Free and Discounted Spay or Neuter Surgery
Miami Veterinary Foundation Spay or Neuter Program
The program is made possible by a grant from Miami-Dade County Animal Services, awarded to the Miami Veterinary Foundation (MVF), to subsidize the cost of sterilization surgeries.
- Offered to residents showing proof of low income.
- Dogs and cats are spayed or neutered and vaccinated against rabies at a deeply discounted rate.
- Services are offered at participating, licensed Miami-Dade County veterinarians and veterinary clinics.
Free Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return by MVF
As part of the MVF spay or neuter program, community cats - un-owned cats, whose 'home' is within the community rather than in an individual household - are spayed or neutered for free for all residents. TNVR offers free vaccinations and ear tip in addition to sterilization.
To find a participating veterinarian, visit the Miami Veterinary Foundation website.
Questions regarding this program should be directed to [email protected] or 786-380-2850.
The Humane Society of Greater Miami Spay or Neuter Program
The Miami-Dade County Animal Services partnership with the Humane Society of Greater Miami (HSGM) provides free sterilization surgery for dogs and cats.
- Offered to residents showing proof of low income.
- Dogs and cats are spayed or neutered and vaccinated against rabies at no cost.
- Services are offered at the Humane Society of Greater Miami in Cutler Bay, FL
- Animal transportation assistance is available for those in need.
- Drop off at 7 a.m. and pick up at 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Free Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return by HSGM
As part of the HSGM spay or neuter program, community cats - un-owned cats, whose 'home' is withing the community rather than in an individual household - are spayed or neutered for free for all residents. TNVR offers a free FVRCP vaccination and ear tip in addition to sterilization.
To schedule an appointment, complete the online Humane Society of Greater Miami spay and neuter request form.
Questions regarding this program should be directed to:
The Humane Society of Greater Miami
10700 SW 211 St.
Cutler Bay, FL
Must show proof of low income by presenting documentation such as:
- Food Stamps
- Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
- Food and Nutrition Services
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Jackson Memorial Hospital Clinic Care
In each case, the eligible owner must provide a copy of the actual letter stating that they are entitled to the above benefits, and show that the dates still apply and are current. No "smart cards” (plastic credit card style) will be acceptable as valid proof.
Eligibility & Requirements
- The pet owner must be a Miami-Dade County resident
- Spay & neuter surgeries are by appointment only
- Pet must be checked-in by 7:30 a.m. at the Doral clinic and 8 a.m. at the Homestead clinic the day of the animal's scheduled surgery
- No food or water after 9 p.m. the night before surgery
- Pets must be at least three months old and weigh over three pounds
- Veterinarian may decline surgery due to health reasons
- Proof of current rabies vaccination for pets over four months of age must be presented at check-in
- Rabies vaccine can be obtained the day of surgery
- Microchip implants can be obtained on the day of surgery
Note: All cats must be presented for surgery in individual carriers. Multiple pets per carrier do not allow for a safe post-operative environment and will not be accepted for services. Disposable carriers are available for purchase at the time of drop off.
Caring for Your Pet After Surgery
Spaying and neutering is one of the most responsible ways dog and cat owners can care for their pet.
Female animals are spayed, which means their ovaries and uterus are surgically removed and they are unable to go into heat or get pregnant.
Male animals are neutered, which means their testicles are surgically removed. After surgery, the male cat or dog will be unable to impregnate females.
Here are some tips to care for your pet after surgery:
- There are no skin sutures to be removed, but your pet has been tattooed. This is to identify him/her as sterilized.
- Check the incision twice daily and watch for any discharge, foul odor or significant swelling.
- Contact a veterinarian immediately if you notice vomiting, diarrhea, weakness or continued bleeding.
- Don't allow your pet to lick or chew at the incision, as it will delay healing.
- It may be necessary for you to purchase an Elizabethan collar at your local pet supply store to prevent your pet from injuring himself or herself.
- Your pet was given anesthesia for surgery, which sometimes makes pets feel nauseous. Offer your pet a small amount of food and water but if they do not want to eat, do not force them.
- Your pet was also given an injection of a pain reliever (Rimadyl®) that lasts 24 hours. Do not give your pet any other medications, especially human medications which are deadly to pets.
- Although spay or neuter is a common surgery, it is still a major surgery. Therefore, it is very important to limit their activity to allow them to recover.
- Do not allow them to run, jump or engage in rough play for a full week after surgery.
- A pet normally kept outdoors should be kept indoors for at least 24 hours as they recover from the anesthesia.
- For cats, please use shredded newspaper instead of litter to help keep the incision clean.
- You may bathe your pet after seven days, but do not submerge them in water and do not scrub the incision.