Since 2017 a bus terminal in the city of Curitiba has provided seasonal shelter for dozens of homeless dogs. Now, as the harsh Brazilian winter approaches, the dogs are returning.
By, 2 Nov 2019
The employees of Barreirinha bus terminal in the city of Curitiba know only too well of the plight of stray dogs in their town. Winters at 3,000 feet are harsh and unrelenting and claim the lives of many a stray.
In 2017 they had seen enough. At the time, writes The Animal Rescue Site, employees opened the doors to three puppies: Max, Pitoco and Zoinho. The workers provided beds and blankets for the dogs.
The selfless act did not go unnoticed. Local politician Fabiane Rosa praised the kind-hearted actions of the workers and posted pictures of the pups on Facebook.
At the time, Rosa posted to Facebook the following statement (translated from Portuguese): “Congratulations to the terminal staff, everyone understands that these angels are there and have a right to be.
So many companies in Curitiba could follow this example...Of course it is not the ideal, but at least there are those who are looking after them.”
Brazil is trying to tackle its stray dog problem. The population is booming, so much so that in some cities stray dogs have their own communities.
In the southern city of Caxias do Sul 1,000 dog homes were built to try to house the city’s burgeoning population of dogs. Without enough money to build a proper shelter for 1,600 abandoned pooches, the humane organization So Ama, or “Just Love,” came up with a housing solution in 2010.
Natasha Oselame of So Ama told Reuters at the time, “We started out with the naivete of wanting to change the world, and the project just kept getting bigger, so unfortunately this is all we have to offer them.”
The efforts of the Brazilian government to reduce the number of stray dogs seem not to be working. Projects like So Ama seem the next best thing, at least in terms of canine welfare.