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Going to the Dawgs pet party at Nauti Turtle Saturday

The Nauti Turtle hosts benefit for local Find a Home, Give a Home pet rescue foundation Saturday

August 21, 2013
Melissa Schneider - Editor ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

All for the love of the animals, the Nauti Turtle, 19001 San Carlos Blvd., is hosting a Going to the Dawgs pet party Saturday, Aug. 24, from noon to 4 p.m., raising funds for the local Find a Home, Give a Home pet rescue foundation.

During the four-hour pet celebration, the establishment will be offering all types of fun games, prizes and contests for pets and their human companions.

"I love anything that has to do with helping our local charities, and this fund-raiser is going to be so fun,"?said Kimber Phillips, Nauti Turtle bar manager and coordinator of the event. "We will have Find a Home, Give a Home on-site with pet adoptions, as well as lots of fun raffles, prizes, 50/50s and a pet contest."

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The Nauti Turle, 19001 San Carlos Blvd., is hosting a Going to the Dawgs pet party, Saturday, from noon to 4 p.m., to help the local Find a Home, Give a Home pet rescue foundation. During the benefit, enjoy a pet contest, games, prizes and pets available for adoption with the group.

That's right; be sure to bring your best pet (or pets) to the party, as the big spectacle of the day will be a Going to the Dawgs pet contest, where pets and their human companions compete for top prize.

"Sandy, from Dog n' Suds, and Mike, a canine obedience trainer, will be the judges of the contest, and contestants will be awarded for such titles as 'Most Impressive Trick,' 'Looks Like Their Owner,' 'Best of Show,' 'Best Outfit' and even a picture contest of your pet," Kimber said.

Of course, after the contest, the event coordinator was sure to point out all photos will be returned to their owners. Prizes, plaques, trophies and ribbons will be awarded to the top-placing winners in each category, and the cost to compete is $25, all of which goes directly to the Find a Home, Give a Home pet rescue foundation.

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Also during the fund-raiser, enjoy happy hour (1 to 7 p.m.), featuring a $5 appetizer menu, $3.25 wells, $1.75 domestic drafts and $2.50 domestic bottles.

The Oysters will be rocking the stage from 3 to 7 p.m., followed by a live DJ, from 7 to 11 p.m.

Is a good game of cards your idea of fun on a Saturday? Join the free Texas hold 'em poker games that start at 5 p.m.

"We'll have all types of great prizes to give away during the raffles and 50/50s, and hopefully lots of pets will find new homes that day, too with all the money going directly to the local foundation," Kimber said. "That's what it's all about: helping anyone we can locally."

"We are so thankful the?Nauti Turtle held not only one fund-raiser for us but two!" said Isabelle Wells, co-founder of the Find a Home, Give a Home foundation, along with Pam Schwartz. "Thank you to all of their clients for their wonderful donations, and thank you to all who can join us Saturday during the pet party. We will have lots of great pets available for adoption, and anything we can raise will get us get through the summer months."

There is no cost to attend the benefit. For further information, or to make a donation to the benefit, call the Nauti Turtle, 765-1100.

About the Find a Home,

Give a Home foundation

The Find a Home, Give a Home pet rescue foundation was founded by two island Realtors who were tired of seeing homeless pets roam the beach unloved. They started the group to help find homes to otherwise homeless pets.

Since founding the group a couple years ago, these two Realtors and their many volunteers, along with the several businesses who assist in any way they can, have found homes for hundreds of animals.

The foundation is a 501-c3 non-profit group, and all donations made to the cause stays right here on Fort Myers Beach.

For further information on the local Find a Home Give a Home foundation, visit or find the group on Facebook.

Also, every week, the local organization runs a Pet Pals column, found on page 14 of this issue. Look there for available pets for adoption, tips and tricks for owners, and additional pieces of helpful insight.

About the Nauti Turtle

Located on the beautiful back bay, throughout the week, night and day, the Nauti Turtle is a pet-friendly location, offering happy hour every day, from 1 to 7 p.m., as well as a late-night happy hour, from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Free Local Motion shuttles are offered to and from the beach, from the Nauti Turtle, every day, and all bikers and boaters can enjoy a free dine-in, 12-inch cheese and pepperoni pizza.

For more information, visit, find the restaurant on Facebook, or call 765-1100.



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