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Guia de Isora backs animal campaign and new shelters 

Guía de Isora has expressed its wholehearted support for measures in favour of the responsible treatment of pets.

After Tenerife Cabildo announced an information campaign on the identification of dogs and another of awareness and promotion of adoptions to combat the abandonment of animals, the local council says it will continue to do as much as it can as well.

Francisco Baute, councillor for environment, met with representatives of munici-palities throughout the island and insular councillor Jesus Morales to analyse the situation of treatment of animals on the island .

Sr. Baute showed his support for the Cabildo’s proposals and appreciates that at the island level the efforts of the municipalities are coordinated and supported.

Guía de Isora is a leader in the responsible treatment of pets. Currently, the munici-pality has a service provided by the refuge Accion del Sol for the collection and recep-tion of animals that meets the highest quality standards. Although the competition for the collection of abandoned animals falls to the town councils, the Cabildo works in parallel in the creation of an island network of shelters to cover the existing demand with a supply of publicly owned places that meet the needs of the island.

In the south area of Tenerife, the only municipal public shelter, located in Adeje, does not have enough places, so it is proposed to build a medium-term regional shelter that caters for these municipalities and also to Guia de Isora.

For the northern zone, which currently depends on private refuges, it would be necessary to build two regional hostels in the Valley of La Orotava and Icod de los Vinos. In the case of the south-eastern zone, from Candelaria and Arico, the idea would be to expand the shelter of Tierra Blanca, which is directly managed by the Cabildo, with an additional 100 places, in order to meet the demand.

In Tenerife, there are currently 20 dog shelters with an estimated capacity of 2,230 places, which is not enough to absorb the abandonment because to accommodate new animals it is necessary to adopt the dogs that currently occupy the shelters. While puppies, breed dogs and small dogs are more easily adopted, the same is not true for large dogs or potentially dangerous dogs.