Tottori prefecture is planning to reduce the killing of dogs and the cats by half, in favor of treatment and finding the new owners.
(Mainichi newspaper, February 23)
The "future of people and animal center Amitie" opened last September in Tottori prefecture, Kurayoshi-city.
The aim of this center is to reduce the killing of dogs and cats.
Their protection activity will start from April.
The dogs and the cats which the prefecture accepted are moved to Amitie.
These dogs and cats are treated, and new owners found.
Tottori prefecture added up the draft budget for fiscal 2014 as 22 million six hundred thousand yen, and will contribute half of operating costs of Amitie.
Amitie is operated by Public Interest Incorporated Foundation “Animal Clinical Research Foundation”. (Kurayoshi-city, the chairman of the board of directors Yoshihisa Yamane)If the accepted dog or cat is healthy, they put in a microchip and give it to a person who wants it.
The institution can accept a maximum of 40 dogs and 30 cats.
Last December, they accepted 3 dogs from the prefecture.
Tottori prefecture accepted 1559 dogs and cats last year from the owners.
The owners' reasons for handing over the animals was house-moving, illness, and aging.
There was also some owner ignorance.
Tottori prefecture is now reconsidering the Animal Welfare and Management Promotion Plan.
Last year, they killed 1360 dogs and cats but they plan to reduce that number in 2023 to below 60 dogs and 500 cats.
To achieve that goal, Tottori prefecture looks to Amitie, which has medical systems to protect dogs and cats, and can find new owners.
Amitie operates with donations from members and supporters.The head manager of Amitie, Kazuaki Takashima, said "Our objective is to save as many dogs and cats as possinle."