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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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.
rusty

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

 

Urgent Appeal – Centro Canino

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This week’s Pet Project is an urgent appeal. The good people at the Centro Canino are facing another crisis. They have to find temporary foster homes (or better still, permanent, but if you can help out for a short period of time then please do) for at least fifteen of their dogs by this coming Monday 26th August! They have a dispute over the amount of dogs they are allowed to keep at the centre and everyone (lawyers and politicians) who can help them are away for their summer holidays!

If you can help with a temporary safe house for one of their pooches whilst they straighten things out with the powers that be in Palma then they would be very happy to hear from you! You can see more information about the centre at their website http://www.centrocaninointernacional.org. The centre is in Es Pil Lari just outside of Palma and they are open from 10am until 2pm Monday to Saturday. Here are a couple of their dogs, but they have many more that need help. You can also call Maria on 68950052 and 971261149

LurLur is a very sweet little female dog. She’s just a year old and is not yet spayed. She was very nervous about people when she first came to live at the Centre but now she is recovering well and is very affectionate. She also gets on very well with cats.

Lolo is a very friendly fella, who loves to be with people. LoloHe has been in and out of the rescue centre over the course of his life, not because he has behavioural problems but because his adoptive families have broken up. He is neutered and gets on very well with cats.

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Berta
, is a small, quiet, kind and elderly female. She was found abandoned on a beach.

 

Photos courtesy of Centro Canino

Negrita is a 2 year old Ca de Bestia. He was found tied to farm door. He is described as “Super noble and shy”. Yago and Lenny are both male, mixes of medium size, and about a year old. Micke is a three year old small male. He became a resident of the Centre after being thrown over the fence. He is very sociable and loving. Gipsy, is almost two years old, and has been living at the centre for about three months after having been found on the street, he is described as a good companion.  Lucas, is a small dog, he was left at the centre when his owner died and no one wanted to take care of him.

Every week the PR firm Phoenix Media, in collaboration with the island’s best photographers and the Majorca Daily Bulletin, aim to help a rescue centre or rehome an animal. To find out more please visit http://www.petprojectmallorca.com

 

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

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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.