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  • Appropriate bowls or dishes for each pet’s food and water

  • Appropriate crate/cage for each pet; bedding (specifications are below)

  • A sheet or other covering material for each crate to reduce the visual stimuli of the animal

  • A secure collar and sturdy leash for each dog

Although we do not list numeric specifications for the size of any one crate or cage, the following criteria

apply for dogs and cats:

Housing must be large enough to allow the animal to stand, turn around, and fully recline

. It should be

constructed of wire or heavy plastic and must be well ventilated. Crates/cages excessive in size and exercise pens are not allowed. Smaller dogs and cats may be housed together as a species as long as they are fully socialized and the provisions for movement are met for each animal.

All dogs must have the following current vaccinations:

Rabies Distemper/Parvo Bordetella Coronavirus

All cats must have the following current vaccinations:

Rabies Feline Leukemia Rhinotracheitis Calicivirus Panleukopenia (distemper)

Ferrets: Housing for ferrets must allow ample room for movement, constructed of wire or heavy plastic, and allow for the appropriate bedding material without spillage. Up to three (3) ferrets may be housed together as long as they are fully socialized and the provisions for movement are met for each animal.

All ferrets must have the following current vaccinations:

Rabies Distemper

Small mammals: Housing for small mammals (gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rabbits, rats) that provides space for ample movement. Cages must be chew-proof, such as wire or plastic, and have a base deep enough to hold appropriate bedding. Small mammals normally housed together may stay together as long as the aforementioned provisions for movement are met for each animal.

Birds: Cages must allow for adequate movement, minimal flight and be fully ventilated. Up to three (3) birds may be housed together as long as they are fully socialized. Food and water dishes must be easily accessible and not require the opening of main access. Covers need to be provided to deter noise and reduce stress.

Thank you for pre-registering your family and pets. Please review all of the criteria listed in this packet before submitting and address any questions to the Answer Center at 786-331-5354.

Sincerely,

Dr. Sara Pizano, Director Miami-Dade Animal Services

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