Rescue partners are an important part of Miami-Dade County Animal Service Department's efforts and commitment to save the lives of the animals in our care and establish Miami-Dade County as a No-Kill Community.
Review the Eligibility & Requirements section below to become a registered rescue partner. Once registered, you may apply for the Support of Urgent Needs (SUN) Program.
Support of Urgent Needs (SUN) Program
Stipends are available for pet rescue organizations through the SUN program to assist in the care and re-homing of at-risk pets. The SUN program helps address the financial challenges that can limit the number of animals a rescue can take in. Participants in the program may receive one of five funding categories to assist with the costs of caring for and the networking of at-risk pets. The categories depend on the pet’s at-risk status. Rescue organizations will receive the funding after the rescued dog or cat is placed in a permanent home.
To request SUN funding:
- Register as a rescue partner.
- Register as a Miami-Dade County Vendor. Registering as a vendor makes it possible to issue payments (awards) to approved rescue organizations and is a pre-requisite to inclusion in the “Perpetual Pool.”
- Complete the application for inclusion in the Perpetual Pool. The Overview of Perpetual Pool provides all project specific information (i.e., scope of services, funding categories, compliance and qualification submission requirements).
Eligibility & Requirements
All interested rescue partners must provide the following documentation to ASD:
- Occupational license if applicable in your county.
- Certificate of use if applicable in your county.
- 501(c) (3).
- Florida corporate documentation.
- Proof of registration as a charitable organization with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
- Notarized Rescue Agreement signed by the registered agent or officer of the corporation. (Please mail the original signed document, to avoid delay).
- Main contact information for your rescue organization.
- List of volunteers you approve to pull on behalf of your organization (please include names, addresses, phone numbers, email address and a copy of their driver’s license for pullers and foster homes).
- List of foster homes if different from the volunteer list.
The head of each rescue group must assign one to two contacts who will communicate with our Rescue Coordinators. The required list of volunteers must identify the individuals assigned to come to the shelter and pick up the pets. All contacts in the tri-county area and volunteers must attend a one-hour orientation session.