Adopt Your Future Dog or Cat at Tropical Park, Miami, Today
Pet Sitters Flavia Berti and Tom Wyss are enjoying meeting all kinds of dogs, cats, and happy soon-to-be fur parents at the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s Mega Match-A-Thon in Tropical Park today.
Helping homeless cats and dogs find furever homes is so dear to Equipaws Pet Services’ mission. There are so many dogs and cats who need homes. First up: meet sweet, sweet Linda, an American Bulldog mix from Miami Dade Animal Services!
She is a 1.6 year old American Bulldog who is amazing with children and other dogs. She is ready for her new family, and would love to go home with you today! Just for today, there are special adoption fees. She can be home with you tonight for only $32.50. American Bulldogs are energetic, playful, and a great addition to a home with kids.
Please share this beautiful girl’s photo!
Where: 7900 Bird Rd, Miami, FL 33155
Phone: (305) 226-8316
When: Today! from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm!!
Join Pet Sitter Flavia Berti at Dog and Cat Mega Match-A-Thon!
We are are always happy to help dogs and cats in need in Miami! That’s why pet sitter Flavia Berti (owner of Equipaws Pet Services) will be supporting the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s Mega Match-a-thon this Saturday, October 19, from 9:00 am til 9:00 pm. The event is taking place in beautiful Tropical Park, at 7900 Bird Road in Miami. Adoptions start at $30 and parking is free!
This nationwide event is sponsored by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), and will hopefully result in the adoption of hundreds of cats and dogs! This is the perfect time for anyone in your life to find the new family member they’ve been wanting. Over 500 cats and dogs of all breeds, colors, personalities, and sizes will be ready to meet their new parents. There will be a puppy and kitten adoption kick-off at 9:00 am (imagine the cute overload!).
The Mega Match-a-thon is a labor of love. We are so excited to be a part of helping these deserving, but homeless, fur babies find their new homes. The ASPCA has granted nearly $270,000 to support these large-scale adoption events. Thirty-seven communities nationwide will be holding their own huge adoptathons on the same day.
Take your family with you! There will be a Kid’s Arena with fun games for children. Local Miami businesses will be volunteering, and there will be food, refreshments, an entertainment program, DJ’s, and live bands. The ASPCA and Humane Society of Greater Miami are pulling out all the stops for this great cause.
To get involved or for more information about the ASPCA Mega Match-a-thon™ event, please call 305-749-1818 or visit the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s website.
We hope Miami is always this sunny!
Pet Emergency Plans for South Florida
As pet sitters, we pride ourselves on being prepared for everything- last minute pet sits or dog runs, helping find lost pets, helping our clients back into their homes if they’ve somehow locked themselves out, and, of course, having a pet plan in the likely event that a hurricane or tropical storm decides to grace South Florida. In our last post we covered mitigation, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) first step in disaster management. Now we take on the second step, preparedness. In a nutshell, it’s the part where you develop an emergency plan for your pet and practice it. In Florida that means hurricanes- luckily, we tend to get plenty of warnings for those.
1. When developing your family plan add specific plans for your pets. Our family makes sure that each member is assigned a pet to locate and care for. Because we live in a house with hurricane windows and doors we don’t have to worry about shelters for our own pack. We’ve decided on a pet “safe zone” in our home, and you should as well (ours is a bathroom; it’s a great idea to fill the clean bathtub with water before the disaster strikes).
2. We follow the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters‘ guidelines for emergency pet care. One of their great recommendations is to build a phone tree. One person phones two people to see if they need help; those two phone two other people each, and so on.
3. Prepare an Emergency Supply Kit:
- The ASPCA recommends you have 3-7 days’ worth of food for your pet, and 7 days’ worth of bottled water- just make sure to rotate the food out before it goes bad (and remember food and water bowls)
- Keep photocopies of your pets’ medical records, and make sure to stay current on vaccines
- Keep at least 2 weeks’ worth of medicine for your pet
- Pet first aid kit (we’re revamping ours and will be sharing soon)
- Extra leashes, collars, toys, blankets
- Liquid dish soap and disinfectant
- Litter, aluminum trays for litter, paper towels
4. The care of birds, reptiles, and small animals in emergencies requires special consideration.
Choose designated “caregivers”- in your case, your pet sitter
It’s so important that you not leave your pets alone at home without anyone to care for them during an emergency, but sometimes people are caught outside of Miami when the hurricane or tropical storm hits. Pet sitters typically have a copy of their clients’ keys in a safe location. They also know important details about your pet’s medications, feeding schedule, and your home’s security. Pet sitters can then be one of the first in your circle to check in on your pets, so make sure you contact your pet sitter in advance to work out an emergency plan with them. Also remember to have someone you can call outside your area, which is especially helpful if communications are down in an emergency zone. This contact should know your plan and family meeting place. You should tell as many people as possible about your emergency plan and meeting place: your neighbors, your veterinarian, other family, and friends. Make sure you have chosen a meeting place for your family in case you are separated. We will be providing a list of pet-friendly hotels and shelters for those who need them.