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.

Category: Animals to be rehomed

Happy endings and new beginnings

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written by Vicki McLeod

Zoe

IMG-20140101-WA001This is Zoe, she is a two year old Boxer/Ridegback cross. She is speyed and has all her vaccinations and passport details up to date. She loves people and other dogs, but not cats! She is lively but very easy to walk on and off the lead. Her owner has to go back to the UK and cannot take her with him, he is devastated that he has to give up his beloved dog (who was originally a rescue dog when he took her in). He is desperate to find a new home for Zoe. If you are interested to meet her then call Raymond on 674 750187.

 

Go for a stroll and raise some cash

There will be a Dogs For U ‘Walk in the Park’  at 11am on Sunday 26th January through El Bosque De Bellver, the beautiful parkland surrounding Bellver Castle in Palma. Enjoy an hour’s leisurely Sunday morning walk with your dog in the company of other canines and their like-minded owners, and raise money for DFU at the same time. A donation of 5€ from each attendee will make a world of difference for the dogs in their care who are still searching for their forever homes. You don’t have to bring a dog, but if you do, please have his pet passport or vaccination certificate with you as we may be asked to show them.
The group will be meeting at the park gates on Cami Francecs, Vidal I Sureda, Geneva. You can contact billiedogsforu@gmail.com or mobile: 656 448 102 for more information

 

All lived happily ever after

P1030491Now and again it’s nice to share a happy ending isn’t it? Perhaps readers of Pet Project will remember Lotte. She was put up for adoption this time last year when her owner passed away. She needed to be in a very particular type of home, where she could be the proverbial “Top Cat” and so it took some time to find her a home. But through the pages of the Majorca Daily Bulletin, and with a little bit of fortune on our side, she found her perfect match. Now Lotte is living very happily with her new adoring owner Christine. All’s well that ends well for both of them.

If you would like to help a homeless animal to find a permanent family or if you think you could open your doors to a new pet, then please get in touch. You can find us through www.petprojectmallorca.com or contact the different numbers directly, it’s up to you. Don’t be shy! Sometimes as well we understand that it won’t work out so animals are always offered on a trial basis at first.

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Fura, Lucky and Rusty are ready for new homes!

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Welcome to this week’s Pet Project. We are very happy to welcome animal lovers Cati Salva, June Haigh and Sheridan Connisbee as contributors to this week’s column.

Fura By Cati Salva

fura_3Fura was first spotted in Palma in November. The weather was terrible and raining heavily. She was seen running around with another dog, a Ratero, and in very bad shape. She was dirty, clearly malnourished and very afraid of people. The man that spotted her started giving her a bit of food outside his home. There was no way to get close to her: every time anyone moved around her, she ran for her life, fear in her eyes. Finally it was this man’s young child that managed to get near to her. There was no sign of the ratero. The family who rescued her are not able to foster her because of their existing animals, so they took her to a temporary home.

She was seen by a vet: she was malnourished, full of worms, dirty, and very, very afraid. She had a very high temperature and a typical cold (not surprising with the terrible weather conditions). She was prescribed treatment and given a couple of injections to boost her up. The vet decided that she was around 4,5 months old.fura_5

The first couple of days she was so exhausted that she didn’t even try to move from the sofa. We had to put pads under her because she would pee right there. She just could not move. She didn’t have the strength to sit straight or walk. But that was nothing compared to the fear. She was terrified of humans, especially men. She would not move at all when a person was close. She would tremble. If she was somewhat relaxed (she loves cuddles) and anyone stood up, she peed herself. She had no bladder control at all. We tried to walk her to help her get confident and socialize, but when a harness was put to her body and she saw the leash she just started crying and yapping. Of course we can never be sure, but we fura_2honestly believe that this little girl was mistreated. She already knew how to sit if she wanted a treat, so it makes sense that she was being “educated the old way”, that is, with severe punishment every time something went wrong. Too severe. It broke our hearts thinking that this little dog, so young and loving, already had gone through that much.

Fura had to switch to another temporary home where there was another dog we thought that this might help her trusting humans. And boy, were we right. She has changed so much it is unbelievable. She has learnt how to play, she now obeys simple commands and loves cuddles and sofas. Emotionally speaking, she is nowhere close to the terrible, dark place where she was before. Fura is now 5.5 months old and looking for a forever home. She is okay with cats and dogs, and now humans as well. She will be given with an adoption contract, follow up visits, chipped, vaccinated and will be neutered this month. A contribution to the costs of her veterinary care will be asked for when she is adopted. If you wish to contribute to the costs of her care or enquire about adopting this sweet little girl then contact: cativico@gmail.com or Cati Mininas on Facebook.

Photos of Fura by Cati Salva

Rusty by June Haigh and Sheridan Connisbee

rusty27Rusty, along with his brother Star were abandoned and spent their first few months behind bars in Consell’s holding facility at the local rubbish dump, wagging their tails at anyone who came by and hoping that someone would release them from their sorry plight! They are now out of there and very happy to be enjoying the love and care of a foster home with a nice big garden and other doggie friends.
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Rusty now needs a permanent home.  He is around 9-10 months old, has long legs and tail and is very
friendly and well behaved.  He is quite small and will probably remain a small dog.  If you want to be loved and licked by this little cutie who loves to snuggle up close, and can offer him a permanent home, then get in touch with www.arc-mallorca.org

​Photos of Rusty by Sheridan Connisbee

Foto0470This is Lucky and she is looking for someone to take a chance on her. She is eight years old and has been living outside at a finca in the countryside up to now. She would suit a country living family. She is fine with children and is very loving and lovable. She has been trained to live outside in a kennel and does not come into the house without permission. However she is now homeless  as her owners have had to move out of the house where they were living. Lucky doesn’t get on so well with  cats or in apartments and so they are looking desperately for a new place for her to live. She loves to play and she loves to go for walks so if you are a person who is looking for a faithful companion then why not consider Lucky and give her the opportunity to make you and your family very happy! You can find out more about her by contacting Christina on cbuchet@majorcadailybulletin.es

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 collaborationbetween the Majorca Daily Bulletin, the PR firm Phoenix Media, the animal refuges, and someof the island’s best professional and amateur photographers. If you can help then get in touch atphoenixmediamallorca@gmail.com. You can see previous Pet Project articles and a listing of the refuges at http://www.petprojectmallorca.com

 

Pussycats and Open Days

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This week we have two beautiful cats from Mininas, the cat rescue organisation in Palma, and a fantastic opportunity to meet the good people of Dogs For U. Thanks to Cati Salva and Shane Green for their beautiful photos.
Narnia, photo by Cati SalvaKinder is around 2 years old. She was rescued in the cemetery area in Palma where she had been abandoned heavily pregnant. She had 5 little cuties and raised them like a super mom, all chunky and playful. All of the kittens have gone to loving homes, but nobody has taken any interest in Kinder so far. She is affectionate, sweet and loving. She purrs a lot and loves to have people around.

Kinder, photo by Cati SalvaNarnia is one of the unluckiest cats that Mininas have found so far. She was a street cat, but sweet and tame. She had a litter that someone threw in the trash bin, but she was not neutered at all. Then she somehow got hurt in her right eye and lost it. When they spotted her she was in very bad shape, the eye closed, the fur gone in certain spots. She turned out to be allergic to flea bites. The surgery was performed to take out the bad eye and close the socket to avoid further infections, and on the surgery table she was found to be suffering from mastitis. She had to have additional surgery in her breasts and had a long, painful recovery. While all of this happened, she was miserable. She had to wear a collar so that she didn’t lick the stitches and was not happy about this at all. She didn’t know how to move with the collar, she felt trapped. She was however very affectionate, purring from the moment she saw you, but she didn’t move out of fear. Those times are long gone. She is now free from the collar and has been gradually relaxing at her foster home. She is shy when she first meets a new person, but once she gets used to her surroundings she plays and moves around like any other cat would. She is a quiet cat and would work best in a quiet home – preferably with little other feline company. She is okay with another cat or two, but multitudes are not to her liking. Because she is shy, she needs a sweet, loving, soft person by her side that would have the patience to let her move and socialize at her own pace.

You can enquire about either cats by emailing mininasmallorca@gmail.com

Sandy, photo by Shane GreenSANDY, is a beautiful GSD-mix, young adult, soft and fluffy, full of beans and utterly adorable.  Sandy would benefit most with an active family, who thrive on walking and getting exercise and devoting time to playing with and training a new family dog.  You can meet Sandy on Sunday at the Dogs For U Open Day waiting to put dusty paws all over clean clothes!  The open day will be on Sunday 1 Sept from  4pm to 8 pm. There is a map available at http://dogsforu.org/ There will be dog agility demonstrations by PerrosYMas (Hundeschule auf Mallorca), cakes, drinks, tombola, clothes, bric-a-brac and a chance to meet the dogs and the DFU volunteers. You can get more information from 971 14 23 11.

Every week the PR firm Phoenix Media aims to help an animal rescue organisation and re-home an animal with the collaboration of the island’s best amateur and professional photographers and the Majorca Daily Bulletin. 

 

 

 

Urgent Appeal – Centro Canino

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This week’s Pet Project is an urgent appeal. The good people at the Centro Canino are facing another crisis. They have to find temporary foster homes (or better still, permanent, but if you can help out for a short period of time then please do) for at least fifteen of their dogs by this coming Monday 26th August! They have a dispute over the amount of dogs they are allowed to keep at the centre and everyone (lawyers and politicians) who can help them are away for their summer holidays!

If you can help with a temporary safe house for one of their pooches whilst they straighten things out with the powers that be in Palma then they would be very happy to hear from you! You can see more information about the centre at their website http://www.centrocaninointernacional.org. The centre is in Es Pil Lari just outside of Palma and they are open from 10am until 2pm Monday to Saturday. Here are a couple of their dogs, but they have many more that need help. You can also call Maria on 68950052 and 971261149

LurLur is a very sweet little female dog. She’s just a year old and is not yet spayed. She was very nervous about people when she first came to live at the Centre but now she is recovering well and is very affectionate. She also gets on very well with cats.

Lolo is a very friendly fella, who loves to be with people. LoloHe has been in and out of the rescue centre over the course of his life, not because he has behavioural problems but because his adoptive families have broken up. He is neutered and gets on very well with cats.

Berta2
Berta
, is a small, quiet, kind and elderly female. She was found abandoned on a beach.

 

Photos courtesy of Centro Canino

Negrita is a 2 year old Ca de Bestia. He was found tied to farm door. He is described as “Super noble and shy”. Yago and Lenny are both male, mixes of medium size, and about a year old. Micke is a three year old small male. He became a resident of the Centre after being thrown over the fence. He is very sociable and loving. Gipsy, is almost two years old, and has been living at the centre for about three months after having been found on the street, he is described as a good companion.  Lucas, is a small dog, he was left at the centre when his owner died and no one wanted to take care of him.

Every week the PR firm Phoenix Media, in collaboration with the island’s best photographers and the Majorca Daily Bulletin, aim to help a rescue centre or rehome an animal. To find out more please visit http://www.petprojectmallorca.com

 

Lola and Wilma

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This week we’re all about the German Shepherds! Dogs For U, which is based in Inca, are primarily a German Shepherd rescue centre. They provide care, veterinary treatment and bundles of love for previously un-loved, unwanted, lost or abandoned large breeds of all ages, such as our featured dogs this week: senior Wilma and youngster Lola – both of them German Shepherds.

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Lola was born in Oct 2012, she´s fit and healthy, vaccinated, and spayed. She was initially a pet shop purchase, a gift for someone!  But it wasn´t long before Lola outgrew her fluffy puppiness and turned into an elegant seven month old German Shepherd: all pointy ears, big body and boundless energy. She became ignored and unwanted and subsequently troublesome and they gave her up. She is a young dog needing plenty of energy and guidance to turn her into the best dog she can be.  She´s a gorgeous dog, a beautiful example of a German Shepherd, and ready for a new home with people who understand her breed and needs.

 

wilma-5586Wilma is in need of either a foster or a permanent home.  She is eight years old but sometimes seems physically older.  She was used for commercial breeding: the life of constant birthing litters took a toll and today she moves around a little slower than the others in the pack, her legs aching a little with the movement.  She is now waiting for surgery to remove mammary tumours (a recognised problem for un-spayed female dogs) but it´s far too hot at the moment and the DFU vet has advised that they wait for a while.  Wilma will thrive in a loving home environment, with a bed in a cool place to rest in, where she can turn her eyes to her new owner or foster carer or follow them around devotedly.  Wilma is a great dog, deserving of some love, care and attention in her senior years.

For any adoption enquiries please contact the founder of DFU Cornelia Kudszus by email cascavalls@yahoo.de or call her on 637 242 228.

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Photos by Shane Green Photography

Every week Pet Project in collaboration with the PR firm Phoenix Media and The Majorca Daily Bulletin, tries to help the island´s animal rescue shelters and their volunteers to rehome an animal. You can find out more at http://www.petprojectmallorca.com.  Thanks to Shane Green for his photographs of these two good looking dogs, you can see more about Shane at http://www.shanegreenphotography.com.

 

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

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

Fancy a snog Jay Jay?

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Jay Jay with Dogs For U volunteer Shan. Photo credit Sheridan ConnisbeeJay Jay is a high energy bundle who likes a bit of a snog with his humans! He is around eight months old, a male German Shepherd mix, with a happy and friendly nature and bags of energy.  He came into the care of Dogs For U in March with a bad cough but he´s now healthy and happy, neutered and vaccinated, and looking for his forever family, or a foster family to care for him temporarily.  He´ll benefit most in a home with people who are just like him – active, kind, cuddly kissers enjoying plenty of company, happy to be outdoors running and walking – oh, and he fancies himself as a bit of gardener, happy to rearrange the lawn or flower beds if he hasn´t got Jay Jay with Dogs For U volunteer Billie. Photo credit Sheridan Connisbeeanything better to do!!  Yes, he´s a normal mischievous puppy, very intelligent and receptive to training, and he gets on well with other dogs big and small.  Jay Jay will be an all-round good family dog with the right people to guide him. Adoption and foster enquiries to Cornelia email, cascavalls@yahoo.de or call 637 242 228.

Esporles volunteers needed!

There is a “no kill” dog shelter in Esporles where they take in rescue and care for dogs until they are able to find them homes.  But they constantly have a full house being that there is always another dog to rescue, as another gets a home.  They are very short on “roll your sleeves up” volunteers.  People wh want to clean up, feed and give love to all the dogs.  Certainly they need help walking them too, but at the moment they are desperate for help with the nitty gritty on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.  You can find more information here www.amicsanimalsesporles.org or contact 680455922 or 617 60 50 17 and tell them you want to lend a hand.

Kittens continue . . .

If you are interested to adopt a kitten, and there are plenty around at the moment, get in touch with your local shelter as they will help you with the process of making sure you have a healthy animal that is ready to start their new life with a new family. You can find a list of the shelters on the Pet Project website.

Kittens, kittens everywhere!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.

 

Help is at Hand

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Can you help with the kittens?

Can you help with the kittens?

Danny, Philip and Covi with kittens.

Danny, Philip, Covi and kittens.

Last week the Pet Project volunteers went along to the animal refuge in Palma SPAP and took with them some new friends. Danny and Philip (pictured) from Home and Yacht Finest Bed Linen. “Volunteering and donating is such an important part of rescuing abandoned animals and everyone should do what they can to help. I love animals, and if I could I would take all of these cats home with me as well”, said Philip. But like many of us with jobs and busy lives it is impossible to dedicate much time so Danny and Philip came up with a clever scheme to help in their own way. “We run a linen business, we supply linens to all kinds of businesses, including hotels, and very posh yachts! Donating to SPAPWhen we go onboard a yacht they don’t want to keep the linens that they are replacing, and they can’t store them, so they just throw them out. So what we do is we take the linens, towels, whatever it is, and we donate them to the Allen Graham Charity and now as well to SPAP. Either the linens can be used by the organisations or they can sell them in their charity shops. It’s up to them”. Whilst we were at the refuge Danny and Philip must have said “hello” to, and rubbed the ears of, every single cat there. Secretly the PP team think that D and P may have to go back and adopt one, or two, or three! SPAP will be holding an open day and party on May 11th, and they also have a “Rastrillo” (Flea Market) every week on a Saturday morning where you might find some rather good quality linens, bed covers and towels for sale. You never know. You can visit SPAP Mallorca by calling 971 47 00 60 or emailing contacto@spapmallorca.org. You can find out more about them by visiting http://www.spapmallorca.org.
untitled-5997Meanwhile, the new born kitten population continues to grow. If you feel that you could hand rear a kitten or two, then please, please get in touch. It is a time consuming but not difficult process. You need to be able to feed the kitten every two to three hours in the first weeks of its life, so it is a little tiring, but without more volunteers there are many kittens which don’t stand much of a chance.
If you see kittens inside a box next to a rubbish bin it’s clear that they have been abandoned. It is not so clear if you find them somewhere odd (a plant pot, or in the middle of the street). In this case I advise people to do this: 1) Don’t ever touch them. It could happen that the mum is moving them from one place to another and if they catch your scent some mother cats will reject their babies. 2) Watch from a distance. Stay around somewhere where you can see the kittens but are not scaring the mum in case she comes back for her kittens. 3) If you don’t see any adult cat around in about 30 minutes to an hour (depending on how busy the area is) then yes, you may go ahead and take them because the mum is most likely not coming back for them. Something might have happened or not, but a baby cat can’t stay for long without the warmth of its mother.Danny and his new friend
If you take the kittens home you have to keep them separate from your other cats if you happen to have any. This is extremely important. Even if they seem healthy they could have a stomach bug or some other ailments and you need to protect both your own animals and the babies. Then please get in touch with your local animal shelter, you can find a list of them on the http://www.petprojectmallorca.com site.
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.