Miami FAQ

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The ASPCA operates various programs and services in Miami-Dade County, including our Community Veterinary Center. Read on for answers to commonly asked pet-related questions from Miami-Dade residents.

 
Programs & Services at the ASPCA

Does the ASPCA provide veterinary care?

The ASPCA Community Veterinary Center (CVC), located at 1320 NW 62nd Street in Miami, Florida 33147, provides low-cost, basic veterinary care for Miami-Dade County residents. For additional information on services, see more about the CVC.

The CVC requires advance appointments for all cases and does not accept walk-ins. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

If your pet requires emergency care, please visit your local veterinary emergency hospital.

To find a full-service veterinarian for medical emergencies in your area, please visit the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) website which will assist you in locating an accredited veterinary practice.

Contact Us

Miami-Dade County residents may contact us via our helpline for additional questions or to schedule an appointment at (844) 692-7722 (1-844-MY-ASPCA) and press option three for Miami. If you are able, please see the Community Veterinary Center webpage for information about our services before calling.

If calling for an appointment, please note that while our wish is to be able to assist every animal possible, we are limited to the number of animals we can effectively see on a daily basis. Appointments fill up quickly and there may be limited to no availability in the time frame needed for your pet. If this is the case, we may refer you to alternative resources based on the medical need of your pet.

Does the ASPCA offer spay/neuter for free or low-cost?

The ASPCA Community Veterinary Center (CVC) provides free or low-cost, high-quality spay/neuter surgery for cats and dogs within Miami-Dade County. Spay/Neuter services will be available in a limited capacity.

All animals will be examined by a veterinarian to determine if they appear healthy and can undergo surgery at the CVC. The CVC generally accepts:

  • Healthy dogs and cats, no more than 7 years old
  • Puppies and kittens that are 8 weeks old and weigh at least 2 lb.
    • Female cats and dogs in heat
    • Cryptorchid cats and dogs (at least 4 months old)
      • Male animals with only one testicle in the scrotal sac
      • Intact male animals with no testicles
    • Pregnant cats and dogs
    • Dogs/cats that are nursing a litter of puppies/kittens

Not accepted for spay/neuter surgery at the CVC:

  • Any species other than cat or dog
  • Unhealthy animals or those with contagious illnesses
    • Animals should not be coughing or sneezing, and should not have watery eyes, runny noses, sarcoptic mange and/or ringworm
  • Doberman Pinschers without proof of a normal blood work test for von Willebrand factor, a blood clotting protein
  • Trapped cats

For information on how to obtain reduced fees for services, visit the CVC webpage.

Contact Us

Miami-Dade County residents may contact us via our helpline for additional questions or to schedule an appointment (844) 692-7722 (1-844-MY-ASPCA) and press option three for Miami.

If calling for an appointment, please note that while our wish is to be able to assist every animal possible, we are limited to the number of animals we can effectively see on a daily basis. Appointments fill quickly, and there may be limited to no availability in the time frame needed for your pet. If this is the case, we may refer you to alternative resources based on the medical need of your pet.

For additional pet related resources within Miami-Dade County, see our Miami Resources.

 
Pet Care & Well-Being

Help! My pet needs emergency medical care!

If your pet is experiencing a medical emergency, please call your nearest veterinary emergency hospital.

If you suspect your pet may have been poisoned or has ingested a toxic substance, call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC), a national telephone hotline, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is staffed by veterinarians and board-certified veterinary toxicologists. A consultation fee may apply for this lifesaving service. The phone number is (888) 426-4435.

For additional information about finding emergency care for your pet, please visit our Emergency Care page.

Local 24-Hour Emergency Veterinary Services:

VCA KNOWLES CENTRAL ANIMAL HOSPITAL
Website: vcahospitals.com/knowles-central
Address: 9933 Sunset Dr, Miami, Florida, 33173
Phone Number: (305) 279-2323

VCA KNOWLES SNAPPER CREEK ANIMAL HOSPITAL
Website: vcahospitals.com/knowles-snapper-creek
Address: 1000 NW 27th Ave, Miami, Florida, 33125
Phone Number: (305) 649-1234

*The ASPCA provides the above veterinary referral list for the
convenience of its clients and will not make direct referrals to the
service providers named herein. Moreover, the ASPCA is not
necessarily affiliated with any of the service providers and makes no
representation or warranty whatsoever about, and shall not be held
liable for, the services that may be subsequently provided by any
such service provider.

I found a stray dog or cat in Miami-Dade County. What should I do?

Please exercise caution when interacting with an unfamiliar animal—do not approach any stray animal exhibiting odd behavior or signs of aggression. If the animal appears to be potentially dangerous or sick, please report it by contacting Miami-Dade Animal Services for assistance by dialing 311. You can also submit a report on the Miami-Dade Animal Services website.

I’d like to get involved in helping community cats in Miami-Dade County. Where can I go for assistance with Trap, Neuter, Return and Manage (TNRM)?

Thank you for your concern about Miami-Dade’s community cat population. For information on how you can help in your area, please contact Miami-Dade Animal Services by dialing 311 or by visiting their website.

You can find more information about the ASPCA’s policy on Community Cats and Community Cat Programs in the Policies & Positions section of our website.

Does the ASPCA offer dog obedience classes?

Please know that the ASPCA Miami does not currently offer dog obedience classes. We recommend that you consult your veterinarian for the best local resources.

I am struggling to keep my pet. What can I do?

For assistance throughout Miami-Dade County, call 311 or visit the Miami-Dade Animal Services website.

 
Local Resources

Where can I report cruelty in Miami-Dade County?

If you believe you have witnessed or otherwise have knowledge of animal abuse, we encourage you to contact your local law enforcement agency or animal control agency authorized to investigate animal related crimes in your jurisdiction. While the ASPCA works with local law enforcement throughout the country to assist with investigations into alleged abuse, we do not enforce the animal cruelty laws, nor are we associated with any local SPCAs that may have authority to do so.

To report abuse in Miami-Dade County, you can contact the Animal Services Department either by calling 311 or (305) 468-5900, or for crimes in progress, calling 911.

In all other areas, you should contact your local agency responsible for investigating animal crimes. If you are unsure of the appropriate agency, you can contact your local police department or sheriff’s office.

See additional information and tips on recognizing and reporting animal abuse.

I found an injured animal in Miami-Dade County. Who can I call for help?

Contact Miami-Dade Animal Services by dialing 311. You can also submit a report on their website.

Please know that the ASPCA does not have certified wildlife rehabilitators on staff, nor do we have wildlife experts or a wildlife department. For more information regarding wild animals, please visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website.

Where can I license my dog in Miami-Dade County?

You can buy or renew a dog license (tag) at your local veterinarian’s office, at the Miami-Dade Animal Services shelter or at any of the 311 Service Centers. Dog licenses are required for all dogs over four months of age in Miami-Dade County. In Miami-Dade County, cats are not required to have a license. For more information, call 311 or visit the Miami-Dade Animal Services website.

The ASPCA Community Veterinary Center sells one and three-year licenses (tags) to Miami-Dade County residents:

  • No appointment needed
  • Must have proof of current Rabies vaccination
  • A valid driver's license or passport will be accepted as identification for the purpose of purchasing a license
  • Miami-Dade County residents that receive public assistance may be eligible for a discounted license (tag). To qualify for a discount, owners on public assistance must provide a current eligibility letter from at least one of the following:
    • Food Stamps
    • Medicaid
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    • Jackson Memorial Hospital Clinic Cards
    • Temporary Assistance for Needed Families (TANF)
Where can I adopt a pet in Miami-Dade County?

Currently, the ASPCA does not offer adoption outlets in Miami-Dade. For adoption information, contact Miami-Dade Animal Services:

MIAMI-DADE ANIMAL SERVICES
Website: animals.miamidade.gov
Address: 3599 NW 79 Avenue, Doral, Florida 33122
Phone Number: 311
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday: 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Does ASPCA provide food assistance?

The ASPCA operated a Summer Pet Food Pantry in Liberty City to provide free emergency dog and cat food. The program closed in September. Below are additional human and pet food resources available to Miami-Dade County residents:

Farm Share distributes human food at select locations throughout Florida. All events are listed in the Farm Share events calendar on their website.

Feeding South Florida distributes human food to residents of Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties.

Do you offer assistance to Liberty City area residents?

The ASPCA Community Engagement team in the Miami area provides supportive services to pet owners in and around the Liberty City area. If you are in the Liberty City area, we may be able to provide additional information on resources to help keep your pets healthy, including:

  • Basic medical care for dogs and cats (including medical Exams, spay/neuter)
  • Pet care resources for dogs and cats

Contact us
For pet owners who live in the Liberty City area and need non-emergency assistance with their pets, please complete our webform and we will contact you within 72 hours. Miami-Dade County residents can contact us via our helpline at (844) 692-7722 (1-844-MY-ASPCA) and press option three for Miami. If you are able, please see the Community Veterinary Center webpage for information about our services before calling.

If calling for an appointment, please note that while our wish is to be able to assist every animal possible, we are limited to the number of animals we can effectively see on a daily basis. Appointments fill up quickly and there may be limited to no availability in the time frame needed for your pet. If this is the case, we may refer you to alternative resources based on the medical need of your pet.

Does the ASPCA Community Veterinary Center accept donations?

We have temporarily suspended our in-person donation process, but donations are always needed! Please visit our Amazon Smile Charity lists if you would still like to donate items to the CVC. Items purchased through these lists will be mailed directly from Amazon to the ASPCA. If you are interested in making a monetary donation, please click the “donate” button.