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: October, 2014

BOLD BALDEA

by petprojectmallorca

10733460_856153321086172_1612011765_nDid you know that over 10,000 pets are abandoned in Majorca every year?

Did you know that thousands of kittens are born on the streets with a high risk of being cruelly poisoned or killed?

Did you know that hundreds of dogs live chained up as much as 23hrs a day with total indifference to the law from their owners?

It’s time to make a change!

This week we feature Baldea, an animal protection organisation which is changing lives every day in Majorca. Petra Manuela Steiner explained what Baldea is all about.

“Since Baldea relies 100% on donations, we rely on the public, on you. Baldea is working hard for animal rights aiming to give them a better life. It has the first spaying ambulance for abandoned animals in Spain. Our mobile unit travels all over Majorca with our team on board showing communities the benefits of sterilisation and how important it is. Over a hundred stray cats and dogs are spayed monthly in our Mobile Unit.

We are in continuous negotiation with all the Town Halls: working to get their permission to and cooperation so stray animals will be treated in the most respectful way.10728862_856153217752849_1391772691_n

“Baldea goes into schools in order to teach pupils how to treat their pets in an appropriate and respectful way: they are the future generation and they are the ones that can make a change happen. We give advice and help with all animal protection duties to associations, shelters and volunteers. And since 2010 Baldea has taken care of two big cat communities in a retirement home in Bona Nova, as an example to follow.

“Thanks to Baldea ,Palma now has an Animal Protection Police Brigade. This is the first one in the whole of Spain! In 2011 we took our first steps by instructing police officers in a 3 day course. It was a big success…now it’s our dream come true! Baldea is on local television and radio on a regular basis.Baldea are on television every Wednesday at 12am on IB3 radio show “La Mirada”. We have five phone lines which receive private calls. Over 5000 people contact us yearly and 3000 follow us on Facebook.

“Baldea doesn’t have any animal shelters. Every Christmas we run a campaign to deter people from giving puppies as presents, our message is seen on public buses, posters and bookmarks that are distributed all over the city. We have information points that are regularly set up in different places and events to reach the public.

10723617_856153764419461_2122183723_n“Baldea spends a lot time doing inspections: these involve a great amount of pressure as the situation we see them in is sometimes terrible. To attend mistreated animal should be part of the police duties but sometimes it doesn’t seem to work, hopefully the new brigade will make this change. We present our annual report to all the public, politicians, animal lovers and friends so everybody can witness all our effort and work. In 2007 we were awarded the ”Premio Rey Jaime by the President of Majorca.

“For only 50€ a year you can support Baldea.  You will get a membership card and receive special treatment from several enterprises. You can find out more at www.baldea.org”.

 
Every week Pet Project tries to help or re-house 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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Ed the Dog strikes it lucky!

by petprojectmallorca

Maria and Terry with Ed the dogWhen Calvia resident Barbara Hodge saw a dog on Facebook she just knew that he was meant to be hers. “I saw him on this lady’s Facebook page, and I just fell in love with him. I found out that he had been left at Son Reus and that he was due to be put down if no one collected him.” The system at Son Reus is that any animal which is taken there has to be kept for a certain amount of days in case its original owner has lost him or her, and then after that period is up the dog can be adopted.

Puppy loveBarbara told me, “So I went along to put my name down for him. The staff member there said I was crazy because there were five other names before mine but I put my name down anyway.  I just had this feeling. The day I went to pick him up the other five names on the list hadn’t turned up to collect him, and if I hadn’t taken him that day then he would have been put down. I’ve had him a week now and he’s already part of the family, my good friends Terry and Maria look after him when I am at work at my salon, Eden, in Palma. Ed’s really settled in well, I couldn’t imagine life without him!”

Babs with EdBabs is keen for Pet Project readers to know that the staff at Son Reus are “lovely and really want to help” and if any readers wish to adopt a dog to follow these hints: 1) take a Spanish speaking person with you if you don’t speak it particularly well yourself, 2)Son Reus is hard to find on the roads and so be prepared for a bit of a hunt, 3)even if there are other people’s names down on a list for an animal to still put your name down if you really want them, as you never know!

 

 

Next edition we’re featuring BALDEA.

Every week Pet Project tries to help or re-house 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