For Immediate Release:
June 11, 2012

Media Contact:
Gloria Garces

Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz to present resolution supporting no-kill shelter program for Miami-Dade County Animal Services

Legislation also outlines lifesaving programs for animals brought to the shelter


(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
County Commissioner José “Pepe” Díaz is sponsoring a resolution to be heard by the Board of County Commissioners on June 12, 2012 directing the Mayor or designee to develop a program for Miami-Dade County with the goal of Miami-Dade Animal Services becoming a no-kill shelter, and provide for a financially-feasible strategic plan to implement lifesaving programs and services at Animal Services. The resolution provides the Mayor or his designee, 180 days from its effective date, to present the No Kill Implementation Plan to the Board, which should be consistent with the No Kill Equation and include:

• Comprehensive Adoption Programs
• Free-Roaming Cat Trap/Neuter/Return Programs
• High-Volume, Affordable Spay/Neuter Services
• Large-Scale Volunteer Foster Care Programs
• Rescue Group Transfers
• Proactive Pet Retention Programs
• Proactive Pet Redemptions
• Medical and Behavioral Programs
• Public Relations/Community Involvement
• Volunteer Programs

“Many cities and counties throughout the United States have adopted the No Kill Equation and are seeing great results in the numbers of lives saved and quality of programs and services provided within the animal shelters,” said Commissioner Diaz. “With this resolution, we seek to not only identify and eliminate animal neglect and abuse, but also make a greater effort to educate residents about spaying and neutering programs to reduce the stray pet population.”

Becoming a no-kill shelter means having a 90 percent or better rate of animals housed at the County’s animal shelter due to specific programs developed by the No Kill movement in the United States, which provide alternatives to shelter killing. The No Kill Equation is a program model which changes the way shelters operate and gives the animal-loving public an integral role in that operation.

Who: Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Board of County Commissioners

What:No-Kill Animal Shelter resolution presented to Miami-Dade County Commissioners

When: June 12, 2012, 9:30 a.m.

Where:Stephen P. Clark Center
Commission Chambers, 2nd Floor
111 NW 1st Street
Miami, FL 33128


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