Dayle Fragin held a three-dog leash in a tight grip on a recent Saturday as she talked to a child petting the salt-and-pepper Schnauzer at her side.
She has six at home, all of which she’s adopted from the Humane Society’s Adoption Clinic in North Miami Beach.
After retiring from her job as a Liberty City middle school teacher, Fragin now spends most of her time volunteering at the Humane Society. For over 17 years, she has matched pets with owners to give them a “furrever” home.
Every fourth Saturday, she and seven other volunteers dedicate their time to the Adoption Outreach hosted at the Pet Supermarket on Biscayne Boulevard and Northeast 125th Street.
“When we come out here, we are trying to help them find someone or some people that will love them.” Fragin said, handing a brochure to a waiting parent. “That’s our goal here.”
The Humane Society of Greater Miami hosts the events at three locations at different times each month — Aventura Mall as well as the Pet Supermarkets at Coconut Grove and North Miami.
“The pets are happy. The people are happy, and we’re happy to help,” said Wesley Otaro, an employee at the North Miami Pet Supermarket.
Despite the distance, potential owners like Stephen Kalogeropoulos come from Broward County to work with the Miami humane society because of the high level of service.
“My girlfriend has been looking for a new cat, and dog for that matter,” said Kalogeropoulos, an FIU student. “I live in Pembroke Pines, but I prefer Greater Miami because of how dedicated they are to making sure that every pet gets what they need.”
The last week of May marked the beginning of kitten season, where an influx of homeless kittens are delivered to the front door of every adoption clinic in South Florida. The Humane Society of Greater Miami is already closed for cat adoptions for the summer.
“We’re a limited-space facility,” Fragin said. “We won’t take the cats if we don’t have space, and we are not going to euthanize them, so we bring as many as we can throughout the summer to give them a home.”
Though adoption fees can be as much as $195, the society provides several free services to any adopted animal including spaying or neutering, a visit from any of their recommended veterinarians, a microchip as well as up-to-date vaccinations for heartworm and rabies.
The day started with four cats and 10 dogs. Within an hour, there was only one cat and three dogs left.
“It’s the best day,” Fragin said. “Animals know when they have been given a second chance, and just seeing the look on their face is enough to keep me doing this.”
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