Present at the press conference was the President of the Board of the Tourism Product Enhancement Fund (TPEF), Mr. Arends, and the President of the Fundacion Stimami Sterilisami (FSS), Mr. Biemans. The government's policy is not only to attract more quality tourists to Aruba but also to improve the services and upgrade the tourism area to create a positive balance for the community of Aruba, including our homeless, four-legged friends.
With the help of collaborations from the public and private sectors, the Fundacion Stimami Sterilisami helps with pet sterilization. The FSS receives yearly subsidies from the TPEF to cover some of the expenses. However, due to the pandemic in 2021, they did not receive this subsidy. The foundation uses the obtained funds efficiently to cover the sterilization costs. The FSS works with five veterinaries in Aruba. In 2022, they sterilized 3686 dogs and cats. In 2023, the aim is to neuter five to six thousand cats/dogs.
Minister Oduber is convinced that how we treat our pets says a lot about us as a community. Positive programs like the FSS help elevate the image of product Aruba in the eyes of the visitors but are also in sync with the government's vision.
The objective is to make the community more aware of the consequences of the dog/cat problem. It is essential to keep all pets on the owner's property and have them sterilized to stop the unwanted reproduction of these pets.