Animal saviours in Muro de Alcoy

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Animal saviours
Two members of the Veldhuizen family with a very grateful rescue dog Photo credit: Alex Veldhuizen

READER Linda Sheppard recently contacted the Euro Weekly News about an animal charity called ASRA in Muro de Alcoy.

“They rescue sick street cats and dogs from the Costa Blanca and beyond, also helping with sterilisations for cat colonies,” she said, explaining that they are struggling to get support for food and vet bills.

“Could you do something to raise awareness about their situation?” she asked.

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We immediately contacted ASRA, an acronym for Asociacion y Refugio para Animales sin Posibilidades that needs no translation.

Alex Veldhuizen, co-president of the association that she runs with her brother Dieko and her parents Rosa and Helco, told us they care for more than 100 animals. The majority are cats, although there are also 18 dogs, chickens, roosters and a sheep.

“We also have two amazing volunteers who come twice a week to help us,” Alex added.


“We are a forever home and sanctuary. We specifically rescue handicapped, extremely traumatised, chronically and terminally-ill animals,” she said, adding that due to their condition, they do not put them up for adoption.

“Because of this there is a limit  to how many animals we can take in, as we have to ensure that they  get the best possible care and the same attention they would receive in any other home.”

“Our goal is to give animals that are dying or found in extreme conditions the best possible life, keep them pain-free and give them love, attention, warmth and food, even if it’s only for a short time,” Alex said.


“We are a hospice for animals that are in their last stages as well as newcomers.”

For more information about ASRA, or to donate, consult the www.asraspain.org website or their Facebook page.


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Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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