CANOAS, Brazil –
A small metropolis in southern Brazil has discovered a solution to appeal to extra homeless individuals to one in all its shelters on chilly winter nights: They now additionally absorb individuals’s pets.
Canoas – a metropolis with an estimated inhabitants of 348,000 within the state of Rio Grande do Sul – got here to the belief that many individuals dwelling on the streets prevented staying on the metropolis’s 14 shelters through the Southern Hemisphere winter now going down as a result of their pets weren’t welcome, mentioned the town’s animal welfare particular secretary, Fabiane Tomazi Borba.
“Many occasions, they like to not keep in a shelter, in order to not abandon their pets,” the animal care specialist mentioned.
Homeless individuals and their pets can now sleep beneath a roof and discover shelter from the low temperatures on the La Salle Sao Paulo college services, which may home as much as 150 individuals per day.
Machado de Lima has been sleeping on the shelter together with his canines.
“If I could not keep on the shelter, I’d take them (canines) to sleep with me. They sleep with me on the street,” he mentioned.
Homeless individuals obtain an amenity package containing gadgets like cleaning soap, towels, toothbrush and toothpaste, and are supplied with breakfast and dinner. Their pets obtain a veterinary checkup.
Animal care specialist Borba mentioned pets are checked for parasites, vaccinated and castrated or spayed.
“They will stay right here with their dad and mom, sleep heat, healthily and with the assure that they won’t transmit any sickness. So the attitude is to take care of people, however, additionally, for pets,” she mentioned.
(Reporting by Diego Vara; Writing by Peter Frontini; enhancing by Jonathan Oatis)