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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Yacht Crew Giving Back

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There’s a big gang of animal lovers living in Palma who have no real chance of adopting a pet because of their work: they work on superyachts and during a contract they can be onboard for months on end and far, far from home. Which is why when they get the opportunity they seem to jump at the chance to help out the animals.  Recently they have started to go to Son Reus (just north of Palma) on Saturday mornings to walk the animals that are held there. I caught up with Ashleigh Stuart-White who gave me a report on their outing. “Yesterday was a good day at Son Reus with lots of people volunteering to walk the dogs. I found it to be better than what I had expected; the workers were helpful, and it seemed to be quite clean. The dogs were also mostly friendly, and socialised well! What saddened me was the fact that the bigger dogs were less likely to be walked. It was a positive experience on the whole, and I will definitely go back.”Some of the Saturday morning PYC gang walking the Son Reus dogs

It seems likely that if the animals are not walked by volunteers then they don’t get much exercise or interaction at all. The dogs can spend up to three months in the cages at Son Reus, and if they are not adopted or claimed then they are put down to make room for more. If you want to get even more involved then you can contact a new group called Asociacion Peluditos de Son Reus either via email: Peluditosdesonreus@gmail.com or by phone on 619 366 518. This new association is trying to work with Son Reus to improve the standards of care for the animals by offering the assistance of volunteers and also to try to facilitate the adoption system which can be prohibitively expensive by offering assistance with the costs of medication.

Ieuan Jury (pictured) has been getting involved with the Association: “Me? I’m just an animal lover who was sucked in by the system at the poundIeuan and friend and wanted to help out and spend some time with the dogs. So I started offering on the Facebook Group: Palma Yacht Crew to take people with me to help walk some of the dogs. Somehow it has snowballed and the association found me and now I’m trying to help them to help get dogs off of “Death Row”. We saved our first dog last week, Tanke.” It looks like this new association is really trying to build a good relationship with the Director at Son Reus and Pet Project wishes them all the luck in the world! If you want to get involved then do what Ieuan and Ashleigh did and just volunteer.  Thanks to Ashleigh and Ieuan for the great pictures, it certainly seemed to be a really positive and fun morning.

Ashleigh and friendOr if you prefer to go it on your own, you can go directly to Son Reus and walk the dogs there. Just pick a dog you want to take out, go to a worker (they wear blue jackets) and ask them to bring you the dog. And then you can walk them the dog on a big grass area. You can find Son Reus at Carretera Soller km 8.

 

 

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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CAN YOU MAKE COOPER´S CHRISTMAS?

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Cooper, lovely boy!This handsome boy Cooper is looking for a new home, somewhere with company and space to run around to stretch his long legs.  He was taken into foster care after spending too much time in a small flat with very little human company, where his sadness reflected in a loss of weight and terrible coat condition.

Cooper is a German Shepherd and Labrador mix of around 1.5 years. He is now thriving in his foster home where he has plenty of human and canine contact.  He loves nothing better than to lie at your feet hogging the fire or running about with a tennis ball to catch and carry around.

Cooper is a bouncy and full of fun dog, a “wager” with a happy tail, but he Cooper1also has a calm and friendly nature.  Being such a happy dog he doesn’t react to other ‘not so happy’ dogs, he just goes about his business.  He loves to play but doesn´t need to be constantly entertained and just likes to know you are there or nearby.  He is desperate to learn his place in the family and tries hard to stick to the rules so given some consistency in training, he would become a great family member.  He´s food and ball motivated, so training should be easy.  Cooper can be left on his own in the house for a short time with no problems, he is not destructive in anyway and doesn’t show any signs of being a ‘chewer’.

Cooper was brought up with cats and children in the home and is great with both.   He is just waiting for his special family to come along and love him.  Could that be you?

(Cooper will be castrated and tested for leishmaniasis prior to rehoming).

Please make your adoption enquiries to Caroline Fuller.  Email: carolinamoon21@googlemail.com or on facebook www.facebook.com/carolina.moon.

 

DOG FRIENDLY BEACHES!

2014 nov24PlatjaCansTraz2There was great news from Christina Kastin this week when she announced that another municipality has granted dogs and their owners the rights to go on certain beaches. This time it is in the Can Picafort area where there will now be a ““pet friendly”, all year doggie beach; Na Patana”.  Christina told me that “officially, dogs need to be on the lead until April 2015 (like a testing period) but after that they will include in their regulations that dogs can run freely in that area.”

Well done to Christina for her continued persistence in making this a possibility for dogs in Majorca. You can find out more at Christina’s website which is http://www.guide4dogs.com/

 

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

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. 

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.

 

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

Treacle

Treacle

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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Bailey

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

Happy endings and new beginnings

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written by Vicki McLeod

Zoe

IMG-20140101-WA001This is Zoe, she is a two year old Boxer/Ridegback cross. She is speyed and has all her vaccinations and passport details up to date. She loves people and other dogs, but not cats! She is lively but very easy to walk on and off the lead. Her owner has to go back to the UK and cannot take her with him, he is devastated that he has to give up his beloved dog (who was originally a rescue dog when he took her in). He is desperate to find a new home for Zoe. If you are interested to meet her then call Raymond on 674 750187.

 

Go for a stroll and raise some cash

There will be a Dogs For U ‘Walk in the Park’  at 11am on Sunday 26th January through El Bosque De Bellver, the beautiful parkland surrounding Bellver Castle in Palma. Enjoy an hour’s leisurely Sunday morning walk with your dog in the company of other canines and their like-minded owners, and raise money for DFU at the same time. A donation of 5€ from each attendee will make a world of difference for the dogs in their care who are still searching for their forever homes. You don’t have to bring a dog, but if you do, please have his pet passport or vaccination certificate with you as we may be asked to show them.
The group will be meeting at the park gates on Cami Francecs, Vidal I Sureda, Geneva. You can contact billiedogsforu@gmail.com or mobile: 656 448 102 for more information

 

All lived happily ever after

P1030491Now and again it’s nice to share a happy ending isn’t it? Perhaps readers of Pet Project will remember Lotte. She was put up for adoption this time last year when her owner passed away. She needed to be in a very particular type of home, where she could be the proverbial “Top Cat” and so it took some time to find her a home. But through the pages of the Majorca Daily Bulletin, and with a little bit of fortune on our side, she found her perfect match. Now Lotte is living very happily with her new adoring owner Christine. All’s well that ends well for both of them.

If you would like to help a homeless animal to find a permanent family or if you think you could open your doors to a new pet, then please get in touch. You can find us through www.petprojectmallorca.com or contact the different numbers directly, it’s up to you. Don’t be shy! Sometimes as well we understand that it won’t work out so animals are always offered on a trial basis at first.

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