91 local cats transported to Maryland
MEDLEY, Fla. (WSVN) -- Ninety-one local cats and kittens are currently being transported to Maryland, a measure taken by the Miami-Dade Department of Animal Services to find the animals permanent homes.
"There's a lot of cats in Miami-Dade County, as we all know," said Animal Services Control Officer Luis Salgado. "We can't adopt them all from here, so we partner up with rescues and other shelters to take in some of the excess cats that we have."
Animal Services took in around 3,900 cats and kittens in the past year. No kill shelters bridge the gap for some of these rescue animals. The 91 felines being transported are heading to Last Chance Animal Rescue in Maryland.
The felines embarked on their northbound journey just after 9 p.m. Tuesday night, about three hours later than Animal Services employees and volunteers had originally intended.
Cindy Hewitt will be driving the animals from Medley to the border between North and South Carolina. Volunteers from Maryland will meet her there and transport the cats the rest of the way. "We can give them food, and we can change their carrier pads if they need to be changed," she said.
Vets made a last-minute checkup to make sure every single feline was ready for their trip, a process that took longer than Animal Services employees and volunteers had expected. In less than 24 hours, they hope their four-legged precious cargo can begin their new lives.
"All of these animals, they have been tested, vaccinated, they have been microchipped," said an Animal Services employee. "They are all ready to go to new homes as soon as they arrive."
If you would like to adopt a pet from Miami-Dade Animal services, log on to http://www.miamidade.gov/animals/.
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