WELCOME TO 
PAWSITIVE EFFECTS, INC.

Pawsitive Effects, Inc. is making a difference in the future of pets lives. Our non profit 501 (c) (3) organization is committed to finding permanent loving homes, promote  spay and neuter, pet adoption, animal welfare, pet retention, pet resources and assist local non profit pet rescues and shelters in Highlands and Hardee County.  The money we raise through our annual Barktoberfest Pet Adoption and Fundraiser Event helps supports the costs involved in treating the sick, helping the injured, feeding the hungry and provide shelter for the homeless.

Our Goal is to help rescues vet, rehabilitate and prepare these animals for forever homes. Since the inception of our organization in 2015 we have raised just over $140,000.00.  100% of our donations are allocated to qualified non profit organizations that meet a strict criteria in helping animals.

We are very proud to have assisted in hundreds of animals finding a place they can finally call home.  This is no small task and we could not do it without the support of the many businesses, organizations and residents that have trusted us to make a difference one animal at a time.  There is never a shortage of animals in need and we know  that we may not be able to help them all. 

Our wish is maybe one day we won't have to.

Thank you for giving us the chance to make a 

PAWsitive Effect!

Steve and Gini Shevick

Founders

 

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"Ellie"

Sparkling over the rainbow and in our hearts

"SYD"

Forever our sweet Sloth

The Shevick Pack

Cat and Dog
 
 

BARKTOBERFEST 2022

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We welcome your socialized ,

well behaved and leashed dog.

Please be prepared to pick up after your dog. 

Highlands County's largest pet adoption event and fundraiser held annually on the first Saturday of October at Stuart Park in Lake Placid Florida.  This free event will have dogs and cats of all breeds and all ages up for adoption.  The rescue organizations set their own adoption fees and application process.    The park will host pet adoptions along with activities for the kids, your pets and the whole family.  Strut your Mutt in our costume contest.  There are wonderful vendors offering unique items for your pets and for their humans as well as pet services such as microchipping, nail trims, photos, blessings and more.  Enjoy great food, music and enter for a chance to beautiful raffle prizes.   Free parking surrounds the park and  public restroom are available.    The event starts at 10:00am and ends at 3:00pm.  NO rain date.

All donations benefit the participating non profit rescues from Highlands and Hardee County.

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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 you and your leashed  pets.  
Donations are greatly appreciated and benefit the participating rescues.

NAIL CLIPPING

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Get your pet's nails professionally clipped during the event by

Quick Clipz Mobile Grooming

10:00 am to 3:00 pm

$10.00 minimum donation

WAG BAG WITH ADOPTION

WHILE SUPPLIES LAST

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PET BLESSING

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Bring your pet to be blessed during the event by

Rev. Jeff Grossman

from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Donations gladly accepted

MICRO CHIPPING

PET COSTUME CONTEST

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Bring your pet in costume and enter to win great prizes!

Contest starts at 11:00 am

located at large pavilion

No Entry Fee

PET PHOTO FUN

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FREE WAG BAG

filled with goodies for you

and your new pet

Bring your pet to get

micro-chipped during the event by Highlands County Animal Services.

10:00 am to 3:00 pm

$10.00 donation

SAY CHEESE!

Get a professional photo of your pet to take home.

$5.00 minimum donation

All donations for activities with a minimum donation requested are made at Barktoberfest in the form of CASH only, please.

 
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FOOD & SUPPLY COLLECTIONS
AT BARKTOBERFEST

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 raffle prize during BARKTOBERFEST.

PUPPY, ADULT, SENIOR DOG OR CAT FOOD. (USA made only please)

FLEA/TICK TREAMENT

BRUSHES/COMBS

SHAMPOO/CONDITIONER

TREATS, TOYS, PET BEDDING, TOWELS, BLANKETS, DISINFECTANT CLEANERS, PAPER TOWELS, GARBAGE BAGS, GLOVES, CRATES/CAGES, KITTY LITTER, LEASHES, 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 helpful as well.

Can't make it to Barktoberfest but still want to donate? 

Just click the donate button

and we'll do the rest!

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We accept any items for shelters ALL YEAR LONG!

Contact us for a  pick up or

drop off location.

 

MEET THE RESCUES

Rescue Groups

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Each rescue or shelter operates as a non profit and holds a valid and current 501 (c) (3) status with the state of Florida.  These rescues set their own adoption application policies and fees. 

 Take  time to meet their dogs and cats as they help you find a great fit for your family and home.

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Humane Society

Highlands County

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Little Critters

Wildlife Rehabilitation

Center

 
 

HOW CAN YOU HELP WITH OUR MISSION?

When we think about our donors we think a lot about what it means to donate to a cause.  There are millions of causes, all very important that require the generosity of the public to help with the mission.  We are just a small piece of that pie but nevertheless just as important.  One thing that comes to mind when making a donation is a popular question of

 "what difference can my donation actually do".

The fact remains that even the smallest donations when put together can move mountains!  In our case, we have watched contributions add up to make a world of difference in the life of a less fortunate animal. 

You know those commercials that say 

"for just the cost of a cup of coffee per day"?

Well whether it is the cost of coffee to a tank of gas, the effect on your donation has as much impact as winning the lottery.  That's what any dog or cat would tell you if they could.  We hold the words of the following statement very close to our hearts and truly believe if you focus on that then you have made ALL the difference!

"Saving the life on ONE, will not change the world.  But it will change the world for that ONE life."

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Whether you are donating to become a sponsor during our annual Barktoberfest or just want to help us continue our mission, you can be assured it all goes to helping the animals

ALL YEAR LONG!

It's easy to help us by simply shopping on Amazon Smile and choosing

Pawsitive Effects, Lake Placid

as your charitee and they do the rest.

 

PAWSITIVE EFFECTS, INC.

CONTACT US

Mailing Adress:

1612 Noble Fir Street 
Lake Placid, FL 33852

CALL 863-441-0351 

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