Miami-Dade County Blazes Trails for Animal Shelters Across the USA
Typically, municipal animal shelters are places associated with cold and depressing atmospheres, and a sense of desperation and hopelessness for often stressed out and sorrowful animals. But Miami-Dade County is blazing trails in helping homeless animals with a beautiful new facility that focuses on pets’ comfort and enhanced customer experience. No other shelter in the USA surpasses requirements with such careful thought and aesthetic appeal.
The shelter, called The Pet Adoption and Protection Center, had its grand opening in June, is now operating in full swing and on its way toward achieving its ultimate no-kill goal.
Among other changes to the original shelter, The Pet Adoption and Protection Center now houses 25% more dogs and almost doubled its cat housing, all while maintaining space and comfort to give each animal a less stressful, happier stay. The entire facility is climate controlled to beat the Florida heat, making it the largest air conditioned shelter in the country. Ventilation was increased to prevent the transmission of disease and reduce odors. Additionally, advanced medical technology was installed in an open concept surgical suite staffed by skilled surgeons and techs to offer more low-cost neuters and spays. Surgical capacity has increased by more than 50%.
When not meeting prospective adopters, dogs enjoy spacious kennels and an outdoor enclosure for play time. Cats can while the time away in a community room filled with toys.
With a comfortable mall-like atmosphere, “we created an environment that is inviting to families, where they can come find their ‘furever friend’ as well as a place of protection for our furry residents,” explained Tara C. Smith, Director of the Internal Services Department.
Kudos to Miami-Dade County! May there be many happy endings for the dogs and cats in their good care.
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