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Search for Lost Pets

Our Pet Adoption and Protection Center provides lost and found services to the public. Visit the Pet Adoption and Protection Center to search for and report your dog or cat missing.

Lost pets can be brought to the Pet Adoption and Protection Center where they will be cared for while they wait to be reunited with their owner or adopted. 

  • If You Lost Your Pet

    Visit our Pet Adoption and Protection Center daily to look for your lost dog or cat. Employees will be available to help you search all areas of our facility.

    Lost Pet Recovery Tips

    • Visit the Pet Adoption and Protection Center on a daily basis. Our Pet Adoption and Protection Center receives over 100 dogs and cats daily. Dogs over 6 months of age are held back from being adopted out for 3 days as per County Ordinance.
    • Animal Services employees will be available to help you search in all areas of the facility.
    • Create lost pet flyers. Include your contact information and a detailed description of your pet. Bring color copies of the flyer with you during your visit to Animal Services. 
    • Check the bulletin boards in our main lobby for pictures of lost and found pets in medical foster care.
    • Although it is difficult, check the deceased pet log at the Pet Adoption and Protection Center. It is updated daily and will give you and your family closure.
    • Register your lost pet with PetHarbor and search the website daily for photos of your pet. 
    • Post your pet on Finding Rover, a free mobile app that helps pet owners find their lost dogs in real-time using facial recognition technology.
    • Before your pet is lost, bring it to Animal Service to get a microchip implant.
    • Search other local animal shelters and websites such as The Miami Herald’s pets classified section, lostpets.com, pets911.com and dogdetective.com
  • Redemption Fee for Lost Pets

    Owners must pay a fee and present the pet's rabies certificate to redeem their pet.

    If the rabies certificate is not available, the pet will not be released until the rabies shot is obtained.

    Redemption fees vary. Refer to the fee list below:

    • Redemption (sterilized dog)
      $50 - plus $10 boarding per day
    • Subsequent redemption (sterilized dog) within 12 months
      $75 - plus $10 boarding per day
    • Redemption (not sterilized dog)
      $100 - plus $10 boarding per day
    • Subsequent redemption (not sterilized dog) within 12 months
      $125 - plus $10 boarding per day
    • Redemption (sterilized cat)
      $30 - plus $5 boarding per day
    • Subsequent redemption (not sterilized cat) within 12 months
      $60 - plus $5 boarding per day
    • Redemption (not sterilized cat)
      $50 - plus $5 boarding per day
    • Subsequent redemption (not sterilized cat) within 12 months
      $85 - plus $5 boarding per day
  • If You Find a Pet

    If you find a stray dog or cat, you can bring it to our Pet Adoption and Protection Center. While at the Pet Adoption and Protection Center we will check the pet for a pet identification microchip in hopes of reuniting the pet with its owner.

    You can also register and post photos found pets on Finding Rover.

    To place a free found pet ad in The Miami Herald, call 305-350-2222 or fax the information to 305-995-8110. To place an ad in El Nuevo Herald, call 305-350-2345.

  • License Tag Look Up

    Now it is easy to check the expiration of your license tag by just putting in the full tag number along with the first letter. The tag will have a letter followed by 6 numbers.

    If you find a dog, you can also look up the owner's information by putting in the license tag information.

Online Options

Phone Number(s)

  • Lost and Found
    311311
  • TTY
    711711

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.