ULSAN, Korea, Mar. 2 (Korea Bizwire) — Ulsan Metropolitan City is set to establish a cultural center for companion animals for the first time in Korea, said the city government on February 27.
The center will have two buildings that will be used for a welfare and cultural center for pets and pet-owners, comprised of offices that will serve purposes such as protection, adoption, treatment and education for companion animals and stray pets.
Ulsan will be spending 7.2 billion won (US$ 6.5 million) on the project, which will be developed on a 10,000㎡ site. The city government will be occupied with pre-development planning from March to June, and is hoping to start construction in January 2016. The project is expected to be completed by December 2017.
There are about 4,000 stray animal cases and 400 civil complaints concerning animal welfare filed with related authorities per year in Ulsan. The city has been introducing pet-related projects designed to be practical and raise awareness, such as establishing a park specially designed for pet exercise, and holding a pet festival that drew more than 1,000 participants.
By J. W. Choi (firstname.lastname@example.org)