845-887-3156 debra@debracortese.com

Animal Shelter has critical overload – needs volunteer help now


Shelter dogs (and cats) need your help!

Shelter dogs (and cats) need your help!



As much as I’d rather just post about art and all the good things that are happening, our furry friends are in crisis. Just received the following message and there are more animals in the shelter today than ever.


* Our average intake is 2500-3500 but for the month of May, 4000 animals were admitted 

* The greatest number of animals at any given time in the shelter was 467, but today we housing 565 animals 

* We ran out of cages and are now putting together hurricane crates 

* Please help us (even an hour or two will help) spot clean in B, C and adoptions and assist adopters-we are drowning, short staffed and really need help asap-this is  a crisis! 


If you are not a volunteer and would like to become one, please attend
our next orientation. No need to RSVP. Orientations are held at:
Miami-Dade Animal Services 7401 NW 74 St, Miami, FL 33166. If you are
already a volunteer, no need to email me your schedule, just show up.

JUNE 2009
Thursday, June 4, 5 – 7 p.m.
Saturday, June 6, 10 – 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 11, 5 – 7 p.m.
Thursday, June 18, 5 – 7 p.m.
Saturday, June 20, 10 – 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 25, 5 – 7 p.m.


Help us spread the word about 4 things: 1- Adopting a shelter pet, 2-
Educating owners about putting identification on their pet (microchip,
rabies tag, id tag) 3- Volunteering, 4- Making a donation (disinfectable
toys, financial donation online or at shelter)

Aileen Sanchez
Volunteer & Mobile Adoption Liaison
Miami Dade Animal Services
www.miamidade.gov/animals <http://www.miamidade.gov/animals> 
Direct: 305-805-1778
Cell:     305-877-5458
Fax:     305-805-1619
7401 NW 74 St, Miami, FL 33166

Artist’s Day off to Orchid Festival at Fairchild

Debra Cortese Paphipedlium Orchid DevaOn Thursday evening I had an early preview of the award winning Orchids at Fairchild’s Annual Orchid Festival.  (Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens is high on my list of inspirational nature sites, and I also volunteer there whenever I can. Keeps me in touch and gets me out of the studio*)  Took about 80 pictures on Thursday night but am not satisfied with them, so will head back today in an attempt to capture the images in my head.  Orchids are, so far, the most animated, charicature-like creations of Mother Nature that I have had the pleasure to experience.  ALSO must add that there are now Botero and Lichtenstein sculptures on the grounds of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables, Florida… in addition to the very organic and multidimensional  Chihuly glass.  And… a little self promo here, The Shop at Fairchild carries a selection of Nature’s Energy Handbags that I designed exclusively for the Shop. Cortese Handbags designed exclusively for The Shop at Fairchild Check back in a month to see the resulting artworks… or better yet, sign up for my monthly newsletter and you’ll not only get to see the work but will also receive special member’s only pricing, be eligible for my monthly giveaways and instantly receive a link to download a FREE 2008 Nature’s Reflections Calendar.


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