A pet is for life – not just for Christmas!

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A pet is often on children’s lists of wished for Christmas gifts. It may seem like a great idea at the time, but all too often those highly desired puppies and kittens are abandoned, because the child and perhaps other family members realise that keeping an animal requires dedication, and in the case of puppies hard work.

The RSPCA in the UK reported that the number of animals abandoned before New Year 2017 was around 600 and it gets higher in the summer months, perhaps because the novelty has truly worn off by then.

Here are a few pointers from animal charities to think about before dashing out to get an animal as a present:

  • Can you afford a pet? Consider the cost of food, injections, being neutered and don’t forget sporadic vet bills.
  • Do you have the time to walk a dog twice a day? Also, it is recommended that you don’t leave a dog alone for more than four hours every day.
  • Have you got the space? Think carefully about the type of animal and breed if you’re getting a dog.

Also, Christmas is busy and often noisy in a home, which can make it difficult for an animal to settle in, so it might be better to wait until you have time to focus on settling the pet in calmly and giving it plenty of attention. Don’t forget that fostering is also an option and a great way to help a dog transition from living in a shelter to being in a home environment.

ADOPT DON’T SHOP!

Finally, if you are considering getting a pet at this time of year, please ‘adopt don’t shop’. Spain and Gibraltar’s animal rescue centres have wonderful dogs and cats all looking for a new home. You would be giving the animals and the volunteers who run these centres a really Happy Christmas if you give one of their dogs or cats a forever home. And please don’t forget that donations are always welcome.

We’ve put together a brief guide to the rescue centres on the Costa del Sol and in Gibraltar to help you find a pet – at any time of year.

ADANA Dog Shelter Estepona

ADANA (Association for the Rights of Abandoned Animals) is an animal charity on the Costa del Sol run by volunteers. Its aims are to promote love and affection for animals, to provide facilities for the shelter and care of abandoned, sick and injured dogs whilst seeking new homes for them and to assist the local authorities with such animals. ADANA never puts down a healthy animal. 

Adana operates a dog shelter on property owned by the local government and run by ADANA employees and volunteers. 

For donations and to look at the available dogs visit adana.es

Tel:  952 113 467 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Triple A Marbella-San Pedro

Triple A is mostly run by volunteers, dedicated to help and care for the abandoned and abused animals in Marbella and San Pedro Alcántara area.

Triple A gives them love, shelter, medical care, and tries to find new homes for them so that they can have a second change for a happy life. It does not receive any finance from the Central or Regional Government. Marbella Town Hall helps Triple A with a small amount of money and the electricity bill.

It only survives by membership fees, donations, sponsors and organising events, etc.

For donations and to look at the available dogs visit tripleamarbella.org

Tel: 952 771 586 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Chance Animal Rescue

Based in the Málaga region, the mission of this charity is to find loving forever homes for the huge number of abandoned animals coming into the El Paraiso perrera (pound). As with many charity organisations, it does not receive any government funding and rely entirely on donations and fund raising events. It takes dogs and cats both from people handing them in and those found roaming the streets. It can house many hundreds of dogs at one time but with the current economic climate, it has found the numbers coming in far exceed those which they can rehome.

For donations and to look at the available dogs visit lastchanceanimalrescue.es

Tel: 633 320 313

Spanish Stray Cats

The local government facility for stray and abandoned cats only has a contractual requirement to keep cats for 10 days.  Cats may be kept longer, but only if the facilities do not become overcrowded.  We are a charity that works hard to find homes for these animals, this helps to keep the numbers of cats in the pound at a level whereby they are given a much more reasonable time period for rehoming.   Every cat/kitten we home frees up another space in the pound, this in turn gives another cat a chance.

For donations and to look at the available dogs visit spanishstraycats.org or contact it via Facebook Spanish Stray Cats. You can also email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Animals in Need Foundation / Adopt a Rescue Dog Gibraltar

Animals In Need Foundation and Adopt a Rescue Dog Gibraltar are non-profit organisation that finds homes for abandoned dogs at the Prodean Animal Shelter in La Linea and the surrounding areas throughout southern Spain.

For donations and to look at the available dogs visit ainf.gi or on Facebook – Adopt a Rescue Dog Gibraltar.

Pitstaff Rescue Europe

PitStaff Rescue Europe works to save Pitbulls, Staffys and other similar type dogs from extreme situations such as abuse or abandonment in Spain. We remove dogs from death row and give them the treatment they deserve until they are adopted out here and in Europe.

For donations and to look at the available dogs visit Facebook page Pitstaff Rescue Europe

 
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