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Rescue Partnerships

Each year, tens of thousands of pets are abandoned at the shelter where staff and volunteers work diligently to reunite lost pets with their owners, re-home or find rescue partners for these precious animals.

ASD has been aggressive in implementing programs that have enabled us to save the highest amount of shelter pets in the history of the department. Rescue partners are a very important part of ASD’s efforts and commitment to save the lives of the animals in our care and establish Miami-Dade County as a No Kill Community.

All interested rescue partners must provide the following documentation to ASD:

  • Occupational license if applicable in your county
  • Certificate of use if applicable in your county
  • 501(c) (3)
  • Florida corporate documentation
  • Proof of registration as a charitable organization with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
  • Notarized Rescue Agreement signed by the registered agent or officer of the corporation. (Please mail the original signed document, to avoid delay)
  • Main contact information for your rescue organization
  • List of volunteers you approve to pull on behalf of your organization (please include names, addresses, phone numbers, email address and a copy of their  driver’s license for pullers and foster homes)
  • List of foster homes if different from the volunteer list

The head of each rescue group must assign one to two contacts who will communicate with our Rescue Coordinators. The required list of volunteers must identify the individuals assigned to come to the shelter and pick up the pets. All contacts in the tri-county area and volunteers must attend a one-hour orientation session.

Please send the required documents above to:
ATTN Michael Leiva
Pet Adoption and Protection Center
3599 NW 79 Ave
Doral FL 33122

Support of Urgent Needs (SUN) Program

Miami-Dade Animal Services is offering stipends to pet rescue organizations through the SUN program to assist in the care and re-homing of at-risk pets.

The SUN program helps address the financial challenges that can limit in the number of animals a rescue can take in. Participants in the program may receive one of five funding categories to assist with the costs of caring and networking of at-risk pets. The categories depend on the pet’s at-risk status and rescue organizations will receive the funding after the rescued dog or cat is placed in a permanent home. 

Application for the SUN program requires a two-step process:

  • The first step is to register as a Miami-Dade County Vendor. Registration as a vendor provides an avenue to issue payments (awards) to approved rescue organizations and is a pre-requisite to inclusion in the “Perpetual Pool.”
  • The second step involves completing an application for inclusion in the Perpetual Pool. The Overview of Perpetual Pool provides all project specific information (i.e., scope of services, funding categories, compliance, and qualification submission requirements).


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