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27 Things You Can Do in Your Community to Promote Bite Prevention

Start Preparations Early!


  • your City Council or County Commissioners to issue a Proclamation declaring (insert date), as Bite Prevention Week in your community.
  • the utility companies to include flyers in their bills.
  • the banks to include flyers in their monthly statements.
  • your librarian to distribute bookmarks.
  • your local television news show to run a feature story.
  • school nurses to hold mini-classes on bite prevention.
  • your County Commissioners or City Council to review the community’s leash and dangerous dog laws.
  • for a billboard to be donated.

Co-sponsor an event with your local:

  • veterinary medical association.
  • post office.
  • utility company.
  • Emergency Medical Services.


  • articles in your agency's newsletter.
  • posters and flyers in veterinary offices.
  • a booth at the mall.

Schedule presentations at:

  • schools, daycare centers.
  • summer camps (boy/girl scouts, church, YMCA).
  • library programs.
  • Mother's Day Out programs.
  • zoos.
  • FFA meetings.
  • adult civic group meetings.
  • safety meetings of postal carriers, meter readers, pizza delivery persons.
  • Progressive Farmer Safety Camps (see contact list below). Progressive Farmer Magazine sponsors Safety Camps that teach children how to avoid injuries in rural and agricultural settings.

Be Creative

  • Send a Letter to the Editor.
  • Have an open house at your facility.
  • Tell teachers how to order bite prevention materials and videos.


Last updated April 18, 2013