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Surrendering your Pet

Surrendering your pet at an animal shelter is a serious decision that must be carefully considered. Before surrendering your pet, try to find a good home for it by asking family and friends, sharing it online, or putting up flyers at veterinarian offices in your neighborhood.

Animal Services works with rescue groups and humane societies to save as many surrendered pets as possible. However, there is no guarantee that an adopter or rescue group will be willing to take the pet you surrender.

  • Eligibility & Requirements

    • Must be a Miami-Dade County resident.
    • Must show proof of ownership to surrender the pet.
    • Only dogs and cats are accepted.
    • There is no age limit on the pet to be surrendered.
    • $10 surrender fee
  • Pet Surrender Prevention

    Animal Services staff works with pet owners to help prevent them from surrendering their pets, while helping to ease the stray population and space at the Pet Adoption and Protection Center.

    Email the department with the following information to consider circumstances to keep your pet:

    • Pet owner's name
    • Pet owner's phone number
    • Pet owner's email
    • Pet name, dog or cat, and age
  • Before you Surrender

    In those instances, we ask pet owners to consider the following alternatives before surrendering a pet to the Pet Adoption and Protection Center:

  • Pet Retention Program

    In a case where a solution cannot be reached and pet owners cannot keep their pets, pets are taken in for immediate owner surrender. Photos of the pets will be taken and the owner will be asked about the pets' behavior and habits to ensure that a suitable rehoming option is identified.

    If the owner is able to keep their pet for a period of one to two weeks, Animal Services will provide the pet with free DHPP and Bordetella vaccines and will schedule an appointment to return to the shelter in one to two weeks. The two-week period is critical to ensuring the pet develops immunity against common diseases prior to entering the shelter. During the two-week period, the pet is networked by the shelter to rescue and transport partners so that a new home is ready and waiting when the pet is returned to the shelter.

    However, if a solution is still unattainable, and owners cannot keep their pets, pets will be taken in for immediate surrender.

Phone Number(s)

Locations and Hours

  • Pet Adoption and Protection Center

    3599 NW 79 Avenue, Doral, FL 33122
    10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Related Services

Animal Services
Alex Munoz, Director

Pet Adoption and Protection Center
3599 NW 79 Avenue, Doral, FL 33122
311 | [email protected]311 | [email protected]

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