The stray dog population is too large. To address this issue, one of the goals of the National Plan is to encourage dog owners to be more responsible. The National Plan is in charge of tackling the stray dog issue. Since 2019, after the Council of Ministers approved the National Plan, the Center for Dog Control is working towards this goal with extremely limited resources due to the financial situation of Aruba.
The government, nor the different foundations that do their utmost for the well-being of the pets, can carry the sole responsibility. Hence, all of us must be more conscious and proactive in our civic duty.
A preliminary result of Census pilot 2019 indicates that stray dogs are the number 2 nuisance for our citizens. A study of more than 20 years ago also shows that 80% of stray dogs have an owner.
Dogs may be a nuisance, but it is ourselves that let this problem escalate by:
- Not sterilizing our dogs;
- Not keeping our dogs in the yard;
- Dumping our dogs because it is not cute anymore and getting a puppy at a shelter, from the streets, or abroad the following day;
Many dogs are abandoned or dumped on the streets, but lately, people bring many dogs and cats to the Dog Control Center (CCC) when the office is closed. The security camera of the center captures images of persons leaving their pets behind. They leave their pets in a box or
attached to a tree in front of the center, without even considering the risks the pets face.
The CCC will send these images to the Public Prosecutor’s Office. Some cats left behind may survive, but some are not as lucky since the neighborhood dogs them killed in the same box they bring them in.
The CCC urges all persons, that want to take their pets to the center, to please bring them in the morning, Monday to Friday, from 8 – 11 am. In so doing, the center can attend to the pets adequately and the person can fill out the waiver.
Please be responsible and adequately hand over your pet at the center or look for a responsible owner first.
If you have more pets at home, please sterilize them. If you cannot find a responsible owner, you may bring them to the CCC during the mentioned office hours. The CCC will try to get a new owner in cooperation with the other foundations. If it is not possible to find an owner within the time frame stipulated by law, the pet will be euthanized.
It is important to emphasize that your dog’s puppies are also your responsibility. If you are not prepared to assume such, sterilize your pet. Do not take in, look for or buy a dog if you are unable to care for it. To own a dog is a commitment for life.