Monday, February 27, 2006

And the winner is...

The winner of the Spring 2006 Cutest Pet Contest is Dianka, a ten-month-old Bichon Frise!

Congratulations to Dianka and her guardian, Andrea Mendez. This adorable picture earned just over $15 in donations. Andrea will receive a gift certificate to Pet Supermarket.

The Cutest Pet Contest was held on February 9 in conjunction with the Humane Society Animal Adoption. Contributions totaled $50.40, half of which will go to the Humane Society of Greater Miami. The other half will go to SALDF to be used for supplies for future events.

Other contenders included Puggy the Pug, Gizmo the Bunny, Taylor the Caique Parrot, and Spike the Russian Tortoise. Thank you to all of our participants and generous voters!

Elections March 9

All dues-paying members are invited to participate in SALDF's elections on Thursday, March 9, at 12:30 p.m. in room 108.

If you haven't paid dues this year, or if you aren't sure whether you did or not, please write to us at umsaldf AT yahoo DOT com. You can pay anytime up until the election if you want to vote.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Meeting and Donation Drive

SALDF Meeting, Featuring Guest Speaker Heather Veleanu of Humane USA

This Thursday, February 23
Room 108 ~ 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Heather Veleanu, Esq. from Humane USA of Florida will speak on how Humane USA Florida exists so that qualified people who care about animals will be elected to our state and federal legislatures.

Visit for more information about the PAC.

* Due to an emergency, Heather Veleanu had to cancel the event this Thursday, but the meeting is still on!

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through February 24

We need your donations!! Please drop off pet food, leashes, crates, etc., in the designated box at the Law Library Lobby anytime this week.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Donation Drive, Pet Adoption, Cutest Pet Contest

February 6 through 10:
Donation Drive. You can donate supplies all week in the lobby of the Law Library - dog crates, kennels, bowls, shampoo, beds, leashes, collars, kitten and puppy food are especially needed.

Thursday, February 9:
Humane Society Pet Adoption
Come meet some of the wonderful dogs waiting for a forever home & bring home a new sweetheart this Valentine's Day!

Location: Undergrad Campus Rock
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Already have the most adorable pet? Enter him or her in the

Cutest Pet Contest

Bring a picture of your companion animal to the Pet Adoption on Thursday. The pet with the most monetary votes wins a Pet Supermarket gift certificate. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Greater Miami.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Spring Happenings

Meetings, potlucks, volunteer opportunities, and fundraisers -- there is definintely something for everyone this semester. Here are the events we have planned:

(18 - Animal Law Symposium - thanks to all those who attended!)
26 (Thursday) - Meeting, 12:30 p.m., Room 108

3 (Friday) - Potluck and Movie Screening: Mad Cowboy, 8 p.m. @ Caroline's
9 (Thursday) - Humane Society Pet Adoption/Cutest Pet Contest, 11:30-2, The "Rock"
23 (Thursday) - Meeting, 12:30 p.m., Room 108
25 (Saturday) - Humane Society "Walk for Animals" Volunteer

3 (Friday) - Potluck and Movie Screening: Peaceable Kingdom, 8 p.m. @ Caroline's
9 (Thursday) - Meeting and Elections, 12:30 p.m., Room 108
12-19 - Spring Break!
23 (Thursday) - Meeting, 12:30 p.m., Room 108

1 (Saturday) - Barrister's Ball
6 (Thursday) - Final Meeting, 12:30 p.m., Room 108
7 (Friday) - SALDF Party or Sublime

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Save the Date: Animal Law 101

We are planning an exciting symposium for Wednesday, January 18th, from 12:30-2 p.m. in room 109.

Developed for law students and law professionals, Animal Law 101 will focus on fostering the growth of animal law in academia and legal practice.
Specifically, this symposium will answer these and many other questions:
• What Is Animal Law?
• What Do Animal Lawyers Do?
• What Can Law Students Do?
• How Does ALDF Help?

Save the date, and tell a friend! Visit for more information.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

And the winner is...

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Introducing Stella, winner of SALDF's 2005 Cutest Pet Contest!
(photo submitted by Stella's guardian, Nancy Cordell)
Stella is a four-month-old Italian Greyhound with a tongue the color of Bubble Yum. Stella's fabulous face earned an impressive total of $17.21. Congratulations!

A big THANKS to all those who participated in the first-ever SALDF Cutest Pet Contest. Your pets attracted a great many admirers Monday from 11 to 1. The eight adorable pets - 5 dogs, 2 tortoises and 1 bunny - raised contributions totaling $45.50! The proceeds will be split between the Humane Society of Greater Miami and UM's chapter of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Lisa Keating's lab/chow mix CAESAR came in second, and Josh Zipper's Pug MUGZY came in third. Congratulations Caesar, Lisa, Mugzy, and Josh!

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Upcoming Events - November and beyond

The hurricane may have put a few snags in our group's schedule, but we are still going to have a few events before the end of the semester. Thanks to all those who came to the meeting on Thursday!

Humane Society Pet Adoption
We are tentatively planning to hold the pet adoption at the UM undergrad campus (pending location availability) on Wednesday, November 16, 12:30-2 p.m. Monday, November 14, 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Include in the email whether or not you have completed the Humane Society Volunteer training, which is required to handle the animals. If you haven't done the training - don't worry! There is plenty to help out with, and you can still play with the dogs.

Cutest Pet Contest
This fundraiser for our chapter of SALDF will be held at the same time and place as the Pet Adoption (11/16, 12:30-2 p.m.). Participants must bring a picture of their pet to the pet-adoption booth to compete for this coveted award. Whichever picture earns the most donations wins (Prize TBA)! The Cutest Pet Contest has had much success with the SALDF chapters that have used it to fundraise, so we are very excited to bring the tradition to UM Law.
EDIT: proceeds will be split 50/50 with the Humane Society of Greater Miami

Harvard Moot Court Competition, and
Legislative Drafting and Lobbying Competition: email Caroline ( if you're interested in participating in either of these events, or if you want more information.

Due to Hurricane Wilma and make-up classes, we are postponing our social event until the beginning of Spring Semester.

Also, because the local Humane Society is without power, at least as of 11/2, they are not taking volunteers for the time being. We hope to have a regularly scheduled volunteer effort in the Spring.