Many may not believe it, but in some cities there are departments of police security specialized in the surveillance and care of animals . Precisely in Mexico City, there is the Animal Surveillance Brigade (BVA), made up of professionals willing to attend to the emergency of both pets and wild animals, Alberto Celis Díaz, is one of them and tells of the sacrificial work that belongs to this profession means.
Better known as “The boss” in his department, he relates that they not only take care of cats or dogs, on many occasions they have to put their experience and mentality to the test when the notice is for a wild animal and in the case of Mexico City, this can mean from a raccoon, to tigers.
The first thing is always to ensure the welfare of the animal, causing the least possible stress and rescued once, take it immediately to veterinary serivicos, are provided with food and then transfer to a adequate shelter.
Celis remembers in the depths of her heart the time she faced a fire in a house. Inside, inhabited many dogs and some had not left the flames for a long time, when they were able to enter, they saw how there was a totally charred puppy hugging a smaller one, protecting it. '' with the body.
“Many people think they have no feelings and on the contrary, that is a very clear sign, unfortunately they both died, but it was a sign of love that was marked in my life forever “.
– Alberto Celis a 24 MX hours –
The days are usually quite varied, since there may be occasions where they must rescue a cat to go directly to more exotic animals such as snakes, lion cubs or even eagles trapped in the top of the trees.
There is no call that does not have its complexity , all animals deserve different care depending on their needs and it is impossible not to become fond with any of they. The mental part is an aspect that many do not consider, but a certain sensitivity is developed in each case, making it a special job.
As they must be prepared for any emergency , each morning they must be ready no later than 6: 30 am, check the state of the boots, safety equipment and uniform, after breakfast each one is assigned an area and they leave to patrol the city.
One of the most important parts, to complete a job, is to find a suitable home for each animal. If it is a domestic one, they look for a house, if it is more exotic, a refuge or it is taken to its pure habitat in case of getting lost, which can take weeks.
People like Celis and the other animal brigade workers show that sometimes the least recognized jobs are the most sacrificed and despite the fact that the People in fact let citizen security take care of it, it is worth thinking sometimes that, behind that uniform, there are hundreds of stories and not all of them easy to tell.