To position Vallarta as a ‘Pet Friendly’ destination
With the main objective of raising awareness about animal abuse and continuing to advance to position Puerto Vallarta as a ‘Pet Friendly’ destination, in a session of the Environmental Building Commission, the proposal for the creation of artistic murals for the dissemination and awareness of this problem, and the Animal Welfare Sub-Directorate announced the actions that have been carried out from August 2019 to May 2020.
The councilor María del Refugio Pulido Cruz, president of this commission, reported that every day the number of reports of animal abuse or cruelty increases, which is why the proposal to develop artistic murals for dissemination and awareness about mistreatment of companion animals is born, with the motto “sterilize, adopt and do not abandon”, which seeks to promote responsible care of animals that have shown affection and loyalty in our environment.
Marina de los Santos Álvarez, director of the Vallarta Institute of Culture (IVC), pointed out that what is intended with this proposal is to sensitize people about this problem through art, where four strategic spaces such as the Island are planned from the Cuale river, in the Emiliano Zapata and 5 de Diciembre colonies, Cerro de la Cruz, in addition to other points outside the first square of the city will be analyzed.
She indicated that the IVC undertakes to make a formal call in conjunction with the councilors that make up the building commission and the Animal Welfare Sub-Directorate, as well as accompany the artists throughout the process, provide the necessary material for the realization of the mural.
For her part, Silvia Álvarez Bustos, head of the Animal Welfare Sub-Directorate, presented a report on the actions that have been carried out in Puerto Vallarta from August 2019 to May of this year, such as the activities corresponding to the culture program for the protection and care of animals, free itinerant and low-cost sterilizations, the attention of the Green Patrol, a dog and cat adoption program, a free rabies vaccination campaign, among others. He stressed that for the first time in the history of Puerto Vallarta, and due to the health contingency caused by Covid-19, the emergent food support program for dogs and cats was started, with the aim of preventing the abandonment of these animals from company.
Also in this session it was announced that Puerto Vallarta will have a sculpture of a dog, made by the artist from Guadalajara, Adrián Reynoso, so details of the place where it will be placed are being refined, thus making progress so that the municipality is recognized as a ‘Pet Friendly’ destination.