Before Hurricane Isaac, the Humane Society of Broward County opened its doors to dozens of animals that were evacuated from Mississippi in anticipation of the storm. So if you're thinking of adding a new family member to your home, think about heading to your local shelters and animal rescue groups to find that special puppydog or kittycat.

To combat animal overpopulation, many who end up in shelters (6 to 8 million a year, half of which are euthanized), the Humane Society of the United States recommends spaying and neutering your pets. Many animals from shelters and rescues already undergo the surgery, but if you take an animal into your home that is not, there are many affordable or free opportunities.

In Miami Beach, Project Cat Snip's Meow Mobile will travel to the beach twice a month to spay and neuter cats. Email meowmobile@thecatnetwork.org or call 305-233-9958.

For dogs, the county is providing free neutering and spaying for dogs up to 40 pounds. The event is scheduled for Sept. 9 at Surfside City Hall. Call 311 to schedule an appointment for your pet. Owners must be Miami-Dade County residents.

Do any of these animals have a place in your home?

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  • Stella

    Stella (7061089) is spayed, vaccinated and micro-chipped -- basically, she's ready for her new forever home! Call the Humane Society of Greater Miami-Dade at 305-696-0800.

  • Sylvia

    Sylvia (A1454741) is a female, spayed terrier mix that was brought to the shelter as a stray. Call Miami-Dade Animal Services at 305-884-1101.

  • Lucee

    For animal lovers who like out of the ordinary friends, Lucee is a female gerbil looking for a forever home. Call the South Florida Wildlife Center at 954-524-4302, ext. 15

  • Linda

    Linda (A1187418) is a female black Labrador Retriever mix who was turned in by her owner. See is about 5 years old. Call Miami-Dade Animal Services at 305-884-1101.

  • Jasmine

    Jasmine (A1229168) is a spayed female domestic shorthair. She was found as a stray and staff thinks she is about 3 years old. Call Miami-Dade Animal Services at 305-884-1101.

  • Marshall

    Not into furry friends? Marshall is an adult cockatiel that would make a great companion in anyone's home. Call the South Florida Wildlife Center at 954-524-4302, ext. 15

  • Cowboy II

    Cowboy II is 2-year-old gelding who was rescued in July with his mother Mila from a South Florida marijuana grow house. She has since been adopted, but he still needs a home! He is young and experienced but staff says he is a fast learner. Email Laurie Waggoner at laurie@helpthehorses.com.

  • Simba

    Simba (A1457594) is a neutered Tabby male about 1 year old. He was turned in by his owner and is looking for a new forever home. Call Miami-Dade Animal Services at 305-884-1101.

  • Goats

    Have land for happy animals to roam? These three goats were rescued in an alleged cruelty case being investigated by the Miami-Dade Police Department and the South Florida SPCA. Email Laurie Waggoner at laurie@helpthehorses.com.

  • London

    London is a medium-sized adult parakeet. Call the South Florida Wildlife Center at 954-524-4302, ext. 15

  • Richard

    Richard (12657020) is a neutered lab mix who is gentle, easy going, but loves to play. Do you need a partner in crime? Call the Humane Society of Greater Miami-Dade at 305-696-0800.

  • Blossom

    Blossom (15900136) is a spayed German Shepherd mix turned in by her owners. She is about 2 years old. Call the Humane Society of Greater Miami-Dade at 305-696-0800.

  • Mary

    Mary the emu was rescued from an alleged animal cruelty case, and just wants a forever home to stretch her legs. Email Laurie Waggoner at laurie@helpthehorses.com.

  • Cable

    Cable (16614094) is a kitten looking for a new home. The society will give his new owners a 30-day free trial of pet insurance, on top of him already having his vaccines, being neutered and microchipped. Call the Humane Society of Greater Miami-Dade at 305-696-0800.

  • Danny

    Danny is a Palomino Paint pony who was rescued as a stray. He has been gelded and is 11.5 hands. Email Laurie Waggoner at laurie@helpthehorses.com.

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