Miami-Dade County

Free spay and neuter for pets in low-income homes

Three dogs sharing a kennel at Miami-Dade’s public animal shelter in Medley.
Three dogs sharing a kennel at Miami-Dade’s public animal shelter in Medley.

A new program provides free sterilization for pets of low-income families in Miami-Dade.

A grant from the Florida Animal Friend specialty license-plate program is providing $25,000 for the effort, which will last until the money is gone. Miami-Dade’s Animal Services department predicts the funding will provide free sterilizations of 700 dogs and 200 cats. The program waives fees for spaying or neutering pets (dogs normally cost $30 and cats $15) for families already eligible for anti-poverty programs of food stamps, Medicaid, WIC, SSI and TANF.

Pet owners wanting to take advantage of the program must make appointments for the sterilization surgeries, and pay a $5 licensing fee for dogs not already registered with Miami-Dade. There is no limit to the number of pets a household may have sterilized under the program. For more information, call the county’s answer line (311) or visit animals.miamidade.gov.

“This grant allows us to help pet owners who want to do the right thing,” said Alex Muñoz, the county’s director of animal services.

DOUGLAS HANKS

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