The Regional Government of Madeira has created a regulation allowing the animal protection associations of the region to benefit from annual financial support for the control and protection of stray pets.
In addition to this aspect of control, it is the intention of the insular executive “the welfare of both livestock and companion animals” as a continuation of the policy “establishing a ban on the slaughter of pet animals and stray animals and sterilisation program ”in the region.
Humberto Vasconcelos, Regional Secretary for Agriculture and Fisheries, explained to Lusa that the financial support is for “associations’ operating expenses, sterilisations and work programs of the associations themselves and adoption money where associations that can put the animals into families have money to help those same families that adopt the animal. ”
He stated that at this moment there are “10 associations with the ability to apply”, as the amounts to be awarded depend on the application submitted, and the grant may vary.
Still, the government grants a maximum annual support of 10,000 euros for sterilisation, castration, vaccination, surgery, medication and other procedures described in the regulation.
It also encourages, with an annual ceiling of over € 20,000, issues related to the running costs of associations.
Also present in the regulation is the ability of, after the first year, associations to be awarded “with additional financial support” for the effort “in responsible adoptions made and proven in the previous year”.