In order to abolish kill shelters, the Portuguese Government promotes the sterilization of dogs and cats until November 30 ... And after that?
The Law no. 27/2016 that abolishes kill shelters "prohibits the euthanasia of stray animals as a form of population control and favours sterilization instead." It is vital that packs of dogs and colonies of cats do not proliferate in public spaces causing public safety and health problems. As very few municipalities had the necessary conditions to carry out sterilizations, the Government issued an order on March 22, 2018 providing municipalities with a budget to promote a campaign to support the sterilization of dogs and cats, which should be used up until November 30 2018. In this very short period to set up and execute this campaign, APABA has put all its means into action to make the most of this opportunity. By the end of November we had been able to sterilize more than 90 dogs and cats from the municipal kennel of Golegã (which is managed by APABA), from our shelter, from colonies of stray cats, from people who want to sterilize their animals but do not have the financial means to do so.
We would like to take advantage of this impulse to reduce the number of puppies and kittens that come to our hands, abandoned to die or surrendered by those who cannot care for them (in one year, more than 100 puppies), but also to contribute for the change of attitude that is necessary to tackle at the root the problem of the disorderly proliferation of pets, which leads to abandonment, neglect and maltreatment, in addition to enormous pressure on the society resources. 2000€ will allow us to sterilize 45 animals in 3 months.
Of course, everything that exceeds this amount will be used in more sterilizations. We commit to show you the use of the money that you entrust to us. We hope to make a difference this way, both in the unwanted reproduction of the dogs and cats in our county and in the change of attitudes that, in the long run, will lead to the disappearance of stray animals in our country, as it is already the case in other European countries.