Pet Project Mallorca

Every week we aim to re home an animal currently being cared for by an animal refuge on the island. The project is supported by professional photographers from around the island, the PR firm Phoenix Media, and The Majorca Daily Bulletin.

Month: March, 2013

Shadow, the dog that was shot.

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Emms Run 17 Mar 2013

Emms Run 17 Mar 2013

Shadow is a young male German Shepherd/Husky mix (although the volunteers at Dogs 4 You who are caring for him think there may be a bit of teddy bear thrown in there as well). They estimate that he is around 2 years old. Shadow was found as a stray and ended up in a dog pound where the Dogs 4 You supporters found him earlier this month. He has been he was aptly named Shadow as he´s always on the heels of Cornelia, shadowing her every move.

He´s a handsome, strong, thick-coated bear of a dog, with an especially appealing and friendly face, and his character is equally as warm. Taking him out for the first time into the big city last Sunday to watch the Palma Half Marathon, Shadow excelled himself, being quiet and calm, yet interested and friendly towards anyone who wanted to pat him – child or adult. He was a star! Well done to Emm Millar for completing the run and raising funds for Dogs 4 You.  

The Dogs 4 You carers have discovered that his background, although unknown, does hold a horror story. Sometime in his short life he has been shot. When Shadow was taken to the vet for neutering this week, their vet discovered pellets from a shot gun
13 lodged in his rear end; they´ll never know how painful and frightening this must have been for him but Shadow hasn´t let it affect his feelings toward people: he´s still a friendly, calm dog.

Shadow is looking for a home to call his own, with people who will understand that he needs pats and kind words, deserves home comforts, and needs patience, exercise and training to turn him into the pet they want him to be. If you can offer this lovely dog a home then please get in touch with Cornelia at cascavalls@yahoo.de or call 971 503832.

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Photo credit: Sheridan Connisbee

Every week Pet Project tries to help or re-home a homeless animal in Majorca. Pet Project is supported by the Majorca Daily Bulletin, the PR business Phoenix Media Mallorca and several professional and amateur photographers around the island. You can get in touch with Pet Project at http://www.petprojectmallorca.com.

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Bart and Pocket

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Bart with his foster family

Bart with his foster family

Emm and Pocket

Emm and Pocket

This week’s Pet Project features Bart. He is a two year old Spanish Mastine who was quite literally abandoned at the door of one of our Pet Project volunteers ten days ago. Thankfully for Bart a foster home was swiftly found for him and local residents Leon and Emma and their children took him in to stay temporarily with them. Emma, pictured with Bart, thinks that he was well looked after at one point, but he is very wary of new people and it took a few hours for him to settle into the house and allow her to get close to him, although as you can see from the photos he has overcome his shyness around her now! Emma reports that Bart is a great dog to take for a walk, he stays very close to the heel and does not pull on the lead “unless he is adamant he has to have a pee on a bush, then he insists!” Bart has been very well behaved around Emma’s children and has not shown any signs of aggression. “We really want to give this guy a chance to find a good home, but we can’t foster him for much longer as we are about to start building works on our house and it just won’t be safe for him to be here anymore”,  so they are urgently seeking a new, preferably permanent home for him.  Spanish Mastines are well known to be good guard dogs, originally they were bred to defend livestock against predators. Bart is very typical of his breed in that he is aloof, dignified, calm and intelligent. He will be devoted to his family and may politely accept strangers if he has been socialized properly. The Spanish Mastiff may be a less-than-ideal pet in urban situations, where its booming voice and size could be problematic. It is a wonderful protector of its home and family. Emma also reports that he has been fine with her own dog and cat. If you can help with a new home for Bart please contact Emma directly on 609 485 168.

Meanwhile, another animal lover, Emm Millar, is about to do a sponsored run to raise money for Dogs For U this weekend. Emm works in the super yacht industry and gets her “dog fix” by helping out with fostering animals from DFU, currently she is caring for the delightful Pocket (pictured with Emm). Emm has been training with Jose Bertran for the past two months and will run a half marathon on Sunday March 17th with the express intention of raising as much cash as possible for animal welfare. The funds raised will enable DFU to continue to save lives and rehome abused and abandoned animals. You can get more information by contacting emm_millar@hotmail.com Good luck Emm!

Every week Pet Project tries to help or rehome a homeless animal in Majorca. Pet Project is supported by the Majorca Daily Bulletin, the PR business Phoenix Media Mallorca and several professional and amateur photographers around the island. You can get in touch with Pet Project at http://www.petprojectmallorca.com.

Beautiful Blue-eyed Asmaar

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With the support of the Majorca Daily Bulletin, the refuges and the general public and with our increasing success of homing animals Pet Project is beginning to gain momentum. This week we welcome a guest writer, Llúcia Benito and photographer Cati Salva to tell Asmaar’s story.

Asmaar is a loving, kind and grateful cat, white like snow, with beautiful blue eyes. He is deaf, but this is not a problem for him, he’s just like any other cat.

Asmaar was found by Jessica Cusinier in Manacor inside a shoebox about to die, when he was less than a month old. At that time, Jessica was working at a veterinary clinic in Montuïri and she took him to the vet to try to save him. They fed him with a syringe, kept him in an incubator and held him for hours every day to keep him warm, and gave this little guy lots of affection and love. Every day was a new challenge for Asmaar.

The vets and Jessica, knowing how he was found, so small and without a mother, did not have much hope of him surviving. To everyone’s surprise, he managed to get to two months of age, and Jessica could finally take him home and adopt him. She had a dog, so Asmaar grew up with dogs.

A few years later Jessica moved to Palma and took Asmaar and Minkie (Asmaar’s best buddy) along. Because of job issues, Jessica had to move to Catalonia and left the cats in the apartment they rented to students. We can say that thanks to this fact, Asmaar has met many people: he is sociable and likes to be around people. It was in this apartment that I, Llúcia met Asmaar six years ago, because I am friends with Jessica. But it wasn’t until late 2012, by a twist of fate, that I ended up living in this apartment. So I have personal experience of living with Asmaar, he is a lovely cat.

But now the lease contract is about to end and this student accommodation will be closed down and so Asmaar needs a new home. He is currently being fostered but he really needs a permanent home. The woman who takes care of Asmaar cannot keep him for much longer. She starts working soon and has to travel a lot, and Asmaar needs a special person to adopt him.

Asmaar needs a person who can feed him small amounts of food three or four times throughout the day rather than bigger less frequent meals. So logistically his new home must be able to do this. Asmaar is quite territorial and therefore needs a home with easy going cats or no other cats at all. If you are looking for a new loving, calm and quiet companion, Asmaar is waiting for a second chance. You can contact me, Llúcia Benito either by email at lluciacbn@hotmail.com or by phone at 626083558.

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Every week Pet Project tries to help or re-home a homeless animal in Majorca. Pet Project is supported by the Majorca Daily Bulletin, the PR business Phoenix Media Mallorca and several professional and amateur photographers around the island. You can get in touch with Pet Project at http://www.petprojectmallorca.com.