimes Family.

In memory of Linda Brownman. Rest in peace, Linda. So nice that you were surrounded by your family until the end. Fly high! Love, Fred & Randi (Cohen) Schuknecht. In memory and honor of John Henry Behrens, from Tim & Vicki Rice. In memory of Bion Hall, from Kim Whaley. In memory of Heinz Koegler, a wonderful man. He’ll be missed. From Connie Hiaasen. In memory of Katie Maillet. From your friends at Memorial: Doug Zaren, Jineal Shinn, Elaine Haim, Cynthia Pasley, Anita Warrick, Michele Kash, & Melissa Schubert. In memory of Daniel J. Hill & Danny Hill. From Eric Berger & Georgene Berger. In loving memory of Bobbie Watkins – mother, grandmother, great grandmother & friend who adopted her last canine companion, Daisy, from HSBC. From Paula Bussier. In memory of Elaine Buonocore, a wonderful neighbor and friend; former dog PAL, and lovely & loving woman. From Ellen Schorr. In memory of Ida Rome. Words cannot fully express the sorrow we feel after learning about the passing of your mom. May you ever treasure the wonderful times you had and our prayers are with your entire family. We love you all. From Mark & Lisa Shearer. In memory of Dr. Rebecca Whitson, from Jean Whitson. In memory of Joan Blackledge Norman. From Harry L. Winston, Jr. & Barbara Winston Hansen. In memory of John Henry Behrens, from the Wilson Family. In memory of Linda Brownman, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, sister-in-law & aunt! From Irene & Michael Borman and Ruth Heller. In memory of Sophia Cohen…we are so sorry for your loss. Love, Debbie & Gary Whalen. In memory of Joan Blackledge Norman, with heartfelt sympathy. From Diane & Carl Mendola. In loving memory of Larry Goldman. From Doris & Ritchy. In memory of Terry Stiles. From Jeff & Lynda Bowie/Modern Image Landscape & Design. In memory of Joan Norman, beloved Mother of Carol. From Rita Green. In memory of Stanley Rovner, from Sue Ann Brier. In memory of Stan Rovner. From Nancy & Pat Chesley. In memory of Samuel J. Pomeranz. From Robin & Adam Ross. In memory of Stan Rovner, from Daniel Rovner. In memory of Joan B. Norman, from Margaret Kellar. In memory of Linda Brownman. From Howard & Nicole Valinsky. In memory of Jewel Brightbill. From Susanne & Brian McWilliam. In memory of Carol Flynn Ferrari. From Patricia Gemma. In memory of Ferne Linda Wolff, from Margaret & Ronald Glick. In loving memory of Krys Palulis. Your kind-hearted spirit will always be remembered and treasured. Thank you for being such an amazing partner to our Aunt Louise. From the Pohl Family. In memory of Reed Bryan. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of loss. Peace be with you and the family. From Sharon & Bob Barker. In memory of Reed Bryan. Such a lovely man; I will never forget his kindness and generosity. From Robin Davis. In memory of my wonderful mother, Rachel Kamil. From Lisa Wintter. In memory of Albert F. Pio and his miniature schnauzer Pepper. From Rita M. Pio. In loving memory and honor of Steve Pindell, a brother who helped everyone he could. From Julius & Melissa Hader & kids. In memory of my brother John H. Behrens. From Coralie Feurtado. In loving memory of Marge Larsen. From Joe & Valerie Koellisch. In loving memory of my friend, Robert Rauchut. xo Marla.


HONORS AND CELEBRATIONS Send a special message with a donation for the animals! Contributions of $25 or more receive mention; donations of $100 and more appear in color. Please use the envelope provided or visit Honors received by December 22 are included here. The deadline for the April issue is March 22. In honor of Mazy, from Ruby. In honor of Ginger. From Catalina Pastor. In honor of my Furbabies, Sheba & Chicken Little. From Amy. In honor of Willow, adopted 11/14/2013. From Dawn & Ian Clark. In honor of Kimbo Shipley. Arf Arf Furry Friends: I have asked Santa to help find you a fun-loving home like mine. My humans are so good to me and I love them. Keep those tails wagging. Bow Wow from Kimbo. In honor of Zoe Feinberg, our special little puppy. You are now 1-1/2 years old and you immediately became part of our family. We look forward to having many good times together laughing and loving you. Stay healthy and safe forever. Happy Holidays & We Love You. From Mommy & Daddy. In honor of Channel Jilani, from Norma Jilani. Happy 6th Birthday, Milo! Love, Momma In honor of Polo Rengifo. For my beautiful Niece, Luisa, for Christmas – A gift in honor of her Polo. With love from Gigi. In honor of Sophie Hochman, from Monica & David Genet. In honor of Christine & Doug Johnson – Thanks for your generous support. From Theresa Walsh. In honor of Kay Cohen. I want to offer my deepest condolences for your loss. I hope my donation will lighten up your day and help you through this tough situation. From Howard Krooks. In honor of Roger Wishner, from Sally & Scott Parker. In honor of Alicia Antoniotti. Alicia, we are so happy we could share in celebrating your 4th Birthday! From Kendall, Mikey, Jackson & Zachary. In honor of Lina Antoniotti. Happy Birthday, Lina! We are so happy we were able to celebrate your 6th Birthday together! From Kendall, Mikey, Jackson & Zachary. In honor of Paige & Mackenzie Samuelson – Happy Birthday, Girls! With much love from Ollie, Troy, Pupi, Melida & Juan. In honor of Dorothy Galluzzo. You will be truly missed by all who knew you! From Carmen, Annie, Roxann & Elizabeth (CARE). In honor of Robin & Lance Deutsch. From Robin & Julie Goytia. In honor of the Girardin Family – Congratulations on your new home! From Lilli Schipper. In honor of our cousin Ellen Jaffe (DJ with WFEZ) and her work to help pets get adopted. From the Sheridan and Baumgarten Family Fund. In honor of Carla & Elizabeth, from Jeanette Donohue.

In honor of Diana Stapp and selling your house! From Lilli Schipper. In honor of Ellen Schorr – Happy Birthday! From MaryAlice & Don. In honor of Bob Puck—Happy Boss’s Day! From Debbie Lollar. In honor of Robert J. Puck, from Shelley Marciano. In honor of Isabella Greene, from Laurel Willens. In honor of Sophie Hochman. Much love, and regrets for not being able to attend! From Mikki, David, Ellory & Olivia Lane. In honor of Sophie Hochman – Congratulations, Sophie, on your Bat Mitzvah. From the Ship Family: Noam, Jennifer, Rebecca, Caroline, & Talia! In honor of Allison Hochberg. Thank you for saving us during Hurricane Irma. From Howard & Terry. In honor of Pat – Happy Birthday! From Patcharin Tirasitipol. In honor of Darnel Kern. For a friend who is going through a tough battle but has made it her mission to make sure every dog has a loving home. From Michelle Boy & Family. In honor of Peggy Rogers & Linda Marino. From Sherrie McCabe. In honor of Mary Alice Behe – Happy Birthday! Come visit us soon. From Ellen Schorr. In honor of Natalie Croud – Happy 9th Birthday! From Aunt Barb & Uncle Anil. In honor of Maya Cole and for her sketch of Regan’s brother’s beloved Oscar who passed away in October 2017. From Dan & Regan. In honor of Leah Koeppel. Mazel Tov on your Bat Mitzvah! From Robin & Adam Ross. In honor of Gabrielle Naw’s 18th birthday. Thank you, Gabrielle, for all you do! From Jennifer Marshall. In honor of the animals at the HSBC, from Glen Spence. In honor of Keith Estes & Michelle Estes. Thank you, again, for selecting Parkland Premier Properties for the sale of your home. I’m happy our sale could help make our community a better place. Thank you for your generous donation. Sincerely, Dylan Keuning. In honor of Charter School Associates – Thank you for recommending this incredible donation to the Humane Society of Broward County. From Ultimate Software. In honor of Debbie Q. Hoffman. Thank you Jane ColvinRoberson for tripling Debbie’s goal for her birthday donations to the HSBC. From Jane Colvin-Roberson. In honor of Flipper’s beloved mother. From Pauline. In honor of Karen Frauman, from Karlene Gunter. In honor of Christina Beauvais’s birthday. From Aleza & Soren. Happy Holidays to my many friends & clients. From Ann Bastoky. In honor of Sophie Hochman’s Bat Mitzvah. From Robert & Ruth Hochman.

In honor of Elaine Forbes. Your love for these babies just had to happen! Remembering Hildi, Misty, Spritzen & Calvin. From Diane. In honor of Pam Danberg, from Dadoo & Judy. In honor of the Uritis Family – Merry Christmas! From Ted & Cheryl Lachowicz. In honor of Elizabeth Kaplan, our granddaughter, who loves animals with all her heart. From Nanny & Pop. In honor of Wayne Huizenga, and to honor the memory of Marti Huizenga. From Norman & Jane Tripp. In honor of Richard Goodnight. From Lura Rogers. In honor of my brother’s wedding anniversary. From J & M. In honor of Jackie & Jud Hopping, from Arlyne & William Griffin. In honor of Ali Watson. Happy Hanukkah! Love, Howard & Margaret Cloogman. In honor of Richard & Karen Wilson who requested donations to charities rather than exchanging gifts. A wonderful idea from two WONDERFUL and caring people. Merry Christmas!! From Chuck & Jeff. In honor of Barbara Grevior. From J.G. Koether. In honor of Bob & Dale Stallings. From John & Phyllis Collins. In honor of Harriet B. Mathis – Happy Birthday from: Susan Dvorak, Dennis & Terri Wilburn, and Eija & Robert Contento. In honor of Sue Huff, from Maura Gibbons. In honor of Luis Vargas – Happy Birthday to you! From Lina Benavides. In honor of Ellen Schorr – Happy Hanukkah. From Don & Mary Alice. In honor of Amy Pulitano, a lover of all animals! This donation is in honor of all she does to care for and to protect animals. From Jen, Tony, Dylan & Katy. In honor of Gretchen, Marty & Justin Cassini – Merry Christmas!! From Nancy, Jason & Thomas Chambers with love! In honor of Elise Santos. From Peter & Teri. In honor of Monte Kingstone, from Joan & James Loersch. In honor of Tom & Kim Kayser. From Heather & Kids. In honor of the Humane Society of Broward County. From The Brookston Family Trust. In honor of Donna Noble Wilborn, from Joanne Kauffmann. In honor of Alan & Wayne Wise. From Sandy Brown. In honor of Jack & Martha Stewart. From Bryant & Roxanne Stewart. In honor of Christian Eterovic. From David Lorber. In honor of Megan Kelly. Merry Christmas! Thank you for caring about rescue animals and for being so awesome in general!!! From Rebecca Hasty. In honor of Bonnie & Alex Muxo. From Sharon & Tom O.

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.



We’ve Popped Up on Las Olas!


hanks to the generosity of The Las Olas Company, we opened a pop-up shop on Las Olas Boulevard for the months of December and January, showcasing our Pet Boutique and some adoptable animals too -- and what a success it’s been! The location was terrific for bringing

The Ward family of Sunrise visited our Pop-Up Shop during Christmas on Las Olas and was the first family to adopt!

exposure to the HSBC and selling great items from our Boutique, just in time for the holiday shopping season. We had loads of foot traffic, and some dogs and cats found news homes as well! As we go to press the Pop-Up Store is still open!

Atlas and Grace popped in to try and find new homes.

HSBC volunteer Donna Schaffer helps a customer during the holiday rush.

Shelter dog Marcelo, a young border collie mix from Puerto Rico, checks out the merchandise with the HSBC’s Michael Lopez.

Latte was happy to have a new bed and toy -- and to give them a test run in the store!


Legacy Club Luncheon Salutes Members


he HSBC’s Planned Giving Committee hosted its annual Legacy Club Luncheon in October at the beautiful Coral Ridge Country Club. The luncheon honors the shelter’s Legacy Club Members, who because of their love for animals and the work undertaken by the shelter have included the Humane Society of Broward County in their estate plans. Guests were greeted by Planned Giving Committee Chair Jennifer Robinson and committee members Jill Ginsberg, Carolyn Lee, Jenna Bottey, Kaley Barbera, Lilli Schipper, and Ryan Schultz. HSBC Board Chairman Thom Bambenek was also on hand to welcome attendees. These committee and board members are all HSBC volunteers who donate their time and talents to support the shelter’s mission. Once guests were seated for lunch Mr. Bambenek welcomed everyone and shared a few shelter accomplishments since last year’s luncheon. These achievements include 6,000-plus animals being placed into new homes, more than 6,800 pets being spayed or neutered, and 7,900-plus animals receiving their annual vaccines through the shelter’s lowcost clinic programs. Ms. Robinson thanked the members for showing their concern for the future of the HSBC by Legacy Club members enjoy gathering including the each year at the luncheon held in their honor. organization in their estate plans. She stressed how important Legacy Club Members are to the HSBC and that members are wonderful ambassadors for the shelter. Bequest gifts account for 18% of the shelter’s overall budget, so the importance of this

group is quite evident! These legacy gifts ensure continued funding for the animals and the shelter’s many programs and services. During dessert, guests were treated to a presentation by Marni Bellavia, our Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) Manager, who brought with her an AAT volunteer and her AAT dog. The Animal Assisted Therapy Program – which is supported by donors and Legacy gifts – provides social therapy to children and adults with special needs or those experiencing life’s stresses. Last year, approximately 10,140 people were reached through this important program. A planned gift to the HSBC is a wonderful way to leave a legacy for the animals, and to ensure that programs such as the Animal Assisted Therapy Program will continue to be funded. Bequests can be tailored to fit individual financial and estate planning goals while providing lasting support to the HSBC. There are many forms of charitable gifts: a specific sum of money that can range from a few hundred dollars to millions of dollars; an insurance policy; real estate property; or a retirement plan such as a 401K, an IRA or other retirement Gift basket winner account. Additional giving options Linda Vercillo, right, happily could be a living trust, charitable gift accepts her prize from annuity, charitable lead trust, charitable Planned Giving Committee remainder annuity trust or a charitable Chair Jennifer Roberts. remainder unitrust. If your intention is to include the Humane Society of Broward County as one of your beneficiaries, we strongly encourage you to share this information with us. That way, we can assist you in obtaining the greatest possible satisfaction from your gift and include you on next year’s invitation list to attend the Legacy Club Luncheon.

2018 Legacy Club Members Mr. Ralph Aguiar Mr. George Alexion Ms. Patricia S. Amey Ms. Peggy J. Anderson Mrs. Astrid Arrak Mrs. Frances Ashley Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth L. Ball Mr. Paul Bannerman Mrs. Estelle Y. Banning Mr. & Mrs. Peter Barnick Ms. Marjorie Bernstine Ms. Pierrette Bettex Ms. Harriet E. Bonin Mr. & Mrs. Robert Borgmann Mr. Shane Bossom Mrs. Sue Bracco Mr. Bernard M. Cohen Ms. Judi M. Cole Ms. Marvely Correa Mr. Michael Coscia Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Dagen Ms. Elizabeth Dame

Mr. & Mrs. Francis Davis Ms. Theresa B. Davis Ms. Joan Durden Mr. & Mrs. Leslie Egyes Mr. & Ms. Daniel Fee Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Feinerman Mr. & Mrs. Harvey Fields Mr. & Mrs. Francesco Filippelli Ms. Joan Fisher Mr. Bill Forlani Ms. Ellen Freeman Ms. Louise Geffner Ms. Beverly A. Glaser Mr. & Mrs. Dan Glatz Mrs. Leah S. Glickfield Ms. Wendy S. Gold Mr. Jayant Goyle & Mr. Gregory Dudzek Mr. & Mrs. Michael B. Graham Mr. & Mrs. Duane E. Hanson Mr. Mark Hariton Ms. Susan R. Hayes

Ms. Carol Hieronymus Mrs. Dorcas L. Hunt Mr. & Mrs. William Irving Mrs. Gail Jacobson Mrs. Jenny Johnson Mrs. Dianne Johnston Ms. Ramona Johnston Ms. Bea Kantrowitz Mr. Paul Klingenberg Ms. Fern Kohn Ms. Paula Kufs Ms. Lynn Landesco Dr. & Mrs. Wayne Lee Mr. Richard Linehan Mr. Jay Loebel Mr. Walter J. Lynwood Mrs. Gabriele E. Magdanz Mr. Norman Mandel Mr. Hank Mann Mr. & Mrs. Frank A. Marino Ms. Janet K. McLaughlin Mrs. Glenda McTiernan

Paw Path

Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Meyer Mrs. Patricia A. Milesi Ms. Brigitte S. Mirow Ms. Enid Mitchell Mr. Gilbert S. Mitchell Ms. Ann Moslowitz Ms. Pam Nadler Ms. Deborah A. Newis Mrs. KayeLynne Northcutt Mr. & Mrs. Hugh S. Oberlender Ms. Veronica S. Ostrander Mr. & Mrs. Anthony L Pagella Mr. Bruce Palenske Mr. David Pearlman Mr. & Mrs. Anthony J Petrick Ms. Linda Phillips Mrs. Joan S. Remington Mrs. Paul Roberts Ms. Blanca A. Rodriguez Ms. Janet Sander Ms. Janet Schiff Mr. Francis X. Schoen

Mrs. Sara J. Sears Ms. Linda Shallenberger Mr. & Mrs. John J. Smith Mr. & Mrs. Adam Starr Mr. & Ms. Jack L. Stewart Mr. Austin P. Stuart Ms. Anabelle Taub Ms. Eva Taub Ms. Ethel M. Thomson Mr. Art Tobia Mr. & Mrs. Hugh R. Valasquez Ms. Nicole A. Vanden Heuvel Mr. Eugene F. Vanek Mr. Mark Vellen Ms. Linda L. Vercillo Mrs. Barbara L. Weiss Mr. & Mrs. Steven Weiss/Weiss Foundation Ms. Lisa Wheeler Ms. Julia A. Wingard Mrs. Karola U. Woodworth

Pay lasting tribute to a friend, pet, or family member and

Thank you to everyone who has sponsored a commemorative brick show your support for the HSBC at the same time! With a on the Humane Society’s Paw Path! Those listed below purchased a contribution of $250, brick during the months of September, October and November 2017: your special message Lisa D'Amico Jane Holston & Friends from CRCC Gail O'Brien and Lynn Norton Scott Savedow 26

Steven Swanson Plantation IHOP Jennifer Wilson

will appear on a Paw Path brick at the shelter. For more information or to receive an order form, please call Sandy at 954.266.6869.

Featuring warm and fuzzy shelter stories

Rocky Road for Pebbles ebbles came to us in October from Broward County Animal Care, where she had been admitted with a fractured left rear leg after being hit by a car. Despite her pain, Pebbles was full of good spirits and love, and all she wanted was lots of tummy rubs.


Veterinary specialist Dr. Mario Cabrera was brought in to perform surgery and Pebbles received an external fixator, which is attached temporarily inside to the bones of the leg to facilitate healing. She also had to wear a cone, to keep her from chewing on the fixator, and was placed on mandatory kennel rest for eight weeks. After the fixator and cone were removed, Pebbles was dubbed a Dolly’s Dream dog, which means the foundation sponsored her adoption fee and the supplies she needed to settle in to her new home. Now Pebbles is all mended and happily receiving tummy rubs forever!

“Plotting” the Course for a Long-Distance Adoption ith the support of social media, dedicated HSBC staff and Adoption Ambassadors, and an extremely enthusiastic adopter, Hank the Plott hound went home for the holidays. He celebrated a real white Christmas, as his home is now near Grand Rapids, Michigan. When Dan Vinson had to say goodbye to Linq, his beloved Plott hound, he asked a breed-specific Facebook group for help in rescuing another. An HSBC employee and Plott parent saw Dan’s plea and posted a picture of Hank, a shy 10-month old with a heart of gold that happened to look just Hank and Dan like Dan’s previous dog. Dan inquired about the pup, and the wheels started turning in an attempt to get Hank to a new home. It was too cold for air travel and too much distance for rescue networks to handle, so Dan decided to make the more than 50hour round trip drive to Fort Lauderdale and adopt Hank (and go to the beach for the first time!). Hank now lives in a Plott hound’s paradise, with hundreds of farm acres to explore. He’s quickly taken to the cold weather and enjoys romps along snowy trails with his dad. Life is good!


Pebbles on the mend!

Shelters Working Together n an early Wednesday morning in November, 19 felines packed up their catnip and mouse toys and headed to Tallahassee and one of our rescue partners, the Leon County Humane Society. Usually the HSBC has fewer cats in November as compared to other months, but with the very busy hurricane season we had seen more felines being surrendered. To help find them all loving, permanent homes more quickly, these adorable and outgoing kitties were selected for the eighthour journey by van. The facility in Tallahassee had foster homes waiting for the new arrivals, and many of the cats were quickly adopted. Several more felines, two rabbits and two Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs were transferred to the Angels of Assisi shelter in Virginia, thanks to the folks at Ride to Rescue. If you’re considering adding a magnificent feline to your family there are still plenty to select from at the Humane Society of Broward County. And to get twice the love, you can adopt two felines six months of age and older and pay just one $30 adoption fee. 19 cats were tucked away in a van for their road trip to Tallahassee.


Hurricane Rescue Needs TLC iscotti arrived from the island of Tortola at the end of October with a severe skin infection. She remained under the care of our clinic for two months, receiving medication and special baths to aid in her recovery. Her hair began to grow back in and she was looking better, but she was so shy that it was taking a while for someone to fall in love and bring her home. Finally, right at Christmastime, Biscotti met her new family -- people with the patience she needs to come out of her shell. Sweet Biscotti got to see in the New Year from the comfort of a loving home.


Biscotti was in dire need of medical help when she first came to us.

Sweet Biscotti, ready to go home!




Permit#1116 Ft. Lauderdale, FL

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

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

Join Mobile Mike and friends from

iHeart Media for Adopt a Sweetheart

at the shelter.

February 10 & 11 The fun starts at 10:30 a.m.

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



February 10 & 11: Adopt A Sweetheart At the shelter


March 3:

Walk for the Animals - Huizenga Plaza

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

April 5:

Big Dog Men’s Invitational Golf Tournament Fort Lauderdale Country Club

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

PAWS Gala “Country Glam” Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina

DOG OBEDIENCE REGISTRATION . . . . . . . . 954.266.6855

Bunny Basics, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

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

April 21: March 17:

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

BEHAVIOR & TRAINING PROGRAMS . . . . . . 954.266.6819 DONATIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 954.266.6816 HURRICANE HOTLINE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 954.266.6871 JOB HOTLINE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 954.266.6859

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 to Carrie at 954.266.6822. Dog Obedience Classes – are offered in six-week group sessions with classes on Tue. or Wed. evenings or on Sat. or Sun. mornings. The cost is $150 for dogs adopted from the shelter and $180 for all other dogs. To register or for more information visit For private dog obedience lessons call Stephanie Rodgers at 954.266.6819. Volunteer Orientation sessions are held on a regular basis: Call Volunteer Services at 954.266.6814 for details. Puppy Pre-School – Classes are offered in four-week group sessions with classes on Sat. mornings. The cost is $100 for puppies adopted from the shelter and $120 for all other puppies. To register or for more information visit For private lessons call Stephanie Rodgers at 954.266.6819.

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

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

Paw Prints - Winter 2018 Issue  
Paw Prints - Winter 2018 Issue