With some good care from good doctors, she recovered and became a healthy and wonderful dog. The road wasn’t easy, but the reward has been so great. Shown a loving home and a lot of hugs and kisses instead of punches, she has become a beautiful, grateful, and appreciative pet.
The sad part is that they would have euthanized her just because she was terrified in the run where she was improperly placed. She became sick after leaving there, which, with a little basic care and observation from the shelter’s staff while she was in their care, could have been avoided. They would have killed a wonderful animal who did nothing wrong but be scared in a horrible environment.
During my journey through these experiences, I got to see the horrible conditions that exist in Miami in the county shelter and, similarly in Broward, where dogs are killed needlessly due to being older, scared, or even just black. The medical care is basic at best.
They do not check them to see if they have ticks or fleas. Life threatening illness of Eurlichia, Babesia and Heartworm could easily be prevented if they did. If the shelters are full, they pick the most likely dogs not to be adopted quickly (such as seniors or black dogs) and euthanize them without ever giving them a chance at a new life. Never do they call another shelter to see if there is space at their facility.
Miami Dade County and Broward County Animal Control have recently initiated some programs to help with overcrowding, but this needs to be expanded and new avenues added to make the changes that are needed.
Every dog deserves a chance. They need a voice and we need another system.
Shelters should all be no-kill facilities, meaning that no healthy adoptable pet should be euthanized. Each dog should be evaluated and placed in the right environment. There must be a better way to protect these animals and give each a chance at a new life.
It became my driving mission to find a plan that would address, on all levels, all of the failures within our current system and lessen the overwhelming population of strays, abused and neglected animals.