Adoption event empties many cages at Miami-Dade shelter

Thanks to a three-day adoption event that offered pets at little or no cost, more than 350 cats and dogs from the Miami-Dade animal shelter found new homes — a shelter record.

Kathleen R. Labrada, shelter operations and enforcement chief at the Miami-Dade Animal Services Department, said that adopters took 182 pets, rescues took 37, and 123 holds were put on animals for pickup following spay or neuter surgery.

Five of the adopted animals were returned.

The event followed a difficult week at the department’s shelter in Medley, where euthanasia spiked due to overcrowding.

In a single week, 484 animal entered the shelter, which had 267 cage spaces.

On Monday, Labrada declared: “There are empty cages throughout the shelter!’’

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