The small town of Agira, with about 8000 inhabitants, is located in Sicily and more precisely in the province of Enna. Recently, the mayor Maria Greco has launched a nice initiative to improve the living conditions of strays and limit the costs borne by the community. We are not sure, however, that the hoped-for results will be achieved, but we are optimistic. Let’s see why.
RELIEF ON THE TARI IF YOU ADOPT A DOG
The initiative is commendable, no doubt. The incentives are allocated in this way:
- 400 euros for a small dog;
- 450 euro medium size;
- 500 euro large size.
The requirements to qualify for the discount are as follows:
- To be of legal age.
- Holders of the TARI tax.
- Guarantee of adequate treatment.
- Not having criminal convictions for ill-treatment.
The adoptive parent will be able to receive check-up visits from the Municipal Police to verify that the dog is actually kept in good condition. If this is not the case, the adoption will be revoked and the costs of maintaining the dog in a suitable facility until further adoption will be charged.
If it is ascertained that the dog was living in degraded conditions, the adopter will be reported for mistreatment of animals.
Reading this news I immediately thought about how many people would adopt a dog just not to pay the garbage tax. Adoptions that are superficial, without the right motivation and without reckoning on how much it costs to keep a dog. Adoptions pushed by an economic pretext without considering that a dog, treated well, can cost MINIMUM 700 euros per year, a figure much higher than the Tari contribution of 500 euros. Adoptions that will end in new abandonments.
Then, however, reading the pdf presentation of the initiative, directly from the website of the municipality of Agira, I have partially reconsidered. The document is well written, the conditions are clear, and at least in theory it should discourage the “sly ones”.
The most absurd hypotheses such as “birth of children” or “allergies” are also considered. With the benefit of the doubt, we recognize that the municipality of Agira cannot think that these are just causes of abandonment, but having considered them shows a knowledge of the world of kennels and adoptions. These two are in fact among the most common “excuses” when unscrupulous people go to “deposit” their dog in kennels.
In these cases, the adopter will have to find a new (and suitable) accommodation for the dog, and communicate the name of the new adopter to the office in charge, so that the appropriate checks can be carried out.
WE HOPE WELL
The premise is good, no doubt. The initiative could actually boost the number of adoptions in kennels, and if it works, it would be appropriate for it to be copied by all Italian municipalities.
Nevertheless, some doubts remain:
- Will checks be carried out?
- How will it be judged whether living conditions are good?
- Isn’t the criterion of a clean criminal record a little bit low?
- Do the adoptive parents realise that they will spend infinitely more money to keep the dog?
We want to be optimistic today, and we believe in this initiative. We will come back in a few months and let you know what the results are.