Tag Archives: Advocacy

Human Animal Bonds for Life

Human Animal Bonds for Life (HABL), a grassroots 501c3 organization was started in 2015 by yours truly with the mission of:

  1. educating the youth on dog safety
  2. promoting force free ways of communicating with dogs and
  3. eradicating the use of aversive techniques and tools in pet dog training

It all started when I attended a guardian ad litem training in order to volunteer for the Humane Society’s Paws in the Court program.  This program allows children involved in negligence, verbal, emotional and physical abuse to spend time with a dog before he/she testifies in order to ease the child’s stress.

There I learned the tremendous benefit that a dog can offer a child and how many children in our community really could use the interaction of a dog.  I left there inspired to start something wonderful and two years later, in the summer of 2017 we launched our first ever dog training summer camp at Rocco’s Pack Dog Training.

Through the camp,  children (ages 7-12) are afforded the opportunity to teach and learn from rescue dogs. The child serves as an ambassador for the dog’s adoption and for force free communication. Children also walk away with conflict resolution and problem solving skills that serve the child later in life. Rescue dogs leave the program with a solid foundation of household basic obedience training that will enhance the dog’s chances of adoption.

In 2018, we are aiming to offer the program to children in dependent care by raising funds through City Dog 5K, HABL’s signature fundraising event taking place on February 25, 2018.  Read more about this event by clicking here.

If you are a rescue organization or a local shelter interested in collaborating to provide rescue pups for the program, a parent or guardian interested in enrolling a child in the program or child welfare orgainization interested in partnering up, learn more at our website humananimalbondsforlife.org  and contact us via info@humananimalbondsforlife.org or 786-309-5109.

Spay/Neuter: Don’t Litter

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.

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:

  1. click here to make your donation.  Every bit helps!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
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