The number of dogs and cats that had to be culled at the Kanagawa Prefectural Animal Protection Center in FY2016 was zero. That number has remained at zero for four years since FY2013 for dogs, and three years since FY2014 for cats.
Going a step further, the Kanagawa Prefectural Government plans to build a new animal protection center, changing the facility from one that culls animals to one that saves them.
The existing Animal Protection Center is over 40 years old. Dogs are brought in and put in a dark basement, where they must wait until they find a new foster family. To improve this situation, the new center will have a bright, hygienic room and space for dogs to run around happily in the sun. In addition, the new center will be a convenient and comfortable facility for the volunteer staff, who have played the most important role in realizing zero culling for the past four years. Through these efforts, the centre aims to make a facility where more dogs and cats can be placed with a new family.
For construction of the new center, the prefectural government established the Kanagawa Animal Protection Center Construction Fund. The Kanagawa government hopes that its effort to establish the new facility as a pioneer of animal protection will lead to the further development of animal welfare circles.
The prefecture wishes to make this dream come true with the assistance of the public. Donations can be made via credit cards. Please visit the following website for details.© Japan Today