City hall enables establishments for neutering dogs and cats

Population control to ensure the health of dogs and cats will move forward with the signing of contracts and issuance of service orders by the City Hall of Uberlândia with accredited establishments that will carry out, from August, the castration with microchipping (identification of the dog/ cat), guidelines on responsible custody and other clarifications on zoonoses (infectious diseases transmitted from animals to humans).

The ceremony took place this Monday afternoon (18), at the Administrative Center, with the presence of Mayor Odelmo Leão, municipal secretaries, authorities and responsible for the NGO and the Clinic accredited to carry out the castrations at this first moment: Instituto SOS Pet and Clínica Pet House Veterinary.

The signature is another step in promoting public policies in favor of animal welfare. The Public Call (click here) has as a goal the annual performance of at least 5,500 surgical sterilizations. During the event, Odelmo Leão highlighted the continuity of the public call. “The City Hall continues to seek partnerships, so registration continues until the end of the year for NGOs and clinics interested in working in this necessary and important task, alongside public management. The more participants, the more calls we will make. Therefore, our goal, initially, is 5,500 animals per year, but we will fight to overcome 7,000 castrations. And I say more, the program came to be able to stay in the public policies of our city”, pointed out the Mayor.

Qualified companies will also microchip sterilized dogs and cats, which is a kind of ID of the animal that facilitates identification and prevents abandonment. The project has a budget of around R$ 1.2 million. Initially, castration services will be made available to stray animals and rescued by tutors already registered with the Municipality.

According to Amado Júnior, director of the Municipal Zoo and one of the project’s coordinators, the city’s free castration service will be complete. “We already have a record of almost four thousand tutors who are animal protectors and low-income people. In this first moment, we will work with this list by making the call by SMS and making the process available, which is complete. The animal that will be neutered will receive what is necessary before and after surgery, such as surgical clothing. In addition, the person responsible will have all the recommendations for the health of the dog or cat, thus avoiding diseases (zoonoses), in addition to essential information about adoption and responsible custody, educating the guardian against abandonment, which is a crime”.

Photos: Valter de Paula – Municipal Department of Government and Communication/PMU

More actions for the Animal Cause

During the act of signing contracts and service orders, the Mayor recalled and revealed other actions for the animal welfare of the municipality. “We have been working for months and signing an agreement with the Veterinary Hospital of the Federal University of Uberlândia (UFU) to care for animals that are run over or weakened on the streets. We also have a partnership, for 14 years, with the Veterinary Hospital of UFU, which already castrates around 1,500 animals annually. And our efforts don’t stop. We will also have a mobile unit that will travel through the districts and rural areas of the municipality, neutering dogs and cats. With partnerships and hard work, we want our city to be a reference in Minas Gerais, who knows, in Brazil”, said Odelmo Leão.

Continuity of the Public Call

The City Hall continues with the open call until December 31 for the application for accreditation by veterinary clinics and hospitals and/or Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). Interested parties should go to the headquarters of the Municipal Health Department, located at Av. Anselmo Alves dos Santos, nº 600, in the Santa Monica neighborhood.

The City Hall’s action in favor of health and population control of dogs and cats is not recent. Under the agreement with the Veterinary Hospital of the Federal University of Uberlândia, from 2009 to 2021, municipal management reached almost 17 thousand sterilization procedures. The instrument remains in effect, with an average of 1,500 castrations per year.

In addition, at the end of last year (2021), in partnership with Instituto SOS Pet, the City Hall of Uberlândia carried out 1,008 castrations in 36 days, using a mobile unit.