Many dogs, cats abandoned during vacations.
Milan city council has reminded pet owners that the recently refurbished dog park in Via Aquila will remain open to offer a temporary home to animals abandoned during summer vacations, until they can be adopted.
According to the Italian Anti-Vivisection League (LAV), some 50,000 dogs and 80,000 cats are abandoned in Italy each year. Most of these are turned away when families leave home for the sea or the mountains. Pets can cause extra problems and expense for travelling families.
Often they were bought as puppies for Christmas presents, and lost favour once they grew up. Others lived with the elderly – an arrangement strongly recommended by geriatricians – who can no longer manage them, or who have passed away.
Milan’s city dog park (which also accepts cats) offers one solution. But city officials warn that, although the pets are loved and well cared for, only a human family can provide the affection and warmth they so desperately need.
Milanesi who find an abandoned animal but cannot take it in should contact the park on 02 884 46310 and make arrangements with the staff there responsible for adoptions. Dogs and cats will all be vaccinated, sterilised and micro-chipped.
And Britain’s Blue Cross has some recommendations for keeping your dog cool and safe in summer.