Well, the last few months have certainly been challenging! Convid-19 Coronavirus has had a huge impact on us. No dog movement is possible unless to the vets for essential treatment/vaccinations, so no new adoptions are possible at the moment. We have had to cancel all our fundraising events until further notice and this has huge implications for our financial well being. We are looking at all other ways to fundraise but Lockdown here in Spain makes this extremely difficult. Our pointer pups are now 7 months old and we need to find funding for their castrations and spaying. As our latest puppies grow both in size and confidence it has been necessary to make urgent repairs to the exterior fencing to keep them safe. Labour is free but materials are not! Still, have never refused a challenge!
On the plus side, all our dogs in our care are fully vaccinated, healthy and ready to travel. Bonita now has a lovely forever home here in Spain and our wonderful family and good friends/supporters continue to help and support in every way they can.
Frank the collie dog in foster is responding to treatment but it is a slow process and again comes at a cost. However, the end result makes this all worthwhile! Tilly, another beautiful girl in foster is gaining in confidence and we hope to find her a wonderful home very soon. The building site pups are growing and although homes have been found for 3 the others are still waiting. Mum will be spayed asap.
Richard (brother to Runa and Abril) is now going for walks on a lead and we are absolutely delighted. Big thank you to Jennah for persevering. We will now try to persuade his sisters that they too can do this!
We have much to be grateful for including the generosity of family and friends, be it donations of food, bedding, money etc and much needed moral support. Thank you all.
Well we have 7 new puppies to care for and nurture and find forever homes for. All are flourishing and our dog food bill has rocketed! We will increase our efforts in 2020 to find them homes so we can help others. As we are at capacity we are now sponsoring a Mum & Dad with 8 puppies born Christmas Day on a building site! They are safe but parents need sterilising and all need vaccinations over the next few months when the pups will all need new homes. Another older dog turned up at a friend’s house, in a very bad way so we are helping with his treatment and vaccinations too while she cares for him.
Our friend and family have continued to support us in lots of different ways, both financially and personally for which we are so grateful. They have just been amazing. Thank you all.
All the latest events and fundraisers have been very successful and again we are very grateful to all the individuals and businesses that have helped.
We have started planning for the next year’s events but are open to suggestions for any future event/fundraiser.
Wishing you all a very Happy and Healthy New Year.
Busy times yet again. The best news being we now have our Charity Registration in place! This will help us to be more proactive with fundraising and putting our profile out there! Our puppies have grown over the last couple of months and 2 (Daisy & Rosie) are off to their forever homes. With lots of visitors we were able to see just how well our dogs behave with adults and children and other dogs, always an important part of our work to ensure they are well socialised before leaving us. There were a few tears when the grandchildren had to say goodbye to the dogs but we’ve assured them there will be more new ones for them to meet on their next visit. Abril is in the photo.
We hope to expand our kennel space at our home in the coming weeks to enable us to help more dogs. Lastly please take a look at our Events page where you will find details of 2 up and coming fundraisers. Hope to see many of you there! Runa is in the photo.
Another busy month. Lots of trips to the vets for vaccinations etc. We moved Runa and Abril to ours and they have settled in with our other dogs. They are loving but clumsy and boisterous so we have worked with them to socialise them and they are responding very well. It also gave their quieter brother Richard a chance to eat in peace! Jenny continues to become more trusting everyday and her puppy Nina will join Runa and Abril as soon as we have finished the other run. We have been very fortunate to receive donations for the dogs of bedding, food, toys etc. from friends including the customers of Smiler’s Bar in Benalmadena. Some good friends and family members have also helped by covering the cost of some of the vaccinations, which has been a really big help. Thank you everybody! We have also been feeding a stray cat and her kitten – now discovered to be 2 kittens! We hope to be able to catch them all, spay Mum and rehome the kittens but that is not proving to be an easy task!
This month we sold the maximum number (100) of tickets for the meat raffle so very pleased with that too. Hope we can maintain the numbers!
Finally, yesterday we took in 2 puppies who had been dumped on a busy road. Beautiful little girls. More information about them on next month’s update.
Another busy few weeks. Lots of travelling and meetings. Our formal application for charity status has been submitted and now we wait, hopefully not too long! We’ve been working with other rescues in Spain and UK helping each other to share and promote all our dogs. A family member in the UK fell in love with a little dog at another Spanish shelter, Carl has travelled to collect him and has taken him to UK where he has a fantastic home.
Remember Nani, the pups Mum? She has been reunited with her family and now living in the family home. We are delighted for her. She looks amazing and the family is keeping up with the medication. They send updates and videos and we will stay in touch with them. A big thank you to CHAIN for helping with her spaying costs and some of her treatment.
Our monthly meat raffle continues to be well supported and we are looking at lots of different options for future events and activities to raise funds to enable us to help as many dogs as we can. Generous donations of bedding, clothing and other items like bleach and bin bags have been received from friends and we are very grateful to everybody who has helped in any way.
On Facebook we saw an urgent plea for help to take 3 small puppies from the pound on the east coast, time was running out for them. We agreed to help and transport was arranged to bring them to us. When they arrived there were an additional 2 dogs with them, so buy 3 get 2 free! They are all safe now and we are now working hard to find good homes for them.
Well the past month has been very busy. Lots of trips to the vets with all the dogs and to buy dog food as they all have good appetites!
The Cocktail Party at Smiler’s was a huge success not least because our puppies Casper and Caramel both found wonderful new homes here in Spain. It was such a good day we are looking forward to the next one and finding more forever homes for the dogs in our care. Chocci travels to the UK next month so to avoid him being in a run by himself, Casper’s lovely Mums are fostering him till then. Thank you Celine and Theresa!
We have finally been able to spay the 4 pups Mum, Nani. She has certainly been through it. After looking much better we found she had tick fever and could not be spayed while taking the medication. The bacterial infection in her ears is much improved but needed a change of medication. She will be returned to her owner in the next few days and we will monitor to make sure she continues to receive treatment.
Each month we hold a raffle for a €50 meat hamper. Tickets are €2 each and we only sell a maximum of 100 tickets. Buy as many or as few as you want. See the poster for more information. Payment can be made direct into our paypal account or given to Carl.
There is a WhatsApp group you can join and we will publish details of the winning ticket on 14th each month when it is drawn. If you win and are in UK we can arrange for you to receive the hamper when you are back in Spain.
September’s Draw Result
The lucky winner of this month’s meat raffle is Mary! Congratulations! Just in time for her birthday too.
October’s Draw Result
The lucky winner of this month’s meat raffle is Brenda! Congratulations. She is currently in the UK.
November’s Draw Result
The lucky winner of this month’s meat raffle is Rebecca! Congratulations.
December’s Draw Result
For the last draw of the year we decided to do something special and offer a Christmas dinner and drinks hamper with everything you need for 2. It was very popular and the lucky winner was Val from the Pitstop in Montemar. Congratulations!
They dumped it on the lonely road,
Then like a streak they sped;
And as along the way I strode
I thought that it was dead:
And then I saw that yelping pup
Rise, race to catch them up.
You know how silly wee dogs are.
It thought they were in fun.
Trying to overtake their car
I saw it run and run:
But as they faster, faster went,
It stumbled, sore and spent.
I found it prone upon the way;
Of life was little token.
As limply in the dust it lay
I thought its heart was broken:
Then one dim eye it opened and
It sought to lick my hand.
Of course I took it gently up
And brought it to my wife
Who loves all dogs, and now that pup
Shares in our happy life:
Yet how I curse the bastards who,
It’s good luck I never knew!