The municipal dog shelters of Italy are given government funding per dog, encouraging them to take in as many as possible for maximum gain, resulting in overcrowding and poor care. However, there is an alternative to these shelters.
Rifugio Fata is an independent dog shelter in Calabria, Southern Italy, run by Francesca and her caring team. The shelter doesn’t receive any government money, but is funded entirely by donations. The dogs are well looked after by the dedicated volunteers, with great emphasis put on promoting education initiatives and changing attitudes in the local community.
For more information about Rifugio Fata, please visit http://www.dogwelfarenetwork.co.uk/italy-rifugio_fata.html
88046 Lamézia, Calabria, Italy
Telephone: +39 340 591 0203
Also in Southern Italy, you’ll find Lega Pro Animale, which is foremost a clinic, not a rehoming centre. Its main aim is to spay and neuter dogs and cats to reduce the stray population. However, some animals do end up in their care for various reasons, and are looking for permanent, loving homes. All animals at Lega Pro Animale are spayed and neutered, without exception.
For more information about Lega Pro Animale, please visit http://www.dogwelfarenetwork.co.uk/italy-lega_pro_animale.html
Lega Pro Animale
Via Mario Tommaso, 81030 Castel Volturno CE, Italy
Telephone: 0823 859552
Email: form via website