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About Us

Miami-Dade County Animal Services is primarily charged with the responsibility of enforcing Chapter 5 of the Code of Miami-Dade County, as well as Florida Statute 828, which deals primarily with animal cruelty issues. Each year, Animal Services impounds more than 27,000 dogs and cats. Our goal is to reunite lost pets with their owners and find life-long homes for as many animals as possible, while providing proper care during their stay.

As we move forward with our efforts in establishing Miami-Dade County as a No-Kill community, we are still faced with the challenges of limited shelter space. At times, the shelter is filled to capacity.

In those instances, we ask pet owners to consider the following alternatives before surrendering a pet to the shelter:

History

Animal Services was originally a part of the Dade County Public Safety Department, and was later designated as the Animal Care and Control Division under the Public Works Department.

In 2001, the Miami-Dade Police Department took over the operation, and on October 1, 2005, the Animal Services Department (ASD) was created as a stand-alone entity in an effort to provide focused care for the County’s animal population. By becoming an independent entity, the Animal Services Department will be able to concentrate its resources on its core mission of caring for the animals in its custody. ASD receives approximately 10 percent of its budget from the County’s General Operating Fund, while the remaining 90 percent is derived through dog license tag sales, shelter fees, enforcement fines, private grants, and donations.

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