The Cabildo de Gran Canaria has taken over the management of the main island animal shelter in Bañaderos, located near the Arucas coast on the north of Gran Canaria. The facility will temporarily remain in the hands of public company Gesplan whose main objective will be to improve facilities and increase adoptions so as to significantly reduce the need for euthanasia every year.
In line with a new management model, the Cabildo and Gesplan have dedicated special attention to improving the working conditions within the animal shelter in addition to designing a project to renovate the infrastructure with €150,000 during the first year.
For the Environment Minister, Juan Manuel Brito, it is a priority to improve the living conditions of animals at the shelter, which is why the council has budgeted more than half a million euros for this purpose, with €380,000 being made available to modernise the management model and a €150,000 investment to improve the facilities.
The Cabildo has also commissioned the Veterinary College of Las Palmas to produce a ‘Pet Plan’ with measures to improve the situation of domestic animals on the island which, it is planned, will also contain recommendations on the model of animal shelter most suitable for Gran Canaria.
Each year more than 10,000 animals are reportedly abandoned on Gran Canaria, cats and dogs, of which about 5,000 end up at the Island animal shelter Alberque de Bañaderos. It is a very high figure that requires a significant reduction in the number of abandonments through control and identification of domestic animals and campaigns to raise awareness. This new initiative will also help to set clearer standards for those wishing to help abandoned animals with legal requirements that must be observed by shelters and rescue organisations.