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July 2016

Protecting Animals in Rio Ahead of the Olympic Games

Rio Visit Reveals Animal Suffering

Shelter Spotlight: Oito Vidas

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Protecting Animals in Rio Ahead of the Olympic Games

The countdown to the Rio Olympics is on! Over the past 3 months, the SPCA International team has been working to protect the dogs and cats on the streets of Rio who have been displaced from their homes to make way for Olympic sites. SPCAI has partnered with local animal group Oito Vidas to combat the terrible suffering of Rio’s homeless animal population through research, education, spay and neuter and adoption.  Our coalition is working to educate Rio’s citizens about humane pet care, spay and neuter, the hazards of abandonment and the benefits of adopting animals from shelters.  On July 30th and 31st SPCA International’s team will be holding two adoption events in Rio.

Olympic Adoption Event

July 30th 10:00am to 3:00pm
Città Vet, Av. Olegário Maciel, 260, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janiero, Brazil

July 31st 10:00am to 3:00pm
Praça do Ó, Posto 03, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janiero, Brazil

Rio Visit Reveals Animal Suffering
Cat over the shoulder of a woman wearing a red SPCAI tshirt.With the 2016 Summer Olympics quickly approaching our Executive Director, Meredith Ayan, and Programs Manager, Lori Kalef, traveled to the Olympic Games sites in Rio to assess how the Summer Games were impacting the local stray and abandoned animals.  Learn More
Shelter Spotlight: Oito Vidas
Kittens inside a carrierLocated in the city of Rio de Janeiro this Brazilian animal welfare group focuses on protecting local cat colonies and strays and finding homes for adoptable animals. Although their main focus is on cats, Oito Vidas is building a better future for all animals in Rio. Learn More
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Lori holding a black dogHundreds of stray dogs faced imminent death when the Winter Olympics came to Sochi, Russia in 2014. Local authorities were reported to be poisoning the street dogs in preparation for the Winter Games. Thankfully thousands of dogs were saved when local and international animal welfare activists protested. While SPCA International has not seen evidence of similar large scale abuses in Rio de Janeiro, there are many stray animals, as well as animals that have been displaced due to the construction of the Olympic sites. No animal should face the same terrible, painful deaths that the dogs in Sochi did. SPCA International is proud to spearhead this work in Rio to promote the safety and well-being of all of Rio’s local animals.
 
 
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