Costa Blanca Dog Hom­ing

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FEATURE - By Irena Bodnarec

BRI­TISH ex­pats have a real soft spot when it comes to an­i­mals which is just as well be­cause here in Spain there is a real is­sue with aban­doned ones, es­pe­cially dogs.

With the eco­nomic cri­sis deep­en­ing, peo­ple are find­ing it harder to make ends meet and sadly, pets are of­ten the ones that shoul­der the brunt by be­ing aban­doned. There are many heart­break­ing sto­ries and dog pounds are of­ten over­flow­ing.

A num­ber of groups have been set up on so­cial me­dia to try and help re­home and Costa Blanca Dog Hom­ing is one mak­ing a real dif­fer­ence.

Set up seven years ago it is a shar­ing plat­form with around 48,000 mem­bers where many res­cue or­gan­i­sa­tions across Spain post dogs that are in des­per­ate need of a new for­ever home – ei­ther in pounds, shel­ters or fos­ter homes.

On av­er­age they man­age to re­home around 1,600 dogs each year, quite a feat for the 6 ad­mins that man­age the Face­book page.

As well as go­ing to a num­ber of Eu­ro­pean coun­tries they also end up as far afield as the USA – an in­cred­i­ble achieve­ment! Costa Blanca Dog Hom­ing also helps res­cue or­gan­i­sa­tions with vet costs for sick and in­jured dogs which have come into their care.

They as­sist with the cost of ob­tain­ing pet pass­ports, vac­ci­na­tions and the trans­port costs but also run their own 5* DE­FRA reg­is­tered trans­port net­work.

For those that are maybe think­ing of adding a dog to their fam­ily, take a look at the Costa Blanca Dog Hom­ing Face­book page.

There are so many dif­fer­ent breeds, not only older dogs but pup­pies too, just plead­ing for a sec­ond op­por­tu­nity. Sadly, in all like­li­hood there will be even more in the New Year once the ex­cite­ment of a new dog for Christ­mas wears off !

As the weather turns and gets colder, they wel­come blan­kets, bas­kets, beds and food as well as any do­na­tions which will help with the mount­ing costs of re­hom­ing.

They have set up a Christ­mas Euro Ap­peal via Paypal – go to: costablan­cadoghom­ing@ya­ and mark for Christ­mas dogs or con­tact them via the Face­book page if you would like to make a do­na­tion by bank trans­fer.

A euro isn’t even the price of a cup of cof­fee, yet could make a real dif­fer­ence to some of those dogs.

Costa Blanca Dog Hom­ing were one of the main fundrais­ers that al­lowed Mary's own­ers (story above) to col­lect suf­fi­cient funds to give her a 'nor­mal dog's life'.

They fea­ture Mary daily on the Face­book page and ral­lied to get funds in - more the 50% of the re­quired fi­nal fig­ure for the op­er­a­tion came via Costa Blanca Dog Hom­ing - thanks from all at Costa Blanca News!

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