Veteran Pet Adoptions
Miami-Dade County Animal Services salutes our veterans by providing free pet adoptions and/or free spay/neuter services for their dog or cat. It's the County's way of saying, "Thank you for your service."
Eligible veterans* can adopt one animal (a cat or a dog) from the Miami-Dade County Animal Services Pet Adoption and Protection Center at no cost within one fiscal year.
Included with the adoption:
- All vaccinations (first set of vaccines only for animals four months old or younger)
- Spay or neuter surgery*
- Heartworm test for dogs six months of age or older
- Rabies license tags
- FeLV test for cats
See below information for eligibility and requirements. If you have questions about veteran adoption, call 311 or visit the Pet Adoption and Protection Center located at 3599 NW 79 Avenue in Doral.
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 calling 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 Eligibility & Requirements
- Veteran must reside in Miami-Dade County and present a DD-214 at time of adoption or spay/neuter appointment. 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 do I need to bring to the Animal Shelter to adopt a pet?
On the day of adoption, veterans need to bring the following information to the Pet Adoption and Protection Center:
- Your DD-214 form at the time of adoption and/or spay or neuter appointment
- A copy of your drivers 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)
Note: 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 the pet's sterilization.
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.