Carta­gena works with an­i­mal char­i­ties

Costa Blanca News (South Edition) - - Clubs And Charities -

By Alex Watkins FOR many years there has been ten­sion be­tween an­i­mal wel­fare char­i­ties in Carta­gena and the lo­cal pet shel­ter (CATAD), which has been ac­cused of bad con­di­tions and prac­tices on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions over the 16 years it has been open but never con­victed of any of­fence.

The coali­tion coun­cil is now at­tempt­ing to build bridges be­tween the as­so­ci­a­tions and the com­pany con­tracted to pro­vide this mu­nic­i­pal ser­vice with agree­ments that en­cour­age them to col­lab­o­rate and will come into ef­fect be­fore the end of this year.

Last week the coun­cil­lor for qual­ity of life, Fran­cisco Calderón met with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the as­so­ci­a­tions Se­gunda Opor­tu­nidad, PAES, PLANET, Geo­cat Carta­gena and Cu­a­tro Gatos.

Firstly, a to­tal fund of €25,000 will be al­lo­cated to re­fund fees that as­so­ci­a­tions have had to pay to adopt an­i­mals from the CATAD. City hall has also agreed to mod­ify its tax by­laws to ex­empt reg­is­tered an­i­mal pro­tec­tion as­so­ci­a­tions from the fee from next year on­wards.

As­so­ci­a­tions will also get a bonus for tak­ing an­i­mals that are par­tic­u­larly dif­fi­cult to adopt be­cause they are po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous breeds, are more than eight years old or have an ill­ness that has pre­vi­ously been di­ag­nosed at the CATAD.

A sec­ond line of fund­ing will re­ward as­so­ci­a­tions that work to find adop­tive homes for these an­i­mals by cov­er­ing much of their ex­penses for vac­ci­na­tions, ster­il­i­sa­tion and de­worm­ing treat­ment, which are legally re­quired for any adop­tion and any an­i­mals must be reg­is­tered on the mu­nic­i­pal pet cen­sus.

Sr Calderón thanked these as­so­ci­a­tions be­cause they, and not just the CATAD, take charge of catch­ing and look­ing af­ter stray an­i­mals. He said the coun­cil’s ul­ti­mate aim is to stop all aban­don­ment of an­i­mals, ‘although we are closer to manag­ing that none are put down’. He said this is be­ing achieved by pro­mot­ing regis­tra­tion of an­i­mals and pub­lic aware­ness cam­paigns.

“This has to be ed­u­ca­tional and so­cial work; a pet is not a toy,” he said.

The coun­cil­lor noted that work is also un­der­way to im­prove the ken­nels at the CATAD, and to build the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s first park es­pe­cially for dogs, which will be in the Par­que de la Rosa.

He ex­plained that the work at the CATAD is be­ing car­ried out ‘quickly and dili­gently’ but is not fin­ished yet. He said it will in­crease the ca­pac­ity by 30% as well as the size of the area for the an­i­mals, so that if it rains or is cold they have an en­closed room with an au­to­matic feed­ing sys­tem that de­posits food from chutes.

“The clean­ing will also be car­ried out in a more ac­cept­able way,” he as­sured.

Build­ing new ken­nels at the CATAD

Fran­cisco Calderón (cen­tre) with as­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers

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