306,000 animals considered to be “companions” (dogs and cats) were taken in by shelters and animal welfare centres in Spain in 2019, according to a study by the Affinity Foundation. This figure counts those animals that make it to centres, there is no data for those that remain as strays, which may be killed in accidents or by diseases, or be taken in by individual households.
Putting down animals in animal shelters has been banned in Catalonia and Madrid, but in the rest of Spain those animals which are not lucky enough to end up in animal welfare centres are killed a few days after arriving at the shelter unless their family comes to claim them or they are adopted.
As well as abandonment, in this section we will also address the overpopulation of animal welfare centres and dogs’ and cats’ homes throughout the country. The banning of killing animals in these centres is a major goal, but making progress in this is of no use if it is not accompanied by awareness campaigns to educate people about the need to adopt animals instead of buying them and the importance of not breeding them.
In 2015, 29,119 companion animals were admitted to Catalan shelters, which means 79 animals per day.
At the end of this section there are answers to questions we often get asked about abandoned animals. For example, what we can do if we find a stray animal in the street, how you should deal with the need to give up the animal you are caring for, or what you should do if you lose the animal you live with.
Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have further queries about abandoned animals, a blight on society which we shall eradicate if everyone chips in.