Leby Gonzalez and Rocco’s Pack Staff are working with The Humane Society of Greater Miami to rehabilitate dogs that have proven hard to place in their forever home. At the Humane Society’s Soffer and Fine Adoption Center in North Miami Beach, Rocco’s Pack be- gan working together with HSGM staff and volunteers. Leby will be doing weekly evaluation and training sessions with shelter dogs that need additional help with socialization and rehabilita- tion, assisting HSGM staff in their goal to match each dog with the right home. Rocco’s Pack is thrilled to join HSGM’s efforts with the new Training Program, and we are excited to help rescued dogs on their journeys to forever families.
On February 27, Rocco’s Pack participated in the Walk for the Animals Event at Bayfront Park in Miami. Our pack mascot, Rocco the Chocolate Lab, was ready with trainer Leby to greet the crowds. Our Rocco’s Pack booth was visited by many pet owners interested in various types of training and activities for their dogs. We also had our dog agility fitness course.
This past January, I had an opportunity to visit the San Francisco SPCA, a really progressive and inspiring organization and a great model for agencies throughout the country to follow. It was a full day and I wanted to stay for the group cat training class that was held that evening, but time was scarce and it was hard to fit in all the activities the city had to offer.
From veterinary behaviorists, which are far and few throughout the country, to community outreach staff, trainers, a fantastic medical team, dog adoption people, cat adoption people. The San Francisco Bay community really has it good. Knowledge and education is key and this team not only has it, but also they’re willing to share it…with the community, with you, and even with me all the way from across the country. I was humbled to find how generous Dr. Scarlett was, as she personally toured me through the place and introduced me to all the wonderful folks. Lucky me.
I came, I saw, I took notes
During the holidays, Macy’s gives up window space for adoptable cats and dogs. You’ve all heard, “Don’t Shop, Adopt”. At Macy’s in San Francisco, the message is more like “Do shop. Shop and Adopt”. This all-encompassing, grassroots collaboration is what it’s about. Getting all our amazing pets out there, in the community, in the places people go. Making the adoption option salient in people’s mind and creating emotion and a sense of doing the right thing. Then following up, educating, answering questions and creating success stories. Friends, neighbors, business owners, teachers, government officials, we can do that. We’ve already begun.
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The funds raised as part of the Coconut Grove Bed Race will go toward funding 3 days of low cost spaying and neutering services. Two days will be held at Felix Varela Senior High School and the third day will be held at the Homestead YMCA.
Surgeries will be offered to dogs for $40.00. Additionally, rabies vaccines will be offered for $10, Parvo/Distemper vaccines for $5 and micro-chips for $10. All dogs who already have their rabies vaccine will need to bring proof. Otherwise, vaccine will be given.
If you are interested in registering for this service, please complete the forms on the pages corresponding to the locations for which you are interested. We are limiting registrations to the first 30 dogs and we’ll have a waiting list of 20. A day prior to the day of surgery, we will confirm all registrations. It is important that we verbally confirm your appointment with you. So if we leave you a message, please call us back.
Dogs that are confirmed to receive the surgery must be fed their last meal no later than 12:00 am the previous night. They’ll also need to be dropped off at 8:00 am and be picked up at 4:00 pm.
Our bed race donors were plentiful and we thank each one of them for supporting our spay/neuter cause and for their part in creating a community where animals are treated humanely. There are many that are not pictured here, but they know who you are! In addition to these individuals we want to also thank the following partners:
- Papa John’s Miami Corporate Office for being our Spay/Neuter: Don’t Litter booth sponsor.
- Doggie Bag Cafe who has the healthiest, most delicious doggie treats and for always supporting our causes and events.
- Hamptonn Inn Coconut Grove for being our hotel Sponsor.
- Fabric Innovations for fabric donation to use for surgeries as well as their generous monetary contribution.
- Merrick Pet Care for their donation of healthy dog food products.
- Sign Stop Online for helping out with our printing needs.
- Pets’ Trust Miami for being a great partner in the spay/neuter mission.
- Spay Neuter Miami Foundation for collaborating with us and providing insight and guidance.
- Miami Veterinary Coalition (MVC) to Prevent Unwanted Pet Euthanasia for inspiring us to go through with this event and for being the backbone of all our initiatives.
- Felix Varela Veterinary Science Magnet Academy for their commitment, support, energy and enthusiasm. We couldn’t have done it without the help of the wonderful teachers and students that were there from day 1.
- Friends Forever Rescue for collaborating with us and bringing their adoptable dogs the day of the event.