DATE: December 17, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Mendheim, Public Education Coordinator
Broward County Animal Care and Adoption Division
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - Broward County Animal Care and Adoption Division is rolling out its 2014 Rabies Vaccination and Pet Registration Events calendar, with an added bonus -- buy a tag and help save an animal's life.
Rabies vaccinations and pet registration tags are required by law, but many residents avoid the responsibility. Now pet owners can conveniently attend any one of a series of events scheduled throughout the County to have their pets registered, vaccinated and micro-chipped, ensuring compliance with the law, protecting pets and supporting a new County initiative that directs a portion of registration tag proceeds to fund spay/neuter sterilization programs, which are key to a community’s success at reducing the number of homeless animals and saving more pet lives.
Each month, hundreds of unwanted animals end up in animal shelters. This year, the Board of County Commissioners encourages responsible pet owners to set the example for others to do the right thing for their pets and become part of the solution to help lower birth rates and reduce the number of unwanted animals.
“The first goal is to sell 100,000 pet registration tags. After that, 100 percent of the funds collected from tag sales will go directly to providing access to convenient, low-to-no cost sterilization programs,” said Lisa Mendheim, public education coordinator, Broward County Animal Care.
An estimated 1.8 million residents live in Broward County. Typically, at least half of the homes in a community have one or more family pets. “That represents a lot of registration tags and many opportunities for Broward County pet owners to participate in improving the quality of life for thousands of dogs and cats in our community,” said Mendheim. There is a $600 fine for pet owners who do not have their dog or cat vaccinated and registered with the County.
Because rabies clinic events are well attended, Broward County has added six more dates to the 2014 schedule. Events take place on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at locations throughout the County. No matter where a tag is sold, all sales after the first 100,000 tags will become direct funding for low-to-no cost spay/neuter programs.
“The clinics have always provided a convenient opportunity for pet owners to take advantage of these low cost services,” said Mendheim. “Now knowing that your tag purchase will help save an animal’s life is a good feeling.”
Other important changes go into effect in 2014:
• If your pet is spayed or neutered, the fee for a rabies vaccination and Broward County pet registration tag is $25. If your pet is not spayed or neutered, the fee is $35. Anyone interested in obtaining facts about the benefits of pet sterilization can obtain additional information at the event. Veterinarians agree that spaying or neutering contributes to overall better health for a pet and helps to reduce many behavior problems such as aggressiveness and biting.
• The fee to obtain a pet microchip at the event is $15. Micro-chipping is a permanent form of identification. Once registered, pets are safeguarded in case they become lost or stolen and the chip expedites reuniting them with their owners.
To attend a rabies vaccination event, pet owners must prove Broward County residency in the form of a valid Florida driver's license or a current utility bill in their name. No appointment is necessary and customers are taken on a first come, first served basis. All dogs must be on leashes and all cats must be in carriers.
The 2014 Rabies Clinic Schedule, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., is as follows:
• January 11 - Wilton Manors, Colohatchee Park, 1975 N.E. 15 Ave.
• February 8 - Fort Lauderdale, Roosevelt Gardens Park, 2841 N.W. 11 St.
• February 22 - Pompano Beach, Animal Care and Adoption Shelter, 3100 N.W. 19 Terrace
• March 1 - Parkland, Bark Park, 9245 Ranch Road
• April 5 - Fort Lauderdale, Delevoe Park, 2520 N.W. Sixth St.
• April 19 - Pompano Beach, Animal Care and Adoption Shelter, 3100 N.W. 19 Terrace
• May 3 - Hollywood, David Park, 510 N. 33 Court
• June 7 - Plantation, Plantation Heritage Park, 1100 S. Fig Tree Lane
• June 21 - Pompano Beach, Animal Care and Adoption Shelter, 3100 N.W. 19 Terrace
• July 12 - Margate, Margate Catharine Young Library, 5810 Park Drive
• August 2 - Oakland Park, Collins Community Center, 3900 N.E. Third Ave.
• August 16 - Pompano Beach, Animal Care and Adoption Shelter, 3100 N.W. 19 Terrace
• September 13 - Miramar, Miramar Branch Library, 2050 Civic Center Place
• October 4 - Hollywood, T.Y. Park, 3300 N. Park Road
• October 18 - Pompano Beach, Animal Care and Adoption Shelter, 3100 N.W. 19 Terrace
• November 1- West Park, Mary Saunders Park, 4750 S.W. 21 St.
• December 6 - Pompano Beach, Pompano Beach Dog Park, 1101 N.E. 10 St.
• December 13 - Fort Lauderdale, Snyder Park, 3299 SW 4th Avenue
Broward County Animal Care and Adoption is dedicated to providing shelter for lost and surrendered animals as well as the successful adoption of pets. The agency also coordinates the licensing of dogs and cats and provides rabies vaccinations in order to encourage a healthier pet population. For more information visit, Broward.org/Animal, "follow us" on twitter.com/BrowardPetPals or "like us" on facebook.com/Broward.pets.