All the services and spaces to guarantee animal well-being in the city

Dog areas.

Oliver Thansan
Oliver Thansan
24 March 2024 Sunday 16:59
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All the services and spaces to guarantee animal well-being in the city

Dog areas

There are currently 118 areas for dogs spread throughout the city, including benches and bins where they can deposit excrement, as well as fountains designed so that dogs can drink without difficulty. They total 45,900 square meters and are divided into 49 dog recreation areas (AEG, for its acronym in Catalan), of more than 400 square meters, and 69 dog areas (AG, for its acronym in Catalan), of less than 400 square meters. square meter. You can check where they are on the map on the animal welfare website.

Off-leash dog spaces in time slots

In each neighborhood there are streets, squares, boulevards, parks or other spaces on public roads where, in morning and afternoon time slots, dogs are allowed to be taken without leashing. They are the ZUC (shared use areas): they are properly marked and have all the necessary elements for correct maintenance, such as litter bins, lighting and appropriate signs. The goal is for 95% of the neighborhood to have a dog-friendly space within a ten-minute walk from home. All ZUC are listed on the interactive map on the website.

cat colonies

Urban cat colonies are spaces managed in collaboration with protective entities. These are public areas where sterilized cats live in the wild and are fed dry food. The objective is to prevent overpopulation of cats in the city and at the same time improve the quality of life of the animals. The control of natural cat colonies, which are already existing groups that coexist in a space, is important to avoid overpopulation problems and guarantee that they have adequate integration into urban reality. For this reason, in Barcelona the capture, sterilization and return (CER) model is applied: the cats are captured, they undergo a veterinary examination to rule out any contagious disease, they are sterilized, a small mark is made on their ear to identify them and they are returned to the space where they were captured.

Pet Shelter Center (CAACB)

The Pet Shelter Center (CAACB) is the municipal facility that ensures the well-being of lost or abandoned animals in the city, more than 2,500 each year on average. It has the support of more than 150 volunteers, who collaborate by walking the dogs or playing with the cats and entertaining them.

The CAACB works to make it easier for owners to get their animals back, combating abandonment and promoting adoption. To do this, it has a search engine for lost animals and a search engine for animals for adoption.

Adoption is a very rewarding act of responsibility, solidarity and humanity. The CAACB staff accompanies the adoption process so that each person can choose the animal that best adapts to the characteristics of the new home. In addition, information is also provided about the animal's needs in relation to walking, playing, veterinary care, regulations or care, among other issues.

Responsible ownership

An animal is not a toy, it implies fulfilling commitments throughout its life, both with the animal and with society. Responsible ownership involves the following:

The responsible ownership section of the website includes other advice and instructions.