Fabienne's Diary

Flippy is back, he survived...

Our Flippy, a bit older little guy, got dumped together with Ella when their owner died. .. the poor guy didn't come out of his corner for months and months, was so sad about the loss of his big love, his diseased owner. 

The story of Tina

Tina was found next to the road with seizures and very weakened.. we didn't know what was going on, an accident, a stroke, what could it be? When we came in the emergency vet clinic, we she was examined immediately and it turned the poor girl was poisoned...

Loli, her hunter didn't need her anymore and dumped her in a killing startion

Loli, a pointer who got dumped after years of having to produce puppies for her cold hearted hunter.... Her health was in a terrible state when she came in, her skin was ill, her eyes were not shiny and looked unhappy. 

Pedro, hit by a car and then dumped...

Pedro was hit by a car and then left for dead, nobody came looking for him, nobody brought him to the vet... he came in our shelter in a very bad state. Het couldn't stand on his legs, his ears were cut off, his tail was cut off. His ears were so brutally cut that they kept bleeding heavily. He was rushed into our clinic and received all the care that he needed. 

Karma, ahora si... Karma is our dog of the day, he really wants to go home!

In july 2016, our heavily neglected Karma came in, his life was hanging by a thread for weeks... the sweet little puppy was treated by a humand like you wouldn't wish for anyone. 

Hada, an Irish setter, came in our shelter, very neglected, has entropion on both eyes

A very neglected Irish setter was found on the street... her skin is a terrible condition and her eyes both need to be operated on if she wants live without pain... She has entropion on both eyes and needs surgery urgently. She obviously is in pain... Hada is very shy and introvert.. she doesn't know what is happening. A bowl of food, every day? A bowl of fresh water, everyday? 

Arena was in killing station for more than a year, but she survived...

Arena, with a brown pluch head, a cross of many different breeds, was dumped in a killing station not far from our shelter, over a year ago. Normally she would have been euthanized shortly after her arrival already, but since she has just a sweet and gentle character, her dead was delayed over and over again... The men with the stary eyes and ice cold hearts are apparently not always ice cold... 

Bicycle tour for our dogs! Help sponsoring! 1 euro, or 5, everything is welcome

It is almost time.... the bicycle tour by Luc Goris is about to start: from Belgium (Aartselaar) to Mijas Costa, 2185km...

Freda, hit by a car en left behind, expecting her to be dead...

Freda, so many bodegueros this week... she was hit by car and just left behind, people thought she must have died, she layed there, next to the highway

A collection of dogs, with an elderly man with good intentions, but with fatal consequences....

Angelina, a podenco of 3 months old, Cam with puppies, Naama, Sem, Malena with puppies and more and more and...

Mama cat with her 5 kittens, all alone...

Mama and her 5 kittens were found at an industrial area. They followed mama cat after they saw her wavering from trash can to trash can... She tried to find some food in the pooring rain, you could tell that she was exhausted, but since it was a mother, we followed her...  There they were, underneath a filthy container, her precious little ones, her kittens. They were very weak, we rushed them into our clinic and there they got all the necessary care... One of the kittens didn't make it unfortunately... the other ones seem to survive, also mama cat is getting better... 
She is a good, gentle and sweet cat, a survivor mama, who did everything to save her kittens, in the most inhumane circumstances, a brave mother. 
They are all safe now with us, and we would really like to see them grow up happily....

Quasimodo, Victor Rally, Gargola and Lavarne in a house of terror

These 4 dogs were saved from a house of teror, where they had been locked up for a long time. Not a person can imagine what these had to go through, day in, day out... They were 'saved' by a group of young people, when they found a dog on the street or when somebody called who didn't want to keep his dog anymore, one of them collected the dog and put the poor thing in an abandoned house. 

Katio, barely 5kg...5 years

Katio, a 5kg doggy, who was their life for 5 years... he went everywhere with his owner, everybody knew and loved him.. until  his owner decided to live in another appartment, then Katio had to go to the killing station, because he no longer fitted in her new life. 

Martin, I became too big...

My mother, me and my siblings were brought to the killing station when we were one month old... Each of us was chosen and and handed over as a gift to whoever came by, one by one we were adopted. 

Left over from facebook, with a serious illness, send by mail.. Frannie

Because of social media, everything that you can think of is being offered and sometimes the market is over saturated... yet it can be unbelievable what can happen with dogs being offered on facebook by their so called 'rescuers', even with good intentions.... That is how Frannie came into our lives... a Breton that they found on the street and were looking for a home via facebook... somebody responded and got Frannie delivered in a strange way, from an adoptant somewhere in Cordoba, Frannie was sent by mail.... here in Spain that's possible...It is a shipping company that sends dogs with iron cages from anywhere you want, from A to B, sometimes in horrifying conditions... it is common practice here...But, when Frannie arrived at the home of these people, she turned out to have strange behaviour, she didn't want the dog anymore and now... the poor thing was back on the street...All facebook was asked for help, who can save her.. she lives on the street... the detail that she was severely ill was kept in silence, poor thing, oh God, who can save this sweetheart? A volunteer informed me about this situation, I personally don't have time to be on facebook, and the volunteer asked me if I could take this sweetheart in.. Yes, we will, you can bring her over, but please make sure her vaccinations are up to date, to prevent problems in our shelter... all of this was promised... Then Frannie came.... by mail...The first thing we saw when she came out of the iron cage, that she was a very ill dog, her eyes were dull and she was shivering neurologically all over her body...Big alarm, immediate admission to quarantine, where is Frannies passport and her proof of vaccinations? The driver looked at us as if he heard thunder in Cologne (Flemish way of saying that he had no clue..), so: no passport and no vaccinations, but a serious ill dog... when I called the people who have sent her, they could not be reached.. and later on: no we have no idea, was the passport not with her? Ill? Ohhh... Well, that is not possible, I will call you back... off course we never heard from them again, their problem was solved...But Frannie is a living creature, she was sent from one place to another, and because she was ill and therefore needed medical care, she was sent... nobody even tried to give her the help she needed. Currently Frannie, very sad and ill, is in our clinic, in quarantine.... she now gets the necessary care and is doing a little bit better since yesterday, but she has a long road ahead... because she is an adult, she can survive this disease but she will always have some neurological damage... it can take years before her body will be healed.. I am writing this, because so many dogs are placed on facebook and people are asked to help... but people have no idea that it is really irresponsible to just take over a dog from facebook or by some vague contacts... We could have had a big problem, if we didn't tackle this immediately... it really is irresponsible... there is so much more to it than just take a dog from a street... and then? Leave it to the people who know hat they are doing... but this problem occurs more and more unfortunately and when something goes wrong, the poor dog that was 'saved' will be victim again.. and come back to the street.. to not speak of the rest... Frannie gets the care that she deserves, she is a thankfull and humble dumped Breton girl, she will slowly heal again....

The story of Nobel, a Spanish beauty...

Nobel was an abandoned dog, that was found on the street somewhere in the area of an industrial zone...

Our owners are homeless now... Gordi, Solina and Lunita....

Recently, a car drove up to our gate, we were just about to go home, around 7pm... The driver opened the window and asked if we could help a few dogs, it was really urgent...
On the back seat, I saw a woman and 2 children, they were in tears and could not speak a word...What is wrong? Why do the dogs have to go? The man told us that the people would have to leave their home the next day and they had no place to go... a single woman, with 2 small children and 3 small dogs. She recently lost her husband, her job and now their home... The children held on to their mother as much as they could... they realized what was happening, despite their young age, it was truley heartbreaking... Also the dogs felt that something was wrong and were shivering on the back seat... We would like to help, I said... I wish we could have done more for this mother and her children... it happens a lot, but this we felt to the bone... the dogs came to us, handed over by the children with tears in their eyes. The mother didn't have the strength anymore to say goodbye to them, with all her pain and sadness, she held her children close to her heart... the driver thanked us and they drove of...

A day off, we will bring our dog to the shelter today, Jolly

I was already in contact with him yesterday, he couldn't keep his German Sheperd any longer, because they worked and nobody could take a little time to be with her.. She was 22 months old, with food and everything, like I care... 

The story of the next hunter without a heart...

Saasha lived on a tiny terrace in a small doghouse, together with 8 other dogs, all on the chain and all on this little terrace... 
All in that tiny dog house, on a small terrace.. 
Their owner, a merciless hunter, kept them there, day in, day out. Only a couple of days a year, the days that Lord Hunter felt like hunting, they got to go with them, starving from hunger. Because if they are hungry, they will hunt good, is the idea... 
The dogs, so exhausted from all the years on the chain on that timy stinking small little terrace, were unhappy and hopeless, barking an crying all day and all night... The neighbours informed the police and so they came. They decided that only 5 dogs were to be be kept on the terrace, meaning one had to go...
Saasha was handed over to the police by the hunter since she was a bad hunter.. and that actually was her luck.... The other dogs are still in misery and living a terrible life.. but there is nothing we can do since the government decided that this was a good situation now. 

The story of Driesje and his big grief...

On a sunday morning, Driesje was found behind our gate. He sat on the top of the stairs and was shivering... He was obviously well taken care of, so there must be an owner somwhere. He was so afraid and insecure, you could feel that he had to come from a life in a home. And indeed... after a few days, a family with children stood at our gate: Have you seen 'this dog'? Yes we did, we brought Driesje to them. He jumped up, all happy, there was no mistake to be made, this was his family!
When we thought they were asking to take Driesje with them, they suddenly asked to come back 'tomorrow' and pick him up then... Yes but, and there they went... Driesje could not believe it, they left again. Hey, hey, take me with you.. but they didn't. 
Driesjes world collapsed for the second time, but we thought, they will be back tomorrow... we waited and waited, but the days went by and his family never looked back at him again. 
Driesje did not eat at all for 3 days and after that a little, he just let's go, doesn't understand what is happening... 

Since recently he stays at our office and he feels a bit better there... but this doggy, small, beautifull and so loyal, still cannot understand what he did wrong, why he was left behind... It is incomprehensable..

Mom and her puppies on the dirt...

Our mommy Felicita... she had no name, no existence, no protection, no welcome, nowhere... when she was on heat on the streets, all male dogs tried to get her pregnant... and so she was walking around on the streets, pregnant.. Her pregnancy was miserable and a struggle to survive, everywhere, like a dumped podenco, she was being kicked and chased away. When she went into labour, she had to give birth on the dirt on the ground, hiding behind a shed, but even there she was not safe. 
Felicita couldn't stand on her legs anymore, could not provide for her 11 innocent puppies, she was way too weak... She did everything to try and protect them with her last strength.. 
Then we received a call en went to get her... it was so incredibly sad and not humane at all, she bended forward as deep as possible, to try and not get beaten again, trying not to give up on her skinny and malnourished puppies, her big family.. 
Now she is with us, starts to eat better slowly and can take better care of her puppies.. but we help her course, since there are 11.... We hope that she can make it, we will do everything we can for her... But first she still has to nurse her puppies... afterwards she deserves heaven on earth... she is a very good mom and a real sweetheart!

Faruq, his owner had to go to prison...

Faruq is a small bodeguero of less than 3 years old. He lived with his family, together with a small child. Het was loved, spoiled and taken good care of. His owner was arrested and the family fell apart, sadness, disbelief and depression was now their life. Faruq was brought to the closest shelter, after the family begged to not send him to a killing station. He came to us in a good condition, with a shiny coat, but has fear in his eyes... Now he is also behind bars, but he is innocent, totally innocent. 

We try to take good care of him, as much as we can, but he doesn't want to eat or drink for 2 days now.. he doesn't understand what is happening to him, where is his family, where is his home?

Pastor, once sentenced to death in a killing station... and now: Pastorrr and his lambs!

Our Pastorrrrr! As Rosalia said at that time in 2009, about that one Sherpard who could not find a home, but had found her protection in the killing station... 
We were so happy when he was finally saved by a lovely couple! Pastorrr is their angel ever since, they are head over heels in love with him and they cannot imagine their life without him anymore. 

This is a must read story.... told by the adoptants... how luck can be found in a small place sometimes...

Sorro survived at a gaz station

Sorro is a funny guy.... he has a sense of humor and wants to be happy. He can be so cheerful over something small. He was noticed at a gaz station where he was waiting for weeks and kept hoping that his owner would come back to pick him up.

Peggy, Thank you for your visit and your courage!

Our volunteer Peggy, ill since quite a while due to the dreadful cancer, came and visit our refugio with all her courage and support.... She gained strength and satisfaction our of her visit, to be part of our rescue projects... She went to all cages with all the love she had to give, gave cuddles to every dog that wanted a cuddle, straight from her heart! Peggy, even though you are so ill, you are an example to us, to persevere and not give up, just like what we stand for. We wish you all the best, from the bottom of our hearts we are hoping that the situation will change and that you can come back, with the same passion and persuasion, courage and strength, good luck and thank you!

Lilly was just laying on the corner of the street where her owner has left her behind...

Like a real sheperd, incredible loyal, Lilly couldn't understand why her owner was not coming back.. so she did not give up and kept waiting for him. A man from the village wanted to take her with him, to use a guardian dog, but Lilly kept going back to her corner on the street. Days and days she kept waiting... and waiting... and waiting. People from the neighbourhood kept looking at her with a sceptic look in their eyes. Some wanted to help and some wanted her gone. Lilly stopped eating, barely drank anymore and got more and more sad everyday. She kept her hope however and dit not give up, but is was not meant to be. Her owner has forgotten about her for a while now... but Lilly did not forget about him. To prevent her from being brought to a killing station, we took her in. She is a young sheperd that can be raised with somebody's own values... she is people oriented, but needs guidance... from someone who can give some discipline and understands what sheperds are like. She can become a great dog... Lilly likes to work, be active and stand besides her owner, like a real sheperd!

The tragedy of Junior

Around four years ago, Junior was left behind in a cardboard box, in front of a killing station... with fear in his eyes, together with his brothers and sisters, he looked at the man with the stonecold look on his face. The man who brought them in, into the horror of the killing station. 

Is it Boxer time......

Some periods it is Shepherds that are being dumped, other times Shar-Peis, then another breed….

Two mama’s and 12 puppies, dumped........

This morning I was mistaken with the time….I got up one hour too early and only realized this as I was driving to the refugio….No problem, there is always enough to do. I picked up Diane and we started to let the dogs out before we would leave….MatieJoppie, Daisy and Kibo. In the background I heard a dog barking but I thought…One from the neighbors….

Dama survived.......

Dama had been wandering the streets since a long time. Once she was the dog of a Spanish family but when they moved the dog was dumped. Since then Dama was walking through the streets hoping that somewhere a door would open for her. Unfortunately this didn’t happen and the lonely Dama became skinnier and malnourished, her condition became worse and worse…..Until one day she couldn’t stand on her paws anymore….She was taken to a clinic and then it became clear how bad her condition was caused by many months wandering the streets……

Bieke was dumped because of a prolapse......

Bieke was one of the dogs of a hunter, she would become one of so many…..

Five dogs saved from drowning......

These five sweethearts: YannaVoskeTini, Zorro and Lara were saved from drowning at an old lady in Cartama. One of the dogs, Yanna, even had puppies….They have been very lucky!

Separation is painful, for everyone.....Ginette and Prince.....

A young man needed our help, his wife had left him and he stayed behind with their four dogs. 

Artemis, wandering the street with a broken paw.....

Artemis was wandering since weeks somewhere in a village near Sevilla…..

Donovan was thrown over the wall.......

I wouldn’t want to witness someone throwing a dog over the wall, how, for heaven’s sake can you do a thing like that? A hard smack followed by a heartbreaking cry was our first encounter with this little guy, Donovan……He had been thrown over the wall, his teeth and face were covered in blood because of the blow….At first we thought that he was badly hurt but luckily it wasn’t so bad, the worst is his terror…..During the first days Donovan had a hard time but now he is doing better, he is very grateful and good with animal and people, a real cuddly bear, overflowing with friendship…

The story of Knorreke, condemned to die?

Knorreke is 11 years old, he was the dog of a Spanish family. When they too k him for a walk last week, they discovered that Knorreke suddenly couldn’t walk…..

Priscilla, another heavily pregnant Bodeguero on the street......

Priscilla was wandering the neighborhood around the killing station and heavily pregnant….She was brought in and it seemed like her puppies would be born there but we have taken her away and were able to give her an abortion in time…It was only after the operation that we noticed how skinny she was. She had probably been on the street since weeks, maybe months, who will tell…..

The story of Gustje, the Maneto......

Gustje was born in a sad place where hunters keep their dogs……Between many Podenco’s in an overcrowded shed lived Gustje with his mama and the rest of the family…..

Julio Cesar had never felt the hand of a human.....

Julio Cesar is barely 6 months old, a male…..His mother was put on a chain to guard a building site.

Large stream of mud through the refugio......

Today the day started completely different than expected.

Farah, heavily pregnant at the gate.....

They had been everywhere with the heavily pregnant Farah. She was standing there with her big belly and her sad face……They wouldn’t take her anywhere being large and black and also pregnant..

Our oldie Pequin...

Pequin was seen at the garbage bins where he was gnawing an old bone.....

Vagebond and Senor, together on the streets...

The two of them were wandering the streets, looking for food and hungering for a bowl of fresh water…..Senor is the most sensitive of the two, he suffers terrible because of being dumped…..

Sucre and Scofield, two Valentines....

They came to live with us some time ago in worrying condition……

Angela, saved from the killing station....

Anglea was dumped into the killing station suffering from enormous tumors……

Papie and kids, dumped.......

A very scared white dog with puppies was waiting at the gate……

Romana’s collar grew into her skin....And her sister Ramona.....

Romana and Ramona were saved from a typical Podencoshed, which you would never enter as a human and when you are an animal it is a miracle when you survive in here…….

Herminia, a small, 2 year old Pinscher was living like this.......

The neighbors were not happy for a long time, day and night they heard the small dog moan which was immediately followed by a heavy reaction from her boss. He didn’t accept any reaction nor complaints from the tiny thing that had been living in this horrible situation since she was a puppy….

A Spanish cat woman’s story......

Han masacrado la colonia de La Puntilla. Han matado a palos a 19 gatos y han dejado alli los cadáveres. Se sabe quièn ha sido.

Veleta, Galgo, 4 years old and then......They have to leave.....

Most Galgo’s come to us around their 4th year, at that age they are no longer the fastest runners and their activity declines……

Marcela and her puppy....

The story of this Breton Espanol, of barely 9kg, is pitiable…..

Cat Prada, locked inside a dirty cage that was falling apart and they were gone.....

I have said this often, the day will come that I write a book and the title will be: “1000 reasons to dump my pet”,…….People are very resourceful when it comes to dumping, dumping their problem with us or with other people….They have no limits……

Loucia lost her paw in a trap.......

Loucia lived with a family where she didn’t have a dignified life, she hardly received any food and she didn’t get any care. The dog was young and became pregnant, she had to give birth to her puppies in horrible circumstances…..

Mimi, a mini Shepherd of 7 months old, was left behind in an apartment...

Mimi is a mini Shepherd of 7 months old, she was bought by a couple…..

The police saved 3 dogs from their sad existence, and now........

One year ago we already received this complaint and since yesterday it is in the hands of the police and the urbanization where the 3 dogs lived……

Nicolas suffers from SIDA....What now.....

Nicolas is a beautiful cat…..6 kg, a golden character…But……

Life isn’t always a bed of roses....The story of Betty....

Betty’s life started in Spain, she was a Three Kings present…….

Small mother saved from the ice cold snow......

A heavily pregnant dog was seen around the garbage bins at the entrance of the forest…..

Olga, only 4 kg and hell behind her.......

This little Yorky female was found in Sevilla somewhere at a petrol station.

Kareltje, badly neglected, old and tired....

He was found on the street, wandering and aimlessly looking for a helping hand, however the killing station almost became his last destination.

Celien, already dumped, just after Christmas...

We really cant keep her, she is too young, she is a puppy.

Our Oliver is happy...

Our Oliver who came to us suffering from a bad eye problem and had an operation, after that he suffered from Parvo and survived..

Kerst 2016

This Christmas we would like to wish everyone the very best, a warm, cozy celebration together, put everything aside, for a while…..

Mosis

 

Blind cats at the door...

Sometimes you would become sarcastic, but that’s not allowed, right!

Still you have to, sometimes otherwise you can’t keep going with this daily misery!

Hello new day, here we are again!

Two red cats in a cardboard box. They have no eyes, they are completely blind and there they are: left to their fate. Thousands of cats end on the streets , here, in my home country, everywhere, we know about this problem. These two lives are now in our hands and I want to try my utmost for them, to give them a dignified existence.

The moment you see them, feel and stroke them, it happens: you can’t go back. To let the box stay where it is, forget it! No, it’s not possible, no, we will bring the box inside and start to help these two drops in this enormous ocean! 

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