October 28, 2010

In recognition of National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, KB Pet Service has launched a collection drive to benefit four shelters in our area – Born Free Pet Shelter, Community Partnership for the Homeless (CHP), Humane Society of Greater Miami, and Paws 4 You. Created by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Animal Shelter Appreciation Week is intended to honor animal shelters and their dedicated staff across the country. It runs from November 7 to 13.

According to HSUS, there are approximately 4,000 animal shelters across the United States, available to serve the estimated 6 to 8 million homeless animals who seek refuge each year. While 63 percent of American households include pets, only 10 percent of owned dogs and 18 percent of owned cats are adopted from animal shelters.

In response to Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, Jill Stephens of KB Pet Service is launching Presents 4 Pets to promote animal welfare and encourage Key Biscayne residents help homeless animals by donating items needed by local shelters.

The four shelters and rescue groups were selected as Presents 4 Pets recipients because of their commitment to finding loving homes for the homeless and abandoned pets of Miami Dade County. CPH is selected because it is one of the only homeless shelters in the United States to also house pets. According to Sharon Haxton of CPH, "Many of our residents would rather remain on the streets than give up their pets. Our kennels clearly provide a much needed service."

Fortunately, each of the four agencies has differing needs so donated items will not have to be heavily divided. Items can be new or used but clean. Checks may also be written to any of the designated shelters, placed in an envelope, and delivered to a drop location. Needed are:

  • dog and cat food
  • bowls
  • leashes
  • collars
  • cat toys
  • hard rubber toys for dogs
  • nylon and regular chew bones
  • kongs
  • paper towels
  • 13 gallon trash bags
  • crates
  • cat litter
  • litter boxes
  • beds
  • blankets
  • sheets
  • shampoo
  • laundry detergent
  • bleach

There are three drop locations: Stephens’ home at 159 East Enid Drive, Island Veterinary Clinic, and the Key Biscayne Community Center. Residents who wish to have donated items picked up may contact Stephens at Stephens encourages all Key Biscayne residents to get involved in the Presents 4 Pets campaign. Collection runs from October 21 through November 11. 

Donations will be delivered to each of the shelters during the weekend of November 13. Stephens is partnering with Amy Zambrano of Island Angels in this effort. Founded by Zambrano in 2008, Island Angels fosters compassion and an appreciation for community service among the children of Key Biscayne by introducing ways to help residents in need. 

Children who are part of the Island Angels network will be invited to help deliver donated items to the four agencies. According to Zambrano, "Presents 4 Pets enables us to expand the Island Angels mission by giving Key Biscayne youth a clear understanding of the needs facing homeless animals in Miami Dade County." For more information on Island Angels contact Zambrano at

For additional information on Presents 4 Pets, visit Established by Stephens in November 2009, KB Pet Service offers dog walking, vacation care for cats and dogs, medications, pet taxi and more. KB Pet Service is bonded and insured, a member of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters and possesses Level 2 Criminal Background Clearance. The business serves Key Biscayne and the Brickell area exclusively.

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