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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Lend a hand at SOS Animales

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By Vicki McLeod

Bruno

Bruno

Tango

Tango

This week I popped over to see Maxi Lange and the other volunteers at SOS Animales in Calvia. The visiting hours there are 10am to 12.30pm, and from 4pm to 6pm for the dogs, and 6pm to 7pm for the cats. The refuge takes the overflow from the local pound and in Maxi’s words “We’re always full with dogs”. The refuge is now also preparing for kitten season and they are looking for donations of Royal Canin kitten food. They try to feed the baby animals the same brand throughout the beginning of their lives as if you switch from one brand to another then it can cause some nasty sore tummies! And we certainly don’t want that to happen, yuck!

Rogur

Rogur

The other things they are after are: transport boxes for the animals, good quality cat food for the adults who are poorly, and dried cat food for the street cats (Maxi recommends the Mercadona “Compi” dried biscuits, “The cats don’t want to eat the Eroski brand, I don’t know why”). And they are always open to people sticking their hand up and volunteering, like Lisa and Millie in the photo who were there on their first day and having fun taking the dogs for walks around Calvia, (or it could have been the dogs taking them for walks…).

Mina and Mink with Lisa and Millie

Mina and Mink with Lisa and Millie


You can get in touch with Maxi on 670367485 or email her on mxlange@gmail.com.
The dogs pictured are just a small selection of the animals who are looking for a home. Scooby is used to being in a family and should be with a family, he is very chilled out and loving. Rogur is an adult Airedale with lots of puppyish energy, the Shar Peis Mink and Mina are both fun dogs to spend time with, Bruno needs to be on his own in a relationship, he is very much a one person dog, and Tango just wants to be loved! Contact the shelter or Maxi for more information.

There are plenty of dogs waiting for a walk.

There are plenty of dogs waiting for a walk.

Scooby1

Scooby

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 http://www.petprojectmallorca.com or like Pet Project on Facebook.

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Fun and Games in Magaluf.

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984066_496382010434048_1244851043_nYou may have seen her around, Renée Nijs is known as The Dog Lady of Magaluf. She’s the cheerful character walking her pooches around and about in a pram. Yes, a pram. This weekend coming Renée is organising and gathering together like minded people for a fundraising party for SOS Animales, and she would love it if you would join her. It does sound like a lot of fun to be honest. There will be food, drink and entry into the tombola for the bargain price of 20€ per person, plus plenty of silly party games to keep everyone entertained. It will be at the Pirates Beach Bar in Magaluf on Sunday 15th September it is scheduled to start at 11.00 and go on until 15.30pm. You can make a reservation beforehand by calling 971 131 328. Renée wanted particularly to mention all of the businesses which have been supporting her cause: Katmandu, BCM, El Mundo Restaurant, Tapas, Ecus Rent A Car, Nicky Morgan of Willies. It really has been a labour of love for Renée to get everything together as she has no car and does everything on foot. Well done Renée and we hope your event goes with a bang!

Kitten rescue dramas

Scots born Eli Whillock, who is a huge animal lover is contributing to this week’s Pet Project with her own tales of kitten rescues, can you help her home the last remaining pussycat?

IMG_0592“My friends Sascha and Antonio were having a walk with their daughter Sophia on her horse Lluna I in Son Ferrer. They were passing a derelict building when four tottie kittens ran up to them crying their wee heads off.  They were friendly, unusual as they thought they would be feral kittens.  The kittens were trying to follow them, crying all the way.  So when they went home they gathered dishes, food and water and returned to them… they were starving!  I went with them and they were in a horrible situation, rattling around the rubble and filthy rubbish. The picture taken of the four of them gorging was their first look at food, they were lying in the dish, on top of each other, it would have been funny if it hadn’t been so sad. It was really difficult to leave them as they were running after us like we were the Pied Piper, screaming in distress.  We knew there was nothing we could do at that point, so they were left in the building that night and our friend Claire went in following morning, she visited them, fed and watered them again.  One was missing, but we later found out that it was found by a local lady who has many cats, and she took it in.

“We decided we couldn’t leave them there but there was no room at various shelters to take in more kittens, so Claire offered to house them in her laundry room on a very temporary basis until we could, hopefully, find homes for them or find someone to foster them.  We managed to cobble together a bed, litter tray, lots of food and toys and Claire’s laundry room was a much better bet than where they were, 50 yards away from a farm with lots of large dogs, and right beside a busy main road!  It was not good.  So off they went with Claire to Paguera to be looked after by Claire and her little boy Fred.

“So now there were three.  Claire managed to find a fabulous home for one of them, and the tabby and white boy was picked up on Monday.  I decided to give the ginger boy a home. Claire has 3 cats already and Sascha has 6!

IMG_0647“So now we are one!  A little tabby girl… Claire and I took the kittens to see Ricardo the vet in Paguera who very kindly offered his services to check them over. Healthy looking wee souls, no fleas and he wormed them for us.  Ricardo reckons they are about 7-8 weeks old. They are all extremely tame, enjoy being picked up for a cuddle, munching and drinking well and are using the litter tray no problem at all.

“All we need now is a kind soul who has been thinking of adding a cat member to their family, or who knows that one more wee soul won’t make that much difference to the one or two they already have, to come forward and give her a loving forever home.” You can get in touch with Claire at claire@proguardplus.com and Eli at eliwhillock@aol.com.

Pet Projects!

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small stickerPet Project this week is covering another “Pet Project”. The project is the brainchild of Christina Kastin who set up www.guide4dogs.com. She has been negotiating tirelessly with Majorca’s councils in order to make the island more accessible to people who want to take their pets with them. In particular she has been working on getting approval to allow dogs onto beaches in the wintertime, setting up parks for dogs where they can run freely, letting visitors and residents alike know about which services there are in each area around the island. If you have a “Pet Friendly” premises then you can request a “Si!” sticker to put in your window which shows that you allow dogs in your business. Just contact Christina through her website. She has also made a six page brochure in collaboration with four of Majorca’s municipalities and a hotel in Arenal (representing Palma) and supported by ATB (The Balearic Tourist Board). The brochures, which are in four languages in total are to “plant a seed” in the minds of potential holiday makers that Majorca is also a great winter time destination and to suggest that they bring their dogs on holiday with them! They have printed 70,000 copies of this leaflet so look out for them around and about.     http://www.guide4dogs.com/downloads/leaflet.pdf

1090952_335298043270984_562695727_oDogs For U are holding a fundraising event on Saturday 18th August which will have an Arabian Nights theme to it. It is a chance to enjoy a seductive Middle Eastern evening with good food and drinks in a beautiful Campanet countryside finca. Tickets are 15€ per person and includes drinks, mouthwatering Middle Eastern and North African dishes, a hint of mystery and exotic aromas. The moves and romance of belly dancers and a chance to dress up in fancy dress if you like! All of the profits going to Dogs For U. You can make a booking by emailing dogsforu.mallorca@gmail.com. They are also holding an auction (which has some amazing lots).  You can see all of the lots on this link here: http://dogsforu.org/pre-bidding-has-started/ and you can bid online, you don’t even have to be in Majorca to bid. Just up to July of this year Dogs For U have rehomed more than thirty dogs, some of which have been due to the support of the Majorca Daily Bulletin and Pet Project (which makes us all very happy!). We hope that you will be able to support the event by either attending or perhaps donating an auction lot.

Rusty, Tro and the cutest puppy ever.

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Rusty  by Shane Green

Rusty
by Shane Green

These beauties are all currently guests of the Amics dels Animals refuge in Esporles. The shelter was formed by a group of volunteers in 2005, working with co-operation from the Town Council at Esporles to care for abandoned animals and to prevent healthy animals being needlessly euthanised. The daily work of caring for the dogs is all done by volunteers and there is always room for more people to get involved. The canine guests are an absolute pleasure to meet and if you have just a few hours to spare each week, you will find it incredibly rewarding to spend it the company of some of the most lovable and loving friends you could hope to meet. You can find out more here www.amicsanimalsesporles.org. If you want to make contact then call Karin on 647578551 as she speaks English. The refuge is at the rear of the Punt Verd recycling centre at the entrance to Esporles when coming from direction of Palma. Opening times are: Monday to Friday, 10 – 12.30pm and 5 -7pm and Saturdays 10.30 – 1.30pm.

Our thanks again to Shane Green who has taken some beautiful photos of these noble hounds! Shane has offered to do doggy portrait sessions in aid of animal shelters around the island, so if you are interested please get in touch with him at http://www.shanegreenphotography.com

Rusty is a gorgeous Podenco Ibicenco ( Ibizan Hound), rescued from the village of Es Cubells in

Podenco Rusty by SHane Green

Podenco Rusty
by SHane Green

Ibiza. He was born there around January 2012 and lived with a pack of the same breed of which only a few survived. He was one of the youngest of the group and was bought to the shelter at Esporles when he was just a small puppy. He’s a happy dog, curious but very shy and still has to meet the world outside of the kennel and enjoy real family life. He’s an elegant, smooth haired boy and has the large upright ears that are a signature of the breed.

Tro by Shane Green

Tro
by Shane Green

Tro is a basset hound mix, who was left at the shelter together with his brother, after his previous owners separated. He is a happy bundle of energy and about a year old. He’s very docile and easy going. The people at the shelter think he will adapt easily to a new family life. He also has a brother who is looking for a new home.

The puppy is from a litter of 6 that came to the shelter with their mother after being abandoned by a hunter that had no use for them. They are all absolutely beautiful! There are four male and

Puppy by Shane Green

Puppy
by Shane Green

two female puppies. They are almost two months old now and will be ready to be leave their mother and be adopted in around six weeks, after they have had all their vaccinations. Their mum is a Podenca and very good natured. The father is unknown but given the size of the puppies now they are not expected to grow too big. If you visit them you will definitely fall in love…

Every week, with the collaboration of the island’s photographers and animal refuges, Pet Project aims to help animals which need to be rehomed. You can get in touch with us at http://www.petprojectmallorca.com

Tyron the pitbull

by VM

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.Animal welfare has hit the headlines again this week. The animal care policies in local council pounds have come under investigation on a Mallorcan television programme. This has come as the outcome of the news of the death of a healthy animal which had been living in the Calvia council dog pound for the past four years. The animal in question, Tyron, was a pitbull and had been put in the pound following an alleged incident. The animal and owner were acquitted of any wrong doing, but the dog was never released from the pound, and stayed there for four years until he was put down earlier this year by the council appointed veterinarian. Now local animal lovers and refuge volunteers have got together to start a campaign to highlight the living conditions of the council pounds and their seeming unwillingness to collaborate with the volunteers and charitable refuges that are all over the island.

“The councils don’t live up to their own code of conduct for pet owners,” said Angela Pryce a local campaigner for animal rights. “In particular the animals are supposed to get exercise and socialisation, but they don’t get the chance. This means that the animals in the council pounds start to develop behavioural problems”. The local voluntary refuge in Calvia, SOS Animal has volunteered to take over the care and management of the animals currently residing in the council pound but this offer had been turned down. “A lot of people don’t even realise there ARE council pounds, so the animals in there don’t tend to get adopted,” said Angela. “What was proposed did not involve the Town Hall and rate payers having to pay for it, the volunteers only needed access to the council pound. No money was needed to let volunteers walk the animals that are caged there. There is no need to open the public treasury to place the dogs by size or “character” in the cages … the politicians and officials only needed the will to do it”.  The campaigners are currently collecting signatures:  you can sign the petition at one of several veterinary surgeries in the South West, just go to your local one and ask.

 

Or visit http://www.change.org/es/peticiones/en-memoria-de-tyron-in-memory-of-tyron to sign the online petition.

On a happier note, several of the kittens that needed to find homes have now been adopted! There are of course many, many more kittens and puppies which need new homes, so please visit the Pet Project site to find your local refuge. Next week: we will feature the Centro Canino and their hard working volunteers. 

 

Cayetana, Big and Robin

by VM

First published in the Majorca Daily Bulletin on Friday March 30th 2012.

Current status:  Robin and Big are still looking for a permanent home.

Photographer: http://www.phoenixmediamallorca.com

Refuge: www.spapmallorca.com

Julia, Lily and Susi

by VM

First published in the Majorca Daily Bulletin on Thursday March 22nd 2012.

Current status: Lily and Susi are still looking for a permanent home. They are in very good health and have recently had  much more flattering haircuts!

Photographer: www.zaradoubletphotography.com

Refuge: www.feliz-animal.org

Nini and Blanket

by VM

 

First published in the Majorca Daily Bulletin on Thursday March 15th 2012.

Current status:  Blanket was adopted as a result of this article, along with another cat in the home!

Photographer: www.phoenixmediamallorca.com

Refuge: www.spapmallorca.com

Jacko and Gunter

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First published in the Majorca Daily Bulletin on Thursday March 8th 2012.

Current status: still needs a permanent home.

Photographer: www.zaradoubletphotography.com

Refuge: www.feliz-animal.org

Salem and Cati

by VM

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First published in the Majorca Daily Bulletin on Thursday February 23, 2012

Current Status: Adopted!