Collaborative effort between Miami-Dade County and City of Homestead will offer low-cost spay/neuter services
Residents in Miami-Dade County now have an additional resource that offers affordable spay/neuter services for their companion animals. On Tuesday March 1, at 10 a.m. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, City of Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, District 8 will host a dedication ceremony for the grand opening of the Miami-Dade County Animal Services and City of Homestead Community Spay/Neuter Clinic (Homestead Community Spay/Neuter Clinic) located at 1034 NE 8th St Homestead, FL 33030.
The new Homestead Community Spay/Neuter clinic is a collaborative effort between Miami-Dade County Animal Services (Animal Services) and the City of Homestead—the first county/municipality collaboration of its kind in South Florida. By implementing life-saving programs and services, Animal Services reached a 90 percent save rate in 2015. As the second offsite spay-neuter clinic funded by Miami-Dade County, the new facility marks yet another milestone in the County’s efforts to save the lives of shelter pets.
“Reducing the number of unwanted and abandoned pets in our community is a major component in reducing shelter intake,” said Alex Muñoz Director of Animal Services. “Spaying or neutering helps ensure that every pet is wanted and that every pet has a forever home, and it gives the ones that are already here a greater chance at getting a home.”
Spay and neuter surgeries at the new Homestead Community Spay/Neuter Clinic, are available as follows:
- Dogs – Thursday, Friday and Saturday Cost $30
- Cats – Thursday, Friday and Saturday Cost $15
Appointments are required and can be scheduled by calling 3-1-1. Walk-in service is sometimes available, but on a limited first come, first served basis.
The clinic will also offer free Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) for community cats. The TNR program is an effective and humane method used to stabilize community cat populations. No appointment is necessary for TNR.
In 2015, the County provided funding for the Miami-Dade Community Spay/Neuter Clinic located at 10700 SW 211 Street, Cutler Bay 33189. Plans for a spay/neuter clinic in Liberty City are currently in the works.
This Spring, Animal Services will move to a new building—at 3599 NW 79 Ave, Doral, and FL 33122— with an expanded clinic space that will help increase the number of spay/neuter services.
WHO: Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, City of Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter, District 8 Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava and Miami-Dade County Animal Services
WHAT: Dedication ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of the Miami-Dade County Animal Services and City of Homestead Community Spay/Neuter Clinic
WHEN: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 10 a.m.
About Miami-Dade County Animal Services
Every year Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department (Animal Services) provides care and refuge for 28,000 to 30,000 unwanted dogs and cats. Every day, Animal Services staff and volunteers work diligently to find life-long homes for these abandoned animals by facilitating onsite adoptions, hosting off-site adoptions at events and locations throughout the community, and working collaboratively with over 100 rescue organizations and partners that have helped us meet our goal of a 90 percent save rate.