Philanthropist, designer, animal lover And Honorary chair of Pawpurrazzi for the Humane Society of Greater Miami
A friend to people and animals alike, Penny Stamps devotes her life to bettering her community. Stamps, a former interior designer, has a knack for making lives brighter. Now that she and her husband, Roe, have raised their son and daughter, she turns the full force of her efforts toward supporting education, arts and culture, and animal welfare issues — especially her cherished rescue dogs and cats.
On her love of animals and How she puts this love into action: My home and garden are filled with animals and have been for years. We have several cats, a Labrador Retriever and many visiting peacocks. All but one cat are rescue animals and all are, of course, spayed or neutered.
Occasionally, if we happen to find kittens in the neighborhood, we take them to the Humane Society to be spayed, neutered, chipped, then released. It is a small way of helping to reduce pet over-population.
Favorite stories about her pets: Some years ago, our young daughter asked for a kitten. We adopted a Maine Coon cat named Chloe. Later, visiting the ORCAT shelter at Ocean Reef, we were eyeing more kittens, but instead we were drawn to an older, grey tabby cat named Grayvik.
He quickly became an integral part of our family, and a year and a half later he saved our lives. He awakened me in the middle of the night to alert us to a raging fire in our home. Thanks to Grayvik, we all survived.
From that time on, I made a commitment to become involved with ORCAT. I joined the board in 1998 and have remained active ever since, helping to build a proper shelter, the Grayvik Animal Care Center, and annually raise funds for its maintenance.
Why giving is important: Seeing the impact of our philanthropy has been the biggest reward. The satisfaction of improving a school’s physical plant, or helping young people to achieve their goals, or funding a pet shelter that will house homeless animals is an enormous motivator to do even more giving.
Charity close to her heart: The Humane Society does wonderful work by treating and caring for homeless and unwanted pets. They help creatures who have no voice, and who cannot act on their own behalf. The work they do is very important, and I would encourage others to support them.
As for Pawpurrazi, what’s not to love? It’s the ONLY gala in Miami where you can bring your dog! This is an all-around fun night when pets and their owners mingle in perfect harmony. There’s a doggy “buffet,” a phenomenal silent auction, and a great runway show. It’s a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our own animals as well as the fine work the Humane Society of Miami does in treating and placing so many homeless pets.
About the event:
Two- and four-legged guests will gather once again at Pawpurrazzi on Jan. 22 at Jungle Island to support the Humane Society of Greater Miami. The Society has been helping homeless animals in Miami-Dade since 1936. For more information, visit humanesocietymiami.org.