Dog training and behavior modification are not only my career of choice but my passion. As a natural extension of this passion, I thrive on turning homeless dogs into service dogs to help others. The largest reason why millions of dogs and cats are killed in our shelter system year after year is not because of cancer or any medical condition, it is because poor behavior.1 Too often what facilitates this process is when pet parents abdicate teaching dogs how they would like their dog to behave.

 

Here in Miami Dade, we unnecessarily have historically killed over 20,000 friendly adoptable, loving dogs and cats each year, over a 100 a day! – crazy numbers! What adds to this genocide is antiquated, regressive, discriminatory laws such as BSL (Breed Specific Legislation) which is not supported by science or any educated professional. Such policies, which are founded in fiction, lend to the unnecessary slaughter of beautiful sentient beings.

 

As long as we oppress other living beings we will create a culture of oppression.

 

My close friend, film star Steve Guttenberg has come to Miami to support this cause. Together we will help turn these homeless dogs into service dogs and to bring awareness to this epidemic. We are also bringing awareness to outstanding charities such as the Sabrina Cohen Foundation which brings awareness to people with disabilities who would benefit tremendously from a service dog.

 

The killing of dogs must stop. We need to forge relationships where there is a mutually beneficial relationship built on love, understanding and help between canine and human animals.

 

Miami Dade Animal Services was in attendance showing off some of the very dogs who are at high risk of being killed every single day. Please adopt don’t shop. It was an awesome event and many peoples’ hearts were stolen by these gorgeous pups that may not be here tomorrow if not adopted today.

 

Steve was presented with a key to the city and honor bestowed to him by Mayor Levine and I was awarded a certificate of recognition for my service dog training by Mayor Philip Levine and Commissioner Micky Steinberg.

 

The crowd then walked across the street to raise awareness and funds for the Sabrina Cohen Foundation by spinning to some energetic tunes at Fly Wheel. The event was a huge success as people packed the spin class to support Sabrina, service dogs and to meet Steve Guttenberg.

 

Modified bikes were brought in and people of all abilities spun to the pumping tunes! What a way to spend a weekend! It was truly awesome!

 

Thank you to all of those that came out and who are behind the scenes to make these events possible and successful. These events are monumental undertaking brought together by compassion, love, passion and hard work.

 

The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that’s wrong with the world.  ~ Paul Farmer

 

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Key to the city miami

The key to the city.

Russell Hartstein at fly wheel

Uncle! I’ve had enough!

2 moms collecting money for charity event

What great helpers!

Russell Hartstein and Steve Guttenberg and service dog

Even Saphi was spinning

service dog in miami spin class with handler

That spin class made me tired! got any noms for a working dog Russ?

Russell Hartstein and Steve Guttenberg working out together

It’s hard to laugh and spin at the same time!

Russell Hartstein and Steve Guttenberg at flywheel

Getting ready for takeoff!

Disabled woman on modified bike in spin class

Go Sabrina, Go!

Russell Hartstein and Steve Guttenberg about to ride for charity

We have to get on these bikes?!

guy on spin class bike

Chris spinning hard!

Russell Hartstein and Steve Guttenberg after spin class laughing

Great times!

Sabrina Cohen spinning in an adaptable wheel chair spin class

Inspiration!

Pretty model holding foster homeless dog

Fun Paw Care’s office manager looking for another foster dog to rescue.

Homeless dog meets service dog

Saphi the service dog meets her new foster friend.

Blind man and his guide dog service dog and a homeless dog

Love at first sniff.

Guide dog service dog and 2 men

David and Saphi having a great time!

Group photo at service dog and homeless dog event with Fun Paw Care

Quick, let’s sneak a kiss while the hoomins are posing!

Russell Hartstein and Steve Guttenberg cracking up after spin class

Cracking me up!

Service dog smelling for food

Do I smell Zukes treats?

Homeless dog eating zukes treats

Thank you Zukes, I love your treats!

Russell Hartstein helping homeless dogs

Sure, we can share.

Russell Hartstein kissing homeless dog

OK, just one more kiss or 5

commissioner of miami beach, his daughter, dog and russell hartstein

LOVE Edward Tobins daughter. Future animal advocate and dog lover. Save them all!

Miami Dade Animal Services supporting Fun Paw Care

Thank you Miami Dade for coming out and supporting and showing off our amazing homeless dogs!

Edward Tobins daughter and miami dade animal services

What a great shot!

Edward Tobin and Dessiree Kane help hydrate their dog and some homeless dogs

Thank you Edward Tobin and Dessiree Kane for coming out and helping to hydrate dogs!

homeless dog drinking water in miami sun

Slurp, slurp, slurp, ahhh. Thanks!

blond woman with homeless dog

I am in love!

foster dog for adoption

Adopt me! look how pretty I look with my pink bandanna!

veterinarians dog

I’m a bit incredulous about what’s going on here.

Mike Tenzer and his dog

Thank you to Dr. Mike Tenzer of the South Beach Animal Hospital for coming out with your dogs!

Ed Tobin and David McCauley laughing it up

Commissioner Edward Tobin and Rise Up Gallery’s David McCauley laughing it up

homeless dog foster dog

Adopt me please!

homeless dog foster dogs of Miami

Want to hang out later in your home. Forever?

Foster dog Miami Dade Animal Services

Dis is my, keep on petting my tummy face!

Russell Hartstein surrounded by dogs

In doggy heaven!

Woman and yorkie

Do we look alike? Be honest.

Commissioner Edward Tobin and Russell Hartstein and dogs

2 bald guys with 2 gorgeous dogs!

Russell Hartstein, Edward Tobin and 2 dogs

Thank you commissioner Edward Tobin for coming out to support us!

Russell Hartstein and Steve Guttenberg Sabrina Cohen and David New

The spin class team!

Fun Paw Care rescuing dogs

What do you say we go home to your place and we can adopt one another?

Blond woman with foster dog by water in miami

Candice, no longer just a cat lover! 🙂

Mayor of miami beach philip levine, russell Hartstein steve guttenberg and al sokel

The boys! Thanks Philip, Steve and Al for coming out today!!

Russell Hartstein and Steve Guttenberg at spin class with all the spinners

Group of inspired spinners after the Fly Wheel Event!

Russell Hartstein and Steve Guttenberg and woman in Fly wheel

Thank you Eddie for an energetic class!

3 ladies and a wheel chair

Three beautiful ladies!

Steve Guttenberg and friend at Fun Paw Care event

OK, meet me in the parking lot. I’ll adopt the brown pup and you adopt the black one! Deal!

Russell Hartstein and Steve Guttenberg and homeless dog

Umm, a little help here. My lip is stuck in the up position

Russell Hartstein and Steve Guttenberg and homless dog

Oh yea, you got the magic hand Steve, don’t stop petting me.

blond model with homeless dog

OK, here’s the deal, I’ll open my mouth and you toss some Zukes right in my pie hole. K?

Steve Guttenberg and fans in miami

Love Edwards photo bomb!

homeless dog in miami

I hope someone falls in love with me today and takes me home. I need a home.

Fun Paw Care and blond model helping out the dogs

Office Manager extraordinaire, Lara setting up before the event

Zukes and Miami fun paw care

Hey, there is a Yacht photo bombing the Zukes gift bags! Thank you Zukes!

Fun Paw Care booth in Miami on water

I did this all my self, look at this muscle!

Fun Paw Care, Steve Guttenberg & Service Dog Training Miami

All set and ready for the dogs and their hoomins

Fun Paw Care booth set up on miami water bay

The settings don’t get more beautiful than this.

Golden Puppy on grass lawn

Melting in 3,2,1….

Golden Puppy on lawn overlooking fun paw care booth in miami beach

I’ll watch this while you are away. K?

Golden puppy on the green grass in miami

I’ll keep an eye on the Zukes treats, don’t worry bout a thing. 😉

3 month old golden doodle puppy on grass in miami

Hey mom, did he leave yet? Should I grab the treats?

Black Lab on green grass in miami

I was adopted from Miami Dade Animal Services and i am awesome!

Black Labrador retriever on grass with treat on nose

Look closely! Don’t miss the treat balancing on my nose!

Black lab eating treat off nose on grass in miami

Ready…..Get it!

black lab with mom in miami giving his paw

Good job mom, high five!

black Labrador in miami beach on grass lawn

Pssst, guess what? I was adopted, and I’m awesome! Go out and adopt a black dog today!

Black Lab touching tongue to nose

I can touch my tongue to my nose. Hey, where did that treat go that was just on my nose?

Fun Paw Care, Steve Guttenberg & Service Dog Training Miami with black lab

I’m not putting my tongue in my mouth until i get more treats.

Fun Paw Care, Steve Guttenberg & Service Dog Training Miami

OK, it’s been like 11 seconds already, and I’m going cross eyed. Can I noms yet?

black lab with zukes dog treat on nose

Thank you Zukes!

Black lab on lawn with bandanna on

Adopt don’t shop please.

Russell Hartstein and Steve Guttenberg and friends in miami beach

Great people!

Russell Hartsein and Micky Steinberg

Thank you commissioner Micky Steinberg for coming out to support!

Russell Hartstein and Steve Guttenberg and Sabrina Cohen with wheelchair

Who is that gorgeous woman surrounded by these 2 guys?

Russell Hartstein and Steve Guttenberg and friends

Thank you all for coming out to support the dogs and great charities!

Russell Hartstein welcoming mayor philip levine of miami beach to event

Thank you mayor Philip Levine for coming and supporting dogs and amazing charities.

Russell Hartstein and Steve Guttenberg and Mayor Philip Levine

Meeting of the minds 🙂

Russell Hartstein and Steve Guttenberg and Mayor Philip Levine and commissioner Micky Steinberg

Mayor Philip Levine cracking us up!

Russell Hartstein receiving award from mayor and commissioners of miami beach for service dog training

Thank you mayor and commissioners for your kind words and Certificate of Recognition Award.

Russell Hartstein receiving award from Steve Guttenberg, mayor and commissioners of miami beach

Thank you all.

Russell Hartstein and Steve Guttenberg key to the city with mayor and commissioners

Key to the city speech.

Russell Hartstein and Fun Paw Care award from city for service dog training miami

I am honored to receive this award.

Russell Hartstein and Steve Guttenberg and mayor philip Levine of Miami Beach

The 3 amigos

white dog at fun paw care event in miami

Shhhh, I’m hiding in this grass.

Russell Hartstein and Steve Guttenberg and Philip Levine cracking up

Our faces tell it all

Steve Guttenberg after spin classman in wheel chair by water Steve Guttenberg talking with David New who is blind Sabrina Cohen spinning on modified bike Russell Hartstein & Steve Guttenberg at fly wheel spin class Russell Hartstein and Steve Guttenberg at spin class Russell Hartstein and Steve Guttenberg Russell Hartstein and Steve Guttenberg Sabrina Cohen Foundation and Fun Paw Care Russell Hartstein and Steve Guttenberg laughing after spin class Russell Hartstein and Steve Guttenberg spinning Russell Hartstein and Steve Guttenberg at fly wheel Russell Hartstein and Steve Guttenberg getting help setting bikes at spin class Lady selling granola Sabrina Cohen Foundation and Fun Paw Care at Fly wheel Fly Wheel Miami Sign Little girl petting blind mans service dog Russell Hartstein and Steve Guttenberg dogs and friends Russell Hartstein and Steve Guttenberg and friends in park with dogs Russell Hartstein and Steve Guttenberg with friends at dog event Russell Hartstein and Steve Guttenberg with man in wheel chair Russell Hartstein and Steve Guttenberg cracking up Crowd at fun paw care adoption service dog event in miami beach Russell Hartstein and loving friend Mike Tenzer Russell Hartstein and friends with foster dogs Russell Hartstein and Edward Tobin and homeless dogs Russell Hartstein and Fun Paw Care and dogs Russell Hartstein of Fun Paw Care and homeless foster dog of miami Steve Guttenberg and Mayor Philip Levine supporting miami fun paw care Steve guttenberg and reporter holding foster dog Russell Hartstein and Steve Guttenberg and miami homeless dog Russell Hartstein and Steve Guttenberg with miami foster dog Fun Paw Care and Zukes Fun Paw Care and zukes sponsor Fun Paw Care, Steve Guttenberg & Service Dog Training Miami woman in wheel chair and dog friends on lawn in south beach Woman in wheel chair and friends on grass in south beach miami Russell Hartstein and Steve Guttenberg sighing autographs Sabrina Cohen in wheelchair in front of Fun Paw Care dog training booth in miami park Man and woman in wheelchair talking in a park in miami Miami Mayor Philip Levine and Russell Hartstein in park The mayor of Miami Beach and 2 lady friends in a wheel chair Fun Paw Care, Steve Guttenberg & mayor philip levine blond and brunette models in park Fun Paw Care, Steve Guttenberg & Service Dog Training Miami Russell Hartstein receiving award from the mayor and commissioners Russell Hartstein and Steve Guttenberg receiving awards from the city of miami beach florida Russell Hartstein and Steve Guttenberg receiving dog training award from the city of miami beach in park Russell Hartstein and Steve Guttenberg receiving best service dog training award from the city of miami beach Russell Hartstein and Steve Guttenberg receiving key to the city from the mayor and commissioners of Miami beach Russell Hartstein and Steve Guttenberg receiving key to the city from miami beach Russell Hartstein and Steve Guttenberg receiving awards from Miami politicians Fun Paw Care, Steve Guttenberg and miami politicians accepting award for service dog training little white shitzu on grass in miami Russell Hartstein and Steve Guttenberg and Philip Levine miami beach Russell Hartstein and Steve Guttenberg and mayor philip levine Russell Hartstein and Steve Guttenberg and mayor Philip Levine or Miami Beach laughing it up Russell Hartstein and Steve Guttenberg and mayor Philip Levine of Miami beach telling jokes

Sabrina Cohen fixing hair in wheelchair

beauty breezy covergirl

 

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1. Miller DM, Stats SR, Partlo BS, et al. Factors associated with the decision to surrender a pet to an animal shelter. J Am Vet Med Assoc 1996;209:738- 742