Last September Hurricane Irma blew through South Florida leaving much devastation and heartache in her path. The force of Mother Nature forced the Humane Society of Greater Miami to close doors to its adoption center, clinics, grooming center, and boutique for over three weeks while they figured out how to handle the repairs necessary to reopen.
Fortunately, Christmas came early as the Petco Foundation awarded them a $2,500 grant in October to assist with disaster relief. Then shortly after, in early December, the PEDIGREE® Foundation gave another $5,000 Disaster Relief Grant to help the animal welfare organization recover from losses and damages caused by the destructive storm including roof leaks, air conditioning damage, property damage and losses associated with extended downtime.
“We could not be more appreciative of this much-needed help from the Petco and PEDIGREE® Foundations,” said Humane Society Executive Director, Laurie Hoffman. “This grant illuminates a light of hope at the end of this very long tunnel as we try to get back to normal.”
There certainly was light, and plenty of it, during the annual “Holiday Lights for the Animals” event at the Soffer and Fine Adoption Center. Hundreds of animal lovers visited the private, non-profit organization dedicated to placing every dog and cat placed in its care into loving homes, and to promoting responsible pet ownership and spay/neuter programs, during the seasonal celebration.
The shelter was buzzing with enchanting holiday music, treats, festivities, and performances. Students from Highland Oaks Elementary, Holy Cross Lutheran School, and Ojus Elementary School sang holiday favorites while everyone waited for Santa Paws, who arrived on a North Miami Beach Police Department truck, just as the shelter was illuminated with thousands of lights.
“Thank you to everyone who joined in the festivities and contributed in their own special way to shine a light of HOPE – Helping Orphaned Pets Everyday!” added Melanie Ochoa, Communications and Marketing Coordinator of Humane Society of Greater Miami.
Last year alone, the Humane Society of Greater Miami connected more than 3,300 homeless pets with forever families and served more than 16,000 pets through its preventive clinics.
For more information about the Humane Society of Greater Miami, please visit 16101 West Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach, 33160 or www.humanesocietymiami.org.