Photo: Adeje Ayuntamiento.
There is good news for those hoping to help at the Adeje municipal animal rescue centre as the council has organized a vote on regulations allowing volunteers to go in and help. Members of the council’s ruling Socialist group met yesterday afternoon with councillors from other parties and Inma Évora, a well-known animal rights activist, to discuss “making good the promise to allow volunteers to carry out some duties in the centre with a series of agreed norms for their benefit and that of the animals in the centre”.
The council says that the agreement is based on a 1998 Canarian law on volunteering whereby those wishing to enter the centre to volunteer must be over 18 and registered with a legally constituted volunteer organisation. There will be ten places open to volunteers and people will be allocated their place for a set period of time to allow others to have a chance to help as well. Each successful volunteer will also be asked to undertake a month-long period of training in agreed duties and obligations after which they will be given full accreditation. After a year as a volunteer they must reapply and places will be granted on the basis of availability, priority given to those applying for the first time.
Among the duties will be walking the animals, brushing and showering, play time and training geared towards their socialisation, always under the supervision of the centre’s administrator. Other duties would include feeding and care for puppies. The volunteers may also assist in the adoption of animals within the established norms of the centre.
The centre was built in 2010 and as always in these cases rumours abound, not least concerning alleged euthanasia. The council is emphatic, however, that no dog has ever been put down in the pound. Indeed, the council says it has “a vet who works with us to mind the animals from the moment they enter the centre. They are given a check-up, and any medication they may require. We also have a team from the council who work at the centre, maintaining hygienic standards, and feeding and caring for the animals as well as carrying out any administrative work needed. The council also has a covenant with an animal protection association who helps in the adoption process with families who will offer the animal a home and love. Our commitment to zero levels of euthanasia is solid”.
It seems that both animals who need a home and those who love helping them will both benefit from Adeje’s initiative, which will hopefully be in place in the near future.