The patience of the volunteers from TAMA seems to be coming to its limit point, the face of the growing number of dogs that are still arriving at the Home and at the same time, the increasing amount of animals loose on the public highway, in addition to the lack of state support.
Through an open letter to the community, the protector of animals of The Calafate described a complex picture of the timeliness of this issue, where despite efforts, continues to thrive in the dog population.
TAMA is conformed by a group of small volunteers. The association was created “to help the dogs in the street and do awareness campaigns”, they said. “A task that is impossible due to the time demand to sustain the task of a shelter or home working, without receiving cash subsidy”.
The 130 animals that are in the Home TAMA Glaze are maintained exclusively by the initiative of the protective. Close to 40 kilograms of food consumed daily the dogs, which represents an expenditure of about 14 thousand pesos a month, only food. To this must be added the purchase of products for cleaning and disinfection, and the expense of veterinary.
All this is achieved thanks to trade fairs, food, clothing, sweepstakes, and after activities. As well as the contribution of companies, businesses, neighbors, and even their own volunteers, which in addition to their time, should take the silver out of your pocket frequently.
In August 2014 there was signed a convention tripartite between the Municipality, Nation (through the program Pro Tenure) and TAMA. In the third clause of the agreement signed, detailing that the Municipality “will be responsible for the maintenance of the building and of the animals that temporarily there be staying, with regard to your grooming, vaccination, feeding and health status”.
For its part, the protective Association is committed to organize days of adoption with the goal that the animals that are hosted in the home of transit do not remain on him for long periods”.
However, the current functions in the shelter home are distorted. TAMA does not receive the committed support of the state. The Municipality only pays as monotributista to a member of the association, which is responsible for the feeding and hygiene of the dogs. TAMA faces the payment of a young man who helps with the daily tasks.
Against this background and the fact that the dog population continues to grow, is that the protector is announcing the cut in its functions.
“Since we will not accommodate animals, there are no volunteers, there is no physical space, the expenses of food, veterinary and cleaning the we feed with the amount raised and donated by the community. The animal cases that arise in street situation will be assisted with request for help to the community, not taken Home”, they said.
In the open letter highlighted that “The decision is that TAMA stop working adopting all of your animals in transit and to permanently close. TAMA became a reservoir of animals crammed and if it continues to exist this home, the problem will not cease”, stressed.
OPEN LETTER TO THE COMMUNITY
It is necessary to update the prevailing situation, something that repeats itself historically in the city by the time and the overpopulation of animals in El Calafate.
We are receiving a dozen of calls and messages where we may receive complaints from neighbors for the problems of overpopulation and their outcomes (hit, abused, bites, and the list is infinite).
We have on average (just a bitch) 16 dogs a year, because it is not carried out, in its entirety, the castration of the same, giving an average high of animals per year, as not only reproduce those who are in street situation, but also the ones that have owners, we speak of a continuous playback. We are convinced that in addition to the service of castration free implemented must be accompanied by the following.
Actions that will ask question in the city Council of the city
1 – order of castration mandatory:
We all contribute to this problem to the extent that we have a male or a female, generating offspring, that is why it is necessary that each animal of each house to be sterile, apart from the animals without owner, which indeed it once had.
2 – The prohibition of sale of animals (a situation that is displayed in facebook groups buying and selling)
We are convinced that they are causes that are encouraging to the lack of control of the canine population, whose consequences are the abandonment, abuse, accidents etc
TAMA has just a few volunteers who spend their time in events and tasks to sustain a home with 130 animals, adding to the dogs in the street where he assists them in the place for such a reason,
Since we will not accommodate animals, there are no volunteers, there is no physical space, the expenses of food, veterinary and cleaning the we feed with the amount raised and donated by the community
The decision is that TAMA stop working adopting all of your animals in transit and to permanently close
TAMA became a reservoir of animals crammed and if it continues to exist this home, the problems do not cease.
The animal cases that arise in street situation will be assisted with request for help to the community, not brought Home
You must keep in mind that TAMA was created by a group of volunteers to help the dogs in the street and do awareness campaigns, a task that is impossible due to the time demand to sustain the task of a shelter or home working, without receiving cash subsidy.
Since already grateful for your time and we hope we are able to understand