Save a Dog, Ride a Fireman at Pinecrest Gardens Howl-O-Ween This Weekend

Just like your average man is into Victoria's Secret swimsuit models and Monday Night Football, most women go wild for adorable animals and shirtless hunks. What can we say? Sometimes, stereotypes exist for a reason.

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This weekend's Howl-O-Ween event at Pinecrest Gardens features those two female favorites wrapped into one -- and all to benefit a good cause. Shirtless firefighters paired with rescue pets will take to the stage to benefit Friends Forever Humane Society and the Pets' Trust.

The afternoon will include a costume contest for dogs, a parade, photo ops with the firefighters, and most importantly, a runway show featuring models from the South Florida Firefighter's Calendar, as well as adoptable dogs from Friends Forever Humane Society

"There'll be a photo opportunity with the firemen before the fashion show and costume contest. And we'll have posters of the firemen -- they'll be signing those. And the best part is it's going to be a sunny day! The rain will be long gone," says Rita Schwartz, event organizer.

Attendees can also bring their pets along. Schwartz says it's the only time of the year when furry family members are allowed into Pinecrest Gardens.

There'll be food and cold drinks available for purchase (getting all sweaty and flustered will certainly require rehydration), including treats by dessert vendor, You Ought'a Taste My Momma's Cakes, which could also double as a pick-up line in a desperate moment. There'll also be gourmet dog food for the animals, and hamburgers, hot dogs, wraps and smoothies for the humans.

As far as the charitable beneficiaries, Friends Forever is a non-profit group that works to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome homeless and unwanted Labrador Retrievers and other dogs. The Pets' Trust is a citizen's initiative working to support ballot measure #240 in the upcoming election. The legislation would create a dedicated source of public funding to support county-wide free and low-cost spay/neuter programs, low-cost vet care, pet adoption and retention programs, and educational programs.

And lucky event attendees will get to meet and mingle with the homeless pets these organizations are working to save.

"It's a great family fun day. We have lots of pet friendly vendors that will be there and about 20 different rescue groups. There'll be dogs, cats, ferrets and pelicans for adoption."

But what about the firefighters? Are they adoptable, too?

"I think so! We have an auction going on. We get a lot of money for them," Schwartz said.

So there you have it. Start lining up for the available ones, ladies (both the pets and the dudes, of course).

Fair admission is $3 for adults, $2 for kids 2 through 17, and free for kids under 2 and pets. The event kicks off at noon and runs through 5 p.m. at 11000 Red Road. Learn more at friendsforeverevents.com.

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