LASO foundation proposes an agreement to INFOTEP to create technical careers in animal care
Lorenny Solano, the LASO Foundation’s director, proposed to Rafael Santos Badia, the director of the National Institute for Professional Technical Training (Infotep), the realization of an agreement to create technical careers related to the management, care, and training of domestic animals. Through a letter, this non-profit organization known for animal rescue highlights the country’s need to certify caregivers and trainers in animal handling, not only so that people with pets can educate them on commands and develop good hygiene habits at home, but also make rescued animals useful to society.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to create new sources of employment for people who are sensitive to animals, and especially for young people who do not have a secure job position when they finish high school,” Lorenny said when delivering the communication to the Infotep director. Solano emphasized that there is a high demand for animal caretakers and walkers in the country, but not all owners have the confidence to entrust their pets to people who have no guarantee of knowing how to handle them; for this and many other reasons, animal handlers and trainers must be certified.
At the same time, Solano stated that one of the LASO Foundation’s main goals is to be able to rescue street animals that have been abandoned, mistreated, or injured and turn them into useful members of society, which can be accomplished with proper training. “It is well known internationally that there are guide animals, particularly dogs, that are trained to guide blind or visually impaired people, therapy animals that accompany people with special conditions, and companions who assist their masters in their daily homework, notifying them when it is time to take their medications and warning about emergencies, among other actions,” Solano writes in his letter.
Similarly, he emphasized that there are animals trained to perform search and rescue tasks in the event of an accident, as well as to accompany people with motor disabilities, autism, and epilepsy, among other vulnerable human conditions.