Expats' rescue organisation working to re-home stray dogs in Spain

By Kat Ashton Friday, 13 October 2017 11:02 0
ASAP currently have around 30 dogs looking for new homes.                                               ASAP currently have around 30 dogs looking for new homes. Foto´s ASAP/Facebook

IN ALHAMA DE GRANADA, a group of women work hard to find new homes for dozens of dogs abandoned by their owners.

ASAP, a rescue organisation for local strays, was taken over three years ago by expatriates AnnickSmeets, Sue Murrow and ElsDelmotte and the team have since found homes for over 180 dogs.

The organisation doesn’t have a shelter of its own,  so the women have taken the dogs into their own homes and act as fosterers until they can find them somewhere more permanent. They also get a helping hand from several British volunteers who live in the area.

Annick stressed to the Euro Weekly News how important it is to find new owners for the dogs in as little time as possible. “The quicker the dogs can be rehomed, the quicker we can get other dogs in that need our help,” she explained.

ASAP mostly matches the dogs with owners in the Netherlands and Belgium, Annick and Els’ homeland, as the dog housing organisations they work with are based there. 

The cost of rehoming the dogs are not fully covered by the adoption fees, not to mention the extra money spent on vet bills and food, but the ladies still manage to get on thanks to generous donations and fundraising events.

The organisation would love to home more dogs in the local area or recruit more fosterers to help take care of the dogs on a short-term basis. Full support will be given to anyone who would like to get involved.

To lend a hand or make a contribution, you can visit the group’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ASAPGranada/

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