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Adopt a Pet

If you are 18 years of age or older, you can adopt a pet from our Pet Adoption and Protection Center.

Adopting a shelter pet is a low-cost, 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 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 good pets and reward their rescuers with lifelong loyalty and affection. Find your furry friend today!

Adopt a Pet

Online Options

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

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