Gozo SPCA has kittens for adoption!
“We have no more space for dogs – we are completely full, even our emergency space, and there are numerous dogs on the street apparently dumped in the last few days. If you find an abandoned dog please call animal welfare on 1717 or take the dog to the nearest police station as there is nothing more we can do until we rehome some dogs.” Gozo SPCA Friday 15th August 2014
If you would like more information about any of our dogs or cats up for adoption please call Val our centre manager on 9921 6815
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What you should know! ….. if a dog is handed to Gozo SPCA by the owner, then we can legally rehome it immediately. If a dog is picked up by Gozo SPCA , or given to us ‘owner unknown’, then irrespective of whether the dog is chipped or not, we have to care for it on behalf of the owner for 7 days. After 7 days we take legal ownership of the dog. What we are allowed to do within the 7 days is to foster the dog; which is what we have done in many cases and will continue to do so. If the owner appears before the 7 days, they can reclaim the dog. This interpretation of the law is used by other sanctuaries and deemed acceptable by the Animal Welfare Department.
What to do if you find a dog – You can call animal welfare on 1717 and they will come and check for a chip- this is normally the best thing to do first, but only in Malta, as there is no animal welfare department in Gozo. If you wish to take the dog to a sanctuary, you need to call them first to check if they have space. The law gives you several options: 1. return to owner if known 2. deliver dog to the nearest police station and they cannot refuse to take the dog 3. deliver dog to a registered sanctuary, but they are under no legal obligation to take the dog 4. if you wish to keep the dog, take it to the nearest police station to make a report and to check for a chip. After 7 days you can claim ownership …