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For Immediate Release:
February 07, 2013
Media Contact:
Xiomara Mordcovich

Is Your Pet Protected? DHPP Prevention Vaccinations Offered Daily at Miami-Dade Animal Services Department

In an effort to raise awareness and protect the pets in our community against Canine Distemper and Parvo Virus, Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department offers low cost DHPP vaccines daily at the shelter located at 7401 NW 74 Street, Miami, FL, 33166.

“Too few dogs and puppies are vaccinated against Distemper and Parvo in our community.  Infectious diseases are a serious problem in our County and not just a shelter problem.  Unfortunately, pets infected with Distemper or Parvo enter our shelter population weekly.   Hence, we encourage pet owners to see their veterinarians for regular vaccinations and preventive care or come to the shelter for core vaccinations, such as rabies and DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus and Parainfluenza),” said Alex Muñoz, Director, Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department.

Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department offers low cost – $5 – Distemper/Parvo vaccination for dogs over 8 weeks of age (3 boosters recommended during the first 6 months of life).  Canine Distemper and Parvo Virus can be fatal in unvaccinated puppies and dogs.  These viruses are becoming more dangerous in our community and vaccination is essential.  Miami-Dade Animal Services recommends all pet owners to regularly vaccinate, identify and sterilize their pets.  A healthy pet is a happy pet.  Other services provided at the shelter are rabies vaccination, Microchipping, pet adoptions and sale of dog license tags.  For additional information and services, please visit

Each year, Animal Services receives over 30,000 pets. The goal of this event, as with any event in which the Department participates, is to increase pet adoptions and community awareness and involvement with the shelter.  For more information, visit or call 3-1-1.