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.

Tag: Animal welfare

Natura Parc

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There have been a lot of reports recently about the bad conditions and care of animals at the cat and dog pound based at Natura Parc in Santa Eugenia. In the interests of unbiased reporting I went along to see the conditions for myself last week. I didn’t announce that I was from a newspaper but instead told them that I was enquiring about adopting either a rabbit or a cat. I have to say I didn’t feel very comfortable about it, I guess I won’t make the greatest undercover reporter. But what I found may surprise Lovely fluffy boy bunny at Natura Parcyou dear reader as it wasn’t all bad, despite the reports. Firstly, the staff that I met there were lovely, friendly and helpful. Secondly, yes the conditions for the cats are not ideal at the moment, but they are building a block for a cattery with indoor and outdoor facilities and room for a veterinary clinic. Thirdly, it was quite a cold day when I visited and was heartened to hear that the one poor lonely rabbit (which apparently is unusual, there are often more than one waiting for a home) was being kept in a heated area rather than unheated. I almost took this furry angora boy bunny home with me. Rabbits are free to adopt, and very straightforward. You have to produce ID and sign some paperwork.

Big beautiful grey cat at Natura ParcIf you are looking for a cat then please consider going to Natura Parc first and seeing if any of them catch your eye. There were a couple that really stood out for me, including this beautiful grey girl, and a very chatty ginger tabby boy! Adoption of the cats and dogs is relatively cheap. They are chipped and vaccinated and provided with a passport for 30€ per cat and 56€ per dog.  The pound is open Monday to Saturday. Call for opening times 871 719 772. Natura Parc is close to the village of Santa Eugenia, on Ctra Palma Sineu 15.7km. The cattery isn’t so easy to find, but go to the main building and ask for directions.

Medication exchange

If you use Facebook then I urge you to join this new group online which is coordinating the exchange of medications for animals. It is being overseen by several vets and a chemist and is a great initiative in these times of financial crisis. Well done to the originators! Search for: Intercambio de medicina para animales solo en Mallorca. Perhaps you have some medications that you no longer need which you could donate?

Come!

10923191_616671161800336_4763828779924400813_nIf you want to work on some obedience skills with your dog then get yourself over to the Dogs For U workshop this Sunday. You can book by calling 626 919 312. This time it will be a “Recall Workshop: Learn how to motivate your dog to come back when called”.

 

 

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

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Born in a storm.

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When Dogs For U answered a call from a pound to take in a female German Shepherd no one knew that the female had baggage. EIGHT puppies in fact. Once the dog, Kira had been settled in to her new foster home she was taken to the vets where they confirmed that yes, she was indeed pregnant. Her puppies were born on November 4th during a very dramatic storm. Seven of the puppies survived. They have been raised in a foster home in Alcudia by the lovely Angie Cain. Now they are seeking homes. Four have already been successful and there are three puppies left who need families: all girls. If you would like to enquire about adoption then contact Dogs For U on www.dogsforu.org email: kontakt@dogsforu.org or phone: 971 503 832 or 637 242 228

Born in a storm, now needs a good home. Gina, up for adoption from Dogs For U

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Furry wishes for the New Year

  1. Dear Kindly Human, if you are thinking of inviting a new pet into your home please look in the local rescue centres before splashing out in a pet shop. There are hundreds of us waiting for someone to come along and fall in love – young, old and of all shapes, sizes and species. Here are the addresses and contact details of some of the main centres on the island: Sociedad Protectora de Animales y Plantas, Cami Nou s/n, Palma tel: 971 470060; Son Reus, Camino de Son Reus, Palma Tel: 971 438695; Feliz Animal Andratx Tel: 676366814; Llucmajor Dog Pound, Cami Son Gual; Inca Dog Pound, Carretera Inca-Llubi Km 1.4 Tel: 971 144532; Centro Canino International Tel: 689584371; SOS Animal Calvia Tel: 971 606467; Ben Tractats Campos Tel: 639139680;  First Aid Animals Felanitx, Jaime I 76, Tel: 618725166; Pro Animales Mallorca Tel: 636996444.

 

  1. Dearest Owner, we know you love us with all your heart, but please help us to weight-watch. We have zero will-power so we look to you for help to fight the flab. If we are beginning to bulge please stop giving us treats or titbits from the table. We may look at you with eyes that make us difficult to resist, but it’s so much harder to remove extra kilos once they’ve been put on, than it is to cut down on a few calories before we have a visible problem. We want to be fit and enjoy our lives with you for as many years as possible so please help us to stay healthy by not giving in to our every imploring gaze.

 

  1. Please let us know what you want. We haven’t got very large brains and we are easily ruled by instincts which can, at times, be unacceptable in a human household. However, most of us can be trained and then we will take great pleasure in pleasing you by behaving as you would like. The younger we are the easier it is to train us, but, even if we are a few years old, some training is possible. There are training classes available in many languages on the island, ask your friends or put a question out on Facebook or AngloInfo so we can train together.

 

  1. Feeling itchy is horrid. If you see us scratching please don’t delay too long before checking out the source of our discomfort. There have been a monumental number of fleas around this autumn because the weather has been so warm, but we might have ear mites or a fungal infection, dermatitis or a food allergy. Itchy problems can usually be cured by a vet and, although we may not enjoy going, we are so much more comfortable afterwards.

 

  1. You mean everything t us; you are the centre of our world; you feed us, groom us, care for us and we love you with our whole being. Every time you leave us we miss you, so please don’t leave us alone for too long. We try to understand when you need to go away, but please try and leave us with people who will love us like you do.

 

  1. There are a number of diseases we need to be protected against. In addition to rabies there’s a horrible disease called Leishmania which affects dogs and is rampant on the island where it is spread by mosquitos. We have no way of reminding you when we should have our injections, and to be honest we might not want to remind you, so in our own interest would you be kind enough to ask the animal doctor when we should visit for our vaccinations and put the date in your diary.

 

  1. Four legs aren’t always better than two – especially in a car. We can get thrown around very violently even with moderate braking or acceleration so please would you provide us with a seatbelt or a travelling box to ride in, that way we’re not a nuisance and it’s safer for everyone.

 

Thank you to all the animal loving humans on the island and here’s to a full year of tail-wagging, purring, snuffling and jumping around for joy – Happy 2015

(With thanks to Calvia Vet for their contribution).

 

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

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

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/

DogsforU Spring Fayre – Benny needs a new home.

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DogsforU Spring Fayre

Dogs for U FayreA date for your diaries: DogsforU is holding a Spring Fayre in Inca on Saturday 29th March with fun for all the family.  The entertainment includes live music, games, tombola, a dog obedience demonstration and a chance to meet the dogs waiting to find their forever homes. Scrumptious cakes and quiches and a variety of drinks will be on sale as well as books, plants, quality bric-a-brac and DogsforU merchandise. All proceeds go towards the rehabilitation and rehoming of the dogs in their care. The event runs from 11am to 2pm.

How to find them: Take the Inca Hospital exit from Cornelia and some of the dogsMA13, go past the hospital Dog agility demonstrations at DogsForUand take the second exit from the hospital roundabout (towards Inca). Take the first right turn and then keep left on the road alongside the highway. Look out for our DogsforU banner and signage. Roadside parking is available. For more information contact Cornelia on: 637242228 or cascavalls@yahoo.de.

 

Benny needs a new home.
Benny (2)He is a 6 year old pure breed Podenco Ibicenco (Spanish greyhound) neutered male.
He has always been healthy and is in very good physical condition. Podenco´s are the only known breed that are inherently resistant to Leishmania!  He measures 70cm to his shoulder and weighs around 25 kg. His fur is white with brown around both ears and one eye. Benny loves people and children and has a bright nature, loves being petted and is very obedient and quiet in the house. He loves SONY DSCwalks in the great outdoors but, since he has strong hunting instincts, usually needs to stay on the lead. He would be best suited to a family with no other animals or perhaps with another large dog.  You can get more information from Calvia Vet Anna Pink Dr. Anna Pink BSc MRCVS Col. 820 on tel. 971695108, 634524440 or contact them through their website www.calviavet.com

 

About Pet Project. Every week we try to help an animal refuge centre in Majorca or try to help to an animal to find a permanent home. If you would like to help then you can contact Pet Project Mallorca on Facebook or on our site http://www.petprojectmallorca.com. The Pet Project column is an ongoing collaboration between the PR firm Phoenix Media, and the Majorca Daily Bulletin. 

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.

Feeling Spicy – Stars for Angels

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Feeling spicy?

Canela

Canela

This lovely girl is called Canela. Canela is a wonderful example of the ideal family dog, she is patient, quiet, kind and very good natured. She was rescued from Son Reus by the team at Dogs For U. She had been in the kennels for a few weeks with no interest in her, possibly because she is not the best looking or youngest of dogs. With nothing on the horizon for her the Dogs For U team decided to take her in and try to find her a good home themselves. Not very much is known about her except that she is five years old but looks older because of her prematurely grey hair on her face. Kim at DFU thinks she must have been a family pet and been dumped at the pound because she does not like staying in a kennel and prefers to be inside with the family. When they first took her in she was very thin and had an ear infection. She will soon be speyed in preparation for adoption and then will be ready to go to a new home. If you are interested to meet Canela then please get in touch with Kim at Dogs For U.

By the way:  Dogs For U in Inca  are appealing for volunteers. 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

Stars for Angels

The good people at Arc Mallorca have started a scheme for people this Christmas to honour their pets who mean so much to them.

Christmas is a wonderful time when we celebrate everyone who is dear to us, including the pets who have touched our lives in happy and positive ways.  It´s a time to express how much they mean to us and, through Arc Mallorca’s special Stars for Angels programme, there is now a chance to pay tribute to our pets whilst at the same time helping other less-privileged animals.

For the first time at Arc Mallorca, they will decorate an on-line Christmas Tree with virtual stars to honour pet angels, past and present.  By donating just 3 euros, you can join in and place your pet´s name on one of these stars to shine brightly this festive season for everyone to see.  You can even add a few words about your pet and why they are, and will always be, so very special to you.

All money raised will go towards the upkeep, food, preventative medications and vital veterinary treatments for the rescued animals in our care – like these wonderful puppies pictured here- who rely on people like YOU for help.

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Arc Mallorca works hard to create a better future for abandoned and unwanted cats and dogs in Mallorca.  With your ongoing support, they are committed to providing the best care possible and expanding their sanctuary over the months ahead to help as many animals as possible, especially the old and the sick that, through no fault of their own, may be less adoptable and require longer term care.  By celebrating your pet´s life and naming a star today, you will be supporting this important work. You can find out more and make your donation here: http://www.arc-mallorca.org

Christmas fundraisers

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.

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

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