DOG rescue centre, The Dog House Foundation near Huercal-Overa is in dire straits following the death of its founder this week.
Animal lover, Paul Tighe, was diagnosed with cancer and returned to the UK where he sadly died.
Mr Tighe moved to Spain with his former partner in 2003. After taking in a few stray dogs, word spread and people would bring injured and abandoned dogs on a regular basis.
At one time Mr Tighe was caring for more than 90 dogs. His policy was never to turn a dog away and thanks to a good relationship with a UK-based rescue centre, he was successful in finding homes for many of the dogs.
At the time of his diagnosis, the centre was home to some 54 dogs, many in need of veterinary care and vaccinations.
Since Mr Tighe’s death, local animal lovers have rallied round to help and homes have been found for almost half the dogs, but funds are needed to feed and care for those remaining.
One of the concerns for the volunteers is the dogs diagnosed with Leishmaniasis, a canine disease transmitted by sand-flies.
Volunteer Christine Clement told Euro Weekly News: “People do not realise that dogs with the disease can live a long and healthy life with regular medication.”
If anyone is able to offer a home to a dog or to help with a donation they should contact Shirley Crawford on 650 105 166.
A collection tin is in Colin The Card shop in Albox and donations of dry dog food can also be dropped there. In Mojacar, a collection tin can be found in New Wave Villas estate agency.
Visit www.thedoghouse-huercal-overa.webs.com to donate via PayPal.