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Celebrating Santa Paws Walk

On Saturday, December 9, 2017, canines and their companions will gather at the gazebo at Lake Ella for a Tallahassee tradition full of the holiday spirit. Santa Paws Walk is always a golden opportunity to help animals down on their luck and give your own dog a fun morning of healthy activities and treats.

On-site registration will start at 9 a.m. The $25 registration donation fee benefits medical aid and spay-neuter programs for pets in need. Get the registration forms & instructions.

A dog contest will award trophies in 10 fun categories. It’s a guarantee there will be at least one category for each dog that enters. Dogs will also get free photos with Santa, and treats for people and pets.

Different groups will compete to win a pizza party and a place on the perpetual plaque honoring the day’s largest group of walkers. TMH Animal Therapy, pictured below, won top group honors at the 2014 walk. TMH Animal Therapy won top group honors.

Santa Paws Walk always offers a special canine version of Santa’s reindeer---Reindogs. They’re chosen from TLC Animal Service Center and area groups that have homeless dogs that need to be showcased for adoption! Reindogs accompany Santa on the fundraising walk around Lake Ella, and they join a special Parade of Reindogs, which has helped many homeless pets get adopted into new homes! Each year, organizations and individuals sponsor Reindogs to help fund pet medical aid and spay-neuter services for animals in need. If you would like to become a Reindog sponsor this year, email Big Dog Rescue at

Santa Paws Walk is billed as a dogs-only event in order to protect the safety of other small companion animals that canines might not appreciate as much as we do. But you don’t need a dog to register for Santa Paws Walk. Often people register to walk alone in honor of a pet or a special person who has died. It’s heartwarming to be around other pets at the holidays, especially ones that are working diligently to help other animals.

For more information, see the Santa Paws web site, or email Big Dog Rescue at

2016 For Cats' Sake Silent Art Auction

A cat is a cat and that is that! On Saturday, May 7th, TREATS held the 2016 For Cats' Sake (FCS) at Faith Presbyterian Church.

Noted for its original art of cats in a variety of mediums, For Cats' Sake also features other members of the animal kingdom at this fundraising silent auction for cats in need. From handmade quilts to warm you, to jewelry to adorn you, everyone found eclectic, and sometimes electric, items of interest for people and pets of all ages. Tickets were $20 a person or $30 for two and there was a drawing for a new quilt from Chris Falkey. See the Flyer page and Quilt Drawing page for more information.

FCS 2016 also featured a cat photo contest; see the Photo Contest page for more information.

The 2015 FCS First Place cat photo contest winner was Tammy Brown and "Zoe."
Tammy Brown's cat Zoe

The 2015 Second Place winner was Leah Jones and her cat "Bobo."
Leah Jones' cat Bobo

The 2015 Third Place winner was Noreen LaGare and her cat "Finn."
Noreen LaGare's cat Finn

In addition to the First, Second and Third place winners, 2015 FCS also recognized special photos in the following categories:

Gayle Morton and her cat "Gracie" in the "Pretty Kitty" category
Gayle Morton's cat Gracie

Cathy Evans and "Blackmale Watching" for "Catitude."
Cathy Evans and Blackmale Watching

Russell Batten and his cats "Binx & Lily" for "Only A Cat"
Russell Batten's cats Binx & Lily

To help us show you the fun that happens at a FCS auction, Photographer Montesa Bryant was on hand to document the 2014 For Cats' Sake event for all to enjoy, just as she did for the 2013 auction.

Proceeds from For Cats’ Sake’s silent auction and cat celebration support feline medical aid and spay-neuter surgeries to decrease the booming cat population. “For the past several years, TREATS has provided tens of thousands of dollars in free spay-neuter surgeries,“ said TREATS Board member Cyndi Futch. “Cats reproduce more frequently than dogs, so the For Cats’ Sake fundraiser is really an important one for TREATS.“

Please call (850) 893-6518 or email us at for more information.

2016 Alternative Christmas Market

Everyone got back in the spirit of the holidays by shopping at the Alternative Christmas Market with TREATS, where each gift purchased becomes two gifts for the price of one!

On December 3-4, 2016, an Alternative Christmas Market was held at John Wesley United Methodist Church, 1689 Old St. Augustine Rd.

Wondering how it works? When a shopper makes a donation at the TREATS booth, they receive an attractive gift card describing the gift (not the amount) they made in the recipient's name. The shopper then mails the card to the recipient, and TREATS provides the gift or service on behalf of the recipient. Sample gifts range in cost from $5 to $50 and included kitty quilts, vet medical assistance, and spay/neuter surgeries for cats/dogs to name just a few.

The Alternative Christmas Market began in 1987 at John Wesley and today features more than 30 non-profit organizations under one roof. Since then, its festival-like atmosphere with colorful decorations, educational exhibits, music, and refreshments has drawn thousands of shoppers who have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to assist the truly needy.

2014 Camp Bark-ly

TREATS and Leon County 4-H held two camping sessions in 2014, one for kids ages 6-8 on July 14-18, and one for kids ages 9-11 on July 21-25 (see the flyer). Each session ran from 8:45 am to 12:15 pm each day at the Leon County 4-H office at 615 Paul Russell Rd. The campers all received a Camp Bark-ly tee shirt and a mid-morning snack.

Where did they go?  Look What We Found!  Her Fur is So Soft

Both camps focused on graduating campers who will be responsible pet owners. Campers learned animal care from experienced animal care professionals and trainers. They also learned about the special needs of animal species and which ones might make the best type of pet. A fun highlight was always washing puppies and grooming kittens. Campers also saw how they can help keep their environment safe and clean for both people and pets, and how to make a good impact on their community, including volunteer work.

Eash session was limited to 24 campers and costs $75 per child. For more information about the camps, please call (850) 893-6518 or email us at

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