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Happy Tails #3 | Zoe

Here’s the third installment in the “Happy Tails” feature. The intent is to showcase dogs (and sometimes cats) living the good life after they were adopted from Miami-Dade Animal Services. There are a lot of people who work very hard to help save as many animals as possible from MDAS so hopefully some of them will get to see what all their hard work is for – finding loving, permanent homes for the homeless dogs and cats that wind up at the shelter.

You can visit http://www.miamidade.gov/animals/ to find out how to adopt your new best friend too!

This week’s star is Zoe. She is a 3 year old Pomeranian mix adopted from MDAS in November of 2011. Zoe’s human mom, Kookie, is a big advocate for homeless animals and works very hard to help as many dogs and cats at MDAS as she can. I asked her some questions about Zoe:

What made you decide to adopt a dog from a shelter?
I decided to adopt from MDAS after starting volunteering there for my college program. I had been there 1 month before she came in as an owner surrender for the second time around. 

What made you pick this particular dog?
Zoe was an owner surrender twice when I found her in a corner cage crying loudly 🙁 … Being a volunteer there I knew owner surrenders had no chance so I knew I had to save her. The next day I was at the shelter at 6:30 am to adopt her. 🙂 

How was the transition period when the dog was adjusting to their new home?
When I brought Zoe home I only had a 7 year old Chihuahua and they got along immediately and now are inseparable. Zoe adjusted very well and wouldn’t leave my side at all. 2 years later she is continuously showing me how grateful she is for saving her but the truth is she saved me. 🙂 

What was the most fun thing you learned about your new dog after you brought them home?
The most fun thing I learned about Zoe is how she loves to eat my underwear. LOL. I have to be very careful leaving them out. 🙂 haha 

What is your dog’s favorite thing to do?
Zoe loves to play with squeaky toys and loves to play hide and seek with me. 🙂 And yes she literally waits for me to hide and then she looks for me.  🙂 LOL.  She also loves car rides and to snuggle. 🙂 

Would you adopt again from a shelter or recommend it to others?
YESSSSSSS!!!! I will definitely adopt again from the shelter and soon. 🙂 and YESSSSSSS I recommend for others to do it too, you will be saving a life by adopting a beating heart that wouldn’t be beating if it wasn’t for you !!!! Adoption is the ONLY option !!!!! Hundreds of innocent cats and dogs are waiting for you <3. Pictured are Zoe, Kookie and Carlos.DSC_5269-EditDSC_5268-EditDSC_5314DSC_5332DSC_5337DSC_5340-Edit

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Nala is Free!

Recently while volunteering at Miami-Dade Animal Services I photographed a beautiful 7 month old Pit Bull named Nala. I started following the threads on social media as her photo got shared and the pleas to help her went out. When I heard that she had found a rescue group to take her, but all she needed was a ride out of the shelter I happily volunteered. The Pit Bull Crew rescue in Naples, FL (http://www.thepitbullcrew.com/) agreed to take her. So I picked Nala up at the shelter and drove her to meet one the rescues members at a rest stop out on Alligator Alley, half way between Miami and Naples. The shelter is very overcrowded now and Nala had come down with an upper respiratory infection, which made it much more likely that she would be selected to be euthanized. So it is a huge success that she was rescued. There were a lot of people involved in getting her out. I heard she is doing great in her new foster home too. What a happy tail!
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Happy Tails #2 | Lenny

Here’s the second installment in the “Happy Tails” feature. The intent is to help create a positive image of shelter pets. There are still many misconceptions and negative beliefs held by the public that are barriers to adoption. By highlighting successful adoptions I aim to show that you can find healthy, loving dogs and cats at Miami-Dade Animal Services.

You can visit http://www.miamidade.gov/animals/ to find out how to adopt your new best friend too!

This weeks star is Lenny. He is a one and a half year old American Bulldog adopted from MDAS on April 9, 2014. Jorge and his wife have done a lot for rescue animals by fostering, adopting and donating money. We need more people like them in the rescue community!

I asked his Jorge some questions about Lenny:

Why did you decide to adopt from MDAS?
We were originally fostering to give the dogs extra time to be adopted. Lenny was our second foster and we ended up foster failing with him.

What made you pick this particular dog?
Volunteers had fallen in love with him at the shelter and told me about him.

How was the transition period when the dog was adjusting to his new home?
Lenny adjusted immediately to his new home.

What was the most fun thing you learned about your dog after your brought him home?
Lenny is just a big ball of fun. He’s so sweet and clumsy. He’s very smart and learns commands very quickly.

What is your dog’s favorite things to do? Does he have a favorite toy?
Lenny loves to play. He has several favorite toys from ropes to squeaky toys. They all usually end up on the couch under him while he sleeps.

Would you adopt again from a shelter or recommend it to others?

I would highly recommend adopting a shelter animal and would gladly do it again.

Pictured are Lenny, Jorge and his wife.

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