(QCOSTARICA) In Costa Rica, an estimated two million dogs are stray. The estimate is by the Animal Rescue Association (Asociación de Rescate Animal) raising awareness to help man’s best friend.
Leticia Mendez, spokesperson for Animal Rescue, said on Tuesday that was International Dog Day, said it is important for pet owners to neuter their pets and work with local associations for the welfare of animals.
“In this way we can avoid overpopulation, because it is sad that in such a small country like Costa Rica there is so much animal abuse. In comparison to other nations, the situation is unfortunate,” said Mendez.
Mendez added that if the situation is not brought under control, by next year we could have as many as 3 million stray dogs.
Unfortunately the government is of no help, making the struggle even bigger. Mendez said the association works mainly on donations and help from socially conscious companies.
Besides castration, Animal Rescue recommends the need for parents to talk to their children and adolescents to make the necessary cultural changes on the issue of animal welfare and at the same time teach what to do when they see a dog on the street, maybe run over or in poor health.
The ANPA Costa Rica is another organization working for the welfare of animals. ANPA holds fund raising events to continue to provide this much needed community service.
Unfortunately, in the country by this time of the year a large number of dogs received as puppies for Christmas, are let loose on the streets by owners who find it too difficult to the high cost of care and maintenance.