We’re participating in this year’s Coconut Grove Bed Race, a community fundraising event where teams of five race down the streets of Coconut Grove while pushing a bed! Yes, a bed! We thought this would be a great opportunity to connect with our community with fun and laughter and raise awareness on the importance of spaying/neutering. So our theme is Spay/Neuter: Don’t Litter.
If you didn’t know, there is a pet overpopulation problem in Miami Dade County (and lots of other places, for that matter). The stats indicate that we like to breed our dogs and cats. Let’s face it, puppies and kittens are cute. It can be quite extra-ordinary to see a mother caring for her litter. Grooming them and feeding them and often times disciplining them. But did you know that as many as 37,000 cats and dogs are abandoned at our local animal shelter each year? On average 50-75 pets are surrendered on a daily basis. Over half of these pets will not make it and will be euthanized because not enough homes for them exist.
While puppies and kittens are cute, we, the people must take responsibility. We can’t breed then discard like this. We’ve got to start educating and advocating. Spaying and neutering is the only way to get this problem under control. This is the reason we’ve selected the Spay/Neuter: Don’t Litter theme for this year’s bed race.
Our fundraising goal is $1000 to fund a mobile spay/neuter clinic so that we can offer low cost spay/neuter services to members of our community.
I need your help to make this happen. Here’s what you can do:
click here to make your donation. Every bit helps!
Share this post on your Facebook wall, tweet about it using #whyspayneuter, send the url in an email to all your friends, family members, co-workers and neighbors and urge them to make a donation.
Come out to the event on Sunday, September 2, 2012 at 1pm and cheer our team on as we race while spreading awareness and educating the community on the importance of spaying/neutering.
Rocco’s Pack is participating in this year’s Great Grove Bed Race. This is a community event, and because one of our guiding principles is connecting with and educating our local community, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be there and send a message! A very important message that is near and dear to us…the Spay/Neuter message.
You might be asking, “what exactly will happen?” On September 2, 2012, Rocco’s Pack and the “Spay/Neuter Pack” team will race down a 1/8 of a mile strip in the beautiful Coconut Grove while pushing our bed which will be fully decorated with the Spay/Neuter theme. Our runners will be in Spay/Neuter attire and EVERYTHING about us will emphasize the importance of Spaying and Neutering.
Now you’re probably asking, “how important is spaying and neutering?” In 2010 there were 35,924 dogs and cats taken in to our county shelter. Fifty-six percent, 20,112 of those were euthanized. In 2011, this number was lower, but we still need work.
Don’t Litter: You can help us make a difference by making a donation that will go toward funding a mobile spay/neuter clinic. Funding this initiative will offer 2 days of low cost spay/neuter services to members of our community that may not otherwise have the means to spay or neuter their pets at the regular price. Make your donation securely via PayPal using the link below.
Your support matters and every little bit helps! Save lives by preventing births!
It was a beautiful sunny morning and I, naturally, gravitated toward the beautiful black lab. Later on when we were in the park, his handler said to me, “he’s a service dog, I’m visually impaired”. At that very moment, my interest in this beauty shifted to admiration. Robbie’s life had completely changed when she was diagnosed with Usher’s Syndrome. A disease which in her case, causes her to gradually lose her vision and hearing. She wasn’t sure she wanted a service dog. She had dogs throughout her life, but at this point in the game, she wasn’t sure she could handle the long term commitment and responsibility…then she met Spike and everything changed. “Bonding was instant”, says Robbie “trust was a bit harder”. Nonetheless, she knew to go with the flow of whatever led her to Southeastern Guide Dogs, a school based out of Palmetto, Florida that trains and provides the visually impaired with guide dogs. “I couldn’t believe it when I received the call notifying me that I had been selected, they provided the guide dog, equipment, single-room lodging, all meals, outings, instruction for 26 days and post-graduation support completely free of cost”. If that’s not impressive enough, Southeastern Guide Dogs is a non-profit organization fully supported by private donations. Most of the staff at the school are volunteers that truly believe in the cause.
Match-making is a detailed, thoughtful process that begins with a representative actually conducting a home visit. They look at the area where the person lives taking into account whether it’s a rural or urban location. Lifestyle of the person is also a consideration, so that an active or sedentary person may be placed with the appropriate dog. Additionally, trainers assess the person’s pace, pull and pressure in order to match them up with a dog that will be fitting. According to Jennifer Bement, Public Relations Specialist at Southeastern Guide Dogs, trainers make perfect match-ups about 85% of the times on the first attempt, with only 10-15% of the times where a change in dog is required.
One of the things I was most impressed with is that Southeastern Guide Dogs not only has this amazing program of placing dogs with visually impaired people, but also they have programs for Veterans and children. The Canine Connections program is specifically designed for visually impaired children ages 10-17 and the Paws for Patriots Program places guide dogs with blinded soldiers. Some dogs are even trained to show empathy to help mitigate the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and some will hug veterans on command when they are having a flashback or an anxiety attack. I was so touched when I heard about this and about Robbie and Spike’s story that I had to get in touch with Southeastern Guide Dogs and spread the word about all the wonderful things they are doing to help those in need. Please look them up at www.guidedogs.org and if you are so inclined, make a donation to benefit their cause. Also stay tuned for fundraising events here in our local area and hats off to these wonderful dogs that make such a difference in our lives.
The “pack” went out to the Humane Society’s Annual Walk for the Animals event. There was tons of great vendors, the music was great and it was a beautiful morning to be out and about with your four legged friend. Check out the photos and videos.