PAWSITIVE EFFECTS, INC.
PAWSITIVE EFFECTS AT A GLANCE
Pawsitive Effects, Inc. is making a difference in the future of pets lives. Our non profit organization is focused on finding permanent loving homes, promote the importance of spay and neuter programs, proper animal care, pet retention, share local pet resources and help 11 non profit pet rescues and shelters. The money we raise helps them continue to save the lives of so many homeless, abandoned, sick, abused and injured dogs and cats in Highlands and Hardee County Florida.
Forever in our hearts,
Little Syd the Sloth
Where it all started...
Being passionate about animals and having a small crew of our own lead us to the creation of Pawsitive Effects, Inc. Being a financial contributor for years helping organizations all over the country was our way of helping with the cause. Have you ever watch one of those devastating commercials where an animal is shaking in a cage or kennel sitting on a hard wet cement floor? Or watching a dog tied to a tree shivering in the snow all the while depressing music plays in the background. Well we have, and as usual our checkbook came out and we made a donation. We did that for years and spent thousands of dollars over time never knowing if it helped or made enough of a difference. After moving from a major metropolitan city to a rural town in 2007 we saw more than we could have imagined or even handled in the way of how the homeless pet population was. Sure, we always knew the good, bad and the ugly of homeless pets as it provoked us to write a check to give us peace of mind. That peace may have been for the moment but just never seems to be enough. When we witnessed the need for so much more in our own small community, it made us get on board to really get involved. After having a horrific experience with trying to help a dog named Gracie at local shelter, we saw deplorable conditions, poor management and lack of compassion toward these animals is what encouraged us to get serious about getting involved. The more we learned the more concerned we got as we saw the lack of public participation in pet adoptions locally, awareness of the rescue resources available, the need for low cost spay and neutering, facilities that offer low cost vetting, help with food and basic animal care all that contributes to helping the public with pet retention.
It was with these findings that fueled us to take the next step that would enable us to have the impact in a community that would actually make a difference. With a desire to focus on our communities pets needs we launched our non profit
501 (c)(3) Pawsititve Effects, Inc. in May of 2014.
Pawsitive Effects, Inc is NOT a pet rescue. Our organization was created to support the local animal rescue organizations and county shelter that share in the same mission, values and goals that are dedicated to the needs, well being and the future of homeless animals.
It was easy to understand that without these rescues, the fate of the sick, injured, abused, abandoned and dogs and cats that require special needs would make the difference in whether that animal walked into a forever home or leave in a plastic bag. After learning about the day to day operations and financial responsibilities these rescues have was astounding. We found that the qualified non profit rescues we support are 100% reliant on public donations, grants and fundraisers. Operating a rescue is no easy task as it is a 24/7 day to day operation that often relies on the help of fosters and volunteers as they work around the clock to meet the needs of these animals. The costs involved are staggering depending on the condition on intake of an animal to the vetting which can cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars, rehabilitation and training before it can be adopted out. Most of these rescues being in a rural area are inundated with so many animals, they've often found themselves over extended, financially crippled and ensure that the needs of their rescue animals are met before their own. To these organizations, they believe every animal deserves a chance and money is not going to deny them of what they need to survive and live a happy and full life. WE AGREE!
To us, this was what we were meant to do and we did just that! And so it began, our journey of helping these rescues financially, promoting their adoptable and educating the public of their existence. Being business professionals in marketing, wholesale, retail and service industries, we put our knowledge and experience to work.
We are excited about the things we've accomplished in such a short time and are proud of the support received from the community. The past 5 years has had more of an impact on our lives as much as it has on those animals that survived, thrived and are living the life they deserve. As you will learn what started out as a personal mission has grown to be more than we could have ever dreamed. We can truly say it has all made a difference as we witness every day and know that every contribution that is made is truly used to have a PAWSITIVE EFFECT on an animals life.
Thank you for your support, contributions, hard work and dedication to Pawsitive Effects.
We could not do it without you!
Steve and Gini Shevick
Founders of Pawsitive Effects, Inc.
FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY AND THEIR PETS!
Celebrating our 6th year of finding great homes for local shelter animals
Highlands County largest Pet Adoption event and fundraiser. Located at Stuart Park in Lake Placid Florida. The Public can expect a day that focuses on adoption, fundraising, education and share their love for pets. This is a free event with free parking. Well behaved leashed pets are welcome to attend with a responsible adult handler that will also pick up after them. Parents are asked to ensure small children are watched closely.
Show Your Support
The success of Barktoberfest would not be possible without the financial support from these people and businesses. Their sponsorship's will greatly help the rescues fund their animals with the medical attention they need, feed and provide quality care as they prepare them for adoption. Their sponsorship is used locally and we can't thank them enough for helping us with our mission. Please scroll through and if you know any of them please say thank you, if you can help support them, then please do so.
If you'd like to become a sponsor please contact us and we'll get you a sponsorship form. If you'd like to make a donation of any amount please click the button below.
PLAN YOUR DAY AT BARKTOBERFEST
So you don't miss a thing...We have provided times for specific events listed below.
Enjoy the many activities offered for your pets. These booths are provided by wonderful people volunteering their time to make your time at Barktoberfest memorable.
Donations are greatly appreciated and given back to the 11 supported rescues here in Highlands and Hardee County.
NAIL CLIPPING BY
Get your pets nails professionally clipped during the event from
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Donations Greatly Appreciated!
Bring your pet to be blessed during the event by Rev. Jeff Grossman and receive a Blessing Certificate
from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
PET COSTUME CONTEST
Bring your pet in costume and enter to win great prizes!
* BEST COSTUME
* MOST FUNNIEST
* MOST SPOOKY
Contest starts at 12:00 and is in front of large pavilion.
FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
Sit, Stay and Play
PICTURES WITH SANTA
Santa makes a special appearance to sit with your pets and the whole family from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. You will receive a beautiful 4x6 glossy photo to take with you for a $5.00 donation.
Our Fall photo booth is available all day from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
FUN FOR THE KIDS
There are several things for the kids to enjoy. Lake Placid's Safety Pup, Toby the clowns will be face painting, the Lake Placid Junior Women's Club will be offering rock painting, photo booth pictures, music, great food trucks and more!
BUFO POISONOUS FROG EDUCATION
See a real BUFO Frog and learn how to identify one by guest speaker Charlie Nilsen, a specialist in amphibians and reptiles.
Dr. Higgins from Oak Hammock Animal Hospital will talk about what you can do if your pet comes in contact with one. Life saving information that could make the difference in whether your pet lives or dies. This information will be offered 2 times in front of the large pavilion at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.
Can you ADD a few things to your list?
FOOD & SUPPLY COLLECTIONS
The Rescues can't do this alone!
When you bring any of these items to the large pavilion at Barktoberfest you will receive a FREE RAFFLE TICKET for a chance to win a great prize!
PUPPY, ADULT, SENIOR DOG OR CAT FOOD. (USA made only please)
TREATS, TOYS, PET BEDDING, TOWELS, BLANKETS, DISINFECTANT CLEANERS, PAPER TOWELS, GARBAGE BAGS, GLOVES, CRATES/CAGES, KITTY LITTER, LEASHED COLLARS or anything else you think could be helpful to a shelter. Even gift cards to Petco or Pet Supermaket, Amazon, Walmart prove to be very help as well.
MEET THE RESCUES
Rescue Groups at BARKTOBERFEST 2019
Each Rescue or shelter operates under non profit and holds a valid and current 501 (c) (3) status with the state of Florida. These rescues set their own adoption policies and adoption fees. In most case adoptions during Barktoberfest can leave with you that day. Take the time to meet their dogs and cats as they help you find your new best friend.
BARKING OUT LOUD RESCUE
Barking Out Loud specializes in rescue of dogs.
They can be reach at 863-414-2326.
GET YOUR PET MICRO CHIPPED AT
BARKTOBERFEST SATURDAY OCT. 5TH
FOR ONLY $10.00
Provided By Highlands County Animal Services
PAYMENT IS DUE AT TIME OF CHIPPING AT BARKTOBERFEST AND CASH OR CHECK WILL BE ACCEPTED.
FIRST COME FIRST SERVE.
There will be 150 Micro chips reserved at Barktoberfest.
MICRO CHIPPING CAN HELP GET
YOUR DOG BACK!
Having your pet Micro Chipped at Barktoberfest helps in 2 ways. Firstly, it may get your pet back quicker in the event they go missing before something bad happens to them.
NO ANNUAL RENEWAL FEES!
PAWSitive Effects, Inc. will match your $10.00 during Barktoberfest. This will help the Highlands County Animal Services with their "HEEL TOGETHER" program where selected dogs from the shelter are placed with inmates to train and rehabilitate as they prepare them for adoption.
NO DONATION IS TOO SMALL!
Our continued success relies on your support. With the generosity of public donations we can continue to help these rescues who are the reason why these animals can survive. Your tax deductible donation goes directly for the use of helping rescues get these animals ready for adoption and the chance to live the life they deserve. 100% of your donation goes to help this mission and there are no salaries or administration costs being taken out.
PAWSitive Effects, Inc.
is a non profit 501 (c) (3)
dedicated to helping rescues and the animals they are committed to saving.
We can't thank you enough for making a