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For Immediate Release:
April 04, 2014
Media Contact:
Lilian Bohorquez

Miami-Dade County Animal Services partnered with the Miami HEAT in a live adoption telethon during the broadcast of the Miami HEAT game on April 2, 2014

It was a winning night for the HEAT and shelter pets that found forever homes


(Miami, April 4, 2014) – On Wednesday, April 2, 2014, Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department (ASD) partnered with the Miami HEAT in a live adoption telethon that aired on Sun Sports cable network from 7:00p.m. to 10:00p.m. to raise awareness about the shelter’s lifesaving mission, pet adoptions and shelter services alongside animal lover and former HEAT player, Alonzo Mourning, during the Miami HEAT’s game against Milwaukee Bucks. ASD was invited to offer pet adoptions live on television which resulted in eight lucky dogs and cats finding forever homes.


ASD’s participation in the telethon 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. Lines were open to the Miami-Dade County community for pet adoptions and to answer shelter inquiries from interested animal lovers. 

“Part of our efforts to save the lives of our shelter pets is participating in community adoption events, as well as partnering with organizations like the Miami HEAT” said Alex Munoz, Director of Miami-Dade County Animal Services. “The telethon was a great way to interact directly with Miami-Dade County residents and encourage them to join our transition into a No Kill community together.”

About Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department
Over 27,000 pets are abandoned each year at the shelter where staff and volunteers work diligently to reunite, re-home or find a Rescue Partner for the animals.  ASD also works with 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.  For more information, please call 311 or visit our website at

It is the policy of Miami Dade County to comply with all of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The facility is accessible. For sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices or materials in accessible format, please call 305-418-7188 at least five days in advance.