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Miami-Dade Animal Services, FedEx and two NBA teams to relocate 100 shelter pets as a result of Hurricane Irma

MIAMI (September 14, 2017)

In its continuing effort to find homes for pets affected by Hurricane Irma, Miami-Dade Animal Services is teaming up with FedEx, the Miami Heat and Oakland California’s Golden State Warriors to relocate pets displaced by Hurricane Irma from Miami-Dade County, Manatee County and the Florida Keys to adoption shelters in San Francisco, California and Washington State.

The goal is to make space at the shelters in order to extend the stray hold—the time period a before a stray is eligible for adoption—on these "Irma pets" and give families extra time to make it to the shelters to look for their lost pets.

Miami-Dade Animal Services is housing, caring for and vetting all the pets that will be airlifted by FedEx transport to Oakland, California where the Golden State Warriors and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA®); Peninsula Humane Society of Oakland, California and Marin Humane Society Novato, California will find loving homes for these pets.

“We are committed to assisting other counties impacted by Hurricane Irma so they can better take care of the animals in need in their communities , said Alex Muñoz, Director of Animal Services. “The main goal is to care for these pets during this difficult time and rehome them into loving homes,” he added.

Check-in for the pets’ airlift begins at approximately 8 a.m. on Friday September 15 from Miami-Dade Animal Services Pet Adoption and Protection Center, 3599 NW 79 Avenue, Doral FL 33122, after which they will head to Miami International Airport to board the FedEx flight to California.

Who:
Miami-Dade County Animal Services, FedEx, the Miami Heat and Oakland California’s Golden State Warriors
What:
Transport of pets displaced by Irma shelter animals from Miami, Florida, Manatee County and the Florida Keys to California pet shelters
When:
September 15, 2017 — 08:00 a.m.
Where:
Friday, September 15, 2017 at Approximately 8 a.m.