Animalife integrated the capital city’s contingency plan. On top of receiving basic needs, between January 8 and 14, street pets received essential vaccination and were microchipped.
Animalife, a pioneering association in the integrated approach to social-animal support, announced it had carried out a special health and well-being initiative for Lisbon’s homeless population’s pet animals.
“The entire Social-Animal Development Department of the association was involved in the initiative, organised in response to the cold snap felt in recent days”, revealed the association.
Between January 8 and 14, the Animalife team operated in two key locations: the Association’s Headquarters in the Saldanha neighbourhood, and the Casal Vistoso Pavilion in Areeiro. These locations were used to coordinate actions demonstrating the association’s commitment to the well-being of the most vulnerable and their animals.
During the days of the initiative, between 10h00 and 18h00, the Animalife headquarters, located at Av. Praia Da Vitória, nº15, received homeless people referred by the Social Support entities of Lisbon’s Social Network. Here, the association provided social-animal monitoring and medical-veterinary services. This fundamental space ensured that pet animals received the necessary care and that homeless people could access adequate support to meet their needs.
During the evening and night, between 18h00 and 09h00, the Casal Vistoso Pavilion, equipped with boxes for housing animals, was prepared to receive homeless people and their animals, thanks to a partnership with Multipet, which was responsible for assembling the boxes and creating a safe space for pets to spend the night.
Those who went to the Animalife headquarters with their animals received appropriate monitoring and veterinary care and were taken to the Casal Vistoso Pavilion. Meanwhile, those who went directly to the Pavilion were met by the team of volunteers and registered to go to the association’s headquarters the following day.
The Department of Social-Animal Development – comprised of a highly qualified team of professionals in Social Work, Veterinary Medicine, Social Education, Sociology, Psychology and Animal Behaviour – was the driving force behind this initiative. Its participation ensured a holistic and practical approach, addressing the needs of animals and their owners in vulnerable situations.
In addition to the Animalife team, students from the Faculties of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Lisbon and the Universidade Lusófona, together with the team from Casa dos Animais de Lisboa, Associação Veterinários Sem Fronteira and Banco de Sangue Animal, contributed with their skills and specialised knowledge.
Between January 8 and 12, several actions were carried out, including:
– Regularisation of medical-veterinary procedures, including anti-rabies vaccination, multivalent vaccination and internal and external deworming;
– Electronic Identification of Animals and Registration at SIAC to comply with current legislation;
– Blood Collection Campaign to evaluate possible infectious diseases among street pets;
– Surveying the number of people and animals experiencing homelessness to understand the current reality experienced in the city of Lisbon;
– Donation of basic necessities for pets, according to identification of needs and available stock;
In addition to the Casal Vistoso Pavilion, which operated all week, the Contingency Plan for homeless people opened metro stations in Lisbon. To overcome the low temperatures felt in Lisbon, the metropolitan Oriente, Rossio, and Santa Apolónia tube stations were also open from Tuesday night, enabling homeless people to spend the night indoors.