A city in Mexico has introduced a program to make life better for street dogs, which ensures that they will have better health and wellbeing.
In the city of Soledad de Graciano Sànchez, Mexico, a program has been created to help street dogs have a better quality of life.
With an estimated 300,000 stray dogs roaming the streets according to local officials, it was determined that there needed to be some type of basic care to give them the best quality life possible.
Instead of avoiding the growing issue, government officials decided to act fast for dog-loving citizens by providing for these dogs without a home to call their own.
The first initiative to take place was a program called “ComeDog”, which involved planting dog food dispensers in various places across public areas that provide them with food for their often empty bellies.
The local citizens’ response group Respuesta Ciudadana at City Hall placed 15 of these dispensers, that had plenty of food and water for the homeless dogs.
Made with a simple PVC pipe and filled with dried food that was given by donations from people of the city, it was a simple solution to a rising problem.
Respuesta Ciudadana will be responsible for making sure that there is a constant supply of food and water at the dispenser points, and will plan to offer a friendly hand to any dogs they meet there.
Mayor Gilberto Hernandez Villafuenta has stressed the importance of cooperation of the people in providing a safe and caring environment for these vulnerable strays, stating: “Today I realised how many people appreciate this program, we have been congratulated by different means and, well, I am going to ask you to participate and help us to have a very successful refuge.”
The city has also introduced an ambulance service that offers care to both street dogs and local pets. Ambudog is Mexico’s first ambulance service which is entirely dedicated to the care and welfare of animals.
Veterinarians of Ambudog have been offering their free healthcare and help to city’s cats and dogs, regardless of whether or not they have a home or not. This free healthcare means that vaccinations and spays/neuter services are being provided – which will hopefully mean a decline in the number of homeless animals in the future.
In pursuit of spreading deadly diseases amongst street dogs, Dolores Elisa García Román who is the Director of Municipal Services Soledad de Graciano Sànchez said: “There is an infectious picture when the puppy is born and if in a month and a half they are not vaccinated mainly by distemper or parvovirus, there is a contagion, both in people and animals, then this ambulance will be taken to all the suburbs to attend all the puppies.”
This is only the beginning of what appears to be rising cause for officials in Soledad de Graciano Sànchez, who want to create a brighter future for Mexico’s dogs by providing excellent care in terms of shelter, food and general love and attention.
It appears that Soledad has set an example for neighbouring cities as they have introduced similar programs which are benefitting homeless animals.
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