Your support and contributions will enable us to suport the local rescues and improve conditions of dogs & cats in Spain.
Every cent raised goes to the vet bills of small local rescues
My rescuing story goes back many, many years. My parents would take in waifs and strays back in the 1960's and 70's.
Once I had left home and was independent, I rescued my very first dog - a 5 months old mixed breed pup whose owners were divorcing.
Astra was my buddy and companion all through meeting and moving in with my boyfriend who became my first husband, the birth of both children and the move out to Spain in 1995. She was a tripod, having lost a front leg in a car accident after escaping our garden when burglars tried to break in - the back gate was hidden down the side of the garage and overgrown but had been forced open - she lived a full happy life, swimming was her favourite activity. She was 14 when she finally passed away.
I was heartbroken, She had also seen me through a traumatic divorce and the pain was too much. I couldnt face another dog, circumstances changed too and a dog wasnt on the books.
Unti I met Pat, the love of my life and now husband. After we met, he mentioned wanting a dog, and reluctantly we sort of looked. One popped up on a property forum we were both on, we contacted the owner and went to collect our first rehome, a Golden Retriever called Charlie.
Over the years we thought about taking on another but the timing wasnt right. Until it was. We decided another Goldie, female and similar age of 5/6 would be ideal. Looking on the Triple A website we saw exactly what we were after. Only she looked soooo down and in such bad condition.
We were only supposed to be looking, Pats mum and daughter were about to fly out and visit, but we couldnt leave her.
We bundled her into the car and took her on a trial, knowing she wasnt going back. It was pitiful to see her, cowering. So scared of anything.
Charlie was a star, he didnt try to play with her and she decided he was her comfort blanket, following him everywhere he went.
Hinge & Bracket we nicknamed them :)
She couldnt keep any food in her, it came out of one end or the other.
We took her to our vet for a check up - he was convinced she had Leishmania, but on checking she was clear, incredibly. He said she had been starved and malnourished for all of her life, and that to prepare for the worst. If we were lucky we could give her a home for maybe 6 months.
It was truly heartbreaking and it was then I really saw how bad things were for animals here. I knew of abandonments, but really hadnt thought humans capeable of such dire consistent abuse.
Through research into canine nutrition I was able to put food together for her, and she thrived! Slowly she put weight on, going from 15kg to nearly 40!!
Her energy returned. Muscle was built, her limp faded away (lack of muscle tone) and her zest for life astounded us. She had us in tears daily with her sheer determination to live.
From Elsa we opened our doors to many. many others. Some stayed, some rehomed, oldies, pups and everything in between.
Through Elsa my desire to do more was ignited, I offered to put charity tins out in Marbella where we lived, for a large rescue based locally, and from there I started fundraisers and then got more involved in releasing dogs from the pound, and helping with all admin duties for adoptions.
I have years of exerience with various rescues with various issues, I have several training courses under my belt as well as canine behavioural ones. Not just theory but also in practice.
Now its time to do my own thing. I had quite a following of lovely people, all with wanting to help in mind. And it made me think.
What if we could start a page, where we can all do a bit when we can, support the local rescue people who struggle. What if we could grow a movement so big that we could maybe force changes in the laws, alongside Spanish resuces and lawyers?
So I have started a facebook page https://www.facebook.com/dogrescuehelp and Instagram page https://www.instagram.com/doggingrescuehelp/ with the aim in passing my knowledge to help others as well as helping to highlight dogs needing homes and fundraising for smaller local rescues who really need help and support. And recognition for thiose unsung heros among us.
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If you would like to donate to the cause, you can send via Friends and Family into Paypal - using firstname.lastname@example.org
Euro bank account iban BE48 9670 7872 1627 (TransferWise) or
UK bank account Sort Code 30-16-41 Account 43747568
You can also sign up to our Teaming Campaign. Every month 1 Euro will be deducted from your acount, there are no charges . Register here - www.teaming.net/dogrescuehelpers
Thank you in advance for your support, Together we can save lives. Inez xx