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Success E co Adopt A Cause Want to boost your physical and mental health all while helping the environment? The Miami-Dade Animal Shelter may have a solution for you – adopting a dog is a smart way to invest in both yourself and the community. T e x t by I l ana Pr eg en Ph otos by M a xN o r m aN Pe t Ph oto g r aph y In general, having a dog is not the most eco- friendly venture – you have to feed the dog meat; and the meat industry, as you may know, often wreaks havoc on the environment. Adopting a dog, however, is a different story. Animal shelters house dogs whom otherwise would be out on the street eating wild animals, competing with natural predators, and potentially transmitting disease. Take a dog off an animal shelter’s hands, and you’re doing the Earth and the community a favor. As if that weren’t enough, studies show that owning a dog makes you healthier and less likely to be overweight. Dogs also serve as trusty social ice-breakers. Think any of the dogs on this page are cute? They’re all Miami-Dade shelter dogs. Find your favorite today at MiamiDade.gov/ Animals/Adopt-a-Pet. 56