DOG-LOVERS in Roquetas de Mar are gaining support for their campaign to create ‘dog-friendly’ zones on the area’s beaches.
A first meeting held earlier in the year saw around 50 people show up. The second get-together, which took place last Sunday, saw three times as many people throw their support behind the campaign.
With a third meeting planned in the near future, campaign organisers want to use the time in the meanwhile to garner as much support as possible.
By visiting veterinary clinics and campaigning in shopping centres and on the streets, they hope to add hundreds, if not thousands more signatures to their petition, which is being managed via the website change.org.
Once they have enough support they hope to present their idea to the local council, which is yet to voice it’s opinion on the idea.
The demand for dog-friendly beaches in Roquetas de Mar is not a new one. For a while now, pet-owners have been asking for designated areas in which to take their dogs without the fear of causing annoyance to other beach users. It would not be a novelty in Spain: many other Spanish towns and cities have ‘playas’ for pooches.
A dog-friendly beach would have to abide by strict cleanliness rules, and it would be up to dog-owners to ensure that they behaved in a responsible way with their pets.
In general, Roquetas is known as a fairly dog-friendly place. Many hotels already allow guests to bring their pets along on holiday with them, for those who do not wish to be separated from their animals during the holidays.
There is, however, a notable lack of public parks and coastal areas where dogs can relax with their families. This campaign, so its organisers hope, will change all that.