Play, Shop, Adopt, Volunteer Events: Pet Expo & Doggie Ball
Dog Volunteer Event: Getty Images
That’s why I’m so enamored with the Tri County Humane Society (TCHS) in Boca Raton, Florida. First, TCHS is a highly organized animal shelter, rescuing thousands of puppies, kittens, dogs and cats each year that were on death row, ready to be euthanized.
Second, Tri County is a major hub for pet lovers, supplying education, volunteer opportunities, social events, and an overall greater respect for animals in the community it serves.
Even if you don’t live close enough to Tri County to take part by sharing some of the great events they have planned, I hope I can inspire more pet lovers to explore similar opportunities in their own communities, whether it’s through getting involved with a local animal shelter, or starting a meet-up of your own.
Here are some ideas, courtesy the Tri County Humane Society
Fundraising Doggie Ball
March 18, 2012 is the 10th Annual Doggie Ball This Western-themed party includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a five-star sit down buffet dinner, dancing to a live band, and auctions throughout the evening. The event takes place at Boca West Country Club. It sells out, so if you’re in the area, reserve tickets: 561-482-8110.
Adoption Meet and Greet at the Pet Expo
March 24, 2012 is the South Florida Pet Expo, where pet lovers can shop, learn about proper pet care and even meet adoptable dogs and cats. This is the perfect hub for TCHS to meet lots of new people and spread the word about adoption and volunteering. It will be filled with like-minded Floridians that may not have considered adoption, volunteering, or even spay and neuter before. Plus, it’s fun! There will also be prize giveaways, discounted vaccinations, free nail trims, and agility demonstrations.
Pet Lovers Meet-Up
Called Paws for the Cause, TCHS has a social networking group that meets monthly at a local restaurant/bar. The cost for membership is $35 per year. The events cost $10 for members and $20 for guests. One drink and light appetizers are provided, and all proceeds benefit Tri County.
Not a bad way to meet neighbors, and you can bet some of the great ideas above probably sparked from a relaxed night at the bar.
Ongoing, Flexible Volunteer Opportunities
Dozens of dedicated women and men donate thousands of hours in virtually every department of the shelter. Some are there every day of the week, while others come in one afternoon.
All levels of commitment are greatly appreciated by the staff. If you love animals and like working with people, consider volunteering.
The volunteer opportunities range from dog walking to answering questions in the “Cat Room.” TCHS is also involved with six area nursing homes. A volunteer can take their own dog or a Tri County dog to visit residents. For more information call 561-482-8110 or e-mail Volunteer Coordinator Amanda at email@example.com.
Find the Pet Expos in Your City
A Pet Expo is a great place to find organizations like TCHS near you. Check the listings below and get out there!
2012 PET EXPO SHOWS March 10: Tampa Bay March 24: South Florida April 14: Houston April 28: Phoenix May 12: Charlotte May 19: New York June 9: Anchorage June 23: Dallas June 30: Steel City July 21: Windy City August 4: San Antonio August 11: Denver August 18: Austin September 15: New England October 6: Portland October 20: St. Louis October 27: Atlanta
Do you take part in any local community events or organizations benefitting animals? Inspire us in a comment!