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Happy Tails

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Our adopters, staff and volunteers enjoy seeing photos and letters about adoption animals, where we get a glimpse into their lives in their new homes. If you would like to send a photo of your animal companion(s) along with some text, please include your contact information, names of the pet(s)/people in the photos, adoption date, and age(s) of your animal(s).


My husband was leaving for the military and I wanted a friend that I could care for. So we went to Miami-Dade Animal Services and the minute I saw Sweety, a terrier mix three-month-old pup, I knew I wanted to take her home with me. My husband asked if I wanted to see the rest of the dogs and I said that this was the one I wanted.

She was shy, wasn't very social but she was the one I wanted. It has been two months and she is doing great; she plays with other dogs at the dog park and loves to play. She is a very smart puppy. Within the week, she was house trained and in a month she learned to give paw, sit and lay. We love her dearly and are glad we could rescue her and give her a good life.



Romeo the dog Romeo the dog

Dear Friends of the Miami-Dade Animal Service, It was the end of April 2010 when we adopted an adorable little guy. The second we saw him, we knew he was perfect for us. It was love at first sight for me and my wife Giulietta,so we decided to name him Romeo. We haven't regretted one moment of the adoption. He is the best dog ever!

Romeo is a sweet-natured, fun-loving dog who required almost no effort to train. He's so smart and has real doggie charisma! He learns new tricks quickly and He loves putting on little shows of his running and spinning prowess at the dog park, as well as chase birds. He is also very well behaved, was potty trained the minute he came into the house.

Romeo is more than we could have hoped for. His tail never stops wagging. We cannot imagine our life without him. Saving Romeo has been one of the most rewarding experiences in our life. He asks for so little but unconditionally gives so much to us every day.

Thank you so much for taking care of this boy until we were able to bring him home!



Hello, I wanted to tell you about Tucker's happy tail. I am currently a grad student and I moved to Miami, FL last year from Cleveland, OH. I live by myself and I was feeling very lonely when I came home to an empty house, and no family nearby. In September of 2009, I saw a very friendly dog who was up for adoption, and I realized: Mom isn't here to say I can't have one! Even though my family had a huge country yard, my parents would never let me have a dog. I always wanted one; a canine buddy to take jogging and hiking, and I was always envious of those people with well trained dogs that could do tricks! I wanted my dog to be able to do those things. So I did tons of research to make sure I was able to take care of one, and I started looking at the animal shelter. I looked for a month before I found THE perfect dog--Tucker (shelter name Frankie.) After sniffing around the room he immediately ran to me, flipped onto his back and begged for a tummy rub. I immediately said "THIS ONE!" and took him home at the end of September.

Especially as a first time dog owner, I could not have asked for a more perfect dog. He was picked up as a stray, and I don't know what his past holds, but he had absolutely no aggression problems, no barking problem, no marking problem, and he was even potty trained already! Some basic obedience has given me the dog of my dreams- he knows tons of great tricks now and he is always ready to learn more. (We're planning to start agility training next month- look for us to be at the top of the pack in a few years!) He is as loyal as can be, helps me get up in the morning for those early classes, and also keeps me on my exercise routine! Let Tucker be an example- shelter dogs are definitely NOT broken!!!

Thank you so much to all of the shelter staff and volunteers who took care of Tucker before I was able to find him. Your work is appreciated!

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