Cost remains main obstacle to building shelter for stray dogs

(Photo: Envato Elements)
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AMMAN — To address the persistent problem of stray dogs, the Ministry of Local Administration has identified breeding control as the most practical solution. However, the cost of building and equipping a shelter and clinic, minus the cost of the land, is estimated between JD75,000 and JD100,000, posing a major obstacle to implementation.اضافة اعلان

According to the ministry’s Consultant for Environmental Affairs, Dr Asmaa Al-Ghazzawi, the issue of stray dogs in Jordan is a long-standing problem that requires a speedy solution by all concerned parties, as the situation is not isolated to a single ministry, municipality, or person, and joint responsibility must be assumed to address it, Ammon News reported.

The ministry received a correspondence from the Prime Minister in 2018 directing it to use the best method to control the breeding of stray dogs, Ghazzawi said. Following this, the ministry instructed mayors of certain municipalities to monitor their budgets in preparation for constructing a shelter and a clinic.

Until now, the consultant noted, funding is the main dilemma posing an obstacle to the project’s implementation.

“The Ministry of Agriculture does not allow a dog shelter to be licensed, according to my knowledge,” Ghazzawi said. “And if we receive an exception allowing us to gather the dogs in a single location, this will require a high financial sum in terms of securing treatments, veterinarians, vaccinations, and other requirements".

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