It’s easy to feel enthusiastic about getting a pet. They’re cute, they’re cuddly and they are lots of fun. Unfortunately, those may be the only factors people think about, which ends up proving too much of a hassle to some owners.
To decide if you should bring in a new furry or scaly friend into the family, you should always consider the costs, the maintenance of the animal and the fact that you will always need someone to take care of your pet for you if you feel like going away on vacation. Many animals are abandoned by those who were never meant to have a pet in the first place, which only brings pain and suffering to the animal that is left behind.
If you are thinking of getting a pet, consider the possibility of adopting, instead of purchasing one from a store or a breeder. That way, you can help make a neglected animal to be happy again. He will be nothing but grateful for your love. In many cases, adopting an animal means saving its life.
Here are some of the organizations that you can contact in order to adopt a pet in Barcelona.
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Barcelona Gat I Gos
Barcelona Gat I Gos is an organization dedicated mainly to the care of urban cats. The organization divulges notices of lost and found cats and helps animals find a new home. Barcelona Gat I Gos has a large list of cats waiting to be adopted, which can be viewed here. If you can’t adopt a cat yourself but would like to help the organization, you can make a donation, purchase Barcelona Gat I Gos products, become a volunteer or offer your home for a cat to stay in while it isn’t adopted.
Save a life
Save a life is a Non-Governmental Organization that protects homeless animals. The organization has a number of dogs to be adopted in all of Spain, some of them facing terrible odds. Save a life also offers sterilization services, in order to prevent the death or abandonment of innocent puppies. You can help Save a life by adopting an animal, offering your house for a dog to stay in while it isn’t adopted, making donations, divulging the information, offering to take some of the organization’s dogs to the vet, donating medicine and other health materials, and by donating blankets, buckets, brushes, or anything else that can help.
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Animals Sense Sostre
Animals Sense Sostre is another NGO that has a variety of animals to adopt. Not only dogs and cats, Animals Sense Sostre currently has a couple of friendly pigs who are looking for a nice farm home or animal sanctuary. You can help Animals Sense Sostre by volunteering, gathering the necessary materials, offering a foster home for an animal, offering your professional services or making a donation. Animals Sense Sostre also has a page to publish pictures of lost animals.
Lliga per a la protecció d’animals I plantes de Barcelona
Lliga per a la protecció d’animals I plantes de Barcelona has been helping abandoned and mistreated animals since 1944. Their aim is to protect animals from abuse situations or abandonment, by rehabilitating and finding new homes for them. You can help Lliga per a la protecció d’animals I plantes de Barcelona by becoming a member, volunteering, and making monthly or one-time donations.
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Centro de Acogida de Animales de Compañía de Barcelona
Barcelona’s City Council has also created a center to help animals in need, called Centro de Acogida de Animales de Compañía de Barcelona. You can help CAACB by volunteering to walk the animals, clean the facilities and make sure the animals are always properly groomed and healthy.
Note: If you have lost a pet, contact your local veterinary and animal aid associations, in case someone has found it and handed it over to professionals.
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