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