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: July, 2013

Libby and Simon

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This week for Pet Project we are really delighted to present to you photographer Shane Green who is passionate about animals, and dogs in particular.
Welcome to the PP Gang Shane! Photos and texts by Shane Green (http://www.shanegreenphotography.com)

“I moved to the island 6 months ago with my wife. I’ve always been a keen photographer. As well as wildlife safaris to India, Botswana, Zambia and Tanzania, I’ve been on photo trips to Bhutan, Vietnam, Mexico and India. Travel is great fun of course, but I’m settling down now to capturing Majorca on camera. I will be focusing on portrait work, both people and of course dogs. We’ve just lost our own Staffy and we’re still missing her so much. However, she was an old girl and at least we spared her the last winter in England. She also got to enjoy some of the wonderful walks in Majorca that we’d told her about.

Simon by Shane Green

Simon by Shane Green

“Since arriving, I’ve been amazed at how many dog refuges there are on such a small island. I’ve got so much respect for the people who devote their time to running the refuges. If I can give them professional quality photographs of the dogs that are up for adoption, then I feel that’s my way of helping. There are so many great dogs being abandoned needing the chance of a good home. So far, I’ve taken portraits of the dogs at the refuges at Pollensa and Esporles, but I’m happy to visit any of the refuges on the island that want good photos of their dogs for adoption. I’m also happy to undertake individual dog portrait sessions for a modest fee that will be donated to the dog refuges on the island.

Refugio de animales de Pollença is run by Josefina and Martin with some help from volunteers and their daughter Eva.  At any one time there are about 60 dogs at the refuge (and about 40 cats). They have an active support group in Germany that donates food and arranges for dogs being adopted there. Martin makes the trip to the airport at

Libby by Shane Green

Libby by Shane Green

least 2 or 3 times a week. The refuge is also Josefina and Martin’s home, although I don’t think the dogs know that. It’s a magical place. All the dogs are really happy, well cared for and have lots of space to play in. Although it’s hard work for them, it’s easy to see that Josefina and Martin love the dogs and would probably keep them all, if there wasn’t the need to keep making space for new arrivals!

“Simon came to the refuge after being found at the side of the road. He’s a really sweet guy, very friendly and placid. I wish all my canine models were as well behaved! We think he’s about 2 years old. He’s in really good health, bright and alert. He’s now castrated, vaccinated and blood tested and ready to meet his forever family. I think he’d make a brilliant family dog.

“Libby is also known as Tonina, but it doesn’t seem to trouble her having 2 names. She was just abandoned at the refuge one day. It’s impossible to understand why. She’s clearly been well looked after and must have been loved very much by someone in the past.  She is about 5 years old, very gentle and incredibly well behaved. She was really relaxed with us getting her to pose for the photos. She’s a comical looking dog, with oversized ears and a short little tail, but very cute with it. As she’s a little older and calmer than Simon, she’d probably be more suitable as a companion dog for an older person or a couple, rather than a young family.

Simon 2 by Shane Green

Simon 2 by Shane Green

Libby 2 by Shane Green

Libby 2 by Shane Green

“You can find out more about Simon and Libby by calling 971532180 or visit  www.refugifina.org

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Bingo! Just another street cat (not).

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By Vicki McLeod

Bingo2 It was a year ago, give or take a week, when I was looking through the Mallorca animal Facebook groups to see if there was any news I could use for the Pet Project column when my eye fell upon this lively looking kitten. Her alert expression made me laugh out loud, and somewhere inside me I knew that I was going to adopt her. This was in direct opposition to the whole point of Pet Project: I had started the project earlier in the year as my response to the growing problem of abandoned animals in Majorca. I simply couldn’t adopt them all but I wanted to help, I wanted to find a way to get those animals to people who would love them and look after them. I couldn’t bear the sight of yet another dejected dog dumped at the gates of Son Reus for whatever reason, and I knew that if you had better photos of the animals that they were more likely to be adopted. The first ever Pet Project column was inspired by Cati Salvo who is a very talented amateur photographer (thanks should also go to the amazing professional photographers that have given their time over the past year including: Karl Grant, Oliver Neilson, and Samantha Hemsley, and I am very happy to say that this list is soon to be joined by more, thank you). Cati had taken a wonderful photo of a cat that needed a home, and although I couldn’t offer that animal a home at the time, I was inspired to help him. So I asked the Majorca Daily Bulletin for their support, happily they agreed and they have patiently given Pet Project a space in their newspaper every Friday for almost 18 months now; thank you to Jason, Humphrey, Christina and the rest of the MDB team. Between us so far we have homed several dogs and cats, and have given publicity and helped with fundraising for a variety of causes around the island as well.

I did adopt the kitten. I rang up the person who had posted the photo in Facebook and arranged to meet them on a road in Palma. I literally took delivery of this little scrap of fur outside of a Bingo hall. And that is how she got her name. Bingo. A yearBingo on and she delights me every day with her quirky personality. Even though she was a feral cat born in the house of man who had Diogenes syndrome (a hoarder to you and I) she settled right in to our house and got on very well with our other pets. The moral of this story? Sometimes you have to follow your heart. If you see an animal in need and you can help, then please do.

Coming up this weekend on Saturday July 20th there is a fundraising party to help at the CEIP Miquel Duran i Saurina (check with the organisers for the full address). It is to help fill the coffers for a sterilisation project for stray and feral street cats (just like my beloved Bingo who started off as just another street cat). The sterilisation project is very important as it is absolutely the best way to prevent disease and over population of cats. Adult tickets are 10€ and include a vegetarian buffet and children’s tickets (under 12 years) are 5€. The price includes dinner, a drink and dessert. There will be live music and entertainment for children as well, including face painting  by the lovely Marion Donaque. If you can’t make it to the event then please do think of making a donation to the cause. You can get more information about the party at www.facebook.com/talldorella.mallorca.

If you want to support Pet Project as it grows then please join us on Twitter at @petprojectmallo, on Facebook (search Pet Project Mallorca) or on the web at www.petprojectmallorca.com. Please keep reading the column every week in the MDB and show your friends!

Tigger seeks home!

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TiggerThis handsome chilled-out tabby cat is Tigger, and he urgently needs re-homing, because his owners are returning to the UK for health reasons – and their new rented home there does not allow pets.  Much to their surprise, the couple has sold their home on Mallorca very quickly and have to vacate it by the end of the month. Along with the stress of moving at short notice, and health concerns, they have the anxiety of trying to find a new home for their feline friend. As often happens here on the island, Tigger adopted them, when he decided that he liked the garden of their home near Calas de Mallorca. He’s been with them for just under four years, and was just a young cat when he arrived. He’s been neutered, has just had his annual vaccinations, and is in good health.

Although he lives outdoors, Tigger is never far from the house – usually snoozing under a bush – and loves human company. He enjoys being stroked and fussed, and will happily jump onto an available lap if someone’s sitting outside – but he is not used to children. Described as a ‘loyal companion’, he likes to be close by when anyone is in the garden. He waits patiently at the door each morning for his breakfast, and returns in the evening for his dinner. Tigger’s ‘owners’ live on a small development of holiday homes and, unfortunately, they have no neighbours in full-time residence who could take on their much-loved companion. The new owners of their home will be staying here for holidays only.

Could you give Tigger a loving home? If so, you’ll be gaining a loyal companion – and reducing the stress that his owners are currently going through. You can contact them on 971 833 733
or email gillcwll@msn.com

Photo credit for Tigger – Jan Edwards

Spay Shuttle! (the mobile vet clinic)

A repurposed ambulance!Simple as ABC: Animal Birth Control.  A rather familiar looking vehicle pulled up outside of Natura Parc refuge recently and proceeded to neuter some of the residents of the pound. Sheridan Conisbee from Dogs For U was so excited about this new initiative that the organisation took on Lenny and Basil after they had been neutered to show their support to the new idea. This is what she had to say about the project from the animal rescue and rights group BALDEA.

Basil

Basil

“Maxi Lange of BALDEA who attended all day (phew, very hot and tiring) told me that the mobile clinic was once an ambulance from IB Salut, the Government´s health service, which was given to them for use as a Mobile Vet Clinic.  With donated funds, BALDEA kitted it out to the standard demanded by the Veterinary authorities, and with signage on the outside saying “Sterilisation Unit for Abandoned Animals”. It is used when funds allow to neuter feral cats and dogs from shelters, rescuers, refugios, etc.  It is not for cats & dogs privately owned already.

Lenny

Lenny

“The case for pre-adoption neutering: I reckon it´s in the interest of the wider animal welfare community on the island and especially dog & cat rescuers to get behind this and show support for a pre-adoption neutering policy at all pounds on the island.  We should be demanding it.   It´s simple: the cost of pre-adoption neutering can be covered by an increased adoption fee, hence the shelters themselves wouldn´t be losing financially.

Inside the mobile clinic“Looking outside Mallorca for statistical evidence, since California mandated sterilisation of shelter dogs before adoption in 1998, the numbers of dogs killed in California shelters has fallen by 22% (Source: Animal People News, investigative journalism).  If Mallorca´s municipal and private pounds could adopt this approach and lead the way for neutering to become the accepted norm amongst the island´s dog owners, lots of lovable dogs like Lenny and Basil wouldn´t be having to take their last walk!”

To keep this running, BALDEA are desperately in need of funds for equipment and supplies.

How you can help

·         Write to your pound telling them of your support for increased adoption fees if they introduce neutering.

·         Donate generously for BALDEA´s mobile clinic.  This marvellous motor is in dire need of investment in a Gas Anaesthetic Machine to facilitate sterilizations, safely and quickly.  It also needs funds for much-needed supplies, including dog and cat spay sets and suture material.  You can go to http://www.baldea.org for more information.

Lenny and Basil are both looking for permanent homes, so please do contact Sheridan at http://www.dogsforu.org for more information.

Photo credits for mobile vet clinic and dog photos – Sheridan Conisbee

Every week Pet Project tries to help an abandoned animal find a new home in Majorca. You can help by lending your support online at http://www.petprojectmallorca.com