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Andalucian Rescue Centre
Life Arico Tenerife
ADA Almeria Defensa Animal
Our shelter is based at Almeria in southern Spain. At the moment it is a very small shelter, as we only have the capacity for a maximum of 25 dogs. However, we also have 14 volunteers who foster dogs in their own homes. The foster carers take the sick dogs, the old dogs and also the puppies. We rely very much on our volunteer foster carers, who care for these dogs, even though they work full time.
The shelter has been started to care for the many stray dogs in the region. We give them food, water and veterinary care when it is needed. We keep the dogs long enough to learn all about their character and then we put the animal up for adoption on our website and forum, and try to find permanent homes for them. We work with a Netherlands based association and two German association to try to find permanent homes for the dogs.
We hope in time to increase the size of our shelter so that we can help more dogs in need.
Andalucian Rescue Centre
The Andalucian Rescue Centre for Horses was born at the end of 2008. Most of our committee and volunteers were then helping at another, larger horse charity in the area. For a variety of reasons we had differences of opinions with those running the charity, and we decided to set up our own smaller refuge. We wanted to be able to give the animals more personal attention and have time to rehabilitate instead of just giving them a home. We are situated just outside the town of Alhaurin El Grande in the province of Malaga, Southern Spain. We have a committee of nine, of which I am the current president. We also have several volunteers (never enough !) It is great to see the younger helpers and the small children bathing and grooming and generally caring for the animals. On Saturdays we make an effort to all be at the stables and have a good clean out and touch base with each other. We have no employees. Our stables are rented, and we have a large outdoor school where the horses can be turned out and some paddocks. We also have an isolation stable for new arrivals. Only one of our animals is rideable. The rest all have long term chronic problems. Two of our more experienced committee members give almost daily remedial treatment and monitor pain control. Our veterinary surgeon visits when necessary (he is also a good horse dentist) and we have an excellent farrier. We opened our doors in March 2009 as a fully authorized animal refuge licenced by the Junta de Andalucia. At present we have five animals - three horses and two donkeys. We attend to many calls from the public related to maltreated, undernourished or lost animals, and attempt to remedy the situation rather than encouraging the police to remove them to a refuge. We donate food in cases of genuine hardship. www.horserescuespain.org
The FuerteDogs Foundation Dutch-based, non-porfit organisation that provides both practical and financial support for the dog shelter run by Elke Kaaskoper on the Spanish Island of Fuerteventura. Dogs on Fuerteventura often live under appalling conditions. All sorts of breeds, and the Canarian warren hound (Podenco Canario) in particular, have a rough life on the island and often end up in extermination centres. Healthy dogs, sick dogs and even puppies are killed without a second thought at these centres, even though these dogs could be great pets elsewhere.
We are a registered charity located on the island of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. We care for up to 350 abandoned or mistreated animals at any one time and we receive no fixed Government funding for our efforts. We give aid to abandoned or mistreated animals, stray dogs and cats in Lanzarote. We try to find them all loving homes, be it on the island or in mainland Europe. We have as much animals neutered as possible, both pets and feral, to alleviate the overpopulation of the island. We fight for the rights of animals, to educate people in animal welfare and try to stop mistreatments of animals which still goes on today.
The shelter is in a field near Oviedo, Asturias (Northen Spain). It is about 5000 square meters and has around 200 dogs in cages that accommodate from 1 to 6 dogs, depending on the size and personality of the dogs and the different sizes of the cages. We get no money for the government and survive only on people’s donations and funds that we raise with several activities such as selling lottery and such that we organize along the year.
This is a very brief history of K9 Tenerife - who we are and what we do.K9 Tenerife is a Spanish Registered Charity (Nº 3147) run by volunteers in the South of Tenerife. The purpose of the organisation is to protect, to the best of our ability, animals from cruelty, starvation and neglect, and to neuter and spay where possible to avoid over population. At the moment there is no official government funding and we rely solely on the public for donations and sponsorships.
We were formed in 1993 (our official title is Refugio de Los Animales - K9) by three lady residents in the South of Tenerife, who were moved by the plight of the poor and neglected abandoned animals on the island. At first the rescued animals (dogs and cats) were kept in kennels that had been constructed by friends and volunteers on some land belonging to one of the founder members. K9 Tenerife raised funds for the upkeep of the animals by organising Car Boot Sales, Dinner dances, the placing of Collection Boxes in Bars and the collection of funds at the local markets.
The raised funds never seemed to be enough, there were always more and more animals, more food, and more operations required than there were funds to cover the costs, it was a continuous struggle!
Since then, K9 Tenerife has continued with its work and has received much help from other similar organisations, both here and abroad, and is now affiliated to the RSPCAin the UK - something we are very proud of.
Today, K9 Tenerife has a committee of elected members who meet regularly to consider and deal with the ongoing needs of the organisation. Our Lady President, Elsie Clinton-Leslie, one of our founding members, heads the committee. There are also other non-committee helpers, including Rescuers, Car Boot Helpers, Dog Walkers, Kennel Hands, and Fund Raisers to name but a few, and we are always looking for more volunteers - there are never enough helpers!
We currently rent kennels in the Las Chafiras / San Miguel area in the South of Tenerife which are suitable for housing around 55 to 60 dogs comfortably, although most days we have upwards of 80 in our care!
We have a large variety of pedigree and non-pedigree dogs at the kennels, large and small, all colours and all ages from little puppies to fully grown dogs - every one of them desperate to find a new loving home. During 2007 one of our volunteers has built us a lovely Cattery and so at last we have somewhere to look after the many Cats and Kittens that are also abandoned.
Live Arico Animal Protection
September 2010: we received an email from our contact that she left Arico. Despite several emails to the organisation we received no response at all which leaves us with no other option than to cancel the membership of the AMCF.
The primary carer of our 200 abandoned and mistreated dogs, is Eugenio da Mommio, an Italian man who fights tooth and nail for the better treatment of animals here in Tenerife. In short Eugenio and the dogs are squatting on a ranch near the Amarilla Golf course in the south of the island. Horse riding used to go from the ranch and the dogs now live and sleep in the stables. He uses a generator for electricity and the water supply is not good. He sleeps in the end stable as he will not leave the dogs. When he has to go out his sister stays with them. The situation is at breaking point. We are hoping that land on which to build a proper rescue centre is imminent, and he has been lobbying the government for some time, who are happy to call him regarding abandoned animals in the tourist zones, but not so quick to provide funding for a rescue centre. Due to the huge amount of abandoned/unwanted cats and people calling us to collect their unwanted / unable to keep feline friends , we have also now recently opened a cat shelter - (about 50 cats at the moment). A piece of land has been found and we are in the process of erecting a suitable shelter for these animals. But as usual funds are very limited. A huge problem will arise in a couple of months when the kittens are grown and will need to be castrated or sterilised. We do not have the money for this, even when charging people a collection fee. That money is needed for food, cat litter, worming, vaccination etc. On a positive note, we are working very closely with our Live Arico volunteers in Germany and to date we have been able to re-home, for the year 2009, 18 cats and 42 dogs. The fundraising effort is huge as you can imagine, but on the plus side, we do have a lot of support and our benefit nights, along with a second hand shop, just about feed the animals and provide basic care. www.livearico.org
Canópolis is a sanctuary for abandoned animals outside Barcelona, Spain, run by the non profit organisation Fundación Trifolium. Taking advantage of the beautiful mediterranean gardens that constitute the place, the dogs are able to live in semi liberty in groups, and can therefore enjoy freedom of movement and socializing according to their own choices. Canópolis also stands out for its use of different complementary treatments such as acupuncture, Bach flowers, or Reiki, and it's programs to integrate huamsn with animals, called "Humanimal". This program facilitates encounters between the animals and people, such as foster home children, and also offers courses and workshops such as the course "Our teachers the Animales" that aims to help participants find their Totem animals. Trifolium also support little individual shelters in the environment and therefor the AMCF is glad to help them.
“TROYA Association” just born to help the street dogs, stray dogs.
We work for the dogs in need of a small and beautiful region in southern Spain.
But most people have a low cultural level.
There is a great love of hunting among citizens.
Here the animals are simple tools.
Dogs are abandoned to their fate or are taken to the municipal dog pound.
In the dog pound only fit 20 dogs, but in this small region are more than 300 abandoned dogs every year!
The streets are full of stray dogs.
These dogs are mistreated, beaten, used for dog fighting or are run over.
We can give these dogs a chance, but we need help.
TROYA is composed of antique members of another association, for personal reasons we decided to leave. Now we follow a new way. We have no shelter. TROYA has a few foster homes, which now take care of dogs and cats. Some are sick and haven´t any chance of being adopted. But we fought for them. We also sometimes helped by other organizations, but never help our country. The goal is to provide a veterinary coverage, a specific care and a home to these animals that we rescued from the street.
Now we take care of some dogs which are abandoned in an old house.
These dogs take a long time in our care. We managed to find homes for some of them, but there are others which are still waiting.
We also have several dogs in foster homes who need medications and virtual adoption.