Howl-O-Ween 2014: A Scary Good Time!

Paws 4 You fundraiser Miami

The 4th Annual Howl-O-Ween Festival at Pinecrest Gardens was such a success! We were very happy to have welcomed over 1500 dog lovers and their pets (and quite a few familiar faces) all in the name of raising money for Paws 4 You and homeless pets in Miami. This year’s turnout was even better than last’s, and all took place on a beautiful day with perfect weather (not too hot!) amid fun activities and the wonderful vendors and sponsors who helped make this event happen.

We sponsored the Rent-A-Dog Booth and had so much fun watching the attending dogs enjoy the Doggie Fun Zone (TM), a lure-motivated agility course for dogs. Any dog can do it- they don’t need training. We know a few American Boxers who were extra excited, and it was the highlight of the day for many pups. The costume contest was excellent, check out the gallery below for cute get-ups and ideas for your dog’s costumes next year!

A lot of heart and time went into making this fun day happen; there are so many people who joined forces, it’s impossible to name them all. This was a very well-coordinated, well-attended event; working with Cindy Gonzalez, Paws 4 You volunteer and this event’s coordinator, was a wonderful experience (she also organized the Run Fur Fun this year, with great success!). We can’t wait for next year’s Howl-O-Ween! In the meantime, enjoy photos taken by our pet sitter, Sara Robinson. There are more photos on Paws 4 You’s website as well!

This is a list of this year’s Howl-O-Ween sponsors. Want to sponsor next year? Contact:


Miami Dog-Friendly Events: Flagler Fest & Antique Car Show

Dog friendly pet friendly events Downtown Miami

Image credit: MiamiDDA

Bring your dogs to the Flagler Fest & Antique Car Show this Saturday and say hello to our dog walkers Beccie and Nancy! They will be joining the Animal Crackers pack for a day full of exercise, doggy treats, and an agility course set up by Doggie Fun Zone in the heart of Historic Downtown Miami.

You definitely want to bring your pooch to the Doggie Fun Zone, a very special agility course that’s appropriate for dogs of all sizes and temperaments, from Dachshunds to German Shepherds. Dogs get to chase a lure through a fully enclosed raceway. This obstacle course is easy for any dog to enjoy; no prior training or experience is needed.It’s such a cool, unexpected treat to have this in Miami! A big thanks to J.J. Diaz, owner of Animal Crackers, for hiring Doggie Fun Zone for the day.

The 13th annual Flagler Fest is a family and pet-friendly event full of fun activities for all ages. Best of all, it is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. You and your pups can enjoy the collection of antique, vintage, and hot-rod cars show all put on by the Antique club of America South Florida Region (imagine all the good smells your dogs will pick up!).

You and your kids can also:

  • Take a historic walking tour with Dr. Paul George starting at 1:30pm
  • Visit the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for free tours
  • Hang out at the Children’s Corner, where kids can get their faces painted, explore the petting zoo and bounce around in the bounce house
  • Eat lunch at one of the many downtown cafes
  • Shop around in the eclectic and vibrant boutiques and stores

Help Miami’s Dogs and Cats! Join Us for the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s Mega Match-A-Thon

Humane Society of Greater Miami's adopt-a-thon.

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.