A new veterinary center that will offer reduced or no-cost care to animal owners opened in Liberty City on Monday.
Though a partnership with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Miami-Dade County, residents can get subsidized service for their pets at the ASPCA Community Veterinary Center, located at 1320 NW 62 St. in Miami.
“Making veterinary services both accessible and affordable is key to keeping pets healthy and safe in their homes,” said Matt Bershadker, ASPCA president and CEO. “Whether it’s providing vaccinations, flea and tick medication, or minor medical care, the ASPCA Community Veterinary Center will play a vital role in preserving the loving and dependent bonds between Liberty City residents and their animals.”
The ASPCA Community Veterinary Center is and will be open Tuesday through Saturday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Pets are seen by appointment only.
“Liberty City was a veterinary desert, with little access to care for residents’ pets. As we serve Miami-Dade County’s pets and pet owners, we wanted to meet our residents where the need is greatest. Opening this Center with the ASPCA will do just that,” said Alex Muñoz, Director of Miami-Dade Animal Services.
The ASPCA paid for half of the construction cost and will run the center. According to County Commission Chair Edmonson, who sponsored the 2016 resolution that established the partnership to build the center, it will serve the residents of Liberty City, Brownsville, Allapattah and Little Haiti.
“For the first time, residents in this area will have the opportunity to get veterinary service for their pets,” Edmonson said at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “This is a great day for animal welfare, a great day for our taxpayers and a great day for area residents.”
In the year leading up to the opening of the center, the ASPCA began its work in Liberty City to bring critical resources to pets and people, including pet enclosures/houses, pet food and pet supplies. The ASPCA also recently formed a partnership with Farm Share, in which Liberty City residents are provided with free pet food and supplies as part of a monthly food distribution.
The efforts in Liberty City are part of a larger commitment that the ASPCA has made in Miami-Dade County to help animals, focusing on pet retention. The area has one of the highest rates of strays in the county.
On a national level, the ASPCA is continuing to develop initiatives that serve the most vulnerable animals and help keep pets in their homes where they belong.
For more information about the ASPCA’s work in Miami, including how to receive services from the ASPCA Community Veterinary Center, please visit ASPCA.org/Miami.