Torremolinos is the latest town to join the initiative #CuidayAdopta, a service that encourages the adoption of abandoned and lost dogs. Organised by the Spanish association of municipal veterinarians (AEVM), the project aims to reduce the number of stray dogs that currently live on the streets of Torremolinos.
The new initiative will promote a policy of "dog owners taking responsibility, zero tolerance of abandonment and the promotion of adoption".
As part of its commitment, the town hall has agreed to collect, shelter and offer any vaccinations and food until adequate homes can be found.
Until 2015, municipal dog pounds could euthanise dogs if they were not claimed or rehomed within ten days, but legislation now prohibits the sacrifice of dogs and cats, except for humanitarian reasons, or if they pose a danger to public health.