Howl-O-Ween: Dog-Friendly Halloween in Miami

Paws 4 You fundraiser Miami

We are extremely excited to be sponsors for the fourth annual “Howl-O-Ween” pet costume contest and fundraising event being held at the beautiful Pinecrest Gardens on October 26, 2014, from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm! This fun event will raise money for Paws 4 You Rescue, one of Miami-Dade’s dedicated dog rescue organizations, as well as bring awareness to the public about the myriad homeless and needy dogs that go hungry on the streets of Miami-Dade, or who end up in Miami-Dade Animal Services.

This family-friendly event will offer seasonal activities, costume contests, arts and crafts, and more. Our team has gone the last two years and and we had a blast. We loved meeting our fellow animal lovers, talking about animal welfare, and especially enjoyed the cute dog costumes and raising money for non-profit dog rescues. This year’s outdoor event will be even better than the year before! When you and your dogs join us, you can:

  • Take your dog to the Doggy Fun Zone ™, a lure-motivated obstacle course for dogs (no prior training necessary)
  • Trick-or-Treat time at each vendor’s booth
  • Let your kids’ creativity flow with arts and crafts
  • Fun story telling
  • Compete in costume contests for the dogs and the whole family, judged by local celebrities David Le Batard, Dan Le Batard, and their father Gonzalo Le Batard!
  • Adopt a dogs from Paws 4 You Rescue
  • Rent a canine companion for the day!
  • Adults can have adult beverages at the beer and wine bar
  • Commission a Howl-O-Ween portrait for yourself
  • Collect an official Howl-O-Ween reusable shopping bag (while supplies last)

Please be sure to pass by our booth when you come! Proceeds benefit homeless pets!

Howl-O-Ween Sponsorship Opportunities:

We are still looking for sponsors! If you know a business that would benefit from being part of this festival, please email Cindy at or 305-332-9022. We can assure you that thousands of dog lovers and their families make it out to this event, making it a great way to interact with the community in a meaningful way. There are many sponsorship opportunities that will afford you great exposure. We hope you consider joining!
Howl-O-Ween Details
When: October 26, 2014
Where: Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 S. Red Road, Miami, FL 33156
What Time: 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Who may come: Everyone, especially well-behaved dogs!
Cost: $5.00 per person, kids under 2 free

If you have any questions about this event, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 305.794.3733. If you are actually interested in pet sitting or dog walking services in Miami, please call the same number or email us at Thank you!


Adoption Corner: Jack the Dachshund!

adopt foster Miami

-Update- Jack was adopted in December of 2014! We couldn’t be happier!

Looking for the perfect companion on a rainy day? Jack the Dachshund is an expert snuggler and would be happy to share his talents with you. We have been fostering him for several months and love his gentle disposition. You can see how sweet he is by his expressions- Mr. Jack is so soulful and wants to be loved. Love to him means lots of belly rubs, snuggling, yummy treats, naps next to you, games, a comfy bed, and a home for the rest of his life.

Mr. Jack was brought to the Dachshund Rescue of South Florida as a stray. Someone decided to dock his tail; while Dachshunds don’t usually sport short tails, Jack think it makes him look dashing and cool (he always looks on the bright side of life!). His profile states that he prefers humans to dogs. We can say wholeheartedly that he does, in fact, love to play with dogs his size. We have helped him adapt to other pups and you can see in the video below that he has a lot of fun with his fellow Doxies (short for Dachshund).

Jack spends his days snuggling with Boots, Frankie’s Shih Tzu, and Snoop, one of our clients Dachshunds. He is very playful with them. We have observed that he does not like to have larger dogs towering over him or playing roughly with him- and who can blame him? He’s a little guy! But he does do well with his friends, as you can see in this video.

Our little nugget loves to eat, but is not incredibly food-driven. He also does not appear to be territorial. He does, however, prefer to hang out with you as much as possible. He is the first one to run up next to a human whenever we all go out to play as a pack.

Jack is in great health, has a soft, short coat, and is house- and crate-trained. He really appreciates soft pillows and belly rubs while he catches some zzzz’s. We recommend Jack for a house with another happy, small dog, or with older children who can be gentle with him.

Before you adopt Jack, we’d like you to read an excerpt from the Dachshund Rescue of South Florida page in order to determine whether a Dachshund is the right pet for you. You can fill out an application form after you click on the link.

Step 1…..Is a Rescue Doxie Right for You?

  • Are you IVDD Savvy and know what symptoms to look for?  Would you choose conservative treatment or surgical?  Our friends at Dodgerslist ( are the best online resource for IVDD as well as the best place for doxie families to read up and be prepared to face IVDD.  We encourage all families to familiarize themselves with IVDD as plans for treatment factor into the application process.   Insurance is a huge resource to have in place for working through IVDD.  See the side bar to the left to learn more about Trupanion, DRSF’s insurance partner.
  • Doxies can live to be 18 years old and we look for forever families who are ready to make a lifetime commitment to their newest family member.
  • We very seldom have puppies come into rescue as they are the ones that get scooped up first from the shelters. The dogs that come into our care (and we feel are the most beautiful) are the ones that were passed over at the shelters for various reasons, and without a rescue to go to they would be euthanized. Our Foster Families give us good information on the personality and character of our dogs, allowing us to match your family with a really great pet. Please consider opening your heart a bit further than you might have anticipated in being open to finding your perfect match: a “differently-abled” Doxie or a senior dog could be the perfect pet for you and our expert doxie matchmakers can guide you to a perfect match