“There are protectors starving with the animals,” the owner of the slots shelter

Mariana Costa – Minas State

Published 05/04/2022 10:05 / Updated 05/04/2022 10:05


(Credit: Juarez Rodrigues/EM/DA Press)

Complete and protective shelters can no longer save homeless animals. This is the panorama of the shelters in Belo Horizonte. “A lot of protectors are going hungry with the animals,” says Vivian Barbosa, owner of Abrigo Balaio de Gato, located in the Jaragua neighborhood.

The space has been operating since 2012 in Vivian’s home, and has about 200 cats and 30 dogs. “They are adopted and rescued. But there is a steady number and of animals that are difficult to donate, there are 120.”

She explained that she had found animals at the shelter’s door even before the outbreak of the epidemic. “It has now increased. The situation is more complicated, we don’t have more donors, the food ration goes up a lot and the donors are disappearing, because everyone is so tight.”

According to the protector, at the beginning of the epidemic, the number of donations increased. “Now we get a lot of revenue. The people who adopted are bringing them back. In the pandemic, everyone was left at home, and now that they’re back to work, they’re bringing the animal back.”

She says she can no longer receive animals. “We only rescue them in case of death. We agree with them and try to castrate, feed them, give them water and leave them where they are (on the street) because they are unable to bring them inside. They starve.”

The protector also explains that in order to save an animal it is necessary that it be neutered, vaccinated and dewormed so that it does not bring diseases to those already in the shelter. “The goal here is to prepare them for adoption.”

World Street Animal Day

Monday (4/4) is International Street Animal Day. The date was created by non-profit organizations in the Netherlands in 2010 as a way to help reduce the number of abandoned animals.

According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), there are more than 200 million homeless animals in the world. In Brazil, according to the World Health Organization, there are about 30 million abandoned animals, of which 10 million are cats and 20 million are dogs.

In Belo Horizonte, according to the Minas Gerais Animal Rights Movement (MMDA) coordinator, Adriana Araujo, there are about 30,000 animals living on the streets. However, the numbers may be higher, as there is no accurate data on rescues by dozens of NGOs and independent animal shelters in the city.

Adriana explains that it is important to know how many animals are on the streets so that she can think about public policies. “How do we think about laws and public policies in the face of an unknown world?” he asks.

The coordinator says the situation has worsened during the pandemic.

“For various reasons: death, illness, job loss, moving from a home or city. But, in our opinion, it does not justify it. When a person decides to keep an animal under his responsibility, it is for life, no matter what happens .. It is her responsibility to think about the future “.

“That is why, in the adoption process, we do a questionnaire, and question the person. In general, abandoned animals are those that have been sold. It is a life that will generate expenses, work, time, responsibility and enough space. The feeling of adoption, but a concern came to us, and back To normal, what would the life of this animal be like?

Also remember that animals on the street are not limited to dogs and cats. “We also see pigs and horses on the streets of Belo Horizonte. They are animals in a situation of neglect or neglect because often they have irresponsible guardians. The glass, it gets run over.”

For Adriana, the most important public policy for solving the problem is the education of the population. “Out of respect for animals of all kinds and for the responsible care of dogs and cats, animals that are considered pets. There is no animal protection and budget that can handle them.”

It also warns that residents should be vigilant regarding the animals living on the street and, in the event of abuse, asks them to call the responsible bodies to take necessary action. “Exercise popular control, get this animal out of danger, contain it, and contact public authorities and NGOs.”

Request for redemption, credit and withdrawal

The City of Belo Horizonte, through the Municipal Health Department, reported that in 2021, 1,145 dogs and 1,039 cats were collected by the Zoonoses Control Center. In 2020, 1,585 dogs and 1,206 cats were collected. In 2019, the dog population was 1,996 dogs and 1,108 cats.

According to the PBH, the Center for Zoonoses Control collects free animals on roads without close instructors. All animals arriving at the unit are subject to a veterinarian’s consultation. If necessary, appropriate treatment begins. In addition to this evaluation, deworming, rabies vaccination, and control of ectoparasites are performed.

For two days after their capture, dogs and cats wait for their owners to rescue them. After the deadline, they are available for adoption at the Center for Zoonoses Control, Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For adoption, it is necessary that you have reached the legal age, present an identity card and proof of address. Adopted animals over 4 months old are neutered and microchipped. Puppies under the age of 4 months are left with a guaranteed castration.

Bulk animal collection requests on public roads should be made via phones 3277-7411 or 7413, in person or through the Military, Civil, Road Police, and Fire Department.

The PBH also emphasizes that animal abandonment and abuse is a crime and that specialized police investigations into crimes against animals in Minas Gerais must be reported. “Belo Horizonte City Council is setting policies, on several fronts, to prevent abandonment, inappropriate treatment and animal-borne diseases.”

Three cats and help for their autistic brother

Graphic designer Julia Correa, 22, has three cats in the house: Nina, Minjau and Frida. Two of them came from the streets.

  • Julia’s brother, Caesar, studies with cats

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“We had several cats, in fact. The first cats showed up at my mom’s school and I fed them. My brother and I wanted a pet, so my mom took him home and took care of us. Sadly, he ended up being hit by a car.”

Of the three currently in the house, the oldest, Nina, was adopted. “One of my mother’s roommates had a cat that needed to be adopted. We took her in. The other two came during the epidemic, saw the door open, went in and stayed there. It was very spontaneous and we realize that carefully, feed, honey, they decided to stay.”

  • If it had been up to her, her mother, and her brother, Cesar, the house would have been full of cats.

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Porridge has a disease called sporotrichosis, because of which it cannot be neutralized.

“Because he has this disease, we cannot neuter a person because it is dangerous for the person, as it is transmitted to humans. In addition, any cut that has been infected can harm his health.”

Julia says that in addition to illness, Porridge arrived home with anemia and hepatitis. “His liver is very devastated. But we treat these diseases.”

According to the graphic designer, her father is trying to limit the number of animals in the house. If it had been up to her, her mother, and her brother, Cesar, the house would have been full of cats.

“My brother is autistic and has a very strong relationship with animals, it even stimulates him and restores his health. After the first person died and we had no more cats, my mother insisted on adopting Nina because she saw how much the cat missed him.”

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