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: refuges

Fun and Games in Magaluf.

by petprojectmallorca

984066_496382010434048_1244851043_nYou may have seen her around, Renée Nijs is known as The Dog Lady of Magaluf. She’s the cheerful character walking her pooches around and about in a pram. Yes, a pram. This weekend coming Renée is organising and gathering together like minded people for a fundraising party for SOS Animales, and she would love it if you would join her. It does sound like a lot of fun to be honest. There will be food, drink and entry into the tombola for the bargain price of 20€ per person, plus plenty of silly party games to keep everyone entertained. It will be at the Pirates Beach Bar in Magaluf on Sunday 15th September it is scheduled to start at 11.00 and go on until 15.30pm. You can make a reservation beforehand by calling 971 131 328. Renée wanted particularly to mention all of the businesses which have been supporting her cause: Katmandu, BCM, El Mundo Restaurant, Tapas, Ecus Rent A Car, Nicky Morgan of Willies. It really has been a labour of love for Renée to get everything together as she has no car and does everything on foot. Well done Renée and we hope your event goes with a bang!

Kitten rescue dramas

Scots born Eli Whillock, who is a huge animal lover is contributing to this week’s Pet Project with her own tales of kitten rescues, can you help her home the last remaining pussycat?

IMG_0592“My friends Sascha and Antonio were having a walk with their daughter Sophia on her horse Lluna I in Son Ferrer. They were passing a derelict building when four tottie kittens ran up to them crying their wee heads off.  They were friendly, unusual as they thought they would be feral kittens.  The kittens were trying to follow them, crying all the way.  So when they went home they gathered dishes, food and water and returned to them… they were starving!  I went with them and they were in a horrible situation, rattling around the rubble and filthy rubbish. The picture taken of the four of them gorging was their first look at food, they were lying in the dish, on top of each other, it would have been funny if it hadn’t been so sad. It was really difficult to leave them as they were running after us like we were the Pied Piper, screaming in distress.  We knew there was nothing we could do at that point, so they were left in the building that night and our friend Claire went in following morning, she visited them, fed and watered them again.  One was missing, but we later found out that it was found by a local lady who has many cats, and she took it in.

“We decided we couldn’t leave them there but there was no room at various shelters to take in more kittens, so Claire offered to house them in her laundry room on a very temporary basis until we could, hopefully, find homes for them or find someone to foster them.  We managed to cobble together a bed, litter tray, lots of food and toys and Claire’s laundry room was a much better bet than where they were, 50 yards away from a farm with lots of large dogs, and right beside a busy main road!  It was not good.  So off they went with Claire to Paguera to be looked after by Claire and her little boy Fred.

“So now there were three.  Claire managed to find a fabulous home for one of them, and the tabby and white boy was picked up on Monday.  I decided to give the ginger boy a home. Claire has 3 cats already and Sascha has 6!

IMG_0647“So now we are one!  A little tabby girl… Claire and I took the kittens to see Ricardo the vet in Paguera who very kindly offered his services to check them over. Healthy looking wee souls, no fleas and he wormed them for us.  Ricardo reckons they are about 7-8 weeks old. They are all extremely tame, enjoy being picked up for a cuddle, munching and drinking well and are using the litter tray no problem at all.

“All we need now is a kind soul who has been thinking of adding a cat member to their family, or who knows that one more wee soul won’t make that much difference to the one or two they already have, to come forward and give her a loving forever home.” You can get in touch with Claire at claire@proguardplus.com and Eli at eliwhillock@aol.com.

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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

Jacko and Gunter

by VM

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First published in the Majorca Daily Bulletin on Thursday March 8th 2012.

Current status: still needs a permanent home.

Photographer: www.zaradoubletphotography.com

Refuge: www.feliz-animal.org

Salem and Cati

by VM

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First published in the Majorca Daily Bulletin on Thursday February 23, 2012

Current Status: Adopted!