More than 450 pets are to be adopted or placed in the Miami-Dade shelter, especially large and senior dogs

DORAL, Florida – Miami-Dade Animal Services is appealing to the public after an extremely large number of cats and dogs are in desperate need of permanent or temporary homes, especially older ones.

According to Miami-Dade Animal Services, every year during the summer months, animal welfare and rescue organizations across the country experience an influx of pets in need of loving homes.

With those numbers on the rise (especially of those who adopted pets during the COVID-19 pandemic who can no longer care for them) and, in anticipation of new arrivals expected throughout the summer, Miami -Dade Animal Services advocates for adopters and foster families to open their hearts and homes to a shelter animal, especially medium and large sized dogs (and older ones, like Rosie, below).

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In the last month alone, the shelter has welcomed 2,600 pets, and currently has more than 450 adoptable animals ready to return home with a forever family or foster family on Wednesday.

How to adopt a dog or a cat today?

If you or someone you know is interested in adopting, visit the Adoption and Pet Care Center in Doral today to meet the animals available.

All adoptions include the first set of age-appropriate vaccines, microchip, deworming, and sterilization / sterilization surgery.

Adoption fees are $ 85 for puppies, $ 65 for dogs 4 months and older, and $ 35 for cats.

For more information and for a step-by-step guide on how to adopt, click here.

How to register to welcome a dog or a cat?

Foster families can help by providing a temporary home for a medium or large dog – and no previous foster home experience is necessary. Additionally, there is no cost to foster families, and Miami-Dade Animal Services will provide all of the necessary supplies to care for the animal.

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Additionally, if you are a student, host families with students seeking to accumulate hours of community service will receive three times the hour credit.

To register with the host family, send an email to [email protected], or click here.

Miami-Dade Animal Services’ Animal Care and Adoption Center is located at 3599 NW 79th Avenue in Doral, Florida, and is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit their website, call 311, or follow Animal Services on Instagram.

Three of Miami-Dade Animal Services’ oldest residents:

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“Stella (A2222470), who has been with us since early March, is an absolute darling and a great pet. She is a 5 year old gray American Bulldog with a cute smile. Stella just wants to snuggle up next to someone. one and receive all the attention and affection she can. She is rarely distracted and is clean. We recommend Stella to go to a loving and caring home that will welcome her as a great addition to their family.

“Big Boy (A2229338) needs love too! Big Boy is a 5 year old Terrier mix that has been in our care since April. As the name suggests, Big Boy has a lot of body, but also a lot of love. At our Meet-and-Greet events, Big Boy has been a very social boy who enjoys a good belly massage from anyone. Due to its size, we recommend that you only take it out for short walks. We believe Big Boy could become anyone’s dearest companion.

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“Zeus (A1591899) is a 7 year old American Bulldog who has been in our shelter since early May. They are a fun dog who enjoys spending time outdoors and exploring their surroundings. Zeus is very leash responsive so we think his best home would be with someone who is experienced and able to provide the leash training he needs. Zeus is available for adoption, foster care or rescue. Her adoption fees will be waived during Hot Pet Summer.

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