Monday, November 8, 2010

Shelter Tour with the Girls Scouts Group 565

It was Diwali this weekend, a Hindu Celebration translated into the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS... it is our new years. And we are off to a good start.

Yesterday, Silvia and I volunteered our time to meet with 10 girls scouts (and a few moms) for a tour of the SPCA of Orlando and the Orange County Animal Services.

Upon our arrival at the site we were informed both shelters were closed to the public for the day. Although the girls were slightly disappointed in not being able to visit the animals awaiting adoption, we had a great in depth discussion on what it means to be a responsible pet parent.

Our discussions covered almost all the topics regarding animal shelters, puppy mills and pet shops, back yard breeders vs. responsible breeders, dog training, vaccinations and spay/neuter, the Florida Pet Lemon Law, pure breed dogs and mutts, hyrbrid mutts / designer mutts, including our responsibilities as a pet parent to dogs (such as grooming, exercise, nutrition and training).

This particular girls scouts group is going for their Bronze Awards. The Girl Scout Bronze Award is earned by Junior Girl Scouts. In addition to preliminary requirements, girls must complete a project of at least 15 hours that demonstrates her leadership skills and commitment to the community.

After our discussion yesterday morning, Group 565 decided they were going to plan, organize and conduct a dog wash to benefit Puppy BREATH (Behavior, Research, Education, Adoption, Training & Healthy), a 501C3 formed to rescue new born puppies or mums soon to give birth and then raise them till about 16 - 24 weeks of age, while providing training and enrichment to ensure successful and forever adoptions.

Families considering adoption of any puppy through Puppy BREATH will be required to undergo some general screening as well as testing to ensure a right and perfect match between puppy and future pet parents.

The Dog Wash will be held on Sunday November 14th from 2pm - 4pm at the Groom Grub & Belly Rub in Avalon Park.

Cost: $5 per dog plus $1 for bandana (optional)
Contact: Teena Patel at 407-832-3763

Groom Grub & Belly Rub
3702 Avalon Park East Blvd
Orlando, FL 32828

(Phone) 407-277-7387

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