Updated on march 13, 2017 at 12:00 am
Organizations fear that the excess of animals leads to mistreatment and neglect
The average cost of maintaining a shelter for 100 animals for five years is approximately ¢360 million.
Of all those pets that live in the refuge, only 7.7% is likely to be adopted by a family.
If instead of holding this hostel, during those five years would be devoted to perform castrations, about 6,000 animals would benefit, and the cost would be ¢66 million (part of every surgery, in partnership with an NGO, costing ¢11.000).
With these arguments, animal welfare organizations argue that it is better to invest in campaigns of castration in the opening of centres of stay for stray animals.
That was one of the topics discussed at the III National Meeting of Aid Organizations and Animal Rescuers Independent, held this Sunday, march 12, at the headquarters of the West of the University of Costa Rica (UCR), in San Ramón de Alajuela.
“In Costa Rica we are 3,58 inhabitants for every dog, while in developed countries, the ratio is 20 people per dog. That is, that we are crowded. If we do not stop this situation, there will be more neglect and more abuse,” said Gisela Vico, president of the National Association for the protection of Animals (ANPA).
For the leader, it is necessary that those who wish to form a group that would help stray animals –mostly dogs and cats– bear in mind that the priority is to attack the root of the problem, that is, with castration.
A same language. The meeting is an initiative of the organization Fogaus, in collaboration with ANPA, the National Service of Animal Health (Senasa), the Autonomous University of Central America (UACA) and the draft Street Zaguate.
“We want to unite efforts and speak all the same language, so that those who are involved in processes of assistance animal, do so in a responsible manner,” said David Peiró, director of Fogaus.
The 140 attendees received a course of rescue and rehabilitation of animals in neglect.
In addition, they attended various lectures. One of them deepened in the contribution that dogs do to the society with specific tasks such as the detection of drugs, a task for which they are trained.
This is the third time you perform the meeting. The previous two took place in 2014 and in 2015.
Thank you to the first appointment, was constituted the National Council for Animal Welfare (Conaba) –in charge of Senasa– which offers advice on keeping pets.