Fabienne's Diary

Bouleke lived at the edge of a gipsy camp....

Bouleke was noticed in a gypsy camp... he was given from hand to another until he was so weak and thrown away because he was covered in ticks and pests... The doggy became more and weaker because of the heat until someone called Isabelleke and she went to take him and started caring for him. 

Ces and our cat colonies...

The method CES (Captura, Esterrilizacion y Suelta, or: catch, sterilize and release) is a sterilization program, for the cat colonies of the streets. It is now being performed in many cities and villages and saves many lives. 
This approach has many advantages, e.g. it prevents in an ethically responsible way:
- the wild birth of cats and growth of colonies
- the fights between males over females in their heats
- the fights over territories
- the abuse of these animals by 'certain people'. 

Madeliefje, victim of a puppy mill...

They are so popular the flat faces... the flatter the better, the more pushed back, the better and the smaller the better... But people don't realize how these poor animals have to live their lives... They are walking vet bills and you will have worries about them... we know everything about that. Because so many of them come from a puppy mill to the rescue centers and from there to an adopter who knows what they start with or with someone who looks their looks... well the last one is not acceptable.. they really need extra care, attention, and veterinary help.
The breasts of our Madeliefje are almost on the ground, her skin is bad and neglected, her teeth are like a graveyard, her body all used up. But despite it all, she is so friendly... She can't get enough of the cuddles of the soft hands who love her since recently.. she can't understand that people think she is great... She lives life and us, a big pure chunk of love... 
Whoever wants to make Madeliefje happy, must go for it, but realize that she will need your help and not just stand by her side, but that she will require regular bills to be able to be happy... She comes from far and we are looking for an owner who can take over the care of this lovely lady, once we can trust it to let her go. 

Brigitte, a blind oldie, left alone in the killing station...

She was in the killing station, walking from one all to another... in full panic.... Between the loud noises and the screams of fear of death of others waiting for their death sentence... She didn't get peace, but nobody took her... 

Our Bellita would like to go home...

The story of poor Bellita is harrowing and heartbreaking at the same time... Every time we hope that we won't have to see experiences like that anymore and that we don't have to tell such things anymore... but unfortunately... Bellita was taken off the street and brought to a killing station, where she didn't have a chance to get out alive... But we thought differently about that. 

Our Gaston is waiting so long already...

Our Gaston... he is waiting so long already... our happy sweetie steals everybody's hearts, a strong bear, but with a gentle character... A macho man, who loves to be the boss... loves to get some attention alone, but outside the shelter, he transforms into a quiet guy.. He wagged and wagged his tail out of happiness when he got to go out... A day in a world where he never belonged... 

Corina and Cori, the story of a mother and her son...

We would like to put Corina and Cori in the spotlight today... Mama and son... Corina was dumped in a controlled colony, together with her son... Probably her family has left her there, knowing that we would check on the colony... How many they must have adopted meanwhile?  But they get pregnant within a few months because she never gets sterilized and then... the kittens were given away, but one stayed behind... and then what? We will just leave them at the colony.. and they were hone... Their problem was solved, but yet another life of a mother and her son on that hill... 

Our 22.222nd dog saved... Navajo!

Since a few months I have been asking my Dirk when we get to our 22.000th dog, but because of our workload and the busy life and schedule that we have, it didn't come to it... Until he said yesterday: Fabbeke: We are at our 22.222nd dog!

Pearl, not herself anymore after she was attacked by another dog...

Pearl was dumped at a dog field, together with her mama and 4 other puppies.. She was with us, a normal puppy who took everybody's heart... When she was adopted she grew into a great good lady, as she should. Sweet, affectionate, house trained, intelligent... just a great dog in and around the house... Until, on a certain day, she was attacked by another dog and everything changed for Pearl... 

Olivia and Oliver, 2 dumped cats with a right to be happy!

2 red cats, Romano as we call them here.. were found at a garbage dumpster, but they were actually very tame and cuddly...  Both stayed close together and you could tell that they are brother and sister by their beautiful red tiger linings. 

Arya, freed from the chain...

It was the Policia National who freed Arya from a terrain where she lived on a short chain, heavily neglected... The circumstances in which she had to survive were very inhumane...  The fear in her eyes when the police picked her up was heartbreaking... Never before had she known a friendly human hand... 

Swiefferke, Swiefferke, old and used up, but loves to be around still...

Little Swieffer was saved from a killing station, a little, tiny thing that was sentenced to death... She is old and doesn't see much anymore, her eyes were shut, full of pus and were painful, her coat was all tangled up, awful to see... Now, several weeks later, our Swiefferke is herself again, with her beloved foster family...

Gante lived at a car inspection...

Gante is a big and strong cat, who had lived unnoticed at a car inspection... He stood at the entrance daily next to the arriving cars and when the workers took their breakfast, he thankfully accepted some pieces of food from them... 

Hit by a care and left behind... the story of Taxi...

It was a Sunday morning, a week ago... Everybody was busy at work, I just arrived at the airport and my phone rang... Can you come to the refugio as soon as possible? A taxi driver had been caught in the act when he wanted to dump an old dog at the entrance of the refugio, hit by a car... 

Thank you to our colleagues from the Aeres Barneveld school!

Our colleagues, Onno, Yvonne and Remy, teachers and responsible paraveterian at Aeres Barnveld school in the Netherlands recently gave a presentation about our organisation Ace Shin. They spoke about the refugio and the policies in Spain about the killing stations and so on. 

Tigreton, His cry for help really chilled you to the bone...

When we were in the killing station, I went through the hallways by myself for a bit... I heard a dog cry, it really chilled you to the bone... Never before have I heard somebody make a sad sound like that.. It was obvious that the could no longer cope and that he was in horrible pain... he felt hopeless and lost like everybody had given up on him...

The oldest one from the killing station, Hachi...

When you go to a killing station, your heart breaks for every life... you want to take them all... That's is why we take as much as possible, or we don't go... But 150 at once was a bit too much... 47 got their chance... way too few, but for us already may be too much... 

Finn... he would never stand a chance...

Finn is one of the 47 dogs we have rescued from the Huelva killing station.. He was one of so many who would have never gotten out of there... He painfully blinked with his eyes and looked sad from his comfortless, dirty, filthy cage where he was surrounded by his own feces... Afraid of the loud voices and the death that was in the air... 

Our bottle fed puppies keep growing...

Our smallest ones.. our bottle fed puppies... once dumped, forgotten, unwanted, now loved by everybody, and even more by their foster mamas... They are getting big, our little ones!

The nightmare of many (hunting) dogs who are kept in Jarales...

It was a nightmare to see, what must it be like if you have to survive there?
When we were on our way to the killing station, we first ended up here... we thought it was the killing station.. but it was next to it... we made a mistake... what we saw there cannot be described with words... 
Hundreds of (hunting) dogs were on a chain, in closed and long hallways, one after another big and small... when we entered they all started to cry, bark and howl... Cries of misery, hundreds of dogs were here on a chain of 50cm... counting their days.... for them ours, minutes and seconds... to see the time crawl by, to a next day. all their lives... No matter how hard they cry, call, fight or bring puppies into this worlds... nobody who cares about them... nobody who stands up for them... 
Outside of the cage was a dog skull... coaled. next to the cages where the dogs were... ah well, one more or less, who cares.. that is how these though guys think... they don't change for anything... 
These installations are completely legal and supported by the city government... They offer this ground to the hunters, so they can keep their dogs there (for a payment), let them wait there until they feel like hunting again. 

The perrera of Huelva...

We left very early.. with pain in your heart you leave to go to the killing station... Once we arrived, one of their words was that we were not allowed to take any pictures... Why? They were others correct and professional... But later we understood why we were not allowed to take pictures... 

Pasha, you are no more...

Our sweet Pasha, yesterday he died... in all silence... a shock, a big loss, he was love in its purest form, always, but really always noble, proud, sweet and so affectionate... 

Tracy, a lost soul, who still has so much to offer...

Tracy has been with us for a while now, and she is still waiting for that one owner who will pick her out to start a life together... She was saved from a gypsy camp, where she wasn't seen and she was not important... Once she was no longer a puppy, she was put aside and no longer important to them... it was so hard for her.. Tracy is a good and sensitive dog... everybody who gets to know her here, doesn't understand why she has been with us for so long... a sweet and happy medium dog like her, loves her caregivers, always in for a cuddle and ball play... 

Maya, once a family dog, now dumped...

Maya had to go, preferably today...Now her owners had replaced the furniture and were a little step higher in society, their beloved Maya had to go... A lady called us, in panic, if we could please save her... She had known the family for years and nobody understood why such a good and sweet dog had to go... The family even had an appointment with the vet to put her to sleep... 

Julianne, broken by the people...

 Julianne is a dog that we took as a dog in his puberties, from the killing station, and she is one of the dogs that are not adoptable... she already shy of people when she came in, but we were hoping to change that... 
In the end, we don´t want to let her go, because of her fear for people. She feels at her best between the other dogs, she learns from them, but she remains shy with people... 
Julianne is happy in our offices, she knows and lives the life of the refugio... It may not be ideal, but she is happy... She will follow Pelayo with every step, will lay next to my feet when I am working, but when you try to make contact with her, she will panic... 

The lonely story of Anka...

Anka was adopted as a little pup by a promising family... A small sweet puppy, a fluffy little thing, the ideal toy for the children, at least that is what so many Spanish people think... And yes of course, as soon as she started her puberties, she went lonely and all alone to their home in the campo, where she was brought food once a week... A boy who passed there daily often heard the lonely cry of a once so beloved pup... 

Lila had her last litter...

Lila was caught, heavily pregnant, in the streets of Algeciras... she is an oldie and every time after she was in her heats, she produces another litter... How many, we will never know, but it must have been numerous times.. that is for sure. >

Zaida, another mother in the field...

Yet another one.... again mother with puppies left alone in the middle of nowhere, all covered in fleas and ticks.. dirt and other pests... If they will make it, it will be another miracle... But miracles do exist, I believe in it. They are now with us, and safe... Now try to survive and find happiness... All together we will start on this and fight together for this mother... 

Bamba, La Bamba...

A while ago, I was informed that a lady died... She had money left behind for her dogs, most of them were saved, but some of them were in a cage for quite a while now... They were well taken care of but didn't see anybody... They were lonely and the people who took care of them wanted to see them happy... 
The purebred dogs and the little have found a home some time ago already, but La Bamba stayed behind with several other ones... They lived in cages behind the killing station... Because meanwhile the villa was sold, the money divided and these poor things just lived there, lonely and forgotten... something their owner definitely wouldn't have wanted for them. The bot who took care of them. asked if we could save a few of them... Their existence was sad, lonely and without a future... 

Socrates, sat with a big chain around his neck in the killing station...

Socrates came into the killing station with a big chain around his neck... In circumstances, as you can see in the pictures, incredibly neglected... He is in a bad state... The poor thing is now with us and we have started to work on his recovery. 

The "N" family...

Another family taken in after they were abandoned on a piece of no mans land... How many more have to undergo this?

Chispa walked on the street, with a note around her neck...

A beautiful sweet think walked on the streets, with a message around her neck:

Nebo walked on the railway tracks...

He is a shy and gentle guy... he walked on the rail tracks for several days, close to the train station... Every time when a train approached, he looked at all passengers, in the hope of finding his owner... But that didn't happen.... and Nebo lied down on the rails... still and without courage... it was truly heartbreaking... People spoke about it but didn't do anything... 

Sienne, disapproved as a hunting dog...

The hunter thought he had a good hunting dog, but that was quite disappointing... Because Sienne just wanted to act funny, and play... wanted to play with the bunnies and definitely not hurt them... that was not for the hunter and there she went... 

Kikie, put on the street, 11 years old, with her basket...

There she was, 11 years old, an old Cocker lady, She also brought her basket, collar, and bowl along... She has always lived in a home.. always has been the favorite of her owner... The happy pictures of the previous were in her passport... Never in her life, this Cocker lady would have thought that she would have to live in a cage... She is very upset, looks scared and doesn't understand anything about this situation... 

Cacao, just a dog on the street..

Cacao, what can we tell about this darling? Not too much... just that he was already dumped on the street as a little guy, and he was wandering around... Already left alone at such a young age... Just one of so many who were given up so early in their lives... 

Sultan, from puppy age being a guard at a big construction site..

He barely was a few months old when he was put on a chain to guard a big terrain of a construction company. The little thing needed his mother still... Just beyond imagination... Luckily some of our volunteers found out about him a few months later and they started the conversation with some workers there. They gave him food and water but other than that he was left alone and lonely. 

Maxima, Narco, Bon Jovi, Ringo and Sol, their owner went bank rupt...

Narco, Maxima, Bon Jovi, Ringo, and Sol came together to us after their owner went bankrupt.... He lost everything, and came to us after he had left his dogs in the killing station, and begged to save them... I lost my wife, my house, my job, and my business and now my dogs are in the killing station... Just Bon Jovi was still with him and meanwhile is happily adopted, the only little dog... 

Deus, a blind Pitbull with a heart of gold!

Deus is a Pitbull who was born in Alora, somewhere in a field and he was blind... Being blind is a reason for being dumped, especially here in Spain. He was left alone... Isabelleke found him. very skinny, in the middle of the street... He was broken and couldn't keep on... But yet he licked her hand because his friendship for every living being came out of his little but weak heart... 
A heart that just tried to survive the day he was saved... In the dark, in the nothing... But always with the commitment to find happiness somewhere, to find an owner somewhere, that would love him, just as much as he would love him. 

Rescued from a deep well...

A Dutch man came from little Francois to the gate... He had found him in a deep well and rescued him... But he couldn't keep him himself... They were happy and relieved that we took him in. 

Chipo and Rufy, 2 old souls homeless after owner was admitted to the hospital...

Chipo and Rufy are 2 doggies of an older man..  He was now alone and they were not taken care of anymore they way it was supposed to be, but he loved his doggies and tried to do everything to give them a happy life... He ended up in the hospital and not could no longer care for his 8 year old and 12 year old... 

Wild dogs in La Cala have to go, or else they will be killed...

It goes on all the time, the threats that they will poison or shoot him, or, and or... Sometimes you can't and don't want to hear it anymore, only it is  fact that they actually will do it.. They don't mind, and pretend to not know anything afterwards... Anyhow, a pregnant mama of the group of wild Shepards, a few of them are with us already, caught the eye of some neighbors, together with a few others of this group.. 

Thay, the sadness is written in his eyes...

Thay was saved from the street by a young man, it was the 6th dog that he took into his home and he worked at night... he was good for his found rescue dogs and did everything to make them happy but because of an intervention by the police and and bullying by the neighbors, made everything worse... It became so bad that neighbors started to throw with stones and other items to the dogs.. the hate and bullying became so brutal that their lives were in danger and the boy didn't dare to keep his dogs with him anymore, he feared for their lives... 
When he left his dogs in the shelter, Thays life collapsed once again... he didn't understand it.. He was the only that was handed over to us, the others went to another place... Thay is so sad, down, he just sits there... He is social with everybody, just observes it all, he is afraid of having to go back to the streets again... 

Hades, how much bad luck can one dog have?

He was on the table at the vets to be euthanized.. his owners had him for a year and the costs were so high that they wanted to put him to sleep... The vet did not agree as he was still so young and so he asked for our help and we immediately went to get him. A beautiful little Bull, probably bought for a lot of money, but the result of too intensive breeding.. he has skin problems, continuous ear infections, is a heavy snorer because of his very short nose, has gastro intestinal problems and if that was not enough, he is Leismania positive... he was never treated for this and as a result he has some severe joint pains... and could not do long walks... He now get special food, which should help him get rid of the chronic diarrhea... He is in foster with us for a while and we started on his very long list of needed treatments...  
Hades is a true darling, none of this is his fault.. But he is not very happy in a big group of dogs, he would prefer an owner of its own and he sometimes has the guts to get at other dogs, people who want to put him into their hearts, should take this into consideration... 

Tayson, this boxer is urgently looking for a warm home...

Tayson was adopted in 2017 and the enthousiasm of the family was great.. a beautiful dog with a beautiful soul, at first he was not very good with other dogs but with the help of a behaviourist he made impressive big positive steps. The words of the former adopter were: Tayson is a very sensitive dog, who quickly feels the energy of his owner and adjusts to that. His reactions towards other dogs during the walks, still need to be corrected, but when you walk more and more and give the right instructions, it goes very well... 

Kyara and her pups made it... here they come!

The requests for help keep coming in.... All mothers with pups who are born into the wild... When they are little and cute, it is easy to find them a place to live, with people or with organizations... But when they become big ladies and gentlemen, then they are sentenced to living in the wild, with all the consequences... 
Kyara was also rescued from the street, just like Muze and her little ones.. All Mastins... Here they are, the little ones of Kyara.. They all made it, and now, we are looking for adopters who want a big bear, who know what they are starting with.. 

Gloriane, rescued from the chain...

Gloriane is a true sweetheart who unfortunately had to live on a chain.. Luckily she could be released of that quickly... She didn't have a chip or vaccinations, didn't get attention or love and obviously didn't have an owner who was worth her.. 

Our puppy quarantine in use...

Even though it is not completely finished yet, we decided to start using our puppy quarantine, because of the huge amounts of puppies that are being dumped with us.. We still miss the basins, the plumping is not what it is supposed to be yet, and the heat lamps still have to come.. but is already less cold compare to the other cages... 

Regards from Odile... but when can mama Tembo finally leave?

Odile is doing very well with her new family! All her brothers and sisters went home already but their mama is still here... She is such a sweetheart and a big peoples friend... always in for a cuddle or a play.. Who can help getting our Mama tembo her warm basket?

Tyson and Pepa, born to die...

Tysone and Pepa, brother and sister, were born in the wild, in a small village not far from Malaga... They were born under a tree, where their mama, yet again, brought 6 little ones into this world... A lady that passed by with her horse, discovered the family and her heart cried, because she knew they were not going to survive there.... She took mama an her kids to the stables, was able to find families for almost everybody, but the adoption of Tyson and Pepa was cancelled at the last moment... ever since she was not very lucky in finding a good home for them... 

Laya, the man who mistreated her, got away with it unpunished, again...

Laya is a warm, friendly and affectionate cat that we have found on the street, She obviously wasn't used to live on the street, the danger of the cars and the street surrounded her more and more, hour by hour... She panicked more and more and didn't understand what was happening and on top of that she was pregnant... in the last days... 

Nefertete, a dream dog, looking for an owner...

It is a beautiful dog, especially if you love Shepards.. But what's even more important: she a really good and sweet girl! She was left behind in the hotel after she came to stay for a few days, but the owners never came back.... Nefertete is well raised, very eager to learn, obedient, she accepts cats and other dogs.. She is a very social and sweet Shepard. She is still young and playful, wants to follow you, wants to learn and work with you, that is whats she loves to do.. She can sit, give paws, comes and waits.. In short: she knows it all. She adores her care giver, loyal like no other.... 

Pavarotti, no longer welcome, then to be dumped and get away...

A Beagle is an active and funny dog, who can play all day, make fun and make children more than tired, because they cannot get enough of playing and being active quickly... It is an ideal family dog, but one who cannot be alone all day, he is too energetic for that.. Pavarotti was bought just before Christmas by his family and was the favorite toy of the children, and Pavarotti did get used to that.. He adored the children... But how loyal and sweet he was, he had to go... 

Puppy boom in Malaga, the pups keep on coming....

The requests for saving puppies are almost impossible to keep up these days.. for all of us... Everyday dozens of shout outs for help and we cannot answer them all.... It does seem that finding help for the little and easy pups is easier than for mama Mastins, who have to give birth on the streets... they are left out, while for others there is a quick solution and there always be someone who can help them.. But Mastins, a beautiful breed, are so often neglected ans misused for the worst things... Often they turn into outside dogs who end up on a thick and long chain.. Nobody wants them, help can barely be found and in the end they come to us, like it has happened several times in the last days... 

A man, a baby and a bad landlord... The destiny of Simba...

Simba just turned two, a beautiful Sharpei.. He got a nice start, in a family with children, a family who loved him. But since there was a baby, the man was not so happy with him anymore and he had to go outside.. The excuse was that the landlord, all of a sudden after 2 years, made a so called decision that Simba could no longer stay... 

Our Fara, got to enjoy a day out...

This beautiful Podenco lady got to go on a trip with some of our volunteers... It was a day to remember for everyone! The report of the day was as follows:

Thelmo, dumped after years of living in a puppy mill....

This poor bobtail was rescued by us from a puppy mill, in terrible circumstances... He crawled up out of fear and was so miserable because he had never expierenced people who treated him in a normal way.... He is learning everything now. We had to remove his coat centimeter by centimeter, it was all tangled, full of dirt that has been there for years... Never before he was washed, never before he received any care... You wonder how this can be possible, how it can remain unnoticed and unpunished.. 

Yet another mama with puppies this year... Cereza and her 3 boys: Cerezo, Ciruelo and Cedro...

Cereza is a little street dog, without a breed, without a pedigree, but with a heart of gold.. She had to give birth to one litter after another, everytime she was in her heats, she got pregant. You can see it at her body, she is all used up... She was again noticed with some of her little ones behind her.. They followed mama with every footstep, in the hope of getting a full belly... Day in, day out, they walked in a bad and dirty neighborhood of Algeciras, where life is really bad and where a dog stays unnoticed... 

Foxy, a forgotten number in the killing station...

When we were in the killing station, we passed by an open door... Of course you look in, and two scary eyes looked at us from the dark... It was terrible and heartbreaking, this one had to come with us! When we went for information we were told that the owner was in prison and the dog could therefore not be release and had been there for months... and it even could take so much longer.. 

Arena, left behind in the dunes...

This Bodeguero is Arena, she had lived with Gypsies for a some time, but apparently was no longer welcome there...  A lday saw how a gypsie tied her to a little pole in the dunes, didn't look back and disappeared... She walked away and never looked back, while Arena stood there, in shock... The loyalty of Arena was unconditional, whatever happened... When the lady untied her, she was able to escape and quickly ran back to that terrible owner who just dumped her... The lady followed her, but was not able to catch her... Luckily there was a Guarda Civil, who could help and so this poor thing could be saved... 

Naya and Norris got to enjoy with our volunteers...

Naya and Norris got to enjoy with our volunteers... 

The price you have to pay for wanting to save 4 cats lives..

It was a day like no other... 31 cats were brought in for castration, as a part of a castration campaign of local cat colonies. 

Noa and Jacob, two young shepards, rescued from a little terrace...

Noa and Jacob, two young shepards, rescued from a little terrace... 

Mozart, a bully tied to a gate, in the middel of the night...

Mozart, a bully tied to a gate, in the middel of the night...

Mena, our little shy girl...

2 Volunteers saw Mena when she was wandering around a donkey who lived his life on a gigantic chain... She was shy and scared, was not comfortable around people, after she was chased away everywhere where she came.. 
One of the volunteers took her up and with her to her home, where she developed into a very sweet and affectionate doggy.. Once she knew the family, she surrendered... She has so much friendship to give, love and attention, it has totally changed her.. She now is best friends with everybody, also with the cats of the family, she plays with the other dogs in the house. Mena would fit best in a quiet family where she gets all quietness and calmness to become herself again.. gets to go on walks and just enjoy this life.. It would make this sweetie so happy!

Another cardboard box...

Another box... 9 little faces looking up to you, full of fear, insecurity, all with shivering bodies... When you see that, your heart stops for a moment and I still get quiet of things like that...You don't understand, you don't want to understand... You immediately take them into your heart, without thinking... They are entitled to our help, our support...  

Hermina, old and worn out, but she kept holding on to life...

This old Podenco was brought to us by a couple that found her, totally exhausted, somewhere in the campo. She could hardly walk anymore ans was weakened, her whole body was covered in wounds, she had an infected eye and was blind because of the neglect... 

The sad story of Moose, the dog of a goat farmer...

We are used to hearing strange and horrible life stories... but when it happens right in front of you, it even becomes more real... An English lady called us about a dog who had been stuck for 3 days in the middle of the mountains and couldn't get away... He was tied up by a goat farmer to die there... that is how they do that and it is normal here.. Without food, without water... The dog cried and cried, cried even more but wasn't heard... It was a pure coincidence that this English family walked by and thought it was strange that the dog was there, tied up, in the middel of nowhere.. On top of that, the goat farmer also passed by and ans screamed at the people that they should mind their own business and not interfere with his dogs.. 

Our volunteer day in Belgium...

Our volunteer day in Belgium was a heartwarming and positive get together of our teams and coordinators! It was fun, we met a lot of people who we only knew by name, so nice to meet each other and getting to know each other in person. Thanks to everybody! Thanks to the people who organized this! It was all good! Together strong and tomorrow a healthy new day!

Balto, story of a foster dog...

Our foster families will recognize this.... Every foster is always a little bit hard... They are in our hearts, they have to make it, we want to see them happy... 

Testarossa, little but brave...

Our little one, because that is what she is, is one out of a thousand... She is very active and alive, always on your lap and always happy and in a good mood! A little dog of about 5kg... 

The life story of Lana, barely 5 months old...

Lana was found, together with her sister, by a  Dutch lady, somewhere in a campo in the are of Alhaurin.. She took the 2 puppies in and was able to find them a home. Unfortunately a nasty Spanish man came to tell her that they were his dogs... The lady was devastated but the man kept pushing her so much that she gave the dogs back... Something that she shouldn't have done, but because she was so scared she didn't know what to do.... the puppies went back to him. The puppies are no longer puppies now, so the same man showed up 2 months later at the ladies house and informed her that he no longer could keep them. 
Lana's sister was adopted by the same family as before, but Lana is still looking for a warm and responsible basket... 

Blancito and Rubito lived together, lonely at a Campo...

Blancito and Rubito are two super affectionate and pleasant dogs... Very playful and focussed on people... social with humand and animals... But where they stayed... that was not so good... They lived in a dirty hutch, somewhere in the campo, where they were fed once a week and nobody ever looked after them... 

Yes, it is possible! Thera was impossible to touch... but got a chance...

There was a scared, but a really scared dog from Algeciras... It was difficult and it didn't change for the better... When somebody was interested to adopt her, we got scared... We are so nervous these days to send a scared dog for adoption.. Do the people really know what they are up for? Will it be ok? Are we doing the right thing?
But Charlene convinced us and we went for it.. And look now, she made it!!! What a little miracle... We would like to give them all this chance.... 

This was Thera with us: 
She is still very shy and hold back with people, despite our many tries to help her gain some trust.. She doesn't let anybody touch her... and definitely not by strangers, she walks away when it gets too much for her of when she thinks a situation is scary... Thera is a dog that still needs a lot of work and she has a long road ahead of her...

Our Ton, of Janny, is no longer amongst us...

Ton and Janny, you were volunteers since day 1, volunteers and so much more than that... Sunday our Ton passed away.... the demanding cancer has won from a strong and optimistic man... 

Lloron and Llano, two garbage can puppies...

On a rainy day Lloran and Llano were found in a dumpster and brough to the police.. They, at their turn, brought them to the killing station later that night, where they ended up in hell... The guard informed us and asked us if we could save these little ones... That is how they came to us.. 
They are special doggies.. at first we thought that they were a pointer cross, but as they got older they didn't turn out to get so big... They are still mini dogs of around 5kgs... they are so happy, gentle and good doggies who got a really good start in their foster family... 

Libre, a brave mother...

Libre is a mama that wandered around in the wild for 8 years.. Nobody ever tried to catch her until the city government gave out an order... So many people started the big mission to to try and catch this mama... a mama who had put humans aside so long ago, was happy in her free life... Many animal lovers from the neighborhood had been giving food and water since years, it was a normal thing that there were puppies every once and a while... 

Whole familiy of Sevilla (de dos Hermanas), Sevilla, Justa, Rufina, Rocio, Leandro came in...

What if you and your whole family ended up on the street? It happened to this family.. We got a call to help them... the walked on the street and were struggling to get some food every day... And that on the edge of the highway, in a horrible ghetto, in one of the worst neighborhoods of Sevilla, where they were in big danger.. 

Andyna, another mama with all of he ofspring at the gate of the refugio...

Andyna was left at the gate of the refugio, with a big plastic crate... In that crate were her puppies, that she had given birth to, just a few days earlier.. We heard a car drive of with a high speed, but before we got to the gate, we already saw that this mama was waiting for us, with 7 puppies in the crate... They had tied the mama and left... cowards... 

7 little dwarfs.. from nowhere...

With 7, they walked around in a field, in a dirty barrel... Mama was nowhere to be seen... Because the little ones were so hungry and thirsty, you could heat their fragile voices screaming for their only grip in this cruel world, where their lifes are worth nothing, their mama... The must not have been able to take care of them anymore somehow... to save them, feed them, take care of them... She didn't come back to them, but that probably was not her fault... 

Peter Koekebakker, a friend and the face of rescue, is our of order for a little while..

Today not a diary about one of our dogs, but about a good friend.. Peter Koekebakker, we have know him for years and years, even before Peter and Madeleine were in the rescue world, we already knew each other... He has his rescue organization and we have ours... For both fight in our own ways against something so big... 
Yesterday I drove to the little village La Linea, to our friend in his room... there he was... ever strong in his mind and proud as ever, but now I saw somebody who needed a boost... We never have time for anything as both Peter and I are always available for ours rescue day and night... Well, yesterday I visited a friend and sat with him.. I let the telephone for what it was and we just sat there, talking about everything and nothing... talked about memories of older times... He needed that....
Peter actually needs a pacemaker, but they will wait.. Because here in Spain, they might, just might maybe do that at the very last.. That is how the social security system works here.. It costs a lot of money and so they wait... That Peter is the face of rescue and father to more than 600 dogs, they didn't care at all.. I wish we could just help Pete right away, if only we could give him what he is entitled to... 
There we were... Peter was pale but brave as ever, he keeps fighting and never gives up... When Ana came in, we had a nice chat and we saw the twinkle in his eyes coming back... the rescue world is hard and it is lonely at the top because you can never let loose, you always have to keep going... Today Peter is out of business for a little while, but luckily everything keeps rolling and his dogs get everything they need... I want to ask everybody to send Peter a boost, to fill up the plane wall in his room with notes from his fans and saved dogs... That should be possible, right? A wall full of happiness and hope that turned into reality.. that always helps! 

The seven gifts of God of mama Helga...

Helga is a mama who, just all mama's, loves her little ones, and she wants to, just like all mama's, see her little ones grow up.. Habana, Hada, Handala, Harpa, Harpo, Homero and Hullk.... 7 gifts of God, seven funny Maneto's... They are just divine.. what a cuties... 
They all do well, walking through each other on their short legs, play and romp with each other, be crazy and then rest with their round bellies... and all 4 legs in the air... a bunch of mini piglets with so much allure... 

Valentino, no name, no value.. who can help him??

We received an alarming phone call of somebody who knew that a puppy mill was about to dump a few dogs again... Dogs, who no longer could be of service for the big puppy mill production... they were supposed to be brought to the killing station to be euthanized.. Here we go again.. 
He brought them to a hotel somewhere, so he was sure that we were not going to find out where these cruelties take place... Then you think in yourself: Do we do it? Or not? What is the right thing to do? They were dumped and had no chance at all anymore... If it means saving a life, then the choice is easy... That is how Valentino, together with some other poor things, came to us. 
We picked them up... My God, how these dogs looked..... there are now words, where to begin... Who will pay for this? How can we solve this? Sometimes you will sleepless nights, I can tell you that... 
Our valentino has a leg that sort of hangs.. The pain that this mini poodle, in a apricot coat, must have had.... and he had a coat... it had to be cut millimeter by millimeter ... so dirty, filthy and not taken care of... incredible... 

Because I am old?

Because I am old, I am no longer who I was.. 

Suham, a mama who fought for her little ones...

Suham was brought to a killing station, together with her little ones... She got wounded in her face after she had protected her little ones against street dogs... That was the story that we were told, and now we know what a great mother she is, we can assume that that was the case, she will defend them with her life... 

My name is Lewis, I was thrown out of a driving car..

Lewis is a beautiful dog to see, all love and enthusiasm, all friendship and all friend for life.. 
On a night the people of the dog hotel, heard a car driving of very fast, when the lady of the hotel turned around she saw a dog flying through the air... she walked outside she saw the poor thing lying on the floor, all upset... He stayed there, and didn't move, looked around in shock, didn't understand what just happened... When she quietly took him in, he was stayed like that for hours... just staring... not understanding what he had done wrong... 
Lewis is a dog that needs exercise, who can walk for hours, but after that can quietly lay down in a chair when he is tired... Is he yet another one of those cute puppies who came into this world to be like a quite stuffed animal? But the grew up to a real pup and became too much for the man of the house? We will never know.. But what we do know is that Lewis is a great dog, ideal for an active family, who love to walk and be active... A family who want to take a nice dog into their home, should really think about Lewis, he is so worth it... So friendly, full attention for whoever who want to send some time on him!!

Day and night outside, crying out of grief... God, how I miss my owner...

We got a phone call from a man who had a big problem.... He had found a dog who accompanied him for months in his van, but now he went to Marocco and because his best friend didn't have papers, he had to get rid of her.. Can you help us? Yes sir, bring her... and a day later he came... 
His van was his home, his whole life was in that van, he had to live of 10 euro's a day and it was hard to keep the dog.. because this and that.. A whole explanation... 
Tess, a special sweet dog who had already stolen everybodies heart, stood proud next to him... didn't go anywhere... He was her heaven and earth, her whole life... After he took her of the street and she traveled everywhere along with him, the old hippie, Tess was happy... Loyal and so happy with him... 
When he walked away and left her behind, you could see Tess' whole world collapse... Ever since she will sit there, on the place where he left her behind... Everytime she raises her head: will he come back.. At night she will cry like a wolf out of sadness, for hours and hours... She is so sad... Everybody who comes in will give her a cuddle and she will enjoy that for a moment, but in the end she still will be in our shelter... 
She is true alpha dog, she knows exactly and is very clear how to be in contact with other dogs and makes it very clear how it's supposed to go. Are they coming to close around her, she will correct them like a true Alpha does... Tess is great dog, but she os looking for a special owner that can bring her everywhere or who is at home a lot... Because in the beginning she will cry like a wolf when you are not around... She will need time to learn that you will come back and then her behaviour will get better. But we know that people are not so patient anymore... and Tess might not no longer be welcome, that is why we want to inform everybody... 
But the person who takes this pearl up in his home, will have a dog out of a thousand, I can promiss you that! Who Tess is and where she comes from, we don;t know... but we know for sure that she is a special dog!

Pearl, a white pearl....

She was found, filthy and dirty... With an extreme malnourishment not to be proud of... it is a miracle that this white pearl survived... And a pearl she is... sweet, affectionate and so thankful... 

Twinkel, the star of the avocado plantation...

She was born somewhere in a field, and was handed out as gift, just like her brothers and sisters, as a living gift to children.. Today she was found on a chain, neglected and skinny... She only had the avocado's that feel from the trees as food, it is a miracle that she still is alive.. 
Ever since she was a puppy she hang on a chain... She got a collar, but the puppy grew and the collar didn't... So it grew in her neck and it caused a severe wound... Luckily she was saved by a mother and daughter who wanted to give her a chance... She underwent emergency surgery. 
Twinkel will steal your heart in no time, because her social and sweet character is heart warming... She is a Maneto coss and has funny looks. A gentle character who is social with everybody. Who gives this childrens friend a chance?

Bimbo didn't want to work with the sheep, he played with them...

Bimbo is a big Mastin of around 3 years old. A lovey big bear, that everyone loved, especially the lady of the house. But father made him herd the sheep and he rather thanked the man for that job.... He chased them and then just lied himself somewhere... and then to go back to the lady who probably had some snack for him... or play with the cats, or play with the neighbors dog... just enjoy himself and not work... 
Bimbo is good with cats, with other dogs and loves children.. That is what he lives for... Not to chase a herd of sheep day in day out... Because the man didn't like this, he had to go.. now...  He is no longer welcome in the family, to the big regret of the lady and the grand children, but there is nothing that could be done... 

Saba, once miserable, but know with hope for the future,...

Last week on saturday, we got a call about a dog that was in danger in a conflict area in the mountains, in a little village where people don't really respect rules and use and abuse animals if it suits them... Long story short, an area where you would rather not be, definately being a dog... Defenseless animals have to undergo their faith and nobody cares... that is all possible here... 
This time the victim is a malnourished, skinny and neglecyed pup.. she just lied there in a field and she seemed not to be able to move... We took her with us and brought her to an emergency clinic. 

Opie didn't make it...

Life is different for each and everyone of us... It is a concert that nobody has a program of.. That was the case for our Opie, a dumped Dachshound who ended in the killing station... thrown away after 14 years... 

Our sweetheart Peppi!

If you are looking for a dog that is always happy, and in for a cuddle, who will be faithful for the rest of his life, who will follow you everywhere, wheever you go, and who loves to go jogging with you.... please think about Peppi, he would be so happy!

5 Shepards, the so called dangers of La Cala...

Ever since June a few Shepards were seen in La Cala Mijas and Mijas Costa... The killing station was informed, but both dogs were too smart and didn't let the killing station catch them. The months went by and none of them were caught... Mama got pregnant... and again.. and again.. 

Little Joe cannot tell his own story unfortunately...

This little dog, to me a white pearl with a hear of gold, is little Joe... a shy doggy, but once he knows you, a lovely cuddle... he came from the killing station, scared and afraid, unknowing what the day was going to bring...

Yogui counted his days in the killing station...

Many neighbors cared about him, because everybody knew him... The little bear of the neighborhood, always friendly, always gentle for everybody... He was a beloved friend for so many children, but how owner was not really an owner, not a family that deserved him. They left him alone so many times.. but loyal as he is, he always stayed around the owner and his family because he loved hem. 

The sad story of Cronos, Mini the mini

Cronos, a mini Pinscher, is an incredible friendly and good guy... Small and tiny, mini and just dumped like that in this world... He was born in a village somewhere, where he was one of the puppies out of a litter that just came into this world, just like that because it is cute...  Que Bonito... que lindo.. Ahhh Siiii.... 
Barely a month old and they were given away to everybody who even wanted one, who or what was not important, they were gifts.. Cronos was the gift for a lady with a heavy depression, he should get her better... Luckily the lady realized that this was not a solution and brought the little thing to us. She realized that now was not the time to bring a little dog like Cronos in her home and handed him to us... 
This little thing deserves so much better.. he is so tiny... he must find somebody who knows and realized how our little guy is and what he needs.. 

Shakira, paralized, but happy to be alive..

Shakira was found next to the road, after she was hit by a car. More dead than alive she was rushed into an emergency clinic, where she had to stay several weeks because of the heavy wounds she has gotten.

Silver, good as gold, but a life long on a chain..

Silver was bought, like so many others, as a beautiful pup with wrinkles... Such a cute toy... but oops, than the toy dog started to get into his puberty and left some pee here and some poo there, took a bite out of something.. and then Silver was put on chain at the back side of the house.. and nobody was looking at him. His puppy collar, that he still had on, meanwhile had grown into his neck and must have hurt very bad... An emergency operation was needed... 
Silver has a sweet character and stayed friendly, despite all of this.. He is focused on people and social, we call that a cream of a dog... 

Zuma, the forgotten cat of Algeciras...

Zuma, a tortue colored, sweet and quiet cat, has been in the shelter in Algeciras for years... Forgotten in a corner, she sits and waits until someone will choose her and make her happy... a cat with a special coat, called Tortue, very different and special... Is it because of that that she didn't find a home yet?
She came in in 2012, so she has been in this cage for 7 years, where so many other cats came in and meanwhile have found their happiness.. But our Zuma stayed behind... She looked at all of them, lived with all of them... but she is still there... Z
Zuma has a gentle and quiet character and can live together with other cats and dogs... she was once a house cat, but she was quickly dumped.. after that she lived in this cage for 7 years... which is still around her... day in and day out... 
We are hoping that someone will give her a chance, a chance to become happy... she would be so grateful, the big cuddle that she is..

Zobie and Zeta, two little ones rescued from a killing station..

Zobie and Zeta, brother and sister, were rescued from a killing station... we were sure that they wouldn't last for a week... They were left by their owner, if you can call someone like that an owner, at the police station to have them killed. The police brought them to the killing station.. it was hard to look at them, they were like skeletons, covered in pests... so skinny and malnourished that we all thought... this will not be ok... 

Carla, severely neglected by the goat farmer...

Carla, born and raised at a horrible sadist of a goat farmer, walked by every day, together with a big herd or goat. People saw the happy puppy grow up to a sad, hopeless nothing who lost more and more weight. But that was not true according to the dirty filthy goat farmer, who had several dogs, goat and who else knows what else, treated them like garbage and gave no care or attention to them. Complaints and proof didn't help anything so far. No reaction about it, from anybody. Many die just there on the spot. Very skinny, ill and left alone.. 

Toya, saved out of the '....' of a hunter...

Toya, a Podenco that didn't want to hunt, was dumped by her hunter.. She got pregnant over and over again, living on a short chain... Only giving birth, and again and again.. Until to a certain day... There he was, the big hunter couldn't get rid of the pups but had mama given away to several other hunters... And now it was our turn. We will take the puppies in, when mama comes along, otherwise no. Don't you think this mama has had enough misery? To make a very long story short: he arrived with mama and all of her puppies.. They are all with us now, but what a sad thing... Toya must have had a hell of a life... never any happiness, her eyes tell us that. She cannot understand what is happening to her now.. together with her puppies in a warm basket, the puppies playing around her, it is all strange to her. She never knew any love, coziness, some worrying over her, the regular care, just get some food or fresh water... How many times must she have given birth at that filthy chain, on a dirty floor? We are so happy that she is out of the hands of that horrible hunter, so happy... Her children, Tortilla, Tarta, Topacio, Taza and Tostada are alive and happy around their mama. They were rescued from hell... But mama never knew anything else... 

Sascha spent more than a year in the killing station..

Sascha jumped up and down in death row cage... From a distance you could have said that he was quite wild, but when I spent some time with him, he layed his head in my hands and sighed... with his paw he held me.. He couldn't take it any longer, he was done... you could feel that. It was a moment of immense sadness that came out of him. I went to speak to one of the ice cold workers there, who declared me insane when I told him if I could take him.. He had been there for a year... 
For some reason, which was none of my business according to him, he was released just a week ago, so now his days were really almost over... As we were told. 

Chiki was overbitten by bigger dogs in the kiling station...

When we came in the killing station, we came into a section where there was a lot of noise... When we came closer, we saw this poor gay laying underneath several other big dogs.. What would have happened if we didn't come between... It broke our heart and we took him with us. It was a difficult thing to release him from this group of dogs and Chiki was covered in wounds.. and was in shock, it was truly heartbreaking... According to the killing station, there was nothing wrong... It is survival of the fittest here and they laughed, that was it. Chiki went with is and didn't know what was happening... He recovered from his wounds and got some piece and quiet... 
Such a little dog in a killing station, between all those big dogs, that should be illegal... but it is all possible here... The only thing you can do is get him out of there and fight for his existence and that is what we will do. 
Chiki is social and sweet but kept some fears out of his previous situation.. He must get a slow start, somewhere where people understand what he had to go through, because with a little bit of time and getting to know each other, he will be fine.. He now lives with other dogs and he is fine with that... He would best fit into a quiet family, or a family with bigger children.. Chiki deserves a home where he can leave his past behind... 

Our visit to the eye specialist

Last week we took several dogs to the eye specialist... 
Eyes came with us for his check up. He is being treated for an internal eye infection, which is a result of his Leishmaniosis. He has made a lot of progress, the infection clearly decreased but he still needs further treatment with eye drops. 

The story of Rocky, he had to fight for his life for 4 months...

Rocky was one of many dogs of a sheep sheperd, who unfortunately was known for severely neglecting his dogs. The most horrible cases that we get in, come from there.. How many have we saved and nobody who can do a thing about it, even though we have filed a complaint for animal abuse. 

Corni, a special cat, rescued from a colony...

Corni a red and white pearl... He was rescued from a colony, where we became very ill and was taken away from there... He held his head to the side but still came to greet you friendly... even though the pus ran out of his ears... It was so infected and filled with pus, it must have hurt him so much... He received emergency surgery and is doing much better since then... but he still keeps his head to the side... If we want to know exactly what is wrong, then Corni needs a TAC. 
Corni is a special cat, very affectionate, friendly with everybody, with people and animals... Dogs, cats, they are all his friends... Corni is a cat that probably was raised in a home and with people but dumped for some reason in that colony... where he got ill and was left alone... the sad but harsh reality... 

My Christmas wish... a home for our Noechky Trece...

My name is Noechky, I was given number 13 in the killing station.. This number is supposed to bring me luck... because it saved my life... In november 2015 Fabienne saw me in the kiling station of Granada, one of the worst... After she had taken 45 dogs in her bus of of hope, she returned a couple of days later to pick me up... Because I kept screaming in her dreams that I didn't want to die, she came back to pick me up, along with 2 other Podenco's. Of that whole group, I am the only one left in the shelter... Yes, I am a Podenco, and yes I am a bit scared, I don't know anything and still have to learn how to live in a home... I am not a ready dog, no, I am just very curious to a live with a family... I am willing to learn everything, together with you, I will count on your patience, your love and open arms... 
There will be days that you love me so much and there will days that it will be a bit harder, but I am longing for an owner that is willing to give what it takes.. I dream about it every night... Since I came in with Ace/Shin, there was hope, no more despair, but hope... My nummer is 13, may it bring me the luck to find a forever home after 3 years with Ace/Shin... May I find a home for Christmas?

Mito, another one of our blind cats...

We have 4 of them at the moment, unbelievable but true, 4 blind cats... This is one of them, Mito... his eyes were so infected that it made him blind, all help came too late unfortunately... He just sat still in the grass, where the other cats would ran away for us humans. He had given up... Mito has an indescribable sweet and good character... He only has to feel that you are there and he will begin to purr out of joy... To be in your arms for the rest of his long life...  

4 little ones in a box...

They had the umbilical cord still hanging at their tiny bodies, but they were already thrown away in a box in the garbage... A man who brought his trash away late at night, heard a groan when he opened the container and there they were... 
Longing for their mama, longing for food, longing for just being able to be a puppy... A life to live, just like every living being should be entitled to. Another littter of unwanted puppies... Amalia, our foster mama, took the the heavy job on and bottle fed them. Every 4 hours the alarm clock went and they cried for the human mama who got them through this... More than anybody else, I know how that is... But the result is truly heartwarming... because they live and they play... and sleep like littlle roses when they are tired... They came into this world, without knowing anything, but they got the life and we will make sure that it will be heaven on earth for them... Lucio, Lindo, Mats and Milou are lovely puppies today, waiting for their warm basket... 

4 boxes found a the entrance of stables...

An English lady, who lives in the inlands, informed us that she had found 4 boxes at the entrance of the stables where she kept her horses... The owner of the stables wanted the doggies to be gone immediately.. and that is how they came to us... They are all different, in looks and age. The results of a the left overs of few litters, somewhere in the fields... And once they are gifted, the left overs stay behind.. They will be put in a box and dumped somewhere where they hope it will remain anonymous.. 
4 little ones who are in need of a warm basket, a home somewhere with a responsible family... 

Fortunato, wounded in the mountain where nobody came...

We gave him the beautiful name Fortunato, an name that means: somebody who was lucky... In this case he went through the eye of a needle and by luck he was found in a deserted campo in the mountains... He was wounded and dodn't have a lot of strength left... People who passed saw him lying on the floor, softly moaning.. It appeared that he had a fracture in his hip with a luxation as a result... He needed emergency surgery and everything necessary was done... Because it was so urgent, we couldn't wait, he got the necessary help immediately and he is now recovering. It was a heavy and risky operation but it went well. Fortunato is a very noble, sweet and gentle dog, with a good and social character. 
He is everybodies friend in the clinic, a big darling! Barely 2 years old and already had to go through such a hell. But we will make the difference! So many big dogs are dumped these days... nevertheless they too are true pearls in a home, once they are raised well. Lovely beings!

t is madness... When you arrive in the morning and you see a box at the gate, you already know enough... And yes, here is another proof that somewhere a mother gives birth to a litter of puppies every 6 months... The just came into the world and the puppi

We were just about to leave when a car stopped, a man got out and asked if I was from the Refugio. He had found a dog and he didn't want him... I was in doubt... it was weekend and where could I put him? But I didn't get time to think about it... It is like this: either you take him, or I will throw him out of the car somewhere... When I asked him to at least help me get the dog inside, he did that in the end, but he was very reluctant and only at the condition that he would get the chain, that still tightly hung around the neck of the poor dog, back. The dog obviously was his dog, you could see that! He was scared to death and would not have let anybody come close next to the road... His owner was a very unpleasant person, but we have gotten to get used to this... 
A few days later we got the whole picture... Dear Woelfie is a darling, submissive, gentle and social... but he is a half wolf... When I left his cage after a good cuddle, he started to cry, and cry and cry... The thing that we suspected since day one, was confirmed today.... Woelfie is a wolfshound, a hybrid Wolf... How much we would like to find a warm basket for him, that is not realistic. Wolfhounds are not happy in a home, they will destroy a lot of things and cannot feel at home within a house. 
We are trying to connect with people now who might be able to help him. Probably that was the reason that the man who came to bring him was so angry, probably a telephone or remote control was destroyed... or his nights were with filled with a crying friend... Angry neighbors, I can see it in front of me. And a lot of people can't cope.... Woelfie just does what is in his genes... He will cry all around the whole neighborhood, but he is so sweet... Yet we could domesticate him, we understood that in time... Our Woelfie should go to a place where he just can be Woelfie....

Noor was poisoned in a camp...

Noor was born in a camp... As a little puppy she was treated sort of right, but it became worse and worse as she grew... She was too much and she had to go... Then she was poisoned and left for dead... 
The police found her and because she barely was alive, they brought her to our vet... Her temperature was dangerously high and Noor was in a very critical condition... For weeks, her life was hanging by a thread... 

Cat colonies grow and grow and we want to do something about that..

Not just dogs are the victims of the Spanish system, also cats are heavily neglected here and can keep producing offspring in the wild... Thousands will be killed in the many killing stations, other will find a home, but the wild cats, they need spaying and neutering to be able to get a life in dignity in of the many colonies... 
We have been part of sterilization projects and we will start one again. We will make a project out of it... 
We have found a vet in Algeciras who will castrate male cats for 35 euro and females for 45 euro, this almost at the cost price. 
The idea is to have around 150 cats spayed and neutered, to start with... Also in the neighborhood of Almogia we will neutralize a colony, slowly but securely we want to make a difference for them.. Volunteers and animal lovers help us catch the cats and we will make sure that they will be neutralized. After that we will give them their freedom back. To be free and live your own life, that is what a wild cat needs to be happy.. Many of them are so wild that only the view at a human will be enough to flee, of to a place where they can't be seen...
The daily struggle to survive... many colonies have such a hard time... not even to talk about the many transmittable diseases, like FIP, FeLV and FIV, which can grow because of not being neutralized... When you can neutralize a colony, you can give them a life with dignity, a free life, where food is not a problem, thanks to our volunteers. 
We will do our best at these places that we know and that we can handle... who will help us make a change? Help a cat to a life with dignity.... Help our cat colonies have a decent life. Neutralize a cat.... 

Besala, Bonduel, Binggo, Belen, Belma and Buda... 8 blackies looking for happiness..

8 puppies in a box, left behind like it is nothing... Like we have shared before, every couple of months an identical litter is being dumped. probably of the same parents and the same owner.. 
Like it is normal, the mama gives birth to two litters a year and without a problem they are getting dumped... here you have the next black family, 8 at once... They are not in good condiyion.. but they could not care less... 

Every couple of months an identical litter at the door...

t is madness... When you arrive in the morning and you see a box at the gate, you already know enough... And yes, here is another proof that somewhere a mother gives birth to a litter of puppies every 6 months... The just came into the world and the puppies are already in a box in front of our door. The dogs are all identical, the boxes are identical, the same thing every couple of months... Like it is meant to happen, alle black doggies... black sheep... And we just had Black friday behind us... 
Of course they are sweet and cutes fluffies, but how can people think that this is normal? At first towards the mother and secondly towards the little ones.. 
Hang up a camera? Yes, we could, but if it helps? I am afraid I can only answer that negatively I am afraid.. 

Aura and Eliot, a life long on a chain, and then being dumped...

Two Boxer, both look horrible, are heavily neglected and in terrible condition... The lady even a bit worse than the male... We think that she probably was used for breeding all her life..  

Sharmi thought she came home...

Sharmi was found a couple of months aga, by a couple that had 3 dogs already.. They took her up in their family and she recovered to be the beautiful dog she is now. The landlord however demanded that the couple should get rid of the dogs, which made the children very sad... they loved this charming sweetheart a lot. 
She definately is a Sharpei mix, with the cute cheeks and a golden character. She loves children and is very social. 
Sharmi has a hard time, first she was dumped, and recovered in a family and thought she had found her family... She was so loved by the children but is now, despite everything, in a cage... and it is hard for her. 

Helga, the destiny of a Spanish Podenco...

Helga is a scared Podenco that had to give birth to her pupies somewhere in a field, over and over again... She was noticed when she was looking for food, she was so skinny.. 
Luckily  no hunter came to pick her up, because she had 7 little ones and they might become the next immeciated victims of their strange hobbies.. They could care less about the circumstances.. The sad but true stories that we see everyday, have no bounderies.. This year it is even worse because of the heavy rain falls, the cold and de mud floods... Thousands of Podenco's are left alone... Helga is still a bit affraid but she understands that it is good now... She protects her puppies with her life and hopes, just like every mama, that they will het the best life possible.. 

Brenda. who would have thought she would make it?

Brenda was brought in to the killing station in terrible circumstances... Nobody would have thought that this dog would make it, she barely weighs 2kg... she was found on the streets... After some examination, it became clear  that she had a hematocrite of 11% and she therefore immediately received a blood transfusion... Like that wasn't enough, she tested positive for Filaria.. Brenda was under treatment for several months, but she made it and weighs 7.5kg today!
Nobody knows what Brenda had to go through, but that she has suffered, that is certain... Brenda is a super doggy in her foster family.. She is affectionate, sweet, thankful and super social with cat and dog. She adores the cats of the home, sleeps with them in their basket, and also the other dogs are no problem at all. 
Brenda will walk close to you, during a walk, but she will not go to strangers that easy..She needs time to get to know her surroundings, but once she knows that, she is self sure. 
Towards other dogs that she doesn't know, she is a bit shy in the beginning, but the same is true here, once she gets some time, she will make friendship with them... 
Brenda is a dog that slowly comes to back to life and now gets to know the world in a different way. She is a sweetie, people who are willing to spend time and especially love on her, will get a lovely doggy in their home...

Pinky, the next chapter in his life story....

My name is Pinky, I am a poodle, since many years with my owners... I was born 20.12.2006, so I am kind of an older guy... Since years I had to live on the terrace of my owners, where I, one way or another, jumped of yesterday... At least, that is the story that the vet was told, the vet who was asked to euthanize me. Yes, euthanize because my owners didn't want to spend money on me... I got another chance, I now stay under the care of other people, my owner had left, after they paid for the euthanazation.. The specialist will have a look if I can be saved... and if I can stay a bit longer... To be continued... 

Leko, sentenced to death...

He was in a killing station, the pain and fear showed all over his body... He was left there by hos owner, so he would never have to think about it anymore... problem solved, for those who gave up on him... But is a life... a dog that wants to live... He was so scared that we could barely touch him... but thank to a very gentle treatment and lots of patience, we could take him... Then we saw his ear... My God, he must have been in such pain.... He underwent an emergency operation, it really could not wait any longer... 
Leko is a touching dog, from the moment that he felt that is was good, he relaxed, became more and more quiet... despite of that pain that must have been horrible... 
In the clinic he is a beloved sweetie that will melt everybody's heart, he is friendly and open.. A good dog that surely didn't have to die in a horrible killing station... 

The story of Thirteen and her 12 deceased brothers...

Thirteen is the only survivor out of a litter of 13... They were found in a closed bag in the garbage... The English lady who found them and dispirited took them out of the bag, one by one, was so happy when she saw that number Thirteen was alive! That is how she got her name... 
She was very weak but she made it... Thirteen is a divine doggy, like she is aware how lucky she was... She is super social and sweet with everybody.. She has a happy character, with a high cuddly caliber.. she is looking forward to a forever home.. 
It is a true miracle that she survived this tragedy.. some lives have a special story,,, Just like people they sometimes have special lives... That is certainly the case with Thirteen.. The rest of the family unfortunately didn't make it... 

Eyes, was handed over to the killing station like a rabbit...

We were in the killing station when the bell rang... from a distance we could see that it was a man, with an animal in his hand, held by its neck. from up close it appeared to be a dog... He held it by the neck, like a rabbit... the defenseless dog just hang there.. He wanted to leave him at the killing station, which would mean a definite death... He never got the chance to hand him over, as Diane had already taken him and I had opened the car door.. done! Luckily he wasn't registered yet, otherwise he would wait there for 10 days and we were able to avoid that, luckily. 
Diane meanwhile had steam coming out of her ears, while I had to convince the owner and the killing station, that we were going to be good to him... Keep calm could save the world... but that is not always easy when you experience what we have to go through everyday...
It all ended well, despite the fact that Diane gave them, in her typical Aalst way, the full load and I sort of translated everything liberally... The owner came up to our care, looked at us with a sarcastic face and said: he is sick and blind, to stupid to hunt.. So take him and to whatever you want to do with him, I don't want him... 

Didi, a dog a barely 3kg, walked on the street. Lost? Dumped? Escaped? A lady saw the little thing walk, from left to right, with an insecure and aimlessly look... alone in this world... who will save me? What should I do? The things that must have gone t

A man from the neighborhood, who was known for rescuing dogs of the street... he takes them to his terrain, but other then giving them giving them food and water, he doesn't do much. 
He doesn't look at them at all.. The females get pregnant all the time and one puppy follow after another. The neighbors keep coming to pick up dogs, the usual gifts. But those who are not seen. often die a silence but sad death, by neglect of victim of a fight. It is harsh, but the reality unfortunately.... After so many people had complained, finally their voice was heard... 
But, as long as they get food and water, according to the law there is nothing that can be done about it... Until today, we try to make a change here... The man won't give up his dogs, and except that he will curse at us, there is no communication. 
Menta and Polea were lucky, they were taken as a gift for a daughter from a neighbor, but she lost interest after a few weeks, the dogs were put next to the garbage close to his home... The man didn't want them back, because he had enough, so he said. 
Thankful that we were allowed to save them, we took them with us. These exceptional and sweet character.. They were lucky... Got to learn children at a young age, know what a house and a garden are... Now they are with us, will make sure that they will find happiness with a responsible owner... 
Their parents, their siblings, where will they end up? Who knows.... As long as the government doesn't stop this man, there is nothing we can do... 
The only thing that we can do, is start quiet and with a lot of courage, the conversation with him, and try to convince him that he can't go on like this... 

Didi, alone in this world..

Didi, a dog a barely 3kg, walked on the street. Lost? Dumped? Escaped? A lady saw the little thing walk, from left to right, with an insecure and aimlessly look... alone in this world... who will save me? What should I do? The things that must have gone through her head... They didn't come into this world to be neglected or to be left alone... Didi has a sweet and affectionate character, a sweetheart... the first few days she was upset, and quickly scared, but now she feels welcome thanks to the loving care of her foster family... a little bonbon of 3kg... 

Our Percy in the spotlight!

Percy... he has been with us for quite some time now, since we rescued him from the killing station... He is a favorite of so many volunteers, but he didn't find his golden basket yet... Percy gets to go with our volunteers every once in a while and he really enjoys that. He will sit on the back seat of the car and enjoys all the attention he gets. 
When he can come to the beach, he will enjoy a ball game and afterwards sit on a terrace. His biggest hobby is cuddling and also playing with a ball is a favorite. Unfortunately after a trip he has to go back to the refugio and that is difficult of course.. 
But he undergoes his destiny with strength and always will remain happy and friendly. He would be an ideal family dog who will truly be happy with a walk and a warm basket... Until then that is a dream that he sees every night... 

Beto and Tessa, 2 Mastins who fought for their lives..

3 Cross Mastins were saved after thet were brutally dumped... We already thought that it might become difficult to save them, and so it was... All three they were heavily neglected and weakened.. We fought and fought, in the hope of being able to save these lives... but unfortunately one of them sadly passed away... 
Beto and Tessa made it, despite many ups and downs.. Beto had gotten a tic on his left leg as a left over, which will never go away unfortunately. Tessa is doing great!
They are both really soft and affectionate little bears, with a heart of gold... so sweet and affectionate.. They are now almost a year old and are still looking for an owner who will make them happy... 

Cristal, Crisol and Crash, the little ones of Cristi survived...

It is always a risk that we take, it is hard to get puppies through the hard times... The various circumstances that their mothers go through, before, during and after the pregnancies are scenarios that you wouldn;t wish for any mother.. And mama Cristi had to go rhtough straight hell.... Luckily her puppies made it and they are all happy and playful, yet one is shy like mama... 
It is beautiful to see how different they all are:

Little Mousy was put out of a car...

One of our foster mama's called us last night... a good friend of hers saw that a little Bodeguero was thrown out of a car... She was walking her own dog when she saw a car stopping, the door was opened and a dog was thrown out... and the car drove of with squeaky tires...as fast as they could... The doggy chased them with all the power he had in him, but the car drove so fast that he couldn't keep up and stayed behind... He sat in the middle of the street.. in shock and out of breath...
When the lady came up to him, he looked so sad... he made no effort to leave, to run or whatever.. he just sat there... in the middle of the street. 

Trufa and her strong little bear Trufo, the only survivor of her 5 puppies..

Trufa came in, she was so far in her pregnancy that an abortion was not possible anymore... and so, 5 days later, we could add mama and her 5 puppies to our population... 
As this mama was saved from the killing station, where there are no precautions when it comes to hygiene, where everybody is just put together, where there is no quarantine, where people don't care about these lives.... we got the Distemper disease in...  A disease which caused so many lives of puppies, which worries and saddens us. It was hard work again to control the outbreak... But before you realize it, lives have been taken and you keep fighting and try to save what you can save... 
Mama Trufa lost 4 little ones because of this.. Just Trufo survived, this little strong bear remains as the only one... Sad, but the harsh truth unfortunately... 

Felippe and Letizia, wandering in a gypsy neighborhood...

Two really small doggies wandered around in a gypsy neighborhood , filthy and dirty...  A lady gave them food, thinking that they probably belonged somewhere..  But that was not to case... nobody came to pick them up and strange figures thought about other purposes for them... But the lady could stop that, just in time they were brought to us. 
Letizia was in her heats but she is lucky that she is with us now... Little Felippe is also very cute... Both of them have great characters and were obviously not used to life in a home.. They enjoy the love and attention that they get now and they show it, they are thankful and so friendly. 
We will spay and neuter them first and give their coats a good wash... let's hope we can find them their heaven on earth... 

Dany, My God, where am I now?

He was handed over to the killing station by his owner, and his world turned into a hell immediately.. A white fluffy doggy that was give 10 days to find another human love.. Dany got so afraid and scared that he started to bite around him, he didn't want anything, nobody around him.. When people came to have a look and the beautiful but meanwhile dirty fluffy doggy, he lost all of his chances.. That is why we took him with us. Once with us, he changed.. at first he was very quiet and started to shiver... with 2 arms around him and some sweet words, he started to change.. 

Stravinsky, their son wouldn't come out of his corner anymore..

They stood there together, with a beautiful happy looking pup in their hands.. Totally unaware and quietly looking from one to another.. The reason they couldn't keep the puppy anymore was that their son didn't come out of the corner anymore since 3 days... He was really scared of that 4 legged thing that moved... They receiced 'it' as a gift, the labrador of the neighbors walked away in her heats and came home days later, and gave birth to 8 puppies a while later and they had received the most beautiful one. 'Can you take it or do we just bring it to the perrera (killing station)?' they asked.. 
Of course we took him in, but I couldn't resits telling thim that it would have been better to raise their child a bit more animal friendly, but the man just responded that it was horrible that their son didn't come out of the corner.. Obviously a little bit of effort was too much to ask.. and so we had another 'gift' in our hands.. 
Because Stravinsky didn't have any vaccinations, I took him to our home.. We took a happy, energetic and funny rascal in our home.. He plays, takes our slippers everywhere and everything else if he gets the chance... a true puppy at heart, but so sweet and definitely good to raise. He became the smallest precious one in our middle, so cuddly and affectionate.. But he needs a family of course, an energetic owner because he needs to be able to run and play, be rough with other dogs and then fall asleep in a big and comfy chair... 

Jack, stays behind after his brother has left...

Our Jack, a young cat that quietly likes to sit on your lap, who has a great character, gives you cuddles with his head, out of joy, is the last one remaining from a litter... He is used to live in a home, social with dogs and cats, and used to it since he was a kitten. He is still looking for a warm basket, that he really deserves.. As long as he stays with his foster family, they can't rescue another one from the street and I therefore would like to ask you to please share this sweet cat extra, who knows, there hust might be somebody saving his world!

Dama and her kids, Daniela and Dado...

We got a telephone call that somewhere on a closed terrain in the campo, 7 Bodegueros wandered around... We found 4 of them dead and the other 3 were in a terrible condition... The 3 pups who survived. have giant bellies of all the parasites who were living in their bodies. Their mama was nowhere to be found until that moment when we saw her running with her 3 little ones... She came crawling over the wire and carried a piece of very old dirty bread... A mama who, despite the horrible circumstances, tried to keep her puppies alive.. She would climb over the fence, to try and save her little ones.. When came to us, they were all very malnourished, and in a horrible condition.. The smallest one unfortunately also died...  Just mama an 2 pups are now stable and for them there is hope.. Of the 7 unwanted puppies, 5 had to die in an unfair and sad way... None of them should have had to go through that, if the mama wouldn't have been left alone.. The life of mama and kids are so much worth than pretending they were not here.. We didn't even bother to find the owner of the terrain because nothing will happen anyway to him.. As mama didn't have a chip, she legally has no owner and so it is no use to start something against the owner, how frustrating it is anyway... We will now take good care of this oh so sweet mama and her 2 little ones... 

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