Schedule Spay or Neuter Surgery
Memorial Day Notice for TNR Services
The Pet Adoption and Protection Center will be closed Monday, May 27. Cats being presented for Trap, Neuter, Return Services must be dropped off Friday, May 24 in order to allow for proper recovery from sterilization and safe return to the community prior to the holiday. Regular services will resume Tuesday, May 28.
Low-cost spay or neuter services are offered to Miami-Dade County residents in our Doral or Homestead locations for cats and dogs.
- Spay or neutering your dog or cat will help reduce the number of homeless and unwanted pets. It will also help reduce the chances of your pet becoming sick later in life.
- You can schedule your appointment up to 30 days in advance online or by calling 311.
Limited time, free spay or neuter services at the Pet Adoption and Protection Center in Doral or the Homestead Community Spay/Neuter Clinic: Thanks to a grant from Florida Animal Friend, for a limited time, Miami-Dade Animal Services will offer low-income qualified residents free spay or neuter services for cats and dogs at the Pet Adoption and Protection Center, located at 3599 NW 79 Avenue in Doral and at the Homestead Community Spay/Neuter Clinic, located at 1034 NE 8 Street in Homestead. The free surgeries will be available until the funds are exhausted. Call 311 for more information.
Other low-cost services are available through our partnerships with other local organizations. For more information visit the Free and Discounted Spay or Neuter Surgery page.
Walk-in surgery for dogs on certain Sundays: A limited number of walk-in dogs is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis on Sundays with the exception of the third Sunday of each month. Services are only available at the Pet Adoption and Protection Center in Doral.
Eligibility & Requirements
- The pet owner must be a Miami-Dade County resident
- Spay & neuter surgeries are by appointment only
- Pet must be checked-in by 7:30 a.m. at the Doral clinic and 8 a.m. at the Homestead clinic the day of the animal's scheduled surgery
- No food or water after 9 p.m. the night before surgery
- Pets must be at least three months old and weigh over three pounds
- Veterinarian may decline surgery due to health reasons
- Proof of current rabies vaccination for pets over four months of age must be presented at check-in
- Rabies vaccine can be obtained the day of surgery
- Microchip implants can be obtained on the day of surgery
Note: All cats must be presented for surgery in individual carriers. Multiple pets per carrier do not allow for a safe post-operative environment and will not be accepted for services. Disposable carriers are available for purchase at the time of drop off.
Caring for Your Pet After Surgery
Spaying and neutering is one of the most responsible ways dog and cat owners can care for their pet.
Female animals are spayed, which means their ovaries and uterus are surgically removed and they are unable to go into heat or get pregnant.
Male animals are neutered, which means their testicles are surgically removed. After surgery, the male cat or dog will be unable to impregnate females.
Here are some tips to care for your pet after surgery:
- There are no skin sutures to be removed, but your pet has been tattooed. This is to identify him/her as sterilized.
- Check the incision twice daily and watch for any discharge, foul odor or significant swelling.
- Contact a veterinarian immediately if you notice vomiting, diarrhea, weakness or continued bleeding.
- Don't allow your pet to lick or chew at the incision, as it will delay healing.
- It may be necessary for you to purchase an Elizabethan collar at your local pet supply store to prevent your pet from injuring himself or herself.
- Your pet was given anesthesia for surgery, which sometimes makes pets feel nauseous. Offer your pet a small amount of food and water but if they do not want to eat, do not force them.
- Your pet was also given an injection of a pain reliever (Rimadyl®) that lasts 24 hours. Do not give your pet any other medications, especially human medications which are deadly to pets.
- Although spay or neuter is a common surgery, it is still a major surgery. Therefore, it is very important to limit their activity to allow them to recover.
- Do not allow them to run, jump or engage in rough play for a full week after surgery.
- A pet normally kept outdoors should be kept indoors for at least 24 hours as they recover from the anesthesia.
- For cats, please use shredded newspaper instead of litter to help keep the incision clean.
- You may bathe your pet after seven days, but do not submerge them in water and do not scrub the incision.
Schedule an appointment at one of Miami-Dade County Animal Services locations online or by calling 311. The cost is $40 per dog and $20 per cat.
Low-income residents can spay or neuter their dogs and cats for free or at a discount.
Bring healthy community cats to the Pet Adoption and Protection Center for free spay or neuter surgeries. Sponsored by the Miami Veterinary Foundation.