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Clear the Shelters event helps 161 pets from Miami-Dade Animal Services find loving homes in one day

MIAMI (August 19, 2015)

Miami-Dade Animal Services’ participation in the Clear the Shelters event which took place on Saturday, August 15, 2015 resulted in a record breaking 161 in-shelter pet adoptions. Animal Services partnered with NBC 6 South Florida/WTVJ, Telemundo 51/WSCV and other shelters across South Florida to participate in the nationwide pet adoption initiative to help find every shelter pet a loving forever family.

To encourage and motivate pet lovers in their decision to adopt, fees were waived on all cats and adopters only had to pay the $27 licensing fee for dogs. Throughout the week, NBC 6 South Florida and Telemundo 51 broadcasted special programming promoting the event and NBC 6 South Florida's "6 in the Mix" August 13 show was broadcast live remotely from Animal Services. The combination of pricing and promotion helped to make the day a success.

"People were lined-up to adopt even before we opened," said Alex Muñoz, Director of Animal Services. "We are very grateful to everyone at NBC 6 South Florida and Telemundo 51 for creating awareness in our community about the benefits and the importance of adopting a shelter pet."

In South Florida a total of 500 pets were adopted from all participating shelters including Miami-Dade Animal Services, the Humane Society of Broward County, Humane Society of Greater Miami and Broward County Animal Care and Adoption Division. Nationwide over 18,000 pets were adopted.

Fee waived adoptions are supported by organizations such as Maddie's Fund and the ASPCA based on studies which showed that offering free adoptions does not have a negative impact on the quality of the adoption or the level of commitment of the adopter.

About Miami-Dade County Animal Services
Every year Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department (Animal Services) provides care and refuge for over 27,000 abandoned 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 adoption 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.