The Ministry of Labour, Solidarity and Training, in charge of the status of women, the family and autonomous people, in partnership with the Eimeo Animara association, the municipality of Moorea-Maiao and the veterinary clinics of Moorea, have launched since Monday an animal sterilization campaign for dogs and cats on the sister island. Graduated owners can present themselves with their supporting documents – identity card, CPS card and proof of residence in Moorea – in order to obtain an appointment at the veterinary clinics of Temae or Haapiti. This, like the sterilization voucher entitling them to financial assistance for the intervention on their animal, will be granted to them according to certain eligibility criteria, in particular the level of income.
“We aim to sterilize between 25 to 30 animals per week, or roughly between 120 and 130 per month, to finally perform 600 to 700 sterilizations. Upon great demand, explains Laura Antalovsky, veterinarian in the two Moorea clinics. “For the moment, we have spent at top speed with a fairly sustained pace. We expect to end up in 4 or 5 months with 600 to 700 sterilized dogs and cats. This campaign could finally improve the condition of the animals on the island, in particular by avoiding the abandonments that have been repeated for years. “This campaign is important because there are really too many dogs hanging around the island. You find abandoned animals all the time. As we have no refuge, we no longer know where to put them. We also work with host families, but they don’t want them after a while”notes for her part Josette Golavosky, the treasurer of the partner association, Eimeo Animara.
The idea is also to improve the image of the animal condition of Moorea with tourists. “Seeing these suffering animals on the side of the road gives tourists a bad image of Moorea, Tahiti and the other islands. Americans are particularly very sensitive. I know some who never come back to Polynesia after seeing skinny, hairless animals on the side of the road. It’s too sad for them. They prefer to go to countries where the animals are treated well. So I urge owners to take advantage of this sterilization campaign instead of throwing their dogs away.”