Vero Beach Humane Society Receives $10K Dolly’s Dream Grant

Dolly's Dream Project dog Maple poses with her new adopter, Vero Beach resident Caprice Jones-Moyer. Once known as Trixie, Maple was one of the Humane Society's first dogs who found a loving home thanks to the generous Dolly's Dream Project grant that sponsors adoption fees, training, and supplies.
Dolly's Dream Project dog Maple poses with her new adopter, Vero Beach resident Caprice Jones-Moyer. Once known as Trixie, Maple was one of the Humane Society's first dogs who found a loving home thanks to the generous Dolly's Dream Project grant that sponsors adoption fees, training, and supplies.

VERO BEACH, Florida – The Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County (HSVB) announced that it was recently selected as a recipient of a $10,000 grant made possible by the Dolly’s Dream Project.

The Dolly’s Dream Project works to promote the adoption of large “pit bull type” dogs who are often considered less adoptable due to negative perceptions.

Dolly’s Dream Project also works to educate the public about the benefits of adopting “square-headed” dogs and dispel myths about any dog described as a pit bull.

Created by the Levitetz Foundation, The Dolly’s Dream Project sponsors two dogs at any given time and covers adoption fees, basic supplies, treats and toys, heartworm preventative and basic dog training.

As one Dolly’s Dream Project dog is adopted, another is selected. The Humane Society of Vero Beach is proudly displaying dogs chosen for the Dolly’s Dream Project by sharing their stories with shelter visitors both on their kennels and on the shelter’s website.

Selected dogs proudly wear their special Dolly’s Dream collars, leashes, and bandanas.

Humane Society of Vero Beach’s Dolly’s Dream current nominees are Nina, a lovely female who loves a good belly scratch and Tucker, an adorable square-headed male with a spotted white coat, pretty pink tongue and super “waggy” tail.

The Humane Society of Vero Beach is only one of four Florida shelters who have been invited to join this special program.

“We’re grateful to the Levitetz family for their compassionate gift,” HSVB Director of Development said. “Thanks to the generous grant given by the Levitetz family via the Dolly’s Dream Project, we’ll be able to save a greater number of lives by placing dogs who are often unwanted and overlooked into loving, caring homes,” she added.

The Levitetz family was inspired to create the Dolly’s Dream Project, which was named after their beloved pit-bull, Dolly.

Thanks to Dolly, the Levitetz Family Foundation President Jeff Levitetz discovered that breed and looks play no role in a dog’s ability to give love and loyalty.

“Because of Dolly we strive to continue to save dogs like her. Dolly’s Dream was created to rescue, re-home, and one day help restore the image of all bully breed type dogs. We partner with local rescue, shelters and humane societies to fulfill our commitment to these innocent and loving animals,” the Dolly’s Dream Project website explained.

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Andy Hodges began his career in the field of radio and TV broadcasting where he worked for about a decade. The Jupiter, Florida resident then pursued computers as they were coming to market in the late 1980's. Andy has owned a computer business, been a software programmer, and has worked as a Senior Systems Analyst/Engineer in the Information Technology sector in Atlanta. He eventually returned to Florida and made Sebastian his home in 2002.