The Humane Society of Greater Miami (HSGM) is dedicated to placing animals in loving homes with compassionate and committed caregivers – an initiative that Aventura Mall has supported for more than 20 years through its on-site adoption events.
HSGM Executive Director Laurie Hoffman, who has served the organization for 14 years, touched on the emotional nature of her position. Hoffman’s “typical” workday involves overcoming unique challenges with the organization’s dedication to animal welfare at the forefront.
“When we get to the point when there is a before and after picture, or adoption story from a really sad beginning, it just makes it all great,” said Hoffman. “There are so many things you have to deal with that you never anticipate, but I am so proud that we handle, fix and treat everything we are faced with.”
Aventura Mall Adoption Outreach events celebrate the HSGM’s success. Pooches eagerly await visitors (and potential parents!) on the Lower Level of the Bloomingdale’s Wing every weekend.
Following hectic weeks, Aventura Mall Adoption Outreach events are uplifting constants. Hoffman attributes the energetic atmosphere to the special connections humans share with animals.
“The bond between animals and humans is unconditional and almost indescribable,” said Hoffman. “Not only do we get to meet potential owners and spread awareness of who we are and what we do, but the delight we get to see on children’s faces adds to just really an amazing day.”
The fun-filled afternoons promise endless tail wags and the potential to fall in love at first sight. Hoffman encourages visitors to share this enthusiasm with others.
“The smallest thing that anybody can do with the largest effect for us is to be an ambassador for us and our mission,” said Hoffman. “Because there is so much traffic at Aventura Mall, it’s an amazing tool to help us spread the word of what we do.”
Aventura Mall is honored to be part of the HSGM’s history of meaningful work and serve as a platform for the organization’s broad impact.
“We take great pride in supporting the HSGM, an organization that fosters love for the pets and people of Miami-Dade County,” said Aventura Mall Senior Director of Sales and Marketing Anabel Llopis. “People leave the adoption site grinning ear to ear.”
You can join the HSGM in providing much-needed care for homeless animals and promoting responsible pet ownership and spay/neuter programs through the abundant opportunities to support the organization.
The perfect four-legged friend is out there! Check out the Aventura Mall Adoption Outreach schedule here.