- Last Updated on Friday, 13 April 2012 05:56
OWNING A DOG OR CAT IN SPAIN - SPANISH LAW:-
All domestic pets in Spain must be identified by microchip. Vaccination for dogs against rabies is compulsory, along with maintaining the annual rabies booster injections. Other vaccinations are not obligatory, but are strongly recommended. They are the standard vaccinations (and annual booster injection) against Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza and Leptospirosis. Some kennels request that a dog be vaccinated for kennel cough (Bordetella Bronchiseptica).
Dogs should also be kept on a lead in public places, La Torre is regarded as a public place. Dogs travelling in a car must be kept away from the driver or restrained.
Cats should be immunised against feline gastro enteritis and typhus.
YOUR PETS AT LA TORRE
We are very proud of our Resort at La Torre, and, take the welfare and safety of our pets very seriously. Spanish law requires all pets on La Torre to be registered with the Administrator for the benefit of the owners, residents, and, the welfare of the pets themselves. We strongly advise that all dogs and cats wear a collar with an identy tag detailing the plot number of the owner, helping us identify the pet from the register, should the pet be, lost, stolen, or injured.
THE REGISTRATION PROCESS:-
- Access the homeowners website to register a pet
- Register owner and pet details online, including a photo
- Information sent from website to Admiburgos
- Admiburgos to enter details onto data base
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- Collect a registration form from Admiburgos at the towers
- Register owner and pet details on registration form, including a photo
- Return information to Admiburgos
- Admiburgos to enter details onto data base
WE STRONGLY ADVISE DOGS STAYING ON LA TORRE TO :-
- BE KEPT ON A LEAD
- BE WALKED ACCOMPANIED BY A RESPONSIBLE ADULT OR OWNER
- NOT TO ROAM ALONE AND UNSUPERVISED
- NOT TO BE LEFT 'HOME ALONE' FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME LEAVING IT TO BARK CONTINUOUSLY, CAUSING ANNOYANCE TO NEIGHBOURS AND RESIDENTS.
BARKING DOGS - A GUIDE TO RESOLVING THE PROBLEM IS ATTACHED
DOGS ARE NOT ALLOWED ON THE GOLF COURSE ON OR OFF THE LEAD AT ANY TIME.
'POO BAG' DISPENSERS ARE PROVIDED AROUND THE RESORT FOR THE COLLECTION AND DISPOSAL OF DOG EXCREMENT.
We have a major problem on La Torre regarding our feral cat population. In recognition of this growing problem we have identified a strategy to try to solve this issue:-
- Arrange a Pest Control company to trap the cats, deliver to the vets for neuterisation and return the cats to the Resort.
- Work closely with a local vet to deliver and execute the neutering programme.
- Plan into the budget the provision to continue with the programme.
This process is a non-lethal strategy to reduce the number of feral cats on the Resort and improve the quality of life for cats, birds, wildlife, and people.
How will this strategy solve common complaints associated with feral cats?
- When feral cats are trapped, neutered and returned to their territory, they no longer reproduce
- The elimination of sexual activity stops the noise associated with mating behavior and dramatically reduces fighting and the noise it causes
- Neutered feral cats also roam much less and become less visible and less prone to injury from cars
- Foul odors are greatly reduced as well because neutered male cats no longer produce testosterone which, when they are unaltered, mixes with their urine and causes the strong, pungent smell of their spraying
- The colony is then monitored and any newly arrived cats would be removed (if agreed) or put through the programme, the population would stabilise and gradually decline over time.
Why doesn't simply removing feral cats from an area work to reduce their numbers and nuisance behavior?
There are many reasons why feral cat problems are rarely solved by efforts to trap and remove them. Feral cats live at a certain location because it offers food and shelter. If a colony is removed, some feral cats from surrounding colonies may move in to take advantage of the newly available resources. The cycle of reproduction and nuisance behavior begins all over again.
What are problems associated with unneutered/unspayed feral cats?
A colony of unneutered/unspayed feral cats can produce a number of problems, including:
- a growing population of cats
- frequent and loud noise from fighting and mating behavior
- strong foul odors from unneutered male cats spraying to mark their territory
- flea infestations
- visible suffering from dying kittens and injured adults
More information about owning a pet in Spain can be found by accessing the following two links.
Failure to comply with the Spanish Law and our statutes at La Torre may result in legal action.
If you are a resident of La Torre please click here to register your pet. Alternatively, you can visit the tower at the main La Torre entrance to complete a registration form.