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New World Symphony Fellows will perform to soothe shelter pets and drive adoptions

Three-part program “Music for Animals” features collaboration between Miami-Dade County Animal Services and NWS

MIAMI (April 13, 2018)

Roll over Beethoven! New World Symphony (NWS) Fellows will perform live classical music to help soothe Miami-Dade County Animal Services (MDAS) shelter pets on Monday, April 16 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the shelter location: 3599 NW 79 Avenue, Miami FL.

A group of New World Symphony Fellows will begin the shelter performances with duo and trio musical works in the Animal Services’ adoption mall, from 2 to 2:30 p.m., for animals and humans to enjoy.  Then, the musicians will break off into smaller groups to play mini solo performances for shelter dogs in the individual kennels.

“This is a wonderful gift from the New World Symphony Fellows to our shelter pets, we are very, very grateful to them,” said Miami-Dade Animal Services Director Alex Muñoz. 

“When we moved into this new shelter, we immediately began to pipe in music that was specially curated to soothe the cats and dogs,” he added.

Animal welfare experts recommend that music—curated to include mostly classical music—be played in the kennels for cats and dogs to help ease the anxiety of being in the shelter environment. According to multiple studies, “classical music appears particularly beneficial, resulting in activities suggestive of relaxation and behaviors that are considered desirable...This form of music may also appeal to visitors, resulting in enhanced perceptions of the rescue shelter’s environment and an increased desire to adopt a dog from such a source.”

The second part of the Music For Animals collaboration will take place on Saturday, April 21, also at MDCAS. An NWS chamber ensemble will perform for an annual MDAS volunteers’ luncheon and will then break into smaller groups to play in other parts of the building for visitors to the center looking to adopt animals. 

Finally, the project will culminate with a visit by MDAS’ mobile adoption unit – the HOPE Express – to the New World Symphony WALLCAST concert on Saturday, April 28 at the New World Center, in SoundScape Park.  Audiences will have the opportunity to interact with the animals and adopt them onsite, resulting in a magical first encounter and setting the stage for a lifelong relationship with their new pet. 

NWS Fellows Kristin Kall (oboe), Christen Greer (violin) and Jesse Yukimura (viola) created this collaboration to help generate interest in animal adoptions at MDCAS and educate the public on the numerous animal welfare services they offer to the community.

WHO: New World Symphony Fellows

WHAT: Music performances for Miami-Dade Animal Services shelter pets

WHEN: Monday, April 16, 2018 from 2 to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Miami-Dade Animal Services Pet Adoption and Protection Center, 3599 NW 79 Avenue, Doral FL 33122