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Welcome to the new Animal Services website! Our goal is to bring our most popular services to the forefront with refreshed, service-driven content and a mobile-friendly design. Take a look at our new website and provide us your feedback so we can continously work improve your experience on our website.

Animal Services

If you are 18 years of age or older, you can adopt a pet from our Pet Adoption and Protection Center.
Adopt a Pet
Low-cost vaccinations are available for your dogs and cats at the Animal Services Pet Adoption and Protection Center.
Pet Vaccinations
Visit our location to 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 & Found Pets
Low-Cost Spay/Neuter services are offered to Miami-Dade County residents for cats and dogs. Appointments can be scheduled up to 30 days in advance.
Spay / Neuter Surgery
Animal licenses are available for dogs and cats. Business licenses are required for pet breeders, kennels, pet dealers and groomers.
Animal Licenses
Report: Abandoned Animal, Animal Bite, Animal Cruelty, Dangerous Dog, Dead Animal Pickup, dog tag check, Injured Animal, Pet Seller Complaint, Pit Bulls.
Report Animal Problems

News & Events

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Pets of the Week

July 20, 2017 — Animal Services

Each week we feature a cat and a dog as our Pets of the Week. This week's pets are looking for a new home with a loving family.

New Pet Adoption and Protection Center

December 5, 2016 — Animal Services

Animal Services has moved. The Pet Adoption and Protection Center, at 3599 NW 79 Ave. in Doral, is now open.

Who doesn't like Big Mutts?

July 13, 2017 — Animal Services

Like Big Mutts? Come and get 'em now through July 31. Adopt that healthy mutt!

Kitten Cuddlers Needed

April 10, 2017 — Animal Services

Spring is kitten season and tiny, orphaned newborn kittens need round-the-clock care to stay alive. Animal Services is recruiting foster parents for the Kitten Cuddler Program.

Animal 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. Dog license tags must be renewed annually by the anniversary of the dog’s most recent rabies vaccination.

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.

About Us

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/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.