Miami’s three partner agencies—Humane Society of Greater Miami Adopt-A-Pet, Miami-Dade Animal Services and The Cat Network—have already made important strides since commencing their partnership with the ASPCA in late 2010.
Miami-Dade County’s partner agencies include:
The Humane Society of Greater Miami
Operating since 1936, this private, nonprofit, limited-admission adoptions facility offers low-cost spay/neuter services and vaccine clinics, humane education, a greyhound adoption and education program, a behavior helpline and a volunteer program.
Adoption hours: Monday – Closed, Tuesday- Sunday, 11:00 A.M.-7:00 P.M.
16101 West Dixie Highway
North Miami Beach, FL 33160
Miami-Dade Animal Services
Miami-Dade’s county-run animal control facility offers adoptions, animal control, humane law enforcement, spay/neuter services for cats, lost and found, pet licensing, rabies vaccinations and a volunteer program. It became an independent department of the county in 2005.
Adoption hours: Monday- Friday, 10:00 A.M.-6:30 P.M., Saturday-Sunday 10:00 A.M.- 4:00 P.M.
7401 NW 74 Street
Miami, Florida 33166
The Cat Network
Founded in 1995, the Cat Network focuses on reducing feline overpopulation and offers spay/neuter services, a trap-neuter-return program, adoptions, education and advocacy. The organization also works with local government on hoarding cases.
Adoptable cats are in foster homes.
P.O. Box 347228
Miami, FL 33234-7228
Miami Success Story
by Cynthia Coutard of the Humane Society of Greater Miami
It takes a unique individual to show love and devotion to what some may call an unadoptable dog. So is the case of Beauty. Originally named Jeep, after being found in the Humane Society of Greater Miami parking lot, Jeep was a 13-year-old senior pet who embodied everything adopters oftentimes avoid.
Overweight, blind (induced by cataracts) and with four teeth (total) in her mouth, Jeep’s journey in finding a forever home is a story of love.
Hours turned into days and the days to weeks as Jeep waited to be adopted. As if it were sheer destiny, passionate supporters of the Humane Society Patrick and Linda McEnany were told of Jeep’s ailments and extended stay at the shelter. Like superheroes in disguise, the McEnany’s adopted Jeep, who was forever to be known as Beauty.
Not a week or holiday passed without a card from the McEnanys featuring Beauty. Quite the socialite in her distinctive stroller, she traveled everywhere with her parents, including to dinners out. It was understood by establishments frequented by the McEnanys that the seating was always for three.
The evolution of Jeep-to-Beauty is a tale of how a pet who was continuously overlooked turned out to be the missing piece in a family.
To learn more about how your city can apply to become an ASPCA partner community, please visit ASPCApro.org.