The City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the Official College of Veterinarians of Las Palmas launch another year the campaign 'We are not a toy' to raise awareness about the responsible acquisition of pets and remember that animals are not a toy to buy today and leave tomorrow. In addition, it is to promote the adoption against the purchase on some dates such as Christmas, as there are studies that show that approximately 40% of abandoned pets in Spain come from gifts.
The Councilor for Development, Public Services and Carnival, Immaculate Medina, asks for maximum citizen collaboration to remember that pets are the best company, but that you have to follow a series of tips so that they do not become a toy anymore. "We always have to be aware that it is better to adopt than to buy and that once acquired, we must put a microchip to our pet, vaccinate and deworm it, give it the veterinary attention it needs, guarantee its care and proper nutrition, provide daily walks and always pick up their excrement on the street, "he says.
As of November 30, 2018, there were a total of 69,019 dogs and cats registered in The Gran Canarian palms, of which 62,469 are dogs.
In these 11 months of the year, 940 abandoned animals have been collected: 601 dogs; 302 cats; and the rest hens.
"With regard to the year 2017 there has been a decrease in the collection of dogs of 19%, but an increase in cats of 26%," says Medina, who insists that we must continue working and asking for the maximum responsibility of all the world to avoid these dropouts.
The months of highest peaks of abandonment have been April and May. The abandonment of dogs without a microchip is five times higher than that of dogs with a microchip.
According to the Affinity Foundation, the main causes of pet abandonment in Spain are economic factors, unwanted litters, behavior of the animal and loss of interest on the part of the owners.
The majority profile of the abandoned dog is adult, healthy and without specific breed. They are followed by adult, healthy and also mestizo cats.
Following Affinity data, more than 40% of these pets are gifts, followed by the purchase (20%) and in less amount adoptions, which represent between 5% and 8% of the total. That's why it's also important to encourage adoption versus purchase.