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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Be the One

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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.

 

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Saving the galgos

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By Vicki McLeod

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

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

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

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

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

About Pet Project.

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

All aboard the Arc!

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

Treacle

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

Bailey

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

Fundraising

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

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

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

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

 

Harry

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Harry, Prince of Hounds, needs a home.

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

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

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

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

Christmas is coming.

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

Feeling frio?

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

About Pet Project.

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

Animal Refuge Updates

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Volunteers needed!

All hands on deck! Dogs For U in Inca really need some extra pairs of hands. They have twenty dogs at their centre at the moment and there is only  Cornelia there to take care of them. She really needs some extra people to help out on a regular basis. If you commit yourself to a regular slot then you will be welcomed with open arms! They are looking for people who can clean, feed, brush and walk the dogs. Any day of the week is possible, as long as you can make a steady commitment. You can get in touch with them on www.dogsforu.org  or call 637 242 228 or email cascavalls@yahoo.de

Christmas fundraisers

This weekend on Sunday December 1st make sure you pass by the Country Club in Santa Ponca. They will be holding their Christmas fair on this day, with proceeds from the day going to SOS Animals Calvia. The fair starts at 10am and goes on all day. There will be plenty of fun things to do with the kids as well.

Dogs For U are also having an event on December 7th in Inca so you can go past and introduce yourselves to them and check out if you can be a volunteer, or just turn up and spend some money! Again, the money goes to helping the animals, especially at this time of year when the refuges tend to get fuller and fuller. Contact details are above.

Nicky Morgan, Elaine Gill and Renee Nils will be out in force at the Calvia Christmas Fair on December 8th. Make sure you go past their stall which is selling all sorts of gifts from handmade cards to brand new hip flasks and purses. All of the profits are going to their group which rescues animals in need and hand rears many kittens every year.

Vet scheme

Nuria with BillyDon’t forget to castrate or spay your animals! The good people at Clinica Veterinaria Peguera have made it very easy for animal rescuers to act responsibly. With a scheme which they have adopted called Lyoness it is possible to donate money towards the cost of spaying feral and abandoned animals and therefore give them happier, healthier lives without the pain and suffering that comes with having extra puppies or kittens. Get in touch with Nuria Rosa, pictured, to find out more about their scheme. www.clinicaveterinariapaguera.es

Teaching responsibility

Baldea education 1Baldea believes that prevention of cruelty and kindness to animals can best be achieved through education, helping to promote a Baldea education 3sense of responsibility towards all living things.  Baldea.org already has a volunteer-run AWE project which, with the help of teachers in primary and high schools, offers specific programmes in the languages required in Mallorca´s schools, including English. They provide the course work relevant to everyday life and all the materials for 3 age groups: Up to 6 years

Interactive and fun; they use soft toys and other props such as vet costumes and toy stethoscopes to role play. From 6-12 years: introducing the practicalities of pet guardianship such as the expense involved in keeping a pet.  They watch videos, discuss individual cats or dogs in real shelters such as the one in Esporles and get a chance to express themselves and their feelings towards animals. From 13 + years: the reasons why animals land up in shelters, along with more in depth discussions on animals´ needs and sentience, and pet care generally. These volunteer programmes are an extra school activity conducted within school hours.  Any school wishing to be included or any teacher wishing to volunteer, should ring Baldea´s president, Ana Aranda, 678 442 517.

 

Feeling frio?

You may not have noticed, but it has got very cold recently (!). And if it is feeling quite chilly in your house, imagine how cold it is at some of the animal refuges and pounds around the island. If you can open your doors and foster an animal over the winter period then please get in touch with your local centre and ask them which animals need help. Alternatively if you can’t offer a warm place inside your home, then if you have some blankets or duvets you can donate then please do. You can see a full list of the refuges at www.petprojectmallorca.com

 

About Pet Project

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

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

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.

 

Bart and Pocket

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Bart with his foster family

Bart with his foster family

Emm and Pocket

Emm and Pocket

This week’s Pet Project features Bart. He is a two year old Spanish Mastine who was quite literally abandoned at the door of one of our Pet Project volunteers ten days ago. Thankfully for Bart a foster home was swiftly found for him and local residents Leon and Emma and their children took him in to stay temporarily with them. Emma, pictured with Bart, thinks that he was well looked after at one point, but he is very wary of new people and it took a few hours for him to settle into the house and allow her to get close to him, although as you can see from the photos he has overcome his shyness around her now! Emma reports that Bart is a great dog to take for a walk, he stays very close to the heel and does not pull on the lead “unless he is adamant he has to have a pee on a bush, then he insists!” Bart has been very well behaved around Emma’s children and has not shown any signs of aggression. “We really want to give this guy a chance to find a good home, but we can’t foster him for much longer as we are about to start building works on our house and it just won’t be safe for him to be here anymore”,  so they are urgently seeking a new, preferably permanent home for him.  Spanish Mastines are well known to be good guard dogs, originally they were bred to defend livestock against predators. Bart is very typical of his breed in that he is aloof, dignified, calm and intelligent. He will be devoted to his family and may politely accept strangers if he has been socialized properly. The Spanish Mastiff may be a less-than-ideal pet in urban situations, where its booming voice and size could be problematic. It is a wonderful protector of its home and family. Emma also reports that he has been fine with her own dog and cat. If you can help with a new home for Bart please contact Emma directly on 609 485 168.

Meanwhile, another animal lover, Emm Millar, is about to do a sponsored run to raise money for Dogs For U this weekend. Emm works in the super yacht industry and gets her “dog fix” by helping out with fostering animals from DFU, currently she is caring for the delightful Pocket (pictured with Emm). Emm has been training with Jose Bertran for the past two months and will run a half marathon on Sunday March 17th with the express intention of raising as much cash as possible for animal welfare. The funds raised will enable DFU to continue to save lives and rehome abused and abandoned animals. You can get more information by contacting emm_millar@hotmail.com Good luck Emm!

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.

Jacko and Gunter

by VM

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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