Free vaccines, microchips & more for Miami-Dade pet owners affected by pandemic

Free vaccines, microchips & more for Miami-Dade pet owners affected by pandemic

The Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department is helping pet owners prepare for the upcoming hurricane season.

The agency will be providing free booster vaccines, microchips and hurricane kits (while supplies last) for the dogs and cats of Miami-Dade County residents who have found themselves financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first event is set for 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 10 at Douglas Park, 2755 SW 37th Ave., Coconut Grove.

Please note: Services will be offered by appointment only, and residents must show documented proof of financial hardship.

Residents may present any of the following:

  • Proof of unemployment benefits after the declaration of the state of emergency for the pandemic (March 12, 2020)
  • Layoff or reduction of work hours’ notice from employer
  • Approval of mortgage/rental assistance support related to the pandemic
  • Approval for food stamps as of the date of the declaration
  • Other documentation subject to the review and acceptance of Miami-Dade Animal Services.

For more information on this program, which is supported through grant funding from PetSmart Charities, visit the agency’s Facebook page. To make an appointment, call 311.

Pet owners: We’ve learned of a free spay and neuter service in Miami-Dade County.

Every first Friday of the month, the county’s Animal Services Department is offering the surgical procedure for dogs and cats, at no charge. 

Billed as “Free First Friday,” the event takes place at Robbie’s Feed & Supply, 22390 SW 177th Ave., Miami. Organizers have said they alternate between cats and dogs per Friday, so be sure to check which pet is eligible on any given month. For more information, click here

Did you know Publix fills pet meds? The Lakeland-based supermarket giant makes it convenient to pick up your prescriptions – and your pet’s – in a one-stop shopping experience.

All Florida locations offer heartworm and flea/tick prescriptions, as well as antibiotics and allergy medicine. Find out more by clicking here


Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables is offering “Dog Dates at the Garden,” a series of outdoor activities for some special bonding time with your favorite pooch. The sessions take place every week.

Each session is designed around a specific theme, but all include a walk through the garden and Yappy Hour treats at the Glasshouse Cafe. The cafe will have items for purchase, as well as free snacks and water (of course!) for pups. For information on admission and more, click here

Other pet news:

Got pets? Emergency vet services available

Free & cheap dog-friendly parks in Miami-Dade

How to adopt a pet in Miami-Dade County

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