The Spanish bought more pets in 2019 and adopted less in relation with the previous year and half of the pet owners admit to having paid for at least one of them, according to the Annual Study on Pets in Spain made public this Thursday by the company Tiendanimal.
The data collected from more than 2,400 surveys show that adoptions accounted for 49 percent of total pets acquired in 2019 by the Spanish, compared to 53 percent in 2018, while purchases accounted for 50 percent of the total in 2019, compared to 31 percent a year earlier.
The report details that between 2017 and 2019 there has been an increase of more than seven points in the economic amount for the care of pets, from 1,198 euros per pet per year to 1,282, an increase of 7.3 percent.
Of that figure, 839 euros correspond to food costs, 90 to accessories and toys and 352 to veterinary expenses, a fact that consolidates the trend towards the specialization of the pet market and the growing concern for their well-being.
Dogs remain the main pet in Spain, with a penetration of almost 90 percent among the owners interviewed and with a slight increase in the number of animals on average per household, from 1.4 dogs in 2018 to 1.8 in 2019, and mestizos remain the favorites versus race.
The report also reflects an increase in owners’ interest in the quality of products and services directed at their pets rather than other considerations. Like the price or the brand.
However, there is a decrease in veterinary expenditure, which in 2018 stood at 354 euros per year on average and in 2019 it has remained at 352, while 5 percent of respondents acknowledge that they have never taken their pet to the veterinarian.
Finally, 45 percent of the interviewees – the same percentage as in 2018 – acknowledge that they collaborate with at least one animal protection association in Spain, mainly through actions in social networks or the timely donation of money or product.
The Canine Unit of the Local Police of Alicante has released and rescued 36 mongrel dogs that they were crammed inside a fifty-meter house, located on the avenue of Pintor Gastón Castelló in Alicante, and that they presented a poor state of health.
The rescue operation was initiated by the Canine Unit of the Local Police and Animal Protection officials, following a complaint by an individual for the inconvenience caused by dogs, the noise of barking and smells, and warned that dogs never left home, as reported by the City of Alicante.
Police officers located the house, opened proceedings against the owner and received authorization to access the property, about fifty meters of surface, where they found 36 mongrel dogs of small and medium size, in unhealthy conditions, who moved to the Municipal Shelter for their attention by the veterinary service.
The animals had ocular ulcers for not doing the cleaning, allergic dermatitis with skin problems, extremely long nails, and even a dog had a fracture in the untreated leg, and they were extremely scary due to a bad socialization.
In addition, one of the females had to be operated because there was no certainty that she could carry the pregnancy to term and she attended two puppies of just five days who still had their eyes closed, have indicated the same sources.
The Councilor for Security in the City of Alicante, José Ramón González, has reported that dogs can be adopted and has called on citizens to “call the Local Police or 112 and report when they suspect or have indications that animals are being mistreated for an investigation to begin.”
“The complaints are decisive when it comes to detecting and ending animal abuse, which is a crime,” Gonzalez added.
Those who have four-legged pets know the satisfaction of getting home and that these animals are waiting anxiously to provide a pet after a long day’s work. They not only give sweetieThey also know when you suffer, when you are happy or need company. However, one study has shown that to the huge list of Benefits which brings a dog at home, adds one more: strengthen the relationship as a couple. “The animals, specifically dogs, which imply greater responsibility, build a step prior to that commitment that exists in a relationship », he says Nayara Malnero, expert psychologist in couple therapies.
This study, carried out by Rover.com, platform for pet sitters and walkers, has shown that having an animal friend strengthens the relationship of couples. According to the survey, 64% of Spanish couples say their relationship has been strengthened since they have dogs. In addition, 50% confirm that they spend more quality time together thanks to your partner. «Having a dog can be a previous step to having a child because we see how our partner is getting involved, how we share the tasks, how we commit ourselves. A dog is a small preliminary assessment that can be wonderful, and the couples that organize well for dog care are usually couples who organize well for other things, ”explains the psychologist.
Not all that glitters is gold
Not everything is sewing and singing and it can also be a litmus test for any relationship: it has been shown that having dogs at home has occasional contraindications … Apparently, one in ten people surveyed (10%) states that they have Less sex now that there is a new member in the family, especially because he shares a bed with them. «The dog sleeps with the owners or the dog replaces moments of intimacy. Rover allows us to have a dog, to take care of him, but not to take away certain moments of a couple. That quality time is reduced or that sexuality is reduced by having an animal at home is something we should not allow. It is important not to go from being a couple to being ‘daddy and mommy’ 24 hours a day, ”says Nayara Malnero, a couples expert.
What about millennials?
According to this study, 1 in 5 «millennials»(19%) have decided that their family should consist only of dogs and not children. Almost half say that having a pet means having a life together. In addition, they are the ones who decide to be “parents” before: one in four does so in the first year of relationship. «Millennials are deciding not having children but having a dog. This form of care can be reflected in something that is not as important dedication as a child, but dogs, ”says the couples psychologist. However, this is also source of conflict. Apparently, for millennials, having a pet can be a source of conflict. Almost a quarter of them (around 23%) confirm that their partners get jealous because they pay more attention to their dogs than to them. As they say, many of them “publish more photos of their dogs than their partners on social networks.”
The third edition of the Annual Study on Pets in Spain, carried out by Tentenimal, It was presented this Thursday with the data corresponding to 2019. It is the only study in Spain that presents a complete radiography of the sector. In addition, this report offers the main data on everything related to the world of domestic animals, the most common types of pets, care, how to relate to them, how and how much we consume in their maintenance, etc.
With over 2,400 responses collected, the report is divided into three large areas –General (pets in homes and pet owners), Veterinarians and Animal Protection Associations–, and shows the evolution and trends of this increasingly consolidated sector in our country.
One of the highlights of the report is that people who declare that at least one of their pets has come into their life or through purchase from a breeder (19%), or through purchase in a store (16% ) or through the purchase to an individual (15%) add up to 50%, while in 2018 these three groups represented 31% and in 2017 44%. In 2018, only adoptions accounted for 53% (in 2019 49%), so there is a detriment in this regard. However, adoption remains the main form of arrival of a pet in the home, followed by street collection, with 34% of the situations declared by the interviewees.
Increase maintenance expense
Regarding the expenditure and consumption of products and services for domestic animals, the Study has shown that, from 2017 to 2019, there has been an increase of more than seven points in the money spent on domestic animals; specifically, it has gone from 1,198 euros per pet per year to 1,282.18 in 2019, which represents a growth of 7.3%.
Of that figure, € 839.76 correspond to food expenses; € 90 to accessories and toys; Y € 352.42 to veterinary expenses. This data consolidates the trend already detected a few years ago regarding the super specialization of the pet market and the growing awareness of their well-being, translated into an increase also in the budget for domestic animals.
The first dogs on the list
The data of this edition of the Annual Study on Pets in Spain reveal that dogs remain the main pet in Spain, with a penetration of almost 90% among the owners interviewed and also with a slight increase in the number of dogs On average, from 1.4 dogs on average in each household to 1.8 in just one year. When asked what breeds their dogs are, they claim that 34% are mestizos and, among pure breeds, the most frequent are Yorkshire (6.1%) and Labrador (5.1%). In 39.8% of cases, dog owners answer that their dog is neither mongrel nor breed, using the option «Other»; probably a good part of this percentage is also about mestizos.
Quality above all
Within the super specialization that is taking place in this sector, the quality of products and services is a value that consumers are taking more into account: when buying food, when choosing a store to buy an accessory or when Choose a service with respect to another for a pet, the owners claim that quality is the factor that is most taken into account in the purchase decision, ahead of other considerations such as price or brand.
Decrease spending and visits to the veterinarian
Although the Spanish are investing more money in the general care of their pets, in this edition of the Study it has been detected that, both those responsible for animals and veterinarians, declare that the money allocated to veterinary services decreases: in 2018 the owners declared to spend 354 euros a year on this item compared to the 352 they claim to declare in 2019, and the veterinarians claimed that the owners spent 340 euros in their clinics in 2018 compared to 334 in 2019; This year has been the first time that both owners and veterinarians agree in this drop in spending on animal health professionals. In fact, the Spaniards also claim to take the veterinarian less and less to their pets; a worrying 5% declare never having taken it.
Increase investment in professional education
A slight increase in the recruitment of professional educators for pets has been perceived in this edition of the Study, from 20 to 23% of the share of owners who invest in them. In fact, 13% declare that their pet is not well educated and that the main problems derived from it are nervousness, little or no sociability or behavioral problems. It is important to emphasize that education is essential for living with pets and that many of the problems, whose most dramatic resolution is abandonment, can be solved with the help of professionals.
The Spaniards committed to the protectors
In the section dedicated to animal protection associations in Spain, regarding pet owners’ responses about their collaboration with them, a good level is maintained to get involved with protective associations, with 45% of those interviewed collaborating with the least one of them. As for the ways of collaborating, the support of actions in social networks and the timely donation of money or product are the main forms of collaboration, with results similar to 2018.
A 18,000 year old puppy It has baffled scientists: they don’t know if it’s a wolf or a dog. Dogor -which means «friend» in the Yakutia language-, as it has been baptized by its Russian discoverers, was found near Yakutsk, in eastern Siberia. Frozen in permafrost, it still retains its nose, fur and fangs noticeably intact.
Using carbon dating on the creature’s rib bone, experts from the Paleogenetic Center of Sweden were able to confirm that the specimen had been frozen for approximately 18 millennia. However, until now DNA tests have not been able to prove whether the animal was a dog or a wolf.
“It is usually relatively easy to tell the difference between the two,” he tells CNN David Stanton, researcher of the Paleogenetic Center.
We now have some news on the 18,000 year old #wolf or #dog puppy.
Genome analyses shows it’s a male. So we asked our Russian colleagues to name it …
Thus, the name of the puppy is Dogor!
Dogor is a Yakutian word for “friend”, which seems very suitable. pic.twitter.com/epIz8mEpVW
– Center for Palaeogenetics (@CpgSthlm) November 25, 2019
In addition, it is the case that the period in which the canid is dated is «a very interesting moment in terms of evolution of wolves and dogs»: «We do not know exactly when the dogs were tamed, but it may have been around that time. We are interested in knowing if it is a dog or a wolf, or maybe be something halfway between the two“, it states.
When do we domesticate dogs?
It is believed that modern dogs were domesticated from wolves, but it is not clear when: in 2017, a study published in the journal “Nature Communications” found that modern dogs were domesticated from a single population of wolves ago. 20,000 to 40,000 years.
In contrast, a 2016 Oxford University study, published in the journal “Science”, suggested that dogs were domesticated independently in two different places in the Paleolithic from gray wolves: once in Asia and once in Europe.
Researchers at the Paleogenetic Center explained through Twitter that genome analysis had revealed that the puppy was male. You will still have more tests to find out more about its origins.
Here is another amazing find from the Belaya Gora site!
Radiocarbon dating says it 18,000 years old.
Question: is it a #wolf cub, or possibly the oldest #dog ever found?
We are hoping to answer this by sequencing it’s genome (it has 43% endogenous DNA).
The dog influencer Pipper has visited this Wednesday Madridejos (Toledo) to present his new comic, along with the illustrator Ismael Cañadilla. This little character has become famous for going around Spain and promoting the dog friendly wherever I stepped.
On his visit to the town of Toledo, Pipper He has been able to visit the Saffron Museum which, from that same day, accepts tourists and visitors with educated dogs. It has also been received by students of the schools “Love of God” and “Garcilaso de la Vega”, who have been made aware of how important is the care and education of your pet, so they can accompany them in their day a day.
The singular traveler is the protagonist of «The adventures of Pipper». A story that can be read by people of all ages and developed in museums, castles or restaurants visited by the dog. The purpose of this fun reading, in addition to the responsibility of having a pet to receive a good education and the integration of these animals, is end abandonments.
This story is written by the Pamplona Julia Julia Montejo and the journalist from San Pablo Pablo Muñoz Gabilondo (Pipper’s human). This volume was published in November and had a great reception in the bookstores of the country, so this week, the second edition will be released. The book is priced at 19.95 euros.
A court of Chantada (Lugo) has opened proceedings for the case of Alma, the battered dog in this municipality that is raising a wave of indignation. In a video that has gone viral a neighbor of the town appeared, later identified by the Civil Guard, that after hitting him shot her brutally. The dog, who just became a mother, died last Tuesday in a veterinary hospital in Lugo. Their puppies are in perfect condition and are already being taken care of by a host family.
Chantada’s neighbor, who is a hunter, faces multiple complaints. The Superior Prosecutor’s Office of Galicia has appeared as a public prosecution in the case. The shelter El Refugio, in Madrid, has also done so. Other entities such as Mundo Vivo or the animalist party Pacma have announced their decision to appear, as well as the College of Veterinarians of Lugo.
Through a statement, the shelter El Refugio explained that the hunter acknowledged before the Civil Guard to be the author of the shots. According to the report of the Civil Guard to which they have had access, about 12.15 hours on November 30, a patrol went to the national road 540, in that municipality of Lucía, after receiving a warning. Upon arrival, he identified the alleged perpetrator of the events, “a local neighbor” and two witnesses to what happened that day. According to the report, the man «admits in the presence of the agents that he shot the animal with a shotgun since appeared about fifteen days ago in the area and that, in addition, in a nearby shed of his property was a litter of puppies ».
Based on what has been collected in these proceedings, he maintains that the Civil Guard intervened the man «a Benelli brand shotgun from the trunk of his car», at the time that he was transferred to be investigated as alleged author of a crime of animal abuse. Regarding the witnesses of the events, he states that they told the Civil Guard that the man told them «I am a hunter» and «the dog is abandoned» as justification for having made the shot.
The Public Ministry has assured Ep that as long as the instruction is not completed, the writing will not be made with the possible penalties that the hunter may request. Against the author of the shots could also take legal action the Spanish Hunting Federation since what happened «threatens the principles of hunting and animal welfare». “We don’t want these images to relate to us,” they said.
From the Xunta they have explained that the veterinary clinic of Chantada to which they were transferred on Saturday confirmed that Alma’s puppies “did not present injuries” and that they “did not suffer abuse.” After what happened, they have recalled that the competence to act in cases of abandoned animals “correspond to the municipalities”. However, at the request of the City Council of Chantada, the Xunta on Tuesday supervised the transfer of the puppies “to an authorized animal shelter” where they were registered and registered. The dogs are already being cared for by a host family that collaborates with the center. “When they are older, they can be given up for adoption to different families as is usually done in cases of abandoned animals,” they added.
In relation to this case, the Animalist Association Libera has advanced that it will transfer to the different political groups with institutional representation in the City Council of Chantada, the Diputación de Lugo and the Parliament of Galicia a motion «With the aim of showing public revulsion for the terrible case of animal abuse resulting in death» in Chantada.
Animalists denounce that in Galicia there are “hundreds of cases of cruelty and abandonment that do not produce any sanction or conviction.” On the motion, they point out that the goal is for administrations to “be aware that it is a public problem, not just people concerned with animal welfare and NGOs.” In line with this, they ask, in addition to social awareness campaigns, that the Xunta de Galicia “be involved, as an accusation, in cases of abuse and neglect that reach the courts or that this initiative is ex officio whenever possible” . This entity also emphasizes that the Lugo Veterinary College announces its intention to also appear in relation to this case.
The viral video in which a Chantada hunter was seen brutally hitting and shooting this bitch last weekend has generated a stir in social networks and especially among the users of the most meaningful ones with the defense of animals . Among them, the journalist and writer Arturo Pérez Reverte, a recognized defender of animal welfare, who has hit this hunter hard, whose acts are being investigated by a court in this town of Lucía.
In his first publication on this subject, Pérez Reverte wondered if “there would be volunteers” to infringe the hunter the same damage and suffering that this had caused to the dog, who died hours later because of the wounds. More than ten thousand people have shared the writer’s tweet.
Would there be volunteers to do it to him? … I wonder. I just wonder. Https://t.co/e7Y6BOKMgQ
– Arturo Pérez-Reverte (@perezreverte) December 1, 2019
The next day, Arturo Pérez Reverte went a little further and held the laxity of the Spanish legislation responsible for this type of events continuing to occur.
Eighteen months (which he will not fulfill) can fall to this miserable one, at most. But the fault is not only yours. Also of the garbage of Spanish laws on animal welfare and that indifferent crowd, the politicians, who do nothing to harden them.https: //t.co/VnzMUPOKbv
– Arturo Pérez-Reverte (@perezreverte) December 3, 2019
«Eighteen months (which will not meet) you can fall to this miserable, at most», lamented the writer, who blamed “the scope of Spanish laws on animal welfare, and that indifferent crowd, politicians, who does nothing to harden them.”
In his statement before the Civil Guard, this neighbor of Chantada would have admitted “that he shot the animal with a shotgun since it appeared about fifteen days ago in the area and that, in addition, in a nearby shed of his property was a litter of puppies », As reported by the shelter El Refugio. The puppies are in perfect condition, attended by a host family.
Chantada’s neighbor, who is a hunter, faces multiple complaints. The Superior Prosecutor’s Office of Galicia has appeared as a public prosecution in the case. The shelter El Refugio, in Madrid, has also done so. Other entities such as Mundo Vivo or the animalist party Pacma have announced their decision to appear, as well as the College of Veterinarians of Lugo.
Surge of reactions
The outrage expressed by Pérez Reverte on the social network Twitter has not been the only one that has resonated these days. Crowds of familiar faces, from politics to cinema or television have spoken to denounce what happened and demand, through the change.org platform, that justice be done. So far they have more than 22,000 signatures. On the website of the Pacma animal party, the rubrics have exceeded 50,000 in just five days.
A “man” shot and dragged his dog in Chantada with a rope. “I shoot who gets out of the balls”, and goes unpunished. Can you help me by signing here to not allow him or any similar scum to go unpunished? Thank you. https://t.co/bDJ7Zbwj14
– Andrés Suárez (@andressuareztwi) December 2, 2019
Help us to demand from the future Government of Spain a tightening of the Criminal Code for crimes of animal abuse. That cases like that of the Chantada savage, who shot and beaten his dog, are not unpunished. https://t.co/7IlaBVEuTd
– Anabel Alonso Oficia (@AnabelAlonso_of) December 2, 2019
This is an eyesore, this heinous abuser of a dog is a danger to society, Please sign and broadcast: //t.co/dmIipRJo9G
– Rosa Montero (@BrunaHusky) December 2, 2019
Alma dies, the dog battered by the Chantada hunter he shot, hit and dragged brutally because: “I can shoot shots to whoever gets me out of the balls” The prosecution should act against this heartless murderer. To prison! pic.twitter.com/z7U6BhApkQ
– José Zaragoza (@J_Zaragoza_) December 4, 2019
How the hell can you do something like that to your dog, bad guy? Who we have one know that they are unconditional and irreplaceable friends. Bad beast, fuck it. https://t.co/aBmK2Vr27a
– Antonio Naranjo (@AntonioRNaranjo) December 2, 2019
Among the tweeters who have spoken are the Ferrolano singer-songwriter Andrés Suárez, the actress Anabel Alonso, the journalist Antonio Naranjo or the socialist deputy José Zaragoza. Other familiar faces have chosen to retweet the messages of the Pacma, as for example did Dani Rovira, one of the public figures most committed to animal welfare.
Hunters who are poachers or those who kill and mistreat your dogs are going to eat the eggs from behind. (Tweet only for those mentioned)
(Alluded to: 1. adj. Said of a person or thing: That reference is made to it, without naming it)
For most of tail hunters, among which I include myself, charging is the final part of any successful hunting set. It is a mixture of emotions – anxiety, patience, joy, satisfaction, sensitivity – that, when executed effectively, raises the mood to any hunting dog lover. One of the best scenes of the hunter who raises and educates his dog comes when the puppy brings his first hunting piece in style. The “bring” is truly an essential episode in the hunting and training of the shotgun dog. It is the demonstration of the conjunction between discipline, submission of the dog and the authority of its owner. And, nevertheless, the difficult thing is not usually to obtain the realization of the gesture, but the fact of keeping the habit and practicing it with diligence and ease in any situation.
It’s in the dog hunter instinct Search and chase hunting pieces. Take hold of these dams and, in the form of natural behavior, even tear and eat them. However, the hunter’s coexistence with his dog, first classroom education and then in the field, convert that tandem into a rapport and hierarchical team where the hunter is the leader and the dog fulfills orders. Mandates always simple and assimilated in a positive environment, always rewarded with praise, caresses and treats. In the case of sample dogs or lifting dogs, the basic principle does not change: it is essential first of all that the dog blindly trusts its owner. This harmony is the basis for quickly and effectively executing the call, the “come here”, a precondition for later undertaking the teaching of “bring it”. The puppy is raised in an environment of dependence on people They attend it. From the beginning you have to manage the food with socializing, affectionate and repetitive calls that attract attention and attract the puppy, or the litter. When the dog reaches four months he will individually learn the “come here”, in closed spaces first and in open surfaces later. It is important that the puppy learn to accompany its owner, on a leash and without it, until the owner gives free rein. When you answer the call perfectly, diligently and bluntly, we can train you with complaints. In the same order: a runner without distraction, at the beginning. A space with visibility and isolation, when the claim is launched in open.
For hunting dogs It is better to wear gloves or soft claims in the first age. Harder claims inside lined with rabbit fur / hare in the second phase of training, to avoid hard mouths. Finally, let’s use dead hunting, that they smell it, know it and nibble it. Afterwards, the dog can go out and get used to the detonations and the collection with quail. In the delivery, the hunter covers the last three meters and goes out to meet his pupil. The whole process must be gradual, repetitive and without any punishment, only prizes. Repetition is the soul of teaching (S. Pons, 1956). The absence of prizes sanctions the ruling. Brief and fun sessions. The mouth of the hunting dog must be sacred and only the hunter must touch it. No toys, no pulls, even just syrups that avoid complicated pills. Some dogs charge because they like it and others do it out of obedience, hence the importance of trials. Always with the dog rested, to support us in the game. Always with the puppy with appetite, to reinforce with prize treats. The young dog gets to overcome his instincts of independence in the apprehension of pieces, in the game and in the recreation, until surrendering to the discipline of his human “boss”. A small miracle that the hunter manages to repeat day after day in the bush.
Man, through canine generations, has been shaping the submission of his predecessors; in return it protected them from hunger and inclement weather. It is the selection process of hunting dog, which has led some races to specialize in the collection of parts, even developing a mechanized instinct for capture and delivery. As the case of the retrievers, a set of breeds that the English used as a collection dog, without much initiative in the search, next to their sample dogs. The Anglo-Saxons have sought perfection in the recovery of pieces, which has led many labrador specimens to an eager and surprising desire to collect all kinds of objects, stones, sticks, balls … that in their urban version are meaningless, although in the eyeings they demonstrate its great utility.
We, the Spanish hunters, require the shotgun dog to charge, and it seems rejection that a sample dog does not. The specialization of the English and the contests have led many pointers to despise dead hunting. Although the sample or stop is the quintessence of dog hunting, the collection capacity essentially adorns the shotgun dog. It is unfortunate to be accompanied by a dog that does not vibrate, obey and exert itself before the sets with wounded parts. The Dr. Muñoz Seca (1951) left sentence: «If the dog does not take the hunt, for me it is a dog so defective that I do not want it. I prefer a medium-sized dog that charges well, to a wonderful dog that doesn’t bring; because apart from the hunt that is lost, it avoids a series of comings and goings and races that make the hunt less comfortable ».
The set of charges sometimes reaches a great emotion: Touched hares, turtles, patiquebrate rabbits. “Bringing” is not the same as “charging.” It is not the same to immediately bring dead or wounded hunting, often by sight, than to recover wounded pieces that exhaust their forces in slipping away. The selection of shotgun dogs has broken the barriers of selfish instinct, to facilitate the bringing and delivery. Although there are specimens and races that tend to have a hard mouth, like a curse for the hunter. On the other end are soft-spoken dogs, like my pachones, who love to bring, although some more children kill hunting badly when they are young. If the hunt is touched in the field, surgent need to combine winds and trail. Its ability to track allows the dog to hunt with wind at full speed, although this requires learning. To this famous V / R binomial, the victor dogs, bred for the competition, who fail when it comes to real hunting in which the hunter appreciates the charge more than the lift have renounced. At that moment of the shot with doubts is when the hunter must know how to help the dog. If he has faculties, putting him on the ball will be enough for the dog to hit the trail, without any mistakes to confuse him. If it only winds, the dog will suffer more to find the piece, you have to put it on the air with voice prompts and take the shot references or the point of demolition.
Payment conditions change with the day, with the terrain, with the humidity, with the wind, with the dogs that surround yours and their nesting, with the pieces of the hunter, with the confidence of the dog with the members of the gang … The response of the dogs The collection and the experience of breeding has led me to a multitude of experiences. I will end with anecdotes that I keep in my memory as hat collections in Navarre patches: the impressive ability for the double collection of Fernando Megía’s dog, Alajú Martín, with two rabbits, two pigeons … That hare in the Plains with my dog Alajú Mancha, who knew it leaded and appeared with her after many unforgettable minutes. The joys with which my dog Alajú Sumo presented me in the cold collection of several partridges for companions in Alarilla. The confident phlegm of Gabriel Ferret and his gangmates, who are able to wait sitting on a wall while their dogs charge with unusual security the partridges in the thick garriga of Mallorca.
The hell of Drogo ended the day when a group of volunteers rescued him wandering, with his leg broken, between the barracks of the conflictive Sector 6 of the Cañada Real. His owner had abandoned him with a wire tied to one of its extremities. For six months, this greyhound’s fear of any contact with the human being led him to flee from everything – and from everyone – for mere survival. Until one day he was hooked on a fence and his particular “rope” was about to cost him his death. “Such was the panic he had, that two people approached him to help him and Drogo pulled and pulled the wire until the leg was torn off,” says the president of the Animal Rescue Team (ERA) association, Susana Rubio, who, with the help of other colleagues, he was able to rescue him after six months of hard work.
Like Drogo, there are many animals in a situation of helplessness that now, with the beginning of dismantling of Sector 6, have blown all the alarms. After several meetings with the Madrid City Council (to which this area belongs entirely), the regional government, the Madrid Association of Pet Veterinarians (Amvac), Protectors and Project Canada (which focuses its rescue efforts in this long-lived market of the drug of the capital), the Commissioner of the Government of the Community of Madrid for the Cañada Real Galiana constituted last October a working table for animal protection.
In the first session, the commissioner’s sources explain, an action protocol has been established to safeguard its integrity in each of the undertaken relocations. “Through Project Canada we make an inventory of the animals that families have and study their casuistry,” they stress, in a work that includes Two boarding line: «We differentiate, on the one hand, those animals that cannot be carried, such as exotic or invasive species; and, on the other, those who would have the possibility of being transferred to their new homes ».
The choice of the latter corresponds to the outgoing inhabitants, that have the obligation to put the chip, vaccinate them, deworm them and, optionally, also sterilize them. “The animals that they host in their new homes are usually small dogs,” says Project Canada spokeswoman Isabel Sanz, aware that the so-called potentially dangerous dogs, cats, horses and other farm species, such as chickens, goats or Vietnamese pigs , should be referred to other spaces: «The City Council says it has no capacity to accommodate them, so it is we who are collecting all we can, who are looking for a residence (in the case of dogs) with the objective end of ending in family foster homes ».
In the case of farm animals, the so-called sanctuaries (outdoor places where they can remain indefinitely) represent the desired destination for the protectors. “We try to avoid at all costs that they end up being slaughtered in a slaughterhouse,” adds Sanz. For four years, two officially, Project Canada travels weekly Sector 6 next to a veterinarian so that families can bring their animals closer: “In all this time we have not managed to make people aware that the dog is a companion animal, instead of a surveillance instrument that can be discarded once they do not need it.”
For this reason, the work of social entities and mediating teams seems fundamental to make families aware that animals cannot be abandoned. “We are in talks with Proyecto Cañada and other protectors to carry out information campaigns and establish a second protocol of action in the face of these types of situations,” said the commissioner. Before moving to their new flats, the inhabitants of the Canada who leave with dogs, especially those potentially dangerous, receive a training course to facilitate the coexistence with the rest of neighbors. In these situations, they have to take the corresponding licenses and lower them to the street with the muzzle on and a belt of less than 2 meters.
For the most complex rescue operations, the Animal Rescue Team (ERA) works in continuous collaboration with Proyecto Cañada in order to prevent abandoned animals from starving or resulting from the wounds caused by some uncivil inhabitants. “In La Canada there is everything, people who take care of their animals and others who, when they no longer serve them, choose the option to leave them to their fate and even kill them,” says Susana Rubio, with the cruel experience of having witnessed heartbreaking scenes: “We have found dogs destroyed, hanged, with bullet shots … Cats that are used as targets, while some neighbors of the Canada have seen even the skeleton of a mutilated zebra.”
This team works with routines, that is, food primers that they place in the same place and at the same time to attract hungry animals and thus be able to capture them. There are many occasions, however, that this task requires effort and time. “We can spend whole nights waiting without luck for a copy to appear or that when we go to catch it, it will be terrified,” Rubio emphasizes. In these cases, they use a series of “traps” so that they end up entering large cages, previously placed.
Unlike Project Canada (which takes over 85 percent of the animals that save -the rest derive them-), ERA is only dedicated to rescue tasks, with Animals with a new course (Acunr) being the protector that hosts the largest number of species released by its team: «Luckily not We are the only ones who actively work in La Cañada, there are other associations and individuals with whom we have been collaborating closely for years: those of Proyecto Cañada and Acunr, La Luz animal, PPPeludos Adoptions Toledo, Baby-Face, Classy Chuchos, Fighting for PPPs, Life4Pitbulls, TAO Centro Canino, Terrican Adopta, Trapitos LaPi, Animalejos, Doganzo, Greyhounds of the Sun, Las Nieves, My Friend with 4 Legs … ». Anonymous heroes who offer a second chance to the most forgotten inhabitants of the Canada.