Last year, Miami-Dade County killed roughly 22,000 dogs and cats in its shelter — six out of every ten, a result shamefully touted as progress. We believe that staggering level of killing is inconsistent and out-of-touch with our community's values. It is especially unacceptable when compared with the municipal shelters in cities like Reno, NV, Charlottesville, VA, Ithaca, NY, and Austin, TX, which save over 90% of all animals in their open-admission shelters.
No longer will we accept this misappropriation of our tax dollars to needlessly kill companion animals when proven, and more cost-effective, lifesaving alternatives can and will work. With the appointment of a compassionate new director at MDAS, the opportunity for change is ripe, and No Kill Miami is calling on the community to support this new lifesaving mission.
A collaboration of animal welfare advocates, no kill front-runners, and compassionate taxpaying citizens, No Kill Miami is working towards one common goal: to ensure that Miami-Dade Animal Services (MDAS) aggressively and comprehensively implements the programs and services of the best performing open-admission shelters in the country — otherwise known as the No Kill Equation (NKE).
To signal this committment to the community, the Miami-Dade Board of Commissioners should:
(1) Join Manatee County, FL in adopting a Miami-Dade County No Kill Resolution: http://www.bradenton.com/2011/10/11/3562503/manatee-approves-one-of-the-first.html, and
(2) Follow the lead of Manatee County, and successful No Kill communities like Austin, TX, in adopting a No Kill Implementation/Action Plan that reflects the needs of Miami-Dade.
Manatee County's No Kill Action Plan: http://media.bradenton.com/smedia/2011/09/16/13/53/o0K79.So.69.pdf
No Kill Miami's Position Paper on "Building a No Kill Miami-Dade": http://www.nokillmiami.org/Home_files/Miami-Dade.pdf
With your help, and the help of other concerned citizens just like you, we can end the killing today. Be a part of the solution! Join our army of compassion as we work to implement all-new lifesaving programs and services at Miami-Dade Animal Services!
To get informed, please read our Position Paper on "Building a No Kill Miami-Dade: http://www.nokillmiami.org/Home_files/Miami-Dade.pdf
Visit www.nokillmiami.org to learn more, and/or to volunteer with one of our exciting projects!
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