Three-Legged Champions



Coconut Grove resident, Kimberly MacPherson, is no stranger to animals with special needs. She has five cats—one has one eye and one has only three legs. (They are all rescued from either the streets or from a local animal welfare organization, including the Humane Society of Greater Miami.) So when Kimberly saw Tia, a three legged dog at the Humane Society of Greater Miami, it was love at first sight.  “At first, I felt sorry for her,” says Kimberly, “but once I got to know her, I saw what a happy dog she was and decided to adopt her.” She fostered her for a month to see how Tia would get along with her cats before making the final decision. “They get along beautifully, “she says.

“I bring her to work every day, so that I am always with her.” (Kimberly writes grants for the Humane Society of Greater Miami.)  “You just know that an animal is right for you. A certain chemistry exists.”

Based on Tia’s injuries, Dr. Maureen Swan, Chief Medical Officer at the Humane Society of Greater Miami, thinks that Tia got into a fight with another dog and while running away got hit by a car.  She was brought to Miami-Dade Animal Services where her leg was amputated. During the Humane Society’s weekly trip to Animal Services to rescue animals, Tia was one of the lucky ones and came to the Humane Society of Greater Miami to be put up for adoption. “Tia adapted to having three legs very well”, says Kimberly. The only thing Kimberly had to teach Tia was how to climb stairs, and she caught on immediately.

Growing up, Kimberly was always around animals. Her step-mother is past president of the Sevier County Humane Society in Tennessee—and runs an organization called One by One that spays and neuters animals.  Plus, her step-mother has a Golden Retriever who is deaf.  The need to adopt special needs animals must run in the family.

The Humane Society of Greater Miami Adopt-A-Pet is a limited admit, adoption guarantee facility dedicated to placing every dog and cat in our care into a loving home, and to promoting responsible pet ownership and spay/neuter programs. Adoption guarantee simply means that every animal under their care is safe from the threat of euthanasia for as long as it takes to find them a forever family.

Meet some of our wonderful three-legged Champions who have recently found their forever home…



Hey there I’m Whitie… I’m a Golden Girl!!! Don’t be fooled by my age (after all I’m only 8 years old), I have many years left. I lost my right front leg, but I’ve learned to get around just fine. Take me home so we can be cuddle buddies!!!

I really LOVE to cuddle! I am home now!



Who says there are limits to love? I’m small and am missing one leg, but I’m really a stand-up guy. And if you take me home and treat me right, I promise I’ll love you “furr”-ever. I’ll be a faithful com-“paw”-nion, a loyal “fur”-riend and a source of affection and laughter to the end of our days together. Now would be the perfect time to start.
I am home now!
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