With his thick black fur, petite frame and cute little eyes, Luigi is definitely a looker.
But the 2-month-old Papillon-Chihuahua mix hasn't yet found his match.
He, along with his siblings and mom, Rosaline — who were dropped off at the Humane Society of Greater Miami in a cardboard box about two weeks ago — will be part of a 24-hour adoption event that begins at 11:59 p.m. Friday night at Tropical Park in West Miami-Dade.
“I don't think he'll have a hard time getting adopted," said Laurie Hoffman, executive director of the Humane Society of Greater Miami, as Luigi slopped kisses on her face. “We hope all of the pets get adopted.”
The ASPCA Mega Match-a-thon, now in its sixth year, will feature more than 100 cats and dogs up for adoption through the North Miami Beach-based Humane Society, The Cat Network and Miami-Dade County. The draw: reduced fees as low as $65. The event, which is part of ASPCA’s national push for community adoption events, will include, music, food trucks and games.
But the stars will be the animals, all up for adoption.
“Midnight seems to be a popular time,” said Hoffman, adding that last year’s event helped find homes for about 300 pets. “We hope this year is just as successful.”
Hoffman said that while she hopes all pets get adopted, she worries more about the larger, older dogs.
Shiloh fits that bill. He is a 10-year-old beagle that came in as a stray in August. Monica Medina, the shelter manager, said Shiloh is a sweet dog who loves to play with tennis balls.
“He will make some family very happy,” she said, as she threw Shiloh a toy. “He just needs a home.”
If you go
What: ASPCA Mega Match-a-thon
When: 11:59 p.m. Friday through 11:59 p.m. Saturday
Where: Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40th St.
Cost: Event is free. Adoption fees vary, with prices as low as $65.