1. Animal Shelter of the Veterinary Hospital Poreč
Our city has been collaborating for many years on projects of the City of Poreč, the Healthy City of Poreč and the Veterinary Hospital of Poreč. A legal shelter for abandoned animals is registered at the Veterinary Hospital Poreč, the only one in Istria, besides Pula, that is registered in accordance to the legal regulations and prescribed conditions for shelters. The shelter takes care of stray dogs and conducts dog health care and sensitizes citizens to adopt pets who have not been fortunate enough to receive love and attention from their first owners. There are essentially no stray dogs in our city because of project partnership and good cooperation between the City of Poreč, Healthy Town and the Veterinary Hospital Poreč. The City supports the financial work of the shelter. In 2014, the capacity of the shelter was expanded because the City’s obligation is to care for abandoned animals.
The Healthy City of Poreč is coordinating a segment of the program aimed at pet care education, radio broadcasts, educational leaflets that promote responsibility for pet care and adoption of both big and small residents of dog shelters.
It is extremely important to care for abandoned dogs because of the aforementioned zoonoses (diseases transmitted from animals to humans) as well as rabies, an incurable deadly viral disease, which can also be transmitted by dogs if they are not vaccinated, in contact with a rabid animal, that is, if they are infected. Also, abandoned dogs when unattended can pose a risk of injury (attacks, bites, car accidents) in relation to people, and this is also the reason why the City of Poreč and its project partners care for abandoned dogs.