Palm Beach pet lovers have many chances to party for animal charities this season

Wendy Wegner’s dog Paloma (standing), a Havanese, would say 'Where's the party?'

Trixie would say 'Where's the sofa?'

Welcome back to this pet-loving town where dogs and cats are not called Fido, Spot, and Fluffy, but instead Chanel, Prada, Clicquot, Caviar, Polo, Bentley, Tiffany, Pucci and Gucci. 

But in addition to loving their pets, Palm Beachers also love buying real estate.  And sometimes the two are combined. Wendy Wegner discovered that her condo allowed only one pet per unit. She wanted a second dog in addition to her Havanese, Paloma, whom she had rescued from Puerto Rico. So, when she learned that the place next to her had become available, she purchased that unit also so she could get a second rescue, now named Trixie.

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Two other things Palm Beachers enjoy are giving to charities, and parties. And the two also often come together with pet parties that support some wonderful charities and foundations. Here are a few coming up this season.    

* American Humane offers several big events this season, such as its Hero Dog Awards Gala, scheduled for 6 to 11 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Eau Palm Beach resort. Itsother events include the Pups4Patriots Dinner Dance, starting at 6 p.m. Feb. 26 at Club Colette; and Lois Pope’s Lady in Red Gala — always the highlight of the season — at 6 p.m. March 26 at The Breakers. For more information, go to

* Tri-County Humane Society’s eighth annual Peppermint Bark & Brunch is always a fun party for attendees — and their pets who frequently join them. The event will offer a boutique, a buffet, and gifts for human guests as well as their four-legged companions.  Plus, those who bring their pets can get a free photo. It will begin at 11 a.m. Nov. 20 at Trump International. Contact 561-482-8110.

Tri-County also is having another interesting event, this one for card lovers. It will be a lunch and card party at Trump International, and attendees can play canasta, bridge, mahjong, poker, or engage in gin. (The card game, not the drink.) Email    

* Leeds’ “Party with the Pack” raises money for a number of groups, including some  where people help animals and others where animals help people. It will take place from 7 to 11 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Leeds Custom Design Showroom, 435 Southern Blvd. in West Palm Beach. To buy tickets, go to

* Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League’s 51st annual Christmas Ball will be held Dec. 8 by invitation. One highlight is the receiving line of hard-to-turn-down available shelter pets. If you can make it through that without adopting one, you’ll go on to a festive evening of cocktails, dinner, and dancing. Contact or call 561-472-8842.

* Darbster Rescue’s fourth annual Fur Ball will be 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at Club Colette. “This highly anticipated event promises to surprise, dazzle and delight while raising funds for a local animal rescue that transports homeless pets in our community to forever homes,” according to the organization. 

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