ASPCA selects county as its newest partner community

The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) recently announced that Miami-Dade County has been selected as the newest ASPCA Partner Community — one of 10 communities nationwide currently working with the ASPCA to provide positive outcomes for at-risk and homeless pets.

The ASPCA partnership will include the following Miami-area animal welfare agencies: Miami-Dade Animal Services (county-run and operated); Humane Society of Greater Miami (a non-profit shelter), and The Cat Network (a local spay/neuter and TNR group). “We are thrilled to be working with Miami-Dade County on this new partnership,” said Ed Sayres, ASPCA president and CEO.

“We are extremely hopeful that these agencies — which have already displayed ship,” said Ed Sayres, ASPCA president and CEO.

“We are extremely hopeful that these agencies — which have already displayed tremendous growth potential by collaborating on joint adoption events and spay/neuter clinics — will continue to build on those accomplishments and affect positive changes for animals most at-risk in the Miami community,” he added.

“Our community is honored and grateful to be an ASPCA Partner and looking forward to a collaboration that will ultimately decrease the euthanasia rate of our shelter pets,” said Dr. Sara Pizano, director of Miami-Dade Animal Services.

“Homelessness is the No. 1 risk factor for companion animals in the United States,” Sayres said. “We know there are no ‘quick fixes’ to ending the unnecessary euthanasia of unwanted pets, but we do know, and have proof, that collaboration among all groups in striving to reduce the unnecessary euthanasia of these animals can work. We believe that our partnership in Miami will enable our partners to save even more lives.”

Since the ASPCA began its Partner Community program in 2007, nearly 700,000 animals have been adopted, returned to owners, or spayed/neutered as a result of the exceptional collaboration among partner agencies in each community.

In addition to Miami, ASPCA’s Partner Communities are Austin, TX; Buncombe County, NC; Charleston, SC; Cleveland, OH; Oklahoma City, OK; Sacramento, CA; Shelby County, AL; Spokane, WA, and Hillsborough County, FL.

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