Tino has now been found and reunited with his owners. This was made possible by him being microchipped.
It has been reported to the Webmaster by his Spanish neighbours that several dogs have been poisoned in and around Almanzora village over the past few weeks. It is likely that the problem is more widespread.
- Do not allow your dog to roam off the lead
- Keep a watch for pieces of meat or other foodstuffs in places where dogs are exercised
- Do not allow your dog to go out unattended.
- If you suspect that your dog has been poisoned, contact your vet immediately. You should also inform SEPRONA and give details of where the suspected poison was picked up.
This kind of indiscriminate poisoning is illegal in Spain, but is widely carried out to kill raptors that may otherwise prey on the grouse and partridge.
Dogs in danger
We have been told in the last week that we have to leave our kennels by the end of December this year. The company with who we have a contract is selling their business and their new plans do not include Puppy Rescue.
At present Puppy Rescue have 41 dogs in their kennels, the majority of which have been there since they were six months old. We may be able to send 10 - 15 to homes in Holland in January, as part of our ongoing effort to find suitable homes but what is the future for the others?
Over the past year only 5 dogs have been rehomed from the kennels. People love cute puppies and offer them homes, but will not take the adults they grow into. There is an urgent need to find a solution for these dogs. Whether they have permanent homes or foster homes is not important, they just need somewhere to go by January. All are immunised and neutered. If no solution is found for these dogs some may have to be destroyed. This is totally against our ethics but where can they go?
There are some dogs that cannot go to Holland. We have six with Leishmania, who have all had their treatment, and there are several who cannot go because they are too nervous. It could be that in a foster home, with love and socialization, these nervous dogs will become able to travel to Holland.
Beware of scams
It seems that people are receiving emails or seeing small ads offering small pups or "tea-cup" chihuahuas.
Do not respond to any unsolicited email on this subject - it is almost certainly a scam; additionally, any response will probably put your email address on an "active" list.
If you respond to a small ad and you are asked to make payment up front for "delivery" or "transport", this is almost certainly a scam, especially if you are directed to a website to make payment. The most recent one is CONTINENTAL PET TRAVEL SERVICES. Their website has now been suspended, but it is likely to be resurrected in other guises at any time.
The simple rule is: NEVER make any payment up front. A reputable organisation or invidual should be able to arrange cash on delivery or at the very least take payment via PayPal or another on-line payment service that will give you fraud protection. Never arrange payment via direct bank transfer unless you know for certain that the person or company you are dealing with is genuine
A pdf file is available for download., containing information on how to check for scams of the sort described above. Click Here to download
Puppy Rescue Mission Statement
The mission of Puppy Rescue is to provide a means of caring and homing for the abandoned, abused and neglected puppies in our designated area.
All puppies over the age of 6 months in our care will be fully vaccinated and neutered, funds permitting.
We endeavour to work with other animal charities, both locally and in Holland, for our common aim.
We seek to raise funds to accomplish these aims by voluntary donations, fund raising and income from our charity shop.
- To rescue and care for abandoned puppies in our designated area that are found to be at risk.
- To provide adequate food, shelter, love and veterinary care to result in healthy, happy puppies.
- To find homes for the puppies in a loving, safe environment.
- To send to Holland for homing those that cannot be homed locally.
- To care for all young puppies in the homes of volunteers
- To ensure that all puppies have an adequate diet.
- To socialize all puppies and give basic training.
- To give all puppies veterinary treatment when required.
- To never euthanize a puppy unless recommended by a vet.
- To give all information to new owners re immunisation and inform of vet discount scheme.
- To educate and emphasise to all new owners the importance of neutering and inform of discount scheme and prices.
- To raise adequate funds by voluntary donation and fund raising.
A happy ending for Pudsey
Hi, it´s Pudsey here again, a much happier dog. Who said you needed 4 legs to get about on. I've now had my operation to have my back leg removed, and I have recovered with my nice foster mum Diane. She then called me “Speedy”, cos I'm whizzing around on my 3 good legs like you'd never believe.