Want to Adopt? 4 Dog Rescue Organisations That Can Help
There are no official numbers, but the lowest estimate is that 300,000 pets a year are abandoned in Spain. Most of these are dogs. More than 600 animal rescue organisations provide help in trying to re-home and financially support the ever growing population of shelter animals.
It may sound obvious that I live in Spain and have 2 Spanish rescue dogs, but don’t be put off if you are outside the Iberian peninsula! Unfortunately, with the attitude of the Spanish towards animal welfare and the sheer volume of rescue dogs, it is impossible to have every shelter animal adopted within Spain. That is the reason many of the rescue organisations offer adoptions to almost anywhere in the world.
If you’re reading this and are considering to adopt a Spanish stray dog, here are 4 organisations that could help you do so:
1. Spanish Stray Dogs – www.spanishstraydogs.org.uk – Both Skippy and Anuska have been adopted through Spanish Stray Dogs, so naturally this is number 1 on my list. Spanish Stray Dogs is a registered charity, founded in 2010 by Amee Angelina Townsend to help a stray dog called Ben. Spanish Stray Dogs help stray and abandoned dogs in Spain. Since 2010 they have helped many hundreds of neglected stray dogs in Spain by providing food, aid, vets and finding adoptive families for them. For the last 3 years they have also been providing practical and financial assistance to a Council Pound in Southern Spain helping them to feed and care for over 300 dogs in residence there. In addition they have assisted in the adoption of over 1000 dogs and have been able to find homes for many stray and street dogs from Spain with families all around the world. Most common adoption countries are Germany, UK, Sweden, Finland, The Netherlands and Spain, but they have even adopted dogs out as far as the USA!
2. Animal in Need – www.animalinneed.com – Animal in Need started in 2005, when Spanish resident Dutchman Peter Koekebakker and his wife began saving dogs from a council-ran “killing station” for dogs. Killing stations are the Spanish way of dealing with unwanted animals. After the mandatory 10 day waiting period (to see if someone claims the animal), they get brutally killed under horrific circumstances. Peter started building kennels for the dogs just outside the killing station. Thanks to fundraising activities and generous donations, by 2010 the provisional facilities were slowly transformed into a proper, fully functional animal shelter. The closing of the killing station in 2010, was an absolute milestone for the organisation. Animal in Need has local support in The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Spain and dogs can be adopted to any of those countries.
3. Adana – www.adana.es – ADANA (Association for the Rights of Abandoned Animals) is an animal charity on the Costa del Sol run by volunteers. Their aims are to promote love and affection for animals, to provide facilities for the shelter and care of abandoned, sick and injured animals whilst seeking new homes for them and to assist the local authorities with such animals. ADANA never puts down a healthy animal. ADANA operates an animal shelter in the Estepona campo on property leased by the local government and run by ADANA employees and volunteers. To the question where ADANA dogs can be adopted to, an ADANA volunteer answered: “We will send dogs anywhere!”. In practice, this mainly comes down to Spain, Germany, UK, Sweden, Finland and The Netherlands, but ADANA too have sent dogs as far as the USA.
4. Triple A – www.tripleamarbella.org – Triple A is an officially registered, non-profit organization, dedicated to helping and caring for abandoned and abused animals, offering them dignified shelter while we seek a home for them. They also work for a better future for these animals by financing informative campaigns on spaying and neutering, raising public awareness as to proper care and treatment of these animals and carrying out workshops to educate both adults and school children. The main destinations for Triple A’s dogs are Germany, Sweden, Finland, The Netherlands and Switzerland.
Needless to say, I list only reputable rescue organisations on my site. If you want to adopt a dog from Spain and get your very own Skippy or Anuska, don’t hesitate to contact any of the above organisations – they all come highly recommended.
If you run a rescue organisation yourself, and want yours added to the list, please feel free to contact me.