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March 28, 2011

Shelter crisis update

I was out of town when the distemper epidemic shut down the Miami-Dade shelter. To read the Herald's stories about it, visit miamiherald.com. Input animal shelter in the search bar. Latest release from ASD:

Between Thursday, March 24, and Sunday, March 27, over 500 shelter pets were saved!!  The Animal Services team wants to thank all our Rescue Partners and the community that came out in full force to make this miracle happen! 

 Temporarily suspended services

  • Intake of dogs and puppies
  • Rabies/Microchip Clinic
  • Unconfined stray dog pick up

 Normal services

  • Cat intake, adoption and spay/neuter
  • Tuesday donor subsidized dog spay/neuter program for the public and Thursday donor subsidized spay/neuter surgeries
  • Dog and cat adoptions
  • Investigations
  • Pick up of dead and injured animals
  • Purchase of tag
  • Citation reconciliation or payment
  • Owner surrender euthanasia
  • Rescue Partnership

 Adoption fees

  • In effect/normal fees

 Update on pets

  • There are less than 20 dogs and 20 cats in the shelter and several are being adopted today
  • At this time, we have no small breed dogs or puppies
  • A 40x40 tent has been set up in the parking lot with AC, walls and lighting for dogs and puppies brought in by our Animal Control officers temporarily until the shelter is cleaned

 Disinfecting the shelter

  • We have started the industrial cleaning of the entire shelter

 Volunteers

  • If anyone is interested in volunteering, they can come to the shelter between 9am and 6pm  on Tuesday
  • Volunteers can help clean and paint Monday and Tuesday
  • If individuals would like to volunteer on a regular basis, they need to attend a Volunteer Orientation but that is not required for today and tomorrow

 What we need

  • Disinfectable dog toys (thick plastic, no hollow balls or toys that water can get inside of and all sizes needed)
  • Volunteers to come on a regular basis, especially those that can volunteer in receiving to help decrease shelter intake and help pet owners with other options
  • A company to donate fencing and a concrete slab to improve the cleaning process in adoptions
  • Donations to the Animal Services Trust Fund (can be done online)

 For more information about the shelter please see our website at www.miamidade.gov/animals.

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Why disinfectable dog toys? Do they get reused a lot? Are people allowed to donate money, and if so, how much goes towards the pet treatment?

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