A safe haven in Muro

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A safe haven in Muro
NO TRAFFIC: ASRA’s rescues are free to roam Photo credit: ASRA

The Euro Weekly News recently featured the animal rescue charity Asociacion y Refugio para Animales sin Posibilidades (ASRA).

As we explained, the Veldhuizen family looks after more than 100 animals that would otherwise have no chance of survival. The majority are cats, although there are also 18 dogs, chickens, roosters and a sheep.

“We do it so that the animals can be loved and looked after for a while instead of passing away on the streets in agony.”

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The centre is in the Muro de Alcoy-Agres area north of Alicante, high up on a mountain where there is no traffic or neighbours.

“We chose this because it ensures the safety of our animals.”

There is no electricity and the family use a generator each day for a few hours to charge their phones and lamps while some appliances use solar power.


“We haven’t had hot water for two years but are hopeful we can get it working in the next few weeks,” Alex added.

“Many people do not understand our work or why we do it, but we are personally very proud of what we do and how far we’ve come.”

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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