Thursday, November 19, 2009

Low cost spay and neuter for cats!

In an effort to help control the pet overpopulation, Miami-Dade Animal Services will offer low-cost ($15) spay/neuter services for cats, every Thursday at the shelter located at 7401 NW 74th Street, Miami, FL 33166.

  • Proof of current rabies vaccination for cats over 4 months of age is required.
  • If not vaccinated yet,  a rabies vaccine can be obtained at Animal Services for $10.
  • Up to 4 cats per household; 2 months and older.
  • Cats must be in separate carriers.
  • No food or water after 9:00 p.m. the night before.
If you live in Miami-Dade, take advantage of this great oportunity. There are too many homeless cats and not enough homes for all of them. By spaying or neutering your pets you help to reduce the pet overpopulation and give them happier and healthier lives.

Check in at 7:30 a.m. on Thursdays, starting October 1st, 2009. Space is limited. Arrive early, first come first served!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Stray Aid Yard Sale!

Join Stray Aid and their volunteers in helping the rescued animals!

There will be a yard sale on November 14th, 2009, from 8 a.m. till 2p.m. All Donations are welcome! 

Stray Aid needs help raising money to purchase food and supplies for the rescued pets. On Behalf of Grateful Paws Rescue a special raffle will be held~ monies raised will benefit homeless animals and a few already in their care.

If you can help with donations for the yard sale, or want to help in any other way, please contact:

Stray Aid

The address of the yard sale and to drop off donations is:
3816 Grant Street, Hollywood.

Please call before dropping off items.
Remember, all donations are tax deductible!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Doggy Splash Weekends!

November means fun in the water! Broward County Parks and Recreation Division is hosting the Doggy Splash Weekends!

Gate admission to the park is $1.50 per person (anyone over age 5) and then admission into the water park is $3 per dog! Sessions are 50 minutes long and start at the top of the hour. First session starts at 9 a.m. and last session begins at 4 p.m. No special gear is needed for the dogs to participate!

Dates and locations:
Saturday and Sunday - November 7 & 8, 2009 --
C.B. Smith Park
Saturday and Sunday - November 14 & 15, 2009 -- Central Broward Regional Park
Saturday and Sunday - November 21 & 22, 2009 -- T.Y. Park

Just like last year, volunteers and staff will gladly accept donations of cat and/or dog food (unopened bags of dry or canned), dog cookies or snacks, or cash for the county animal shelters. It’s a great gift for those pets who wish they were being taken by their parents to a special doggy event.

Before you head out the door with your best friend, keep in mind:

  • All dogs must have a current rabies vaccine and license tag
  • Water playground will be closed to humans. Only dogs and lifeguards allowed.
  • Donations will be accepted to benefit homeless animals at Broward County Animal Shelters.
  • Enjoy! Have a good time! Send me your best pictures

For more information call 954-938-0617, or email

Dear South Florida Pets readers: I just want to let you know that is still active; I just have been going through a painful episode.

About three weeks ago; my dear cat Drusilla was diagnosed with a stomach tumor. Surgery was not an option. On Saturday, she was put to sleep and now she is in better place. She is waiting for my husband and I at one end of the rainbow bridge. She was very loved and we miss her.

As a tribute to her and to all dear pets who are not longer with us, I just want to publish the beautiful poem "The Rainbow Bridge" inspired by a Norse legend.

"The Rainbow Bridge"

By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,
Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.
Where the friends of man and woman do run,

When their time on earth is over and done.
For here, between this world and the next,
Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.
On this golden land, they wait and they play,
Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,
For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.
Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,
Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.
They romp through the grass, without even a care,
Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.
All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,
Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.
For just at that instant, their eyes have met;
Together again, both person and pet.
So they run to each other, these friends from long past,
The time of their parting is over at last.
The sadness they felt while they were apart,
Has turned into joy once more in each heart.
They embrace with a love that will last forever,
And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together

Love you, my dear Gorda...

Monday, October 26, 2009

Halloween has gone to the dogs and cats!

Pet Parties, Costume Contest, Dog/Owner lookalike contests, doggie and kitty trick or treats, pet adoptions, and more!
South Florida pets and pet lovers can have so much fun during this Howl'oween!

Here's a calendar of fun events to attend with your four-legged best friends:

10/29/2009, 6 - 9 PM, 2nd Annual Halloween Hair Ball, John Bull English Pub, 801 Village Blvd # 309, West Palm Beach, FL (in the Village Commons ). Hosted by PetNet to benefit the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League. Spooky Specialty Martinis & Light Appetizers. Animal Communicator Lorraine Smith will be on-hand to tell your pet's future. Creepy Creatures Pet Costume Contest. Entry fee:$5 members/$15 non-members (per category or per dog).

10/30/2009, 6:30 - 8:30 PM,
Pet Chamber of Commerce presents Barkoween!, Petco, 1635 NW 107th AVE (In the International Mall Shopping center), Doral, FL. Bring your kids and your pets – Candy !! Treats for pets!!! Raffle!! Contest for the scariest Pets and kid!! And For the cutest kid and Pet.

10/31/2009, 10 AM - 12 PM, Howl-O-Ween Party, American Red Cross South County Service Center, 5820 N Federal Hwy, Boca Raton, FL 33487. Join the American Red Cross for a spook-tacular time with your pooch: dog costume contest, dog pie-eating contest, Halloween photos with your dog, doggy bags, and more. 561-994-2060.

10/31/2009, 4 PM, Halloween Costume Contest and Pet Portraits, Paws on the Avenue, 525 Lake Avenue, Lake Worth, FL. 561-588-6533. $5 registration fee (donation which goes to
Palm Beach Animal Care and Control Spay Shuttle).

10/31/2009, 6 - 9 PM,
Animal Aid adoption event at Whole Foods Market, 810 University Drive, Coral Springs. Animal Aid is a no-kill shelter now located in Boca Raton, FL.

11/1/2009, 5:30 PM,
Howl-o-Ween Dog Swim and Costume Contest at the Historic Venetian Pool, 2701 De Soto Blvd, Coral Gables, FL. Entrance to Venetian Pool is by ticket only and tickets must be purchased in advance at the pool, beginning: October 1 (Coral Gables Residents) and October 15 (Non-Residents). Tickets are $5. Meet the people from the South Florida Dachshund Meetup Group at the Wading Pool Terrace.

If you attend any of these fun events, please send your pictures for an upcoming howl-e-ween photo gallery!

Having a pet event? please email details to

Sunday, October 18, 2009

It's a Party for Compassionate Pug Rescue!

On Friday October 23rd, 2009; Compassionate Pug Rescue will hold its annual BBQ Party at America’s Backyard 200 W. Broward Blvd in Downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Tickets are $15 in advance. $20 at the door and it includes dinner buffet and first cocktail drink.
There will be raffles and auctions. 100% of profits will benefit Compassionate Pug Rescue.

Come have some fun, fun, fun  and help a wonderful organization!

For more information and/or to purchase tickets, please visit

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Howl at the Moon!

Bring your leashed, vaccinated dog to howl at the moon on Saturday Oct. 10th from 6 to 9 pm at the Shops at Midtown Miami – fountain plaza.

Visit the Humane Society of Greater Miami Adopt-a-Pet booth and meet adoptable canine cuties, as well as pick up information on their programs and services.

This fun-filled event will be held under the stars with lots of pet-friendly activities taking place amongst the TWAN exhibit. The World at Night (TWAN) is a worldwide exhibition of photographs featuring international landmarks set to celestial backgrounds; celebrating the International Year of Astronomy.

  • Food & Entertainment
  • Howling Contest
  • Pet Dress Contest
  • Look-a- Like and Obedience Contest
All proceed of this event wil be donated to Humane Society of Greater Miami

For more information please email

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Happy Birthday Miami- Dade Animal Services!

Come to celebrate the Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department's 4th birthday by coming to the fun and exciting Adoption Party on October 4 at 7401 NW 74 Street from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Give a shelter pet the birthday of a lifetime by taking them home to be a part of your forever family.

Enjoy refreshments, games and get a memorable photo with your new pet at the event. Donations for the shelter pets will also be welcomed. Adoption requirements and fee Adoption requirements and fess apply.s apply.

For more information, please visit:

Palm Beach Veterinary Specialists and Dr. Tim Cutler, veterinary ophthalmologist, will be featured on the Saturday TODAY show, on NBC this Saturday Oct. 3rd 2009 between 7am - 9am.

Dr. Cutler will be performing a cataract surgery on an endangered gorilla, "Josephine" at the Miami Metrozoo.
Check out their website

Happy St. Francis Day!

Animal lovers everywhere celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi on October 4th by having their pets blessed in the spirit of this patron saint of animals and ecology.
Start a tradition. Celebrate this pet holiday by:
-Gathering your family, friends and pets and have a time to bless your pets
-Send a pet blessing card to a friend/family pet:
-Attend a pet blessing event. 

Happy St. Francis Day!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Miami Meow Mobile's is coming to your neighborhood!

Low Cost Spay/Neuter for cats. The Miami Meow Mobile's "Beat the Heat" summer tour is coming to you Miami-Dade neighborhood this summer. Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to spay/neuter your kitty cats.

The Cat Network's Meow Mobile locations and dates:
  • Sept 13 - Miami Beach - Flamingo Park, 1245 Michigan Ave.
  • Sept 16 - Doral - Petco, 1635 NW 107 Ave.
  • Sept 20 - South Miami - Petco, 6200 S Dixie Hwy
  • Sept 23 - Homestead - Petco, 2565 NE 10 Ct
Reservations are required. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Low Cost Ultrasound Study!

Greenleaf Animal Hospital in partnership with DSU Vet Ultrasound Services will be offering low cost abdominal ultrasound studies on Saturday, September 12, 2009.

Ultrasound is an amazing imaging technique that allows veterinarians to diagnose a variety of medical condition affecting your pets. Ultrasound can detect early renal problems, cardiac and gastrointestinal conditions.

Sonogram studies use high-frequency sound waves to produce dynamic visual images of organs, tissues or blood flow inside the body. This is a great opportunity to help your senior pets!
By appointment only. Space is limited.

For more information, please call 305-535-4695

To learn more about ultrasound,
please visit

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Play for the Strays!

Play for the strays! Sponsored by Seminole Casino Cocont Creek to benefit Animal Aid!  Thursday September 10th at 7:00pm.
  • Enjoy a culinary experience dinner buffet at Fresh Harvest Restaurant in the Seminole Casino
  • Raffle Tickets
  • Silent Auction
  • New guests receive a $20 voucher for free play
For more information, please contact

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Summer Fundraiser for Animal Aid, Inc.!

You are invited to attend a Summer Fundraiser for Animal Aid, Inc. at America's Backyard in Fort Lauderdale.
The event will take place Friday, August 28, 2009 from 6:00 till 9:00pm - Upstair Balcony.

A $10 donation includes:
  • VIP Admission
  • One free cocktail of your choice
  • Animal Friendly Appettizers till 8:00pm
  • 2-4-1 Cocktails until 9:00pm
  • Prizes, Raffles and lots of fun!
Come and join Animal Aid, Inc. and support a great cause!

For more information or to register online, please visit:

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Wine and Dine with your K9 to Benefit Dachshund Rescue of South Florida

Lets join Paws In The Matter on Saturday August 22, 2009 from 6-8PM at The Briny Pub (305 South Andrews Ave) in Fort Lauderdale to raise funds for a great cause!

A $5 donation to Dachshund Rescue of South Florida gets you “YAPPY HOUR” drinks ($2 drafts,$2 house wine & $3 well drinks) while enjoying DINNER in the company of your K9 and friends.
  • Vendors and raffles
  • Gourmet doggy food, Mutt-inis, Bowser Beer, by The Doggie Bag Cafe.
  • Handmade doggy jewelry for humans by Jewelry Junction
  • Professional Photography
  • $1 dollar 50/50 drawing & Raffles (Baskets, etc.)
All well behaved/leashed K9s & their humans are welcome!

For more information, please visit

Saturday, August 8, 2009

On Your Bark, Get Set, Go! - PETCO Chihuahua Races in Doral!

Come join us for a day of fast, furry fun at PETCO where you and your dog can compete for great prizes or just watch all the excitement.

Regional 1st place winners from the PETCO Chihuahua Races will receive a trip to compete in the National Finals in New York City on August 29, 2009 where they will compete for the title of the Fastest Chihuahua in the country!

BTW Chiquita, owned by Annette, is already registered and "in training" as you can see!!
Even if you are not going to race, please come and CHEER her on!!

PETCO Chihuahua Races (Miami/Doral)
Date: Saturday, August 15, 2009
Time: 8:00am - 1:00pm (Races start at 9AM)
Location: 1635 NW 107th Ave, Doral, FL 33172
Phone: 305-468-9012 (Petco Store)

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Summer Lovin' Adoption Drive Weekend!/

In celebration of National Homeless Animals Day; Humane Society of Greater Miami will be hosting Summer Lovin' Adoption Drive! Saturday, August 15 and Saturday, August 22, from 1pm to 4pm.

Adorable Dogs will be available for adoption at the South Dade Petco, 18579 South Dixie Highway. There will be food and drinks, give-aways and raffle prizes!
A dog adopted from the Humane Society of Greater Miami has already been spayed or neutered and is up-to-date with all vaccines.
On-site adoptions will be offered at a 75% discount - all dogs only $50!
This event is FREE! Bring the whole family and fall in love with your new best friend!  

For more information, please call (305) 749-1842
Humane Society of Greater Miami

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Boxer Friends at Hurricane Grill and Wings!

Join Boxer Friends at Hurricane Grill and Wings in Plantation! Saturday August 8th, 2009.

Drop by any time between 4 PM and 10 PM.

Enjoy Raffles, Prizes, Great Food and Drinks. Have delicious wings and help support a great cause.

Eat in or take out!

Hurricane Grill and Wings

A portion of the night’s proceeds will go directly to help Boxer Friends,Inc. continue to rescue and place needy Boxers in loving, forever homes.

For more information please call Fran @ 954-646-3786

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Barkham at Markham! Doggie Park

"Barkham at Markham" is the ultimate doggie park!

The park is about three-acre, fenced-in area, just west of the entrance to Markham Park in Broward County.

It was designed as a space for dogs to play leash-free. It includes sections for both large and small dogs, and it was the first dog park in the County landscaped with Bermuda sod to provide a smooth, even grassy playing surface.

Amenities include:

  • 8-foot-wide asphalt paths for walking or jogging with your pet

  • Two shelters feature fountains dispensing chilled water for humans, dogs have their own fountains

  • Washing dog area for doggies of all sizes!

  • The entire dog park is fully ADA accessible.

  • Both dogs and their owners are expected to adhere to Dog Park Rules

Enjoy a day in the park with your best friends!

For more information, please call 954-389-2000.

The Humane Society of Greater Miami invites you a wine tasting benefit!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009
from 6-9 pm

Miami's Chop House
Met 1 Building
300S. Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, 33131

For more information, please contact

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Meow-Meow Basics Seminar / $100 Spay Neuter Voucher

The Humane Society of Broward County is presenting "Meow-Meow Basics - A Seminar for Cat Lovers" on Saturday, July 18, 2009 at their location on Griffin Road in Broward County.

Learn how to understand and educate our feline friends through behavior modifcation.

Issues to be discussed include:
• Litter training
• Scratching
• Marking/spraying
• Stalking
• Fearful cats
• Counter jumping
• Climbing
• Hiding
• Biting
• Cat fights

This class is FREE!

To register, please call 954.266.6875

Attention Palm Beach Pet Owners: Get a $100 Vouchers to Spay/Neuter your Pet!

The Spay/Neuter Voucher Program is a $100 incentive for pet owners of domestic dogs and cats residing in Palm Beach County.

To qualify for the program, you must provide any of the following information:

  • Show proof of aid from public assistance programs/unemployment benefits or

  • Fall within the definition of low-income by the Federal Poverty Guidelines or

  • Be a Senior citizen over the age of 70 years
For more information about the program, please call Palm Beach Animal Care and Control at 561-233-1252.

Click here to download an application!

Pet Adoption Days!

Help a pet in need find a loving home! Friends Forever Rescue is having an adoption fair on Saturday, July 18, 2009 at Petsmart

Adoption fees include the spay/neuter, current vaccinations, tested for heartworms & microchip!Come meet some of the wonderful animals they have available for adoption!

Friends Forever Rescue at PetSmart
Every Saturday from 10am-4pm
13621 S. Dixie Hwy (across from the Falls)

For more information, contact Dee at 786-229-9002,

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Dog Days of Summer Yappy Hour!

Dog Days of Summer Yappy Hour to Benefit Dachshund Rescue of South Florida!

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the Doggie Bag Cafe, while helping homeless doxies. Yappy Hour is from 6:30pm till 8:30pm, Saturday July 11, 2009.

  • Organic Menu and specialty Doggie Drinks 4-SALE-4 Pups!
  • An indoor play area for the Sports Minded Pooch and Couch Pup-tato!
  • An outdoor play area with a Tent, Puppy Pools and Life Guard on Doody!
  • Self-Serve Doggie Wash available with Special Yappy Hour Discounts!
  • Pets are welcome!

For more information, please contact:

Doggie Bag Cafe
7310 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33138

Low Cost Pet Rabies Vaccine!

Broward County Animal Care and Regulation will hold a low cost vaccination clinic on Saturday, July 11, 2009 at Catherine Young Branch Library, 5810 Park Drive in Margate .

The clinic runs from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Cost is $15 (cash only) for Rabies vaccines. To qualify, pet owners must prove they are a Broward County resident by showing a valid Florida driver's license or a current utility bill.

Pet owners must bring proof of income (current pay check stub, proof of Public assistance, food stamps, Worker's compensation, unemployment, Social Security, Disability)

  • No appointment neccesary
  • All dogs must be on leashes
  • All cats must be in carriers

For more information,please call 954-359-1010
Broward County Animal Care and Regulations