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For Immediate Release:
February 24, 2015
Media Contact:
Lilian Bohorquez

Fifteen dogs from Miami-Dade County Animal Services found forever homes at the Heatapalooza Family Festival 2015

The annual fundraising event is hosted by the Miami Heat Charitable Fund

Miami HEAT players holding pupppies, ASD and ASPCA logos

(MIAMI, February 24, 2014) – Fifteen dogs from Miami-Dade County Animal Services (Animal Services) found forever homes with guests of the 18th Annual Miami Heat Family Festival which took place on Sunday, February 22, 2014. The annual fundraising event, hosted by the Miami Heat Charitable Fund, is a themed, interactive, carnival-like celebration in which HEAT players, coaches, celebrities and families come together for a day of family and fun in an effort to raise vital dollars for local charities. 

“This is the second year that The Miami Heat Charitable Fund invites Animal Services to participate in the festival and we are extremely grateful for the opportunity and for their support in our mission to bring adoptions into the community to help save the lives of shelter pets,” said Alex Muñoz, Director of Miami-Dade County Animal Services.”

Participation at community events to offer pet adoptions is an important part of Animal Services’ no kill efforts which also include 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.

About Miami-Dade County Animal Services
Every year Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department (Animal Services) provides care and refuge for over 27,000 unwanted dogs and cats. Every day, Animal Services staff and volunteers work diligently to find life-long homes for these abandoned animals by facilitating onsite adoptions, hosting off-site adoptions at events and locations throughout the community, and working collaboratively with over 70 rescue organizations who share in our goal of a no kill Miami-Dade County. For more information, visit or call 3-1-1.

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 305-884-1101 at least five days in advance.