It’s sad that it’s needed, perhaps, but it’s clearly necessary. Adeje Ayuntamiento’s Health Department has launched a new campaign to increase awareness among pet owners of the need to take responsibility for their pets’ public behaviour. The council’s statement is below, and possibly the last paragraph will be a surprise to many even responsible pet owners :
The campaign, ‘Échame una pata’ (give me a paw) offers a free gift of doggy poop bags and pee-pee cleaning bottles for owners who register their four-legged friend on the animal census. “Social harmony in our town has to be respected at all levels”, says health councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo, “and some pet owners need to make more of an effort to respect communal zones and public spaces used by us all, making sure dogs are on a lead and picking up and cleaning up after them”.
She continued, “A society that loves animals is a society that is developing along the right lines, with a special connection to respect for all forms of life, and that’s why we in Adeje have so many people who do own animals and love them and respect others too. Unfortunately there are always a few who don’t take their responsibilities seriously. Owning a pet brings with it duties and obligations”, she explained.
The campaign will see leaflets distributed in schools and municipal installations, posters, ads, information on social media, etc, encouraging people to make sure their pets are on the census and have a microchip, which is mandatory for animals over three months of age.
The councillor stressed too that it was important for those who might just have received a pet as a Christmas or Kings gift that these are new members of the family, not toys, and must be treated as such. New pets must be trained too, and owners have to be respectful of neighbours when it comes to cleanliness and noise.
The campaign also reminds the public that animals are not allowed in public pools, beaches, bathing areas, playgrounds or green zones at any time of the year.