For Immediate Release:
July 03, 2012

Media Contact:
Olga Vega

Miami-Dade County adopts no-kill shelter program for Animal Services Department

County administration must now provide feasibility plan for new lifesaving programs

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
Today, Miami-Dade commissioners adopted a resolution that would eventually designate Miami-Dade Animal Services as a no-kill facility. Commissioner José “Pepe” Díaz sponsored the item, which directs the Mayor to provide a financially-feasible strategic plan to implement lifesaving programs at Animal Services. The report will be presented to the Miami-Dade Commission in 180 days.

Becoming a no-kill shelter means having a 90 percent or better rate of animals saved 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 resolution is modeled after the No Kill Equation, a program model which changes the way shelters operate and gives the animal-loving public an integral role in that operation. The Mayor’s report 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

“Pet owners and animal lovers throughout Miami-Dade have been waiting for a no-kill policy to be implemented at our Animal Services Department,” said Commissioner Diaz. “The No Kill Equation provides alternatives to euthanizing animals by partnering with community organizations and reaching out to residents about the importance of sterilizing their pets to decrease our stray population. As a pet owner myself, I look forward to seeing this plan in action in the coming months.”

For more information, please contact Commissioner Diaz’s office at 305-599-1200.


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