Quarteira installs shelters for stray cats

"The shelters are properly identified and located in specified areas that do not jeopardize the health, public health and safety of people, animals and property"

Quarteira already has three shelters for stray cats, through the “7 Vidas” project, in a bet “in the area of ​​animal welfare and public health”, announced this Wednesday, June 9th, the Parish Council.

«This initiative's main objective is to create good conditions for wild animals and maintain hygiene in public spaces.
Normally, these animals live in places that do not offer the best conditions, since they have no place to shelter, and are often at the mercy of abuse and bad weather conditions» says the municipality.

“In appropriate shelters for this purpose, cats will have a healthier, safer and happier life. On the other hand, the entire population will benefit from the resolution of some unhealthy situations», he adds.

For Telmo Pinto, president of the Quarteira Parish Council, “our mission, through the construction of these shelters, is to control the disorganized growth of the colonies, through sterilization plans, ensure animal welfare and raise awareness among the population and tourists who visit it, for the problem of the abandonment of animals».

“Investing in the awareness of the population with a view to changing behavior and mentalities towards all living beings is a priority, as well as the resolution of unhealthy situations in view of this reality”, he considers.

 

 

The installation of these shelters, in specific places where there are already colonies of cats, signaled and supported by volunteers, was one of the ways found by the Parish Council of Quarteira, to create the best conditions in the areas where these animals “inhabit” and look for food.

“The shelters are properly identified and located in specified areas that do not jeopardize the health, public health and safety of people, animals and property. Each colony has a group of guardians, the so-called caregivers, who voluntarily look after the quality of life of these animals», explains the municipality.

Moreover, the Parish Council of Quarteira signed a protocol partnership with the SOS Algarve Animals, which provides for the capture, sterilization, deworming and return of wild cats to the territory of origin, where they are now able to live in safety, under the responsibility of one or more volunteer caregivers.

Telmo Pinto adds that, «without this partnership with this association and without the tireless help and total dedication of all volunteers, none of this was possible».

“I believe in a society where animals are seen as living beings sensitive to pain, stress and anguish, as they are a valuable part of the community and our lives”, he concludes.

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