It’s National Dog Day, in case you haven’t noticed why there’s an influx of doggie content on your feeds. Miami is a big dog town, what with the many outdoor places for our furry friends to frolic freely. Alliterations aside, we are big fans of adopting over shopping. Whenever you can help the landscape of local strays and foster dogs, why not? Here are some well-trusted places to help find your new best friend’s furrever home:

Miami-Dade Animal Services

Considering that this is the animal-focused department of our county government, Miami-Dade Animal Services is as straight a shooter as you’ll get when it comes to adopting, providing care, and intervening in animal cruelty cases.

Humane Society of Greater Miami

Easily the most recognizable name in the bunch, the Humane Society is an adoption guarantee facility which means that every animal admitted here–whether cat or dog–is free from the threat of euthanasia. Not only is it a good option for adoption, but also affordable care for your pets.

Hurricane Pets

When mother nature strikes, life is drastically changed for humans and animals, which is where Hurricane Pets Rescue Inc. to help both. They rescue, re-habilitate and re-home those who lose their homes after natural disasters as well as provide helpful information for preparedness before storms.

Paws 4 You

This local non-profit has been sheltering, fostering, and placing dogs in Miami-Dade for over 11 years. Paws 4 You works with PetSmart conducting pop-up vetting appointments so the team can meet you before you can take home your new best friend.

Miami Animal Rescue

Another great local non-profit and foster network, Miami Animal Rescue was created to rescue dogs and other animals from euthanasia, emergency situations and abandonment. While their adoption events have been paused due to the pandemic, they’re always an e-mail away to get the contact going.

Big Hearts for Big Dogs

The idea for this wonderful organization came from the realization that big dogs were less likely to become adopted than smaller breeds (or younger puppies). Big Hearts for Big Dogs is a rescue and foster platform with tons of helpful information.

Born Free Pet Shelter

Born Free Pet Shelter, is a no-kill non-profit dog rescue organization that has been helping homeless dogs since 1981. The most beautiful thing about this volunteer-run outlet is that they accept all dogs regardless of breed, health, or age.

For more information on the adoption process and other important tips to know, Rover has a great guide to adopting a dog in Miami.

Cover photo by VACO Studio.