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Announcing the Grand Opening of the new Miami-Dade Animal Services Pet Adoption and Protection Center

MIAMI (June 10, 2016)

On Monday, June 13, 2016, at 11 a.m., Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Chairman Jean Monestime, District 12 Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz and members of the Board of County Commissioners, the Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department along with the Miami-Dade County Internal Services Department; will host the grand opening of the Animal Services Pet Adoption and Protection Center located at 3599 NW 79 Avenue, Doral, Florida.

Miami-Dade Animal Services’ Pet Adoption and Protection Center has set the new standard for animal rescue and care by focusing on providing a comfortable, relaxed environment for homeless pets and enhancing the customer experience. With a total property area at approximately 4.79 acres, the new facility is the first rescue and protection center of its scale to open in Miami-Dade County, and surpasses the standard requirements of any shelter in the USA.

“The new Pet Adoption and Protection center is a significant accomplishment for our pet loving community and will help Animal Services continue to save lives,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez.  “We built the best facility to help ensure every pet gets adopted, offer more low-cost spay/neuter services and enrich our life -saving programs,” he added. 
Advanced medical technology and equipment complement the skilled surgeons and support staff and an open floor plan increases efficiency and maximizes surgical flow. The expanded surgical suites and a streamlined pre-admission process enhance and support high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter services. “Completion of this new Pet Adoption and Protection Center is an important achievement in our continued efforts to increase spay/neuter services since it increases surgical capacity by more than 50 percent, said Alex Muñoz, Director of the Miami-Dade Animal Services Department. “Accessible and affordable spay/neuter surgeries are an important component in the efforts towards no kill goals, he added.”

The Pet Adoption and Protection Center was created in a modern mall-like layout to help create a pleasant pet adoption experience where pet lovers can adopt-not-shop. Dog housing is increased by more than 25 percent and cat housing capacity almost doubles. The entire facility is climate controlled to adjust for the animals’ needs in the South Florida climate, making it the largest air-conditioned animal shelter in the country. The air-conditioning system is designed to control cross contamination of disease, facilitating six air changes per hour in the canine/feline adoption suites facilitates ventilation of fresh outside air, mitigating odors and reducing the spread of disease.

“The Internal Services Department worked closely with the Animal Services to renovate and retrofit an existing building on the property based on best practices in animal housing,” said Tara C. Smith, Director of the Internal Services Department. We created an environment that is inviting to families, where they can come find their “furever friend” as well as a place of protection for our furry residents, she added.
 
Miami-Dade Animal Services Pet Adoption and Protection Center will open to the public for adoptions at 1 pm on Monday June 13, 2016 after the ribbon cutting ceremony. Full services will resume on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at the new location 3599 NW 79 Avenue, Doral, Florida.