Dog Adoptions Made Easier

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The animal protection agency, Dogs Welfare Trust, with Janet de la Rosa and sponsors Tenerife Office Headmasters and Pinkies, in partnership with the Adeje Domestic Animal Refuge have undertaken to finance the cost of licences for those who wish to adopt dogs that are listed under the ‘dangerous breeds’ category.

Councillor for the area, Gonzalo Delgado Diaz, praised this kind of generosity adding, “the idea behind this initiative is to give animals that fall under this label the possibility of being adopted having been abandoned by their original owners. Up until now dogs from an acknowledged ‘dangerous breed’ have had more difficulty in finding new homes because of the extra bureaucracy and costs involved in adopting them, and we are very grateful to this protection agency for this concrete gesture which will make that process easier”.

Anyone who wishes to adopt one of these animals from the Adeje refuge must still fill out the required paperwork and apply for the licence, and the protection agency will refund them the costs once the paperwork and licence have been approved.

The Tenerife Office Headmasters and Pinkies formally agreed a covenant with the Adeje council under which, as well as overseeing adoptions they are meeting the costs of sterilisations, micro-chipping, rabies vaccines, de-fleaing and de-worming and heartworm testing of all the dogs that are adopted from the centre.

(More information about the centre, www.adeje.es/mascotas)

Good News for Adeje’s Abandoned Animals

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Adeje Council has signed an agreement with two animal protections agencies regarding adoption of abandoned animals.

The Adeje Council has signed an agreement this week to work in conjunction with the animal protection association MADAT, the Dogs Welfare Trust and the veterinarian Nahum García del Río to promote and advance the adoption of abandoned animals that are cared for in the Adeje Animal Refuge. The associations will have preference when it comes to adopting dogs from the centre who have stayed beyond the normal legal limit, with no financial benefit to either side in this regard.

The councillor with responsibility for Municipal Services, Gonzalo Delgado Díaz, says “we have been working on this initiative for some time, and in recent months met with all the animal protection agencies on the island who had shown an interest in the Council coming to an agreement with one or more of them to speed up and assist the adoption of animals, mostly dogs, who have been abandoned by their owners. From the Council’s point of view we see these agencies are the ones who can help to promote the adoption of these animals”·.
Under the agreement MADAT (Manos Amigas de los Animales en Tenerife / Friends of animals in Tenerife) commit to taking, over a period of 15 days, all the dogs who can be adopted, and who have passed the 20 days they need to have stayed in the centre, under the municpal by-law, so that owners my reclaim them. The by-law states that once that period has passed the Council is allowed to seek a new owner for the animal, or pass it on to an animal protection agency.

The Dogs Welfare Trust Tenerife will meet the costs of the vet who is also a part of the agreement, and who will include a health report, check for worms, and carry out any other treatment required by the animals such as vaccinations and microchipping.

The current agreement will last for a year and will be overseeen by a committee made up of representatives from each of the involved associations and the Council. An abandoned animal, under the Adeje Council Municicpal Ordenance Regulating The Ownership of Animals, is one wearing no identification, whose owner is unknown to the authorities and is not registered on the census. The Council identifies the animal if it has a micro-chip and lets the owner know he or she has ten days to collect the animal. Once this period of time has passed the Council and the protection agencies who are named in this agreement may offer the dog for adoption.
The Adeje Animal Refuge was created in 2012 at a cost of 120.000 euro financed under the Plan E of the central government. The Centre has individual spaces for up to almost 100 animals depending on their size and whether they are considered dangerour or not. There is also an office and a veterinary zone. The animals are fed different foods according to their age and size and are visited by a qualified vet who attendts to any medical needs they may have.

Councillor Delgado Díaz added that “since October we have been running a wide-spread consiousness raising campaign making people in Adeje more aware of the responsibility that goes with pet ownership. We have placed particular attention on sending out the message to anyone who is thinking about getting a dog to come along to the Refuge first and consider adoption. At the same time, as part of the camaign, we outline both the rights and duties that having a pet involves, such as vaccinations, care and hygiene and particularly the need to be aware of your pet’s behaviour in public spaces, with one of the biggest complaints from the local population being the amount of dog droppings left on the street. To drive the message home the Council, along with the borough’s sanitation company Ascan Torrabonaf, have undertaken a number of wide-ranging initiatives including public meetings, dog exhibitions, workshops in schools, competitions, etc. “

Daniel’s Room

daniels room1Jonay and Rebecca live in Callao Salvaje, and to many seem to be a perfectly happy married couple. Happily married they are, but there is one thing missing – their son.
This couple have suffered many disappointments and set backs in their struggle to have children so after years of set backs decided to adopt, and decided to opt for an international adoption.
The process is a long and frustratingly slow one, with six months needed just to get the initial approval from the regional government. They were questioned and assessed as a couple, outsiders decided whether they would be fit parents or not, their home was visited, checks carried out, but they put up with all the probes and questions knowing that it was for a good reason. And finally, last May, after two years of officialdom and waiting, they were told that a boy residing in an orphanage outside Siberia could be their future son.
Travelling from Tenerife to Madrid, Madrid to Moscow and then flying up to Siberia took its toll, but at the end of the journey was the promise a week in the company of a young boy, two and a half years old, who took to them almost immediately and they to him. The week flew by and leaving with very difficult indeed – Rebecca said she cried at each leg of the journey that took her farther and farther away from the young boy. But they were consoled by the fact that hopefully now it was just a matter of time before they could return to Russia to bring their boy home.
They returned, with difficulty, to their daily lives waiting for the call that would give them a date for the final court appearance in Russia. It was approaching, and Jonay was buying their tickets to fly over at the end of September when the bombshell dropped. The agency told them to hold on bookings as there was a problem, a big problem. Spain, it would appear, failed to renew the adoption agreement with Russia at the end of August and all adoption processes between the two countries have been stopped. They were going nowhere for now.
Devastation, heartbreak, despair. But this couple don’t take problems lying down, and within days the pair had gone online and discovered there were about 500 couples throughout Spain in a similar situation. They joined the campaign and began a whirlwind round of interviews with local media as well as urging people to sign an on-line petition http://www.change.org/es/peticiones/urge-la-firma-del-convenio-de-adopcion-entre-españa-y-rusia, as they hope that will bring extra pressure to bear when the two countries sit down to renegotiate the treaty on October 4th.
They and the other couples don’t want special treatment, they just want to bring their children home. If you see the petition online, please do sign it and join the voices asking for help to make this happen.

http://www.change.org/es/peticiones/urge-la-firma-del-convenio-de-adopci%C3%B3n-entre-espa%C3%B1a-y-rusia