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....
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..
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!
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?
This is a must read story.... told by the adoptants... how luck can be found in a small place sometimes...
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.
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!
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!
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.
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….Matie, Joppie, Daisy and Kibo. In the background I heard a dog barking but I thought…One from the neighbors….
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……
These five sweethearts: Yanna, Voske, Tini, 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!
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…
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 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…..
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…..
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..
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…..
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…….
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….
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 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…..
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……
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!