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    Dog Act Shelter --- Thank you Madam Prime Minister Evelyn Wever-Croes

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    THE GOVERNMENT OF ARUBA WILL ELIMINATE KILLCAGE.
    EVELYN WEVER-CROES, MINISTER PRESIDENT·FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019·3 MINUTES
    Based on the bad publicity Aruba has been receiving internationally, the “Government of Aruba recently made the decision to eliminate “Kill Cage” and introduce a “Dog Act Shelter”. It is a fact that Aruba has a major problem with the number of dogs living on the streets but the real problem here is the irresponsible owners that does not take care well enough of their pets. Everyone is criticizing the government of Aruba for having a kill cage or they criticize the “dog law” that was introduced in 2015, or all the dogs on the streets that are hit by the cars but no one realizes that the main problem here is not the dog and/or the government but the numerous irresponsible dog owners that live on this island.
    If we did not have so many irresponsible owners, Aruba would not even have a kill cage that exists for over 40 years. The kill cage was built because of the large number of owners who would just leave their dogs behind at the shelter for the government to put to sleep as they did not want them anymore. It is important for everyone to understand that it is not the government that just go out there to pick up the dogs an put them in the kill cage and it is not the dogs that go by themselves to the shelter but it is the actual owners who are responsible for bringing the dogs to the shelter as they do not want them anymore.
    If we have responsible owners who keeps their dogs inside and sterilize them and really cares for them, we would have less dogs on the street and reproducing which will avoid having so many dogs on the street attacking people and or making babies.
    The government is well aware of this huge problem and is taking it very seriously and therefore has approved a plan to eliminate kill cage to avoid dogs having to go through the cruel procedure of being killed. This plan was presented by Mrs. Irene Croes who is the government vet for 11 years and her colleague Mrs Dellanire Maduro. After careful evaluation this plan was approved by the Council of Minister. This plan requires immediate, short term and long-term actions where all NGO’S and stakeholders needs to be part of.
    The first thing is to change the name kill cage into “dog act shelter”. The “dog act shelter” gives the owner between 3-10 days to come and claim their dog. If the owners do not show up the dog will be put up for adoption. In case the dog is not adopted then it will be put to sleep by professionals eliminating the whole kill cage idea that has given Aruba a negative image on how animals are killed.
    A central database will also be created where all the necessary information of the dog will be logged in. The chip project will require all dogs to have a chip making it easier to find the owners in case the dog is lost and/or someone took them to the shelter.
    Dogs are a man’s best friend and for this reason the Government of Aruba is taking this problem seriously. It is also very important for owners to know what their responsibilities are and to execute accordingly. Cabinet Wever-Croes is confident that this plan will be a solution to the street dog problem Aruba is facing and counts on each individual that has a dog to assume their responsibilities as dog owners. Dogs should be well taken care of, should get their water and food accordingly and definitely should be loved as an additional family member.

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    My only question is how long do they wait for the dog that is not adopted before they euthanize? If its a month, then its basically the same thing as before only called something different. They need Dr. Jeff to come to the island with his team and round up all the dogs on the street and spay/neuter them. He does that in Mexico.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaby View Post
    My only question is how long do they wait for the dog that is not adopted before they euthanize? If its a month, then its basically the same thing as before only called something different. They need Dr. Jeff to come to the island with his team and round up all the dogs on the street and spay/neuter them. He does that in Mexico.
    Crijojo Trappers in Aruba traps, neuters and releases. I spoke with a gentleman(I don't remember his name) when he came to pick up bedding I did not want. They do their best with the $$$ they get.




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    That's great, Robin. But these shelters that are no longer kill cages still euthanize. My concern is what is their time period if a dog doesn't get adopted. Is it a week, month, year. if its a relatively short time, then it is still doing the same thing only under a different name. I'm not saying its not a step in the right direction but it did say if they don't get adopted they will humanely euthanize. But they are still euthanizing them so you can call it whatever you like.

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    this is a huge thing.
    although not at all perfect, it is the right start.

    re: rounding up dogs and neutering them, yes that does happen.
    it may not be dr. Jeff, but a team of vets and techs and the vets on island have routinely participated in the roundup and spay/neuter.

    IMO ... baby steps. although it might not be perfect, it is the right start.

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