Monday & Tuesday for Dogs and Thursday & Friday for Cats

Miami-Dade Citizens Urged to Spay or Neuter Their Pets

(MIAMI, March 21, 2011) Animal Services is excited to announce additional donor-subsidized surgery days for Miami-Dade County residents. In an effort to help control the pet overpopulation problem, Miami-Dade Animal Services will offer donor-subsidized ($25 owner co-pay) spay/neuter services every Monday and Tuesday for dogs and ($15 owner co-pay) spay/neuter surgeries for cats every Thursday and Friday at the Animal Services shelter located at 7401 NW 74th Street, Miami, FL 33166.

“There are simply too many stray and abandoned dogs and cats and not enough homes to save every pet surrendered to Animal Services. Spaying or neutering your pet helps reduce the number of unwanted litters and protects them from health issues that may develop later in life”, said Dr. Pizano, Animal Services Director.

WHAT: Spay & neuter surgery for dogs and cats, limited space, first come first served.

COST: $25 Co-payment for dogs and $15 co-pay for cats.

WHO: Miami-Dade Animal Services Department.

WHEN: Monday and Tuesday, dog surgeries. Thursday and Friday, cat surgeries. Check in at 7:30 a.m., starting Monday, April 4th, 2011

WHERE: Miami-Dade Animal Services Shelter – 7401 NW 74 ST – Miami, FL 33166.

Requirements: Proof of current rabies vaccination for dogs over 4 months of age. Rabies vaccine can be obtained the day of surgery for $10 (or $3 if qualified low-income). Microchipping available for $10. Up to 4 pets per household; 3 months and older. No food or water after 12 midnight the night before. No appointment necessary. Veterinarian may decline surgery due to health reasons.

Pet overpopulation is something we can control, but we need the community to make a difference. Be part of the solution, spay or neuter your pet.

Miami-Dade Animal Services is responsible for enforcing Chapter 5 of the Miami-Dade County Code, as well as Florida Statute 828, which deals primarily with animal cruelty issues. Unlike private shelters that have limitations on the number of pets they accept, Animal Services accepts all dogs and cats. Each year, the shelter impounds more than 36,000 pets. The goal at Animal Services is to reunite lost pets with their families or find life-long homes for as many animals as possible. Related links: www.miamidade.gov/animals or call 311.