16th Annual All Breed K9 Oktoberfest
Come celebrate Pit Bull Awareness Day!
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25th 2009
10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
3300 North Park Road
Please join MCABSL and show your support as we celebrate Pit Bull Awarness Day and K9 Oktober fest brought to you by Gulfstream Rottweiler Club and Gulfstream Guardian Angels Rottweiler on Sunday, October 25, 2009, from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. This event will be sponsored by "Purina Pro Plan Rally to Rescue" to benefit many different animal organizations. The event will be held at T.Y. Park located at 3300 N. Park Road in Hollywood, Florida.
We invite all dog lovers , pooches, family members and friends to enjoy great food, fun and games! We will have doggie games, raffles including the big $1,000 raffle, a bounce house for the little ones and the famous "Best Dog Costume" competition. Don't miss this great event!
Lucky and Mocca and Their Unlikely Journey From Out On The
Into People’s Hearts
Dayana Susterman of Hollywood,
Florida, announced with great joy today that Mocca, a disabled Labrador she
rescued from the Humane Society of Greater Miami just 18 months ago, is fully
trained and has become a registered therapy dog. Mocca is already working
in pediatric units at the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood where she is helping to improve the lives of hundreds of young
Dayana adopted Mocca in February 2008 after hundreds of other potential pet seekers passed over the dog due to her disproportionate leg. “I instantly knew, from the moment I saw this young chocolate lab with a sweet baby face that she had a heart of gold and would not only overcome her own disabilities but give lots of love to others,” said Dayana.
Mocca joins Lucky, Dayana’s other rescued dog, adopted eight years ago. The pair now provides services to hospitalized patients on a daily basis. Studies have shown that patients benefit immensely from the love and compassion provided by therapy dogs. Some children even get their chemotherapy treatments with Mocca and Lucky present, which gives them great comfort in the face of events that can be pretty scary to these youngsters.
“It has been five years since I saw Lucky get the first smile from a hospitalized child, and we continue to give these kids some distraction from their fear and pain (and their parents a break from their constant worrying). It’s truly rewarding to see smiles despite the fact these children are going through such incredibly painful experiences. My dogs and I are incredibly happy to provide our time and hope to inspire others to follow in our footsteps and do similar work with their pets.”
“Please visit any Humane Society near you,” says Dayana. “Maybe you can find a potential therapy dog, but for sure you can find a lasting relationship with a new best friend. Don’t be afraid to share your love with a four-legged (or, in Mocca’s case, a three-and-a-half-legged) partner." For more information on pet
This is a last desperate push to get 3 sweet babies their forever homes. All three are extremely sweet and friendly pups. None is over a year old and they like to play. They all play together at Pet Rescue and are friends. They would fit into any family. They do need exercise though, they are not couch potatoes. Both Zak (top) and Venus (on chair) come with a free training lesson with their dog trainer to show you what they have learned in their lessons. (Troy, not picturedm\, but who looks like the other two) is an 11 month lab/terrier mix with the sweetest disposition. He plays great with the other dogs and is about 40 lbs. He loves people. He is a happy guy but would be happier in a home of his own. Call 305-401-4693 about any or all of them.
Sam is a boxer mix, about 80 lbs, approximately 7 years old. His family acquired him from Dade Animal Services as an adult about 6 years ago, and no longer has the time to take proper care of him. He's an outdoor dog, which he seems to be fine with, but he needs more love and attention. He's large, but very mellow (doesn't jump up, even when excited), gentle and very affectionate. He's good with kids and dogs - not sure about cats. He's neutered, and up-to-date with shots. He lives in the West Miami area, near Coral Gables. Call 786.417.7905
Garage Sale – One Man’s Trash is Another Animal’s Gift!
MIAMI BEACH, FL—October 7, 2009--Like to shop around for used goods and
treasures? Got garage sale cravings? We've got your tail! Scheduled for Saturday, October 24th from 8am
– 4pm and Sunday, October 25th from 8am – 3pm, the Humane Society
of Greater Miami Adopt-A-Pet will be hosting its first annual garage sale! We’ll
have home accessories, jewelry, dishes, glassware, tools, clothing,
collectibles, books, electronics and 100’s of items for only $1 and up. If you
have any items to donate please drop off before October 22. The sale will be
held at 15499 West Dixie Highway in the
EPICURE IN SUNNY ISLES BEACH PRESENTS HOWLIN HALLOWEEN at E PAW CURE, A HAUNTING PARTY TO BENEFIT THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF GREATER MIAMI ADOPT-A-PET ON THURSDAY EVENING OCTOBER 29
ISLES BEACH, FL—October 12, 2009--Mark your calendar in orange chalk for a fun
Halloween cocktail party for pet owners and their dogs on Thursday evening
October 29, at Epicure Market at 17190 Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles Beach.
Costumes for humans are optional
will be a contest for the most innovative pet
as well as entertainment, raffle prizes, a specially designed cocktail for the
occasion and refreshments. The party will be from 6pm to 8pm. Cost: $25. All
proceeds go to benefit the Humane Society of Greater Miami.
The Humane Society of Greater Miami-Adopt-A-Pet is dedicated to placing every dog and cat in its care into a loving home, and to promoting responsible pet ownership and spay/neuter programs. More than 250 homeless dogs, cats, puppies and kittens are cared for every day in its shelter.
HOWL for URBAN TAILS (a Halloween silent auction/benefit)
Oct. 30, 8:30 p.m. in the Sky Lobby of the Bank of America Tower, 200 NE 2nd St. Music, munchies, cocktails. For more info, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Urban Tails describes itself as a "groundbreaking program, designed to heal Miami’s troubled youth through the rehabilitation of homeless shelter dogs. Our mission is best summed up by our motto: “Saving... dogs and the youth that save them!”
Urban Tails allows at-risk and incarcerated youth to rehabilitate homeless shelter dogs that would normally be killed, and place the dogs in their permanent homes. This hands on approach teaches the youth empathy, responsibility, self awareness, and allows them to give back to a community they’ve wronged. In doing so they can look forward to a positive transition back into our community. Participants will also take part in group/peer counseling, video journaling, and explore animal related careers through guided research and guest lectures.
Click here for the group's Facebook page.
Lamb Born in Transport
Truck on Way to
Watkins Glen, NY
– September 22, 2009 – A lamb born on a transport truck on
the way to a
When she brought the lamb to the
truck driver’s attention, he grabbed him and handed him to her, explaining that
one of the sheep must have given birth on the truck. When asked by the concerned
citizen if it would be possible to reunite the struggling newborn with his
mother, the driver told her there was no way to identify the lamb’s mother, as
there were more than one hundred sheep on the truck. Refusing to leave the
abandoned lamb alone to starve or be trampled to death by the flock, the woman
convinced the slaughterhouse manager to relinquish him to her. As the lamb’s
mother went to slaughter, she took the newborn home to her Yonkers residence,
where he spent the first five days of his life growing very attached to the
woman’s elderly mother— who he reportedly followed around the house like a
“We are so thankful we were able to
rescue this sweet lamb, who was born under circumstances no animal should ever
have to endure,” said Susie Coston, Farm Sanctuary’s national shelter director.
“Having witnessed the deep and loving bond between mother sheep and their lambs
at our sanctuary, we know first-hand how traumatic this experience must have
been for both mother and baby. Unfortunately, such tragedies are an all too
common result of a profit-driven industry that rips babies away from their
mothers and packs sensitive, intelligent animals onto trucks so densely they
cannot move, causing many to die before they even reach the slaughterhouse. This
lamb may have been born under horrific circumstances, but he will live at our shelter as an ambassador,
educating thousands of visitors from all over the country about the plight of
animals whose first and only taste of life is the inside of a sweltering
transport truck or a dark, filthy factory farm.”
The lamb is the latest to join the
more than 200 farm animals rescued from
Farm Sanctuary is the nation's
leading farm animal protection organization. Since incorporating in 1986, Farm
Sanctuary has worked to expose and stop cruel practices of the "food animal"
industry through research and investigations, legal and institutional reforms,
public awareness projects, youth education, and direct rescue and refuge
efforts. Farm Sanctuary shelters in Watkins Glen, N.Y., and
Early this morning, DJ Laz from Power 96 did a bit involving, allegedly, a cat and a bunch of balloons, riffing off the Colorado "balloon boy'' hoax of last week. It involved, allegedly, seeing how many balloons it would take to lift a cat. This went on for over two hours, and made it seem to listeners as if the cat had accidentally floated away.
BAD MOVE, Power 96..........As you can imagine, animal lovers were outraged that such a flagrant act of irresponsibility toward a living creature had been perpetrated as a gag. Some were not placated when Laz later explained that the cat involved was his daughter's stuffed Tigger, not a real cat.
Some still refused to believe him, but others raised the clearly valid point that in a community still shuddering from a rash of vicious cat killings - in which a teenager has been charged - the last thing we need is a radio station giving another potentially deadly idea to some other whacko.
I didn't hear the broadcast but I got screaming e-mail about it. I queried Dr. Sara Pizano, head of Animal Services, the county agency charged with enforcing animal cruelty laws. She'd already talked to Laz, who assured her that no live cat was involved in the "bit."
I then called the station, and spoke to Tom Calococci, program director. He said the following:
"The bit was a play off the balloon boy. We said we were tying balloons to a cat. That was not a good thing to do.''
Some listeners, he said, "were absolutely convinced there was a poor cat floating around. There was no cat. We never considered using a real cat. We realize this bit backfired, and not in a good way. We're all animal lovers,'' including Laz, who, he said, has three rescue dogs.''
He said that the station "learned a lesson'' from the reaction to the bit.
"It was a stupid radio prank, but it could lead to crazy folks out there'' trying it for real.
"We respect animals and animal lovers,'' Calococci said in closing.
I'm taking him at his word, and hoping that the station's personalities realize it's not worth jeopardizing any animal's welfare just for a few laughs.