The Welcome Centre and Treatment of Domestic Animals (CATAD) attached to the Department of Health of the City of Cartagena has managed to expand and strengthen its services to citizens.
If the former municipal kennel whose main task was to collect from the streets of stray dogs and sacrifice, has become a center where people place increasing confidence when purchasing a pet or incinerate your pet after your death.
The new and modern facilities in La Asomada CATAD have been key to this transformation of the service, as explained by the councilman of Health, Nicolás Ángel Bernal, aimed at improving housing conditions and treatment of animals, the absence of a maximum subsistence and development of a program to promote adoptions.
So in 2007 the guard reached CATAD 1,584 animals, of which approximately 471 "third-were later given up for adoption and 93 people rescued by the owners, after having lost.
Some of the adoptive parents from other regions or even other countries, who knew the existence of this service through the web, traveled to Cartagena to formalize the process.
So far this year, until March 2008 and 117 adoptions were arranged.
The adoption service offering through the Internet was also important, according to the council.
The CATAD Web portals is one of the most visited city records, some 22,000 in 2007.
It citizens are photographs of the animals entered and may enter its adoption.
Another change occurred in the service has referred to the medium how animals come to the center.
This has gone from collecting on the streets the primary means, to be the owners who surrender their pets at the center when their personal circumstances prevent them from adequately met, hoping that they are finally adopted by other citizens.
In 2007, the 1,584 animals admitted, 756 were collected from public roads, and 828 delivered by their owners.
The dogs are still the majority of animals admitted: 1,294 in 2007, compared to 279 cats in the same year.
The identification of all Pets and Wildlife through a microchip, has also allowed the CATAD know the number of domestic animals in the municipality, which, on 31 December 2007 amounted to 10,654
Finally include the launch of pet cremation service.
Traditionally, the bodies of pets that died were thrown into a garbage container, buried in a field by their owners or cremation was handled by a private company.
Animals also died in the Municipal Shelter were buried in a plot of municipal solid waste landfill.
The construction of an incinerator for the disposal of dead pets in the CATAD has dignifying death and control of animal health and hygiene problems by avoiding possible sources of infection, contamination of water ...
The service has become operational recently and is still not well known by citizens.
Can be used to dead animals under 60 pounds.
There is a pick of the body at home, within 24 hours.
Those interested must pay a fee ranging from 19 euros a simple cremation and 90 euros, including home collection and preservation of the ashes of the animal.
Total animals retained (1,584)
Collected in public (756)
Given by their owners (828)
Rescue of owners (39)
Animals counted on 31 December (10,654)
Source: Ayuntamiento de Cartagena