|Frequently Asked Questions|
Once a dog or cat has been admitted to the Humane Society of Greater Miami's adoption center, he will remain there until he finds a home, no matter how long it takes. The Humane Society of Greater Miami does not euthanize dogs or cats that are healthy (or treatable) and of good temperament. Before a dog or cat is admitted to the adoption center, they must first pass a health and temperament screening and of course, there must be space available for the animal.
The Humane Society of Greater Miami does offer the much-needed service of humane pet euthanasia to the public. If a person has a pet that has been seriously injured, or is terminally ill and his quality of life is seriously compromised, they may bring their pet to be euthanized at either of the Humane Society of Greater Miami clinics. Click here for locations. However, we will not euthanize animals with treatable conditions such as heartworm disease, mange, kennel cough or upper respiratory infections.
The Humane Society of Greater Miami is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable animal welfare organization supported solely by its programs and services, donations, grants, and fundraising activities. We do not receive any funding from the government, the United Way, or from other animal welfare organizations. We rely on people like you for financial support.
What is the difference between the Humane Society of Greater Miami, The Humane Society of the United States, and Miami-Dade Animal Services?
All three organizations are completely different organizations and are not related to each other. This Humane Society is a private, not-for-profit charitable animal welfare organization that cares for adoptable pets and provides the public with quality adoption services, low-cost preventive healthcare and spay/neuter services and extensive humane education programming for citizens of all ages. We guarantee a second chance for the animals in our stewardship by caring for them for as long as it takes to find them a loving home – no matter how long it takes. Would you like to help us help the homeless pets of Greater Miami? Click here to make a donation!
It is a common misconception that the Humane Society of Greater Miami receives funding from national animal welfare organizations such as the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). It is important to know that donations made to these national organizations do not support the animals cared for locally by the Humane Society. HSUS works to reduce suffering and to create meaningful social change for animals by advocating for sensible public policies, investigating cruelty and working to enforce existing laws, educating the public about animal issues, joining with corporations on behalf of animal-friendly policies, and conducting hands-on programs that make ours a more humane world.
Animal Services is the government agency in Miami-Dade County that enforces county ordinances pertaining to dogs and cats. Animal Services' main responsibilities are to help prevent and punish animal cruelty, and to protect the public by picking up stray dogs, requiring rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats, and by controlling dangerous dogs. Animal Services has a variety of loving, deserving dogs and cats available for adoption. Animal Services, located at 7401 N.W. 74th Street in Miami, is funded by dog license sales, shelter fees, enforcement fines, grants and donations.
Once in a while, due to circumstances beyond their control, a pet owner may become unable to care for their pet. Perhaps they became gravely ill or injured. Perhaps their child developed asthma. Perhaps the owner was having serious, long-term financial problems. It is for situations like these that animal shelters exist-to help care for pets and find them new loving homes if their owner becomes truly unable to care for them.
Fortunately, many people who think they must give up their pet do not have to!
If you love your pet and want to keep him or her, we will do what we can to assist you. If you are giving up your pet for one of the following reasons, STOP! Let us help you keep your pet!
It is absolutely possible to move across town or to another state while keeping your pet as part of your family. Click here for tips on moving with your pet. Click here for assistance in finding pet-friendly housing.
If the reason why you are giving up your pet is because you have a family emergency or you must go out of town suddenly, ask a friend or family member if they can care for your pet until you are able to return. Also, there are lots of reasonably-priced boarding kennels that can be found on the Internet or in the phone book.
"He is not housetrained."
The Humane Society of Greater Miami works closely with professional trainers specializing in behavior modification. We hold FREE workshops the fourth Saturday of every month at the Soffer and Fine Adoption Center beginning at 12:00PM. These workshops help dog owners solve many of the basic obedience issues mentioned above and are for humans only. For more information visit Canine Counselors or call 305-264-0027.
"I'm allergic to my pet."
Contact your physician to learn about some of the many effective pet allergy medications on the market. Click here for tips on pets and allergies.
If you ultimately decide that you cannot keep your pet, you have several options. First, do your very best to find him a home yourself. Just as it was your responsibility to feed, train, and care for your pet, it is also your responsibility to find a home for your pet if you can no longer keep him. A "good" home means a home where the animal will live for the rest of his or her life, where he or she will receive attention, veterinary care, proper nutrition, and be treated as part of the family. Finding a good home for a pet may take some time, but it is possible. Here are some tips:
If You Can't Find a Good Home for Your Pet
The Humane Society of Greater Miami has limited space available to accept new pets for adoption. Therefore, it is extremely important that you do your best to find your pet a home yourself. If you have tried all of the above suggestions and you are still unable to find your pet a home, you may call the Humane Society of Greater Miami (305-749-1830) to see if we are able to accept him for adoption. All animals must pass a health and temperament test before we accept them, and we have to have space for them. Animal intake is done by appointment ONLY.
Finding a quality home for your pet can be a difficult and time-consuming process. The more time and effort you devote to finding a good home for your pet, the better your chances for finding one. After the love and companionship your pet has provided you with since you have had him, the least you can do is make sure he is going to a loving, responsible, permanent home. Good luck!
Another alternative is to take your pet to the Miami-Dade Animal Services Department ("Animal Services"). Animal Services is a completely separate organization. Animal Services will accept all dogs and cats that are brought to them, and for that reason, they are not able to guarantee adoption for pets. Animal Services' phone number is 305-884-1101. Remember to do your best to find your pet a home before resorting to relinquishing him to any animal shelter.
Thank you for helping that lost animal!
Many communities suffer from cat overpopulation problems resulting from irresponsible cat owners that let their unneutered cats roam free. Cats that live outside without the luxury of vet care and shelter typically succumb to illness, parasites, accidents and starvation that drastically cut their lives short. However, most of them live long enough to reproduce several times, producing as many as 20 kittens in one year.
In Miami-Dade County, there is a law that prohibits dogs from roaming free. The Miami-Dade Animal Services Department enforces this law by picking up stray dogs. There is no such law for cats. Therefore, Animal Services does not pick up stray cats.
The Humane Society of Greater Miami advocates the 'trap-neuter-return' method as the most humane method of reducing stray cat populations in most communities. Alley Cat Allies, a national nonprofit clearinghouse for information on feral and stray cats, has been educating the public for more than a decade on the trap-neuter-return method. Please click here to go to ACA's highly informative website. You can also contact The Cat Network, a Miami-based homeless-cat placement group, through their website.
Where do I get a trap?
You can find a place to rent a trap by looking under 'trap rentals' on the Internet or in the phone book.
If I don't want to alter and release a stray cat, what should I do?
If the cat is socialized, try to find him or her a home yourself. Click here for tips on finding a good home for a pet. If the cat is friendly, appears to be healthy, call the Humane Society of Greater Miami (305-749-1830) and we will let you know if we have space available to accept the cat for adoption. Animal intake is done by appointment ONLY. Because we do not euthanize healthy animals, we cannot accept all of the animals that are brought to us. All animals must pass a health and temperament screening before they are admitted to our shelter.
Miami-Dade Animal Services Department accepts all dogs and cats that are brought to them, although for this reason, they cannot guarantee adoption.
Can I pay someone to trap the cats?
You can find listings for professional trappers on the Internet or in the phone book.
This heart-wrenching pet overpopulation problem is caused by not spaying or neutering a pet and then allowing them to roam free. However, this problem can be solved by being a responsible pet owner and spaying or neutering your pet and not allowing them to roam free. Please encourage everyone you know to do the same. Click here for information about spaying and neutering.
I would like to adopt a specific size/breed/age of pet. Can you call me when one of these animals is available?
We strongly encourage people looking to adopt a certain type of dog or cat to visit our shelter as often as possible to see what pets we have available. You can also ask for information on our Match-A-Pet program.
Another great resource for finding a specific pet for adoption is pefinder.com. On Petfinder, you can enter a description of the pet you are looking for and then search through a database containing hundreds of adoptable pets in your area, including adoptable pets at the Humane Society of Greater Miami.
Being a pet owner is never easy. While pets bring us joy and companionship on a daily basis, they also require training, veterinary care, time, love, attention, and even tolerance. Tolerance is especially necessary when a pet owner is allergic to his or her companion animal.
Additional treatments for allergies to pets are symptomatic, including steroidal and antihistamine nose sprays and antihistamine pills. For asthma, there are multiple medications, sprays, and inhalers available. It is important to find an allergist who understands your commitment to living with your pet. A combination of approaches, medical control of symptoms, good housecleaning methods, and immunotherapy are most likely to succeed in allowing an allergic person to live with pets.
Originally Published by the Humane Society of the United States