In the fall of 2013, AIA conducted a pilot program to promote responsible guardianship of dogs and cats in Spanish. The materials related to this project are displayed on this page.
Every year millions of adoptable companion animals are euthanized due to overpopulation. Not only is this a heartbreaking ongoing tragedy, it also is associated with a huge financial cost to the cities responsible for animal services. In addition, many animals are subjected to neglect and abuse at the hands of uncaring people.
While efforts have been made by many organizations to educate households about animal guardianship, this outreach is, for the most part, offered in English. AIA has found that there can be significant differences in the cultural assumptions about the care of companion animals and believes that the lack of outreach in languages other than English has limited the progress of animal care in some communities.
For example, in California’s Coachella Valley’s Spanish-speaking communities, animals are often allowed to roam freely and dogs and cats are less likely to be licensed, vaccinated and spayed or neutered. This not only potentially leads to needless suffering, disease and death of the animals, but also poses health and safety risks to people in these communities. Additionally, unfixed animals contribute to overpopulation and consequent euthanasia of unwanted dogs and cats.
In January 2014 AIA completed a successful pilot project to promote responsible pet guardianship in California’s Coachella Valley’s Spanish-speaking communities. Based on the positive results, AIA is continuing the campaign in the Coachella Valley as well as developing similar initiatives in other communities throughout the country. Through newspaper articles, radio PSAs and commercials, internet entries and blogs, and other media, AIA is providing and will continue to provide education about the proper care of companion animals in Spanish and English.
The scope of AIA’s ability to expand its outreach is largely dependent upon funding. AIA hopes to gain support in the form of grants and private funding to allow for the continuation of this important work in addition to other humane education for the non-English speaking communities.
Published La Prensa Articles
AIA is very grateful to the many people who have donated their time and talents for this project.
From KLOB-FM Jose 94.7 and KPST-FM La Tricolor 103.5: Heriberto Dismaya and Oswaldo Rivas (voice over talent); Victor Tocco, and Mercy Castro.
From La Poderosa 96.7 FM (KUNA-FM 96.7): Lina Robles, Brenda Hernandez, Salvador Cisneros, Sammy Bernal (voice over talent); Manny Cervantes and General Manager, Mike Stutz.
Erlyn Garrison, Katie Garrison, Riverside County Department of Animal Services
La Prensa HIspana, Al Vasquez
HARC, Inc. – Health Assessment Resource Center
Jenna LeComte-Hinely, PhD
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