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Miami-Dade Animal Services awarded grant from Florida Animal Friends to provide free spay/neuter services

MIAMI (February 16, 2017)

Miami-Dade County Animal Services (Animal Services) received a $25,000 grant from Florida Animal Friends to offer low-income residents free spay and neuter services for cats and dogs for a limited time at the Pet Adoption and Protection Center, located at 3599 NW 79 Avenue in Doral, FL and at the Homestead Community Spay/Neuter Clinic, located at 1034 NE 8 ST in Homestead, FL. The free surgeries will be available until the funds are exhausted.

The grant funds will enable Animal Services to spay or neuter approximately 500 dogs and cats free of charge for Miami-Dade County pet owners who meet the income eligibility requirements.  Eligible low-income residents include those on government assistance such as food stamps; Medicaid or Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

To qualify, a card or letter showing proof of eligibility must be issued in the pet owner’s name and presented at the time of surgery. Spay or neuter surgeries are by appointment only. Appointments can be scheduled online at http://www.miamidade.gov/animals/ or calling 3-1-1. Pets without a current rabies vaccine will be vaccinated at the time of surgery at no fee. The licensing fee of $5.00 for dogs will still apply and will be required at the time of surgery for dogs not currently licensed.  There is no limit to the number of pets per household that may be presented for surgery.

“This grant allows us to offer pet owners of low-income spay and neuter services without causing any financial hardship,” said Alex Muñoz, Director of Animal Services. “Spaying and neutering helps in our life-saving efforts to reduce the number of unwanted and abandoned pets in our community.”

The grant is paid for from sales of the Florida Animal Friend specialty license plate. The plate costs an extra $25, of which proceeds go to Florida Animal Friend. The purchase and annual renewal of each license plate funds spay and neuter programs with the goal of increasing the number of alteration surgeries conducted at non-profit and municipal agencies across Florida. An increase in the number of these surgeries greatly reduces pet overpopulation and ultimately saves the lives of countless homeless cats and dogs.

For more information, visit animals.miamidade.gov or call 3-1-1.

 

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.