Tamuning, Tumon, and Harmon are next in the stray animal roundup.
Tamuning Mayor Louise C. Rivera says that TaTuHa will begin the round-up program next week Monday, March 1 through Wednesday, March 31.
The mayor expects to round up over a hundred strays from dogs, cats, and chickens.
Although the roundup is not in the village yet, Rivera said that one of her staff’s normal duties is to round up as many stray animals as possible.
Two stray dogs and two cats have already been captured by her staff this week alone, according to Mayor Rivera.
Rivera says her first priority is to protect village residents from strays. However, one thing that doesn’t sit too well with her is what is going to happen to the animals that do not get adopted.
“Where does it go from there? Do they really have somebody who is going to adopt these animals? Who can take care of these animals? Will they be released again to the community? Because I am sure they are apart of these organizations because of their love for animals,” the mayor said.
Meanwhile, Alison Hadley, the executive director of Guam Animals In Need, says the animals that come to the shelter from the village roundups go through the exact same process that other animals that come to the shelter undergo.
Hadley says that the animals identified as strays will be observed for three days in the quarantine area. Then it will be determined whether it’s safe for the animals to be put up for adoption or not.
“Animals that are put up into adoption row do not have any time limit on them. That has never been the case. I know that the three-day hold concept is one of the most misconstrued facts about GAIN and it’s not saying that if an animal is not adopted in three days that it would be put to sleep. That is not at all the case,” Hadley said.
She added: “Of course there will be situations when we unfortunately can not move them into the adoption row. That’s really for the safety of the animal, the public, and the staff. Those situations would involve sickly animals, injured, wild or feral and aggressive.”
Hadley confirmed that mayors have turned in stray animals to the shelter.
She says that a total of 10 kennels have been allocated to the mayor’s village roundups.
Mayors Council of Giuam stray animal roundup committee chair Rudy Paco says that the village of Santa Rita has caught 10 cats, 5 puppies, and 17 dogs.
Mayor Paco also says that MTM has captured 7 dogs which brings the total number of stray animals sent to GAIN to 29.