Adopting an animal from any shelter anywhere will save their life as most of them are kill-shelters. This shelter Broward Animal Care & Adoption is the main county one in Fort Lauderdale. It is pretty big and houses an area for cats, another area for kittens and cats, and several sections for dogs and puppies: lost, stray, ready for adoption. So really go through all the different sections. You can place a hold on any of the lost or stray animals until said time, if no owner claims them then you can adopt them. There is a computer desk kiosk if your searching for a lost pet and a bulletin board with notices of missing animals.
Puppies sold in stores can come from puppy mills where animals are kept in cages and used as baby makers, they have no human contact or social skills and freak out when approached by people. They are also sold for a meager $25 where the stores turn around and sell them for over $1000. If you want to buy from a store to get a particular pure breed or from a private breeder, research if the animal comes from a home kept as their pet, or if they are caged manufacturers. When the animals at puppy mills get to a point of no use, they are discarded or put in shelters. Click here for an article written about it: The Sad Reality of Puppy Mills.
The current adoption fee is $50 and includes vet, spay/neuter, tag and other. Inquire with shelter for actual or updated details.
Check out the pictures in the slideshow to see some of the animals and premises.
Click here for the Broward animals site to view adoptable or lost cats and dogs of all ages.
Click here for the Facebook page run by volunteers at the Broward shelter who list the (been there for awhile, so close to being euthanized if no adopter or foster takes them) urgent dogs.
It is located right next to I-95 and the airport. A gps or exact directions would help because you have to drive around tricky streets.
Mondays - Closed. Tuesday - Friday 1:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.