We get no help from the community

We were told last week in a press release that Stimami Sterilisami, the private spay/neuter subsidy program has suspended its activities for the rest of 2021.

Really sad news.

We almost won the battle against abandoned cats and dogs in the street, and now, without the spay/neuter subsidy program, we are faced by a threat that within 6 months, the achievement of the past five years will be wiped out, and the island will be overrun by unwanted animals, again.

The foundation was funded all these years by Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort, and the personal donations of its owner/CEO Ewald Biemans. Aruba Bank made a contribution earlier this year.

In the past ATA and the Tourism Product Enhancement Fund had also allocated a budget.

Now the well is dry.

For five years, 2016 – 2021, the foundation helped neuter/spay 26,397 cats and dogs.

Just for you to grasp the enormity of that statistical fact: Without sterilization a female cat can reproduce up to 60 kittens a year and a female dog an average of 28 puppies.

Stimami Sterilisami is another story of neglect, says the deeply disappointed and saddened Ewald Biemans. It is unsustainable. We are all naive – this is a much deeper problem and cannot be fixed. As we keep neutering and sterilizing, no one else assists in slowing down the conveyer belt of puppies and kittens. No police, no government, no businesses community, no local community, they do not help in controlling the rate of reproduction. We spent two million of our own money over the last 5 years. It is simply unsustainable.

But if we get sponsors again to match our funds, we will restart, Biemans states.

In April, and then in May business on the island returned full force, and the writing is on the wall: The community will be overwhelmed by unwanted animals if it doesn’t come up with the financial support required to resume subsidized spaying/neutering.

I called one of the vet’s offices.

They were booked with the last sponsored operations until June 28th. NOTHING after that, because the locals, unless subsidized, will not spring for the expense.

All rescue foundations, have been singing the same song since 2016, please spay/neuter your pets, but with the island’s financial situation, local families have other priorities, the money is there, but the conviction to spay/neuter is not.

We’re looking for just over Awg 100.000 in donations, in order to resume operations. And we’re looking for fresh, effective legislation and enforcement to tackle the root of the challenge. Help.

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June 05, 2021
Rona Coster