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Miami-Dade commissioner wants stray pets sent to loving homes, by UPS


That meowing in the UPS box might be from Miami.

Well, only if Javier Souto can get a pet project off the ground.

At a budget hearing on animal shelters Wednesday, the Miami-Dade commissioner urged the county to launch a cross-country adoption service that could ship pets to people’s doors.

“I guarantee you there are places in America that want to adopt a dog or a cat from here,” Souto said.

Alex Muñoz, the county’s animal-services chief, noted the shelter already lists its adoptable animals online but didn’t sound eager to start shipping them to willing homes. “You’re talking about a major fulfillment service,” he said.

Souto suggested recruiting Palmetto High graduate and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos to help work out the details. “I’m willing to call,” Souto said.

Douglas Hanks