Some of our volunteers spend every free moment of their day (after their day-job hours) rescuing dogs in and around Granada.
Many rescue missions are emergencies, where dogs are in imminent danger and need to be taken to the shelter or a foster, where they are safe. This is an important reason to find adoption as soon as possible in order to have enough space in the shelter.
A newly rescued dog goes through a series of visits to the vets. The dog receives basic vaccines, a microchip and a passport. Many require additional medical attention.
It can take time for a dog to arrive to its new home abroad after being adopted. Giving our dogs a temporary foster home is an important part of the operation. For every dog in foster home a space opens up in the shelter.
Also, for more difficult cases, dogs need to be taken directly to temporary foster care for special recovery before they can get adopted or go to the shelter.
There are so many cases and a larger culture of animal cruelty in the area . For this reason we also have had to look abroad for new adoptive homes.
MISSION & HISTORY.
We're a non-profit organization that rescues stray, mistreated and unwanted dogs from the streets of the greater area of Granada, in the south of Spain. As passionate animal lovers, we look for second chances and loving homes for them both here and abroad.
Our association, founded in 2014, is composed of volunteers who all share the indignation and sense of urgency regarding animal cruelty. Due to the lack of help from authorities, we gather and work together to take responsibility and action towards the enormous amount of cases of injustice in the area.
Each volunteer gives anything they can offer in an effort to save the dogs, with the hope that they will be happy in the homes we find them. We try to work with associations abroad to help us find good homes for these loyal creatures. The shelter of Animal Rescue can care for 30 dogs at a time, which we also try to share with other local associations when possible and cooperate with them in any way we can. This space in the shelter is a small percentage of what is needed, for this reason the network of foster homes are also extremely important.
María Asunción Ruiz (Asun) is the president of the organisation and one of its founders. The organization is composed of a rescue team, a team for local adoption and foster, a team for adoptions abroad, a larger team that takes care of the dogs at the shelter and several families that offer their home for foster.
We rely entirely on donations and the money and work each volunteer can help with. We have no financing from Spanish Government or other official institutions.
Through the Teaming platform we receive a fixed monthly amount of 367€ (26/05/2020) which is currently not nearly enough to maintain the shelter. We hope to continue building on this platform with the support of the international community.
Every time a dog is adopted, we ask the adopter to pay for the basic vet bills (chip, passport, vaccines, neutering, deworming and Mediterranean diseases test).
We normally have pending bills at pharmacies and vets that we pay as soon as we are able to. Whenever we can’t afford to pay our debt we organise events to sell things (lottery, T- shirts, mugs, sweaters, etc. with the association’s logo). We also ask for donations (cleaning products, pet food, leashes, collars, anti-parasites, dog pipettes or anything that’s necessary to keep all our dogs healthy and safe or to improve our shelter). Twice or three times a year we organise bigger events where we take our dogs along, so that people find out about our work, and to raise awareness of the situation.