Miami-Dade County took a great stride for animals when a resolution was passed to find a financially sound plan to make the Animal Services shelter a no-kill facility. In the mean time, there are plenty of dogs and cats waiting for residents to take them home to become a part of a forever family.
At shelters across the county, dogs and cats of all ages, breeds and sizes are available for adoption. Blake is a furry Shih-Tzu mix who loves hamming it up for the camera. Baby Jingo is one of many kittens looking for homes, perfect for those who want to raise a cat from the beginning.
Since it's South Florida, there are a variety of animals that can become a part of your family. Sam and Frodo are two, bright and happy birds, and Meko the leopard tortoise is a unique pet.
On Saturday, the county is hosting a pet adoption event at Westwind Lakes Action Sports Park, with half-off adoption prices, free entertainment and a skateboard rodeo. A perfect place to meet your new furbaby!
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Miami-Dade's animal shelter was already a kill-free facility. The plan to implement the no-kill policy will be presented before the Miami-Dade Commission in early 2013.
Here are just a few adoptable animals in the community:
Leona (12885182 ) came from a home with owners who did not take care of her properly, leaving her out in the sun so long she developed severe sun damage. Shelter staff says the 7-year-old Chow Chow mix is recovering well, and is a loving, obedient, loyal, great with kids, and is housebroken. She has been spayed. Call the Humane Society of Greater Miami at 305-696-0800.
This snow white cat goes by Puffball (A1451532). He is a white domestic shorthair and has not been neutered. Staff thinks he is about 6 months old. Call Miami-Dade Animal Services at 305-884-1101.
This furry fellow (A1405728) is a neutered, black Shih-Tzu mix. His friends at the shelter think he's still a puppy, about 1 year old. Call Miami-Dade Animal Services at 305-884-1101.
Socrates is a young Quarter Parakeet. Call the South Florida Wildlife Center at 954-524-4302, ext. 15.
Jingo (A1451232) is one of many kittens looking for homes at the shelter. An orange tabby and white domestic shorthair mix, staff thinks he is about 14 weeks ago. He has not been neutered. Call Miami-Dade Animal Services at 305-884-1101.
Aldo (A1450507) is a 3-year-old, male, black-and-brown Miniature Pinscher mix. This little guy just wants a home and family to call his own. Call Miami-Dade Animal Services at 305-884-1101.
Wild Fire is a Paso Fino gelding and was one of three horses impounded by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, then rescued by the South Florida SPCA. Email Laurie Wagonner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for a dog to take on an adventure? Max (10492131) is the perfect guy for you. The Rottweiler/Shepherd mix loves to explore, riding in the car, and is friendly with people and other dogs. The 4-year-old has been neutered. Call the Humane Society of Greater Miami at 305-696-0800.
This pretty lady (15609459 ) is a little shy when she first meets new people, but warms up quickly. Her favorite thing to do is snuggle and be petted. The 1-year-old domestic shorthair mix has been spayed. Call the Humane Society of Greater Miami at 305-696-0800.
Prefer nonfurry pets? Meko is a young, medium-sized leopard tortoise in need of a forever home. Call the South Florida Wildlife Center at 954-524-4302, ext. 15.
Champ (A1449624) was found wandering the streets before he was taken to the Miami-Dade shelter. He is a 5-month-old black tabby domestic shorthair. He has not been neutered. Call Miami-Dade Animal Services at 305-884-1101.
Frodo and Sam
These two Budgerigar partners in crime are just as friendly as their Hobbitan namesakes. Call the South Florida Wildlife Center at 954-524-4302, ext. 15.
This girl is as classy as her name! Fendi (A1449831) is a black-and-white German Shepherd and Siberian Husky mix. She is not spayed and staff thinks she's about 2 years old. Call Miami-Dade Animal Services at 305-884-1101.
This young foal was born in June to his mother, a rescued racing mare, Dancingattheritz. She died in July, leaving the orphan searching for a forever home. Email Laurie Wagonner at the South Florida SPCA at email@example.com.
Alekona (12946876) is a loving, friendly cat looking for a family to join forever. The 1-year-old domestic shorthair mix has been neutered. Call the Humane Society of Greater Miami at 305-696-0800.