Sessions on animal welfare started at the beginning of the year. The first sensitization visit took place with the students in the 4th year of the Escola Básica da Vilarinha. Promoted by the sustainability education teams and the Centro de Recolha Oficial de Animais (CROA), they aim to show students how to take care of animals, what to do when you lose a pet, as well as responsible adoptions.
“This is where the animals collected are treated, fed, cared for and, if the owners do not complain, prepared for adoption by a new family”, the technicians explained about the work that is done daily at CROA.
Among games with dogs and cats, students learned that the animals are accompanied by specialized technicians 365 days a year, at all hours of the day. Through photographs, everyone was able to get to know the facilities of the centre, which functions “like an authentic hospital”, with maternity, operation room and recovery room.
But they realized that there is also no shortage of play spaces, and all safety and well-being conditions are provided, with a place for baths and shearing, daily walks for all dogs, in addition to free sterilization, chip, vaccination and deworming services.
As much as every effort is made for dogs and cats to have the best treatment, municipal teams reminded that these animals need new families. “Unfortunately, there are more abandoned animals than those that are adopted, so the CROA is always full”, they said, noting that “we can only take care of a new animal in need if we have space, if others are adopted”.
Therefore, doctors, veterinary nurses and CROA caretakers reinforced, with the students, the certainty that “it is important not to forget that when we want a new four-legged member for our family, it is always better to adopt than to buy”, since, and now everyone knows, “adopting a pet involves great responsibilities”.
The next views are already scheduled for January 18 and 25, at the Escola Básica das Campinas.