Tinian pursuing new animal shelter facility project

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TINIAN — The island’s municipal government is pursuing its plan to construct a new animal shelter, Mayor Edwin Aldan said in a recent interview.

“It is now in the process of bidding out,” he said, adding that Tinian was able to secure $40,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after Super Typhoon Yutu destroyed the facility in Oct. 2018.

Currently, he said, the island has a temporary shelter with 12 kennels for stray dogs.

“Our operation is normal, and we have five personnel and one vehicle to perform daily tasks,” he added.

The temporary animal shelter on Tinian.  Photo by Junhan B. Todino

Aldan said there are still stray dogs on island, especially in the jungle.

Every month, he added, the dog control personnel captures an average of 20 stray dogs.

The mayor said he is grateful to the Department of Lands and Natural Resources, through veterinarian Dr. Ignacio Dela Cruz, for providing assistance, as well as to the Guam Animals in Need, which donates dog and cat food as well as medicines.

Aldan said the three personnel of Tinian’s animal control program are undergoing training.

“It is important to have certified personnel to euthanize dogs,” he added.

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