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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.

Low Cost Spay/Neuter Surgeries

Low Cost Spay/Neuter Mobile Unit

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.

Low Cost Spay/Neuter in Homestead

Here are the details for our low cost spay/neuter in Homestead.

WHAT: Low Cost Spay/Neuter
WHEN: Sunday, December 16, 2012
WHERE: FOP Lodge by the Homestead YMCA (1034 NE 8 Street Homestead, FL 33030) and the Homestead Rodeo Fairgrounds

* The FOP Lodge will serve as the check-in/check-out area.  The FOP Lodge is on the corner of US1 and Campbell Drive on the south end of the YMCA parking lot.

Registration is limited to the first 30 that we receive.  Once you submit this form, you will receive a message indicating that you are registered, but your registration must be confirmed via telephone.  Please make sure that we have two telephone numbers that we can use to contact you.  Vaccines and micro-chips will be offered at an additional $5.00.

Please comply with the following instructions:

1) Dog must be dropped off at 8:00am
2) Dog cannot have food or water after 12am prior to surgery
3) Cost is $45 payable in cash or check *cost may be reduced if proof of government assistance is provided
4) Please bring proof of rabies or purchase for $5.00

NOTE: If your dog’s weight is over 50 lbs, you will be contacted with special instructions.

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Bed Race Donors

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:

Much “Pack” Love to all!

Race Day at the Great Grove Bed Race

So we built our bed, pinned on our dog tails and laced up our running shoes for race day at the 2012 Great Grove Bed Race in Coconut Grove.

Spay/Neuter: Don’t Litter Running Team

The event was attended by over 20,000 people and our Spay/Neuter team was there to send the message on the importance of spaying and neutering and how it has a direct impact on the pet overpopulation problem in our county.  As many of you know, the intake at our local shelter is very high.  Our adoption rate is also pretty high, but it pales in comparison to the rate of surrenders and the daily intake.  Unfortunately, many times our shelter is over capacity.  And because there aren’t enough homes and people to take all these homeless pets in, they end up being euthanized.

The good news is that if I do my part and you do your part and everyone does theirs, we can collectively reduce problem.  We can all start by spaying and neutering our pets.  Our message was clear, “Spay/Neuter: Don’t Litter”.

Our running team was made up of the following super awesome and super athletic girls.

Geishel Valverde: is the Spartan Race Miami Manager.  She’s also an ambassador for liveutimateand regularly participates in charity 5K and competitive obstacle racing.

Channing Rollo: is a die-hard yogi, obstacle racer and vegan animal lover who volunteers with Miami-Dade Animal Services spay/neuter clinics and the South Florida Wildlife Center.

Caroline Gallina:  is the founder of UM’ s School of Law Chapter of the Animal Legal Defense Fund.  She’s been a vegetarian for 20 years (8 yrs vegan), volunteers with Humane Society of Greater Miami, is a foster mommy for local rescue groups and fabulous distance runner. 

Liz Dinnen:  is a super sweet marathon runner and very active in the running community.

Race day wasn’t all about running.  The Friends Forever rescue dogs and Felix Varela Veterinary Science Magnet Academy students were at our booth wearing their spay/neuter t-shirts and educating attendees on the importance of spaying/neutering.

Booth Group

The event kicked off with a parade in which each team had an opportunity to showcase their theme and their bed to the panel of judges.  Prizes were awarded for best theme, best engineered bed, funniest and crowd favorite.  Our team had a few male un-neutered dogs.  And they were the cutest male dogs I’ve ever seen,  but take a look for yourself.

Bo, Baxter and Bubby

A great time was had by all and a very important message was sent.  Below are some photos taken throughout the day.

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