The Councilor for Health, Noelia Grao, together with Maite Lopez, a representative of the volunteers at the animal protection centre Asoka Orihuela said on Friday that the city will be hosting the IV Forum against the abandonment and mistreatment of Animals, which will take place on Saturday, December 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gabriel Miró Roundabout.

The intention is to raise awareness about responsible animal ownership, through an information booth and children’s workshops, as well as various activities such as a charity market, charity raffle, a catwalk and a donation collection point for the Protection Centre.

With Christmas just around the corner the animal charity will also be distributing information to schools in the area with the message “Animals are not toys”, hoping that they can raise awareness among young children that they must respect and take care of animals.

The councillor said “We invite families to come to the Glorieta, and bring along their pets, to learn about the work of the volunteers from the Animal Protection Centre, which currently houses about 160 dogs and about 90 abandoned cats that are all waiting for a home.”