Delfina Gómez, rescue program for stray dogs and cats in Edomex

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To move towards greater awareness about the right to a dignified life that companion animals have, The Governor of the State of Mexico (Edomex), Delfina Gómez Álvarez presented the “Ethical Program to Control the Overpopulation of Pet Animals in a Street Situation”, which seeks to reduce the abandonment suffered by dogs and cats and provide them with quality medical services.

70 percent of companion animals in our state do not have a home or anyone to care for them. If we talk about dogs, the number in our entity is 6 million dogs, that is, one for every three inhabitants,” reported the Governor.

Within the framework of World Animal Day, teacher Delfina Gomez signed as an honorary witness an agreement and a letter of intent with the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEM), the Mexican Canofila Federation (FECM), PETCO, the State College of Veterinary Zootechnicians of the State of Mexico AC (CEMVZEM) and with the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), to work as a team and lead the #SeamosSuVoz campaign.

Today we sign an agreement in which we set out the activities in which we are going to collaborate with organizations and civil associations to protect those who cannot defend themselves, help those who cannot ask for it, and improve the quality of life of those who only know how to give love. and honey, they are our pets. Protecting and regulating the reproduction of companion animals is a function and obligation of the state that must be strengthened every day and that requires continuous attention,” explained the Governor.

The Governor pointed out that The overpopulation of these species is a problem that requires comprehensive and transversal solutionsbecause in Edomex it is estimated that, of the six million dogs, only one million have a home.

Dog and cat rescue in Edomex

The agreement includes strategies focused on the capture, recovery and adoption of stray pets, in order to maintain control of the population of these species and give them a decent home. Some of the actions that will be undertaken are the following:

  • Sterilization and vaccination for street pets.
  • Animal welfare caravan.
  • Census of pets in Mexican homes, in conjunction with the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI).
  • Visits to the 33 canine control centers located in the entity to verify the conditions in which they are found. In municipalities where this type of centers do not exist, approaches will be made with the municipal governments to look for places where care can be provided to animals.
  • The capture will be carried out through darting under the principle of animal welfare. Once captured, we will work together with civil society, protectors and independent rescuers to recover them and vaccinate and sterilize them, with the aim of giving them up for adoption.

Teacher Gómez Álvarez pointed out thate this task is a function of the State that had been forgotten, but it requires immediate attention, which is why he announced a “great vaccination, sterilization and deworming crusade” in all regions of the entity, starting with the municipalities with the largest population of street animals, including Ecatepec with 548,451, Nezahualcóyotl 359 thousand 069 and Toluca with 303 thousand 536 counted.

Mobile units for animal sterilization in Edomex

The Governor also announced that, in coordination with the UAEMex, Mobile units will be put into operation to start the crusade.

With this, what we are going to do is start a sterilization program at the state level, and we are going to start with the municipalities that have the most overpopulation,” said Gómez Álvarez, who presented the program accompanied by La Morena, El Axapusco, Comino y Huesos. , which are some of the 10 furry friends he has adopted.

Accompanied by Horacio Duarte Olivares, Secretary General of the Government, the State President emphasized that this eIt's an important step to ensure dignified treatment of all animalsa message he addressed to activists, animal activists, veterinary and zootechnics students, as well as academics gathered in the Central Courtyard of the Government Palace.

The President instructed the Secretary of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Miguel Ángel Hernández Espejel, to undertake a awareness program among new generations, to instill in them the respect and responsibility that having a pet entails.

On the occasion, Alelhy Rubio Arronis, Secretary of the Environment and Sustainable Development in the entity, explained that, according to data from the INEGI, in the State of Mexico it is estimated that 57 out of every 100 Mexicans have a pet; However, of all of these Only 30 percent have a home and the remaining 70 percent are homeless.

Build immediate actions and work urgently to address the issue, is the instruction we have received from our Governor, teacher Delfina Gómez, we have an opportunity to make a change and transform the lives of our sentient beings, who alone "They cannot defend themselves, today we have at the head of this Government a woman committed to animal welfare who not only says it, but does it every day," she said.

For his part, Carlos Eduardo Barrera Díaz, Rector of the UAEMex, reported that this educational institution carried out more than 5 thousand free sterilization surgeries for dogs and cats in 2022.

Also present at the event were Alma Diana Tapia Maya, Director of the State Commission of Natural Parks and Fauna (CEPANAF); Alejandro Galván Illanes, General Counsel of PETCO; Adriana Barreto Rodríguez, President of the College of Veterinary Doctors of the State of Mexico; José Luis Payró Dueñas, President of the Mexican Kennel Federation; and Alfredo Álvarez Cárdenas, representative of the FES Cuautitlán of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

This program is in accordance with the principle of defense of the rights of all sentient beings, that the Governor has made evident during her career, especially with the decree initiative to declare July 4 of each year as National Day for the Welfare of Pet Animals, which she presented as Senator of the Republic in November 2022.


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