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For Immediate Release:
May 26, 2015
Media Contact:
Lilian Bohorquez

Miami-Dade Animal Services and Miami-Dade County Public Schools team up to promote pet preparedness during natural disasters

(MIAMI, May 26, 2015) – A new pet responsibility lesson offering pet care tips during natural disasters became part of the curriculum for fourth and fifth graders at Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS). Miami-Dade County Animal Services and M-DCPS joined efforts to incorporate responsible pet care and ownership into the learning curriculum. The lesson plan focuses on the importance of having a family preparation plan for an emergency that includes keeping the family pets safe.

“Teaching students the importance of appropriate pet care means that we are also teaching them the essential life lesson of responsibility,” said Superintendent of Schools Albert M. Carvalho. “We welcome the opportunity to work with Miami-Dade County Animal Services to provide training and information to our students that demonstrate the appropriate ways to care for our pets and animals.”

The new classroom lesson plans began on May 18, 2015, at all public elementary schools— just in time for the start of hurricane season.

“We are very pleased to once again work with Miami Dade County Public Schools to help reach so many children about the importance of pet care and responsibility”, said Alex Muñoz, Director of Miami-Dade Animal Services.

This project, which was scripted based on M-DCPS’ lesson plan was also produced by the county’s Miami-Dade TV and can be viewed here.

For event information call 3-1-1 or visit Animal Services events calendar.

About Miami-Dade County Animal Services
Every year Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department 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.



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