In yesterday’s plenary meeting of the Kyiv City Council, the deputies accepted the city programme on controlling the housing of pets and regulating the number of stray animals by humane methods. 76 deputies voted in favour of the decision, according to the website of the City Council.
The programme envisages constructing an animal welfare centre and centres for temporary housing. Almost $7 million is to be allocated over the course of three years.
The main tasks of the centre are to house the animals, help them adapt, and find a new home for them. At the same time, the programme is to improve the control over the owners following the rules on keeping the pets and continue work on sterilizing stray cats and dogs.
Educating people on preventing ill-treatment of animals will also be an important part, including campaigns at schools.
A similar programme was operating in Kyiv in 2012-2016. Then, almost 40.000 stray animals were sterilized, while thousands of them were found, vaccinated, and handed over to new owners.