Florida – In April 2012, Broward County Commissioners “unanimously passed a resolution that requires Broward County to develop and implement a financially feasible No Kill Strategic Plan incorporating programs and services utilized in successful no-kill communities across the nation.”
The Sun Sentinel reports that in budget year 2011, Broward County’s kill rate was 63% and in 2012 the kill rate dropped slightly to 58%:
In the year before the no-kill vote, from April 2011 to April 2012, 10,821 cats and dogs were put down. That decreased to 10,158 in the 12 months after the vote, county data show.
While the article doesn’t provide raw intake numbers (and I couldn’t find them on the county’s website), it’s clearly a staggering number of shelter pets being killed. County officials seem to feel the answer is more money:
“The commitment the county made towards working towards no-kill is there wouldn’t be a taxpayer impact,” [administrative manager for Broward Animal Care and Adoption Stefanie] Chicko said, “so everything we’ve done has been through no changes to the current budget, no changes to additional staffing.”
For the coming budget, the animal care division will ask for more money to increase staff, Chicko said. The budget is about $4.3 million now.
There is also talk of putting a property tax increase to a public vote in November 2014, a la Miami:
The proposed tax increase equates to about $18.92 per household, [Pets’ Broward] said. The money would be used to build a spay and neuter facility for mass sterilizations.
Broward County has a dismal animal care history, and is still killing 28 animals a day according to the Sun Sentinel. It’s hard to take comfort in a funding referendum that might happen in a year and half, if it gets on the ballot. That’s a lot of 28-dead-shelter-pets days from now.
(Thanks Clarice for the link.)