“High Kill” an exhibition in defense of shelter dogs at Leica Store

Fri Sep 20, 2019

The title of this project is “High Kill” by Photographer Marcos Garcia. Miami Dade Animal Services (MDAS, for short), is the local county shelter, and the location of this project. These photos were taken while volunteering at MDAS. Unlike most shelters, MDAS cannot turn away any animal surrendered to it, found as a stray, or confiscated by police. This “open admission” policy places the shelter in a challenging position. Unsurprisingly, the shelter can be overpopulated quickly and without warning. As a result, MDAS is a “kill shelter,” meaning that dogs are euthanized there, often for space, and sometimes in large numbers.

Ultimately, the intent is to show the people of the community what results are when the supply of dogs outstrips the demand. The economics of pet ownership are played out on a sad stage in county shelters across the US, with Miami being one of the most tragic. No breed it more affected by this than pit bulls. Given the county’s ban on pit bulls, none of them may be adopted by Miami-Dade residents, leaving most of them to be euthanized.
This exhibition aims to make people rescue a dog instead of buying one.

Opening Reception
Sep 20, 2019, 7 Pm

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