Ways to give back this #GivingTuesday

Now that we’ve gotten through Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it’s time to focus on a day that really matters – Giving Tuesday. I love that this event falls right during the busy holiday season because it gives us a chance to step back from the hustle and bustle of the holidays and do something good for others.

This Giving Tuesday I thought I’d focus again on some ways that you can help out local rescues and shelters. Here are just a few ideas to make an impact this holiday season:

Giving Tuesday events

Meet Tuna Melts My Heart

Instagram star @TunaMeltsMyHeart will be visiting the Cleveland APL for Giving Tuesday on Nov. 27. Bring items to donate (food, toys, treats, beds) to the APL and get your picture taken with Tuna. He will be at the adoption center (1729 Willey Ave.) from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

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@tunameltsmyheart

Holiday Hops for Hearts

On Nov. 27, the 4th annual Holiday Hops for Hearts benefitting The Plankton Fund, will be held at Forest City Brewery. The Plankton Fund was started in honor of a dog named Plankton who arrived at the kennel in 2014 and tested positive for late-stage heartworm disease. Tickets are $25 and include one drink ticket and two raffle tickets. Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/249289622444677/

Upcoming holiday fundraisers:

Holiday Puppy Yoga

Join the Friendship APL and “animal Yoga pioneer” Julie VanMeter-Moffitt on Sunday, December 9th from 4 to 5:00 p.m. for a special holiday-themed puppy yoga event. Ugly Christmas sweaters are encouraged, and light drinks and snacks will be provided. This is a humans-only event, although there will be puppies there to do yoga with you. Tickets are $25 and space is limited, so purchase your tickets today. All proceeds from this event will support the Friendship APL. Find out more here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/2252497415027669/

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Ugly Sweater Christmas Party

Hosted by Second Chance Animal Rescue, the 2nd Annual Ugly Holiday Sweater Party will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2018 from 6 -9:00 pm at Scalpers Bar and Grille in Lyndhurst. Dress up in your favorite ugly Christmas sweater and enjoy dinner, drinks, raffle baskets, 50/50 raffle. All proceeds benefit Second Chance Animal Rescue. Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/556801858113157/

Check out the dog-friendly events calendar for more events including all of the Santa Paws events that raise money for local rescues/shelters: https://dogsinthecle.com/dog-friendly-events/

Purchase from a Wishlist

While doing your holiday shopping this year, why not throw in a few gifts for the local homeless dogs and cats in our community? It is so easy to purchase items that a shelter or rescue group needs by searching Amazon for their wishlist and purchasing items on the list. The best part is that you can ship the items directly to them.

You can also use Amazon Smile while you shop on Amazon this holiday season to donate a percentage of your purchase to the rescue group of your choice. Search for one here: https://smile.amazon.com/

Here are just a few Amazon wishlists for local rescues. Many organizations have wishlists on Amazon or have a list of items they need posted on their website.

Cleveland APL: http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/17JWHFI8ZR6ZV/ref=topnav_lists_1

Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter: http://www.amazon.com/wishlist/15JCVK42TMWEY/ref=sr_1_1_acs_wl_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1388683921&sr=8-1-acs

Lake Humane Society: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/13A29C482PO0Y

Sign up to volunteer

Rescue groups always need volunteers to help with fostering, transportation, dog walking, events, and fundraising. If you are new to volunteering, the Cleveland APL is a great place to start. They always need more volunteers to keep up with the animals in their care. Check out more information about volunteering here: https://clevelandapl.org/volunteer/steps-to-become-a-cleveland-apl-volunteer/

The next volunteer orientation for the Cleveland APL will take place on Dec. 5 at 6 pm at St. Wendelin’s Parish.

Most rescue groups have information about becoming a volunteer on their website, so check out your local shelter to see what they need.

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Hold your own fundraiser

It is now easier than ever to raise funds for local rescue groups thanks to Facebook. You can start a fundraiser right on Facebook for the local animal charity of your choice and get donations from your friends and family. On Giving Tuesday, Facebook and PayPal will match a total of $7 million in donations, so it is the perfect day to set up a fundraiser and make it easy for others to donate to the group of your choice.

Happy #GivingTuesday everyone!

Paint Your Pet (and drink wine!)

As much as I’d love to be, I am really not an artist. I wish I could paint or draw, but I’ve never really excelled at either. Because of this, I was a little nervous to take part in a Paint Your Pet event with Wine & Design. But since it was a fundraiser for the group I foster with, Central Ohio Pomeranian Rescue, I couldn’t really say no.

I’ve only done one other wine and painting event and the combination of my poor artistic skills and a couple glasses of wine resulted in a less than stellar painting. This time I decided to focus more on the painting and less on the wine and the result was pretty good! I also had a great instructor, Natalie (who also fosters with COPR), who helped guide me through the process.

Tada, Roscoe in his full glory!

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In the interest of full disclosure, you do send them a photo and they print out a black and white version that you paint, which makes it much easier than painting it all from scratch. The instructor also provides a lot of tips and tricks to ensure the painting turns out well. All of the paintings turned out really well in our group and would definitely be worthy of hanging on the wall! It was such a fun event, I am looking forward to going back and painting Hunter next. Anytime you can get a group together and drink wine and look at cute pet photos is a good night in my book!

Paint Your Pet is regular occurrence at Wine & Design and other painting places throughout Cleveland. And, if you work with a rescue group or non profit you can organize a Paint Your Pet night to raise funds for your group.

Here are some places around Cleveland that host the events:

Wine & Design Cleveland, Rocky River – The group hosts regular paint your pet nights, check out their calendar for more info: https://wineanddesign.com/calendars/cleveland-west

We contacted them about hosting a fundraiser Paint Your Pet night for Central Ohio Pomeranian Rescue and they were very accommodating, even fitting us into just a regularly scheduled Paint Your Pet when we couldn’t get enough people to host our own event. Typically you need at least 12 people to host a fundraiser, but they can accommodate up to 30.

Artists Uncorked Lakewood – Next event is July 5 http://artistsuncorkd.com/events/paint-your-pet-in-lakewood-27/   They also host fundraisers, email them for more information.

Painting with a Twist, Avon – The next one on June 25 is sold out, but you can get on their waiting list to find out about upcoming Paint Your Pet events here: http://www.paintingwithatwist.com/events/viewevent.aspx?eventID=1177024

Wine & Canvas in Strongsville also has “Paint Whatever You Want” nights and opportunities to host fundraisers at their facility. You can find out more here: https://www.wineandcanvas.com/fundraising-cleveland-akron-oh.html

Now I just have to decide where to hang this Roscoe painting….

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5 Ways to Give Back to Local Animals on #GivingTuesday

Today is Giving Tuesday – a day to take a break from all of your holiday shopping to give back to the local community. Since animals are a cause near and dear to my heart, as I am sure they are for most of you, I think giving back to the local animal community is great way to celebrate Giving Tuesday.

Here are five ways to help pets this Giving Tuesday and the rest of the holiday season:

1. Donate to a rescue group’s wishlist

All rescue groups need donations in order to take care of the animals they take in. Most groups will list what they need on their website, but some make it even easier by setting up Amazon wish lists so you can order online exactly what they need and have it shipped right to them. Here are the APL, Cleveland Animal Control and Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter’s Amazon wish lists:

Cleveland APL: http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/17JWHFI8ZR6ZV/ref=topnav_lists_1

Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter: http://www.amazon.com/wishlist/15JCVK42TMWEY/ref=sr_1_1_acs_wl_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1388683921&sr=8-1-acs

Cleveland Animal Control: http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/KLVA6K0ZP3OG/ref=cm_wl_rlist_go_v

These are just a couple of the wishlists out there from rescue groups. Most rescue groups have their own list, so please check with your favorite and help them out!

2. Organize a dog food/supplies drive

One local group that always needs donations is My Best Friend’s Bowl in Lakewood. My Best Friend’s Bowl provides pet food to families in need so they can keep their pets during hard economic times. Organize a pet food donation at your work to keep the cupboards stocked for Cleveland-area pets in need. Find out more here: http://mybestfriendsbowllakewood.com/bowl/how-can-i-help/

Also, this Saturday the Lorain Pet Pantry of Lorain County will be accepting donations for their pantry at the Pet Supplies Plus in Elyria. They are in need of dog & cat food (dry & wet) and cat litter for their monthly distributions. IHeart Radio will also be there doing Santa Pictures. Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/714600658690138/

Donation drives are a great idea for any rescue group. Print out a wish list from your local shelter and post it at your work or school to gather donations.

3. Attend a Fundraiser

There will be no shortage of fundraising events this holiday season. In addition the many Santa Paws events going on this holiday season where you can get your dog’s photo taken with Santa, there are also a few fundraisers you can attend to raise funds for local groups. This is one of the easiest and most fun ways to show your support for homeless animals. Here are a few upcoming ones to check out:

Holiday Hops for the Heart

Organized by City Dogs Cleveland this fundraiser at Platform Brewery on Nov. 29 raises funds for the Plankton Fund to help treat the heartworm positive dogs they take in. The $25 admission at the door includes three craft beers (Speed Merchant or New Cleveland)  plus food. There will be also 50/50 and basket raffles. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/307505489620057/ for more info.

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Safe Harbor Animal Rescue MilkBone Mania

On Dec. 4, Safe Harbor Animal Rescue will hold their final fundraiser of the year. The $10 admission at the door gets you two paddles, each additional paddle is $1.00/ea for the auctin. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and auction baskets. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1158767180882550/ for more info.
Home for the Pawlidays

Join HealthSource of Avon on Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. as they help raise funds for the Cleveland Animal Protective League. Individuals looking to get their backs adjusted, get a massage, have X-Rays taken, learn new exercises or try out a new service can do so by cash donation. At the end of your visit, you can give as little or as much as you like for the services and all proceeds go to the APL. You can also bring in your dog for photos with Santa Paws. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1385497558130620/ for more info.

4. Volunteer Your Time

Rescue groups always need dog walkers, as well as drivers to transport dogs to vet appointments, cage cleaners, people to perform host duties at shelters and volunteers for fundraisers. Here’s a listing of Lake Humane Society’s volunteer needs: http://lakehumane.org/volunteerpositions.html. Contact your local shelter to see what their volunteer needs are.

5. Share a Homeless Pet

It’s not always easy to come up with the money or time needed to help rescue groups, especially around the holidays. One easy, free way to help rescue groups is by sharing adoptable pets. Cleveland Animal Control Volunteers need all the help they can get spreading the word to find homes for Cleveland animals. Follow them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ClevelandCityKennelVolunteers) to see their available pets. You never know who among your friends might be looking for a dog or cat!

And if you’re looking for a cause to donate to, the rescue group I work with, Central Ohio Pomeranian Rescue, just took in a very sick Pomeranian named Faith that was surrendered to them from a puppy mill. Faith’s lungs have been compromised from untreated pneumonia when she was younger and the vet isn’t sure how much improvement to expect. Right now she only has about 50-60% of her lungs functioning and is on antibiotics and steroids. It’s day by day for her, but we are all pulling for her! She is receiving the best vet care possible now and the rescue group is raising funds for her care. If you can donate, you can send money via PayPal to centralohiopomrescue@gmail.com. Check out their FB page for more info on Faith as well as info on several different fundraisers they have going to help raise funds for Faith: https://www.facebook.com/OhioPoms/

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And of course this is your reminder to never buy a puppy from a pet store or online.

Happy Holidays everyone!

September’s Craziest Dog Events

September is going to be a busy month for dog lovers! All of the sudden the calendar is filled with dog-friendly events, many of them first-time, and very unique, events. This month you will have an opportunity to enjoy a four-course meal with your dog, take him or her to prom and/or run a dog-friendly race in your underwear! It’s definitely going to be an interesting month on the CLE dog scene!

Here are some of the dog-friendly events to check out this September:

Sept. 3 History Hike: Dogs of All Wars Memorial

Held at the Rocky River Reservation, Historical Interpreter Karen Lakus will lead a dog-friendly hike to the memorial for Smoky, the Yorkshire Terrier that served in WWII. Learn more about his story and the stories of other canine war heroes who are considered the first therapy dogs. The hike starts at 9:30 am and is 1.25 miles in length. Find out more here: http://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/Main/EventsProgramsCalendar/History-Hike-Dogs-of-All-Wars-Memorial-9757.aspx

Sept. 6 Dinner with Your Dog – Yuzu (UPDATE – SOLD OUT)

Yuzu is getting quite a reputation for its dog friendly atmosphere and events! On Sept. 6 you can stop by to enjoy a four-course dinner with your dog. Courses include:

  • Domestic beer + dog beer
  • Edamame + Dog Biscuit aperitif
  • Yuzu Cusabi Fries + puppy sweet potato appetizer
  • Chicken Yakitori + Canine Yakitori
  • Thai Beef Bowl + Rice & Tenderloin
  • Brown Sugar Bourbon Ice Cream + Pupsicles

Reservations are required and space is limited. The cost is $20 per person, $10 per puppy. You can call 440-799-8343 to reserve your spot. Check out: http://www.yuzulakewood.com/events for more info on upcoming events.

Photo courtesy of Yuzu
Photo courtesy of Yuzu

Sept. 13 Downtown Days: Warehouse District Yappy Hour

As part of the week-long downtown days celebration, the Warehouse District will be hosting a dog-friendly happy hour. Current participating bars include:  Velvet Dog, Johnny’s Downtown,  Cleveland Chop, Barley House ( meet on their side patio dubbed Barkley House), Brasa Grill and Camino Taco & Tequila Bar.

The party will start on the “Wooftop” at the Velvet Dog where CLEpets will be onsite, and there will be voting for the Dog Days of Downtown Photo Contest (Find out more on that here: https://tackk.com/dog-days-of-downtown-photo-contest) All of these locations will be dog friendly and there will special pooch menu items to purchase.

Sept. 18 Woofstock Wet Nose 5K Run and Walk

Run, or walk, with your dog through the beautiful Holden Arboretum to raise funds for the Geauga Humane Society’s Rescue Village. This is the first year they’ve held a combined 5K and 1 mile dog walk fundraiser. You can register for the event here: https://www.classy.org/willoughby/events/woofstock-2016/e75406 There will also be dog games, agility, food, demonstrations, raffles, shopping and adoptable dogs.

Sept. 24 Cleveland Undie Walk

For this fundraiser for the Colon Cancer Alliance, you are encouraged to throw on your most outrageous undies and dress up your dog as well! There is a 5K run and 1 mile run/walk option. Use discount code FIDO and save $5 off registration! Find out more info or register here: http://support.ccalliance.org/site/TR?fr_id=2385&pg=entry

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Oct 5th Dog Prom (rescheduled)

Yuzu is back with another event for dog lovers! Dress your dog up in his or her best formal gear and hit up their patio for a night you won’t likely forget. There will be prom photos taken, dog punch and they even promise some dog dancing! Find out more info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1149010215177581/

And don’t forget to check out all of the dog swim events going on the first week of September: https://dogsinthecle.com/mark-your-calendars-dog-swim-events/

The Dog Fashion Show Event of the Year

It’s the biggest dog fashion show event of the year! On Saturday from 11-3, the Cuyahoga Animal Shelter will host Pawject Runway at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. At the event, dogs will strut their stuff on the runway for a chance to be featured in a calendar.

Dogs will be dressed in all the latest fashions, from evening wear to bikinis. Yes, you heard that correctly. There is also is a dog bikini runway show and it’s just as entertaining as it sounds.

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You can still register your dog to be in the show at http://www.cuyahogadogs.com. The fee for entry is $25 includes one dog/one handler.

The dogs will have their photos professionally taken at the event and the photos will be posted on the Cuyahoga Animal Shelter’s website for people to vote on. The top thirteen dogs will be in their 2017 calendar and will get tickets to the calendar release party at Quaker Steak & Lube in November.

If the bikini show hasn’t convinced you to go, there will also be over thirty vendors ranging from local artisans, craftsman and area rescues, a DJ, River Dog Food Truck. The event is free to spectators and dog friendly!

Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1123147031090040/

 

May Dog-Friendly Events in Cleveland

Now that the weather is getting warmer (at least a couple days each week) the dog-friendly event calendar is starting to fill up! This month you can find a couple dog-friendly walks and a yappy hour to get you in the mood for summer.

There are also a number of human-only dog fundraisers you won’t want to miss, including Art Fur Animals, the Cleveland Kennel’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Check out details below for some of May’s biggest dog events:

May 1 – Bark for Babies

Held at Wade Oval, the event raise funds and awareness for March of Dimes and their mission to support programs and research that help prevent birth defects. In addition to the walk, there will be local vendors, food, contests (including a best dressed dog contest) and prizes. Find out more info at: https://www.facebook.com/barkforbabies.

Skipper, the Ambassador for Bark for Babies.
Skipper, the Doggie Ambassador for Bark for Babies.

May 14 – Paw Parade

The idea for this dog-walk fundraiser came from students in Gilmour’s Management and Entrepreneurship Course and all of the proceeds will go to two charitable organizations.  The event includes a dog-friendly 1.7 mile walk as well as a puppy kissing booth, adoptable dogs, a police canine demonstration and a Vet-administered Microchip Clinic and nail clipping. Find out more info here: http://www.gilmour.org/page.cfm?p=2929

May 15 – Cleveland Metroparks Dog Walkhunter

This 3-mile hike will be held at Mill Stream Reservation from 2-3:30 p.m. Meet in the Pawpaw Picnic Area located off Valley Parkway in Mill Stream Run Reservation. Other dates for Metroparks’ dog walks are May 1 at the Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation, May 15 at Garfield Park Reservation and May 28 at North Chagrin Reservation. Check out the Cleveland Metroparks calendar for details and more dog walk dates: http://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/Main/EventsProgramsCalendar/Dog-Walk-8811.aspx

May 27 – Yappee Hour

This first annual dog-friendly yappy hour will be held at Pawsitively Savvy, a grooming and pet sitting business in Northfield. Dogs are welcome for drinks, snacks, music and fun. Find out more at http://www.pawsitivelysavvy.com/ (If it rains, the event will be held the following Friday).

Human only events:

May 19 – 12th Annual Hair of the Dog Happy Hour and Silent Auction

Held at Around the Corner in Lakewood, this happy hour raises funds for the Lakewood Animal Shelter. Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/866265126852329/

May 21 – Art Fur Animals

The biggest fundraiser of the year for the Cleveland Kennel, the event will be held at the Masonic Temple and features a silent art auction featuring gallery quality artwork as well as raffle prizes, a photo booth, appetizers and drinks, celebrity bartenders and more. Buy your tickets here: http://bit.ly/1T1oLt3

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You can check out their Facebook page for sneak peeks of some of the cool art being auctioned: https://www.facebook.com/artfuranimalscleveland/?fref=nf Like this cool stained glass window:

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May 22 – Uncorked for Canines

This wine tasting fundraiser for Love-A-Stray Animal Rescue will be held at Wood and Wine in Avon. Find out more info here: http://www.loveastraydog.com/events/2nd-annual-uncorked-for-canines/10994

For more May events, check out the calendar: https://dogsinthecle.com/dog-friendly-events

Puppy Delivery for Valentine’s Day!

It’s back…. tomorrow you can get a puppy delivered to your workplace to snuggle and play with! It’s basically a dream come true.

The #UberPuppy event was so successful last year, I’ve been keeping my eye out to see if the Cleveland APL would do it again. And what more perfect day to do it than the Friday before Valentine’s Day! There is no better Valentine than a new snuggly puppy!

Puppies will only be delivered to workplaces, so get your boardroom ready for a puppy party. The cost is $30 for 15 minutes with the puppies and all proceeds go to the Cleveland APL. (Columbus friends – this is going on for you as well, benefiting the Capital Area Humane Society).

Here is how to request your puppy delivery:

  • Open your Uber app Feb. 12 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and request the “PUPPIES” option
  • Uber will let you know if they can get it your area, and then you’ll have 15 minutes to spend with the puppies.

Last year the event was very popular, so expect that you may have to wait or try your request a few times.

Here are some photos from last year’s #UberPuppyBowl that the APL did around the Super Bowl. These are from old coworkers of mine whose office had puppies delivered. (Sadly, my office did not participate, but I am trying to persuade them this year.)

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All of the puppies from the APL are up for adoption, so make sure to spread the word!

More details here: https://newsroom.uber.com/us-ohio/clebuspups16

Can’t wait to see the photos!

Meet Cleveland’s Most Famous Pit Bull!

Have you heard the story of Walter, the abandoned Pit Bull who was abused so severely that he lost control of his back legs?

Photo courtesy of the Barkley Pet Hotel.
Photo courtesy of the Barkley Pet Hotel.

His story is making the rounds on social media lately, and for good reason. After being abandoned at a local vet clinic, Walker was taken in by the Cleveland Dog Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, where they are working to turn his life around. Walter is currently staying at The Barkley Pet Hotel in Chagrin Falls, where they say he is getting walks and exercise and swimming in their indoor pool.

The Barkley Pet Hotel posted this video to give an update on Walter’s progress:

Although his trainer and the Barkley Pet Hotel are taking great care of him, Walter is looking for a forever home! Anyone interested should contact the Cleveland Dog Rescue and Rehabilitation Center at http://clevelanddogrescue.com

If you’re interested in adopting Walter, or just want to meet this special guy, Walter will be hosting a meet and greet this Sunday at the Barkley Pet Hotel, 27349 Miles Rd., from 12-4 p.m. There will be a $5 donation required for admission, which includes a photo with Walter.

Donations are also being made for a new wheelchair for Walter. It’s being custom made for him and should ship from Australia in the next week or so. You can donate on the Cleveland Dog Rescue site by clicking on “Donate.”

Thanks to the Barkley Pet Hotel and Dan at Cleveland Dog Rescue and Rehab Center for stepping up to care for Walter!

5 Fun Holiday Events to Support Local Dogs

Even if you don’t have the time to foster or volunteer with a shelter, there are so many other ways to help local dogs in need. This holiday season there will be several fun events, from a comedy show to a tailgate, you can attend to give your support to local rescue groups.

So if you’re looking for a way to give back this holiday (and pre-holiday) season, check out these fun events organized by Cleveland rescue groups:

Laughter Unleashed Comedy Show with Mike Polk

This Friday, Nov. 20, Vosh Nightclub in Lakewood will be the location for an evening of stand-up comedy featuring Mike Polk Jr. to benefit Citizens Committee for the Lakewood Animal Shelter. Doors open at 9:00, show starts at 9:30 p.m. If you go for dinner at Vosh or Georgetown next door before the show, 15% of your food bill will be donated to CCLAS. Advance tickets can be purchased online for $12 http://cclas.org/events.html. At the door price is $15.

Rovemberfest Beer-n-Brats Party

The third annual Rovemberfest Beer-n-Brats Party to benefit Badges for Bullies will be held at CPPA Memorial Hall on Nov. 21. There will be grilled brats (vegan and pork free options will be available) as well as beer and soda. Admission is $20/person all you can eat and drink! Purchase your Tickets via PayPal here:
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=U2V3KTQ6BVVCU

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Holiday Hops for Hearts

Stop by the Flying Monkey in Tremont on Dec. 1 for a fun event to benefit heartworm positive City Dogs at Cleveland Animal Care & Control. $25 admission includes all you can drink beer courtesy of the Flying Monkey Pub as well as food. Ticket sales at the door, cash only please. There will also be raffle baskets and a 50/50 raffle.

If you can’t attend, you can still help support the Plankton Fund, a fund that supports adopters and rescues who take in heartworm positive dogs, by donating here: http://friendsofclevelandkennel.com/the-plankton-fund/

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Santa Paws is Coming to Town

Have a fun night celebrating the holiday season all while supporting the homeless pups of Muttley Crue on Dec. 12. The event will be held at Grindstone TapHouse and will include casino games, wine pull, a decitant menu prepared by Chef Chad, Bad Santa and his elves, live music as well as a raffle and auction. $25 tickets for all you can eat, 100 casino chips, 2 drink tickets. Find out more at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1012022505510540/

Tailgate Party at the Barley House

92.3 The Fan will be hosting a Tailgate Party at the Barley House before the Browns game on Sunday, Dec. 13 from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. There will be a raffle for a chance to win an autographed Joe Haden jersey. The event is free, but all proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Cleveland APL. Find out more here: https://clevelandapl.org/donate/fun-ways-to-support-the-apl/

And stay tuned for my Santa Paws, another fun way to give back to local rescues, round up later this month!

Pom Party!

On Sunday I organized my first fundraiser – a Pommie Brunch event to raise funds for Central Ohio Pomeranian Rescue. I fostered for them most of last year and met my best friend Roscoe thanks to them (they don’t just rescue poms), so I am forever indebted to the organization. Kim Ray, COPR’s President, does great work rescuing poms and other small breed dogs across the state and surrounding states, often taking in sick and elderly dogs that typically have a hard time finding homes.

Since I haven’t been fostering lately since adopting Roscoe, I wanted to find other ways I could help COPR. Inspired by Northeast Ohio Dachshund Picnic, which is a dachshund meetup organized every summer to raise money for Northeast Ohio Dachshund Rescue, I started a Pom meetup group, Northeast Ohio Pomeranian Meetup earlier this year. I thought it would be good way to get pom owners together to plan meetups and fundraisers for COPR. Unfortunately it took me a while to finally getting around to plan an event. I contacted Around the Corner in Lakewood just a couple of weeks ago to see if we could use their patio for a fundraiser and was able to book it on very short notice (thanks ATC!) for a dog-friendly brunch. The staff at ATC was great and it was a perfect patio for a bunch of crazy poms! (Note: they are only dog friendly for special dog events).

I was so pleased with the turnout considering that it was only announced a week prior. We had several people from the meetup group plus a few of the local COPR fosters – and so many fluffy poms (and a few honorary poms, like Roscoe)! It was a like a dream come true for me.

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You can join our meetup group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1438046269843395/)

Or join one of these other Cleveland meetup groups. Let me know in the comments if I am missing your meetup group!

Northern Ohio Husky & Malamute Enthusiasts: http://www.nohme.net/
Cleveland Italian Greyhound Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/ClevelandIGMeetup/