Miami-Dade County broke ground Friday on a new animal shelter in Doral, with the goal of easing frequent overcrowding.
Construction is set to begin shortly at the site of the new shelter at 3652 NW 79th Avenue. The new location will be 70,000 square feet, double the size of the current 50-year-old shelter in Medley.
The new Animal Services shelter will feature an adoption center, improved clinic facilities, and quarantine areas to protect animals and prevent the spread of disease. The larger size will provide increased capacity for dogs and cats, and could help the county get closer to its goal of becoming a no-kill facility.
“My administration has made it a top priority to ensure that we all work together to make this new Animal Shelter a reality for our community,” said Mayor Carlos Gimenez. “Today, we celebrate the long-awaited groundbreaking as another milestone toward our common goal of a No-Kill community and improving the conditions for all the animals that we are placed in our care.”
Every year, Miami-Dade Animal Services provides care for more than 27,000 homeless dogs and cats.