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Miami-Dade County Animal Services offers stipends for rescue organizations to help save the lives of at-risk pets

MIAMI (February 08, 2016)

Miami-Dade Animal Services is offering stipends to pet rescue organizations through its Support of Urgent Needs (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.  

In 2014, the Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners approved funding for the SUN program to help Miami-Dade County Animal Services expand its life saving programs. In addition, Animal Services received grant funds from the ASPCA® to help support rescue organizations in their efforts to re-home the shelter’s at-risk pets. The SUN program has distributed $38,150 to date and resulted in the rescue of over 400 pets with special needs.

“Rescue groups are an integral component of saving some of the most at-risk pets,” said Alex Muñoz director of Animal Services. “We currently have 15 rescue partners participating in the program and we hope many more will apply.”

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 application for inclusion 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).”

For additional information on how to participate in the SUN Program, visit or call 3-1-1.

About Miami-Dade County Animal Services
Every year Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department (Animal Services) provides care and refuge for 28,000 to 30,000 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 100 rescue organizations and partners that have helped us meet our goal of a 90 percent save rate.