The abandonment of pets is a global problem, causing the death of millions of dogs that could have been adopted. Puerto Madryn, already being a large city, is not immune to this problem. The causes of pet abandonment are multiple and complex, and exceed the limits and socio-economic level neighborhood. Looking to remedy in some measure this situation, some years ago, a group of residents of Madryn, has created the Association for the protection of Animals (APAM), not only as an act of love towards animals, but to carry out concrete actions in the community, through the prevention and to give her a temporary refuge for these pets to enable their adoption.
Lidia Hernandez Moncada, the volunteer chairperson of APAM, plotted the situation: “From the theory of the growth of population in terms of urban wildlife, it is estimated that in urban areas the relationship of animals and people is two to one, or two people per animal, by which we do an extrapolation of the number of people and came to the conclusion that there are 60 thousand animals between dogs and cats”.
And in response to this, the position of the protector: “What we propose is to generate, not only a law that you talk of balance in the population, but also in the concrete actions that are undertaken, such as campaigns, castration day”, in search of to lower the number to a more manageable 10%.
Work in the shelter
The Protective Association has a shelter, on the outskirts of the city, in the industrial fishing park in front of the former plant Harengus, which is maintained with the contribution of partners, through its website apam.org.ar.
Among the tasks performed by the volunteers, Lydia explains that clean, bathe, and feed it to the animals that live temporarily in the same, in addition to curing them and medicarlos, as they have regular visits by veterinarians.
The hours of service, organized with the times of the volunteer workers, are on Saturdays and Sundays, between 11 and 16 hours. Although it is sometimes spread a bit by the topic of the recreation and socialization of the animals, as they also take you out to stroll in a group, and seek to make them accustomed to being with people: “we Need people to lose the fear of going to the shelter. Who does not believe that it is a place where the animals are wrong, you are locked up,” said Lydia, at the time that explored that “it would be best not to have a shelter, because we would do our work better; to have a shelter is a huge responsibility and it is on the list of priorities first and to which we dedicate almost all of our availability in terms of time, economic resources that are needed to make that work. We have that responsibility on our backs.”
The role of the State
Hernández Moncada is clear that the main work that will make the difference for the future is the task of raising awareness, educate, manage to the authorities for the solution to ethical and humanitarian campaigns of neuter mass are concrete, in the number that is needed.
On the other hand, assured that the work is to show the public officials what is the root cause of the problem: “The State has for too long been absent in this task of prevention, when we talk about campaigns of neutering is the prevention of diseases are zoonotic, we are talking about public health and this is a role that the State, municipal, province and national can not be absent, cannot be seen in isolation and stop suddenly that the citizens of his own accord to initiate actions to solve the problem.” In this regard, the volunteer chairperson stated that “the resources, the global vision and the will to carry things are always in the hands of the State, it is essential that our officials understand that there is a public policy and the solution of the issue of overpopulation do so through campaigns of castration free”.
With regard to the fate of the abandoned pets, Lidia was limited to: “In particular, our Municipality is declared, after the decree 1315 of the year 2011, not eutanásico, that means that you can kill animals, sacrifice animals in post population control”.
In this framework, the awareness-raising campaigns necessary point just to the cultural change: “it Is fundamental to change the head, change the chip, and understand that responsible ownership means that we’re responsible to the full, not only of the well-being of the pet in terms of their health and their recreation and their socialization and inclusion in our family, but what that impact the particular actions in the community where one lives; turning from that place, from the awareness that each one of us is living in community, is living with your neighbors,” said Lidia Hernandez Moncada.
In the context of daily life, analyzed that there are to take responsibility of what is done, in this case, to prevent further playing, the canines have two heats each six months, and in the case of the cats are up to four times a year.
The exponential growth discredits the euthanasia of abandoned animals, “if today you are killing three of the animals that they captured of the beach, are giving birth to three litters more in different points of the city. What is generated is a false action of population control, because the common people believe that it is doing something, when the truth is exacerbating the problem, not to generate educational actions because you’re acting like a firefighter that is putting out a focus igneous, when what you need to do is prevention, to avoid that we come to that point”.
This is why Lydia is fighting for the need to educate, raise awareness, “you have to spread the advantages of neuter, of course, to accompany the campaigns of neuter mass”.
In this sense, explained from APAM: “We go to schools, go to kindergartens, we talked with the kids, obviously going down this language to the more simple through recreational activities, but they are the ones who after going to the house they say or speak with the popes, with ideas such as ‘we go out on the street with our dog but have to go with correa’ if ‘we go out to walk the dog and poops there are lifting it’, you must take care also that, that is this impact in daily life”.
On the farms, Hernández Moncada also said: “there is Not a restriction as there are nurseries, in fact in Puerto Madryn all the farms, except one, are all illegal, are nurseries backyard, which creates a lot of inconvenience,” and added: “Not only is it ethically reproblable as to the illegality, is an activity that is not declared and after in the genetic manipulation that make these animals who are born, when do you cross without any knowledge of the characteristics of the animal or the breed do play females one heat after another.”
“If you run in a framework regulated might be so, it is very difficult to regulate. When there are economic interests in the middle it is very difficult for the legislation and control bodies can work efficiently”, he described.
“Find a midpoint between prohibition and regulation is the only thing that there is a section in the ordinance to tax referred to in the chapter which speaks of rents various which laid down penalties for those establishments catteries, small animal that would be just dogs and cats laying down the fines for not have a rating, only that”, while explaining that each time they wanted to as Association to denounce that kind of situation and they replied that no action can be taken because there is no ordinance that legislates on this issue, lack of a legal framework in which to operate.
The commitment of the people
“Our neighbors have a lot of commitment, many protectionist and rescuers are working people, ordinary people that we many times, our pocket in order to save the life of an animal, that perhaps their owners in the morning you are let out to wander around and end up being hit, there are people who rescue these animals,” said Lydia, and added that many times the neighbors take care of the expenses veterinary, speak with the professional.
“If we ask ourselves what kind of community we have, the truth is that people are very committed, there’s a lot of demand for what is castration a daily basis, this was said by the director of Zoonoses Javier Mendez, if they had to attend to the pace of the demand of the people would have to be in the 40 surgeries a day.”
“There is a lot of sensitivity in regards to reality, but each one is from your anger, your history, your baggage, and maybe we will find other causes, we are going to be big, repeated several times, because there is truly a commitment is very large, and we see it also in our city” and wide in that sense about what they believe: “The construction goes through the dialogue, there’s no other way, does not pass by the imposition. We’re not going to generate a ordinance enforcement where it is mandatory for everyone to spay, it is voluntary it must be because there is a decision after a decision of conscience, taking responsibility, and in the personal conviction”.
“We happen to deal with people who do not have training, but people with a huge heart as persons that are great in what is their sense of solidarity with their neighbors, the animals and children is people who do not you can separate and categorize in a single thing, and are moving in many aspects, are integrated”, to emphasize on what needs to develop is a sense of belonging which in turn could also generate the care of the public spaces, respect for others, this is what we talk about always on the beach”
To operate in reality serves the broadcast, to reflect, to generate that dialogue, that debate, that question, “talk about the topic, not being a lapidary, that is our fundamental role, combat messages wrong, myths, and human concepts,” concluded Lydia.