Aug 26, 2022 - News

Miami-Dade Animal Services waives adoption fees for Saturday

A dog and cat are photographed in an ad for pet adoptions in Miami.

Adopt, don't shop! Photo courtesy of Miami-Dade Animal Services

Miami-Dade Animal Services is waiving adoption fees tomorrow for its annual "Clear the Shelters" promotion to find homes for the dogs and cats at the county shelter.

Why it matters: The shelter population is nearing capacity once again after facing overcrowding earlier this summer, according to Animal Services.

  • As of Thursday, there were 513 cats and dogs at the shelter, spokesperson Flora Beal told Axios. Around the 550 mark, she said, officials will consider essential-intake policies, accepting injured or abused animals only.

What's happening: The shelter at 3599 NW 79 Avenue in Doral is throwing an adoption party Saturday with food trucks, music, games and giveaways.

  • Adoption fees – typically $65 – will be waived for pets 4 months and older. (That includes vaccines, microchip, deworming and spay/neuter surgery.)
  • You will only be responsible for tag fees, which cost $30 a year.

What they're saying: Bronwyn Stanford, the shelter's director of animal services, said she hopes attendees find a "perfect lifelong companion and give a shelter pet a second chance at living their best life."

  • "This is an ideal time for adopters to welcome a new four-legged family member and help local shelters combat overcrowding."

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