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.

Furry nuggets begone!

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After hand rearing from birth and eventually adopting these two boy pussy cats it was finally time this week to take them to my local vet in Peguera and do “the deed” and have them castrated. Being healthy cats they haven’t really seen much of the inside of a vet’s surgery so it was very funny indeed when Morris (grey tabby on the left) suddenly realised during the obligatory photo call that perhaps he was about to lose something quite important to him. Thank you to Riccardo Gigioli from Clinica Veterinaria Peguera for his great work. Riccardo is running his own castration scheme for cats which is funded through his affiliation to the Lyonness card scheme. You can ask for more details about it by calling him on 971 689 525.

Buzzers?

10743231_10154844329715422_1624588508_nIf you are interested in bee keeping then get yourself up to Llubi on Saturday for the Honey Fair. Bernado (aka Mr Bee!) will be there and is a great source of information about bee keeping. Regular readers may recall an article about him earlier in the year about his bee keeping museum.

 

 

Blankets and heatersStacks of blankets courtesy of Steve Wood

Steve Wood must be congratulated for his enormous contribution of blankets and heaters and other helpful equipment which he is currently distributing to many of the rescue centres around the island.

 

 

 

 

 

Kittens seeking homes

I love the look of this one, he's got a real attitude on himThese two characters caught my eye recently, but no, we are not allowed any more cats. However if you are interested to adopt one then hop onto Facebook and check out the Pet Project Mallorca Facebook page for more information. Sleepy, but looking for a home

 

 

 

 

 

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 writers and photographers around the island. You can get in touch with Pet Project at www.petprojectmallorca.com If you want to help with this column or send information then please do to petprojectmallorca@gmail.com

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BOLD BALDEA

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10733460_856153321086172_1612011765_nDid you know that over 10,000 pets are abandoned in Majorca every year?

Did you know that thousands of kittens are born on the streets with a high risk of being cruelly poisoned or killed?

Did you know that hundreds of dogs live chained up as much as 23hrs a day with total indifference to the law from their owners?

It’s time to make a change!

This week we feature Baldea, an animal protection organisation which is changing lives every day in Majorca. Petra Manuela Steiner explained what Baldea is all about.

“Since Baldea relies 100% on donations, we rely on the public, on you. Baldea is working hard for animal rights aiming to give them a better life. It has the first spaying ambulance for abandoned animals in Spain. Our mobile unit travels all over Majorca with our team on board showing communities the benefits of sterilisation and how important it is. Over a hundred stray cats and dogs are spayed monthly in our Mobile Unit.

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“Baldea goes into schools in order to teach pupils how to treat their pets in an appropriate and respectful way: they are the future generation and they are the ones that can make a change happen. We give advice and help with all animal protection duties to associations, shelters and volunteers. And since 2010 Baldea has taken care of two big cat communities in a retirement home in Bona Nova, as an example to follow.

“Thanks to Baldea ,Palma now has an Animal Protection Police Brigade. This is the first one in the whole of Spain! In 2011 we took our first steps by instructing police officers in a 3 day course. It was a big success…now it’s our dream come true! Baldea is on local television and radio on a regular basis.Baldea are on television every Wednesday at 12am on IB3 radio show “La Mirada”. We have five phone lines which receive private calls. Over 5000 people contact us yearly and 3000 follow us on Facebook.

“Baldea doesn’t have any animal shelters. Every Christmas we run a campaign to deter people from giving puppies as presents, our message is seen on public buses, posters and bookmarks that are distributed all over the city. We have information points that are regularly set up in different places and events to reach the public.

10723617_856153764419461_2122183723_n“Baldea spends a lot time doing inspections: these involve a great amount of pressure as the situation we see them in is sometimes terrible. To attend mistreated animal should be part of the police duties but sometimes it doesn’t seem to work, hopefully the new brigade will make this change. We present our annual report to all the public, politicians, animal lovers and friends so everybody can witness all our effort and work. In 2007 we were awarded the ”Premio Rey Jaime by the President of Majorca.

“For only 50€ a year you can support Baldea.  You will get a membership card and receive special treatment from several enterprises. You can find out more at www.baldea.org”.

 
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

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

She’s a lady, not a tramp

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By Vicki McLeod

10583802_338598186296813_1586679531447719739_nThis week in Pet Project we have undertaken a little cat rescuing of our own. Living underneath a container at the site of one of our clients’ business is this little cutie, and two of her siblings. We’re not sure of the sex of the other two cats as they are still quite timid, but this little girl is quite friendly. She seeks out cuddles and strokes, and has become so familiar with the people working around her that she was easily caught by Pet Project and taken to the good people at Calvia Vet in Santa Ponsa. Vet Anna Pink and her husband Juan treated the pussy cat, they declared that she was quite well although she has not as yet been tested for any viruses. She was spayed and then released back to where she came from. It is completely possible that this kitten, who Anna thinks is about three months old, could be adopted. She’s certainly got the loving streak in her and we think would fit in well once she had got used to her new family so if you are interested to give this sweet cat a home then get in touch by emailing petprojectmallorca@gmail.com or calling 649 090 886.

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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.

Remember us?

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10503391_10152233130348507_940199882_oI was hoping that this week’s Pet Project would be a story of cat adoption triumph. Last week these two little guys, who my family have raised by hand from birth, were due to be adopted permanently by another family in Majorca. At the very last minute they dropped out. This means that these two loving, friendly, hilarious balls of fun and fur are in desperate need of a new home. They are almost three months old. They could be apartment cats as they have yet to go outside, and they are litter tray trained. They love to play, and they love each other very much. This is why they should not be separated and they are up for adoption as a pair. They are available for adoption through Cat and Kitten Rescue Mallorca run by Elaine Gill and Nicky Morgan. A big part of the adoption is the undertaking that the adoptees will commit to having the cats castrated when the time comes, and this means that their operations are paid for up front and in advance: the adoptee then receives vouchers which can be redeemed with one of the vets who is participating in the scheme and the animals are castrated. The cost per cat is 55€, plus if possible a donation to the organisation which covers other vet bills, food, kitten milk etc which then enables them to continue to save more little furry lives. And, do you remember the kittens that were found abandoned in a bin? They are now ready for adoption as well. If you can help and seriously want to have some beautiful cats in your life then get in touch with Nicky on 699 532 267. You can also find the organisation on Facebook Cat-and-Kitten-Rescue-Mallorca.10477726_10152233198358507_451343722_o

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.

Let’s hit the beach!

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A big Pet Project “WELL DONE” to Christina Kastin who reports this week on her mission to convert Mallorca (and the whole Balearic Islands) to “pet friendly” islands. Christina has been persuading the local councils to permit us to take our dogs to the beach and on the bus!

Update on coastal areas for dogs to access:

Playa Cala Blava Andratx PICTURE CREDIT CHRISTINA KASTINNew in Andratx: you can access the entire beach -coastal- area with your dog during the off season, November to March (both included), they can be off leash but the dog owner always needs to be in control of its dog and show respect to other people, with or without a dog.  The municipality has now, in June, also set up an area for dogs accessing an area all year around, called “Playa Cala Blanca” (in Camp de Mar), as you can see on the sign.

Artá: you can access the entire beach -coastal- area with your dog during the off season, October to April (both included); for the moment they are not allowed off leash (because the town hall found a fault in their regulations about it, but they are working on changing that so they can be off). The municipality are also working on allowing a beach area, (one or two) to access the sea, during the summer months, so it would be an all year access for dogs, but it is not yet ready. However areas that are not classified as official beach areas are allowed for dogs to be on, also during the summer period.

in the seaPalma: they have set up an area for owners and their dogs, to access the sea, which is called “Es Carnatge”; you are allowed to access it during the whole year. This is the only place that dogs are allowed to access the sea in Palma.

2013 Pollen+ºa Beach PICTURE CREDIT CHRISTINA KASTIN2Pollença: they have set up a place not far from the Port of Pollença, the area is known as the “Llenaire” beach permitting dogs on the special section of it, see the sign. It is open all year around and the dogs are allowed off their leads.  They are also due to update the regulations and include (at the moment it only says dogs can’t be on the beach during the summer months, which in principal gives them the right to be there the rest of the months of the year) that dogs are permitted on all the coastal areas during their off season months.

Coming soon! Santa Margalida (Can Picafort) and others are in process of changing and the one in Santa Margalida should announce any time soon their beach area for dogs to be allowed, all year round. And after the summer they will also change the rules for the winter time, they will set up the same rules as other municipalities have done; that dogs are allowed access to all the beaches-coastal areas during the off season.

Transport: The transport company in Palma, EMT; set up one bus line last Autumn, number 30 (which takes you to the “beach” area Es Carnatge” that is set up for the dog owners in Palma) for dog owners and their pets to travel on and now in June it is all moving forward and two more lines have been set up (from 14 June 2014), number 2 and 20. It costs 0.30 cents (Euro) per dog per route and the dogs must have a muzzle on and be on the lead and be able to show the pet’s passport detailing vaccinations. Dogs classified as “dangerous” are not allowed to travel on the bus.

For more information contact Christina via her website http://www.guide4dogs.com.

Photographs: Christina Kastin

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This week’s Pet Project we have guest writer, Sheridan making a very interesting suggestion for us all.  If you have something you want to say or contribute then email petprojectmallorca@gmail.com

Giving Big, even on a Budget

by Sheridan Conisbee

 An idea for people devoted to helping animals

 Pay for a SpayEver wondered whether giving just a few euros to a charity makes much of a difference to the animals you want to help?  Or have you sometimes thought about giving but not carried through because the amount you can offer hardly seems worth the effort, especially if donating on-line with its time-consuming credit details to complete.  The truth is that every penny does count for the animals, and it´s always worth the effort, but there´s an easy way to turn shallow pockets into much deeper ones just by clubbing together with good friends and setting up a Donor Club.

By pooling resources with a few friends, each donating a fixed amount every month, your contribution will multiply and be far more effective for the animals you wish to support.  Every amount, big or small, is appreciated by charities, but the reality is that larger donations provide far more comfort for the people behind the charity, allowing them to plan forward, perhaps order a piece of vital equipment they need, or build another holding bay so that more dogs or cats can be rescued.  Clubbing together really is very effective.   It doesn´t matter whether you give 2 Euros or 20 or 200 each month – just decide on a minimum amount that you can all afford.  If, for example, 15 friends club together and each gave 10 euros a month, that´s a donation of 150 euros for a deserving cause.  That sum of money can go a very long way in helping animals to receive the preventative or curative treatments they need, or to help small organizations expand their programmes.   Then, by just inviting a few more friends to your club, you can watch the donation amount grow even more!

I´m in a donor club and through these friends I´m exposed to a variety of great rescue organizations and individuals that I may otherwise never have heard of.  Another bonus is that it keeps me in regular contact with my chums around the globe who are in the same club, but above all else I just love the way my small donations multiply allowing a greater number of animals to be rescued than would have been possible on my own. It´s very rewarding and great fun.

Our group is informal but we do have a member´s Facebook page for photos and updates on the causes we support along with a few guidelines which we all agreed on upfront, e.g. the number of members to keep it manageable, who will be “Admin”, payment options (PayPal is great), the type of beneficiaries, minimum donation, etc.  We take it in turns each month to nominate a cause so each one of us gets to support our favourite charity with a healthy, maybe life-changing donation.

Animal rescuers have to face misery and huge bills so by giving, and giving as “big” as possible, we can help them to continue rescuing, to expand even, and maybe to feel less alone in their labours.

It´s very easy but if you want further advice in setting up a donor club, just email me: sheridan@loxinfo.co.th To find a list of rescue organizations to support through your new donor club, visit  https://petprojectmallorca.com/

Puppy Power!

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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!

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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…

Timothy

Timothy

“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.

 

Tempel with Tessy

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

Dalton

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.

Tessy with Amon

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

Fancy a Kiwi?

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kiwi5The nice people at the animal sanctuary Arc Mallorca have been asked to re-home a Pyrenean Mountain Dog – he is absolutely beautiful, 2 years old, and a very gentle giant.  His owners must, due to family and financial circumstance, return to Germany and the only accommodation they have is their father’s flat which is very small and not good for a dog of this size.  With great regret as they love him to bits they made the decision that for his sake they would prefer to  find him a loving family and home here on Majorca with some land for him to run around on and enjoy life rather than spending a lot of his time in a very cramped flat .  His name is Kiwi, if you pop over to the Pet Project Facebook page then you can see a video of him in action.

 

If you would like to know more about him then you can get in touch with June at Arc Mallorca via their website http://www.arc-mallorca.org.

Donate a prize?

The Cat and Kitten Rescue group urgently need tombola prizes as they have a stall at the Support Charley event at the House of Katmandu on April 27th.  They are after cakes, bottles of alcohol and gifts. They have 3 drop off points for food, litter and tombola prizes: Salvation Army in Son Caliu, Second Time Around in Magaluf and British Laundry in Santa Ponsa.
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.