Does your shelter get kittens? Lots and lots of kittens? We can help!

February 17, 2016

An animal shelter isn’t a good place for kittens too young to be adopted, whether they’re orphaned or not. What if you could inspire the community to step up and care for these fragile little lives until they were 8 weeks old?

You can find out they’re doing just that at Miami-Dade Animal Services from Chief Veterinarian Dr. Maria Serrano and Director Alex Muñoz, who will be presenting “The Milk Man and Wait Until 8 Programs: Saving Cats and Kittens by Thinking Outside the Box” on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, at noon Pacific/3 PM Eastern Time.

How can you register? For now, the only way to be part of the webinar is to sign up for the Million Cat Challenge, a free joint project of the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida and the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program.

If you’ve already missed the date and are just signing up now, or are part of the Challenge but missed the webinar, just email us at, and we’ll send you a link to the archived version!

About the Presenters:

Dr. Maria Serrano
Chief Veterinarian, Miami-Dade Animal Services

Dr. Serrano discovered her true passion when she started working as a shelter vet in Miami. She joined the staff of Miami-Dade Animal Services in 2009, where she been the Chief Veterinarian since 2012. Dr. Serrano has taken shelter veterinary care to a higher level. Thanks to her participation (and that of her wonderful team), Miami Dade Animal Services achieved for the first time in its history a 90 percent live release rate in 2015. Dr. Serrano is committed to finding alternatives to reducing shelter intake, improving animal welfare in shelter animals and addressing the pet overpopulation problem in her community.

Alex Muñoz
Director, Miami-Dade Animal Services

Alex Muñoz was appointed director of the Animal Services Department in August 2011. As assistant county manager with oversight of the Animal Services Department, he gained the special knowledge and experience that helped successfully transition it into a stand-alone department. During his 19-year career in public service, he has distinguished himself as a highly capable problem solver who readily takes on difficult challenges that require complex solutions.

“The Milk Man and Wait Until 8 Programs: Saving Cats and Kittens by Thinking Outside the Box” is part of a series of webcasts from the Million Cat Challenge, and is offered with the support of Maddie’s Institute, the academic division of Maddie’s Fund®.

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