Adopt a Pet
Animal Services adapts to the challenges of COVID-19
We are now providing virtual meet-and-greets with our adoptable pets. We want to make adopting a pet from Miami-Dade Animal Services both easy and safe for those residents who are choosing to practice social distancing at home.
How virtual meet-and-greets with adoptable pets work:
- Start your pet search.
- Once you've identified a pet you're interested in, please email with the subject line “virtual adoption” and the name and ID number of the pet.
- An adoption counselor will answer any questions you have about that pet and can even set up a Skype video call with the pet.
- Once you're ready to adopt, Animal Services will email you the adoption contract to fill out. With all the paperwork done virtually, the only thing left to do is to come in and pick up your new pet.
- We can schedule your pick-up time to ensure your pet will be ready and that your time spent at the shelter will be minimal.
- Animal Services is still open, with adjusted hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., for in-person adoption services, but this new service offers the community additional choices in how they can adopt.
- Adoption fees are currently waived on all dogs and cats, although adopters will pay a $50 refundable deposit if their pet has not yet received its spay/neuter surgery.
Each year, tens of thousands of pets are abandoned at their local shelter where staff and volunteers work diligently to reunite lost pets with their owners, re-home them or find rescue partners for these precious animals.
Adopting a shelter pet is a economical, personally-satisfying alternative to purchasing a pet from a pet store.
- Puppies and kittens under four months of age come with their first set of vaccines, de-worming, spay or neuter surgery,* microchip and FeLV test for cats.
- Dogs and cats over four months come with all vaccinations, de-worming, spay or neuter surgery, microchip, heartworm test (over six months of age), rabies license tags (for Miami-Dade County residents only) and FeLV test for cats.
* Animals under three months, less than three pounds or with health issues will not be sterilized or vaccinated for rabies. A $50 refundable deposit will be required and an appointment will be scheduled for spay or neutering surgery within 30 days or when they are four months of age.
You must be 18 years of age or older to adopt a pet from the Pet Adoption and Protection Center.
You can begin your search by browsing the list of pets available for adoption. The same list also offers the opportunity to search for your lost cat or dog. Although you can search online, you must personally visit the Pet Adoption and Protection Center, Hope Express (mobile adoption vehicle), Petco Adoption Center or other off-site events to adopt a pet.