In a huge step forward for a county badly in need of change, Miami-Dade commissioners passed a resolution today directing the Mayor’s office to study the No Kill shelter model and make a determination as to whether it’s financially feasible to undertake.
(Of course, it is. It’s financially feasible – and wise, in any given community. As we’ve seen time and time again, what it takes is a commitment to end the killing.)
While the results of this study have yet to be seen (unfortunately, we have to wait 6 months), the very discussion of the possibility of No Kill in a public forum is a step forward for Miami-Dade, a county which has been plagued with controversy, accusations of misconduct and abuse and notoriously high kill rates in years past.
As we know, the 40+ communities that have successfully achieved No Kill status (a 90% save rate or above) have done so through the implementation of the steps of the No Kill Equation – a method that was mentioned prominently in Diaz’s resolution.
While Miami-Dade has made positive moves in recent months with the appointment of a progressive director and the implementation of new policies and programs (including participating in yesterday’s Just One Day campaign) – there’s still a long way to go.
The adoption of a No Kill plan of action by the city is a crucial move when it comes to achieving lifesaving status. Hopefully, this resolution is the first step in getting such a plan enacted.
Keep it up Miami-Dade. You’re headed in the right direction.
The full text of this resolution can be found here.