Support grows for no-kill policy in Miami-Dade

Published On: Jun 14 2012 06:10:56 PM EDT
Updated On: Jun 15 2012 11:48:52 AM EDT

Miami-Dade Commissioner Pepe Diaz proposes the idea of a no-kill policy, and officials say it could be feasible with the right programs in place.

MIAMI -

Pat the pooch is a 4-year-old English bulldog with the sweetest temperament. 

"She hasn't lost her trust in people. She hasn't lost her faith," said Kathy Labrada with Miami-Dade Animal Services.

Pat is scheduled to die at any minute.

"It's difficult to know that every dog that comes in isn't going to have the chance to go home," said Labrada. 

It's a reality Miami-Dade Commissioner Pepe Diaz calls unacceptable. 

"Enough is enough. Let's start looking for solutions instead of putting blocks not to do something," said Diaz.  

He has proposed the idea of a no-kill policy at the new public shelter that is being built in Doral. But, is it even possible in South Florida? After all, there are only so many cages. 

"I don't think you could make a public shelter big enough," said Alex Munoz, the director of Miami-Dade Animal Services. 

He supports "no-kill" and says it's feasible with the right programs, for example shipping dogs and cats to colder states where there are fewer homeless pets, or  setting up mini adoption shops across the county to make getting a pet convenient for consumers.  

"You want something that's welcoming that kind of gives you that retail experience," said Munoz. 

He feels it will take a village to make "no-kill" work. He needs donations, volunteers and, most of all, people who are willing to open up their homes to pups like Pat before it's too late.

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