A month ago, Michael Rosenberg spent the weekend in a dog pen at Miami-Dade animal services to promote a special adoption event and to draw attention to the Pets Trust ballot measure that Miami-Dale County voters overwhelmingly supported when they went to the polls yesterday.
By a two to one margin, county residents said with their votes that they are willing to add a few dollars to their property tax bills in order to help Miami Dade Animal Services move toward a no- kill model of operation by providing services and education to that end. The proposal provides for property tax financing of spay/neuter clinics and animal welfare. Property owners would pay $10 on a $100,000 property. County Commissioners, who have already taken a no-kill proposal under consideration, are expected to move forward based on voters’ approval of the measure.
Currently, animal services takes in tens of thousands of cats and dogs every year, the majority of whom are killed for space before they can be adopted.
Pets’ Trust Initiative members will now begin planning for the creation of a 13- to 15-member volunteer board of animal advocates and experts to oversee how the estimated $20 million raised annually would be used to provide free and low-cost spay/neuter and veterinary care and public awareness and education programs promoting responsible pet ownership. A national advisory board will provide oversight.
MDAS director Alex Muñoz is quoted in today’s Miami Herald, saying “We will work with the community and our elected officials to implement new and expanded life-saving programs to increase the amount of pets saved, re-homed, and sterilized. The passage of this referendum is providing us with opportunities not previously available.’’
Wren’s death and the deadly outbreak that followed spurred Michael to take action to improve the lives of animals coming to the shelter, and to to help animal services staff in their efforts to help the animal
Pets’ Trust Miami describes itself as “a citizens’ initiative to improve animal welfare, increase adoptions and decrease overpopulation by providing free and low-cost spay/neuter, low-cost veterinary care and educational programs.”
See Animal Activist Spends Weekend Caged at Shelter for more on Michael’s weekend at the kennel and the story of the cat that inspired him to activism.
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This is wonderful. What kind generous people. This should happen everywhere. 🙂