MIAMI – The City of Miami's Ketcher/Keheley Animal Control Facility has once again hit capacity and is looking to community members to help them permanently home the animals in their care.

The state-of-the-art facility at 725 D Street NE on the Truck Route in Miami provides a safe, temporary place for lost, abandoned, and abused animals. The new shelter had its official ribbon cutting in Dec. 2016 and was named in honor of some of Miami’s most committed animal advocates, Irene Keheley and the late Miami Mayor Kent Ketcher and his wife, Yvonne.

Although Miami's Animal Control unit partners with area animal advocacy and adoption groups such as the Miami Animal Alliance, PAAS Vinita, and Second Chance Pet Rescue of Grove to help with rehoming pets, those resources are limited, and the shelter is once again full.

The City's old shelter remains in place between the new facility and Miami's Public Works offices, which oversees Animal Control but is now utilized as a quarantine center for animals that are sick or otherwise require separation.

The site has a fenced-in grassy area where shelter animals can get some exercise and spend time with prospective adopters. Something Public Works Administrative Assistant Brittany Crowe strongly encourages in facilitating successful adoptions.

Crowe, who as a part of her duties manages the City of Miami Animal Control Facebook page, has been working diligently on sharing information with the community about the animals available for adoption, shelter events, and breaking misconceptions about certain breeds of dogs.

"We do the very best we can with what resources are available to us," said Crowe in a previous interview with the News-Record. "With social media becoming such a strong way to reach the public, I want to try to use that to educate our community on the benefits of adopting from shelters and the importance of spaying/neutering, as well as relinquish the misconceptions people have about certain breeds."

How to adopt

The Ketcher/Keheley Animal Control Facility is open to the public between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m, or you can call 918-542-6384 to make an appointment after hours.

The cost to adopt a cat or dog is $25. Prior to adoption the animal must be spayed/neutered and vaccinated.

There is also a $25 surrender fee for animals that are returned.

In addition to adoption, Miami Animal Control and its partners are asking their communities to make population control and animal advocacy a top priority by spaying/neutering their pets, donating funds, and volunteering their time at local shelters.

Miami residents may keep or own no more than five animals (limit three dogs or three cats) at one address.

Dorothy Ballard is the managing news editor of the Miami News-Record. Contact her at dballard@miaminewsrecord.com and follow her on Twitter @dm_ballard.