Rescuing animals is our most important job of course. The sad truth however is that no matter how many animals pass through shelters, there will always be more cats and dogs needing help.
As formidable as the task may seem tackling the underlying causes of the problem can only reap long-term benefits. SCAN is active in increasing awareness of the issues by running educational programmes with local schools and colleges.
SCAN invites students and pupils to the centre to experience firsthand the realities of animal abandonment and the work that goes into rescuing and rehabilitating our dogs and cats.
The reaction from young people is encouraging and gives all working at SCAN hope. Some of the older students sign up as volunteers and have been valuable members of the team. But of course they are beginning their careers and move on. Hopefully though, their time with us will benefit animals long into the future.
SCAN is active in campaigning for changes to the law and its enforcement.
Our president is also Vice President of PAES, Protección Animales España.
PAES aims to bring together associations, shelters, volunteers, government authorities, sector professionals and businesses interested in animal welfare so that, working together we can all make a real difference in improving the welfare and treatment of animals in Spain.
In February 2017 PAES together with SCAN hosted a conference, Challenging the Iceberg to highlight the responsibilities and accountabilities of the various agencies, municipal, police, veterinary and legal in applying and enforcing Spain's animal welfare legislation.