The Society for the Protection of Animals (Anima) revealed that a land dispute with the Land, Public Works and Transport Bureau (DSSOPT) has almost been resolved, but that there are still ‘some issues to be solved with the DSSOPT’, with the group having applied for a definitive concession for the plot of land in Coloane in question.
The group was requested by the government to return the 40 square metre land plot in 2014 due to illegal occupation. The abandoned plot was located directly next to the association’s facilities in Coloane.
Meanwhile, Anima’s yearly expenses in 2016 reached MOP9.12 million (US$1.13 million), the animal protection group revealed yesterday during their annual press conference. Of the total annual budget, MOP3.02 million was spent directly on the animals, an increase from the MOP2.40 million used for their care in 2015.
The Society supports animals by providing food, medication, de-sexing, vet assistance and accommodation facilities.
The biggest expense for the group was in fact in hiring staff, with around MOP4.63 million devoted to personnel. In 2016, there were 36 staff working for Anima.
Since its establishment in 2011, the group has managed to rescue some 3,424 animals, of which 961 have been dogs and 2,092 have been cats. Only 392 dogs and 192 cats however, are able to fit into the group’s shelters.
On the other hand, there were a total of 216 adoptions last year, an increase of 32 when compared to 2015, but the number of rescues was over double the number of adoptions, reaching 476 in 2016.
‘In spite of our efforts in making every day adoption days, […] we need to have more adoptions as we have the shelter crowded,’ the press release stated.