The Municipal Budget for 2022 will include a section headed: “Creación de una partida de 15.000 euros para la atención de colonias de gatos ferales.” This will mean that the City Hall will support entities that take care of these stray-cat colonies; feeding them, tagging them and sterilising the females. It also includes protocols for collaborating with the Colegio de Veterinarios, amongst other bodies.
In fact, the Veterinary College and the City Hall began negotiations in November of last year to reach an accord on this subject. As well as the tasks mentioned above, all stray cats will be microchipped, vaccinated and dewormed.
The Chairman of the Veterinary College, José Miguel Mayor Moreno, said that the main problem was a health one because they live near humans and can transmit illnesses to them. At the same time, he pointed out, that cats are useful for controlling rodent (rats) and insect (cockroach) populations but the cat population must be controlled through sterilisation in order to keep a balance ecosystem and so that they don’t decimate birdlife.
According to the information held by the City Council, cities like Málaga spend between 60,000 and 80,000 euros a year on this task; in Córdoba, the amount spent is 120,000 euros every three years. Therefore, 15,000 euros is perhaps not so much an outlay.
(News: City & Metropolitan Area, Granada, Andalucia)