11th Annual Vets Fore Pets Golf Tournament

non profit dog rescue veterinarians

11th Annual Vets Fore Pets Golf Tournament

Imagine a Miami with no more stray dogs and cats starving on its streets, exposed to being run over by cars and or wasting away from preventable diseases. Imagine no more animals dying at Miami-Dade Animal Services due to lack of homes or owner responsibility, or to overpopulation. Thanks to organizations like the South Florida Veterinary Foundation (SFVF), a non-profit actively promoting responsible pet ownership while offering free and low-cost spay, neutering, and pet care for our community, this is becoming a possibility.  How can you help them help pets? Support them (and enjoy yourself doing it) at the Vets Fore Pets 11th Annual Golf Tournament on November 20, 2015!

The Tournament is in its 11th year and is the single largest fundraiser of the year! The SFVF hopes to bring animal lovers together to fund the ongoing programs it sponsors for the benefit of our community, including Project Unleashed, the Project MDAS Partnership, and the Friends of the Foundation Outreach:

  • Project Unleased: pro-bono veterinary care for pets of the homeless and indigent owners. The SFVF partners with Camillus House to provide veterinary care for pets of homeless and indigent owners, including flea and tick medications, vaccines, and pet food. Clinics are hosted every other month at Camillus House, and food is distributed via Camillus House or Chapman Partnership.
  • Project MDAS Partnership: low cost spay and neuter services for low income pet owners. Owners This also offers free spay and neutering services for community cats, with no limits or income qualifications. They accept neighborhood, stray, or un-owned cats. Left ear-tip is mandatory, free rabies vaccine included on cats three months or older
  • Friends of the Foundation Outreach: free educational lectures for pet owners and education on responsible pet ownership for local schools

Sponsorship is still available for this tournament! Register here to golf or sign up for sponsorship. If you are signing up to play golf, please don’t forget to email office@sfvet.org with shirt sizes and handicaps.

Foursome: Each player will receive a golfer gift bag, bagged lunch, complimentary range balls, refreshments, and dinner. Please email office@sfvet.org with all four names, email addresses, shirt sizes, and handicaps. Cost: $900

Individual Golfer: Each player will receive a golfer gift bag, bagged lunch, complimentary range balls, refreshments, and dinner. Individual golfers will be matched up for a foursome. Please email office@sfvet.org with your shirt size and handicap. Cost: $250

At a glance:
Vets Fore Pets 11th Annual Golf Tournament
Friday, November 20, 2015
10:30 AM to 7:00 PM

Melreese Country Club (just 3 minutes north of Miami International Airport)
1802 NW 37th Avenue 
Miami, Florida 33125

Golfer Gift Bag Distribution
Bagged Lunch
Silent Auction Opens
Complimentary Range Balls

Shot Gun Start

Dinner Banquet

5 Miami Must-Do’s with Your Dog!

dog friendly Miami

The top five pet-friendly adventures to partake in with your dog in Miami!

Miami is a thriving city with any and every kind of attraction you can imagine; the arts, restaurants, entertainment, outdoor activities, and more.  But what about for the dog lovers out there?  You can’t always leave your hound at home while you have all the fun! Pet sitter Meghan stepped up to help our canine buddies enjoy the Miami scene along with their parents, and found the most popular and dog friendly activities that are a Miami must!

#5  Art Deco Tours with Christine & Company
1021 Collins Ave (Tour Starting Point Varies)
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Hours: Tours are available daily. Tour times vary by season. Reservations are required.
Cost: $30 per person and $30 per pet

Feeling in touch with your artistic side or would like see the beauty and history of old Miami brought to life? Art Deco Tours with Christine & Company has been voted one of the top attractions in Miami Beach.   This top notch tour takes you inside the cities Art Deco buildings with a full tutorial on Miami Beach then and now. Don’t worry, Fido can come along for the walk. You bring the collar, leash, and treats and the company will provide the water, bowl, and waste bags! The pets may not come inside, but the company provides a pet companion to keep them company while you explore history indoors.  Make it an event!  Feel free to dress yourself and your pet to the nines while touring the lavish buildings of old Miami Beach.  If you plan to bring your pet book at least two weeks in advance and notify the tour (they may have more details on the rules).

 #4  Grove Isle Hotel & Spa
4 Grove Isle Drive
Miami, FL 33133
Pool Hours 10am – 5pm

Get ready for a luxurious staycation at The Grove Isle Hotel & Spa located on a private 20 acre island overlooking the Biscayne Bay, south of downtown Miami. Your pup will be pampered with their own concierge service and treats upon arrival.  Be prepared to put your feet…or paws up when you and your pup are poolside.  A special menu just for dogs including entrees like “South Beach Canine”, a bowl of veggies and brown rice or the “Sinful Dog”, a hot dog with all the fixing complimented by a side of French fries.  You and your fur baby will feel rejuvenated after a day at the pool and 5-star hotel stay.

#3  Lokal
3190 Commodore Plaza
Miami, FL 33133
Sun, M, T 12 -10 pm
W – Sat 12 – 11pm
Cost:  $$ Price point

Lokal is a quirky burger joint located in Coconut Grove, a few blocks away from the Cocowalk scene.  It’s a flip flop and shorts type of scene where you can savor hand-crafted Florida microbrews and sink your teeth into a variety of unique burgers. Yeyo, the French bulldog mascot, may greet you at the door. This local hot spot not only attracts humans, but is quite the hang out for all canines, big and small.  Your pup will be in heaven lounging on the patio enjoying the Marmaduke’s Meatloaf, Yeyo’s Chicken & Rice and washing it down with Bowser beer, a non-alcoholic beer made especially for dogs, served over ice, and made in our very own backyard (well…Tampa, close enough!).  Remember, the dog biscuits and fresh water are always free.  A Miami favorite you and your pup must check off the list!

#2  Doggie Bag Café & Pet Boutique
7310 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138
Hours: 9am – 6pm

Are you looking to pamper your pooch?  At Doggie Bag Café & Pet Boutique, just outside of the Miami Shores neighborhood, you can shower your pup with gifts, treat them to the best biscuit in town, or dress them snout to tail. The boutique offers an incredible selection of gifts and sensational doggie fashions with a wide range of sizes for any occasion.  In addition this company has a pet party planning service complete with gourmet catering, serving freshly cooked or prepared frozen food that can be delivered to your door. Or if you’re looking for a relaxing afternoon, take a seat on their patio and meet other dog lovers while your precious pooch dines on a fantastic meal!

#1 Bark Beach at North Shore
8232 Collins Ave
Miami, FL 33141
Hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday 3 – 7pm
Cost: $5 Resident/ $25 Non-Resident/ Annual Pass $20 (for residents only) CASH PAYMENT ONLY!

Bark Beach at North Shore has been voted the #1 Dog Park Metro Miami.  It’s sits on oceanfront property in the quiet and tropical mid-century neighborhood in North Shore Miami Beach.  It is one of six of the designated Bark Parks provided by the city of Miami Beach parks and recreation.  The park is a dog’s dream where they can roam off leash, use the double fenced dog runs, or drink and play in the water fountains.  Benches and waste collection are provided as well.  Make a night of it by playing Frisbee at the beach, away from the hustle and bustle of south beach and check out the delicious restaurants nearby.  Try Burgers and Shakes on Collins & 74th, the joint is dog friendly and provides treats for your pup.

Insider Note: Always check rules and regulations for any dog park you are planning to attend.  Bark Beach requires your pup to have proof of all recent vaccinations. Also, if you plan to bring your dog to any business call ahead to understand the guidelines.

Looking for more interesting activities to experience with you pet?  The websites below are helpful tools when looking for pet friendly places or activities in any area.

Doggoes.com – A statewide site, servicing all 50 states and several territories.  It provides information on travel, parks and restaurants.  You can become a member of the site and add your own photos and reviews, look at articles, links and pet forums.

Bringfido.com – A worldwide site able to search for dog friendly destinations, lodging, air travel, attractions, restaurants, service’s and events.  Reviews, posts & photos are accepted as well.  The more knowledge you can provide to this website, the better. It passes on valuable information to other dog lovers and helps the website grow!