Pawsitively Humane

A nonprofit organization dedicated to reversing homeless pets through education, preventative management, rescue, adoption, caring and compassion

Monday, March 17, 2014

Kids and Cats become Book Buddies

Colby Procyk reads to cat in a shelter

This is one of the most clever, creative solutions to help both children with reading difficulty and pets that need "socialization" or just a regular companion.

Colby Procyk, a seven year old, was reading below his grade level. With a new program, he visited the local animal shelter and would read to cats that were semi social or awaiting a home.  By reading to them out loud, Colby's reading improved! The cats don't mind if he made a mistake and they are grateful for the company. That setting of ease and comfort raised his confidence. 

When we saw this on the news, we had to share it in hopes it will inspire county administrators at schools and animal shelters to team up!

People often tell us they wish they could do more to help the needy, the homeless and children...
If there isn't time to volunteer regularly or disposable income to donate, you can help in other ways! This is but one easy example.

Please take a moment to view and SHARE this link by writing to or emailing your school officials and animal shelters. Encourage them to start a dialogue and look into the possibilities of launching a similar program. It also helps raise awareness about proper pet care to reduce the number of homeless pets. It's a win-win solution!!  [Please allow a minute for the video to download completely].

ABC US News | ABC Business News

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Miami Dade County Launches TNG for Homeless Cats


More and more communities, neighborhoods, HOAs (Homeowners Associations) are learning and implementing new solutions for overcoming the plight of homeless cats.

Most of you have heard of TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) where individuals use a special cat trap and Trap a stray or feral cat, take the cat to be spayed/Neutered, and Release it to its original environment.  This practice prevents the exponential reproduction of kittens that leads to hundreds and thousands of homeless cats. However individuals who practice TNR normally have to fund it from their pockets.  While many vet clinics participate in low cost spay/neuter (as low as $25) it still adds up.

In Miami-Dade County, they are taking it a step further by launching a TNG program led by the county-run Animal Services. What is TNG? Trap-Neuter-Give Back.  Essentially it's the same concept as TNR but the county is offering free spay/neuter for any community cat, essentially stray and feral cats that have no owner and helping to return the cats.

Individuals must still trap the cat and can borrow the trap from the county or from a nonprofit organization like The Cat Network for a $50 refundable deposit (they will also teach you how to trap a cat).  The county will perform the spay/neuter surgery FREE of cost and you have the option to pick up the cat after surgery and release it or the county will drive and Give Back the cat to its original location.  

To learn more about TNG in Miami Dade county for community cats (stray, feral cats), please click here.

This is a big step for a government program in partnership with residents. At Pawsitively Humane we will keep you posted of the progress and results.

Please share this valuable information to further education other residents and communities.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Free Spay/Neuter Event For Dogs at The Little Haiti Cultural Center

Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department and Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson, District 3, will host a free spay/neuter event for dogs on Saturday, March 1, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL.

Spay/Neuter surgeries are by appointment only. To schedule an appointment for dogs, please call 3-1-1. Dogs must be dropped off at 8:00 a.m. and will be ready to be picked-up at 4:00 p.m.

“We are very happy to be able to offer free spay/neuter services to the District 3 community. The spaying or neutering of pets helps reduce unwanted litters and pet overpopulation and is an important step in making Miami-Dade County a no-kill community,” said Alex Muñoz, Director of Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department.

Requirements; No Exceptions:  Service for Miami-Dade County residents only. A maximum of four (4) appointments per residential address. Proof of current rabies vaccination must be provided for all dogs. Dogs without a current rabies vaccine will be vaccinated at the time of surgery (only dogs up to 40 pounds are eligible).   Veterinarians may decline surgery of any pet due to health reasons.

About Miami-Dade County Animal Services
Over 27,000 pets are abandoned each year at the shelter where staff and volunteers work diligently to reunite, re-home or find a Rescue Partner for the animals.  The Department is also responsible for enforcing Chapter 5 of the Miami-Dade County Code and Florida State Statutes pertaining to animal cruelty and neglect.  For more information, please call 311 or visit our website at

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Missing Dog

This beautiful lady is missing since 2/10/14 . She is a terrier mix and her name is Chase. She is 10 years old, tan and white, microchiped but not tag. Please share with your friends on Facebook to help reunite her with her family. If you have any information about Chase please contact Vero at 786 712-6889.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

A Puppy and a Horse Made The Most Successful 2014 SuperBowl Commercial

We already know who won the Superbowl this year (sorry Bronco Fans), but there was another winner that night; Budweiser.
Anheuser-Busch’s “Puppy Love” ad, developed by the agency Anomaly, was voted the top commercial during the game by viewers on Hulu. It also earned the top spot on USA Today’s Ad Meter, which is calculated through online surveys of Super Bowl viewers each year. The spot is also dominating the other ads on YouTube, where it has racked up more than 37 million views since Wednesday, and it’s easily lapping the other ads in terms of social activity, according to media metrics firm iSpot.

But many ask what made this commercial the most watched and commented, well, this ad tells the heartwarming story of a puppy''s doggy determination to hang out with his favorite Budweiser Clydesdale horse — and the horse's reaction.

The ad was directed by Jake Scott, son of the famed director Ridley Scott. Jake Scott also directed last year's "Brotherhood" Budweiser Clydesdale ad that featured Jeanes.
This time around, Scott shot as many as 60 different scenes for the final "Puppy Love" spot. The bulk of the ad was shot at Ventura Farms in Thousand Oaks.

Don't you want to hug all those puppies and take them home with you? We do. Let us know what do you think about this ad in the comments.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Adoption Even in Hialeah

This Saturday February 8th from 9am to 6pm, The Miami Dade Animal Services Department will be hosting a Pet Adoption event at the Amelia Earhart Park

Over 100 lovable pets from Miami-Dade Animal Services, the Humane Society of Greater Miami and the Cat Network will be available for adoption! Enjoy music, food hayrides, pony rides, a farm animal petting zoo and more. This event will offer:

  • FREE and reduced pet adoptions 
  • FREE parking at the east entrance 
  • Vaccines, microchips and tags at minimal cost
  • FREE Sunpass Transponders
Don't miss it! You might find your furry valentine here.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Free Cat and Kitten Adoptions at Crandon Park, Key Biscayne

Miami-Dade County Animals Services, in collaboration with the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, will hold a fee waived cat and kitten adoption event on Friday, January 24, 2014, from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., at Crandon Park, in Key Biscayne. These cool Crandon cats come spayed or neutered and ready to join a loving family.    

“We are always looking for opportunities to offer the convenience of onsite pet adoptions in communities throughout Miami-Dade County,” said Alex Muñoz, Director of Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department. “This event offers folks living in, or near, Key Biscayne the chance to adopt a lovable spayed or neutered cat or kitten closer to home.”

WHO:           Miami-Dade County Animals Services and Miami-Dade Parks

WHAT:         Cool Crandon Cats and Kittens free adoption event

WHEN:         Friday, January 24, 2014, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

WHERE:       Crandon Park, 6747 Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne, FL

About Miami-Dade County Animal Services
Miami-Dade Animal Services is an open admission public shelter. Over 27,000 pets are abandoned each year at the shelter where staff and volunteers work diligently to reunite, re-home or find a Rescue Partner for the animals. The Department is also responsible for enforcing Chapter 5 of the Miami-Dade County Code and Florida State Statutes pertaining to animal cruelty and neglect. For more information, call 311 or visit


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