MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami-Dade Animal Services Department is taking a different approach at saving cats and dogs.

Animal Services is partnering with the Cat Network to offer free spay and neuter surgeries for cats and dogs on Sunday, April 15 starting at 8 a.m. at the district office of Miami-Dade County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa located at 1000 SW 57th Avenue in Miami.

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The service is available to all Miami-Dade County residents, but in order for dogs and cats to receive the complimentary procedure, an appointment must be made by calling 311.

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“Many cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized annually or suffer as strays,” said Sosa. “Many of these are the result of unwanted, unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.”

“The solution to the current overpopulation crisis is to spay and neuter pets,” said Alex Muñoz, Director of Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department. “By doing so, pets will live longer and healthier lives.”

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The Miami-Dade Animal Services Department impounds approximately 30,000 pets every year. Its goal is to find life-long homes for animals and to reunite lost pets with their families.