Friends Forever Humane Society to host ‘Howl-O-Ween’ at Gardens

By Cheryl Taylor….

Rita Schwartz, Friends Forver, Humane Society Volunteer

We all know how hard the economic crisis has hurt our lives. And we are people, capable of making decisions, asking for help and moving on. But what about the poor animals that are dropped off, left behind or just put out because families can no longer afford to take care of them? There are no food stamps or welfare system for them. They wander the streets until they are picked up and, in most cases, euthanized by the system.

Enter Friends Forever Humane Society, a non-profit organization created to help those left behind. This no kill charity takes care of all the needs of every dog that enters its shelter until it has a new, loving forever home. To raise money for their cause, they will host some really interesting and diverse events:

Friday, Oct. 21 — South Florida’s Calendar Firefighters will take to the runway at the famous Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, with rescue dogs all decked out in the finest of canine couture by Kiki Hamann. Friends Forever is one of the beneficiaries of the proceeds of calendar sales. Guests are encouraged to bring their pets, in costume, to the main ballroom to participate in this fun evening. There will be a costume contest, specialty vendors, food, music and a cash bar. After the fashion show the firefighters will be available to sign your calendar.

Saturday, Oct. 29 — Pinecrest Gardens will host Howl-O-Ween, a spooktacular family fun day. It is the first time that animals will be allowed inside the gardens. You are invited to bring your pet to participate in a parade, as well as several contests, including best costume. PetsMart is our sponsor and along with the one and only Doggy Fun Zone (, there will be specialty vendors, food, activities and, most importantly, pet adoptions. More than 20 rescues will be available to choose from and find the perfect pet.

Please join us at these events for a great time and to help a great cause.

For more information on sponsorship, tickets or donations, contact Rita Schwartz at 305-491-5651 or go to

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