Nola's Notes

February 14, 2024 at 11:01 a.m.

The Hawaiian dancers enticed the guests to join them in this photo.

On Saturday, January 27th, EARS Animal Rescue hosted a Hawaiian Luau at the Englewood VFW Post 10178. It was a sold-out event with approximately 220 people who came out to support pets in need. The Luau was a fun-filled afternoon and kicked off with a great presentation by Peace River Search and Rescue who did a presentation on the front lawn of the VFW. Paul Cottrell donated his musical talents and entertained the crowd all afternoon. A BBQ buffet was served with chicken cooked by John Bass and pulled pork donated by Gary Hines. Gary and Alan Adamson smoked and tended to the pork all day. Homeschoolers Girl Scout Troop 419 volunteered to help serve the food. Hula Connection of SW Florida performed and also provided a short lesson in hula dancing for those who wanted to learn. Everyone dressed in their best Luau outfit, and some competed in the costume contest. The community showed their support with the amazing raffle items donated: 18 raffle baskets, 4 silent auction items and a wagon filled with over $800 in booze. The big winner of the day was Bobbi Austin. She won the booze wagon and the 50/50 raffle. Bobbi donated the raffle money she won back to EARS. The event was sponsored by K-9 Carts, Quick Signs, Kristen and Glenn Martin, and one anonymous sponsor. EARS director, Todd Zimmerman, said, “A great time was had by all, and we look forward to doing it again next year.” Learn more about EARS at

Dog mommas and papas will not want to miss Woofstock, a fantastic dog-centered event, on Saturday, February 10, 10am to 2pm, at Butler Park, 6203 W. Price Blvd., North Port. The event is all about connecting canine owners with valuable information on dog-related products and services. There will be K9 demos, contests, raffles, and even adoptable dogs. The City of North Port will be collecting dog food and supplies donations for a local shelter. All attending dogs must be vaccinated, have current tags, and be leashed. For more information, visit

Heartworm Prevention Med Special
Suncoast Humane Society, 6781 San Casa Drive, is running a heartworm prevention medication promotion during the month of February. A heartworm test is only $15 and then you can take advantage of purchasing a heartworm preventative, Iverheart, and receive one month free when you purchase a six-month supply and two free months with a 12-month supply. For more information, call 941•474•7884.

The items appearing in this column are as accurate as possible. Please call the listed numbers for confirmation and further information. If you have an upcoming event you would like to have considered for ‘Pets’, please send info and/or photo to The Englewood REVIEW, 370 W Dearborn St, Suite B, Englewood, FL 34223, or email: [email protected].