Target: Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners Chairman Jean Monestime
Goal: Enforce a no-kill shelter law that was voted on back in 2012.
A no-kill shelter for rescued animals was voted on four years ago but the community has yet to see any progress on such a shelter. After 64.49 percent of voters voted in favor of the law, it was assumed that the Board of Commissioners would separate money for the Miami-Dade Animal Services so that they may begin to create no-kill shelters. However, no such thing has happened. Demand that the Board implement a no-kill shelter to benefit the community and animals.
The year is 2012. The Pets’ Trust Miami, an organization that specializes in improving the welfare of animals in Miami-Dade County, recommended creating a tax of $10 per $100,000 of property value to go towards low-cost spaying and neutering for animals that go into Miami-Dade Animal Services. This slight tax increase could even create the counties first no-kill shelter. So, thousands of voters flocked to their local poll so that they could vote for or against no-kill animal shelters. The order passed so that the county would no longer have to euthanize animals, unlike the 2009-2010 fiscal year, when 20,112 animals were euthanized.
Flash forward to 2016. The Miami-Dade Animal Services has taken steps towards their no-kill goal, advertising an 81.5 percent save rate at the beginning of 2015, but they still must euthanize thousands of would-be pets due to overcrowding. It has gotten so bad that owners looking to surrender their dogs leave them tied to the fence outside the shelter in hopes that someone else will take their dogs. The shelter doesn’t refuse these animals, but will more often than not take the dogs in one by one and euthanize them if they’re too old, too scared, or even if they’re too disheveled or ugly.
On December 29th, 2015, a crowd of activists crowded around the Board of Commissioners meeting to demand that they establish a no-kill shelter. As of then, the Board has been silent. Only Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez has responded to the protest, saying that he refused to raise taxes and would instead try to find a way to establish a no-kill shelter without a tax raise. “Trying” isn’t good enough. Please sign the petition below to save the thousands of animals currently in danger of being euthanized, despite the county’s promise of a no-kill shelter.
Dear Chairman Monestime,
In 2012, thousands of voters flocked to their local poll so that they could vote for or against no-kill animal shelters. The motion has passed to create a no-kill shelter but it has been four years and no shelter exists. Innocent animals are still being euthanized due to overcrowding. It was assumed that the Board of Commissioners would separate money for the Miami-Dade Animal Services so that they may begin to create no-kill shelters but no such thing has happened.
The shelter has gotten so bad that owners looking to surrender their dogs leave them tied to the fence outside the shelter in hopes that someone else will take their dogs. I demand that you take action to create a no-kill shelter. If you don’t, these poor animals will continue to suffer. I ask that you please enforce the law that was voted on four years ago and fulfill your promise to the people of Miami-Dade County.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Diana Peters