By Oliver McIntyre
Benalmádena town hall last week praised the work of local animal shelter Fidelio and encouraged local people to get involved as volunteers or donors.
“For 26 years Fidelio [and its volunteers] have been carrying out extremely valuable work in favour of abandoned animals, taking in sick or stray animals and dedicating their free time to offering them attention, veterinary care and, most important, affection,” said town councillor Alicia Laddaga following a meeting with representatives of the shelter.
She encouraged residents to collaborate by fostering or sponsoring an animal, taking dogs from the shelter on walks, or donating food or blankets.
Fidelio volunteer David Suárez stated that “each year 250,000 animals are abandoned in this country, a very high figure in comparison to elsewhere in Europe”. He urged anyone seeking a pet to adopt one from a shelter rather than buying from a pet store, but also stressed the importance of first ensuring that everyone in the household is fully prepared to take on the long-term responsibility of caring for a pet.