Miami-Dade Animal Shelters waives pet adoption fees for the holidays.

To help find forever homes for animals at Miami-Dade Animal Services’ overcrowded facilities this holiday season, the county is waiving adoption fees through the end of the month.

Amid a growing overcrowding crisis at Miami-Dade animal shelters, adoption fees — which typically range from $35 to $85, depending on the animal — will remain as part of the county’s four-month period through Dec. 31 and this Will be waived for pets older than “Home for the Holidays” campaign

As of Dec. 8, 950 pets remained in county custody, including 208 cats and 742. dogs. Since the campaign was launched on December 1, 160 animals have been adopted so far. Miami-Dade County Animal Services spokeswoman Gabriela Dominguez says. New Times.

“The goal is to provide as many families as possible the priceless gift of unconditional love and lifelong companionship, while reducing the crisis of shelter overpopulation,” the county wrote in a media release.

Among those awaiting rescue are Sandra, a 4-year-old medium-sized dog called “the best hug at the shelter,” and Jasper, an 8-year-old cat who arrived terrified in August but has since opened up to staff. Gai, demanding volunteers meow and rub. Both are. Prominent as the pet of the week.

The shelter also has several long-term residents who are eagerly awaiting a home this holiday season.

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Chino has been in the county’s animal care facilities for about a year.

Photo by Miami-Dade County Animal Services

Dominguez says Chino, an adorable 6-year-old terrier mix, has spent 338 days at the shelter, making him its longest resident. She says he “grows up as the only furry companion” and finds a loving family that makes him the center of attention.

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Colt looks festive.

Photo by Miami-Dade Animal Services

Colt, a playful 3-year-old American Bulldog mix, has been at the shelter for 336 days. Dominguez describes him as a happy and social sidekick as well as a “playgroup enthusiast” who enjoys the company of other dogs.

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Kobe is among more than 700 dogs in Miami-Dade County animal shelters.

Photo by Miami-Dade Animal Services

There’s also Kobe, a 2-year-old fawn terrier mix who has spent 332 days at the shelter. He is described as a sweet dog who, despite being shy at first, is determined to come out of his shell and is “actively participating in playgroups to improve his social skills.”

The shelter’s adoption hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The shelter is open on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and other countywide Closed on all holidays.

Adoption includes the first set of vaccines, deworming, spay/neuter surgery, and a microchip for pet identification.

Here is a list of all 900+ animals currently in the shelter’s custody.

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