FAQs

If you have a question that is not listed below, please don’t hesitate to send an email to prs.adoption.stories@gmail.com

What breeds do you have?
We generally only have one breed, the ever popular “mixed breed puppy”. Because all of our puppies are abandoned (and subsequently rescued), we don’t have any purebred dogs. If we are fortunate enough to rescue the mother as well, we will also post pictures of her and have her spayed. In most cases, we don’t know what the parents look like. We will provide an estimated adult weight, as well as which breeds we think they are mixed with. Most of the stray dogs have Podenco (Ibizan Hound) and/or Pointer bloodlines. Click here to see some videos of our adopted Podenco mixes.

Is this a scam?
We are a Spanish registered charity (number 5087). We completely understand one’s hesitancy to transfer any amount of money to a web-based organization. Most of our communication regarding adoption is conducted through our Facebook page, simply because it is the easiest way to keep people updated on the statuses of the litters. Because our organization is based in Spain, few of our adopters are able to visit us in person. We encourage you to speak to members of your community. Once every month and a half, 15-25 puppies are adopted by military families in Germany. Chances are you know someone who adopted from us. Please ask them about their adoption experience.

Why don’t you have an office locally?
All work is done out of the homes of volunteers. There is no office; just a network of caring people. However, we do have a thrift store in Albox, Spain. Through donations, we are able to resell items, and generate funds to care for our puppies. If you are ever in the area, please stop by.

If these are rescue puppies, why do you turn people down for adoption?
While we do want our pups to be adopted, we don’t want them to be adopted and then rehomed. The highest areas of dog rehomings in Germany are next to our US military bases. Because of this, PRS is very cautious regarding who is approved to adopt. We have found that families with young children, and/or young adopters have the highest rate of rehoming. If you are familiar with the responsibilities of pet ownership, and feel that you would be able to pass the adoption screening, we encourage you to apply for adoption. But since there are more more applications than there are puppies, PRS must be selective.

Why do I need to donate €300 to adopt?
There are several reasons for calling it a “donation”. Firstly, Puppy Rescue in Spain is a non-profit organization, and funds must be donated. PRS is not in the business of selling puppies, and not everyone who wants a puppy will be approved for adoption. It is important to note that there is a difference between buying a puppy and adopting a puppy. Secondly, PRS would not have the funds to deliver a fully vaccinated healthy puppy to their new home in Germany without a €300 donation. The adopter covers the cost of the health check, passport, microchip, vaccinations, and the paperwork need for international travel. Prior to travel, puppies are fostered by volunteers for several months using donated food and supplies. The true cost of adopting a PRS puppy is greatly subsidized by our volunteers and donors, whose generosity allow us to only need a €300 donation from our new adopters.

Why are all the puppies so old?
Due to the vaccination timeline, puppies must be at least 16 weeks old before they are able to travel legally across European Union Borders. Pups can’t start vaccinations until they are a minimum of 6 weeks old, and vaccinations need to be 2-3 weeks apart. Pups must be 3 months old to have the rabies vaccine and microchip, and they must wait 21 days after that, and have a final health check prior to travel. This process is required by TRACE (Trade Control and Expert System), which controls the import and export of live animals within its borders, and is overseen by the European Commission. The health and well-being of our puppies are PRS’s top priority, and thankfully our adopters don’t mind waiting until they are old enough to travel.

Why don’t you know the travel dates of the puppy transport?
Transport is arranged when we have 15 pups adopted who are old enough to travel. If we travel with less than 15 pups, the adopters won’t be able to cover the transport costs. Generally we have transport every six weeks.

Where do all these puppies come from?
Puppy Rescue in Spain puppies come from unwanted litters. Unfortunately, there are many people who still do not spay and neuter their dogs, and as a result, there are many abandoned puppies. Often an adult female will be abandoned because she is pregnant. Litters of puppies are dropped off in boxes, or found in knotted bags thrown away in dumpsters. There are also cases where the owner of a dog will surrender their dog’s litter. In these cases we work with the owner to ensure that their dog is spayed, as to prevent future unwanted litters.

Why do you only have puppies? Where are the dogs?
If you are interested in adopting an adult dog, we encourage you to reach out to one of the 6 local rescue organizations that rescue adult dogs. Because puppies require more work, and the frequent vet visits are costly, many rescue organizations are not able to rescue puppies. Because of this need, PRS specializes exclusively in the rescue of puppies.

Who are the paid staff members?
We only have volunteers, no one is paid. While we understand why other charities often times need to have paid staff to operate, we operate entirely through a network of volunteers.

Who are the volunteers?
Most of the volunteers in Spain are retired British expats, who want to help get these pups food, shelter, safety, and loving homes. Our volunteers in Germany are generally Americans who are working to find families to adopt these pups.