Paw Prints - Broward County animal care & adoption
December 2013
Broward County > Animal Care and Adoption > Paw Prints Newsletter
Happy Early Thanksgiving!
staffWelcome to all of our volunteer family and friends! Beginning with this issue--and per your request--we are bringing back the Volunteer Newsletter, renamed Paw Prints. From our staff, thank you for all that you do and the time you give our shelter pets. Whether you work directly with an animal; assist customers; do the very necessary and very messy job of cleaning in the kennels; washing dishes, or processing laundry, every one of you plays a major role in the success of our agency and the work we do to find our shelter pets their forever homes. This newsletter is for you as a small thank you and a way to stay better connected. Have a great month and keep an eye out for the December issue of the Paw Prints newsletter!

Volunteer Program Change
Beginning November 1, we will be changing the Volunteer Application process. Those who are interested in volunteering will no longer have to send us their application first in order to start the process. Instead, we will have regularly scheduled orientations each month and those who are interested will be invited to an orientation. At the end of each orientation, prospective volunteers will be asked to complete a Volunteer Application and present a valid photo ID. We will then review the application and make sure all of the necessary information is included for processing. Our goal is to make the process more efficient and faster. Please share this process change with anyone you might come across who expresses interest in joining our Volunteer team. To schedule an orientation, please have them send an e-mail to

Painting Party!

dog with paint brushDo you want to make a difference in a shelter pet’s daily life? Well then, this project is for you! Beginning Sunday, November 3, we will be working section-by- section through the entire shelter to re-paint all of the dog kennels. Our goal is to have all of the primary adoption and stray sections spruced up and ready for what we hope is a very busy holiday adoption season. The calendar and assignments are listed below. We need you and your friends to make this aggressive plan a success. Please contact Stefanie Chicko at to offer your help for one or more of the days listed below.

The Sunday of every painting week will be used to remove dogs from the designated section and clean/prepare the area for painting. The Monday of every week will be used to paint.

We need 5-10 prep volunteers each Sunday to ensure we can properly prepare the designated section each week.

We need 10 paint volunteers each Monday to ensure we can properly paint the designated section each week.

Painting Schedule
November 10-11: Adoptions
November 17-18: Adoptable side of Old Adopt section
November 24-25: No painting (Holiday week)
December 1-2: West half of Male Stray section
December 8-9: East half of Male Stray section
December 15-16: West half of Female Stray section
December 22-23: No painting (Holiday week)
December 29-30: East half of Female Stray section
January 5-6: Holding Area
January 12-13: Injured and Bite Section in Old Adopt

Upcoming Events
November will be a busy month, and will include our super-duper Black Friday adoption event! If you are interested in helping on any of these days, please contact Stefanie Chicko at All events listed below will be held at the shelter: 1870 SW 39th Street in Fort Lauderdale.

Doggie Bathing Parties

dog in bathFriday, November 15 & 22
To prepare our adoption dogs for the weekend, we want to make sure they have their best paw forward! The Fridays listed above from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., we will need between 4 and 5 enthusiastic volunteers to help bath these beauties and make sure each dog is dried before going back inside for dinner.

Back in Black

Back in BlackHi! My name is Jordy! I'm a 5-year-old Terrier who is as cute as can be! My family could no longer take care of me, so I am hoping for a new home to call my own. I am housebroken and know how to walk on a leash. I am fully grown and weigh only 28 lbs, so I will fit in well in any size home. I hope you will come and check me out. It would be nice if I can have a new family to love. I'm at the Broward County Fort Lauderdale Adoption Center, 1870 S.W. 39 St. They are open this Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Black Friday "Kennelbuster!" Event

Friday, November 29
Last year we opened our doors and were pleasantly surprised at how many dogs and cats were either adopted or had adoption deposits placed on them during our “Kennelbuster” event. So we are opening our doors again this year from 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.!

To add to the fun, adopters who bring in a "Wish List" item to the shelter will get to spin the Animal Care Prize Wheel for the chance to win fun prizes, such as T-shirts and pet treats.

Animal Care and Adoption "Wish List" items include:

  • Bandanas
  • Blankets
  • Canned dog and cat food
  • Dry dog and cat food (all sizes and varieties)
  • Cat and dog toys
  • Cat litter (non-clumping)
  • Dog and cat treats
  • Kuranda dog beds
  • MNR (kitten milk replacement) dry formula
  • Kitten bottles and nipples
  • Newspaper
  • Towels

We are looking for additional greeter volunteers to help customers check-in, kennel greeters to help answer potential adopter questions and kennel assistants to help the Animal Care Specialists with daily animal care needs.