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I Like Big Mutts promotion encourages community to think big about pet adoption

MIAMI (July 26, 2017)

When it comes to saving pet’s lives, Miami-Dade County Animal Services Pet Adoption and Protection Center (Animal Services) is working to persuade the community to think big when adopting a pet, big dogs that is.

A new “I Like Big Mutts” video (PSA) produced for Animal Services by Miami-Dade County’s Miami-Dade TV and inspired by a popular rap song as part of an “I like Big Mutts” adoption promotion. The video features actual big shelter dogs and the lyrics tout some of the benefits of adopting a large dog.

“Puppies and small adult dogs are always the first to be adopted,” said Alex Muñoz, Director of Animal Services. “We want people to think ‘outside the puppy’ and give the larger dogs a chance to show that they are just as lovable, playful and loyal as any other dog.”

Large dogs spend more time at Animal Services and make up the majority of the pet population. The large dog population is especially higher during the summer months.

To help motivate big dog adoptions, fees for large dogs, over 35 lbs., are waived until September 30. The waived fees represent a savings of $65 over the usual adoption fee and the adopted dogs are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and ready to go to a forever home.

Free adoptions for large dogs will also be offered at all off-site pet adoption events hosted by Animal Services.

 

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.