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September 5, 2012

HSI Sends Veterinary Team to Support Street Dog Management Program in Ecuador

Humane Society International

Humane Society International joins local partner ARCA, an animal welfare organization, in developing and implementing True Friends, a pilot project aimed at curbing the population growth of unwanted dogs and cats in towns adjacent to the Pichacay landfill near Cuenca, Ecuador. Two HSI veterinary specialists arrived in Cuenca this week to assist with spaying and neutering.

"This project is the first to be developed in rural Cuenca and seeks to safeguard the health of the residents of the communities surrounding the landfill and that of their companion animals," said Valentina Leon, ARCA director.

This project is the result of a joint effort between the Municipality of Cuenca, the Health Council of the Cuenca Canton, the municipal waste management company EMAC EP, the Ministry of Health, the Board of Santa Ana Parish, ARCA and HSI.

"Humane Society International is proud to offer its expertise and support during the development of this project, which we hope will make a real impact for Cuenca’s residents and companion animals," said Alexandra Rothlisberger, HSI program manager for Latin America and the Caribbean. “This project continues an effective partnership between ARCA and HSI that is successful for animals in other Ecuadorian communities.”

The pilot project aims at spaying or neutering 400 street cats and dogs. In the past few years HSI has trained ARCA’s veterinarians to deliver the best care and attention to the animals during and after the surgery.

Cuenca Mayor Paúl Granda has indicated his satisfaction with the professional development of the project and is accepting a proposal to increase the spay/neuter budget for a similar project in 2013.

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Media Contact:

Raúl Arce-Contreras, +1 (301-721-6440), rcontreras@humanesociety.org

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