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Miami-Dade Animal Services has reduced the stray hold period to help make animals available earlier to adopters and rescue groups

MIAMI (November 02, 2015)

Miami Dade County Animal Services (Animal Services) has reduced the stray hold period—the amount of time before a stray animal brought into the shelter is legally made available for adoption—from five days to three days effective as of October 17, 2015. The change in the stray hold period reflects revisions to Chapter 5 of the County Code pertaining to animals.

A reduced stray hold period will mean dogs and cats brought into the shelter can be made available earlier to adopters and rescue groups helping to increase the life-saving capacity of the shelter. Reducing the animals’ length of stay in the shelter also helps reduce the animals stress and creates a positive impact on their well-being.

Pets arriving at the shelter with some form of identification—tag, license, microchip—will be held from adoption for five days until January 1, 2016, to allow time for the public to become familiar with the changes in the stray hold period.

Pets with no identification can be released to eligible rescue organizations before the three day stray period expires on a Foster to Rescue Agreement.  

“This is an important change that will have a positive impact on our ability to save more lives,” said Alex Muñoz, Director of Animal Services.

To ensure a quick reunion with a lost pet, Animal Services reminds pet owners to ensure their dogs are licensed and microchipped with current owner contact information and that include the tag licenses and any additional identification on a collar at all times. Although cats do not need to a license, a microchip and a collar with identification is recommended. 

To add an additional layer of security, dog owners can also download and register their pet with the Finding Rover app which is uploaded daily with all dogs brought into the shelter. 

About Miami-Dade County Animal Services

Every year Miami-Dade County ASD 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 call 3-1-1.