The terms spay or neuter refers to the surgical sterilization of an animal. Female animals are spayed by having their ovaries and uterus removed under general anesthesia. Male animals are neutered by having their testicles removed under general anesthesia. After either surgery, the cat or dog is unable to reproduce.
Having your dog or cat sterilized can help your pet live a longer, healthier life and also helps reduce the number of unwanted animals brought into the shelter.
Low-cost spay or neuter services, by appointment, for the pet dogs and cats of residents in the Animal Services Doral and Homestead locations. Please plan to schedule your appointment for up to 14 days in advance.
Miami-Dade Animal Services offers County residents low-cost spay or neuter surgery for dogs and cats. Spay or neuter surgeries are by appointment only.* When scheduling multiple pets for surgery, make sure to request an appointment for each pet. Schedule your appointment online or by calling 311 in advance. Up to four dogs per household and four cats per household are allowed.
You can schedule the appointment online for one of the following locations:
3599 NW 79th Avenue
Doral, FL 33122
Dog surgeries are performed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Cat surgeries are performed on Thursday and Friday
Note: the drop off time is 7:30 a.m. in Doral for all pets having surgery that day.
Homestead Clinic (weight limit 50 pounds - height limit - 36 inches)
1034 NE 8 Street
Homestead, FL 33030
Both dog and cat surgeries are performed on Tuesday to Saturday, except second Saturdays (as of 9-28-2021)
Note: the drop off time is 8:00 a.m. in Homestead for all pets having surgery that day.
- On the scheduling form select Animal Type Dog or Cat, a calendar should appear on the page after entering the information. Make an individual appointment for each animal even if they are from the same owner.
- Select a date from the calendar to book your appointment. Appointments can be selected up to 14 days in advance. Dates that appear grayed out are either already booked or are more than 14 days.
- You can call to make an appointment by dialing 311 or 305-468-5900. Individuals with a hearing or speech disability can contact us by calling Florida Relay at 711. Call Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Sundays and holidays
- When you call to schedule, please specify either the Doral or Homestead locations, whichever is most convenient for you.
*No walk-in surgeries for dogs are available at our Doral location due to COVID. Schedule appointments on ASD 's Online Appointment calendar for Doral or Homestead Clinic.
Requirements and Eligibility
- The pet owner must be a Miami-Dade County resident
- Spay & neuter surgeries are by appointment only
- Pets must be checked-in by 7:30 a.m. at the Doral clinic and 8:00 a.m. at the Homestead clinic on the day of the pet's scheduled surgery
- Proof of current rabies vaccination for pets over four months must be presented at check-in
- Rabies vaccine can be administered to the pet on the day of surgery for a fee of $15
- No food or water after 9:00 p.m. the night before surgery
- Pets must be at least three months old and weigh over three pounds
- The clinic's Veterinarian may decline surgery due to health reasons
- 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.
- Microchip implants can be obtained on the day of surgery
The cost is $40 per dog and $20 per cat. Payment is due the morning when you drop-off your dog or cat.
You can pay:
- Credit card (MasterCard and Visa only. American Express is NOT accepted.)
- Checks (from a local financial institution only) along with a driver license or other federal/state issued picture I.D.
- ATM check card with the Visa or MasterCard logo.
- You can schedule an appointment up to 30 days in advance online or by calling 311. Schedule your appointment call 311 or 305-468-5900. Individuals with a hearing or speech disability can contact us by calling Florida Relay at 711.
- Call Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Sundays and holidays.
Free spay or neuter surgeries for income qualified residents are provided when funding is available.
Qualified participants must be Miami-Dade County residents and recipients of one of the following programs:
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Jackson Memorial Hospital Clinic Care Card
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
- Food Stamps
Miami-Dade County Animal Services provides funding to the following organizations in order to subsidize the cost of sterilization surgeries:
Miami Veterinary Foundation Spay or Neuter Program (MVF)
Qualified low income pet owners are provided spay and neuter services for their pets with a minimal co-payment for the services.
- Proof of low income status must be provided to the participating veterinarian
- 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
Free sterilization surgery and rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats is available at the Miami-Dade County Community Spay Neuter Clinic, a Miami-Dade Animal Services community project in partnership with the Humane Society of Greater Miami,
- 10700 SW 211 Street
Cutler Bay, FL 33189
Schedule an appointment at HSGM online or call 305-749-1854 surgeries are performed Tuesday through Saturday only, excluding public holidays at the location as follows:
- Proof of low income is required
- 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 within 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.
On the day of your pet's spay or neuter appointment:
- For the Doral location drop time for all pets is 7:00 a.m.
- For the Homestead location drop off time for all pets off is 8:00 a.m.
- Pick up time will be provided at the time of drop off.
- Cats must be in a crate, dogs must be on a leash
- The check-in process can take from 30-60 minutes so please plan accordingly on the day of the surgery appointment
- After 8:30 a.m., all surgeries with appointments lose their priority status and become walk-ins subject to availability
If your dog experiences any post-operative complications within 48 - 72 hours, return to the Animal Services Pet Adoption and Protection Center Monday - Friday between 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or take the dog to a private veterinarian. If complications develop outside of the clinic operating hours, seek emergency veterinary care.
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
In accordance to R-512-16, military veterans who produce a DD-214 will be able to have their dog spayed or neutered at no charge.
- Veteran must reside in Miami-Dade County and present a DD-214 at time of adoption or spay/neuter appointment. A military ID card is not enough and will not be honored
- Veteran must have served in the U.S. Armed Forces (i.e., the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Army National Guard, Army Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve)
- Veteran was not punitively discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces, in the case of enlisted personnel, or dismissed, in the case of commissioned officers
- Veteran has no unresolved fines or violations with the Animal Services Department
Walk-ins are not accepted for spay or neuter surgery. To schedule spay and neuter surgeries at the Doral Clinic and Homestead Clinic, please call 311 or book online.