NEARLY half of Balearic homes have at least one pet, which is less than the Spanish average, according to a survey conducted by El Refugio Association. In total, 44 percent of the homes on the islands house a pet, which is less than the 46 percent Spanish average. Extremadura is the region which has the most pets per home (73 percent), whilst Castilla-La Mancha has the less pets with 28 percent. According to the study, in those homes which have pets, 35 percent are dogs, 9 percent are birds and 8 percent are cats.
There are approximately ten million domestic animals throughout Spain, which is broken-down into 5.95 million dogs, 2.55 million birds and 1.47 cats.
The study shows that only 2 percent of these dogs have been adopted via an organistion, 9 percent have been found on the streets, and the biggest majority of dogs have been bought or given as a present. It is essential that these animals “are not simply consumer whims”, said Nacho Paunero, President of the El Refugio Association. All owners must know they have to be responisble pet owners, in terms of sterilisation and adoption, he added. El Refugio Association is an non-profit organisation.


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