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.
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The course is part of the Adeje: Clean and Healthy campaign
The Adeje Youth Centre is currently running the first dog training course offered by the council, and it lasts until May 8th. The course leader is professional trainer Juan Carlos Gaspar Abreu. The initiative comes under the borough-wide Adeje Clean and Healthy campaign and is now entering the practical phase where participants, human and canine, will begin to demonstrate what they have learnt in the workshops.
According to the councillor with responsibility for the campaign, Esther Rivero Vargas, “the main objective is that citizens take the care and education of their pets seriously At the practical classes we will now see how the lessons learnt during the theoretical phase can be put into practise in the areas of behaviour and obedience”.
This practical part of the course will concentrate on the civil training – in other words how the dog behaves in public, how it walks, does it listen to the owner, wait when told to, etc..
At the same time participants will be shown the right way to address the behavioural problems of each dog and how to react as owners. The trainer has carried out an assessment of each dog and owner to get to this part of the course and will give individual tips on correcting any particular problems. Students will also receive lessons in sport training adapted for each dog and owner as well as different habits and behavioural patterns of dogs.
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. “