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For Immediate Release:
February 19, 2015
Media Contact:
Lilian Bohorquez

Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department advises pet owners to keep their pets warm and safe during cold weather

(MIAMI, February 19, 2015) – Miami-Dade County Animal Services reminds pet owners to consider their pet’s safety during the cold weather expected this evening. It is recommended that all pets be kept inside with a warm place to sleep this evening and during any period of cooler weather.

If a pet cannot be brought inside the home they must be given access to proper shelter and bedding for warmth. A shelter for outdoor dogs is required, by law, at all times to protect the animal from the elements. Puppies and senior dogs do not tolerate the cold as well as adult dogs and it is crucial they be kept indoors tonight.

Before starting your car, tap firmly on the hood and check between the tires— outdoor cats will sometimes crawl into the engine, hide underneath the car or in the car’s wheel wells for warmth.

“It’s particularly important during inclement weather to consider the safety and comfort of outdoor dogs and to show compassion for the neighborhood cats,” said Alex Muñoz, Director of Animal Services.

About Miami-Dade County Animal Services
Every year Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department (Animal Services) provides care and refuge for over 27,000 unwanted dogs and cats. Every day, Animal Services staff and volunteers work diligently to find life-long homes for these abandoned animals by facilitating onsite adoptions, hosting off-site adoptions at events and locations throughout the community, and working collaboratively with over 70 rescue organizations who share in our goal of a No Kill Miami-Dade County. For more information, visit or call 3-1-1.

It is the policy of Miami-Dade County to comply with all of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The facility is accessible. For sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices or materials in accessible format, please call at least five days in advance.