The visitor to Barcelona's municipal kennels is greeted by hundreds of dogs barking the usual "Take me home!", but unlike most kennels, no dog or cat here will ever be sacrificed due to lack of space. In January 2003, the Barcelona City Council announced a commitment to never again touch a hair on an animal's head under their care. This move has been applauded by animal lovers, but it also created the need to build a new kennel since the only way animals ever leave its walls is by adoption, something which can take months or even years. (Full story in printed edition).