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ASPCA Partnership Update: Congrats, Miami!

The ASPCA is excited to announce that Miami-Dade has officially graduated from the ASPCA Partnership program. Working together during the 5-year collaboration, our partner agencies—Miami-Dade Animal Services (MDAS), Humane Society of Greater Miami (HSGM) and The Cat Network—have made their community a safer and more humane place for both pets and their people.



Since the ASPCA’s partnership with Miami-Dade began in 2010, the community has seen substantial improvements in the lives of its animals through November 2015, including the following:

  • The Live Release Rate increased from 41.2% to 89.1%, a 47.9 percentage-point increase
  • Transfers to shelters and rescues increased by 28%
  • Intake decreased by 25%, with fewer dogs and cats in need of shelter care
  • The rate at which community felines were spayed/neutered/vaccinated and returned to the field reached 58% through MDAS’s TNR efforts
  • The canine adoption rate increased from 35% to 52%, a 17 percentage-point increase

The collaboration has led to many advances:

  • A new focus on large-scale adoption events, like the ASPCA Mega Match-a-thon, resulting in 2,315 adoptions from partner agencies over the course of the collaboration
  • The addition of numerous staff members at MDAS, including eight adoption counselors, a volunteer coordinator, foster care coordinator, community cat/TNR coordinator and a pet retention counselor to provide safety net resources
  • The acquisition of a mobile pet transport and adoption unit, the Helping Our Pets Everyday (HOPE) Express, which is regularly scheduled for monthly pet transports to partner agencies and is used throughout the community for offsite adoptions
  • The implementation of an Adoption Ambassadors program, an innovative program where foster families market their fosters and complete the adoptions offsite
  • The Milkman program, in which ACOs provide home delivery of neonate care kits to finders of newborn orphaned kittens

The ASPCA’s Joan Carlson-Radabaugh, Director, Community Initiatives, says the three agencies have significantly improved outcomes for homeless dogs and cats in their care through collaborative efforts and engaging the community. “The Miami partners have taken a proactive approach in all areas of their work. The dedicated staff and volunteers of the Humane Society of Greater Miami, The Cat Network and Miami-Dade Animal Services have implemented innovative programs significantly reducing animal homelessness in Dade County.”  

Although the agencies are graduating from this program, this isn’t the last we’ll hear from our innovative Miami-Dade partners—stay tuned as we shine the spotlight on their next lifesaving projects!


Related Links

Blog: “Bienvenido a Miami

Blog: The Data’s In: Miami Partners Sizzled in 2014!

ASPCA Miami-Dade Partnership

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What is the live release rate for pit bulls? Given the ban in Miami, this is a very vulnerable population of animals.


Hi Alan, thanks for reading and for your question! We're talking to our colleagues and working on getting a response for you.

ASPCApro Blog Team


Hi Alan,
The Miami-Dade Animal Services' Live Release Rate for dogs designated as “pit bull” for the 12 months ending in 2015 was 74%, out of 607 dogs.

The Miami-Dade County ordinance provides a measurement for bred confirmation based on AKC and UKC standards. If a dog meets less than 70% of the standard it is not considered a pit bull and may be adopted into the community. Dogs who exceed the standard, above 70%, may be adopted out of county or placed with reliable rescues for transport.

The Miami-Dade breed restriction has been in place since the early 1990s. It is the only FL county/city with a ban. Florida passed legislation prohibiting breed bans, shortly after the adoption of the Miami ban.

In 2012, a public referendum was placed on the election ballot to reverse the Miami-Dade ban. Over 60% of the Miami-Dade voters elected to keep the ban in place.



Joan Carlson-Radabaugh
Community Initiatives Director

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