Ahhhh as the rain pours down here and the wind batters my windows,  I read this article from a Spanish Newspaper – The Leader,  which claims that Alicante Province in Spain has more Dogs than Humans who are aged under 20 years old.

And yes yes – I know the picture above is a cat and not a dog – but it is Alicante !!

The article is as follows, and can be found here:-

With the increase in the number of pets, cities have had to adapt to their presence and today it is not unusual to see dogs in shopping centres, nor are we surprised by the increasing number of exclusive spaces for them in parks or on beaches.

However, there is still a way to go. “In many European countries, such as France and Belgium it is not uncommon for dogs to enter restaurants or go on public transport,” explains veterinarian Michel Follet. In Spain though, they are rarely allowed. Likewise people find it difficult when trying to find a rental property. “Nobody wants to rent a house to someone who has animals, which can often lead to their abandonment.”

And the abandonment of dogs remains an ongoing problem. For Michael Follet, who is also president of the Protective Society of Animals, it often depends on the area where you live. He says that in large cities, abandoned pets are rare. “Whenever we receive a call it is usually because the animal has escaped from its owner”. But it is very different in rural areas where dogs are regularly abandoned. “There is hardly any control over reproduction and many puppies are born that are later left to fend for themselves,” he says.

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Not even the crisis that we went through, and in some places still continue to do so, has slowed down the increase in the number of pets.  But what has happened is that many owners have had to choose between eating and paying bills. Veterinarians say that animal vaccinations fell a lot in those years and they have not yet fully recovered. They estimate that around 30% of dogs are not vaccinated or dewormed, which in the province would represent about 142,000 animals, adding to those that don’t have microchips.

Gonzalo Moreno emphasises the importance of these animals having all their medical treatments, “because the health of animals also has an impact on that of humans.”

Caroline Moye, Head of World Cancer Research Fund, added : “It’s great to see that something as simple as dog walking can help older people be more active.

“Being physically active is extremely important. In fact, our own evidence has shown that it can even help to reduce the risk of developing a number of cancers including breast and bowel.”

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