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A record breaking 193 pets from Miami-Dade Animal Services found loving homes during Clear the Shelters event

MIAMI (July 25, 2016)

Hundreds of South Florida pet lovers opened their hearts and their homes to Miami-Dade Animal Services’ dogs and cats during the second annual Clear the Shelters event on Saturday, July 23, 2016. A total of 193 pets were adopted at Animal Services breaking last year’s record of 161 pet adoptions.

To encourage and motivate pet lovers in their decision to adopt, fees were waived on all dogs and cats with adopters only having to pay the $27 licensing fee for dogs. Generous sponsors provided pet food and even kitty litter to help adopters start developing their pet care supplies.  Adopters taking home senior pets—dogs and cats over seven years old—or special needs pets also received a pet care package that included special food, bedding and other items to help these heroes care for their newly adopted furry companions.

“Once again, we thank our partners at NBC6 South Florida and Telemundo 51 who helped to create awareness of the need to visit shelters and adopt, not shop for a pet,” said Alex Muñoz, Director of Animal Services. “Our adoption totals this year were particularly significant, close to 50 percent of pets adopted were adult and large dogs,” he added.

Clear the Shelters is a pet adoption campaign started last year by NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations in collaboration with 400 shelters throughout the country and Puerto Rico. Locally, 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.

In South Florida a total of 580 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 45,000 pets were adopted.

About Miami-Dade County Animal Services
Every year 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.

About NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations
NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations is the division of NBCUniversal that includes 28 NBC and Telemundo local television stations, a regional news network and their associated websites and digital platforms, as well as a group of out-of-home properties, a production company, an in-house marketing and promotions company and two national multicast networks, COZI TV and TeleXitos. The local stations, which can be viewed in 36 percent of U.S. homes and Puerto Rico, produce and deliver compelling and unique local news, information and entertainment programming to viewers in the communities they serve, with a goal of connecting to their English and Spanish-speaking audiences anytime and anywhere.