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For Immediate Release:
March 06, 2014
Media Contact:
Lilian Bohorquez

Dogs and cats from Miami-Dade County Animal Services got to rub paws with HEAT players and their guests at annual fundraising event hosted by Miami HEAT Charitable Fund

Fourteen lucky pets got a chance at new forever homes


(Miami, March 6, 2014) – On Sunday, March 2, 2014, dogs and cats from Miami-Dade County Animal Services (ASD) got to rub paws with heat players and their guests at the 17th Annual Miami Heat Family Festival, an annual fundraising event hosted by the Miami Heat Charitable Fund.  ASD was invited to offer pet adoptions to event goers. Fourteen lucky dogs and cats got a chance at a new forever home. 

 The Miami HEAT Family Festival is a themed, interactive, carnival-like celebration in which HEAT players, coaches, celebrities and 250 families come together for a day of family and fun in an effort to raise vital dollars for local charities.  ASD’s participation in the Miami-Heat Family Festival is part of its efforts to bring adoptions into the communities throughout Miami-Dade County making it easier for folks to adopt and offer loving and permanent homes to adorable cats, kittens, dogs and puppies.

“Miami-Dade County Animal Services is committed to establishing a No Kill community,” said Alex Muñoz, Director of Miami-Dade County Animal Services.  “Part of our aggressive efforts to save the lives of our shelter pets is the development of community adoption events as well as partnering with organizations like the Miami Heat Charitable Fund to participate in their events,” added Muñoz.

ASD is also developing grassroots community outreach programs that include, low cost spay/neuter services, vaccinations, preventative care medicine and other resources to pet owners in targeted and under-served communities.  In addition, ASD has implemented the Community Trap, Neuter, Return program (TNR), as an effective and humane method to stabilize and significantly reduce the overpopulation of unsterilized, free roaming cats in our communities.