This Thursday, November 14, 2013
Boynton Beach Art District
422 West Industrial Ave.
Boynton Beach, Florida
A fundraiser for the pet rescue organization, Passion for Paws, will take place Thursday at theBoynton Beach Arts District.
Sponsored by Y. Cleomili Harris, aka Ms. Cleo, of Wahgwaan Entertainment Inc., LDC by LC Management and Rolando Chang Barrero's ActivistaArtista gallery, the event hopes to raise at least $3,000 for the organization.
Ava Rhodes, executive director of Passion for Paws, Inc., received the 2013 DunDun Award by Wahgwaan Entertainment, created in 2009 by Harris, host of "Conversations with Cleo" on BlogTalkRadio.com, in memory of her mother.
Passion for Paws is a nonprofit, charitable organization benefiting dogs and cats established in 2009 in West Palm Beach.
"We are committed to assisting and supporting local, small businesses and community nonprofits and Passion for Paws was a perfect fit," Harris said.
Unlike other pet rescues, Passion for Paws practices surrender prevention and is dedicated to keeping pets with their families during difficult times.
Passion for Paws delivers pet food to the elderly who may not be able to come in for assistance, helps with walking dogs and subsidizes vet bills.
"We're thrilled to be chosen as a recipient of the DunDun award. We use our funds to benefit animals and pets in Palm Beach County whose owners are in financial distress," Rhodes said.
"We believe that helping owners keep their pets, providing a safety net of assistance during times of hardship, can save the lives of dogs and cats who might otherwise be surrendered."
According to Passion for Paws, last year more than 18,000 dogs and cats were euthanized for not having a home, being feral, being surrendered by their owners or strays being picked up on the street.
"Each year we help more than 150 low-income pet owners and more than 300 cats and dogs to stay together," Rhodes said.
Barrero, who runs the gallery and the events at the arts district, is a pet lover and has two rescue dogs – a 3-year old, 15-pound Jack Russell mix and Moses, an 8-month-old Plott Hound weighing in at 73 pounds, both rescued from the streets.
He said Passion for Paws brings together his passion for dogs and Ms. Cleo.
"I'm excited and honored to sponsor an event for this magnificent cause," Barrero said.
Suggested donation at the door is $12.50 or a 5-pound bag of dry cat/dog food. Visit ConversationsWithCleo.com or crowdrise.com/passionforpawswpb/fundraiser/ycleomiliharris. Information on Passion for Paws may be found at passionforpaws.com. For information on the Arts District, call ActivistArtistA Gallery at 786-521-1199 or email ActivistArtistA@Gmail.com.