Ministry of Agriculture: Before a dog or cat can be handed over for adoption, it must be vaccinated, neutered or spayed and it must be implanted a chip.
Minister Uri Ariel: “The Ministry of Agriculture under my guidance has made the reduction of cruelty to animals in the State of Israel a priority. This is our governmental responsibility, and as far as I personally am concerned it also comes from our Jewish traditions, which mandate it. The regulations approved today take us a step closer to improving the safety and protection of animals”
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development this morning (26.7.2017) brought an amendment to the Regulations on Cruelty to Animals (Protection of Animals), regarding the handing over of dogs and cats for adoption. Under the amendment, the Ministry of Agriculture has established guidelines regarding the handling of dogs and cats prior to their being handed over for adoption from municipal kennels and from animal shelters. Among the amended regulations is the obligation to vaccinate the animals prior to handing them over, to mark them with an implanted chip and to neuter or spay them.
Israel suffers from a widespread problem of abandoned or homeless cats and dogs, who endure harsh living conditions and even pose a public nuisance. According to estimates of the professional authorities at the veterinarian services at the Ministry of Agriculture, there are thousands of unwanted litters of cats and dogs being born each year. Their presence on the streets exposes them to a great deal of suffering and causes nuisances and hazards to people, to other domestic animals and to wildlife. To reduce their numbers, municipal kennels and animal rescue organizations are required to hand over the cats or dogs to adopters only after they have been vaccinated and after they have been neutered or spayed.
Dr. Shlomo Garazi, acting manager of the veterinary services at the Ministry of Agriculture: “We estimate the amendment will help in reducing the proliferation of stray dogs and may lead to a reduction of their suffering and of the resources required to catch them and process them”.