This Weekend: A Human Gets Stuck in the Shelter


“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” -Ghandi

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Courtesy of The Pets Trust Miami

This weekend, October 5th – 7th, community animal advocate Michael Rosenberg will “surrender himself” to Miami-Dade Animal Services. He will be locked in a dog kennel, sharing a space with homeless shelter dogs to bring awareness to a great cause, headed by The Pets Trust Miami. The Pets Trust Miami is an initiative to improve animal welfare, increase adoptions and decrease pet overpopulation by providing free and low-cost spay/neuter, low-cost veterinary care and crucial educational programs.

Miami-Dade Animal Services takes in 37,000 dogs and cats each year and an average of 20,000 are killed. More than 400,000 stray cats live on our streets. Miami-Dade voters have a chance to change that on November 6th. Ballet #240 promises to address this issue with proven solutions to ensure substantial reductions in the alarming euthanasia rate at MDAS.

This weekend, as Rosenberg is locked in a kennel, animal adoption fees will be reduced to $25, in the hopes of getting every single animal adopted. The goal for this event is to raise awareness for the November 6th vote and also to get as many animals adopted as possible. Let’s make Rosenberg the only one left in the kennel!

I strongly support ballet #240 and the event this weekend to bring awareness to such an important issue. As I write this post, full of hope for our community’s animals in the future, I am reminded of the stark reality currently facing MDAS. Today, for example, the shelter is so overcrowded that 35 dogs are on the euthanasia list. 35 dogs will be killed today in our community if no one comes for them–healthy dogs, tiny puppies, sick dogs, big dogs, small dogs…the list goes on. Many of these dogs have never known love; most of their lives have yet to begin. Do I want to run to the shelter, throw them all in my car and drive them away to safety? Yes. Can I? No. This is why it is so important for our community to come together and vote YES to demand and create change for our pets.

I’ll be at the event this Saturday, October 6th, and encourage anyone in Miami to attend! You’ll have a chance to talk to Rosenberg, tour the shelter and adopt pets at a discounted rate. For all our friends outside Miami and far away, we’ll share photos and a recap of the event next week.

To learn more about The Pets Trust Miami, visit their website and Facebook page. To learn more about MDAS, visit their website. There are also two amazing Facebook pages, Urgent Dogs of Miami and Urgent Cats of Miami that display photos and information on MDAS pets available for adoption.

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Our MDAS foster boy Enzo reminds you to vote YES on #240 November 6th!

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11 responses to “This Weekend: A Human Gets Stuck in the Shelter

  1. Yah. Get those animals adopted

  2. Hooray for low cost adoption fees. But I have to say a new tax is not the answer. A guy spending time in a cage is not the answer. I would much rather see fund raising and education. Why not try to privatize that shelter? I am sure it could be run much more efficiently with private funding than putting into place a new tax.

    • I think privatization would be a great idea. Unfortunately in our community big, big changes need to be made and I feel this is a step in the right direction. MDAS does fundraising and education but the goal of Pets Trust is to allow more of those great things to happen. The last adoption event I participated in, over 100 dogs and cats were adopted– these things are great, but we need many more of them to make a significant difference.

  3. he is only in there for 2 days…..he should try it for at least two weeks and then there is a chance that he might be put down except he is human and can say NO

    • Sadly, animals who are surrendered to MDAS can be put to sleep immediately. Stray dogs must be held for 5 days by law. Unfortunately there are not many MDAS animals who make it two weeks in there.

  4. I do hope that the reduction in animal adoption fees will enable many dogs to find loving homes.

  5. I’m keeping my fingers crossed. Miami really needs education (as we found out in August when they upheld that heinous law.) I do hope lots of animals get adopted and lots of money is raised for education. Education is key, as we’ve seen in so many areas of animal welfare.

    Keep us updated Deanna and best of luck to you all!!

  6. Please keep fighting for the less fortunate of our animal friends, Deanna. I can’t be in Miami physically, but believe me, I’ll be thinking of you! Thanks for all you do.

  7. It is good work that you do, I hope this had the desired effect.

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