Wednesday, February 9, 2011

ASPCA provides Grant to MDAS

The ASPCA will provide Miami-Dade County with a grant of $139,000 to help at-risk and homeless cats and dogs.

Dear Neigbhors,
Southern Florida, especially Miami, continues to face huge challenges in tackling the crisis of homeless pets. But Big Brother has stepped in. Below is the press release announcing that the reputable and highly recognized ASPCA will provide a grant to the Miami Dade Animal Services where record numbers of unwanted pets are dropped off everyday and most are put to sleep. There aren't enough resources to tackle this issue. Soon I will send the email of the mayor and county commissioners where you can voice your concern and ask government to work with all the rescue organizations and media to raise awareness and help save many adoptable, healthy pets from euthanasia.

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The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals recently announced that it will provide Miami-Dade County with a grant to provide positive outcomes for Miami-Dade’s at-risk and homeless cats and dogs.

Totaling $139,000, the grant is part of the ASPCA Partnership launched in October 2010. The ASPCA Partnership organizations include Miami-Dade Animal Services, the Humane Society of Greater Miami and The Cat Network. Miami-Dade County was chosen for its leadership and strong, collaborative infrastructure.

“The purpose of the ASPCA Partnership is to reach out to those communities that need our help the most,” Ed Sayres, ASPCA president and CEO, says. “The Miami-Dade community faces a number of challenges, specifically an overpopulation of at-risk animals and a municipal shelter that is over capacity, but if the partners and community work together, we can continue the lifesaving trend and improve the lives of the county’s homeless dogs and cats.”

The grant will help the partner agencies by: improving shelter medicine protocols; fine-tuning agency operations; enlisting veterinary medicine professionals to help identify areas for improvement in the spay and neuter clinic; adding special adoption events for the coming seasons; funding a staff position to increase the number of lost pets reunited with their owners; and investing funds in the form of additional grants so that successful programs can continue to impact the future.

“More animals were adopted in Miami-Dade in 2010 than ever before, but our success continues to pale in comparison to our challenges,” Dr. Sara Pizano, director of Miami-Dade Animal Services, says.  “We are looking forward to launching improved programs and protocols in 2011 that will increase adoptions, reunite a greater number of lost pets with owners, and increase spay and neuter opportunities for the 37,000 animals expected to enter area shelters this year.”

Since the ASPCA began its Partner Community program in 2007, close to one million animals have been adopted, returned to owners, or spay or neutered as a result of the exceptional collaboration among partner agencies in each community.

For more information, visit the ASPCA’s website.

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