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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 year 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 one of the various adoption locations or events to adopt a pet.

Shelter dogs and cats make great pets and reward their rescuers with a lifetime of loyalty and affection. Find your furry friend today.

 

Adopt a Pet

  • Pet Adoptions
    Shelter dogs and cats make excellent companions. If you are ready to give a pet a forever home, start your furry friend search today.
  • Veteran Pet Adoptions
    Eligible veterans can adopt a pet at no cost. Adoption includes vaccinations, spay or neuter surgery, microchip and more.
  • Rescue Partnerships
    Rescue organizations can learn about partnership opportunities with Animal Services to ensure that more animals are adopted out to loving homes.

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

Related Services

Animal Services
Alex Munoz, Director

Pet Adoption and Protection Center
3599 NW 79 Avenue, Doral, FL 33122
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