Fabienne's Diary

Sousan,...what about me?

Our Sousan, a beautiful Galgo, has been with us for a while now. Once you get to know him, you can only fall in love! Since he has been with us, we have got to know him as a super social great guy, sweet with big and small and the biggest cuddler you can ever imagine...

Easter

Today it is Easter, not like so many other years, but different from the Easter that we were used to. We must all go through this, also for the many lives that we stand up for. Let's pray that it will all be ok... 

Maxwell

Maxwell was rescued from a killing station in Zafra, a village far in the countryside of Spain, where there are little chances for simple should like this one... Once they have outgrown the puppy phase, they often will be placed once more in the killing station and they life will end before they reach the age of 2...It is sad but unfortunately, reality.

Seven on a row,...there owner died,...

Seven dogs, a lot of cats and so many other animals were found on a terrain after their owner had to go to the hospital... She had found her happiness somewhere in the countryside, with all of her animals, but unfortunately, they were left alone when she got ill... When she had to go to the clinic, because nothing else was possible anymore, the real family drama came up..

Bep

Our Bep has been with us for a while now, after she was found on the street by our Viv, somewhere far away. She came walking to our car when we were feeding the cat colonies, and she jumped straight into the car like she wanted to tell us that she fed up with wandering around and trying to survive. Viv immediately brought her to us. 

Volunteers, we miss you!

While we are trying to survive here, we are doing what we can, we are with a small group. We respect the rules, keeping distance with some many dogs is no problem.. we are busy with it.. 

Two dumped puppies

Just before the Lockdown Dirk received a phone call from a German couple who were on their way back from Ronda.. They had stopped for a short break and heard noises from the garbage cans... Two black little balls with the umbillical cords still on them, were fighting to get some air from with the plastic bag that they were in... The people didn't know what to do and ended up with Dirk.. And Dirk... he didn't know what to do at that point. We were still on our way from the volunteer days so he called up Kelly... He couldn't find words anymore, but he showed up with the 2 bottle puppies...

Two Podenco's saved during the lock down,...Salvador and Savanna,...

The streets are empty, the silence is scary... Spring is in the ait, but nobody can be seen,, The fear is real inside all of us, but life continues, also for the many thousands of dogs, wherever they are in the world. 

Four dogs saved before the lock down

We had already closed our doors because of the general lockdown in Spain, and we were cleaning at the entrance. A Spanish couple was there all of a sudden with 3 Galgo's and a little dog at our gate. They didn't use many words, but they were determined... They were sent, and they were told they could come. it was all organized. We didn't start a discussion; there is no use; these dogs would have been left alone. In regular times you already don't do that and definitely not now, now that most animals on the streets don't get many chances anymore. They are caught by the killing stations and being put to sleep almost immediately, or they will look to starve to death... 

Bobke

Bobke once was the dog of a Spanish family, and he lived with us since he was a little boy and thought could enjoy a long life with the people he loved. But once he was in an accident and ended up under a car, Bobkes life changed. He was rushed into a clinic, but he couldn't walk anymore.. He stayed for a day, and when the owners heard it was a matter of life and death, they asked to put him to sleep. They no longer wanted him, they, by the way, had no time for him anyway and it was better to put him to sleep. 

Yoda,...from shelter to shelter

Yoda was found in a little village in the mountains, she walked around, without a goal, unknowing where to go. She was rescued and went along with the people, but they could not keep her. They went to a local shelter, but no, they were full, they went to the next one, also full. And then they came to us, told us the whole story and showed us the blood test they had done already, and the papers of all the place they had been to.

Santi

Santi, a Breton, walked in the middle of the highway, looking scared.. When the vet stopped with her car, he looked at her and spontaneously jumped in her vehicle, layed down on the chair en fell deep asleep. He knew it was over, and he no longer had to be afraid, it was over... The vet takes him into foster until we have found his lucky ticket for a home, a ticket to happiness, being spoiled, and lots of very soft dog beds...an owner that loves him. 

The story of Rebecca, Ciaran and Luc,...

Here comes the story of a mama and her two puppies. Since a while one of our volunteers saw a mama and her puppies regularly in her neighbourhood, over the streets, through the mountains... and then to disappear in the bushes and find their way in the mountain area. They were shy and scared, skinny and malnourished... First, you think: they must go to a nearby farm, but we saw them so often, they must have been abandoned, and nobody knew anything about them. 

Sonny, looking for a new home

An older man loved his Sonny so much. He bought him as a puppy, gave him the right and loving upbringing, he shined like the best-taken care of dog... He loved his Sonny, and Sonny loved him. But his owner got older, and lesser walks and exercise. How much he loved Sonny, he didn't want Sonny to not have the best life because of his age.. He asked for help at the dog hotel where he brought him several times, and that is where we came into the picture...We will help find an active owner for this beautiful Boxer... The happiness of Sonny is important for the older man, how painful it is, but he wants to see him happy. 

The story of Claudie

This sweet cat was walking on the streets for a while, with a fracture on her paw. Everybody saw her, but nobody took her in. She knew to find her way to a nearby colony, where a lady fed her, talked to her and gave her some courage. The fracture was never treated and grew back together. The pain was getting better, but she walks with a limp, and she will remain disabled. 

Olivia, once everything was ok,...

Olivia had to survive on the streets for a long time.. She was part of a family, but on a day, the door was closed for her, and she was banned from the home that she loved so much. She got some food here and there, tried to survive, she fought and fought to be able to find a home somewhere, but it didn't work. Once she had a huge hernia underneath her belly, the neighbours tried to convince the owners that they had to help her and give her surgery, but he didn't want to do anything for her anymore. He said she didn't belong to him, and that she should do from that bump that she caused herself, it was not his problem. Just let her die... 

Peterpan a disposable dog with a health problem,...

Peterpan was rescued from a killing station. A Bully that must have had a hard life, we think, but we never get to know the backgrounds. Fact is that he is disposable because he is ill, he has a heart problem, an eye problem and there he is... 9 years, a crazy Bully, shared life and love for many years with his owner, through storms and summers... he loved his owners, you can still see that because he is so sad. He barely eats, and his eyes don't sparkle,, He doesn't want to keep going anymore.. 

Sendra, Semillo en Sancho,...

Sendra, Semillo and Sancho were all alone in the streets of an industrial area. Nobody came to ask for them, and nobody knew where they came from.. they were looking for food and somebody to give them attention, but that didn't happen... That is how they came to us. 

Anubis, a beautiful Sheperd

Anubis is a beautiful Sheperd of less than a year old.. He was bought as a pretty puppy, the classic and daily dumping story. He was loved, and they adored them, but... And there the excuses from A to Z came... And there he came, this sweet and big dog who thought he had found his home, who is so friendly, but he would have loved to be loyal and forever at the side of his owner. 

Galena en Goleta, two soulmates,...

Galena and Goleta are two sisters who were rescued from a colony. They arrived together with Galetta and Galileo. All cats were born from different mama's, but they were all from the same colony. Galena and Goleta had a very nice and pleasant character from a really young age. 

Micky has seen hell,...

His previous owner was a hunter, one of the worst kind, one who shouldn't have the right to even touch a dog. But unfortunately, the reality is different, so many go in and out of hell in their hands, but only a few get to know heaven... That is so sad about these cases... But for Mickey it is different... He was saved from such a hunter. He was locked up in a small and filthy cage, with dry bread and faeces from years around him. He didn't see much daylight and never heard a friendly word. He lived in hell... 

Boomer was found in the campo,...

He was found several months ago, somewhere in a Campo, entirely left alone, alone and searching for ways to survive... Shyly he came forward to take a piece of bread and then ran away very fast again... But after a few days, you could tell he wanted to belong somewhere... He went to a foster family where immediately was accepted by the other dogs and cats, and he showed himself to be a sweet and social dog. 

Groundforce,...from chain to sofa to shelter,...

He lived on a short chain in a filthy cage, could barely move and had to live here day and night like a little puppy... His need for attention and love was not seen by anybody or heard... His life was a big hell.. Until a lady saw him and could not believe that in that stupid little village, a dog had to live like that... She took him with her and asked the owner to give him up... That was a whole process as he thought that the dog had a great life.. 

Princessa

When she was bought as a little 'Princesa' in a local pet shop, she was a beautiful fluffy puppy... The classic story here, after six months she was dumped in a nearby shelter because the children were bored of her and mama did not want any hairs in the house, even though she hardly looses any as she is a Perro de Agua... But that was the problem, she was sold as a Perro de Agua, but when she grew, it became clear that she was not purebred enough... 

The story of Olmo, his owners, moved to Saudi Arabia.

He was bought as a puppy, purebred born for a beautiful life, but that was not the case... It was on a blue Monday when his owner contact us if we could take their Perro because they were moving to Saudi Arabia and of course they were not taking him... Because we are full at the moment, we always ask if they can stay with them a little longer until we have found a solution, and therefore they don't have to go through the trauma of a shelter. But the lady just started to laugh at us and said: we are leaving on this Friday. and then she let us know that she was going to bring him to the killing station... 

Noel,...found on Christmas eve

On December 24th, two dogs showed up at the front door of a family in a small village... They did not surrender immediately and not the little girl. They were scared and hungry.. they wanted to but were afraid. In the end, one of them could be caught, the boy was so hungry and jumped on his bowl of food, it was impossible to capture the girl, but the people kept trying.. 

Yvanovich was saved by his ex-owner,...

A beautiful Sheperd puppy was bought by a Maroccan family back then, because they were looking for a tough guard dog. The first few months he was well taken care of and was raised well, but too strict for this specific puppy. He became scared of his owner and the owner started to be more hostile to hom. When he was out of the home, the children and the wife took care of him. They loved Yvanovich and he loved them. Their friendship was beautiful and sincere. 

Elfa, a crashed Podenco who was left behind for death ...

Elfa is a Podenco of barely 6 months old.. she was brought to us after she was laying next to the road for 2 days. Nobody took an effort to help her... There were lots of people who saw it happening that she was hit by a car and that she has flown through the air, but she was left alone.. 

Pepita, ... Written off after four years, ...

She is little and fragile, but tired and used up... She was brought to a nearby killing station.. She still is a bit shy, but once you pet her, that lovely French Bull character comes out... A nice cuddle, play a bit crazy.. and her funny teeth make your heart melt. We don;t need perfection, it is the character that counts, and that is truly touching with this little sweetie. 

Chula, a small Bodeguera, ran into a car ...

Yesterday, late in the evening, a lady called that she had saved a dog from death.. She ran into a car, and the people wanted to do everything to avoid that the police would take her and bring her to the killing station. That is how this sweetie came to us. 

My experience as a volunteer

January 2020, finally the day had come... I was about to start to work as a volunteer for Ace for 3 weeks, Since years I wanted to do that, but somehow always something else came up. As as freelancer I had the possibility to take time of when I wanted, but it was difficult to find a spot. I was not welcome at some organisations, but via social media I received a response from Ace: You are more than welcome with us...

Domingo's story

Some of our volunteers were having a coffee on an ordinary sunday, on a terrace in the village.. It was raining cats and dogs and when they came out and wanted to go home, they found him in a corner, curdled up, very miserable... A puppy that was about to give up.. He did not know where he was, no more orientation.. He was soaking wet, he looked at them with sad, and scared eyes, begging to be saved... And so they did, they took him them... He rolled up in their arms, closed his eyes and slept... and slept..

Espero lived in a car

Several years ago this lady already was at our gate... Life did not go in her favor, she lost her home, work and haven... She lived in  a small car... She asked our help back then for some of her dogs, and we took them in. Her situation was already very sad and we did what we could, saving the dogs, and she lef afterwards.. And we could only hope for the best for her... 

Indira survived a shopping centre

Indara lived in and around a shopping centre... every time somebody tried to touch her, she walked away. she didn't trust anybody...She was kicked and abused so often... She came from a hunter who had dumped her because she was too old... She had to survive, she wanted to survive.. she held on to life, in every way..

Pumba,...after 9 years he had to go

Pumba, a French Bull of 9 years old, had been their dog since so many years... But for some reason, with so many apologies, he had to go... We already don't listen anymore to the many excuses we hear when people dump their loyal friend... but his world collapsed yesterday... He did not eat, did not sleep.. he just kept looking at the door whether his owner would come back or not... His sweet loyal eyes looked sad en desperate... afraid and not understanding... the loud noise from the many other dogs made him even sadder...

Again a mummie with puppies

They were found in a field... people looked for a solution but it didn't come... that is why we saved her from the killing station where she ended up... A mother who never had a home, can you imagine...
She is not just sweet, but super sweet, so thankful and submissive... So happy that her little ones are now safe... They only slept and slept for the first few days... so tired of their sad history that they are leaving behind now... Mama knows.. the little ones are too young to realise... 

Electricityproblems

Since a few weeks, we have this problem with electricity... It was difficult but it is recovered for now... We have electricity again.. it just stops a lot of times... But we keep going... 

Update electricity...

Now that the holidays are over here in Spain, from yesterday... We are meanwhile dependant on a rented generator, which runs day and night, to keep our refugio running... Here you realise what electricity means... We don't have water because the pumps don't work, all puppies have cold because the heating lamps don't work, the clinic cannot function a 100% as the machines don't work... No breathing machine, no IV pump, the autoclave... they all can't run... In short, the vets can't work... a true disaster... No internet, no heating, our front door can't open... it is a catastrophe...

Làzaro,...

Lazaro, a cat that once lived with a family, was dumped in a nearby colony... It was a nightmare for him, to survive there, this shy and affectionate cat... Every time when he wanted to eat from the big pot that a lady puts there every day, he was chased away, scratched and send away by the other cats...
On a day he was caught by dogs in the same way, but as a true miracle, he managed to escape from his mouth... He obviously ended up with some terrible injuries.. he walked around like that for a while and it went worse and worse... but nobody was able to catch him.. On a day he couldn't really get up anymore and the lady was able to get him and bring him to us... he was in a bad state but he recovered..
Today, our dear Lazaro is all better and we are looking for a great home for him... he is a cat that won't let you down and will be loyal by your side.. and never wanting to go away again.. he wants to come home and stay forever...

I had to go before Christmas

They had two dogs, a big Mastin and this little gentleman... they loved each other but all of a sudden they didn't want little Claus anymore... he was too much work for them... a dog of barely 8kg, a dog that lived in their home, was happy together with the Mastin, they played and slept together... but Claus was too much... To take or to let go... we had to be quick or they would bring him to the killing station...

New Year

It is New Year within a few hours... a year has passed so quickly again... A year full of emotions, fighting hard against a sea full of injustice and painful situations...
But what is the point of standing still when you are done with it... you have to keep going... It is better to not look back and try to make the best of it. The many faces who look at you with looks full of hope of being rescued, and a chance of a better life, keep us on track...
Together with you, we were able to save so many animals! Thanks to everybody who was a part of it, because together we can achieve so much more! Thanks to everybody, we don't want to forget anybody!
On behalf of those for who we are standing for, we are fighting for them and do all we can, to bring them to a safe home, a happy 2020!

Our Clinic,...

Our clinic could only work at half force this week.. Our vet wasn't here for a few days.. he obviously also needed some rest, like all of is... it has been a busy year...
Bubba will leave Monday, together with her owner who came to pick her up herself and therefore Bubba was checked in our clinic. Her beautiful teeth were brushed and she received her last check-up. 

Iris, yet another dumped Podenco mama

Iris, yet another dumped Podenco mama, she was wandering in the area of a hospital... Lots of people knew her, had seen her before, they found it sad and gave her food in a bowl, underneath a street light... Oh so sad, and oh my God, but nobody opened his heart or house for this lost soul... Of course, she got pregnant, and of course, she gave birth somewhere in a field... Unseen and unwanted by people but mama Iris protected her puppies with her life, she hid them as good as she could... She loved them as only a mother can...
On a day, mama was hit by a car and was lying lifeless on the road... she was brought to our clinic and she got the necessary care... but where are her little ones now... all waiting for mama to bring them food... Most of them could be saved luckily and were taken by people who wanted to help and give them a home for Christmas... Hopefully for longer than just this Christmas...
One little one was nowhere welcome and that was Irina. She and her mama are now with us... Mama is recovered fully and will wag her tail thankfully with all her body. She is a true sweetheart who is, just like her daughter, always happy. 

Dana and Teddy

On a day, we found a sack hanging at our gate, in which we found two defenceless little ones, just left there at Isabellekes gate...She heard a soft sound and discovered this cruel act...
Danna and Teddy were so little and fragile that it is a true miracle that they made it. With lots of patience, love and hope, they are two sweet puppies today, who are friendly and crazy walking around, playing and be social with the others... 

A catfamily in destress

A call came in from a cat family in need, dad, mom and 3 kittens of a month old... The owners could no longer take care of them... The foster mama who took them in already had 3 children and was pregnant and she could therefore no longer take care of the cat family... 

Linus, waiting in death row

We got a call that the days of a lot of dogs in a nearby killing station were almost over... The prettiest dogs, the small ones and most wanted ones were already gone, also the puppies were in better places. But 14 average, scared or Podenco like, unnoticed dogs, were never adopted.. And now they had the last chance because of this call...

Today our organization is 20 years

We celebrate our 20th anniversary today! 11.12.199 - 11.12.2019!

Our Maestro

A Mastin with a severe fracture.. all left alone... wandering on the streets... He screamed from pain, he probably was hit by a car or had an injury of something we don't know.. He didn't use his back leg because it hurt so much... All facebook screamed for help, so many people knew but nobody stood up for this very sweet dog. He is big, not a little guy, but he has a gentle character. 

Milo, a male with a special story, and a past we will never know, ...

Milo already has a special story to tell, in his short life... He was left behind at the entrance of a cemetery, this poor cat who was used to living in a home... He was terrorized by the dogs of the neighbourhood and the other cats. He could not defend himself as he has never learned that. On a day he was attacked by several dogs but he could be saved by a lady who brought him to us...

An oldie, ... Used up, dumped, forgotten, ... Gorro the Podencootje, ...

Gorro, an old, tired, used up and weak Podenco, walked on the streets with a rusty chain still on his neck... He could no longer continue... he stumbled, looked from left to right, what I am doing here? Where should I go? His old body could no longer keep going... People saw him, but nobody cared for him... She saw him, but at the same time did not see him... people had a quick look and then went back to their own comfortable world... That is how Gorro kept stumbling in this world..when he hears a friendly world, he will wag his tail.. when you cuddle him, you can hear him enjoying it, when you give him food, he is so happy... he doesn't need a lot more than a rescue human who understands him, and understands that his life was once a hell, that his body needs some medication and that he will be so happy with a heater, a soft basket with a blanket and a nice cushion in it...

Asterix and Obelix, the dumped bar dogs, ...

Two little poor things left alone. put out of a car, and they had to find out how to find food and water... how they could survive... They always stood at the bar where their owner had left them behind... With every visitor, every car, or persons that passed, they thought: he is here, they are here... But that was not the case... They did not return...

Podenca Tinta has had to produce a lifetime ...

Tinta, a Podenco lady, a bit older, not in years, but in life... a life of producing... every time she got in her heats, a lot of dogs were put on her and every time she got pregnant and pregnant and pregnant... years and years after another.. Until the day that she no longer produced what her hunter expected of her and she was put out of his dirty cages, thrown away like a piece of garbage..

An urgent call, ... Who saves our Adelina?

Adelina, Noa after her adoption, was saved from a killing station and was adopted where she was very happy. Her owner got ill and could no longer care for her... Now we are urgently looking for a new home for this sweetie. 
Noa is a dog that wants to be around you and preferably without other dogs. She can be with other dogs but that is not a great success. She is most happy as a dog alone and when she gets to be her owners nr 1. 

Venus and Serena, with umbilical cord in the garbage, ...

Venus and Serena are two sisters who were found in a plastic bag, with the umbilical cord still attached to their bodies and with the fluids of their mother still on their fragile bodies.. The killing station was called to pick them up but luckily we were also informed and that is how they came to us. 

Our Sousan in the spotlight again, ... He is having a hard time in the shelter, ...

Sousan came with his owner from Marocco to Spain, with all the necessary Rabies vaccinations, but they couldn't find the chip at the border... The local authorities decided that the dog had to go into quarantine and the owner would have to pay for all costs. Which would be around 1500 euros. The owner didn't have to think for a second and he handed the dog over to the customs officers... it should not cost him a euro... And there Sousan was... left behind...
Sousan melted everybody's heart and the authorities asked us if we could save him and find him a good home after his time in quarantine and after all the blood works and checks for his health. 

Our Meunier, an unobtrusive beautiful friend !!

This gorgeous Sheperd mix was left behind at the killing station by his owners... without emotions they turned their backs at him, knowing that there was a big chance that he would not come out of there alive... Luckily we could make the difference for him in time!

Lidio and Lidia, their story, ...

Lidio en Lidia were saved after they were noticed at the back site of a parking of a big warehouse. An English family filmed them and put it all over the internet but they did nothing to bring them to safety... Only after a while, when we asked how the dogs were doing they answered that they were still there. They had just hoped that somebody would rescue them...
It happens so often that people film things and put in on their Facebook page, but really changing the situation.. then they pass... Luckily we were able to bring them to safety.. 

Alejandro and mama Christina, ... and another 8 little ones, ...

Christina and Alejandro were found in a Campo by two ladies.. they have been walking around for a longer time, didn't belong to anybody, we're looking for food in the fields daily... Mama Christina was heavily pregnant at the time... Alejandro was a son from a previous pregnancy... Where the others have remained unanswered...

Lía, a divine cross, ... Dumped because she was not pure, ...

Lia, a heavenly cross between a Galgo and a Shepard, was dumped with her whole family somewhere in Cadiz. A lady found them in the trash can and gave them a chance on survival by bringing them up with the bottle. When they got older, they knew why the owner must have dumped them... they were cross Galgo and Shepard mixes... Very unique combination, at least a lot of people thought so and they were all adopted. 

Camino, ... Looking for help for survival, ...

Camino thanks her name to the road, 'Camino', that she walked in her desperate search for help to survive... We made a food place where we put food and water daily and slowly we could place a catching cage.... that is what we did. 

Sissi, her owner became mentally ill...

In life you can never say never, that is for sure, you never know what will happen to you. that is what happened to Sissi's owner. She was a lady that took good care of her 3 dogs and surrounded them with the best possible care, but suddenly she became mentally ill... She didn't want to admit it, but slowly things turned for the worse and her sister promised her to find good and happy homes for her dogs... 

Mama Lena and her 12 little ones...

Another Mastin was dumped... and had 12 little ones with her.. 12 little puppies who will be big, but really gigantic.. they all made it, but it was hard work... 

Documentary of the harsh reality of the Spanish killing stations.

John Burgemeester of ABC dogs and Michel Tartaud of Mediamotivators will make a documentary together with us, about the Spanish killing stations, we are so thankful for this! We would like to give an insight into how things go there but we will also follow a rescued fog, his or her path from the moment we rescue him or her from the killing station until he or she finds the golden basket. 

Mama Agnetha and mama Frida and their puppies.. almost all made it...

These 2 mamas were found somewhere in the field, totally left alone, their puppies were spread everywhere, they were too cold... It is a miracle that only some of them died... Veerle and Kelly took the weakest ones under their wings, but despite all their efforts, they didn't survive... But at least they have gotten the necessary care and love, not too many people will do what Veerle and Kelly did, day and night they were alert and no effort was too much for the,,, It was so hard for them that the puppies died... 

Our bottle puppy Wietse, Wiwi for friends...

Found in the garbage, with his dead brother next to him, he survived after Paky bottle fed him, in so many sleepless nights... we know how that goes... Bottle puppies ask for a lot and intense work, but thanks to these efforts this little one survived... A true Podenco, the love of everybody, of his foster family, of cats and dogs, of all people around him...

Reinita was no longer welcome because she had a hernia...

Reinita was rescued from a killing station... She was on death row, with no more chances... We took our chance and rescued her, she needs a severe surgery... It will be the 4th one this month, it never stops... but these are the ones that need us the most... because nobody else wants to give them a chance... 
Reinita is very friendly, her thankfulness has no boundaries, she doesn't know where to go with her friendship... She had a big hernia, which makes movements difficult, but we will do everything to perform surgery on her. Unfortunately, we will have to try and collect money... we know it is hard, but we just could not leave her behind... 

Tiza, a wonderful creature of mother nature...

Tiza was fighting against nature for a few weeks, she walked from here to there... to survive... First on the street, then save in the forest.. but she came tired, and it made her weak and vulnerable... The dog catchers of the killing station, could catch her and put her on death row... A cage where she would have never gotten out of, being a Podenco with not much value here in Andalusia... or a lot of chance, and that is why she is even more special to us, knowing how sweet they can be... 

Turko, the life of a street dog...

The life of a street dog is so hard... Turko is a dog that lived on the street, who he is, or where he came from, we don't know, but he is homeless that is a fact. Vivian has been feeding him on the street for a while now, he lives, or better: he survives in the little village, with some other homeless dogs who once, long time ago, belonged in a home somewhere.. 

Noa (Ace Adelina) can no longer stay...

Our Adelina, now Noa, moved about a year ago to a sweet family... Her owner, however, got a disease and had to move to a small apartment, which was difficult for both owner and dog, and still is hard... The owner doesn't have the strength anymore to walk Noa and our girl suffers because of the lack of inactivity.. not being able to walk... She is used to playing and walking.. 
Noa needs an owner who walks with her again, it has been a while and you can notice that she is not used to it anymore, she is easy to correct, she follows and adores her family. She can get scared of sudden noises, but she will not panic. She obeys really well and she sits when you ask her to. 

The story of Mandala...

My name is Mandala... I was left behind at a venta somewhere in Casabermeja, a little village in the inland of Malaga, It was in the middle of summer, I was ill, had no more power and my owner let me go... He couldn't, so he said, do anything anymore for me... Because of the heat and dryness, I got worse quickly and became more and iller... I could no longer continue... Until a helping hand reached out... A lady lifted me up and brought me to a vet... 

Our forgotten Brugge, a difficult to rehome dog, but nothing is impossible...

We would like to put our Brugge in the spotlights.. this is her story:

Rockstar, I don't belong in a cage...

Thousands of dogs have to undergo the same destiny as Rockstar... Words are not necessary here... Eyes speak...

Matilda hung on a rope all her life...

This lively Beagle was kept on a heavy rope, somewhere in a field... Young and full of energy she was kept between lots of other dogs... Matilde had to hunt, but she didn't like that... She enjoyed cuddling, walking with her owner much more. The cord around her neck was so tightly knotted that we had troubles cutting it lose... What an awful feeling this must have been... the poor thing... like so many others who still have to experience this... 

Cleo had surgery...

A visit to the specialist made clear that our Cleo needed surgery on a luxation on the left back leg. Good as she is, she underwent all examinations, everybody praised her, the vets, the assistants, everybody... Such a good girl! Even now, during her recovery, she is a role model... even though she has to spend most of her day in a cage, and rest a lot, nothing is too much for her... 

Juul was no longer welcome...

He was about to be brought to the killing station because his owner had decided to no longer feed him... He became skinny and weak, but people cared about his destiny and they tried to find a solution for him. And that is how they came to us. They asked us if we could rescue him from the killing station... 

Sousan, an Arabic Galgo, his story...

Sousan came with his owner from Marocco to Spain, with all necessary Rabies vaccinations, but they couldn't find the chip at the border. The local authorities decided that he had to go to quarantine and the owner would have to pay for all the costs... Which would be around 1500 euro in total. The owner needed less than a second and decided to hand over the dog to customs, the dog should not cost him a euro... And there was Sousan, left behind... 

Nauru, the nobody of the killing station...

He was caught by one of the horrible people from the killing station... Without any emotion or any feeling, he was dumped in a cage with lots of others, coming from the street, all upset and now having to count the days in a killing station.. It is a hell for all dogs, to be dumped and not knowing why... Nauru was a nobody, scared and submissive, was not seen and not heard... He was saved by us after he survived over 150 days in the killing station... Normally a dog gets 10 days before he is put to sleep, but for some reason, Nauru survived over 150 days... Until the owner found it and the vet got the order to put him to sleep, but we could, just in time, make a difference. 

Basil and La Coco and their old owner...

Early in the morning, the bell rang and when we opened the gate, an old man stood there,,, over 80 years old, with his two dogs next to him... All 3 looked hopefull at us... The old man was removed from his home because of his small retirement income and he had to go to a nursing home, where his 2 dogs were not welcome.. They had told him to get rid of them as soon as possible... The tears rolled over his cheeks... they didn't have a chip or vaccinations, but they were his soul, his heart, his everything... he couldn't speak, his whole fragile body told history, what he had been through in his past life...

Charlie, 3 months old and already left behind in the hotel...

Our Charlie was barely 3 months old when he was brought to a hotel because his owners went on a holiday... The holiday still goes on, until today... He is now 8 months old and they never came back for him.. the hotel asked if we could take over this sweet Beagle...

Ultimatum for Frodo and Valiente...

Frodo and Valiente are 2 urgent cases.. The family that adopted them years ago, unfortunately, have divorced and this has made an end to their safe haven. Mama is now alone with 3 children and had decided that she can no longer have our dogs in her house.. It is not possible anymore financially and a lack of time made her come to this decision.... and they have to leave the latest at November 11th. This gives us enormous pressure as we are trying to do everything to keep both dogs happy... they don't deserve it to be back on the street... 

Our Pino, an urgent case...

Our Pino arrived last week with a road transport.. everybody from us was happy that he could start a new life... The little one went with his new owner but she had underestimated it and urgently asks us to rehome him... That is why do an urgent call to find our Pino a home who can give him what he needs.. a home where he gets to be a puppy, where he can grow up and be happy!

Father, mother and daughter Mastin, saved from a drug addict..

The Mastin family, mom, dad, and daughter lived with a drug addict, in an abandoned ruinous house... probably the daughter is the only survivor of the big litter of puppies that mama had a few months ago... All 3 are very friendly and sweet, the little one is a bit shy still but she will be ok... they are with us now and get all the necessary care! The family is saved, they are happy with all the attention they get and they will get a different perspective on life from now on.. 

Eli, an old Podenco lady,...

Eli, a Podenco, 13 years old and finally it ended...  13 years served and now a disposable... She escaped from her prison, or did they let her go? She was found on the street, malnourished en heavily neglected, old and used up... She could no longer go on... She has Filaria, and that with her old heart... She was pregnant, at her age... for yet another time... Her body is tired and weak, her eyes said it all... No further explanation needed, it is clear... 

Buba was left behind at a gas station...

Buba, a snow-white pearl, was dumped at a gas station close to Jerez de la Frontera...  a lady that was there for a cup of coffee, saw her wandering around and asked the owners if it was their dog, but they answered that it was a dumped dog which happened there regularly... Several days ago a car had stopped who had dumped her and drove of... The poor thing stayed there loyally, waiting for her owner, thinking that she would return.... which didn't happen... 

Pablo and Blanca, owners were seperating...

It is almost a classical story that not just regularly happens, but really often... When owners separate, their favorite on 4 legs all of a sudden belongs to neither of them... A reason to put them back for adoption, or leave them in a killing station, or leave them in the garden... that wouldn't be the first time... 

Just an ordinary dog... Dorit...

Dorit, an ordinary nothing special, born as a fluffy white ball... He was a toy for a while, with a family who lived close to a killing station... Just an ordinary dog, a fluffy white ball who grew up to be a friendly dog, who loved his family and the children, who waited for them after school, entertained them with a game with a ball or just be a little bit crazy... who always did everything to make the family happy when they were gone for a little while and when they returned home again.. He was always happy to be a part of them... 

Samson and Dilaila, both rescued from a killing station...

Samson and Dilaila were both in a killing station, counting their days... They are both fairly big dogs, but they really have sugar-sweet characters... Their big bodies will crawl up against you, but they are also guards and want to protect home and garden, which is typical for a Mastin... They defend their home and family and they prefer to be close to you... 

And there he was... our Ibico...

We were called, we received Whatsapp messages, people were asking for us...
And here he is, away from misery, away from hell... One look and it was love at first sight... Everybody in our refugio is in love with our Ibico, this Podenco Ibicenco... A handsome, skinny, big cuddle with a crazy character, who needs a lot of love, play and walk time... He doesn't know anything yet.. but he is so adorable, sweet, enthusiastic in his new life... 

Pitu is having a hard time...

Pitu is a little doggy that had lived for years with her owner, she was happy and would have never thought that she would be on the streets someday .... but unfortunately, that happened anyway... After her owner died, she went to a foster family for a while, but that was only for a little while... The foster family could no longer take care of her and she is with us for a few days... But she is not doing well this little defenseless doggy...

Jetje, a gift at the airport...

We were at the airport when we were handed over this skinny little Podenco... so skinny and miserable she was.. another dumped Podenco from some hunter... She is fragile and afraid of everything that is new,.... but in the couple of months that she had been with us, she has changed a lot. She still is skinny but she eats well and feels much better already. 

Milos, as if he didn't exist...

Milos is a happy, fragile little thing, that we rescued from a dark shaft where there was no daylight, not heard by people, nobody cared for him... One of the puppies who were bought and after the first little pee in the home, abandoned to a dark shaft... His cries and shouts for help were not heard by his family, they didn't care, they just didn't think about him anymore... Until a neighbor asked where the cute little puppy was.. When they heard he was left in the Campo, they found him and brought him to Isabelleke..

The story of scarface, some good luck after bad luck..

Scarface and her sister Fee were caught after a long and difficult catch in a special cage... We would have loved to give them their freedom, but the killing station and the government thought differently about that...They asked us to keep them, or they were to get shot... There is an easy choice... We started on this project, even though both of them were extremely wild dogs..

Kalma and her street rascals...

Kalma had lived on the streets, as a defenseless heavily pregnant dog... Ever pregnant since she got in her first heats... The day after she came to us. she gave birth to 12 puppies.. Hallelujah... All were very weak and a few did not survive... 8 of them, however, held on to life....

Pampa and her pups were rescued from a horrible neighborhood...

Thanks to the intervention of the police, we were able to save Pampa and her family from a horrible neighborhood... It was a true horror... so many dogs on short chains, without food or water, in their own feces, dirty, so disgusting... All dogs skinny and dehydrated, afraid of people, afraid to move.... getting hit and injuries were very normal there, that was all allowed, so they thought...

18 dogs rescued after their owner was murdered...

A man called me up, telling me that a family friend had died and they were looking for a solution for her 18 dogs... The woman was murdered by her boyfriend, several months earlier... She lived in a bog house, was a super owner for her dogs, they all slept in her bedroom, they were her everything... They were spoiled by her, but since her dead, they were banned to a big terrace where they had no baskets or blankets... they made their own beds between some bushes.. 

Huso has one blind eye...

Huso and his sister Hebilla and brother Hilo came to us, severely neglected, after they were rescued from the killing station... After their first vaccinations, they got sick and one of them died, unfortunately... Their bodies were so weak that they had a really difficult time to get the much-needed immunity... but after a fight on life and death, we got them through it.. Our Huso got a blind eye as a result, unfortunately... 

Yet another Podenco mama in the field...

She lay down in a field, unseen and unwanted... she became pregnant unwanted and nature did his work... Unwanted... so scared and insecure thanks to the person who left her alone... 

Bob, tied at the gate...

He hung tied up at the gate, his coat was all tangled up, his whole body malnourished, neglected, dirty... He was all misery, all over... Probably he once was a cute little fluffy thing as a puppy and today he is no fun anymore and dumped... 

Espiga, a spike of corn saved her life...

A big Espiga, which means spike of corn, actually saved the life of this little sweetie... The spike of corn gave her life a new turn... She was brought in on a castration day, together with 15 other cats... When the vet saw her eye he wanted to keep her for a few days because it would be fatal for her if we would bring her back... thinking that she was a wild cat. 

Pomelo, a puppy dumped from out of a car...

August, at the beach of Algeciras... so busy and lots of children were playing with their friends, parents, and families... Fun and happiness everywhere... All of a sudden a car comes up, opens the door, throws a little puppy on the street and drives of as it is a normal thing...Everybody was talking about it: poor thing, oh my god, But nobody took him home.. instead they called the police who would bring him to the killing station... case closed...

Our Achilles, put off and away with it...

There he was, at the gate, on a nylon rope and next to him his hunter... I don't want him anymore, he is useless for the hunt, will you take him? Otherwise I will have to bring him to the killing station, because he is not going home with me anymore.. That is how our Achilles came to our refugio... a good soul whou wouldn't hurt a fly, who is social and gets along with everybody... Who doesn't understand why he can't go back to his dirty cage... Who quietly and with pride walks next to you and rests his head in your hands.. A lovely Galgo as they can be so often... With his head high, sensitive and quiet, present but modest at your side... and not to forget, so incredibly sweet...

Our Antwan can't stay...

Our Antwan, adopted in 2014, was happy with his owner until recently.. His owner, he adored her, recently died and Antwans whole world collapsed, and even more so now that he is no longer welcome after so many years... The husband of the owner wanted to get rid of him as soon as possible. He has nothing with him, so Antwan is no longer welcome. It was his wifes dog, not his...He is a very sweet and gentle dog, his owner was only positive about him in the after care.. These were her words:

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... 

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