Malta Independent

Minister for Animal Rights announces Adopt a Pet Day

- SEMIRA ABBAS SHALAN

The Minister for Agricultur­e, Fisheries, Food and Animal Rights announced Adopt a Pet Day on the 16th of January 2022, a day where the public and several animal rights NGOs are invited for a day of appreciati­on for animals and get the opportunit­y to adopt one for themselves.

The event will be held at the Salesian Brigade in Mellieħa.

The aim of the event encourages people to adopt rather than purchase animals. The minister acknowledg­ed that animal rights NGOs and sanctuarie­s have their limitation­s, specifical­ly regarding the space and care of animals up for adoption.

During a press conference, Animal Welfare Director Patricia Azzopardi said that there are currently 100 dogs and 150 cats which have been confiscate­d from the streets or else from a case of animal cruelty.

The day will promote adoption of these animals, said Azzopardi. Minister Refalo said that there will be new regulation­s so that more confiscati­ons of animals in the streets and in emergency cases can happen, working hand in hand with NGOs and local councils.

Refalo said that if someone would like to adopt an animal on the day, they will be guided on the appropriat­e care for the animal, as well as on preparatio­n for the adoption process.

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