Marlins Adopt-O-Mania pet adoption event scores hit as 140 ‘reach home’

A record-breaking 140 dogs and cats from Miami-Dade County Animal Services and Humane Society of Greater Miami “reached home” with forever loving families during the June 13 Marlins Ayudan Adopt-O-Mania and Bark at the Park event.

Adopters lined up even before the 10 a.m. start and were met with lots of loveable pet “recruits” that included puppies, adult dogs — big and small, cats and kittens to add to their family home team. Fees were reduced by 50 percent and all pets adopted came spayed or neutered, licensed, vaccinated and microchipped. In addition, adopters received complimentary tickets for themselves and their new furry mascot to witness that day’s Miami Marlins victory over the Colorado Rockies.

With help from Animal Services director Alex Muñoz, a Labrador retriever named Oxford, representing Miami-Dade County Animal Services, threw the first pitch with Billy The Marlin acting as catcher. Oxford did his best, but preferred returning the ball to his owner and leaving Billy in the dust, glove in hand, making for a cute dog moment.

“We are very grateful to our community for coming out to adopt a family pet and making this the most successful Adopt-OMania event ever,” said Claude Delorme, Marlins executive vice president of Operations and Events.

“Big thanks go out as well to the Miami Marlins, the Marlins Ayudan Team of volunteers, and to our own wonderful team of volunteers for putting together a record-breaking event,” Muñoz said.

In addition to pet adoptions 46 family pets received free spay/neuter surgery and 73 free vaccines were given to pets brought in by their human family member. Every year Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department (Animal Services) provides care and refuge for over 27,000 abandoned dogs and cats.

Every day, Animal Services staff and volunteers work diligently to find lifelong homes for these abandoned animals by facilitating onsite adoptions, hosting off-site adoption at events and locations throughout the community, and working collaboratively with over 70 rescue organizations who share in thegoal of a No Kill Miami-Dade County. For more information call 3-1-1.

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