1. Problem Definition
		* Indiscriminate breeding
		* Public ignorance
		* Government apathy
		* Lack of Funding
		* Limited professionalism
		* Insufficient infrastructure
		* Poor organization
		* Inadequate legal framework

	2. Solution Issues
		* Macro to Micro approach
		* Legislative initiative to establish requirement
		* Enforcement mechanism to assure compliance
		* Financing tools to create and support the infrastructure
		* Education program to foment understanding and participation

	A good foundation upon which to build the essential elements
of a humane program is paramount if a serious plan is to be effective. 
The "band-aid" approach is mere lip service to the real problem, and 
while rewarding to those individuals involved, provides no dent in the 
overall solution. As in most societal problems, animal welfare is as much 
an attitude issue as anything else. Attitudes can only be changed over 
time through a concerted educative program provided that the underlying 
infrastructure and legal framework exists for the changes to take root.


	1. Media campaign for Animal Welfare Awareness 
	2. Establishment of a "Collegio de Albergues"
	3. Establishment of an "Animal Control Officer Corps"
	4. Strict enforcement of "registration" rules and collection of related fees
	5. Immediate implementation of education program in elementary schools
	6. Financing for new structures and equipment
	7. Legislative Omnibus Animal Welfare Act
	8. Private/Municipal Shelter/Animal Welfare Group Initiatives

	The above categories and the details that follow DO NOT represent the ONLY or DEFINITIVE plan to achieve a more balanced and caring ANIMAL WELFARE PROGRAM for Puerto Rico. However, it serves as a skeleton upon which to build. Given the current lack of attention to animal welfare needs, it is imperative that a strong foundation be laid upon which a realistic plan can be structured to achieve the desired goals. Many activists "fail to see the forest for the trees" as the old saying goes. The concepts address the need for government action but are balanced with Private Sector participation. The issue of funding is found thoughout and is key. Finally, the concepts of rules and regulations are balanced with enforcement and education. Any NEW ideas should be provided with a view to first attempting to place such ideas within ONE of the existing categories above. Those in agreement with any of the stated objectives should feel free to indicate where they can provide support or initiatives. Those not in agreement should clearly state WHY and provide alternatives. In this way a more comprehensive plan can be developed that will truly hold a consensus of all involved. 

	The following pages detail the above areas of interest in developing a comprehensive animal welfare program for Puerto Rico.

	ITEM: 				Media campaign for Animal Welfare Awareness

	GOVERNMENT AGENCY:                      Office of Communications
					Tourism Department


	OBJECTIVES:		Create public awareness of animal welfare related issues
					Develop public support base and greater participation
					Inform on actions being taken for problem resolution

	METHOD:			Utilize combined paid and PSA program on Radio, TV and 						newspaper using matching funds concept where each dollar 					spent buys equal "free" time. Program must be intensive for 					90 days followed by targeted maintenance program.

	FUNDING:			$2 Million allocation from Tourism budget to be matched 						by equal amount of PSA value. In addition, private animal 						welfare group participation through TV programs and other 					established mechanisms should complement the 							Government program.

	CURRENT STATUS:		CRF will provide 26 segments of 10 minutes each as part 						of a bi-weekly 30 minute prime-time show concerning the 						Envronment to be aired on Channel 40 educational TV and 						affiliates throughout Puerto Rico starting November 1996.

					PETA will provide Spanish Language "Share of the World" 					educational program to be distributed to each school.

	ITEM:				Establishment of a "Collegio de Albergues"

	GOVERNMENT AGENCY:                     Department of State
					Office of the Governor
					Department of Health
					Universities and Tech Schools

	OBJECTIVES:		To create a working association of animal welfare groups 						which will license and provide oversight over animal 						welfare operating entities. 

	METHOD:			A compliance board will be established and will include at 
					least one DVM, one representative from the Department of 						Health and three persons from the private sector with 						animal welfare credentials. Guidance will be provided by a 						representative advisor from AHA/HSUS in a non-voting 						capacity. All shelters will have to meet AHA/HSUS 						Standards before being eligible for receiving a permit, 						renewable annually. Training standards will be established 						and monitored for all shelter personnel with professional 						status offered following achievemnet levels as follows: 						Animal Welfare Volunteer (40 hours), Animal Welfare 						Specialist (160 hours), Animal Welfare Technician (2 years 					on-the-job plus 160 hours), Animal Welfare Professional 						(DVM, Vet Tech Certification or equivalent or other 						acceptable experience). 

	FUNDING:			Membership fees, legislative appropriation and funds from 						the Department of Health will be used to pay a full-time 						staff and office responsible to: conduct islandwide training 						in conjunction with AHA/HSUS available programs; 						provide inspection and compliance services; provide 						reporting and help coordinate intra-island programs such as 					mobile clinics, advertising programs, legislative input etc.

	CURRENT STATUS:		CRF will assist in promoting the concept. AHA/HSUS 						standards need to be translated into Spanish and combined						as one standard.
	ITEM:				Establishment of an "Animal Control Officer Corps"

	GOVERNMENT AGENCY:	                Legislature
					Department of Health
					Department of Natural Resources
					Supreme Court of Puerto Rico
					Department of Justice


	OBJECTIVE:			To establish a uniformed cadre of legally empowered 						officers to enforce the compliance of aplicable laws and 						regulations relating to the ownership and welfare of 							animals. 

	METHOD:			Establish by Law a Corps of personnel acting as Officers of 					the Court charged with the responsibility of investigating 						and bringing to justice anyone charged with infractions of 						any law pertaining to the welfare of domestic animals. Wild 					animal issues would be referred to the Department of 						Natural Resources for action. The Corps would have 						adequate training and would be armed and empowered to 						effect arrests. The Officers would share space with 							Municipal Guards at Municipal or Regional level outposts. 						They would report to the Regional District Attorney 						offices.

	FUNDING:			Funds derived from the mandatory licensing of all pets 						could be used together with Department of Justice 							appropriations.

	STATUS:			None


	ITEM:				Strict enforcement of "registration" rules and collection of 						related fees

	GOVERNMENT AGENCY:	               Municipal Governments
					Department of Hacienda

	SOURCES:			Veterinarians

	OBJECTIVE:			To establish controls over pet populations and to assure an 						economic mechanism necessary to provide adequate 						funding for animal welfare, support and control functions.

	METHOD:			Revise existing Laws to assure that pet registration is 						required of all Municipalities, set the level of fees 							appropriate by taking into account type and size of pet, 						sexual status and location. Incentives would be included for 					pets to be sterilized and disincentives might be considered 						for multiple pets in densely populated urban areas. Fines 						for non-compliance would also be established. Fees would 						also be established for pet shops and breeders as well.

	FUNDING:			All funds thus collected and paid through the existing 						Collecturia System to Hacienda would be earmarked to a 						special fund for distribution to fund the Animal Control 						Officer Corps, the Collegio de Albergues, Regional 							Shelters (both Private and Municipal) and the on-going 						education program. The levels would be determined by 						historic use and the Office of Management and Budget and 						included in the Governor's Budget.

	STATUS:			Currently no registration is enforced and only vaccine fees 						are collected for payment to the PRVMA.


	ITEM:				Immediate implementation of education program in 							elementary schools.

	GOVERNMENT AGENCY:                      Department of Education
	SOURCES:			Universities

	OBJECTIVE:			To heighten awareness by youth of animal welfare needs 						and responsible pet ownership as well as to help break the 						connection between violence towards animals and the later 						violence towards fellow human beings.

	METHOD:			Develop learning tools for distribution and implementation 						throughout the first six grades of the public and private 						school system. Complement this with school involvement 						in annual vaccination drives, shelter field trip visits, lost pet 					programs and carreer counseling. Local shelters and animal 					welfare groups would provide coordinating and leadership 						roles within their respective geographic locations. 

	FUNDING:			Preparation of materials can be funded through national 						grant programs with local delivery sponsored by animal 						related or other industrial/commercial partners.

	STATUS:			PETA has a program already prepared in Spanish. CRF is 						willing to help coordinate local planning and distribution.

	ITEM:				Financing for new structures and equipment

	GOVERNMENT AGENCY:	                Legislature
					Municipal Governments

	SOURCES:			Private Foundations
					AHA (Meacham Grants)										Corporate Sponsors
					Private Fund Raising				

	OBJECTIVE:			To develop mechanisms and funds for the construction and 						operation of an adequate number of professionally managed 					animal shelters and care facilities.

	METHOD:			Develop an inventory of needs to address the animal 						control and welfare problem. Develop standard designs and 					equipment lists including the identification of sources for 						such materials as well as associated costs. Utilize 							established means to seek donations and the use of 							"hand-me-down" concepts. Approach sponsors with 						professional plans with well defined levels of participation. 						Involve Municipal governments in seeking RDA funding 						and assignation of HUD (CDBG) Funds for municipal 						owned/privately operated facilities.

	FUNDING:			Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) are an 						ideal source. Rural Development Administration (part of 						the Federal Department of Agriculture) funds may also be 						applied for shelter construction and equipment. Finally, 						some special assignations from the Legislature could also 						be applied for these purposes.

	ITEM:			                Legislative Omnibus Animal Welfare Act

	GOVERNMENT AGENCY:	                Legislature


	OBJECTIVE:			To consolidate all existing (Laws 67 and 36) and proposed 						legislation into one omnibus law concerning Animal Rights 					and Regulating Authorities.

	METHOD: 			Include assignment of responsibilities at State and Local 						level, authorities for enforcement, levels of compliance and 					fines for non-compliance, establishment of regulatory 						mechanisms including the Collegio de Albergues, Animal 						Control Officer Corps etc. and funding authorities.

	FUNDING:			None	

	STATUS:			               The CRF is willing to help lead this initiative in the new 						legislature follwing elections in November.


	ITEM:				Private/Municipal Shelter/Animal Welfare Group 							Initiatives

	GOVERNMENT AGENCY:	               Municipal Government

	SOURCES:			Local Private Shelters
					Private Volunteer Groups

	OBJECTIVE:			Develop initiatives to improve current services related to 						animal welfare

	METHOD:			Conduct forums to enhance communication between all 						animal welfare related service groups emphasizing 							cooperation and positive values; make available training 						seminars and facility evaluations; develop database of 						existing asset base through increased use of computer 						technology; share ideas and resources; promote a common 						and professional front; speak out at public forums on issues 					and problems related to animal welfare issues. Assure 						existing organizations fully comply with current laws and 						regulations. Participate in developing and implementing of 						a comprehensive Animal Welfare Plan. Create Mobile 						Vaccination/Sterilization/Rescue Units. Enhance animal 						rescue and adoption programs. Seek added roles for citizen 						volunteers. Above all, assure that the public is provided a 						truthful and professional picture regarding Animal Welfare 						and the responsibility of each citizen in this regard.

	FUNDING:			Grants and donations. 


				To study existing laws,
recommend and draft new laws, statutes and Municipal Ordinances; 
Review other working group recommendations for legal compliance and 
practicality; obtain legislative sponsors and executive branch cooperation 
and action; develop financial mechanisms related to animal registration, 
control, fines etc..

				To develop a professional 
standing for Animal Welfare and Control Organizations through the 
establishment of: a Colegio de Albergues; professional development 
standards for personnel involved; standards for certification and 
operation of shelters and related facilities; and inspection and compliance 

				To develop and implement 
educational materials and programs for distribution through schools and 
universities; coordinate and promote seminars for professionals; establish 
a public awareness 	program for dissemination through the Media; 
develop a Sponsorship Program applicable to Industry and Private donor 
				To design, coordinate, develop 
and implement specific projects related to Promoting Animal Welfare such 
as: Mobile Clinics; Animal Disaster Response Team; Animal Week 
activities; 	Operation of Animal Hot Line; developing the  Volunteer 	
Animal Welfare Brigades ; integration via computer systems of animal 
welfare related facilities; assistance in developing additional shelters;
assistance in upgrading existing facilities etc.