Dogs find homes through Valentine’s event

February 11, 2011, 8:48 am

A New Beginning Pet Care & Rescue has organized adoption events at local PetSmart locations for years, but as of late the decade old grass roots organization has suffered from lack of donations and a simultaneous population explosion of unwanted dogs and cats. “Overall, there has been a 25 to 30 percent increase in pet surrenders since the recession began,” said Orlando attorney Tim Miedona, who does volunteer work for the charity and is also on the board of directors. “Unfortunately, we know, most of those animals end up euthanized.” Ryan Julison, a public relations executive recently adopted a dog from “A New Beginning” with his girlfriend, Laura Marcinkowski, and the couple vowed to do something to help the group. The couple helped to organize an event labeled “Dog-e-Harmony”. ┬áThis event brought together a few hundred people and 15 eligible dogs at Winestyles, an upscale wine shop in Orlando’s Baldwin Park.

They enlisted Baldwin Park merchants to offer auction items and a venue. They served wine and hors d’oeuvres and even hired a violinist. They printed information about the no-kill policy of “A New Beginning” and its list of pet foster homes, where people often pay for veterinary care out of their own pockets. “It seems like every other event is the same thing, the same format,” Julison said. “I wanted to target a different demographic and do something at night,” he said. “I came up with the idea, but Laura came up with the name Dog-e-Harmony. Of course, I thought it was awesome.”

Source: The Orlando Sentinel

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