Easter Fayre

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Pets in Spain will be having a Easter Fayre. There will be Homemade Easter cakes, Tombola stall and the chance to see their new range of summer clothing. The event also offers a glass of Cava or orange juice to help you enjoy the Fayre.

Event takes place Friday 14th April from 10am to 3pm at the Pets in Spain charity shop on Avenida Londres, Urbanisation La Marina. More information is available from Pets in Spain Charity shops based on Urbanisation La Marina.

Pets in Spain are committed to the rescue and re homing of abandoned and displaced animals, and also run a very successful feral cat sterilization program in the La Marina area.

For more information about the Pets In Spain registered charity and the many different animal rescue and welfare projects please call 645 469 253 or email info@petsinspain.com. Website: www.petsinspain.com

An Evening of Mediumship

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Pets in Spain will be holding an Evening of Mediumship with world renowned medium Allison Wynn Ryder, who stared in the successful TV series “Rescue Mediums ” and is the best selling Author of “The Quirky Medium”

Pets in Spain are excited to be working with Alison and the evening should be an interesting event.

Event takes place Wednesday 29th March at 6.30pm at The Lounge Bar on Urbanisation La Marina. Tickets available from Pets in Spain Charity shops based on Urbanisation La Marina, The Lounge Bar or online at www.jumblebee.co.uk/petsinspain

Pets in Spain are committed to the rescue and re homing of abandoned and displaced animals, and also run a very successful feral cat sterilization program in the La Marina area.

For more information about the Pets In Spain registered charity and the many different animal rescue and welfare projects please call 645 469 253 or email info@petsinspain.com. Website: www.petsinspain.com

Christmas Fayer

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PETS IN SPAIN animal rescue charity based in La Marina will be holding their annual Christmas Fayre on the 1st of December at the Posh Club La Marina between 12-3pm

The charity will have a range of Christmas goodies for sale including Jewelry, Ladies glitz and evening wear, Christmas gift ideas and a range of wonderful Christmas decorations.

Live music on the day to make this a not too be missed event.

Every Euro raised will help a distressed animal get the care, love and security it needs. To begin with one of our fabulous foster carers will help them get back to full and give them all the reassurance they need to become trusting again. Then ultimately they find their forever home when some wonderful person adopts!

Thanks for all your support so far this year and we look forward to meeting you again or for the first time at the Christmas fayer!
For more information about the Pets In Spain registered charity and the many different animal rescue and welfare projects please call (0034) 645.469.253, email info@petsinspain.com or visit their website at www.petsinspain.net.

We’re looking for more animal foster carers

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PETS IN SPAIN are looking for more people to go on their animal foster carer register. Pet lovers who give homeless animals temporary shelter until they find permanent homes are known as foster carers. The process is typically an emotionally rewarding one for the foster family and a valuable experience for the animals as they learn basic social skills they otherwise wouldn’t gain by living in a shelter with minimal human interaction.

We need more people in the La Marina and surrounding areas willing to open up their homes to dogs and cats looking for a fresh start in life. Fostering often suits people who are unable to own their own pet either for financial or lifestyle reasons. The charity supplies all food and veterinary costs for the pet.

Fostering can be from a few nights to several months and it can transform a pets behaviour.

You may be wondering what the benefits of fostering are. For the dog or cat they are obvious. The safety of a home. The warmth of a bed. The touch of a hand. The love of a human carer. But what does the fosterer gain from the experience?

Our foster carers are highly valued members of our volunteer group. They provide a service that many people are not in a position to, and we work hard to ensure they feel appreciated and supported.

For the carer there is the knowledge that they have helped saved a life, and in doing so freed a space for another pet to be saved. It’s a heart warming experience to watch a pet develop and grow in confidence, to learn to trust, to regain health and fitness, and to learn some of those essential skills of socialisation and training.

And isn’t it amazing that its down to the carer that all this happens?

If you think you may be able to help us to become a animal foster carer please call us on 645.469.253, get in touch via email, or or message us on our Facebook page. We look forward to welcoming you to our team.

For more information about the Pets In Spain registered charity and the many different animal rescue and welfare projects please call (0034) 645.469.253, email info@petsinspain.com or visit their website at www.petsinspain.net.

Pets in Spain Summer BBQ: La Marina, 25th April 2:00pm

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PETS IN SPAIN are holding their first charitable event of the summer on 25th April at Bar Stop in La Marina Urbanisation. With a live DJ, good food, and plenty of beer on tap it promises to be a lively afternoon of entertainment.

The Pets in Spain fundraising committee will be holding a summer barbeque party on Monday 25th April at Bar Stop in La Marina. From 2:00pm until 6:00pm you can enjoy an afternoon of summer sun, fun, a live DJ, and freshly prepared barbequed food.

Tickets cost just €8,00 per person, with money raised going to help this worthwhile charity carry on their invaluable work across the Costa Blanca in Spain.

Tickets are available for purchase from Pets in Spain charity shops, or you can buy online from Jumblebee by clicking here (link opens in new window). Bar Stop is located on Calle Rio Segura (behind the International Store), Urbanisation La Marina, 03177, Alicante. For Google Map and directions click here.

For more information about the Pets In Spain registered charity and the many different animal rescue and welfare projects please call (0034) 645.469.253, email info@petsinspain.com or visit their website at www.petsinspain.net.

Critically endangered wild cat could be reintroduced to the UK

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THE IBERIAN LYNX, an endangered wild feline species indigenous to south western Spain, could be reintroduced in to the UK after a successful 15 year captive breeding programme saw the wild cats population triple.

Iberian Lynx numbers fell critically following the decimation of its’ natural food source. A specialist rabbit hunter by nature, the global wild cat population stood at less than 100 at the turn of the millenium.

According to the charitable conservation group SOS Lynx if the Iberian Lynx died out it would mark the first feline species to become extinct since prehistoric times. But since 2001, a 15 year long captive breeding and reintroduction program led the Spanish Environment Ministry and Andalusian Environment Council, has boosted the Iberian Lynxs’ numbers to almost 400, despite having only 25 females.

The leopard-like cats (although considerably smaller) are known for their black tufted ears and fawn spotted coats. Most of the cats remain in Andalucia and stay in a dedicated and controlled territorial area of 20 square kilometers, but some have reached the hills near Toledo, Extremadura.

Following the projects’ success the Lynx UK Trust has been established to reintroduce the medium-sized cats to the British Isles, where they have not roamed for more than 1,000 years. The trust is surveying locations across the UK and meeting with local communities in suitable areas to identify potential release sites for a trial reintroduction of the wild cat.

The UK government is set to debate the issue later this year.

For more information about the Pets In Spain registered charity and the many different animal rescue and welfare projects please call (0034) 645.469.253, email info@petsinspain.com or visit their website at www.petsinspain.net.

Story Credit: Mandy Harrison.

The Pets in Spain Charity, Featured In El Pais

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PETS IN SPAIN is a British animal rescue and re-homing charity based in San Fulgencio on the Costa Blanca. The non-profit organisation has a governing committee of nine members, a total membership of 63, while staffed by 130 volunteers. The vast majority of animals rescued by the group come from the Costa Blanca and Murcia regions. The charity collaborates with other organisations and individuals throughout the Iberian Peninsula.

The charity believes that innocent creatures are falling through the cracks in the system. I met Mark Lewis (secretary of Pets in Spain) throughout June and July 2014, to document the charity’s activities and investigate the current situation in regards to animal welfare on the Costa Blanca. He introduced me to charity shop staff, animal foster carers, adopters and a whole assembly of benevolent creatures. I also met veterinary physicians at the Veterpet animal hospital during August 2014 in the town of Guardamar del Segura and documented their collaborative work with Pets in Spain.

Since its launch in 2004, Pets in Spain have found homes for approximately 30 animals per month. It has a roster of temporary foster homes for pets in need as well as individuals who permanently adopt animals. Its work is endless and the organisation is always seeking donations at its charity shop. The group constantly advertises for more foster carers as well as other volunteers to add to their ranks. It has a strong presence on social media and constantly updates followers on its rescue activities and animals offered-up for adoption.

‘Fundación Affinity‘ (Trans. The Affinity Foundation) is a Spanish non-profit organisation that promotes the positive role played by pets in society. The foundation stated in a recent study, commissioned by an online pet shop called ‘Kiwoko’, that one pet is abandoned every three minutes on the Iberian Peninsula. Consequently, the grand total of 150,000 animals are cast aside every year in Spain, which represents the highest number of domestic creatures abandoned in any European nation.

Pets in Spain supports the belief that animals who are victims of neglect, abuse, or abandonment must not also be victims of bureaucracy. Furthermore, educated citizens with a good moral compass should support that belief and voice their opinion. It would be pertinent to say, “He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.” — Immanuel Kant.

For more information about the Pets In Spain registered charity and the many different animal rescue and welfare projects please call (0034) 645.469.253, email info@petsinspain.com or visit their website at www.petsinspain.net.

This story first appeared in El Pais. To read the full story please click here.

Photo Credit: Paul Louis Archer. Story Credit: El Pais.

Autumn Charitable Event Rocks the Costa Blanca

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THE SOUTH COSTA BLANCA COMMUNITY rallied round the registered animal charity Pets in Spain this week to help raise money to aide the stray, abandoned, or mistreated animals within the local area. Organised in association with local businesses, the Autumn Dinner and Dance provided an evening of entertainment that raised a significant amount of money for this great charity.

La Marina based animal rescue charity Pets In Spain held there autumn dinner and dance fundraising evening on Monday 2nd November at the La Marina Sports Complex and raised an amazing €500 to help rescued animals.

The evening was enjoyed by over 70 attendees and after a delicious two-course meal they were entertained by the wonderful sounds of Diverse Duo who very kindly gave there services for the night on behalf of the charity. A raffle was held on the evening with prizes including a free meal provided by the Big Eat Restaurant in La Marina.

Pets in Spain are committed to the rescue and rehoming of abandoned and displaced animals, and also run a very successful feral cat sterilisation program in the La Marina area.

The charity is registered with the Valencia Regional government and provides the best of care with a great team of volunteer foster carers, and all necessary veterinary treatment and rehabilitation for an animal. The charity also has amazing success with reuniting lost pets with their owners; this is done thanks to their long established Europe wide networking connections and collaboration with many other animal rescue organisations.

The charity run two modern charity shops in the area to provide much needed funds to continue their work, any donations of clothing, household items and furniture are very gratefully received and collection can be arranged for large furniture items.

For more information about the Pets In Spain registered charity and the many different animal rescue and welfare projects please call (0034) 645.469.253, email info@petsinspain.com or visit their website at www.petsinspain.net.

Photo Credit: Pets in Spain.

Locals Descend on Ciudad Quesada to Support Charity Event

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THE SOUTH COSTA BLANCA COMMUNITY rallied round local animal charities on Thursday to raise money to help the stray, abandoned, or mistreated animals within the local area, helping to raise much needed funds for their care and finding homes for these unloved domestic pets.

Locals descended on The Country Club in Ciudad Quesada to enjoy an afternoon of fun and organised events to raise money for these fabulous charities that do so much to help pets in need, here in Spain.

Specialist pet transportation company, Paws On The Move, organised and sponsored the event, with Pets in Spain and Hope for Podencos providing “dog-walk” style parades of their pets looking for permanent loving homes.

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It provided a rare opportunity for local people to meet the teams behind the charities, and to see first-hand the animals they work with. As a result of the afternoons’ work at least one dog found a new home, and it’s hoped that more will follow given the much needed exposure that the animals and the charities experienced.

Mark Mockford from Pets in Spain said “People are well aware of the abuse that happens here in Spain, but sometimes I’m not sure if everyone realises the scope of the problem”. Both Help for Podencos and Pets in Spain have helped to rescue hundreds of dogs from squalid conditions and abuse.

Tucatz web design, print services, ciudad quesada, torreviejaPets in Spain have undertaken a decade-long campaign of neutering female cats across the South Costa Blanca to help control the feral cat population, capturing, neutering, and releasing truly feral cats, or rehoming abandoned domestic felines.

“With the generous help of local vets we’ve neutered more than 1,500 female cats over the last ten years” said Mark. “That’s nearly one cat every other day”.

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Both Pets in Spain and Hope for Podencos rely upon the generosity of their local community. Contact them to find out how you can help animals in need with only some of your time, including offering to walk their dogs, or offering a temporary foster home to an animal in need. Small financial donations are always appreciated, see their websites or find them on Facebook for more details.