Animal group: New San Fernando pound a 'backward step'
One animal welfare group is of the view that the proposed new San Fernando pound is a backward step.
The Animals 360 Foundation, based in El Socorro, said simply building a new animal shelter in San Fernando will not solve the problem of stray dogs and cats.
"We are saddened to read of the proposed reintroduction of the San Fernando pound. This is a backward step that will not solve the problem."
Earlier this month, Minister of Rural Development and Local Government, Kazim Hosein, announced that $3 million would be allocated for a new animal pound in San Fernando.
The group is of the opinion that the San Fernando Corporation should instead partner with private organisations to tackle the problem at the root, instead of simply addressing overcrowding.
"We would urge the San Fernando Corporation to partner with the private sector, the animal welfare NGOs and citizens to develop an all-encompassing approach to a humane animal care."
"This must include shelter facilities with proper rehabilitation and management practices and more importantly spay and neuter programmes that reach out to the communities," the group said.
Special $300 spay/neuter deal for World Spay Day
In light of this, the group is offering a special cheap rate of $300 for spaying and neutering animals at clinics in Central and South Trinidad.
For many people, $300 means a ticket to the next Carnival fete, but for many animals, this money could mean a life free from pain, suffering and fear.
In honour of World Spay Day, Animals 360 has partnered with select clinics throughout Central and South Trinidad to offer a special rate of $300 to spay or neuter cats or dogs for the month of February.
World Spay Day, celebrated on February 27, 2018, is celebrated internationally and draws attention to the need for spaying and neutering animals in order to limit the prevalence of stray animals.
The group said there are many cases of stray dogs, cats, kittens and puppies who are left abandoned and in terrible conditions.
"On a daily basis dogs, cats, puppies and kittens are being abandoned and left to fend for themselves and these stray and homeless dogs and cats are subjected to abuse and/or killed simply because they do not have a home."
"The breeding of these stray and homeless animals are the cause for the population explosion of homeless animals who roam our communities and are suffering without food, shelter and the protection and compassion of mankind."
The group says the only logical response is to limit the population and thereby prevent the rise of unwanted cats and dogs.
"Animals 360’s community outreach programme is focused on promoting animal wellness and pride in how we care for our animals. The key focus of the programme is to responsibly reach the citizenry, caretakers and protectors of companion animals (dogs and cats) nationwide to promote animal welfare best practices and spay and neuter practices."
"World Spay Day will be celebrated by the international community on the 27th February, 2018 and in recognition of this Animals 360 is promoting a low cost special of $300 all month long to spay and neuter your pets."
The group says this is being done in conjunction with three participating vets in Central and South Trinidad.
"Developing a first world culture of compassion for animal welfare will be key to gaining first world status. The solution will not come from Government mandated solutions to problems that stem from cultural upbringing but must be nurtured through behavioural example."
"The government cannot solve the problem of animal homelessness and cruelty as long as the citizenry is irresponsible. It is incumbent for the public and private sector including every citizen to work together to promote animal welfare by example and best practices in caring for our animals."
The group said animal cruelty remains a serious problem in Trinidad and Tobago.
"Animal cruelty is a serious problem in Trinidad and Tobago. We believe that the solution to this problem is the responsibility of all the people but we also believe that it must be driven through enforceable legislation which must address both prevention of cruelty and standards for care."
"As caring compassionate citizens we can all do our part - spay and neuter our pets. It is the first step to a national solution," the group said.
Interested pet owners can call 352-0976 for an appointment and be assigned a vet. Offer good as long as appointments are available.