It is a fact that there are many dogs on the streets of Aruba. Another fact is that there are also many irresponsible dog owners.
The irresponsibility causes many unnecessary situations:
- Kill cage;
- dog Laws;
- street dogs;
- injured dogs hit by cars.
Veterinary dr. Irene Croes came up with a national plan that requires the involvement of many stakeholders simultaneously
The plan consists of 3 phases:
- Immediate action;
- short term action;
- song term action.
It is important to have the dog owners, NGO’s, the Government and all relevant stakeholders, e.g. City Inspector, Serlimar , KPA involved.
The first step that must be taken is to convert the kill cage into a dog act shelter as stated in the dog ordinance/dog act/dog law which is 5 years in place already. The ministerial regulation of September 17, 2013 (AB 2013 No. 67) also contains more information about the implementation of Article 2, second paragraph, of the Dog Ordinance regarding the dog's care and well being.
The way this should work in the field is:
- A dog that has not been claimed by the owner will be put for adoption.
- A database should be created to assist with finding the owners in the event a dog is found on the streets.
- The same database is used to inform the NGO’s when dogs become available for adoption
- If the owner does not pick up or claim his/her dog within maximum 10 working days, the dog will be euthanized (by professionals).
- Dog catchers will be installed;
- A formal registration census for dogs should be created;
- The police department will have a proper place to shelter stray dogs. Owners of stray dogs will be fined.