Rachael Johnston and her HSN pup Daisy
Rachael Johnston and her HSN pup Daisy

The New Naples is all about the people and ideas in Southwest Florida that inspire our modern generation. For so many—of all ages—life in Naples involves a healthy dose of charity. Recently, a handful of local nonprofit organizations have created sub-groups within themselves designed specifically for the young professionals who want to make a difference—but perhaps can’t dedicate time to volunteering during the week or don’t have the budget to write a substantial check.

The newest such group is The Humane Society Naples‘ Pawfessionals, which is hosting its first event—brunch, yay!—in September at The Continental, which The New Naples is proud to be a part of as its official media sponsor. We chatted with Rachael Johnston, HSN’s marketing coordinator, to get the scoop on the group and how they’re helping pets in Southwest Florida—and having fun while they’re at it.

How did the idea for Pawfessionals come about?
We noticed an increased number of the “next gen” attending this year’s Pet Lovers’ Gala that wanted to get involved with our organization. (Editor’s note: See TNN’s Pet Lovers’ Gala photo recap here!) I think that’s when we decided to develop a young professionals group at The Humane Society Naples. Pet themed, obviously, we came up with the HSN Pawfessionals.

What is the goal of the group?
HSN Pawfessionals is a pet-loving, young professionals group committed to raising awareness and funds to support animal welfare efforts of The Humane Society Naples. Members will be ambassadors for HSN and will help promote our mission and raise awareness on our behalf.

Who can get involved, and how?
There are no restrictions on who can join, but members must support The Humane Society Naples and its mission—and must love pets!

What kind of activities or events are planned for members of the group?
The group will hold meetings quarterly, as well as occasional fundraising events. (Stay up-to-date on upcoming happenings for the HSN Pawfessionals by visiting the Humane Society Naples website and Facebook page or by emailing pawfessionals@hsnaples.org.)

What are some of the highlights of the upcoming Bow Wow Brunch?
The premier HSN Pawfessionals event takes place Sunday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Continental. It will include brunch, a sampling of cocktails, Groupiebooth photos, live entertainment by The Incorrigibles and great raffle items. Tickets are $30 per person and are available online.

Bow Wow Brunch - HSN Pawfessionals

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