You’re feeling a little lonely, and you’ve decided it’s time for a new furry friend. Or maybe your kids have finally persuaded you they really, really, need a dog.
Each year, tens of thousands of pets are abandoned at their local shelter where staff and volunteers work diligently to reunite lost pets with their owners, re-home them or find rescue partners for these precious animals. Adopting a shelter pet is a economical, personally-satisfying alternative to purchasing a pet from a pet store.
Miami-Dade Animal Services and the Humane Society of Greater Miami both operate adoption centers where you can meet adoptable dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. Dozens of rescue groups also have cats and dogs for adoption. Before you adopt one of our loved ones be sure to read the TheGoodyPet’s comparison guide and purchase the right dog crate for your pet.
If you’re not sure you’re ready to adopt, animal shelters and rescue groups always need volunteers and foster parents to care for and socialize animals. Spring is kitten season, and rescue groups and shelters are bursting at the seams with kittens who need to be bottle fed or housed until they are old enough to be adopted.
If you already have a pet, or you’ve found a kitten or cat to join your family, Miami-Dade Animal Services and the Humane Society also offer low-cost vaccine and spay and neuter clinics.
- Puppies and kittens under four months of age come with their first set of vaccines, de-worming, spay or neuter surgery,* microchip and FeLV test for cats.
- Dogs and cats over four months come with all vaccinations, de-worming, spay or neuter surgery, microchip, heartworm test (over six months of age), rabies license tags (for Miami-Dade County residents only) and FeLV test for cats.
Our mission is to save the lives of abandoned animals in our care, protect animals from cruelty, reunite lost pets with their owners, protect people and pets in our community from health related issues and ensure the public’s safety.
We shared advice on pet adoptions in Miami with our friends at CubeSmart.
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Disclosure: I’ve partnered with CubeSmart as the company’s local expert in Miami. Articles are written by me and are my opinion.