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: Rescues and Shelters

Natura Parc

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There have been a lot of reports recently about the bad conditions and care of animals at the cat and dog pound based at Natura Parc in Santa Eugenia. In the interests of unbiased reporting I went along to see the conditions for myself last week. I didn’t announce that I was from a newspaper but instead told them that I was enquiring about adopting either a rabbit or a cat. I have to say I didn’t feel very comfortable about it, I guess I won’t make the greatest undercover reporter. But what I found may surprise Lovely fluffy boy bunny at Natura Parcyou dear reader as it wasn’t all bad, despite the reports. Firstly, the staff that I met there were lovely, friendly and helpful. Secondly, yes the conditions for the cats are not ideal at the moment, but they are building a block for a cattery with indoor and outdoor facilities and room for a veterinary clinic. Thirdly, it was quite a cold day when I visited and was heartened to hear that the one poor lonely rabbit (which apparently is unusual, there are often more than one waiting for a home) was being kept in a heated area rather than unheated. I almost took this furry angora boy bunny home with me. Rabbits are free to adopt, and very straightforward. You have to produce ID and sign some paperwork.

Big beautiful grey cat at Natura ParcIf you are looking for a cat then please consider going to Natura Parc first and seeing if any of them catch your eye. There were a couple that really stood out for me, including this beautiful grey girl, and a very chatty ginger tabby boy! Adoption of the cats and dogs is relatively cheap. They are chipped and vaccinated and provided with a passport for 30€ per cat and 56€ per dog.  The pound is open Monday to Saturday. Call for opening times 871 719 772. Natura Parc is close to the village of Santa Eugenia, on Ctra Palma Sineu 15.7km. The cattery isn’t so easy to find, but go to the main building and ask for directions.

Medication exchange

If you use Facebook then I urge you to join this new group online which is coordinating the exchange of medications for animals. It is being overseen by several vets and a chemist and is a great initiative in these times of financial crisis. Well done to the originators! Search for: Intercambio de medicina para animales solo en Mallorca. Perhaps you have some medications that you no longer need which you could donate?

Come!

10923191_616671161800336_4763828779924400813_nIf you want to work on some obedience skills with your dog then get yourself over to the Dogs For U workshop this Sunday. You can book by calling 626 919 312. This time it will be a “Recall Workshop: Learn how to motivate your dog to come back when called”.

 

 

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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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

Born in a storm.

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When Dogs For U answered a call from a pound to take in a female German Shepherd no one knew that the female had baggage. EIGHT puppies in fact. Once the dog, Kira had been settled in to her new foster home she was taken to the vets where they confirmed that yes, she was indeed pregnant. Her puppies were born on November 4th during a very dramatic storm. Seven of the puppies survived. They have been raised in a foster home in Alcudia by the lovely Angie Cain. Now they are seeking homes. Four have already been successful and there are three puppies left who need families: all girls. If you would like to enquire about adoption then contact Dogs For U on www.dogsforu.org email: kontakt@dogsforu.org or phone: 971 503 832 or 637 242 228

Born in a storm, now needs a good home. Gina, up for adoption from Dogs For U

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Furry wishes for the New Year

  1. Dear Kindly Human, if you are thinking of inviting a new pet into your home please look in the local rescue centres before splashing out in a pet shop. There are hundreds of us waiting for someone to come along and fall in love – young, old and of all shapes, sizes and species. Here are the addresses and contact details of some of the main centres on the island: Sociedad Protectora de Animales y Plantas, Cami Nou s/n, Palma tel: 971 470060; Son Reus, Camino de Son Reus, Palma Tel: 971 438695; Feliz Animal Andratx Tel: 676366814; Llucmajor Dog Pound, Cami Son Gual; Inca Dog Pound, Carretera Inca-Llubi Km 1.4 Tel: 971 144532; Centro Canino International Tel: 689584371; SOS Animal Calvia Tel: 971 606467; Ben Tractats Campos Tel: 639139680;  First Aid Animals Felanitx, Jaime I 76, Tel: 618725166; Pro Animales Mallorca Tel: 636996444.

 

  1. Dearest Owner, we know you love us with all your heart, but please help us to weight-watch. We have zero will-power so we look to you for help to fight the flab. If we are beginning to bulge please stop giving us treats or titbits from the table. We may look at you with eyes that make us difficult to resist, but it’s so much harder to remove extra kilos once they’ve been put on, than it is to cut down on a few calories before we have a visible problem. We want to be fit and enjoy our lives with you for as many years as possible so please help us to stay healthy by not giving in to our every imploring gaze.

 

  1. Please let us know what you want. We haven’t got very large brains and we are easily ruled by instincts which can, at times, be unacceptable in a human household. However, most of us can be trained and then we will take great pleasure in pleasing you by behaving as you would like. The younger we are the easier it is to train us, but, even if we are a few years old, some training is possible. There are training classes available in many languages on the island, ask your friends or put a question out on Facebook or AngloInfo so we can train together.

 

  1. Feeling itchy is horrid. If you see us scratching please don’t delay too long before checking out the source of our discomfort. There have been a monumental number of fleas around this autumn because the weather has been so warm, but we might have ear mites or a fungal infection, dermatitis or a food allergy. Itchy problems can usually be cured by a vet and, although we may not enjoy going, we are so much more comfortable afterwards.

 

  1. You mean everything t us; you are the centre of our world; you feed us, groom us, care for us and we love you with our whole being. Every time you leave us we miss you, so please don’t leave us alone for too long. We try to understand when you need to go away, but please try and leave us with people who will love us like you do.

 

  1. There are a number of diseases we need to be protected against. In addition to rabies there’s a horrible disease called Leishmania which affects dogs and is rampant on the island where it is spread by mosquitos. We have no way of reminding you when we should have our injections, and to be honest we might not want to remind you, so in our own interest would you be kind enough to ask the animal doctor when we should visit for our vaccinations and put the date in your diary.

 

  1. Four legs aren’t always better than two – especially in a car. We can get thrown around very violently even with moderate braking or acceleration so please would you provide us with a seatbelt or a travelling box to ride in, that way we’re not a nuisance and it’s safer for everyone.

 

Thank you to all the animal loving humans on the island and here’s to a full year of tail-wagging, purring, snuffling and jumping around for joy – Happy 2015

(With thanks to Calvia Vet for their contribution).

 

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

Cat Collaborations

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In August Arc Animales received an email from an elderly couple in Pollensa who had a ‘kitten saturation’ situation and desperately need their help!

They had contacted both Pollensa and Alcudia rescue centres who said they were too full to take any.

It seems the couple had started feeding three female abandoned cats late last year. Then the inevitable happened – first lot of kittens were born on the 6th March and the second on the 31st March (on their terrace) then another litter was born in July somewhere on the finca. They had been feeding them all and got themselves into a situation where they could not cope, in particular financially: in all there were 23 cats and kittens.

In addition the couple were in the procees of selling their house and moving back to the UK but they were desperate that the cats and kittens find new homes and be safe.

There were three adult females (needing castration) 14 older kittens from the 1st and 31st of March (needing castration) (Four of which they would keep themselves)

6 young kittens which had only just started eating solid kitten food (castration will be needed later). This meant that there were three adult cats, nine older kittens of around 6 months and 6 young kittens that needed rehoming. It also meant there were sixteen cats that needed castrating immediately and seven would need castrating in a matter of months.

Arc Animales got in touch with Baldea (who were featured a couple of weeks ago in Pet Project) and working with Ana Aranda Lindsay it was arranged for the cats and older kittens to be castrated in the Baldea mobile vet unit.

17 cats and kittens have been castrated. It’s been a fantastic team effort between Baldea, Katzenzuflucht and Arc Animales.

Arc Animales are now looking for forever homes for the six little kittens – growing by the minute – that were too young to castrate. There are four little boys, Micah, Sima, Malin, Sujay and two girls, Pearl and Pippa. They are all between 8 and 12 weeks old.

Please spread the word about these kittens whose start in life was not the best but, with your help, their futures could be.

You can get in touch with June from Arc Animales by emailing info@arc-mallorca.org or visit http://www.arc-mallorca.org.

 

 

 

 

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 writers and photographers around the island. You can get in touch with Pet Project at www.petprojectmallorca.com If you want to help with this column or send information then please do to petprojectmallorca@gmail.com

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This week’s Pet Project we have guest writer, Sheridan making a very interesting suggestion for us all.  If you have something you want to say or contribute then email petprojectmallorca@gmail.com

Giving Big, even on a Budget

by Sheridan Conisbee

 An idea for people devoted to helping animals

 Pay for a SpayEver wondered whether giving just a few euros to a charity makes much of a difference to the animals you want to help?  Or have you sometimes thought about giving but not carried through because the amount you can offer hardly seems worth the effort, especially if donating on-line with its time-consuming credit details to complete.  The truth is that every penny does count for the animals, and it´s always worth the effort, but there´s an easy way to turn shallow pockets into much deeper ones just by clubbing together with good friends and setting up a Donor Club.

By pooling resources with a few friends, each donating a fixed amount every month, your contribution will multiply and be far more effective for the animals you wish to support.  Every amount, big or small, is appreciated by charities, but the reality is that larger donations provide far more comfort for the people behind the charity, allowing them to plan forward, perhaps order a piece of vital equipment they need, or build another holding bay so that more dogs or cats can be rescued.  Clubbing together really is very effective.   It doesn´t matter whether you give 2 Euros or 20 or 200 each month – just decide on a minimum amount that you can all afford.  If, for example, 15 friends club together and each gave 10 euros a month, that´s a donation of 150 euros for a deserving cause.  That sum of money can go a very long way in helping animals to receive the preventative or curative treatments they need, or to help small organizations expand their programmes.   Then, by just inviting a few more friends to your club, you can watch the donation amount grow even more!

I´m in a donor club and through these friends I´m exposed to a variety of great rescue organizations and individuals that I may otherwise never have heard of.  Another bonus is that it keeps me in regular contact with my chums around the globe who are in the same club, but above all else I just love the way my small donations multiply allowing a greater number of animals to be rescued than would have been possible on my own. It´s very rewarding and great fun.

Our group is informal but we do have a member´s Facebook page for photos and updates on the causes we support along with a few guidelines which we all agreed on upfront, e.g. the number of members to keep it manageable, who will be “Admin”, payment options (PayPal is great), the type of beneficiaries, minimum donation, etc.  We take it in turns each month to nominate a cause so each one of us gets to support our favourite charity with a healthy, maybe life-changing donation.

Animal rescuers have to face misery and huge bills so by giving, and giving as “big” as possible, we can help them to continue rescuing, to expand even, and maybe to feel less alone in their labours.

It´s very easy but if you want further advice in setting up a donor club, just email me: sheridan@loxinfo.co.th To find a list of rescue organizations to support through your new donor club, visit  https://petprojectmallorca.com/

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

Animal Refuge Updates

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Volunteers needed!

All hands on deck! Dogs For U in Inca really need some extra pairs of hands. 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

Christmas fundraisers

This weekend on Sunday December 1st make sure you pass by the Country Club in Santa Ponca. They will be holding their Christmas fair on this day, with proceeds from the day going to SOS Animals Calvia. The fair starts at 10am and goes on all day. There will be plenty of fun things to do with the kids as well.

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.

Vet scheme

Nuria with BillyDon’t forget to castrate or spay your animals! The good people at Clinica Veterinaria Peguera have made it very easy for animal rescuers to act responsibly. With a scheme which they have adopted called Lyoness it is possible to donate money towards the cost of spaying feral and abandoned animals and therefore give them happier, healthier lives without the pain and suffering that comes with having extra puppies or kittens. Get in touch with Nuria Rosa, pictured, to find out more about their scheme. www.clinicaveterinariapaguera.es

Teaching responsibility

Baldea education 1Baldea believes that prevention of cruelty and kindness to animals can best be achieved through education, helping to promote a Baldea education 3sense of responsibility towards all living things.  Baldea.org already has a volunteer-run AWE project which, with the help of teachers in primary and high schools, offers specific programmes in the languages required in Mallorca´s schools, including English. They provide the course work relevant to everyday life and all the materials for 3 age groups: Up to 6 years

Interactive and fun; they use soft toys and other props such as vet costumes and toy stethoscopes to role play. From 6-12 years: introducing the practicalities of pet guardianship such as the expense involved in keeping a pet.  They watch videos, discuss individual cats or dogs in real shelters such as the one in Esporles and get a chance to express themselves and their feelings towards animals. From 13 + years: the reasons why animals land up in shelters, along with more in depth discussions on animals´ needs and sentience, and pet care generally. These volunteer programmes are an extra school activity conducted within school hours.  Any school wishing to be included or any teacher wishing to volunteer, should ring Baldea´s president, Ana Aranda, 678 442 517.

 

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

Fun and Games in Magaluf.

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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.

The Magnificent Seven

by VM

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

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

 

Nenu

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

minie

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

Coco and Sam

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

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

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

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

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