At the end of last week, a new study was published on companion animals in Spain that aims to be long-haul. Its creator is the store chain TiendaAnimal and thus explain the effort of carrying it out:
Given the social role that pets have adopted today in Spain and before the lack of data referring to how Spaniards relate to our pets, the need arose to organize an investigation about it whose result has been collected in what has been called Annual Study on Pets in Spain , which will be held annually and now presents its first edition.
The initiative is appreciated. It is true that there are not too many reports made with a reliable methodology and sampling that reflect the different aspects related to coexistence with animals and animal protection.
In fact, in that last section we only have the veteran study carried out annually with Affinity Foundation professionalism.
He said that the initiative is appreciated, I hope that it will be maintained year after year and that it will gain in richness and depth , because it is a pity that the sampling is small, since the report is well presented.
The data has been obtained through a questionnaire sent to Tiendanimal contacts (this is already a statistical bias, random calls would be a more reliable representation). Have participated:
• Individuals (2,290 answers obtained)
• Protectors (27 responses obtained)
• Professionals (25 answers obtained)
In the section on responses from individuals , we talk about hygiene treatments, food, number of walks, if you put clothes, budget … It is curious that 85% of the individuals who answered all these questions are women .
Of all this extensive section I am left with the data of how the animals came to the home: those adopted and picked up the street seem to be the majority. But there is a high number of purchases from individuals, stores, gifts or to raise with those who already had, which are open doors to increase the existing problems of abandonment and that there are thousands of animals without future kennels and shelters .
Change the presentation of results so that the percentages are clean, although it is necessary to facilitate several tables, I think it would help to better reflect the origin of our animals.
But I think the section of protectors seems more relevant. They have answered 27 protective entities and that yes it seems to me more representative, although I miss knowing which ones.
Financing, number of animals received, overload of work and adaptation of the facilities are, in that order and very even, the main problems (perhaps we should call challenges) of the Spanish protection.
Numbers of the monthly maintenance of each animal are also provided.
There will be who you think it is, but keep in mind that in addition to food, any animal that enters a protective must be passed by the veterinarian to check, vaccinate, deworming, often chipar and sterilize. Sometimes also attend to your injuries or illnesses. And maintaining the facilities also has an expense that the truth is that I do not know if it has also been passed on.
Where does that money come from? Almost always of the contributions of the members of the associations of the protectors and of the partners and private donations.
And although it should be a responsibility of the public administrations, there are hardly any funds left from there. Every time I have more clear that the protectors, which are private entities, are solving a ballot that would correspond to everyone
Regarding whether more dogs or cats are abandoned, there is not much consensus, although it seems to point to dogs. For this answer it would be good to know which entities have answered, because my impression is that the abandonments of cats are much more invisible.
That erroneous belief that they handle themselves is partly to blame for many domestic cats being seen on the street. And an abandoned dog calls much more attention than a cat in the same situation.
In what there is a clear majority, which coincides with what I have spoken with protectors over the past few years, is that the adoption of dogs is higher than that of cats.
I propose from here to the authors of the study to ask in the future about adoptions of adult animals and puppies separately, because the adoption of adult cats is very difficult. There are hardly any people willing to open their home to a cat that is no longer a puppy.