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.

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Caterpillars and Dulce at SPAP

by VM

PET PESTS INCREASE IN MILDER WEATHER

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The dreaded processionary caterpillars are already hatching! One conscientious pet owner came into CalviaVet last week asking for advice on how to protect her cats from the perils of the hairy pests.

“I know someone whose dog had to have half its tongue removed after it ate a processinary catepillar,” she explained, “so I thought I should come in and get advice directly I saw the first one in my garden.

“The catepillars are particularly dangerous for dogs because they are more likely to try and eat them than cats are,” Dr. Juan Fernandez agreed, “but they can also cause serious skin problems for cats. Although there are pills that can be given after a pet has encountered a processionary catepillar, these take time to work. Some animals can experience serious allergic reactions, so it’s important to call immediately you see your pet has been affected, and then it can receive an intravenous injection of cortisone as quickly as possible.”

Another increased danger for some pets caused by our mild weather, is mosquitoes. These carry the devastating disease of Leishmania which annually infects hundreds of Majorcan dogs.

“Leishmania is hardly known of in Northern Europe, so many expatriates don’t realise that they need to protect their dog,” Dr. Anna Pink of CalviaVet confirmed. “It is a tropical disease spread by the tiny sand fly mosquito and works in a similar way to an autoimmune disease. It can affect all the organs of the body, but is often first picked up from skin eruptions or fast growing nails. Like malaria, it can lie dormant within an animal for a time before recurring in flare-ups.

“It’s impossible to over-stress how important it is to protect dogs from Leishmania; ironically everyone is aware that their pet should have an annual rabies vaccination, even though the island is rabies-free, but many don’t know Leishmania exists, yet it is common throughout the island,” Dr. Pink said.

Other pet diseases spread by mosquitos include Heartworm, but this is rare on the island and to date the only reported cases have been in the North. Ticks can infect animals with Anaplasmosis which causes blood clotting problems and joint pain, but this is curable with a special antibiotic.

Our unusual weather this winter has also caused the flea population to continue breeding. “Our sales of products which rid your pet and home of fleas are usually far less after November … but not this year!” Dr Pink commented.

While we may all be enjoying the clear blue skies and balmy temperatures, this long Indian summer means we need to be abnormally vigilant that our furry friends don’t fall foul of a non-dormant insect population. It is the time of year when many pet owners love rambling through the woods and mountains of our beautiful island, but we already need to keep an eye out for catepillars and take precautions against mosquitos to keep them safe. (Thanks to Calvia Vet for their report).

 

DULCE BY NAME, DULCE BY NATURE

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Dulce rushed up with 3 other wagging dogs to say hello to the visitors who wiggled their fingers through the fencing of their kennel, but as the other dogs raced away to sniff a new diversion, Dulce stayed and continued wagging at them. It was a clear invitation to come on in and say hello.

Dulce loves to be stroked and cuddled, but above all else she wants to be noticed, something that rarely happens to this truly deserving dog.  Perhaps that´s  because Dulce is now 8 years old, greying slightly at the muzzle and weighing in at around 25 kg.  She waddles a little – it´s quite funny – but she is surprisingly agile, still able to jump onto a high wall to soak up the sun´s winter rays.

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Dulce has remained un-noticed at the SPAP shelter for around 6 years.  People walk past her looking for younger or smaller models, failing to spot that Dulce will make a super, loving companion dog.  She´ll be attentive, happy to sit by your side or go out on walks, and she gets on well with children and other dogs.

Pop down to SPAP and ask to visit Dulce.  You can take your time to get to know her, to notice those gentle brown eyes, to rub your hands through her thick coat and give her a tummy rub. She loves that. Dulce is the type of dog who will repay your kindness with years of devotion, if you would just adopt her.

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Adoption enquiries to: 971 47 00 60 or visit SPAP, Camí Nou S/N S’Indioteria, 07009 Palma (www.spapmallorca.org) (Thanks to Sherry Connisbee for her report).  P.S. You can see a video of Dulce here:

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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 www.petprojectmallorca.com All offers of help gratefully received!

 

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Natura Parc

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There have been a lot of reports recently about the bad conditions and care of animals at the cat and dog pound based at Natura Parc in Santa Eugenia. In the interests of unbiased reporting I went along to see the conditions for myself last week. I didn’t announce that I was from a newspaper but instead told them that I was enquiring about adopting either a rabbit or a cat. I have to say I didn’t feel very comfortable about it, I guess I won’t make the greatest undercover reporter. But what I found may surprise Lovely fluffy boy bunny at Natura Parcyou dear reader as it wasn’t all bad, despite the reports. Firstly, the staff that I met there were lovely, friendly and helpful. Secondly, yes the conditions for the cats are not ideal at the moment, but they are building a block for a cattery with indoor and outdoor facilities and room for a veterinary clinic. Thirdly, it was quite a cold day when I visited and was heartened to hear that the one poor lonely rabbit (which apparently is unusual, there are often more than one waiting for a home) was being kept in a heated area rather than unheated. I almost took this furry angora boy bunny home with me. Rabbits are free to adopt, and very straightforward. You have to produce ID and sign some paperwork.

Big beautiful grey cat at Natura ParcIf you are looking for a cat then please consider going to Natura Parc first and seeing if any of them catch your eye. There were a couple that really stood out for me, including this beautiful grey girl, and a very chatty ginger tabby boy! Adoption of the cats and dogs is relatively cheap. They are chipped and vaccinated and provided with a passport for 30€ per cat and 56€ per dog.  The pound is open Monday to Saturday. Call for opening times 871 719 772. Natura Parc is close to the village of Santa Eugenia, on Ctra Palma Sineu 15.7km. The cattery isn’t so easy to find, but go to the main building and ask for directions.

Medication exchange

If you use Facebook then I urge you to join this new group online which is coordinating the exchange of medications for animals. It is being overseen by several vets and a chemist and is a great initiative in these times of financial crisis. Well done to the originators! Search for: Intercambio de medicina para animales solo en Mallorca. Perhaps you have some medications that you no longer need which you could donate?

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10923191_616671161800336_4763828779924400813_nIf you want to work on some obedience skills with your dog then get yourself over to the Dogs For U workshop this Sunday. You can book by calling 626 919 312. This time it will be a “Recall Workshop: Learn how to motivate your dog to come back when called”.

 

 

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

Yacht Crew Giving Back

by petprojectmallorca

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.”Some of the Saturday morning PYC gang walking the Son Reus dogs

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 poundIeuan and friend 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.

Ashleigh and friendOr 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

“Pupular” Puppies!

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Following our mention about the puppies that were born in a storm from last week’s PP, here are some more photos by popular demand! They are a GSD cross and were born in November 2014, so they are now ready to go to good homes via the association Dogs For U. Peanut is the smallest one of the litter a right little cutie full of fun. Storm is the eldest born first. Gina loves to crawl up on your lap for a cuddle. They are all gorgeous and full of fun. You can call Angie Cain on 633471509 for more information and to make an appointment to go and see the puppies.

URGENT HELP NEEDED
PP received this desperate plea from June, the founder of Arc. “Urgent help needed for one of the cats at the Mallorca Arc sanctuary – little Millie. She is around two years old and has gone into depression – she has stopped eating which is affecting her liver – even at the vet’s she is not making any progress – she has been put on a drip to try and help but she needs someone to take her in her arms and cuddle her constantly – she finds life with other cats very difficult and is definitely a people cat.

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She needs a very special person to help her and give her the will to live. Please, please if you cannot help her please let other people know, we do not want to lose her and are desperate to find someone who can help her and give her the will to live again.”

We were then sent this update on Monday,

“Our little Millie is beginning to eat and is much more alert now. We have had a couple of enquiries about her but unfortunately from people with other pets. The vet has been trying to socialise her with a selection of different cats, even those still ‘under’ have been put into the room with her but her reaction to any cats has been to hiss and hide, retreating into a corner no matter what until the cat in question has been removed from her little room. Therefore, I am putting out an urgent call to everyone, if you cannot take her can you please share her story and pray that her new owner is out there just waiting to take her into their arms and give her the love and care she so desperately needs right now. THANK YOU” You can get in touch via junehaigh14@yahoo.com or visit www.arc-mallorca.org.

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.

Ed the Dog strikes it lucky!

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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

Puppy Power!

by petprojectmallorca

What a bunch of cuties! It’s not just kitten season in Majorca but puppy time as well and the refuges around the island are dealing with a big increase in abandoned animals. Merche and her helpers in Llucmajor are in charge of this group of beautiful pooches which have all been abandoned and are currently in their care. If you are interested in any of them then please get in touch with Merche via email on  asociacionanimalistallucmajor@gmail.com or call 673 37 63 82. The refuge is open to the public on Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to midday and on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm.

The photos are all taken by the super photographer Shane Green (www.shanegreenphotography.com). He was asking the names of the pups and Pequito at the refuge was naming them on the spot! They’re all about 3 months old. The others: Pucca, is about 6 months old and female, and Linda is about a year old, female and quite shy and retiring.

Kitten Update.

Both Morrison and Sainsbury are doing well and are eating (A LOT). They will be ready for adoption in about a month. If you are searching for a kitten to adopt there are a lot on offer at Cat & Kitten in El Toro. You can get in touch with them via Pet Project.

About PP

Every week Pet Project aims to help to rehome an animal or to help and support a refuge or animal shelter here on the island. Pet Project is run by the PR firm Phoenix Media and is supported by the Majorca Daily Bulletin and some of the island’s best professional and amateur photographers. For more information or to get involved visit www.petprojectmallorca.com or like Pet Project on Facebook.

It’s cat and kitten time again!

by petprojectmallorca

Well, kitten season is well and truly upon us. Sadly this year there Babies everywhere! Photo by Cati Salva have been many many reports of newly born kittens being found abandoned in rubbish bins. Of course, some of these poor little things are not going to survive, but volunteers all around the island are trying to bottle feed the ones who are found and this requires 24 hour care and commitment.

If you are able to volunteer to help raise some newly born kittens then you can get in touch with us at Pet Project and we can forward your offers on to the appropriate refuges. If you want to help but don’t think you can fulfil the demanding role of adoptive parent, then you can do that by donating kitten milk to the local refuges. Nicky at Cat and Kitten Rescue has made an appeal saying:  “We urgently need kitten milk for these poor newborn kittens that are being handed in to us, These kittens need feeding every 2 hours day and night and we have kind people all over the island willing to help to bottlefeed but the milk that is needed is special kitten milk which is bought from vets and good pet stores, kittens cannot drink the same milk as we do. Is anyone willing to donate a box of kitten milk to feed these little ones and give them a chance of survival after such a horrendous start in life.  Today we have rescued 19 kittens , all newborn, all now safely in the hands of people that can help them , but we need help to enable us to do this work, tomorrow and the coming weeks will be more kittens handed in.  One box of milk will make all the difference, please donate and help.” You can do this by leaving kitten milk at the Salvation Army at Son Caliu or take it to your local refuges to be used there as well.

Also in this week’s Pet Project I would like to introduce to you another hard working cat lover, Tessy Myncke, who is championing the cause of the many, many cats which are left at refuges and never get homed.

“I thought it would be maybe interesting to dedicate this time in your section to cats that are waiting in the animal shelters a very long time for a chance to be adopted. It is so terrible and sad to see all these beautiful, handsome and sweet cats behind bars. Some of them for years and years…

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“Timothy is a beautiful boy that was left at the SPAP and is suffering so much, as he always has lived in a house. He deserves so much to be adopted by a good family.

 

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Tessy with Tempel

 

 

 

Tempel is a beautiful girl living for almost a year in the shelter. Her little sister was adopted months ago so Tempel is now alone.

 

Dalton

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This is Dalton, he’s such a sweet and lovely cat that people left in the street. He is now also in a “cage” in the SPAP waiting that somebody “put his eyes” on him and take him home. You can see the fear and desperation in his eyes.

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Tessy with Amon

 

 

And this is AMON, the same sad story as almost all the cats living in cages. A marvellous “big boy” (around 7 kilos….) he has also been abandoned.

 

 

You can see these cats at SPAP in Palma.  You can find out more info via our website www.petprojectmallorca.com or via www.spapmallorca.org

Saving the galgos

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By Vicki McLeod

About 150 people and dogs took to the streets of Palma last weekend to protest about the terrible treatment of “Galgos” in Spain. The Galgo Español (Spanish galgo) or Spanish greyhound is an ancient breed of dog, specifically a member of the sight hound family.

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A staggering 50`000 dogs are put down every year at the end of the hunting season in Spain. The reasons given are that the dogs weren’t good enough hunting dogs, that they were too old (and by this they mean around three DSC_0016years old), or even that the hunter in question just can’t be bothered to look after the animals until the next season. The manner in which these dogs are put down cruel, lazy and in the views of many, totally unacceptable. The dogs are left to starve to death, or they are beaten until they die, or shot, or run over by a vehicle or even hung by their necks, the hunters call that “playing the piano” because of the way that the animals move as they are dying. There are even crueller practices than this but out of respect to the kind readers of Pet Project I am not going to name them. The animals aren’t treated well when they are alive either, it’s a disgrace that the practices are not regulated or policed thoroughly and that it seems to be accepted as the norm by so many.

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It’s calculated that about 60% of animals which are abandoned in Spain are Galgos. It’s very saddening because the Galgo is a lovely, kind, peaceful breed which is great in the house (they love to chill out and sleep), very good with children and other animals and an absolute delight to watch in action when DSC_0064they are out on their runs.  The Galgo is not only “the Spanish greyhound” but also “the Spanish dog”. The breed has a long and noble history in Spain stretching back over hundreds of years. Its name is probably derived from the Latin “Canis Gallicus” or “Dog from Gaul”. The Spanish word for all kinds of Greyhounds – including the Galgo – is “lebrel”, which means “harrier” or “dog for chasing hares”, since “liebre” is Spanish for hare.

Thanks to Christian Smith for his photos of the event. You can see more of his work at christiansmithphotography.tumblr.com.

If you want to meet or adopt a Galgo then ask at your local animal refuge. You can find a list of your local refuges online at http://www.petprojectmallorca.com where you can also see previous Pet Project articles.

About Pet Project.

Every week Pet Project aims to help to help an animal rescue organisation in Majorca to raise awareness and funds, or to help rehome or foster out an animal. Pet Project is a collaboration between the Majorca Daily Bulletin, the PR firm Phoenix Media, the animal refuges, and some of the island’s best professional and amateur photographers. If you can help then get in touch phoenixmediamallorca@gmail.com.

All aboard the Arc!

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This week’s Pet Project features Arc Mallorca which is a new animal sanctuary on the island. June Haigh heads up the team there, and she is our contributor for this week.

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We have a little rescue in our hands that was ‘offered’ to us and if we did not take her the ‘gentleman’ in question was going to kill her. We are talking about a 9 month old miniature pinscher. She really was in a terrible state emotionally, so frightened that she ran away after her visit to the vet. It was a heart-wrenching time until she was found and returned to us. I cannot begin to explain the sheer panic and terror experienced when imagining this little mite with no road sense, who had never been out on her own before and was out there all alone, it really was something we never want to live through again. She is now back with us and beginning learn how “to be”. She loves to play with the other dogs in our care and when we are sat on the sofa she will snuggle up to us and now comes to us for a cuddle and to be stroked – a milestone for her. We have named her Treacle – because of her colouring and it just suited her! She needs to be with a family with other dogs which will give her a sense of security.

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This is Bailey, he was thrown out of a car in an Andratx car park and had been running around for three days before we found, and managed to capture, him. This poor little mite is absolutely lovely; he is a real gentle soul. He is a Beagle, albeit a chunky one for the moment. He has been suffering from an ear infection, eye infection and is unfortunately Leishmaniosis positive. For those concerned about Leishmaniosis if dogs are well cared for and in a loving and stress free environment this problem can be solved by a daily dose of tablets (which are very cheap) the majority of the time but always seek veterinary advice first. Bailey really deserves a new and loving family who want him for the rest of his life. He is three years old, how could anyone just throw such a sweetheart away? He has settled in really well with all of our other dogs and is a quiet and sweet natured dog.

Fundraising

Of course in order to pay for vet bills and all the other associated costs with rescuing animals you need to have money, and plenty of it ideally. Arc are doing a fundraiser in February in time for St Valentine’s Day. If you visit www.arc-mallorca.org/blog/arc-auctions then you will see the chance to bid on a Spa day at Reads Hotel, a photography session for your pet with Shane Green Photography, and the star auction lot is a one week waterfront rental of a villa in Antigua from Luxury Locations Antigua. So please take a look and leave your bid.

You can find out more about the organisation and the animals it saves by visiting http://www.arc-mallorca.org.

If you would like to find out more about Pet Project or volunteer to help then you can find us at http://www.petprojectmallorca.com

Harry

by petprojectmallorca

Harry, Prince of Hounds, needs a home.

01 PP harryWith a zest for life and attractive reddish-brown colouring, this dog is on a mission to sniff out a loving family he can call his own. Harry is a Brittany Spaniel around 2-4 years of age.  We´ll never know why he landed up in the stray dog facility in the village of Consell other than he was found wandering scared and all alone, but without a microchip it was inevitable he wouldn´t find his way “back home”.  Quite likely he´s yet another abandoned hunting dog.

Harry is typical of a Brittany; handsome, intelligent, sensitive, willing to please and responsive to a calm and friendly voice.  He´s also athletic and agile, he is great around strangers, peaceful with other dogs and doesn´t like to be left alone.  He´s a prince of a companion dog, wrapped up in a medium-sized package, the size and style you can take everywhere!   Harry will be neutered, micro chipped and vaccinated prior to adoption.

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If you can provide a loving home and are looking for an energetic family dog that thrives on exercise in the great outdoors but is happy to curl up for a cuddle, then Harry might be just the dog for you.

Please make your adoption enquiries to Sherry on 971 14 23 11 or email sheridan@loxinfo.co.th

Christmas is coming.

Christmas is on its way. Yes, we know, it’s come round quickly.  The refuges and animal rescue centres have a very important Christmas message for you this year: please don’t buy an animal as a present this Christmas. Every year during January and February unwanted puppies and kittens who were presented as presents at Christmas and Three Kings are taken to the refuges if they are lucky, or abandoned at the council “kill pounds” if they’re not. If you are serious about getting a new addition to the family then waiting for a few weeks won’t hurt you.

Feeling frio?

Imagine how cold it is at some of the animal refuges and pounds around the island which have outdoor kennels and cages.  If you can open your doors and foster an animal over the winter period then please get in touch with your local centre and ask them which animals need help. Alternatively if you can’t offer a warm place inside your home, then if you have some blankets or duvets you can donate then please do. The island’s refuges need your unwanted blankets! You can take them to the Salvation Army in Son Caliu, or take them directly to your local refuge.

About Pet Project.

Every week Pet Project aims to help to help an animal rescue organisation in Majorca to raise awareness and funds, or to help rehome or foster out an animal. Pet Project is a collaboration between the Majorca Daily Bulletin, the PR firm Phoenix Media, the animal refuges, and some of the island’s best professional and amateur photographers. If you can help then get in touch at phoenixmediamallorca@gmail.com. You can see previous Pet Project articles and a listing of the refuges at http://www.petprojectmallorca.com