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For Immediate Release:
May 22, 2013
Media Contact:
Gilda Nuñez

Miami-Dade County Animal Services Partners with Miami Dade County Schools for a lesson in Taking Care of Pets

Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department (ASD) in collaboration with Miami Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) implemented a Taking Care of Pets Lesson which was made a part of the 3rd, 4th and 5th graders curriculum.  This lesson plan was launched into the classrooms this week at all public elementary schools reaching an estimated 89,300 students.  This is a milestone in responsible pet ownership and marks the first time that ASD and MDCPS join forces in an education initiative to address the pet overpopulation problem.

This lesson is set to teach students pets’ basic needs and care.  The lesson will promote responsible pet ownership and at the same time stimulate students in developing character behaviors (i.e. kindness, honesty, fairness, integrity, responsibility) when taking care of pets.

“We are very pleased to join forces with Miami Dade County Public Schools, and to become part of the school’s curriculum in educating our young children the importance of pet care and responsibility”, said Alex Muñoz, Director of ASD.  “Our goal is to teach these children respect for all animals and hopefully, they will one day become loving and responsible pet owners themselves!” added Mr. Muñoz.   

For your convenience, below, please find the link to a video which is part of the lesson and will be shown during class.

Each year, ASD receives over 30,000 pets. For more information, about our services, pets available for adoptions, volunteer opportunities and found pets, visit or call 3-1-1.