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Miami-Dade County Animal Services is in need of adopters and fosters as shelter is full of pets in need of loving homes 

With more than 500 pets currently waiting for their forever families Animal Services makes plea for adopters and fosters to help   

MIAMI ( June 27, 2022 )

Every year during the summer months, animal welfare and rescue organizations across the country experience an influx of pets in need of loving homes. With numbers on the rise, and in anticipation of expected new arrivals continuing throughout the summer, Miami-Dade County Animal Services (Animal Services) is making a plea for adopters and fosters to open their hearts and homes to a shelter pet, especially medium and large-sized dogs. Animal Services has taken in more than 1,200 animals in the last month alone, and currently has more than 500 adoptable pets ready to a forever or foster home today. 

Interested adopters and fosters can learn more by visiting the Pet Adoption and Protection Center, as soon as possible, to meet available pets. All adoptions include the first set of age-appropriate vaccines, microchip, deworming, and spay/neuter surgery. Adoption fees are $85 for puppies, $65 for dogs four months and older, and $35 for cats. 

Foster families can help by providing a temporary home to a medium or large-sized dog. No prior foster experience is necessary. There is no cost for foster families. Animal Services will provide supplies needed to care for the pet. Foster families with students looking to earn community service hours will be awarded three times the credit hours. To sign up, send an email to [email protected] or visit Animal Services will provide a foster orientation training and match the new foster with a pet in need of a caring, temporary home.  

The Animal Services’ Pet Adoption and Protection Center is located at 3599 NW 79th Ave., Doral 33122 and is open Monday – Friday, 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

For more information about programs serving Miami-Dade County’s pets and pet owners at Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department visit, call 311, or follow Animal Services on social media @adoptmiamipets. 

About Miami-Dade County Animal Services 
Every year Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department (Animal Services) provides care and refuge for 28,000 to 30,000 lost and abandoned dogs and cats. Every day, Animal Services staff works diligently to find life-long homes for these abandoned animals by facilitating onsite adoptions, hosting offsite adoptions at events and locations throughout the community, and working collaboratively with rescue organizations, volunteers and adoption partners. For more information visit, and/or follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @adoptmiamipets.