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While most of the people in Medellín are at home, under the mandatory preventive isolation measure, a 'squad' of volunteers and entities such as the CES University flock to the streets of the city to provide comprehensive care to the animals in situation of street or vulnerability in homes of step.

The initiative is led by the Secretary of the Environment of the Mayor's Office of Medellín, through the La Perla Animal Welfare Center, with the support of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Zootechnics of the CES University, the Environmental Police, the councilor Juan Jiménez Lara , in addition to the participation of a group of volunteers.

"The Faculty has been linked to this initiative, as a social commitment and support of this beautiful work in favor of animal welfare," said Dr. Jhon Didier Ruiz Buitrago, dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Zootechnics of the CES University .

The program seeks to benefit about 1,300 animals including dogs, cats and pigeons in the Antioquia capital during the quarantine period decreed by the National Government throughout the Colombian territory until April 13, 2020.

“The pigeons are fed by volunteers who receive food from La Perla. As they stay at home, we continue with their work: we have visited 15 parks in the city, feeding the pigeons and maintaining their homes, ” explained Diana Montoya Velilla, Secretary of the Environment of Medellín.

Due to the contingency related to the coronavirus, the municipal administration enabled the telephone line (4) 3855560, of the La Perla Animal Welfare Center, to receive information on the cases of animals in a situation of callus or vulnerability and enter them into the program with the team of rescues.

In Itagüí ...

Photograph of Itagüí City Hall employees feeding a stray dog

Photography: Courtesy of the Mayor's Office of Medellín and Itagüí

For its part, the University Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Center (CVZ), in alliance with the Mayor's Office of Itagüí, installed food dispensers for street animals at strategic points in the southern Aburrá municipality.

Stray dogs and cats will be able to drink water and eat food from the feeders installed in the streets of Itagüí. These are dispensers made with PVC tubes, which are portable and can store up to 5 kilograms of concentrate.

"From the CVZ we are linked with the donation of 200 cans," reported the Veterinary and Zootechnics Center of the CES University in their social networks, as part of one of the actions carried out within the alliance with the Mayor's Office of Itagüí.

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