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Adopt a Pet

Each year, tens of thousands of pets are abandoned at their local shelter where staff and volunteers work diligently to reunite lost pets with their owners, re-home them or find rescue partners for these precious animals.

Adopting a shelter pet is a economical, personally-satisfying alternative to purchasing a pet from a pet store.

  • Puppies and kittens under four months of age come with their first set of vaccines, de-worming, spay or neuter surgery,* microchip and FeLV test for cats.
  • Dogs and cats over four months come with all vaccinations, de-worming, spay or neuter surgery, microchip, heartworm test (over six months of age), rabies license tags (for Miami-Dade County residents only) and FeLV test for cats.

* Animals under three months, less than three pounds or with health issues will not be sterilized or vaccinated for rabies. A $50 refundable deposit will be required and an appointment will be scheduled for spay or neutering surgery within 30 days or when they are four months of age.

You must be 18 years of age or older to adopt a pet from the Pet Adoption and Protection Center.

You can begin your search by browsing the list of pets available for adoption. The same list also offers the opportunity to search for your lost cat or dog. Although you can search online, you must personally visit the Animal Shelter, Hope Express (mobile adoption vehicle), Petco Adoption Center or other off-site events to adopt a pet.

 

  • Cats

    You can adopt one or two cats for the same adoption fee of $35 each. Cats and Kittens receive the following:

    • all vaccinations including FIV
    • de-worming
    • microchip 
    • heartworm test (over six months in age)
    • spay/neuter surgery*

    * Animals who are under three months, less than three pounds or have health issues, will not be sterilized or vaccinated for rabies. A $50 refundable deposit will be required and an appointment will be scheduled for the spay/neuter surgery within 30 days or when they are four months of age. Broward County residents refundable deposit fee is $100.

    Failure to sterilize an adopted cat may result in the issuance of a civil violation notice.

  • Dogs

    Dogs over four months receive the following services and carry a $65 adoption fee:

    • all vaccinations
    • de-worming
    • spay/neuter surgery
    • microchip
    • heartworm test (over six months in age) and
    • rabies license tags (for Miami-Dade County residents only).

    Dogs under four months receive the following services and carry an $85 adoption fee:

    • first set of vaccinations
    • de-worming
    • microchip
    • spay/neuter surgery*

    * Animals who are under three months, less than three pounds or have health issues, will not be sterilized or vaccinated for rabies. A $50 refundable deposit will be required and an appointment will be scheduled for the spay/neuter surgery within 30 days or when they are four months of age. Broward County residents refundable deposit fee is $100.

    Failure to sterilize an adopted dog may result in the issuance of a civil violation notice.

  • What do I need to bring to the animal shelter to adopt a pet?

    On the day of adoption, you need to bring the following information to the Pet Adoption and Protection Center:

    • A copy of your driver license or valid state picture ID
    • Proof of current address
    • A collar and leash for a dog or puppy (if you don’t have one, you can purchase both at the Pet Adoption and Protection Center).

    * A signed spay or neuter agreement is required if the pet cannot be sterilized at the time of his or her adoption in addition to a $50 refundable deposit upon proof of pet’s sterilization.

  • Spay/Neuter Requirement

    If the pet has not already been spayed or neutered, it is the owner's responsibility to make an appointment for the surgery.

    Surgery requirements and information:

    • Make an appointment in advance by contacting 311
    • Bring proof of vaccination or pet will be vaccinated
    • Owner is required to present pet for surgery
    • Veterinarian reserves the right to decline surgery
  • Veteran Pet Adoptions

    Eligible veterans can adopt a pet at no cost within one fiscal year. Adoption includes vaccinations, spay or neuter surgery, microchip and more.

    Veteran Eligibility & Requirements

    • Veteran must reside in Miami-Dade County and present a DD-214 at time of adoption. A military ID card is not enough and will not be honored
    • Veteran must have served in the U.S. Armed Forces (i.e., the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Army National Guard, Army Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve)
    • Veteran was not punitively discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces, in the case of enlisted personnel, or dismissed, in the case of commissioned officers
    • Veteran has no unresolved fines or violations with the Animal Services Department
  • What if I have to return my pet?

    Adopted animals may be returned to the Pet Adoption and Protection Center for a refund or exchange within 30 days if:

    • The animal has a medical condition that was not disclosed at the time of adoption and the condition is confirmed in a written evaluation by a certified veterinarian.
    • An animal dies within 30 days of adoption and is returned to Animal Services deceased.

    If the pet is returned for any other reason by its owner, the animal is considered a surrendered pet and the owner is not entitled to a refund or exchange.

  • What are my responsibilities as a new pet owner?

    Adopting a shelter animal is a rewarding experience. Pet owners have certain responsibilities relating to their pet:

    • Once an animal is adopted, the new owner assumes financial responsibility for the animal.
    • If after adoption the animal becomes ill, the owner is responsible for its medical care. Animal Services will not provide medical care in this situation.

    For more details on adopter responsibilities, refer to the adoption contract.

  • Rescue Partnerships

    Rescue partners are an important part of Miami-Dade County Animal Service Department's efforts to better the lives of animals in our community. Visit the Rescue Partnerships page for more information.

Phone Number(s)

Locations and Hours

  • Pet Adoption and Protection Center

    3599 NW 79 Avenue, Doral, FL 33122
    Monday
    10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Tuesday
    10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Wednesday
    10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Thursday
    10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Friday
    10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Saturday
    10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Sunday
    10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    *Closed on County holidays.
  • Petco

    6200 S. Dixie Highway, South Miami, FL 33143
    Monday
    10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Tuesday
    10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Wednesday
    10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Thursday
    10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Friday
    10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday
    10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Sunday
    10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    **Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
Animal Services
Alex Munoz, Director

Pet Adoption and Protection Center
3599 NW 79 Avenue, Doral, FL 33122
311 | pets@miamidade.gov311 | pets@miamidade.gov

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