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

Halloween 2013

by petprojectmallorca

Port Andratx Carrefoc 2013-9505It’s almost Bonfire Night here in Majorca, but it’s not only this weekend that our pets are exposed to fireworks. Majorca’s fiestas, Corre Focs and New Year’s Eve mean that fireworks are used much more than just once a year.

  • Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise earlier in the day.
  • Keep your dog inside during fireworks, preferably with human companionship. If it’s hot, air conditioning will help. Bringing your dogs to a fireworks display is never a good idea.
  • Provide a safe place inside for your dogs to retreat. When scared of sounds they can’t orient, dogs often prefer small enclosed areas. If your dog is comfortable in a crate, that is a good option.
  • If possible, keep the windows and curtains closed. Covering the crate or lowering the blinds can also be helpful. Removing visual stimulation can also help calm dogs.
  • Make sure all your dogs are wearing ID tags with a properly fitting collar. Dogs do try to run away from loud noises.
  • Leave your dog something fun to do – like a frozen dog chew filled with his favourite treats.
  • There are more advanced interventions that you can try out, such as Sound Therapy, Body wraps (like a sort of dog swaddling) and Scent therapies as well.

The animal rescue group Cat, Kitten and Furry Friends, have started a campaign to ask for their supporters to each donate a single euro per month. You can find out more about them by visiting www.teaming.net/cat-kittenandfurryfriendsmallorca.

941831_370500816417373_2080516081_nDogs For U have put out an appeal for foster homes. Do you wish you could have a dog but work away for a portion of the year? You can be a foster carer for one of their dogs. You only have to provide food and shelter and buckets of love and then when you have to go away the dog (if it has not been adopted) can be taken back to the shelter and cared for. This helps the dogs in the kennels to get used to being in a family environment again and also helps the organisation to maybe take another dog which otherwise may have been euthanized due to a lack of kennel space. They really are desperate for good fosterers, it would mean so much to the dogs. Contact cascavalls@yahoo.de or visit www.dogsforu.com.

Every week Pet Project tries to help a rescue centre or organisation to rehome an animal on the island of Majorca. The project is supported by professional and amateur photographers, the PR firm Phoenix Media and the Majorca Daily Bulletin. If you want to help then please visit http://www.petprojectmallorca.com

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Animal Parties!

by petprojectmallorca

This week’s Pet Project is a quick round up of fundraising events which are coming up in the next weeks in aid of rescued animals.

100% Animal On Sunday 27th October there will be the “100% Animal” festival. This will feature various organisations, refuges, charities, and ecological groups. There will be a little market for organisations to sell gifts, live music, face painting, presentations, animal training demonstrations, a charity raffle, tennis, a Coolest Mongrel competition and the Coolest Ferret competition, and a dog beauty parade featuring dogs which need adopting. The event is happening at the Agroturismo Ca Na Susi which is on Carretera de Valldemossa at km 10.9 (100 metres from S’Esgleieta) and will run from 10am to 7pm on that Sunday. Any enquiries can be made to festivalanimal@outlook.es

On Thursday 31st October, Halloween, you can join a part at Willies Bar in Magaluf. This bar is run byWillies Bar Nicky Morgan who has featured in these pages in the past. Nicky is a dedicated kitten carer, and has hand reared many, many little balls of fur!  This fundraiser will be in aid of “Cat, Kitten and Furry Friends” which are two online groups of animal lovers who respond to animals in distress and give of their own time freely, generously and willingly. The idea came after a colleague and friend of Nicky’s, Elaine Gill, found a dying cat in the streets of Santa Ponsa and they realised that they needed to have some money available for emergency vet bills. Nicky and Elaine along with another passionate animal Nicky Morganover Renee Nijs have got together to organise what sounds like a super party. There will be a free buffet and it is free entrance to the party. There will be live music from JP Bradshaw and karaoke as well, and there will be a charity raffle.  You can get more information by calling 971 130 503. Willie’s Bar is on Avenida Notario Alemany No 9, Magaluf.

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.

Lola and Wilma

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This week we’re all about the German Shepherds! Dogs For U, which is based in Inca, are primarily a German Shepherd rescue centre. They provide care, veterinary treatment and bundles of love for previously un-loved, unwanted, lost or abandoned large breeds of all ages, such as our featured dogs this week: senior Wilma and youngster Lola – both of them German Shepherds.

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Lola was born in Oct 2012, she´s fit and healthy, vaccinated, and spayed. She was initially a pet shop purchase, a gift for someone!  But it wasn´t long before Lola outgrew her fluffy puppiness and turned into an elegant seven month old German Shepherd: all pointy ears, big body and boundless energy. She became ignored and unwanted and subsequently troublesome and they gave her up. She is a young dog needing plenty of energy and guidance to turn her into the best dog she can be.  She´s a gorgeous dog, a beautiful example of a German Shepherd, and ready for a new home with people who understand her breed and needs.

 

wilma-5586Wilma is in need of either a foster or a permanent home.  She is eight years old but sometimes seems physically older.  She was used for commercial breeding: the life of constant birthing litters took a toll and today she moves around a little slower than the others in the pack, her legs aching a little with the movement.  She is now waiting for surgery to remove mammary tumours (a recognised problem for un-spayed female dogs) but it´s far too hot at the moment and the DFU vet has advised that they wait for a while.  Wilma will thrive in a loving home environment, with a bed in a cool place to rest in, where she can turn her eyes to her new owner or foster carer or follow them around devotedly.  Wilma is a great dog, deserving of some love, care and attention in her senior years.

For any adoption enquiries please contact the founder of DFU Cornelia Kudszus by email cascavalls@yahoo.de or call her on 637 242 228.

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Photos by Shane Green Photography

Every week Pet Project in collaboration with the PR firm Phoenix Media and The Majorca Daily Bulletin, tries to help the island´s animal rescue shelters and their volunteers to rehome an animal. You can find out more at http://www.petprojectmallorca.com.  Thanks to Shane Green for his photographs of these two good looking dogs, you can see more about Shane at http://www.shanegreenphotography.com.

 

Libby and Simon

by petprojectmallorca

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

The Magnificent Seven

by VM

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

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

 

Nenu

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

minie

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

Coco and Sam

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

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

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

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

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