"Twelve days ago my best friend of seven years died peacefully in my lap. Her quick demise was unexpected and I am the sole person responsible for ending her life. Before you go calling me Kevorkian, let me explain.''
So begins my friend Wendy Doscher-Smith's sweet, loving and heartbreaking Ode to Franki-Jo in the September Biscayne Times. I urge you to read the whole thing-- with tissues.
If you've ever loved an animal and had to face the decision no one wants to make, you will not just understand but feel it in your gut. This resonated with me deeply:
"When the news sunk in that Franki was not coming home from the vet, a weird thing happened. I started crying really hard. Somehow this crying was different from my other Franki-related cancer crying. I guess that’s because it wasn’t crying at all; it was wailing. And it was almost comical in its melodrama. Like a scene borrowed from a dusty graveyard, where a mother throws herself upon her son’s coffin. I didn’t think I had it in me.''
A lot of us would feel the same. Thanks, Wendy.
The South Florida SPCA Horse Rescue
is pleased to invite you to our
4th Annual “A DAY AT THE RACES!”
Luncheon & Wine Tasting
Sunday – October 16, 2011 – 11:00 a.m.
Please join us for a fabulous day at Calder Casino & Race Course including: GOURMET LUNCH BUFFET, ”RESCUE VINEYARDS”, WINE TASTING, “Have a sip; save our horses.”
FREE VALET PARKING
A FULL DAY OF RACING AND CAMARADERIE FROM THE COMFORT OF THE CLUBHOUSE
The South Florida SPCA is one of the oldest, largest continuously operating horse rescues in the United States. Proceeds of the event will help us continue our mission of providing rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of abused, neglected and abandoned horses and other large animals. Your attendance at this event will help us continue to turn misery into miracles for the over 60 horses currently at our rescue ranch.
HAPPY 6TH ANNIVERSARY PET ADOPTION PARTY!!!
(MIAMI, September 19th, 2011) – Animal Services invites you to celebrate its 6thAnniversary with a Pet Adoption Party, on Sunday, October 2nd, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This cheerful adoption celebration of pets, life, loyalty and love will be held at the Animal Services Shelter located at 7401 NW 74 Street, in Miami.
This pet adoption party will give residents the opportunity to adopt dogs and cats who are in need of a loving home and find true unconditional love. Anyone who adopts a pet at the event will receive a complimentary picture with their new family member.
WHAT: Happy 6th Anniversary Pet Adoption Party - Animal Services
WHO: Miami-Dade Animal Services Department
WHEN: Sunday, October 2nd, 2011 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WHERE: Miami-Dade Animal Services Shelter - 7401 NW 74 ST, Miami
Adoption Requirements: Interested adopters must be at least 18 years old. Adoption fees apply, including a $50 refundable deposit if pet is not yet spayed or neutered. Only Miami-Dade County residents may adopt pets under the spay/neuter agreement.
Attendance is free and open to the public. Donations of dog and/or cat toys are appreciated. It is the policy of Miami-Dade County to comply with all of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The facility is accessible. For sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices or materials in accessible format, please call 305 884-1102, ext 255, at least five days in advance.
Adoption Gift Certificates are also available. If you are thinking about giving a pet to someone as a present, you may purchase an Adoption Gift Certificate so they choose the pet best for their lifestyle.
Donation Gift Certificates are ideal presents for any occasion. It’s the perfect gift for everyone and a gift that will help the shelter animals.
This is a tough one. A former Herald colleague wrote to me on behalf of her daughter, who is out of work and experience health issues. The daughter adopted one of the Herald parking lot dogs months ago (people dump them at the newspaper building. Nice, huh?) I'm going to print the letter, without names. These are kind-hearted and generous people who have done all they can (and more). Contact me at 305-376-3631 if you can help, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a very difficult situation. Thanks.
" I took Malcom to my home yesterday to give [my daughter] a full night's sleep. And I told her I would ask you about finding a foster household for this "special needs" dog, at least until she can recover fully. If not that, then a no-kill shelter (hopefully).
My neighbor rescued at young, very energetic black German shepherd (probably a mix, given white speckled feet) off the streets of Hialeah, and named her Miracle. She's very much a puppy, probably 50 pounds, and destined to get bigger. She's delightful, and loves to leap around in the yard like a bunny. But she needs a LOT of training, which he's trying to do. However, he's about to lose his home (an Upper East Side rental), and shortly after will be on road for two months working (he's a fashion/advert photographer). He'd love to find her a forever family, but failing that, a foster who can take care of Miracle until he's off the road and settled.
Here's the link to German Shepherd Rescue where you can see her. With the right handling, she will be a GREAT family dog. Hope someone can help.
ANIMAL CARE WILL BE CLOSED on Friday, September 2, and Monday, September 5, in observance of the Labor Day national holiday. The Fort Lauderdale Adoption Center, 1870 S.W. 39th Street, will be open on Saturday, September 4, and Sunday, September 5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Pompano Beach Adoption Center, 3100 N.W. 19th Terrace, will be open on Saturday, September 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
PAWTIQUE RETAIL SHOP OPENS! The Fort Lauderdale Adoption Center now offers a retail "Pawtique", complete with supplies for your new best friend! The new shop features leashes and collars as well as food bowls, toys and other pet merchandise. The store will be open during regular Adoption Center hours. Customers will be able to purchase items even if they do not adopt a pet.
DOG ADOPTION EVENT AT PET SUPERMARKET! Join us at Pet Supermarket on Sunday, September 11, and Monday, September 12, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. as we feature some of our lovable dogs for adoption at the Miramar store, 3081 SW 160th Ave., near I-75 and Miramar Parkway.
FOSTER A PET AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE! We have a tremendous need for foster parents to give aid to pets in need of extra care! Fostering is a full-time job, but if you have the time and dedication you can make a difference to these pets. You must be a Broward County resident, 18 years old, and complete a Foster Application. For information contact our Foster Program Coordinator at 954-359-1313 ext. 9271.
OUR NEXT RABIES CLINIC will be Saturday, September 10, at the Collins Community Center, 3900 N.E. Third Ave., Oakland Park, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost for a one-year rabies vaccination and Broward County pet license is a cash-only payment of $15. You must be a Broward County resident to attend. Please bring a valid Florida driver's license or current utility bill for identification. All dogs must be on leashes and all cats in carriers. For a complete list of other Rabies Clinic locations and dates, visitwww.broward.org/animal .
GIVE PETEY A HOME! Please say hi to Petey, a one-year-old Pit Bull-mix, who was surrendered because the owners could no longer spend time with him. He's a real handsome gentleman, so please come and take him home with you! He is available at our Fort Lauderdale Adoption Center, 1870 S.W. 39th St. We are open for adoptions this Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.