Scottish couple fight to keep dog rescue centre in Spain open in memory of friend

HOPE FOR PODENCOS: Steve and Irene Allan with  (inset) Suzannah Stacey HOPE FOR PODENCOS: Steve and Irene Allan with (inset) Suzannah Stacey Hope for Podencos

A COUPLE from Scotland face losing their home and their rescue centre for abandoned hunting dogs in Spain after the sudden death of one the co-founders and benefactors, Suzannah Stacey.

Irene and Steve Allan, who set up the Hope for Podencos charity in Spain and Gran Canaria, said they are devastated at losing their friend but determined to continue in her memory

They now face an uphill battle to raise €120,000 in just three weeks to secure their home and the future of the kennels.

The devastating and unexpected death of one of the centre’s founders, Suzannah Stacey, in January 2018 left the charity without its benefactor and owner of the centre while all funds are tied up in probate.

Now the centre in Albacete, that currently houses and cares for 40 dogs, is urgently appealing for donations to secure the property and continue Suzannah’s legacy.

The support team have also set up an online auction to allow the public the opportunity to contribute to their fundraising efforts by bidding online.

The Hope for Podencos Big Auction (www.facebook.com/groups/383455222127107/) is now in full swing and offers some ‘unique and wonderful items’ including holidays, painting commissions, jewellery, handicrafts and much more.

The auction will run until February 24 and will finish at 8pm UK time.

If the money isn’t raised in time the co-founders, Irene and Steve Allen, and all the Podencos will be out of a home and all their good work undone.

Suzannah Stacey had committed years of her life to the plight of the abandoned Spanish hunting dogs.

She sold her house in the UK in 2017 but, sadly, during her move to help purchase the new centre in November had not been able to finalise all of the legal documents to secure the funds for the centre in case of her passing.

Suzannah died suddenly and unexpectedly from an aneurysm on January 23.

Co-founder Irene said, “We now need to raise the money from scratch to be able to secure the property again, even though we are living in it with the dogs already moved in and settled while waiting for their adoptions to their forever homes.

“If we can’t secure this funding in the timeframe, we will lose the centre and be out of our home.”

Irene explained, “Last December Suzannah decided that all the monies from her property sale in the UK would go into buying the rescue centre.”

“Sadly, this didn’t happen and has left us in a precarious position with the original owner, as they are now looking for the rest of the money.

“Her will hadn’t been changed in the UK so no monies will be coming to Spain.

“Suzannah would have been devastated at this, so we have to fight to keep the centre and our dream and so Suzannah’s name cannot be forgotten.”

Irene said, “We hate to use the statistic, but if all of our 9,355 Facebook followers were to donate just €13 each we would reach our goal.”

To help the rescue centre reach their target you can donate via these links;

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