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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Hot Dogs and Cool Cats

That's the title of the adoption awareness event coming up Saturday, 5 to 9 p.m., at the Miami-Dade County Animal Services shelter, 7401 NW 74 St., in Medley.

The event will give prospective adopters the chance to see scores of possible pets, while munching hot dogs (for a small donation) and getting free advice from a professional dog trainer. There will be face painting for kids, a raffle for prizes, and music. Adoptive pets will go home with free digital safety ID cards.

A few items from the shelter's donation wish list: Adams flea/tick spray and shampoo; Frontline Plus for dogs; rubber/vinyl/disinfectable dog and cat toys (no fabric). And most of all: Loving families to take them home, because shelters - no matter how well run and maintained, no matter how caring the staff - are no place for animals that are used to living with people.

According to Dr. Sara Pizano, Animal Services director, since October 1, 4,880 pets have been adopted out, compared to 3,476 last year during the same period. However, surrenders have increase in the same period, from 16,535 last year to 17,088. The euthanasia rate has been declining, but it's still way to high: 7,140 in 2005-April 2006.

Every day is another chance for good people to save shelter pets. Saturday is your chance to have a little fun doing it.

Call 305-805-1778, for more information, or click on the Animal Services link in the righthand column.

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