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.
News & Events
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.
Happy Tails are stories about the joys of pet adoption. When a pet finds a new home, we want to hear about it! Share your Happy Tail with us.
Introducing a new digital license tag that can help get your pet home faster and safer.
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.
You can buy a dog license at your local veterinarian’s office, at the Animal Services Shelter or at any one of the 311 Service Centers. Dog Licenses are required for all dogs over 4 months of age.
You can buy a license for your cat at the Pet Adoption and Protection Center or at any of the 311 Service Centers.
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.
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.
You can purchase bulk orders of 1-year or 3-year Tags.
Pet Dealer Licenses are issued for anyone who sells more than 2 litters or 20 dogs or cats per year, whichever is greater.
Animal cruelty is defined as depriving an animal of food, water, shelter or veterinary care.
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.
When a dog goes off private property, it must be leashed at all times. Dogs are not permitted to roam free off private property.
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.
Leaving a pet in a car is considered animal cruelty.
Pit Bulls are banned in Miami-Dade County.
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.