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Flight to Forever Homes: The Emotional Journey of Miami’s Overlooked Dogs

Last Updated: February 19, 2024

In a heartfelt mission to alleviate overcrowding in Miami-Dade County’s animal shelters, over 30 dogs were flown to the northeast to increase their chances of finding forever homes.

  • Over 30 dogs from overcrowded Miami-Dade County shelters were flown to the northeast for a better chance at adoption.
  • Collaboration between Friends of Miami Animals Foundation, Inc. and Wings of Rescue facilitates the life-saving journey.
  • The flight carries emotional significance, honoring the legacy of the late singer and pet adoption advocate Jimmy Buffett.

This significant relocation effort was spearheaded by Friends of Miami Animals Foundation, Inc. and Wings of Rescue, marking a pivotal step towards better futures for these animals.

Annette Jose, the Director of Miami-Dade County Animal Services, pointed out the dire need for such initiatives, especially for senior dogs and those who have been shelter residents for extended periods.

The collaboration with Wings of Rescue, a charity dedicated to transporting at-risk pets to safer areas, made this journey possible.

The flight held special significance for Maggie McGuane, Disaster Response Director for Wings of Rescue, as it was her first mission since the passing of her uncle, beloved singer Jimmy Buffett, who was an avid supporter of pet adoption.

Buffett’s legacy, including a posthumous music video promoting pet adoption, continues to inspire efforts to improve animal welfare.

Upon arrival, the dogs were greeted by partner rescue organizations in the northeast, where they stand a better chance of adoption.

This region is noted for its strong support for spay and neuter programs, which helps control the pet population more effectively than in South Florida.

Rescue dog in travel crate

This cross-country rescue operation highlights the pressing issue of shelter overcrowding and the importance of community support in animal welfare.

It serves as a call to action for individuals to adopt, foster, volunteer, and donate, ensuring that every dog can find a loving home.

At World of Dogz, our mission is to highlight the plight of all rescues as we believe every abandoned or abused dog has a right to a better life.

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Sharon Waddington
Sharon Waddington is the founder of World of Dogz. With over 30 years of experience working with dogs, this former Police Officer has seen it all. But it’s her trusty German Shepherd, Willow, who steals the show as the inspiration behind this website. As Sharon’s constant companion Willow has played a pivotal role in shaping her passion for dogs. Recently, Sharon has become deeply passionate about the plight of rescue dogs and is an active advocate for dog rescue, striving to make a difference in the lives of dogs in need.

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