It's something we have been working for, longing for - praying we would get there one day. And then last week it happened. Fabienne wanted to wait until she received the documents before sharing the news with everyone. And now we have them, the signed official documents.
ACE SHIN has signed a contract with the municipality of Malaga, acting on behalf of the Malaga killing station. It allows us to save the maximum dogs possible from the killing station, something we are already doing but with restrictions. Up until now most dogs had only 10 days before they were killed. Now dogs who have a chance of adoption will be given more than 10 days to find a new boss. And ACE SHIN will be able to take the dogs without having to pay any fee, something we have had to do until now. We will all try together to minimise the number of dogs who are killed every year.
Furthermore, and of great importance, Malaga is willing to introduce sterilisation projects and education projects in schools and colleges. We are hoping that working together will lead to greater cooperation with the goal of giving a chance to animals without hope. To change people's ideas so that they will be willing to sterilise or castrate their dogs. To let children understand how to treat animals. To understand that a dog is for life, not just for a little while.
It's not easy to change a mentality. Here in Spain, for generations, people haven't seen animals the way we do. They don't mean the same to them as they do to us. All beginnings are difficult but we are happy that we have taken this first step towards each other. The other killing stations didn't want to join in, but to its great credit Malaga has taken the first step. And great credit goes also to Fabienne and all involved in this momentous breakthrough. It's taken years, effort, determination, tears and courage. They never gave up. Thank you a million times.