FAQ & Resources for Miami-Dade County Residents

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FAQ

ASPCA Services in Miami

Does the ASPCA offer veterinary care?

The ASPCA Community Veterinary Center offers low-cost, basic veterinary care for Miami-Dade County residents. Learn more about the ASPCA Community Veterinary Center in Miami and how to inquire about making an appointment. The ASPCA sees clients by appointment only for all cases, and does not accept walk-ins. If your pet requires emergency care, please visit your local veterinary emergency hospital immediately.

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

The ASPCA Community Veterinary Center offers free or low-cost, high-quality spay/neuter surgeries for cats and dogs that live in Miami-Dade County. Find out if your pet is eligible for spay/neuter surgery and inquire about making an appointment.

 
Pet Care

Help! My pet needs emergency medical care!

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

If you suspect your pet may have been poisoned or ingested a toxic substance and you are not sure whether it is a medical emergency, you may call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) for assistance. APCC is 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. Call (888) 426-4435 for assistance.

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
Address: 1000 NW 27th Ave, Miami, FL, 33125
Phone Number: (305) 649-1234

VCA Knowles Snapper Creek Animal Hospital
Address: 9933 Sunset Dr, Miami, FL, 33173
Phone Number: (305) 279-2323

*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.

Does the ASPCA offer dog obedience classes?

The ASPCA does not offer dog obedience classes in Miami. We recommend that you consult your veterinarian to help you find a local provider that meets your specific pet’s needs.

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 4 months of age in Miami-Dade County. Cats are not required to have a license in Miami-Dade County. For more information, call 311 or visit the Miami-Dade Animal Services website.

The ASPCA Community Veterinary Center offers dog licenses (tags) to Miami-Dade County residents as a courtesy to our clients:

  • No appointment needed.
  • Must have proof of current Rabies vaccination.
  • Must present a valid driver's license or passport.
  • Miami-Dade County residents who receive public assistance may be eligible for a discounted license (tag). To qualify for the 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).
Does ASPCA provide pet food assistance?

The ASPCA does not provide pet food. Food assistance is available to Miami-Dade County residents through the following local food banks:

Farm Share distributes pet and human food at select locations throughout Florida. 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.

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

Residents of Miami-Dade County who need assistance with their pets should call 311 or visit the Miami-Dade Animal Services website.

 
Helping Animals in the Community

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. You can also submit a report on the Miami-Dade Animal Services website.

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.

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.

How do I help community cats and get assistance with Trap, Neuter, Return, and Monitor (TNRM)?

Thank you for your concern about Miami-Dade County’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 on our website.

Where can I adopt a pet in Miami-Dade County?

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

Miami-Dade Animal Services
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 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 ASPCA Community Veterinary Center. 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.


Local Resources

Animal Care Centers and Clinic Hours

Miami-Dade Animal Services
Address: 3599 NW 79 Avenue, Doral, FL 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

Humane Society of Greater Miami
North Dade Clinic
Address: 16101 West Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach, FL 33160
Phone Number: (305) 749-1827
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday through Sunday 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Closed Monday

South Dade Clinic
Address: 10700 SW 211 Street, Miami, FL 33189
Phone Number: (305) 749-1854
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday through Friday 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Low Cost Veterinary Services

Animal Welfare Society of South Florida
Address: 2601 SW 27 Avenue, Miami, FL 33133
Phone Number: (305) 858-3501
Hours of Operation: Mon. 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Tues. - Wed. 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Thurs. - Fri. 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Projects Unleashed
Phone Number: (786) 380-2850

Pet Care Clinic of Doral
Address: 9851 NW 58th #111, Doral, FL 33178
Phone Number: (305) 477-7387

Animal Clinic of Miami Dade County
Address: 2134 Ludlam Rd, Miami, FL 33155
Phone Number: (305) 262-8888

Arch Creek Animal Clinic
Address: 15372 W Dixie Hwy, North Miami Beach, FL, 33162
Phone Number: (786) 823-0009

Paws for Claws Medical Center
Address: 3858 SW 137th Ave, Miami, FL 33175
Phone Number: (786) 361-9344

Paws to Help
Forest Hill Clinic Address: 2693 Forest Hill Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL, 33406
Jupiter Clinic Address: 185 E Indiantown Rd, Jupiter, FL, 33477
Phone Number: (561) 712-1911

24 Hour Emergency Veterinary Services

VCA Knowles Central Animal Hospital
Address: 1000 NW 27th Ave, Miami, FL, 33125
Phone Number: (305) 649-1234

VCA Knowles Snapper Creek Animal Hospital
Address: 9933 Sunset Dr, Miami, FL, 33173
Phone Number: (305) 279-2323

Local Pet and Animal Resources

Food Support

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

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

Pet Grooming

Orange Grooming
Address: 645 NE 79th St., Miami, FL 33138
Phone: (305) 576-3444
Hours of Operation: Monday through Saturday 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Pet Boarding

Orange Grooming
Address: 645 NE 79th St., Miami, FL 33138
Phone: (305) 576-3444
Hours of Operation: Monday through Saturday 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Wildlife and Exotic

Non-Native Wildlife:
Pelican Harbor Seabird Station
Address: 1279 NE 79th Causeway, Miami, FL 33138
Phone: (305) 751-9840

Native Wildlife:
Wildlife South Florida Wildlife Center
Address: 3200 SW 4th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
Phone: (954) 524-4302

Dog Training

Applause your Paws
Address: 4423 SW 74th Ave., Miami, FL 33155
Phone: (786) 589-7833
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Farm Animals

South Florida SPCA

Veterinary Grants

Urgent Medical Care Needs- Applicants must meet specific qualifications. Visit website for additional information.

Non-Urgent Medical Needs- Applicants must meet specific qualifications. Visit website for additional information.

The ASPCA® provides the veterinary and resource 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. In the case of an emergency, please call 911.