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

MIAMI (January 21, 2016)

Miami-Dade County Animal Services (Animal Services) reminds pet owners to consider their pet’s safety during cold weather expected this weekend. It is recommended that all pets be kept inside with a warm place to sleep 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. 

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.

“A good rule of thumb is if you feel cold, your pet feels cold too,” said Alex Muñoz, Director of Animal Services. “Please remember to consider the safety and comfort of outdoor dogs and show compassion for the neighborhood cats.”

About Miami-Dade County Animal Services

Every year Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department (Animal Services) provides care and refuge for 28,000 to 30,000 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 100 rescue organizations and partners that have helped us meet our goal of a 90 percent save rate.