The City of San Bartolomé de Tirajana has begun “integral improvements” to the Municipal Kennel located in Tarajea, having authorised a first phase investment of €18,000. The mayor, Marco Aurelio Pérez Sánchez, and Councilor for Public Health, Francisco Pérez López, recently visited the facility to check on progress at the facility following its reopening in 2016 after more than six years being closed. The municipal shelter, now managed by Snoopy Veterinary Clinic, has a capacity of 25 places for abandoned dogs.

Included in the improvements made at the installation, were the enlargement of some enclosures to facilitate better transit of older dogs, flooring has been changed to provide a non-slip surface and automatic drinking fountains were installed, with continuous water supplied in all the rooms that house dogs.

Likewise, the walls of the enclosures were painted, and improvements made in the separated areas where cats are housed, as well as dogs with suspected diseases.

A second phase of work is planned to replace metal doors with corrosion resistant material.

The mayor of San Bartolomé de Tirajana explained that it is the intention of the municipal government to have a municipal animal collection service set up.