WHO WE ARE

Co-Founder, President

Cheryl Jackson

Co-Founder, President
Co-Founder, Vice President

Ale Ochoa

Co-Founder, Vice President
Co-Founder, Vice President

Jessie Pena

Co-Founder, Vice President
Co-Founder, Treasurer

Yleana Escobar

Co-Founder, Treasurer
Correspondence Secretary

Leigh Settlemyer

Correspondence Secretary

About Redland, Florida

redland-rock-pit-abandoned-dog-project-redland-miamiRedland, Florida is known to many as the agricultural side of South Miami-Dade where residents tour the bordering Everglades for some beautiful wildlife scenery. For animal lovers, however, it is a very different story. It is known as the “dumping ground” for unwanted pets.

The reality is, many individuals drive to a secluded area, open the car door, throw out their unwanted pet and then drive off. Many of these loyal and loving dogs will run after the car in an attempt to “catch” their owner’s vehicle until they become exhausted and can’t run any further leaving them confused, disoriented and lost. 

The sad reality is the owners do not return, leaving these domesticated house pets to fend for themselves. The ones that are not killed by traffic are poisoned, injured or shot by local workers and residents who feel they don’t belong in their neighborhood. Many starve to death because this is an agricultural area and there are no resources for them to survive. For many of them that remain on the nurseries seeking human companionship, their bodies become ravaged by mosquitos, parasites, disease, and most will eventually succumb to death unless rescued.

OUR STORY

redland-rock-pit-abandoned-dog-project-volunteers-miamiOn June 28, 2015 several animal lovers came together in response to a Facebook post about a dog held captive in a barbaric wire cage at a place referred to as the Rock Pit. 

This unfortunate incident brought awareness to the plight of these dogs, the area and to a woman who had been feeding and caring for the dogs for over ten years. After meeting with her, we decided to join forces and assist in her efforts to save these abandoned and free-roaming dogs. 

Since then, our project has evolved to include many other volunteers who feed these dogs daily and search for reputable rescues to house these dogs. It is our hope that by doing so, we will be able to finally get them safely into rescue and eventually adopted into loving forever homes.

OUR MISSION

The focus of the Redland Rock Pit Abandoned Dogs Project, Inc. is trifold:

1. The ongoing education of the public on the appropriate care of dogs.

2. To feed and provide initial emergency care for abandoned and free roaming dogs while promoting their safe capture and transfer to reputable non-profit rescue organizations for re-homing.

3. To bring awareness to the plight of the free roaming dogs in Miami-Dade County Florida.