Dog Days of Summer

On Saturday, July 16, Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay teamed up at Coral Reef Park to treat our dogs right. Hundreds turned out to participate in the Dogs of Summer Adoption & Training Expo.

Dozens of caring service providers and vendors were on hand to talk everything canine.

Miami-Dade K-9 unit demonstrated how dogs are used in law enforcement; there was dog washing and grooming available with free nail clipping, training workshops and demonstrations and so much more. Miami-Dade County, along with the Humane Society, Petco, Knowles Animal Clinics and others took part in this fantastic event.

Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava loved how District 8 came together. “Everyone cares about their pets! It’s inspiring,” Daniella exclaimed. “And now we have the country’s largest air-conditioned animal shelter right here in Miami-Dade County. Our goal is to find home’s for every pet and we can help by remembering to spay and neuter.”

“It is doggone hot today, but this is a great event,” explained Palmetto Bay Mayor Eugene Flinn. “It breaks my heart every time someone loses a pet or we find a pet and we can’t reunite them with family. Microchipping geometrically increases the ability to get pets back to their owner. Today, with free chipping is the end of excuses.”

Gema Mena was one of the smart ones who brought her beloved dog Buzz for micro-chipping. “Buzz is part of our family, so it's a great thing to protect him and make sure we can get him back.” With a short yelp, Miami-Dade County Animal Services had Buzz ready to track.

Adoption options were plentiful, as dozens of puppies to adult dogs were available to meet and bond with.

11-year old Samuel Vitenson from South Miami was definitely in the spirit, “We adopted a dog in March and now he needs a companion. I like [the dog] Jasmine and want to take her home, but Mom has to decide if she can deal with another dog.”