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: rehoming mallorca

Yacht Crew Giving Back

by petprojectmallorca

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

Advertisements

Fancy a Kiwi?

by petprojectmallorca

kiwi5The nice people at the animal sanctuary Arc Mallorca have been asked to re-home a Pyrenean Mountain Dog – he is absolutely beautiful, 2 years old, and a very gentle giant.  His owners must, due to family and financial circumstance, return to Germany and the only accommodation they have is their father’s flat which is very small and not good for a dog of this size.  With great regret as they love him to bits they made the decision that for his sake they would prefer to  find him a loving family and home here on Majorca with some land for him to run around on and enjoy life rather than spending a lot of his time in a very cramped flat .  His name is Kiwi, if you pop over to the Pet Project Facebook page then you can see a video of him in action.

 

If you would like to know more about him then you can get in touch with June at Arc Mallorca via their website http://www.arc-mallorca.org.

Donate a prize?

The Cat and Kitten Rescue group urgently need tombola prizes as they have a stall at the Support Charley event at the House of Katmandu on April 27th.  They are after cakes, bottles of alcohol and gifts. They have 3 drop off points for food, litter and tombola prizes: Salvation Army in Son Caliu, Second Time Around in Magaluf and British Laundry in Santa Ponsa.
About PP

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.

Fura, Lucky and Rusty are ready for new homes!

by petprojectmallorca

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

 

Harry

by petprojectmallorca

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.

01 PP harry

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

Feeling Spicy – Stars for Angels

by petprojectmallorca

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.

Star

Star

Rusty

Rusty

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

Pussycats and Open Days

by petprojectmallorca

This week we have two beautiful cats from Mininas, the cat rescue organisation in Palma, and a fantastic opportunity to meet the good people of Dogs For U. Thanks to Cati Salva and Shane Green for their beautiful photos.
Narnia, photo by Cati SalvaKinder is around 2 years old. She was rescued in the cemetery area in Palma where she had been abandoned heavily pregnant. She had 5 little cuties and raised them like a super mom, all chunky and playful. All of the kittens have gone to loving homes, but nobody has taken any interest in Kinder so far. She is affectionate, sweet and loving. She purrs a lot and loves to have people around.

Kinder, photo by Cati SalvaNarnia is one of the unluckiest cats that Mininas have found so far. She was a street cat, but sweet and tame. She had a litter that someone threw in the trash bin, but she was not neutered at all. Then she somehow got hurt in her right eye and lost it. When they spotted her she was in very bad shape, the eye closed, the fur gone in certain spots. She turned out to be allergic to flea bites. The surgery was performed to take out the bad eye and close the socket to avoid further infections, and on the surgery table she was found to be suffering from mastitis. She had to have additional surgery in her breasts and had a long, painful recovery. While all of this happened, she was miserable. She had to wear a collar so that she didn’t lick the stitches and was not happy about this at all. She didn’t know how to move with the collar, she felt trapped. She was however very affectionate, purring from the moment she saw you, but she didn’t move out of fear. Those times are long gone. She is now free from the collar and has been gradually relaxing at her foster home. She is shy when she first meets a new person, but once she gets used to her surroundings she plays and moves around like any other cat would. She is a quiet cat and would work best in a quiet home – preferably with little other feline company. She is okay with another cat or two, but multitudes are not to her liking. Because she is shy, she needs a sweet, loving, soft person by her side that would have the patience to let her move and socialize at her own pace.

You can enquire about either cats by emailing mininasmallorca@gmail.com

Sandy, photo by Shane GreenSANDY, is a beautiful GSD-mix, young adult, soft and fluffy, full of beans and utterly adorable.  Sandy would benefit most with an active family, who thrive on walking and getting exercise and devoting time to playing with and training a new family dog.  You can meet Sandy on Sunday at the Dogs For U Open Day waiting to put dusty paws all over clean clothes!  The open day will be on Sunday 1 Sept from  4pm to 8 pm. There is a map available at http://dogsforu.org/ There will be dog agility demonstrations by PerrosYMas (Hundeschule auf Mallorca), cakes, drinks, tombola, clothes, bric-a-brac and a chance to meet the dogs and the DFU volunteers. You can get more information from 971 14 23 11.

Every week the PR firm Phoenix Media aims to help an animal rescue organisation and re-home an animal with the collaboration of the island’s best amateur and professional photographers and the Majorca Daily Bulletin. 

 

 

 

Tigger seeks home!

by petprojectmallorca

TiggerThis handsome chilled-out tabby cat is Tigger, and he urgently needs re-homing, because his owners are returning to the UK for health reasons – and their new rented home there does not allow pets.  Much to their surprise, the couple has sold their home on Mallorca very quickly and have to vacate it by the end of the month. Along with the stress of moving at short notice, and health concerns, they have the anxiety of trying to find a new home for their feline friend. As often happens here on the island, Tigger adopted them, when he decided that he liked the garden of their home near Calas de Mallorca. He’s been with them for just under four years, and was just a young cat when he arrived. He’s been neutered, has just had his annual vaccinations, and is in good health.

Although he lives outdoors, Tigger is never far from the house – usually snoozing under a bush – and loves human company. He enjoys being stroked and fussed, and will happily jump onto an available lap if someone’s sitting outside – but he is not used to children. Described as a ‘loyal companion’, he likes to be close by when anyone is in the garden. He waits patiently at the door each morning for his breakfast, and returns in the evening for his dinner. Tigger’s ‘owners’ live on a small development of holiday homes and, unfortunately, they have no neighbours in full-time residence who could take on their much-loved companion. The new owners of their home will be staying here for holidays only.

Could you give Tigger a loving home? If so, you’ll be gaining a loyal companion – and reducing the stress that his owners are currently going through. You can contact them on 971 833 733
or email gillcwll@msn.com

Photo credit for Tigger – Jan Edwards

Spay Shuttle! (the mobile vet clinic)

A repurposed ambulance!Simple as ABC: Animal Birth Control.  A rather familiar looking vehicle pulled up outside of Natura Parc refuge recently and proceeded to neuter some of the residents of the pound. Sheridan Conisbee from Dogs For U was so excited about this new initiative that the organisation took on Lenny and Basil after they had been neutered to show their support to the new idea. This is what she had to say about the project from the animal rescue and rights group BALDEA.

Basil

Basil

“Maxi Lange of BALDEA who attended all day (phew, very hot and tiring) told me that the mobile clinic was once an ambulance from IB Salut, the Government´s health service, which was given to them for use as a Mobile Vet Clinic.  With donated funds, BALDEA kitted it out to the standard demanded by the Veterinary authorities, and with signage on the outside saying “Sterilisation Unit for Abandoned Animals”. It is used when funds allow to neuter feral cats and dogs from shelters, rescuers, refugios, etc.  It is not for cats & dogs privately owned already.

Lenny

Lenny

“The case for pre-adoption neutering: I reckon it´s in the interest of the wider animal welfare community on the island and especially dog & cat rescuers to get behind this and show support for a pre-adoption neutering policy at all pounds on the island.  We should be demanding it.   It´s simple: the cost of pre-adoption neutering can be covered by an increased adoption fee, hence the shelters themselves wouldn´t be losing financially.

Inside the mobile clinic“Looking outside Mallorca for statistical evidence, since California mandated sterilisation of shelter dogs before adoption in 1998, the numbers of dogs killed in California shelters has fallen by 22% (Source: Animal People News, investigative journalism).  If Mallorca´s municipal and private pounds could adopt this approach and lead the way for neutering to become the accepted norm amongst the island´s dog owners, lots of lovable dogs like Lenny and Basil wouldn´t be having to take their last walk!”

To keep this running, BALDEA are desperately in need of funds for equipment and supplies.

How you can help

·         Write to your pound telling them of your support for increased adoption fees if they introduce neutering.

·         Donate generously for BALDEA´s mobile clinic.  This marvellous motor is in dire need of investment in a Gas Anaesthetic Machine to facilitate sterilizations, safely and quickly.  It also needs funds for much-needed supplies, including dog and cat spay sets and suture material.  You can go to http://www.baldea.org for more information.

Lenny and Basil are both looking for permanent homes, so please do contact Sheridan at http://www.dogsforu.org for more information.

Photo credits for mobile vet clinic and dog photos – Sheridan Conisbee

Every week Pet Project tries to help an abandoned animal find a new home in Majorca. You can help by lending your support online at http://www.petprojectmallorca.com

Shadow, the dog that was shot.

by petprojectmallorca

Emms Run 17 Mar 2013

Emms Run 17 Mar 2013

Shadow is a young male German Shepherd/Husky mix (although the volunteers at Dogs 4 You who are caring for him think there may be a bit of teddy bear thrown in there as well). They estimate that he is around 2 years old. Shadow was found as a stray and ended up in a dog pound where the Dogs 4 You supporters found him earlier this month. He has been he was aptly named Shadow as he´s always on the heels of Cornelia, shadowing her every move.

He´s a handsome, strong, thick-coated bear of a dog, with an especially appealing and friendly face, and his character is equally as warm. Taking him out for the first time into the big city last Sunday to watch the Palma Half Marathon, Shadow excelled himself, being quiet and calm, yet interested and friendly towards anyone who wanted to pat him – child or adult. He was a star! Well done to Emm Millar for completing the run and raising funds for Dogs 4 You.  

The Dogs 4 You carers have discovered that his background, although unknown, does hold a horror story. Sometime in his short life he has been shot. When Shadow was taken to the vet for neutering this week, their vet discovered pellets from a shot gun
13 lodged in his rear end; they´ll never know how painful and frightening this must have been for him but Shadow hasn´t let it affect his feelings toward people: he´s still a friendly, calm dog.

Shadow is looking for a home to call his own, with people who will understand that he needs pats and kind words, deserves home comforts, and needs patience, exercise and training to turn him into the pet they want him to be. If you can offer this lovely dog a home then please get in touch with Cornelia at cascavalls@yahoo.de or call 971 503832.

Emms Run 17 Mar 03115
Photo credit: Sheridan Connisbee

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.