There’s a big gang of animal lovers living in Palma who have no real chance of adopting a pet because of their work: they work on superyachts and during a contract they can be onboard for months on end and far, far from home. Which is why when they get the opportunity they seem to jump at the chance to help out the animals. Recently they have started to go to Son Reus (just north of Palma) on Saturday mornings to walk the animals that are held there. I caught up with Ashleigh Stuart-White who gave me a report on their outing. “Yesterday was a good day at Son Reus with lots of people volunteering to walk the dogs. I found it to be better than what I had expected; the workers were helpful, and it seemed to be quite clean. The dogs were also mostly friendly, and socialised well! What saddened me was the fact that the bigger dogs were less likely to be walked. It was a positive experience on the whole, and I will definitely go back.”
It seems likely that if the animals are not walked by volunteers then they don’t get much exercise or interaction at all. The dogs can spend up to three months in the cages at Son Reus, and if they are not adopted or claimed then they are put down to make room for more. If you want to get even more involved then you can contact a new group called Asociacion Peluditos de Son Reus either via email: Peluditosdesonreus@gmail.com or by phone on 619 366 518. This new association is trying to work with Son Reus to improve the standards of care for the animals by offering the assistance of volunteers and also to try to facilitate the adoption system which can be prohibitively expensive by offering assistance with the costs of medication.
Ieuan Jury (pictured) has been getting involved with the Association: “Me? I’m just an animal lover who was sucked in by the system at the pound and wanted to help out and spend some time with the dogs. So I started offering on the Facebook Group: Palma Yacht Crew to take people with me to help walk some of the dogs. Somehow it has snowballed and the association found me and now I’m trying to help them to help get dogs off of “Death Row”. We saved our first dog last week, Tanke.” It looks like this new association is really trying to build a good relationship with the Director at Son Reus and Pet Project wishes them all the luck in the world! If you want to get involved then do what Ieuan and Ashleigh did and just volunteer. Thanks to Ashleigh and Ieuan for the great pictures, it certainly seemed to be a really positive and fun morning.
Or if you prefer to go it on your own, you can go directly to Son Reus and walk the dogs there. Just pick a dog you want to take out, go to a worker (they wear blue jackets) and ask them to bring you the dog. And then you can walk them the dog on a big grass area. You can find Son Reus at Carretera Soller km 8.
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