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County residents line up early to help save shelter pets at Marlins Ayudan Adopt-O-Mania

MIAMI (August 16, 2016)

Pet lovers lined up early at Marlins Park on Sunday, August 14 for the fifth annual Marlins Ayudan Adopt-O-Mania. A collaborative effort between Miami-Dade Animal Services and the Marlins Ayudan team, the annual event, once again, resulted in over 100 adoption “home runs” to loving forever homes for shelter dogs and cats.

Adoption fees were reduced by 50 percent for adult dogs big and small. The always popular puppies’ were available at regular adoption fees. All cat and kitten adoption   fees were waived. All pets adopted are spayed or neutered, licensed, vaccinated and microchipped. In addition, the first 100 adopters received complimentary tickets for any Miami Marlins regular season home game in August or September 2016.

Animal Services Director Alex Muñoz threw the first pitch with Billy the Marlin acting as catcher.

“The event was a huge success on all fronts," said Marlins Executive Vice President of Operations and Events Claude Delorme. "It was a great feeling to see families smiling as they left the event with a dog or cat. It was truly priceless for all of us.”

“Once again, we are extremely grateful to Marlins Ayudan for extending their invitation and the help of their volunteers to save the lives of homeless cats and dogs,” said Alex Muñoz Director of Animal Services. “A big thanks also goes out to our foster parents and volunteers as well,” he added.

Animal Services also provided free spay/neuter surgeries and vaccines for 21 cats and 20 dogs taken to the event by their human family members.

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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 Marlins Ayudan
Marlins Ayudan (Spanish for “help”) is the signature outreach initiative of the Miami Marlins.  The purpose of Marlins Ayudan is to provide a volunteer corps willing and ready to effectuate positive change in the South Florida community.  It is the fabric of the Club’s corporate culture and engages every front office employee with schools and charities throughout South Florida.  Since its inception in 2010, Marlins Ayudan has contributed over 33,000 hours of service and established partnerships and traditions of giving that inspire employees to pursue their passions and contribute their time and talents year-round.  Marlins Ayudan is a direct and visible demonstration of our Corporate Social Responsibility.