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Our Mission

Our mission is to save and improve the lives of homeless pets in Miami-Dade County through education, advocacy, financial support, and increased awareness.

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  1. Control Pet Populations

    By supporting efforts and organizations that provide spay/neuter and trap/neuter/return services, FoMA helps reduce pet overpopulation in Miami-Dade County. Through education, advocacy and financial support, we decrease the number of homeless animals and high demand at our high-intake shelter. You may click on link to read more and please consider donating to this campaign.
    $1,381.00 donated of $25,000.00 goal
  2. Help Shelter Pets

    FoMA supports organizations that help special needs and medically needy animals, and find homes for homeless dogs and cats. These efforts save lives and reduce overpopulation at Miami-Dade Animal Services so space is freed for community pets in need. You may click on link to read more and please consider donating to this campaign.
    $3,413.00 donated of $10,000.00 goal
  3. Support Animal Rescue

    By supporting organizations like Wings of Rescue that fly endangered pets from high-intake shelters to no-kill shelters in their network, FoMA funded a mission to clear space at Miami-Dade Animal Services prior to Hurricane Irma's landfall, making room for abandoned and stray pets. You may click on link to read more and please consider donating to this campaign.
    $5,250.02 donated of $15,000.00 goal
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Every day volunteers improve the lives of animals and play a vital role in the success of the shelter, which cares for over 25,000 animals each year.

Volunteers enrich the lives of homeless pets while they wait for their forever families and help build a community where people value animals and treat them with respect and kindness.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Miami-Dade Animal Services welcomes volunteers (ages 15–17 must be accompanied by an adult) who would like to donate their time and make a difference. Your participation and fresh ideas can help toward finding forever, loving homes for homeless dogs and cats.
  • Volunteers receive training and orientation as well as an introduction to the services and the mission of Miami-Dade County Animal Services.

Eligibility Requirements
Individuals who wish to volunteer their time and services to Animal Services must complete the following:

  • Attend a Volunteer Orientation (held every Saturday at 10 a.m. and the first and third Thursday of every month at 5 p.m.).
  • Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older (or 15 if volunteering with a parent or adult volunteer).
  • Successfully pass a criminal history background check.
  • Adhere to the volunteer dress code (long khaki pants, closed toe shoes, and volunteer t-shirt that will be provided).
  • Be able to communicate effectively in the English language.

For more information on volunteering, email the volunteer coordinator at or call 305-418-7159.

Please review the requirements to find out if you are eligible to volunteer.

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Fostering Pets Saves Lives! Foster parents open their homes and hearts to provide temporary care to shelter pets while they wait for their forever families outside the stressful shelter environment. The types of animals you can foster are as varied as the types of families who care for them. Fostering a pet also makes room for other animals at the shelter and helps avoid overcrowding, giving more animals a chance at finding a home.

Why do pets need to be fostered?:

  • age/growth – animals that are too young or underweight to be placed for adoption right away.
  • behavior – shy or timid animals that need help gaining confidence or learning certain manners to help prepare them for a happy, long life in their new home.
  • medical – some animals need to recover from an illness or injury before they’re able to be placed in a home.
  • adding to life saving capacity – every animal placed in a foster home frees up space in our shelter for more animals, increasing the capacity to save lives!

Requirements for Fostering

Attend a Foster Orientation.

  • Orientations are held every Saturday at 11:30 a.m., and every second and fourth Thursday of the month at 5 p.m. and typically last an hour.
  • Foster parents receive daily emails of pets in need of foster care. Pickup of the pet will be scheduled with the Foster Coordinator.
  • Complete the foster application.
  • Must be able to bring the animal back to Animal Services every two weeks for vaccine boosters and deworming, if necessary.
  • Must be able to transport animals to outside adoption events as needed.
  • Must be able to return the animal for out-of-state transports when required.
  • Foster parent’s owned pets residing in the home must be up to date on vaccines and sterilized.
  • Foster Family Application Adobe Acrobat Logo

For more information on fostering, please message us below.

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About Us

Yolanda Berkowitz

is Founder and President of Friends of Miami Animals and a long-time community activist. She lives in Miami with her husband, Jeff Berkowitz.

Dr. Brigitt Rok-Potamkin

is a founding member of Friends of Miami Animals Foundation. She is a Clinical Psychologist who lives in Miami with her husband, Alan Potamkin. She currently sits on the Board of Psychiatry of Columbia University and active in funding research in mental health issues. She is an animal advocate committed to improving the lives of animals in South Florida and elsewhere.

Hal M. Lucas Esq.

is a founding director of Friends of Miami Animals Foundation. For years, Hal advocated on behalf of foster children in the State of Florida as a volunteer attorney for Lawyers for Children America. He now brings that same advocacy and commitment to Friends of Miami Animals’ mission to save and improve the lives of animals in Miami-Dade County.

Friends of Miami Animals Foundation is deeply committed to helping homeless animals in Miami-Dade County and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to save and improve lives.

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