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Miami-Dade County Animal Services and Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places invites the community to participate in a collective creative project

MIAMI (August 03, 2015)

Miami-Dade County Animal Services, in collaboration with Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places is calling on the public to donate figurines, decorative objects, memorabilia and other “tchotchkes” that represent our beloved dogs and cats.

The collected objects will be used by internationally recognized artist Carlos Betancourt and architect Alberto Latorre as components of a monumental sculpture that will define the lobby of the new Animal Services Adoption Center currently under construction at  3599 NW 79 Ave in Doral and expected to open this winter.

“This unique crowdsourced art project will symbolize the importance of community involvement and participation in making our County a no-kill community,” said Alex Muñoz, Director of Animal Services. “

The artists are looking for objects that will help them realize the creation of a sculpture that is greater than the sum of its parts.  

There are a few guidelines and limitations:

  • Objects made from only the following materials can be used; plastic, ceramic, wood, glass, plaster, lightweight metal.
  • The minimum size of any object is 10 inches and the maximum size is 36 inches in any direction.
  • Objects that cannot be used include anything made from fabric or cloth, such as stuffed animals or animal clothing.

Donation boxes will be located at the following county locations until Sept. 30, 2015:

Stephen P. Clark Government Center
Main Lobby
111 NW 1 Street
Miami, FL 33128

Miami-Dade Animal Services
7401 NW 74 Street
Miami, FL 33166

South Dade Government Center
10710 SW 211 Street
Miami, Florida 33189

See sample images of dog and cat figures that may be used as reference for the objects that the artists are looking for. 

Please note: the artists reserve the right to select objects based on their discretion and as determined for the appropriateness of the site. Any unused objects will be donated to charity.

For event information call 3-1-1 or visit Animal Services events calendar.

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.

About Miami-Dade Art in Public Places
Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places is a program of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and is responsible for the commission and purchase of artworks by contemporary artists in all media. One of the first public art programs in the country, Miami-Dade Art in Public Places was established in 1973 with the passage of an ordinance allocating 1.5% of construction cost of new county buildings for the purchase or commission of artworks, educational programs and collection maintenance. The Art Trust Fund is administered by a County Commission-appointed citizens’ board, the Art in Public Places Trust, in consultation with its Professional Advisory Committee. For more information about the Art in Public Places Program and the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs, please visit  and