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: dogs homes in Mallorca

Caterpillars and Dulce at SPAP

by VM

PET PESTS INCREASE IN MILDER WEATHER

caterpillars

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

Dulce4

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.

Dulce12

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.

02

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:

<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/wkbtq9WJgoI&#8221; frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen>

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!

 

Advertisements

Be the One

by petprojectmallorca

 

This week’s Pet Project features a very moving piece written by Billie Minshall from Dogs For U. If you want to contribute to Pet Project then please get in touch via our website http://www.petprojectmallorca.com where you will also find all the details of animal rescue groups on the island.

By Billie Minshall

Imagine you are a dog. Nothing special. No breed papers, no certificates.  A German Shepherd/Husky cross-breed perhaps. Imagine being with your human family from puppy-hood till old age. Nine years of loyalty, given willingly, simply because this family is YOUR family and you would lay down your life to protect them.  Your legs are getting a bit stiff now, and you’re not quite as quick on your aurelio-feet as you used to be, but you do the best you can for your people. You keep them safe and you love them; you accept the occasional beating and the days of being rejected and ignored, because sometimes, more infrequently of late, someone gives you a pat and a kind word and that makes it all worthwhile.

Then one day your owner loads you up into his truck and you go for a drive. You are so pleased that he is giving you some attention. You drive for a long time and then stop in a country lane. You smell pine forests and strangeness. Your owner helps you down on to the road, smacks your rump and climbs back into the truck. You watch him drive off in bewilderment, unsure what is expected of you. You run after him, as fast as you can, but you can’t keep up. The truck disappears from view. Panting with the exertion, you sit in the road and wait for him to come back. You wait for hours, until it grows dark. You are cold, thirsty, hungry and, above all, terrified.  You nestle down in some leaves at the side of the road and try to sleep.

When the bleak winter dawn breaks, you stagger to your feet and wander up and down the road, criss-crossing it again and again, trying to pick up a familiar scent. The fear grows, along with the emptiness in your belly. Finally, with heavy heart and limbs, you start to walk downhill, sniffing the air. After hours of walking, you arrive in an unfamiliar village. People stare balefully at you and, if you approach, they throw stones or wave sticks and shout. You plod on, exhausted, until the cold dark night arrives, forcing you to find shelter once more. You’re growing weak from hunger and cold. You feel like giving up.

In the grey morning, you are woken from your stupor by the feel of something tightening around your neck. You rear back in terror but you can’t fight it. It’s a catching noose. You are dragged to a van and thrown inside and the van drives off with you. You whine and scratch at the cage you are in but you can’t get out. Eventually you are pulled from the van into a building that smells of death. You can hear many dogs barking and crying in fear and frustration. You are thrown into a cage alongside rows and rows of other cages, filled with other dogs.  For many days you endure cold hard concrete floors, inadequate food and no human contact, just the constant sound of frightened dogs. Are you in hell? Did you unwittingly do something so wrong as to deserve this punishment?

No. Quite simply, you got old. Your owner did not want you anymore and replaced you with a puppy. He did not want to pay a surrender fee to a pound or pay a vet to euthanize you. He abandoned you to your fate in the mountains, not caring if you starved or died from injury or illness. Your usefulness was at an end and he wanted rid of you.

This was the fate of Aurelio, a quiet, dignified old dog, rescued by Dogs For U from death row in a municipal dog pound a year ago. He came to us bewildered, depressed and unresponsive. Slowly, he has learnt to enjoy being with the volunteers who spend time with him. He has made some friends amongst the other canine inhabitants. But if you look in his eyes, you can still see his pain. He is about 10 years old now and he is sad and depressed to be in kennels. He needs to spend his final years with a loving family – lying at the feet of his special person, giving and receiving love. A few more winters by the fire, a few more summers in the shade: secure, content, and happy. Please be that person. Please take him home and adore him. He needs you.

Please help Aurelio to wag his tail in happiness once more. Contact Billie on 656 448 102 or billiedogsforu@gmail.com for more information.

 

Pussycats and Open Days

by petprojectmallorca

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

by petprojectmallorca

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

by petprojectmallorca

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.

Dog B-5545

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.

wilma-5579 Dog B-5565 Dog B-5554 Dog B-5546 Dog B-5542 Dog B-5539

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Fancy a snog Jay Jay?

by petprojectmallorca

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.

 

Lovely Lotte

by VM

PetProject4What do you think of the new Pet Project logo? It was made for us by Graphic Artist Rene Shades who has his own business Color & Shades Design. Thank you Rene for your art work! You can contact him at Reneshades@gmail.com.

The high winds last week put one of our animal rescue centres, Dogs For U, into quite a tricky position. The extreme weather destroyed some of the shelters and made the occupants homeless. Temporary homes were found for the animals but it has gone to highlight that the search for permanent homes has to go on.  lotte 1Lotte, pictured, is described as a “Gold medallist at Fetch!” Lotte is a very lovable a mid-sized mix, and is urgently seeking a family to love. She is best described as fun on legs, with a fixation! She loves nothing better than to fetch a ball which is actually harder than it sounds for this lovely lady. One of her eyes gazes permanently in the wrong direction but funny looks and humour aside, she has adjusted to the condition and compensates admirably. She is way up there in the Hall of Fame when it comes to running after balls and catching them. And what´s more, tempt her with a ball, she´s putty in your hands, and will do anything for you. She´s a very kind and happy dog, good with people and other dogs. The team at DFU  think she´ll fit in anywhere where there´s a ball, a bowl, and a bit of human kindness. You can contact Sheridan by email (sheridan@loxinfo.co.th) or by phone on 637 242 228.

PeaceLove_PosterA3_2013_ENTickets for the “Peace and Love Party” are going fast. The event which is being held on February 23rd at Mood Beach Bar in Costa D´en Blanes is to raise funds for a variety of homeless animals in Majorca. Luisa Powell, who has been featured recently in the Pet Project pages, is hard at work organising raffle prizes and menus. “I am really looking forward to a fun night, it´s an opportunity for animal lovers to get together and we will be raising money for a good cause as well”. You can buy tickets for the dinner from Luisa for 20€ per person or come along to the free after party in the bar at Mood from 23.00 contact her on 696 429 499. You can also buy your tickets from the new Greengrocers in Portals Nous, Peras & Pears and from Mood Beach itself.

Every week Pet Project tries to help or rehome 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.

 

The Magnificent Seven

by VM

This week we are featuring seven very lucky pooches who were saved from being destroyed by the kind hearted actions of local Majorca residents. Luisa Powell saw that one of her friends who regularly helps to rehome animals was struggling under the weight of too many things to do and not enough time, or people to do them. So she stepped in to help out. “Nerea was trying to raise money to rescue two dogs, but she had five dogs on her list that were going to be put to sleep if they weren´t taken out of Natura Parc (an government funded animal pound which has recently been in the papers regarding its care practices). It was really urgent as she knew that one of the dogs, the old lady Nina, was going to be put down the next day”.

“I asked her what was needed. She said she needed funds to get them out of Natura Parc and then somewhere to put them. She had asked around but it was getting really urgent, so I decided to get involved. We both made phone calls to rescue centres but there was nowhere they could go if rescued. She then got in touch with a friend of hers and finally someone was able to help, her friend has a home with several dogs of her own and a few dogs she rescued and was seeking forever homes for, so she said that if we could get together the funds to pay for their food and anything they needed that the dogs could stay at her house. So we put out an appeal to our friends and donations started to come through from Elaine, Annalisa, Bianca, Gina, Angela, Ashleigh, Glenys, and Sheridan just to name but a few of the nice, caring, animal lovers that helped. Then Pirates Village Pets Project provided us with further funds in order to keep the dogs safe and fed for the month of December. So we rescued all of these animals! Now we are in the process of chipping, worming and castrating them and making sure that they are all fit and well. All of the dogs get on well with other dogs, but they are not sure about cats”.

 

Nenu

Nenu is a male dog, medium to large in size. He is very scared and wary at first but slowly warms to you. And has a lovely gentle look on his face when you stroke him.

minie

Minie is female. She is a young dog, was very scared at first but is getting used to everyone slowly and realising they are not going to harm her.

Coco and Sam

Sam (in the background of this photo) is a mix of Mastin and retriever. He is medium sized but borderline, so he could be classed as a large dog by some. He is playful and he loves to be stroked however they think he has been abused by his previous owner as he sometimes cowers down with a worried look on his face if there is a sudden brisk movement near him.  Luisa thinks this is very sad because he wants to trust everyone but sometimes he just gets a little afraid.

Coco (in the foreground of this photo) is a female Labrador mix. She is about a year old.
luisa and bobby
Bobby was supposed to be rehomed this week but his home has fallen through at the last minute. He is a Ca de Bestiar and Luisa describes him as “just a darling”. He was the thinnest of them all and had a number of scars and sores when they rescued him. The vet estimates his age to be around four to five years old.

NoirNoir is a large dog. He is a Ca de Bestiar, also known as a Mallorcan Shepherd dog. He was very frightened and cried a lot when he was in his cage. But now he is now warming to people.

NinaNina is the old lady. She was very thin, frightened and trembling when she was rescued and she has a little front tooth missing. She is approximately 8 years old. They dont know why she ended up in Natura Parcbut her rescuers think she is a “sweetie” and loves human contact, she loves laps and being held. She is quiet, gentle and due to her age she would probably fit better into a family/home with no small children running around.

All of these animals need a home or if you can´t help to home them please consider making a donation of food. You can contact Luisa on 696 429 499.