No dog or cat without a home

Every eighteen minutes a cat or a dog is abandoned in Catalonia. In Barcelona, 1,373 abandoned, lost or confiscated dogs are found every year. An awareness campaign entitled ‘Cap a l’abandonament zero’ is promoting responsible ownership, adoption and shelter for pets.

28/02/2019 14:53 h

Ajuntament de Barcelona

Responsible pet ownership includes animal ID chips, a commitment to the hygiene needs, feeding and care of dogs, cats and ferrets. Abandoning animals is a serious offence and can lead to fines of up to 20,000 euros for owners. Barcelona City Council’s awareness campaign ‘Cap a l’abandonament zero’ has two goals: to foster responsible pet ownership and promote the adoption of animals from pet shelters.

Animal welfare at a municipal level is headed by the Barcelona Pet Refuge Centre (CAACB), which runs the lost animal service to help families find their pets and also takes action in cases of abandoned animals.

In the last four years, 8,320 animals have arrived at the CAACB, of which 4,559 have been adopted. In 2018 there were 1,116 pet adoptions in Barcelona, 523 of them dogs and 593 cats. Even so, the increase in abandoned animals means the centre provides shelter for 200 dogs a month on average. Of these, 14% live there permanently as their characteristics, medium or large adult dogs of mixed race, often mean they are not adopted.

The CAACB has a website to enable people to become familiar with the animals currently waiting for a home and to promote responsible adoption. Besides offering information on the adoption procedure, the site also offers an appointment service to visit the centre.


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