Build an animal shelter in Homestead, Florida to serve all of South Dade
  • Petitioning City of Homestead City Council

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City of Homestead City Council

Build an animal shelter in Homestead, Florida to serve all of South Dade

    1. Jana Sheeder
    2. Petition by

      Jana Sheeder

      Palmetto Bay, FL

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.

Thank you.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. Million Animal March at Homestead City Hall on June 20, 2012!

      Jana Sheeder
      Petition Organizer

      We are presenting our latest updates to the Homestead City Council on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, with photos called the Million Animal March. We have hundreds of photos of rescued and stray animals to represent the thousands that are in need on the streets in Homestead right now.

      Why a MILLION animal march? Because Miami-Dade County residents have 300,000+ cats and 600,000+ dogs (for the one inadequate shelter)...PLUS the thousands abandoned on the streets (and born in the Everglades, etc, and as/of strays) each year. The NO-KILL shelter is to feature a large, modern spay/neuter clinic with affordable surgeries available to residents' pets to focus on the pet overpopulation problem.

      If you can join us, PLEASE DO! The meeting will be from 5pm to 6:30pm. Bring photos of your rescued pets or any stray pets. We will have boards and supplies for hanging the photos. The meeting will be held at Homestead City Council Chambers, located at 790 North Homestead Blvd. Homestead, Florida 33030

    3. Reached 2,500 signatures
    4. Great news! Recommending No-Kill shelter status

      Jana Sheeder
      Petition Organizer

      At the meeting of February 6, 2012, the Gateway Animal Rescue committee decided to recommend that the Homestead Animal Shelter be a "NO KILL" facility. We are approaching multiple cities, donors, and sponsors about the creation of this shelter, so this is our recommendation to them. Please remember to have your friends, family, and coworkers sign the petition! WE NEED TO SHOW DEMAND! Thank you!

    5. The committee for the shelter has a facebook page! Please "LIKE" us!

      Jana Sheeder
      Petition Organizer

      Updates for the Homestead shelter effort will be posted on the Gateway Animal Rescue (the committee) Facebook page (and you can comment, ask questions, make suggestions, etc there)! This petition will ALSO send out periodic updates for you. Thank you so much for your support! Please spread the word and get all of your friends, family, and coworkers to sign it! We have to have MASSIVE support in order to be heard. Have a wonderful weekend!

    6. Reached 1,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Darlene Bingham HOMESTEAD, FL
      • 8 days ago

      I am an animal lover and hate to see animals suffer

    • Katrina Alvarez HOMESTEAD, FL
      • about 1 month ago

      All animals should be given the opportunity to become healthy pets. The animals which find themselves in a shelter should not have a shelf life. Every effort should be made to open more shelters throughout Miami- Dade and Homestead to accommodate the demands of space for abandoned animals.

    • Mayte Padilla MIAMI, FL
      • 3 months ago

      We will not stop fighting this war. We will only get stronger. Please open a no kill shelter. MDAS is overpopulated 400+ animals and they are being killed daily to make space for others to come. if you open another shelter "NO KILL" it would help the over population of MDAS.

    • katherine alonso HOMESTEAD, FL
      • 3 months ago

      its important to me because I love animals and I hate to see them die or get tortured

    • Melissa Gallego HOMESTEAD, FL
      • 4 months ago

      many dogs are just dropped off out in the Redlands unwanted and this will help give them another chance at finding a forever home


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