Michael Rosenberg sent Local 10 the following thoughts during his stay in a cage at Miami-Dade Animal Services this past weekend.
Friday Oct. 5 - 10:49 a.m.
I check into my cage in three hours. I keep wondering what it's like there at night when everyone is gone except the animals. I've tried to imagine it but I'll find out soon enough. In the meantime, I am getting ready ... excited an a little apprehensive at the same time. What am I getting into for those 60 hours?
My suitcase is packed for the cage. I'll be there in two and a half hours. There are about 400 animals that we have to adopt over this weekend. I hope the community will come and visit with me in the cage and more importantly, bring home a loving animals. We have to empty the shelter.
I've been in the cage for about 3 hours now. There seems to be so much optimism from people that are hearing about this that I am more convinced than ever that I will make it all the way to the end. I have lovely neighbors.
The sun has gone down and it's night time at the cage. It's completely different than during the day when there are lots of people and a lot of workers. now it's just me and the dogs and the barking goes on and on. When I look out of my cage at all these beautiful dogs who are my neighbors tonight, it makes me sad to know that many of them will not find homes. They're just laying there without any idea of their future and their fate. I think I will take a walk and go talk to them tonight.
Saturday Oct. 6 - 7:57 a.m.
Good morning from the cage! I managed to get some sleep, but there were a few dogs that decided to keep me awake all night. However, this morning it is crazy in here. I didn't know there were so many different styles of barking and they are all going at once! I hope all these doggies and cats get to go home today. It was interesting watching how all the different dogs sleep at night. All sorts of positions. The night time is a lonely place here. I certainly welcome the day.
Sunday Oct. 7 - 12:29 a.m.
As I get ready to go to sleep on the second night in the cage, I reflect on a day of nonstop activity. There were so many people coming by the cage, many bringing their children, and some coming to show me the new animal they were taking home. More TV and more press ... I hope the community will now understand what we are doing to our animals. 67 animals found new homes today! I'm really tired but invigorated at the success we had today. Good night from the cage. It might be dark and lonely here, but I feel a new light will be shining for our animals very soon. Vote YES on 240. Let's make it happen.
Sunday Oct. 7 - 6:18 p.m.
I feel really strange right now. It's only been 3 days but it seems to be uncomfortable to be back in civilization. It's not like returning home from a normal vacation. I feel like I deserted the animals that are still there.