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Animal Services

Our mission is to save the lives of abandoned animals in our care, protect animals from cruelty, reunite lost pets with their owners, protect people and pets in our community from health-related issues and ensure the public’s safety.

Give a forever home to a pet from the Pet Adoption and Protection Center and receive a lifetime of love from your new companion.
Adopt a Pet
Low-cost spay or neuter services are offered to Miami-Dade County residents for cats and dogs. Appointments can be scheduled up to 30 days in advance.
Spay or Neuter Surgery
Low-cost vaccinations are available for your dogs and cats at the Animal Services Pet Adoption and Protection Center.
Pet Vaccinations
Search for your lost dog or cat. If you find a stray pet, bring it to our shelter to be reunited with its owner.
Lost and Found Pets

Licenses & Tags

Dog License (Tag)

You can buy or renew a dog license at your local veterinarian’s office, at the Pet Adoption and Protection Center or at any one of the 311 Service Centers. Dog Licenses are required for all dogs over four months of age.

Cat License

You can buy a license for your cat at the Pet Adoption and Protection Center or at any of the 311 Service Centers.

Pet Groomer License

A pet care center license for commercial grooming of animals (dogs, cats, etc.) must be obtained from Animal Services in order to operate a pet grooming business in Miami-Dade County.

Hobby Breeder License

Active members of a national, state, or local breeder organization that houses or breeds dogs or cats in or on the property of a private residence must apply for a Hobby Breeder License.

Veterinary Clinics & Pet Dealers

You can purchase bulk orders of "one-year" or "three-year" tags.

Pet Dealer License

Pet Dealer Licenses are issued for anyone who sells more than two litters or 20 dogs or cats per year, whichever is greater.

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Report Problems

Report Online

Reports for animal concerns can be submitted online.

Contact 311

Call or contact 311.

Download Mobile App

Download the 311 Direct mobile application to report your problem.

311 Contact Center

News & Events

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Miami Pets App

Download the free Miami Pets App to search for cats dogs kittens and puppies waiting to be adopted into loving forever homes.

Redlands free spay/neuter-a-thon

Have your pet spayed or neutered for free the first Friday of every month.

Pet Protection is Priceless

Miami-Dade County residents can purchase low-cost pet care packages which can protect dogs and cats from many common, serious and even fatal diseases.

Pets of the week

Each week we feature a cat and a dog as our pets of the week. This week's pets are looking for new homes with loving families.

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Regulations

Animal Cruelty Law

Animal cruelty is defined as depriving an animal of food, water, shelter or veterinary care.

Dog License

License tags are required for all dogs. Tags must be renewed one year from the last date of purchase. It's the law. Click title to read the regulation.

Leash Law

When a dog goes off private property, it must be leashed at all times. Dogs are not permitted to roam free off private property.

Loud Pets

Any animal which causes frequent, habitual or long continued noise which is plainly audible at a distance of 100 feet at any time of the day.

Pets in Parked Cars

Leaving a pet in a car is considered animal cruelty.

Pit Bull Law

Pit Bulls are banned in Miami-Dade County.

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About Us

Animal Services

Our mission is to save the lives of abandoned animals in our care, protect animals from cruelty, reunite lost pets with their owners, protect people and pets in our community from health-related issues and ensure the public’s safety.

Aside from our life-saving mission, we also enforce Chapter 5 of the Miami-Dade County Code and Florida Statute 828 (which deals primarily with animal cruelty issues).

Our activities include licensing, enforcing rabies vaccination requirements, spay and neuter services, vaccination services for pets, protecting the public from stray and dangerous dogs, promoting animal adoption and public education, and investigating animal cruelty cases.

Animal Statistics

The Miami-Dade Animal Services Department encourages the public to view our annual animal statistics information, which shows shelter population based on the Asilomar Accords and other methods for calculating the number of animal lives that are saved.

In August 2004, a group of animal welfare industry leaders from around the nation convened at Asilomar in Pacific Grove, California to build bridges across varying philosophies, develop relationships and establish goals focused on reducing the euthanasia of healthy and treatable companion animals in the United States. The Asilomar Accords established record-keeping and reporting standards for data associated with shelter animals. To help increase life-saving opportunities, Miami-Dade Animal Services has created a variety of new programs aimed at achieving the highest save rates in the history of the department.

Grantors

Thank you to our grantors who support our commitment to save the lives of tens of thousands of dogs and cats every year.

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