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.
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?