Save A Life & Be A Responsible Owner

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For most children, we grow up begging our parents for a furry friend to bring home and call our own.

In fact, this previous holiday season is one of the highest times of the year for pet purchases & adoption. Whether they’re given as a birthday gift or a holiday gift, new pets find new homes.

This past December Raul & I took a trip down to the Miami-Dade Animal Services at 7401 NW 74th Street in Miami, Florida.  We decided that rather than purchase a new pup, we would consider adoption and save a life. We looked around and found 3 dogs that would be suitable to bring home considering we have a 2 year old daughter.  We got wait-listed for the dogs and while we were there we found out that they were over-populated by cats. Being allergic to felines I felt horrible in having to turn away from considering a cat adoption but I felt that I would definitely make a trip back to volunteer some of my time in helping with pet adoption here.

Each year about 34,000 pets are abandoned, as per the Humane Society of Miami.

While our furry friends are so excitable to greet us at the door after a long day at work, and offer a warm loving comfort on the sofa while we unwind from a hard day- many of us fail to realize that a big part of being a pet owner is being a responsible one.

Many of the abandoned pets that the Humane Society of Miami receives are strays that are captured on the streets.

How did these strays get there? 
Simply put, by irresponsible pet owners.

In today’s economy, many pet owners have had to relinquish ownership at an animal shelter or have chosen to open their doors and abandon their pet. In doing so, they have let loose into our neighborhoods animals that have most likely not been spayed or neutered and are now free to reproduce. These poor puppies & kittens are then left to fend for themselves.

If they are lucky enough to be surrendered to a local animal shelter or captured by one, it is only a matter of time before the clock starts and they have a certain amount of time to find a home or be put to sleep.

How can we help save a pet’s life? 
By preventing strays and considering adoption.

In acting as a responsible pet owner, acknowledging that you can not afford to or choose not to have more puppies or kittens in your home, it is our humane duty to spay or neuter our pets.

The Miami-Dade Animal Services that I visited in December (address above), offers $30 spay/neuter services for dogs, every Tuesday and $15 spay/neuter for cats every Thursday. No appointment is necessary and surgeries are performed on a first come/first serve basis. Call or visit your local animal shelter for details on their spay/neuter services for your pet.

Are you looking to purchase a cat or dog for a loved one or for yourself? 
I encourage you to visit your local animal shelter. As well, you may search for a suitable pet on

By the end of this month, we intend to bring home a spayed/neutered pet of our own and I will be sharing with you through this blog my volunteering experiences at my local shelter. Please share this blog post with your friends and fellow animal-lovers.

Help prevent strays this year by spaying or neutering your pets and consider pet adoption before you visit a breeder or puppy shop to help save a life in 2011.

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