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The Pets’ Trust: The Kind of Change WE NEED!

July 17, 2012 was a big day for Miami Dade County and for animal welfare organizations but most of all for the homeless animals. Miami Dade County’s Board of Commissioners voted to allow residents to decide on the future of our animals.  This means that on November 6th, residents will have the opportunity to decide whether they are in support of a small increase in property taxes to save animal lives.

The Pet’s Trust is the initiative driving this change.  Through a small increase in taxes, the Pets’ Trust will create a dedicated source of funding for pet retention, spay/neuter and other low cost educational programs.

Dedicated funding source to save lives and promote responsible dog ownership programs

You might be wondering what a “small” increase will really be.  “Small” is such a relative term.

On average, about 34,000 dogs and cats are abandoned our County’s shelter. This, based on our current modus operandi costs the community about $298 per animal. If the Pets’ Trust initiative is passed, it would cost the average property owner $20 per year and for that we’d get:

  • Two facilities which would provide low cost veterinary care and 100,000 spay/neuter surgeries per year
  • Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs to contain and reduce the feral cat populations throughout the county (stray cat population estimated at over 400,000)
  • Educational targeted programs for adults and children on responsible ownership
  • Campaigns that promote adoption, spay/neuter  and life-long pet retention of pets

Shall I keep going?  Heck take my $20.  Increase my property taxes, my electricity bill and my dog treat bill!!  That’s all it would take?  Click here to check out the Miami Herald’s coverage and to hear what Michel Rosenberg, president of Pets’ Trust has to say.

Essentially it would increase your property tax bill by .5¢ a day and potentially convert Miami Dade Animal Services into a no-kill facility.  That’s a small price to pay for that. This week the Pets’ Trust had their kick-off campaign at the Biltmore Hotel and I was in attendance.

Founder of Miami Veterinary Coalition’s PUP E Program and President of Spay Neuter Miami Foundation

It was a great evening filled with hopeful, active people that want to help make a difference in the way we treat our animals.

I urge everyone who votes in Miami Dade County to vote yes on the ballot question asking to “improve increased Animal Services,” as it will bring about necessary changes and make a world of a difference to the animals that have no voice.

For your reference: http://www.communitynewspapers.com/south-miami/miami-dade-county-registered-voters-will-be-allowed-to-vote-in-november-election-whether-they-support-a-countywide-fund-expected-to-save-20000-dogs-and-cats-every-year/

http://www.petstrustmiami.com/landing/

Spay/Neuter: Don’t Litter

We’re participating in this year’s Coconut Grove Bed Race, a community fundraising event where teams of five race down the streets of Coconut Grove while pushing a bed!  Yes, a bed!  We thought this would be a great opportunity to connect with our community with fun and laughter and raise awareness on the importance of spaying/neutering.  So our theme is Spay/Neuter: Don’t Litter.

Don't Litter

If you didn’t know, there is a pet overpopulation problem in Miami Dade County (and lots of other places, for that matter).  The stats indicate that we like to breed our dogs and cats.  Let’s face it, puppies and kittens are cute.  It can be quite extra-ordinary to see a mother caring for her litter.  Grooming them and feeding them and often times disciplining them.  But did you know that as many as 37,000 cats and dogs are abandoned at our local animal shelter each year?  On average 50-75 pets are surrendered on a daily basis.  Over half of these pets will not make it and will be euthanized because not enough homes for them exist.

While puppies and kittens are cute, we, the people must take responsibility.  We can’t breed then discard like this.  We’ve got to start educating and advocating.  Spaying and neutering is the only way to get this problem under control.  This is the reason we’ve selected the Spay/Neuter: Don’t Litter theme for this year’s bed race.

Our fundraising goal is $1000 to fund a mobile spay/neuter clinic so that we can offer low cost spay/neuter services to members of our community.

I need your help to make this happen.  Here’s what you can do:

  1. click here to make your donation.  Every bit helps!
  2. Share this post on your Facebook wall, tweet about it using #whyspayneuter, send the url in an email to all your friends, family members, co-workers and neighbors and urge them to make a donation.
  3. Come out to the event on Sunday, September 2, 2012 at 1pm and cheer our team on as we race while spreading awareness and educating the community on the importance of spaying/neutering.
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Spay/Neuter: Don’t Litter

Rocco’s Pack is participating in this year’s Great Grove Bed Race.  This is a community event, and because one of our guiding principles is connecting with and educating our local community, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be there and send a message!  A very important message that is near and dear to us…the Spay/Neuter message.

You might be asking, “what exactly will happen?”  On September 2, 2012, Rocco’s Pack and the “Spay/Neuter Pack” team will race down a 1/8 of a mile strip in the beautiful Coconut Grove while pushing our bed which will be fully decorated with the Spay/Neuter theme.  Our runners will be in Spay/Neuter attire and EVERYTHING about us will emphasize the importance of Spaying and Neutering.

Now you’re probably asking, “how important is spaying and neutering?”  In 2010 there were 35,924 dogs and cats taken in to our county shelter.  Fifty-six percent, 20,112 of those were euthanized.  In 2011, this number was lower, but we still need work.

Don’t Litter: You can help us make a difference by making a donation that will go toward funding a mobile spay/neuter clinic.  Funding this initiative will offer 2 days of low cost spay/neuter services to members of our community that may not otherwise have the means to spay or neuter their pets at the regular price.  Make your donation securely via PayPal using the link below.

Your support matters and every little bit helps!  Save lives by preventing births!