From: The Homestead Animal Shelter Project (AKA Gateway Animal Rescue)
We, the undersigned, support the building of an animal shelter in Homestead, Florida to provide services to the underserved areas of South Dade (Homestead, The Redlands, Florida City, Goulds, Naranja, etc.).
There is only one municipal animal shelter in Miami-Dade County (pop. 2.4 million) to handle all of the animals (1.5 million) in South Florida. That shelter was built in the late 1960’s as an animal hospital, and it has never been renovated to account for population increases. It is in Northwest Miami - 30+ miles (or 60+ miles, round-trip) from South Dade.
The Homestead shelter will house dogs, cats, and any other creatures needing assistance. It will function as a shelter for homeless pets and will offer such common shelter elements as spay/neuter services, vaccinations, license tags, responsible pet ownership training, and public education. Students will be encouraged to volunteer to earn community service hours there.
We recommend that this be a NO KILL SHELTER.