CAS
Costa Animal Society

Helping animals since 1986

May 2018 Newsletter

COSTA ANIMAL SOCIETY

Press Update

No 123: Issued May 20, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION

Your help in publicising the work of CAS is greatly appreciated.

Further information for Editors is available from CAS’s

President Vera Newing 95 252 9670 or Secretary Diana Carter 95 252 3985

Waggy Tails

Bella and Lobo are two sibling pups who were abandoned at a house in La Noria (Nerja) when their owners moved back to their home country earlier this spring. Luckily Bella was re-homed with a nice young family from Benalmadena a couple of weeks after they were under Costa Animal Society’s (CAS) care.

Unfortunately, Lobo lingered a few months longer in kennels. At a charity dog show in April, more than one person said his name did not match his personality, (Lobo meaning wolf in Spanish). As he is such a sweet dog, he was re-christened Bobo*.

The name change may have done the trick as Bobo was adopted in May by a lovely couple from Almunecar. They lost one of their dogs last year to illness and their remaining dog, Lola, was feeling lonely. Bobo hit it off straightaway with his stepsister and is now settling into his new home.

*Oops. As it turns out, we may not have done Lobo / Bobo any favour. Apparently “Bobo” is Spanish slang for “Dumb Dumb”. Let’s hope he’s not bilingual..

Ready for Adoption

Dino is a young five month old, small male pup that was owned by a young Spanish lad who lived with his brother in Nerja. Due to financial pressures the lad had to move back to his parents’ home in Barcelona leaving Dino with his older brother.

However, the brother works in a restaurant ten hours a day, six days a week and found he did not have enough time in the day to take care of a young pup. Therefore, Dino is now being housed in kennels until a good forever home can be found for him where he will live a long life as part of a family.

Featured Dogs of the Month: Doris and Dobby

Doris and Dobby were found by a group of young Swedes who are here for an extended stay in Frigiliana with their two big dogs. This mother and pup duo appeared at their campo holiday home in early April and attempted to make themselves right at home. However the Swedes could not keep them because of their own dogs.

When volunteers of the Costa Animal Society (CAS) collected the mother and son, it became immediately clear that Dobby was ill. He was rushed to the vet where he was diagnosed with Parvovirus and quickly placed on an IV drip. He underwent intensive care for a week. Even though he was given less than a 50% chance of survival, Dobby turned out to be a fighter and pulled through.

Reunited with his mother Doris, they are currently staying in an isolation kennel until Dobby can be fully vaccinated. We expect that he will be given the all clear in June and they will both will be available for adoption.

Needless to say the vet fees and caring for Doris and Dobby as well as other strays takes up the majority of the funds raised by CAS each month.

People can help CAS help the animals by volunteering their time or donating funds. To find out more about helping CAS contact Vera at 95 252 9670. Also, if you would like to meet any of these lovely animals please feel free to contact Kurt or Laura at 95 252 1426 or Fiona on the CAS website Contact Page or on the CAS Facebook page.

CAS Cat Corner

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) also focuses much of its efforts on helping cats that live on the streets, or in the right circumstances, rescuing a friendly feline who has been abandoned. Regularly CAS is called upon to assist street cats which may require veterinary care such as sterilisation, evaluation and medication for infections or illnesses and/or the treatment of wounds.

Quite often these calls involve a cat who has clearly been abandoned or lost because the feline is friendly towards people and can be handled. A case in point is Rufus who was being fed by a Finnish lady who recently went back home for the summer. She contacted CAS before leaving and a boarding place was organised for Rufus until a foster/forever home can be found.

As always, CAS is desperately in need of fosterers for kittens, especially, but not only, those that need bottle-feeding. Also, we do have several adult cats needing homes or foster homes. All of these cats are fully house-trained, neutered, and vaccinated.


For more information visit our linked Facebook site: East of Malaga Kittens and Cats.

Punta Lara CAS Quiz

The next Costa Animal Society (CAS) fundraiser quiz will be hosted by Mark and gang at the Punta Lara Bar on June 22 at 7:30pm. Put on your thinking caps and test your grey matter with Quiz Hostess Laura.

Food and drinks are available at the bar and advanced booking is recommended by calling Mark at 635 369 673.


CAS Shop News

With the arrival of summer the Costa Animal Society (CAS) shop has all you need in the way of shorts, sandals, T-shirts, beachwear, best-selling books, etc, all at crazy low prices. We are located next door to the Good Stuff Café in Nerja at No. 2 Calle Castilla Perez.

Additionally, we are always eager to hear from people who are interested in becoming shop volunteers. One four hour shift once a week makes a big difference. There are always two volunteers per shift making for a safe, relaxed, congenial environment. For more information you can ring the shop on 689 314 350.


Our opening hours are Monday to Saturday from 10.00am until 2.00pm.


Can You Help CAS?

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) is always in need of more volunteer helpers in a number of areas, so if you have spare time to fill, please make contact! In particular, more fundraisers are needed to work with our team.

In addition, fosterers are always required to take short-term care of animals until a permanent home can be found. Even if you are only here for few months a year, CAS would appreciate your help.

For a no-obligation chat, contact Vera on 95 252 9670 for general enquiries. Simone on 619 903 815 can answer queries about airport runs in English, German or Spanish.

And despite the tough times and uncertainties, money is always needed to cope with the continuous flow of abandoned dogs and cats requiring help from the Costa Animal Society. If you could donate a little to help the animals, CAS would be most grateful.


Bank : Cajamar 

Account Name : Costa Animal Society 

Account Number : 3058 0728 03 2720100283

BIC-Swift Code : CCRIES2A

April 2018 Newsletter 2018 Newsletter

Press Update

No 122: Issued April 18, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION

Your help in publicising the work of CAS is greatly appreciated.

Further information for Editors is available from CAS’s

President Vera Newing 95 252 9670 or Secretary Diana Carter 95 252 3985

Residents Day Nerja

Thank you to all who stopped by to say hello to the Costa Animal Society (CAS) at this year’s Residents Day in Nerja. Treacherous winds threatened more than a few toupees but we all stayed dry. A little more than €600 was raised, a fantastic result. All, of course, goes directly to the rescue, care, re-habilitating and re-homing of animals in need in Nerja and Maro.

A special thanks to Cathy and Juan from The Coach and Horses for manning the grill along with CAS’s Vera, Kurt and Laura. (Thank you also for offering a vegetarian option.) And to CAS stalwarts Colin, Marjorie and Diana for running the tombola.

And, especially CAS would like to thank the Nerja town hall and to Jacky in particular for organising this event which highlights the diversity of cultures of the ex-pat community who call Nerja home.

Tex-Mex Night

After last year’s success, the Costa Animal Society (CAS) invites all amigos to a Tex-Mex fiesta on Saturday May 26. This fun-filled evening will again take place at Potters Bar just off Calle Andalucia in Nerja, across the road from Hotel Villa Flamenca. The festivities kick off at 7.30pm.

Tickets are €20 which includes a Mexican food buffet plus one half a bottle of wine per person. Musical entertainment will be provided by Barry Marx.

Please book in advance with Diana 679 714 612 or Cathy on 658 435 767.


Punta Lara CAS Quiz

Mark at the Punta Lara Bar and the Costa Animal Society (CAS) will present their next charity fund raiser quiz on May 18 at 7.30pm. Come and join the regular quizzers for a fun night of trivial pursuit with Quiz Hostess Laura. Food and drinks are available at the bar and advanced booking is recommended by calling Mark on 635 369 673.



Happy Tails

Spring is in full swing and the Costa Animal Society (CAS) is once again managing an increase in the puppies and kittens which fall under our purview. Bella and Lobo are two youngsters who were abandoned in a house when their owners moved back to their home country and left them behind with little more than a note and a small donation.

The manner in which these siblings were dumped was not only cruel for the dogs, who had no idea what was going on, but was also made more difficult for CAS to organise because housing had to be sorted on an urgent basis with no time to plan for foster care.

Fortunately, Bella was soon adopted by a young family from Benalmadena and has already settled into her new life. Lobo is still living in kennels but CAS is hoping he will be re-homed before the summer.

Daisy and Alba were also brought to CAS in March as part of a litter of pups abandoned in Maro. These lovely girls were checked over by our vet and vaccinated, chipped and given passports and then placed in kennels. Thanks to the networking efforts of one of our volunteers these sisters found their forever homes in the Motril area and went to their new homes within a few weeks.


Ready for Adoption

Jody is another pup that was found dumped in the Nerja campo and has been taken in by a kindly foster couple. There was no indication of where she came from or a previous owner other than she was very friendly and was in good condition so she obviously had lived in a home before.

Jody is a beautiful, large breed female who is about five to six months old. She is very people oriented and loves to play with other dogs and has been fine when she has interacted with cats. She has been fully vaccinated and chipped and will be spayed when she is a bit older.

Betty, Benji, Brownie, Marilyn and Munch are some of the other pups which CAS is working to re-home, currently under care in kennels. These lovely waifs would benefit greatly from living in a home environment so even if you are only in Andalucia for a short time you could make a real difference by fostering one of these youngsters for the society.

If you would like to meet Lobo, Jody or one of the other pups up for adoption on the CAS website please feel free to contact Kurt or Laura at 95 252 1426 or Fiona on the CAS website, www.casnerja.org, or the CAS Facebook.

CAS Shop News

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) Shop is located next door to the Good Stuff Café in Nerja at No. 2 Calle Castilla Perez. To ensure a good turnover in our clothing stock, we have a colour coded pricing system. When we change colours every six to eight weeks the old colour ticket items go to half price.

We are always interested in hearing from people who are interested in becoming shop volunteers. One four hour shift once a week makes a big difference. There are always two volunteers per shift making for a safe, relaxed, congenial environment. For more information you can ring the shop on 689 314 350.

Our opening hours are Monday to Saturday from 10.00am until 2.00pm.

*Please note: The shop will be closed Tuesday, May 1, and Tuesday, May 15 for national and local holidays.


CAS Cat Corner

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) works very hard at keeping the homeless cat populations of Nerja and Maro under control. Each month funds are set aside to this end, primarily through sterilisation. And so it was with great interest that we read about a very promising initiative in Malaga, as reported by Soltalk’s Sarah Brookes:

“And well done to the city of Málaga which has launched a scheme to train volunteers to manage colonies of stray cats. The project has been made possible thanks to a €30,000 grant from the municipal Environmental Sustainability department to the animal protection group AMAN which is already active in controlling the feral population.

The first training session last month was attended by municipal technicians from the department who explained how such groups of animals can be controlled. The methods outlined are intended to give maximum security to the cats as well as satisfying the requirements of humans in the area.

The volunteers were told that cats which make up feral groups usually com from a domestic situation but have ceased to be socialised with humans. In most cases they aren’t completely wild and are dependent on people, if only in scavenging from bins and restaurants.”

Over the coming month we hope to learn more about this initiative and see how it applies to our work in Nerja. Stay tuned. (Thanks again, Sarah).


Can you help CAS?

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) is always in need of more volunteer helpers in a number of areas, so if you have spare time to fill, please make contact! In particular, more fundraisers are needed to work with our team.

In addition, fosterers are always required to take short-term care of animals until a permanent home can be found for them. Everything you need will be provided for you: bedding, food, medications, toys, etc. and 24 hour help if you need it. Even if you are only here for few months a year, CAS would appreciate your help.

For a no-obligation chat, contact Vera on 95 252 9670 for general enquiries. Simone on 619 903 815 can answer queries about airport runs in English, German or Spanish.

And despite the tough times and uncertainties, money is always needed to cope with the continuous flow of abandoned dogs and cats requiring help from the Costa Animal Society. If you could donate a little to help the animals, CAS would be most grateful.

Bank : Cajamar 

Account Name : Costa Animal Society 

Account Number : 3058 0728 03 2720100283

BIC-Swift Code : CCRIES2A

March 2018 Newsletter

COSTA ANIMAL SOCIETY

Press Update

No 121: Issued March 20, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION

Your help in publicising the work of CAS is greatly appreciated.

Further information for Editors is available from CAS’s

President Vera Newing 95 252 9670 or Secretary Diana Carter 95 252 3985


Nerja Residents Day

Be on the lookout for the Costa Animal Society (CAS) at the Nerja Residents Day on Sunday April 8*. The event will be held at the Plaza de España just behind the town hall. We will have a tombola and information booth as well as a stall featuring English food to be washed down with water, sodas, beer and wine.

Residents Day is always a fun day out for the entire family with a full calendar of entertainment organised by the town hall. Visit the numerous stalls and food venues put on by local clubs, charities and small businesses and sample the culture and cuisine from a variety of foreign residents who live in Nerja. The event runs from 12.00pm to 5.00pm.


*In the event of inclement weather, Residents Day will be held the following Sunday.


Happy Tails

March began on the right paw with several Costa Animal Society (CAS) rescues finding new homes in places far away. To start things off our wonderful Punki began her new life with a retired lady in Granada Province where she has settled comfortably in the campo with several cat siblings. Soon afterwards the lovely Rosie flew to her new forever family in Norway after she finally completed the long preparation process required for travel to Nordic countries.


Continuing the Granada theme, Marmalade the cat, who had wandered into a CAS volunteer’s house in early February and stayed, joined a menagerie of three dogs and two other cats when he was taken in by a bohemian couple who live in the Sierra Nevada foothills.


And to our great pleasure, young Daisy and Alba, who are two very cute Podenco sisters, were adopted by a couple from Motril after their story was shared by CAS on social media. It is a rarity for animal charities to be able to home two siblings together but these girls are very close and the couple couldn’t bear to separate the two.


Marina is another story that CAS shared online which resulted in her being rehomed in England. She had been found last winter after being hit by a car and left on the side of the road with severe injuries. Marina’s leg was broken in several places plus she had a ruptured bladder and a perforated intestine, all three of which required major surgery.


After spending several months recuperating in foster care she made a complete recovery and was ready for adoption by the end of February. A kind lady in the Doncaster area read about Marina’s ordeal and offered to provide a good home for her there. After a home check was performed by UK based charity Marina’s transportation was arranged and she was flown to her new life at the end of March.


Finally, Bella and Lobo’s story is one CAS has to deal with more often than they should. Apparently, they had been taken in as young pups by European expats with good intentions but when things became financially difficult they had to move back to their home country.


Rather than contact CAS in advance the expats left the two dogs in the rental property after they moved out with little more than a note and a small donation. Again CAS shared their story on Facebook and Bella has been adopted by a young family from Benalmadena.


Ready for Adoption

Unfortunately, as stated before it is very difficult to rehome two dogs together so Lobo is still on the market. Please feel free to contact Kurt or Laura at 95 252 1426 or Fiona on the CAS website, www.casnerja.org, or the CAS Facebook page if you would like to meet Lobo or any of our other rescue cats and dogs.

Punta Lara CAS Quiz

Mark at the Punta Lara Bar and the Costa Animal Society (CAS) invite all quizzers to their next charity fund raiser quiz to be held on April 20 at 7.30pm. Come down and test your trivia knowledge with Quiz Master Laura and enjoy a fun evening with friends. Food and drinks are available at the bar and advanced booking is recommended by calling Mark at 635 369 673.


CAS Tea Party

Come and join the Costa Animal Society (CAS) for a traditional afternoon tea in Maro on Sunday, April 29 beginning at 3.00pm. While enjoying a lovely afternoon in good company, you’ll be helping the society to raise much needed funds.

The tea party will feature sandwiches, scones and cakes and there will be a raffle with excellent prizes from our generous sponsors. The cost is €10 with all of the proceeds going to help abused and abandoned animals in the Nerja/Maro area.

Space is limited so please book in advance at the CAS shop or call on 689 314 350.


CAS shop news

What better way to help the Costa Animal Society (CAS) than to help yourself. Why not do a spring clean and thin out those heaving wardrobes? The CAS shop is always accepting donations of ladies’, men’s and children’s clothing.

Don’t stop there. How about the cupboards, bookcases and garage as well? From linen to accessories, books to DVDs, bric-á-brac, electronics and small pieces of furniture.

And while you’re at it you can peruse the shop with its large inventory of clean, well-presented goods. You’re sure to find fantastic bargains for the whole family.

The CAS shop is situated at the top of Avda Castilla Perez 2, Nerja beside Good Stuff cafe. Opening hours are from 10am until 2pm, Monday to Saturday excluding bank holadays. The telephone number is 689 314 350.



Can you help CAS?

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) is always in need of more volunteer helpers in a number of areas. If you have spare time to fill, please make contact! In particular, creative ideas for fundraising are always welcome. Also, fosterers are always in demand to take short-term care of animals until a permanent home can be found. CAS will provide you with all that you need: food, bedding, leads, toys, etc., and we will always be available for you around the clock if you need help.


For a no-obligation chat, contact Vera on 95 252 9670 for general enquiries. Simone on 619 903 815 can answer queries about airport runs in English, German or Spanish.


And despite the tough times and uncertainties, money is always needed to cope with the continuous flow of abandoned dogs and cats requiring help from the Costa Animal Society. If you could donate a little to help the animals, CAS would be most grateful.


Bank : Cajamar 

Account Name : Costa Animal Society 

Account Number : 3058 0728 03 2720100283

BIC-Swift Code : CCRIES2A

February 2018 Newsletter

COSTA ANIMAL SOCIETY

Press Update

No 120: Issued February 17, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION

Your help in publicising the work of CAS is greatly appreciated.

Further information for Editors is available from CAS’s

President Vera Newing 95 252 9670 or Secretary Diana Carter 95 252 3985

Taking it to the Streets!

While the urgent care of animals in peril is an obvious priority, equally important is an understanding of the causes of animal abuse, and to address the measures necessary for its prevention. In the latter case, the laws are on the books so all that is needed is to keep beating on the town halls’ doors demanding their implementation.

An example of this occurred in a march in Málaga 4 February 2018 protesting the horrific abuse of dogs at the hands and hooks of hunters. The Coast Animal Society (CAS) was present in solidarity with over ten different animal rescue organizations.

The beginning of February means the end of the hunting season with grotesque consequences for thousands of these noble, lovely, timid Galgos, Spanish Greyhounds. This is not the place to describe the horrors visited on them, but if you are interested in understanding this travesty, Google up “Galgo abuse in Spain” or visit our comrades at www.galgofreedom.com.


Perreras matan/Protectoras salvan” (Pounds kill/Shelters save) - Rincón de la Victoria, 20 January 2018

Costa Animal Society (CAS) members also took part in a demonstration protesting the barbaric atrocities committed at the perreras. The perreras are not, as they would like you to believe, animal shelters but killing stations run for profit. Animals brought to the perreras, generally by the police, have to be destroyed after ten days if no one claims them. (The perreras generally do nothing to facilitate this.)
If this is your business, it’s not hard to imagine that expenses such as decent food, medical treatment, clean, comfortable kennels, etc. are cut down to the bare minimum to maximise profits. If it’s money you’re after, this leads to a riot of the imagination. Here is but one example of a shrewd cost-cutting measure:
When it comes time to destroy the animal, why waste money on anaesthetics, needles, medicine, a veterinarian, when you could just put the animal in a deep freezer to slowly freeze to death at virtually no expense?

The woman who perpetrated this “procedure” was actually charged and jailed. However the charge of animal cruelty was a small part of her sentence. The much more important crime according to the judge was that the public money she received to carry out some sort of reasonable destruction of the animals, she had simply pocketed while the freezer was full.

Toad Warning and Other Pests

With the arrival of spring the Costa Animal Society (CAS) would like to remind you that this is the mating season for frogs and toads and if you live near a water source you can probably hear them in the evening. These creatures breed in water so they are attracted to ponds, stagnant pools, creeks and river beds.

Toads live on land and tend come out at night under damp conditions such as heavy dew or rain. They may even venture into your garden when it has just been watered.

If you find a toad in your garden, first secure your dog to a safe place. Then prepare yourself with rubber gloves and some tools such as a bucket or shovel. Next remove the toad safely yet humanely back to its natural habitat like a field or river.

Several species of toads in Andalucia are poisonous and can be fatal to your pets if they bite or lick these amphibians. The symptoms of poisoning are drooling or foaming from the mouth, head shaking, vomiting, sneezing, difficulty breathing and convulsions. If you think your pet has been poisoned flush its mouth out with copious amounts of water and contact your vet immediately.

Unfortunately, the Pine Processionary caterpillars are still on the march so the above applies to these pests as well. Additionally, as the weather gets warmer there will be an increase in mosquitoes, sand flies, fleas and ticks. You can prevent your pets’ exposure with spot-on treatments and repellent collars.

Happy Tails

Punky is a very sweet girl who lived with a young Spanish couple as a foster dog for over 2 years and she really loves her cuddles. Unfortunately, the young couple broke up and both of them moved back in with their parents for financial reasons so Punky was placed in kennels over six months ago.

Things are looking on the bright side for Punky as she has had a couple of positive viewings and a mature lady has reserved her for adoption here on the Costa del Sol in the middle of the month.

Lovely Rosie is a sweetheart of a young pup who was left at the CAS Shop before Christmas. She was reserved for adoption by a lovely Norwegian family in January and began the stringent preparation for travel to Norway.

This required not only two sets of puppy vaccinations but also two rabies jabs, a microchip and passport, as well as blood tests for the four major Mediterranean diseases and to measure her rabies titer levels. Rosie has now cleared these hurdles and is waiting for her flight to be booked before she is treated for worms the day before she flies to her new forever family up north.

Nerja Residents Day

Be on the lookout for the Costa Animal Society (CAS) at the Nerja Residents Day on Sunday April 8 at the Plaza de España just behind the town hall. We will have a tombola and information booth as well as a bar featuring English food.

Residents Day is always a good day out for the entire family with a full calendar of entertainment organised by the town hall. Visit the numerous stalls and food venues put on by local clubs, charities and small businesses and sample the culture and cuisine from a variety of foreign residents who live in Nerja. The event runs from 12.00pm to 5.00pm.


Punta Lara CAS Quiz

Mark at the Punta Lara Bar and the Costa Animal Society (CAS) are pleased to announce their next charitable fund raising quiz to be held on March 16 at 7:30pm. Both regular quizzers and newcomers alike are invited to test to their grey matter and join Quiz Hostess Laura for a fun evening. Food and drinks are available at the bar and advanced booking is recommended by calling Mark at 635 369 673


CAS Shop News

Costa Animal Society (CAS) Shop is located next door to the Good Stuff Café in Nerja at No. 2 Calle Castilla Perez. To ensure a good turnover in our clothing stock, we now have a colour coded pricing system. When we change colours every six to eight weeks the old colour ticket items go to half price. Bargains galore!

We are always interested in hearing from people who are interested in becoming shop volunteers. One four hour shift once a week makes a big difference. There are always two volunteers per shift making for a safe, relaxed, congenial atmosphere. For more information you can ring the shop on 689 314 350.

Our opening hours are Monday to Saturday from 10.00am until 2.00pm.

*Please note: The shop will be closed Thursday 29, Friday 30 and Saturday 31 March for Easter holidays.

Trapiche Market

She’s back! Our lady in Trapiche, the affable Sue, has returned. After gallivanting all winter she will again be manning her station with a fine selection of used books, greeting cards, the occasional bric-a-brac and jewellery.

With 80 to 100 stall holders, this market will knock your socks off.

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) booth is just to the left when you enter. The market is on every Tuesday from 9:30am until 13:30pm located just beside the airport Leoni Benabú with ample parking. See you there!

CAS Cat Corner

Ah, Spring has arrived and love is in the air, especially so in the cat world. Alas, here we have a fine example of having too much of a good thing.


The Costa Animal Society (CAS) works very hard to keep the cat population in Nerja under control. When necessary we engage in the standard Trap-neuter-return program described by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals as “the most humane, effective and financially sustainable strategy for controlling free-roaming cat populations.”


If you think that keeping cat populations in check in urban centres is a community problem you are almost certainly right. Unfortunately, CAS has to undertake this program relying only on its private donors. And despite the generosity of local veterinarians the cost of sterilizing the cats can making for shocking end of the month vet bills.


The accompanying graphic provides a striking image of the true extent of the problem.

Also, for all cat lovers, CAS’s own Fiona has set up a fantastic Facebook page you can see here: /East of Malaga kittens and cats/Gatitos de la Axarquia. It will warm your heart.

Can You Help CAS?

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) is always in need of more volunteer helpers in a number of areas, so if you have spare time to fill, please make contact! In particular, more fundraisers are needed to work with our team.

In addition, fosterers are always required to take short-term care of animals until a permanent home can be found for them. Even if you are only here for few months a year, CAS would appreciate your help.

For a no-obligation chat, contact Vera on 95 252 9670 for general enquiries. Simone on 619 903 815 can answer queries about airport runs in English, German or Spanish.

And despite the tough times and uncertainties, money is always needed to cope with the continuous flow of abandoned dogs and cats requiring help from the Costa Animal Society. If you could donate a little to help the animals, CAS would be most grateful.

Bank : Cajamar 

Account Name : Costa Animal Society 

Account Number : 3058 0728 03 2720100283

BIC-Swift Code : CCRIES2A

January 2018 Newsletter

COSTA ANIMAL SOCIETY

Press Update

No 119: Issued January 18, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION

Your help in publicising the work of CAS is greatly appreciated.

Further information for Editors is available from CAS’s

President Vera Newing 95 252 9670 or Secretary Diana Carter 95 252 3985


Good News (at last)

On the first of February a European directive on animal protection will enter Spanish law.  Well done, you say.  Unfortunately, this directive was passed in Strasbourg on November 13, 1987.  That’s right, virtually all EU member states turned this directive into national law at the time, 30 years ago.

 What happened to Spain?  A charitable explanation is that the average Spanish citizen probably had no idea that concerns about animal welfare were widespread and well-known to their fellow Europeans at the time.  So who would benefit from keeping the general public in the dark?

One group would clearly be those who love watching animals be tortured and call it culture.  A second might be those people who possibly love the family pet but have a strong economic incentive to ignore the torture and slaughter of millions of other animals.  Another?  How about those who believe that animals have no souls and are thus beyond any consideration as far as their “lives” are concerned.

So what were these lot fighting against, what beloved practices will now become crimes?  Well, “a ban on docking or removing tails, cutting ears and de-clawing unless they are for purely medical reasons”; also, slicing the ears of hunting hounds to make them more aggressive.  In fact, according to the new law, sterilization is the only surgery that may be carried out on domestic animals except for therapeutic measures.

On the positive proactive end, this law requires authorities to actively promote dogs and cats being sterilized.  This is still a hard sell in Spain for reasons too embarrassing to enumerate.

So, the law is now on the books.  Will it be enforced?  It is up to the public to demand that this law is acted on and to hold the authorities’ feet to the fire.

Happy Tales

Tiny Tim and Nina finally went to their Scandinavian homes in January after spending several weeks going through the rigorous preparation process required for dogs relocated this Norway. Meanwhile Rosie is still waiting for her blood test results to come back from the lab before a flight can be booked for her to start her new life.

When rehoming animals, it always gives the Costa Animal Society (CAS) great pleasure to see the progress of our erstwhile wards in their new forever homes. It looks like Tiny Tim is off to a great start.

Featured Dog of the Month: Marina

Marina is a female Podenco mix about eight months old. She was found at the side of a road in Maro after being hit by a car and left to die.

Her hip was broken and she had some other injuries to her body. Afterwards, it was discovered that she had also suffered a ruptured bladder.

Marina underwent a successful operation but two days later she suffered a twist in her intestine. Amazingly, she survived two more additional operations. After that she was under a strict diet but now she is a 100% healthy dog looking for a loving home.

Thanks to the phenomenal care provided for her by CAS Committee member Jo and her husband, Marina is now a very happy girl with lots of personality, she loves to cuddle and play. She is good with other dogs and cats, fine on lead and house-trained.

Marina’s vaccinations are up to date, she is chipped, has a passport and is sterilized. All that is needed now is for her to find her forever home to make this what will certainly be one of the great stories of the year.

Available for Adoption

Humphrey is a wonderfully good-natured, fun loving Podenco. He loves to play and even entertains himself with toys but also gets along great with other dogs. Humphrey always looks like he has a smile on his face and will always come up to you for cuddles.

He is a medium size male, is a good example of a wire-haired Podenco who weighs about 20 kilos and is about three years old. Humphrey is castrated, fully vaccinated, is in good health and is ready to become part of a family.


Betty and Benji are two siblings who were dumped as port of a litter of 5 pups and were taken in by the Costa Animal Society (CAS) last year. Their brothers and sister were quickly adopted as small, cute waifs but because Betty and Benji are a bit shy with new people they have been overlooked in kennels when it comes to being considered for adoption.

Benji is now a bit more outgoing than Betty but they are both lovely dogs who get along great with others. They are now about one year old and have grown to a small/medium size where they are below knee high and weigh less than 15 kilos. These sweethearts just need someone to give them a chance to flourish in a home and show what wonderful companions these pups will become.


Punky is a very sweet girl who lived with a young Spanish couple as a foster dog for over two years and she really loves her cuddles. She gets along well with other dogs and children and is very clean in the house. Punky is now living in kennels because the couple broke up and have both moved back in with their parents. Punky would be a wonderful addition to any family.


Punta Lara CAS Quiz

Mark and the gang at the Punta Lara Bar are pleased to announce the next Costa Animal Society (CAS) quiz being held on February 16 at 7.30pm. All regular quizzers and newcomers alike are welcome to test their grey matter and join Quiz Hostess Laura for a fun evening. Food and drinks are available at the bar and advanced booking is recommended by calling Mark at 635 369 673.


CAS Shop News

Now entering its second year at our new location, shop manager Karen would like to take this opportunity to thank all of her volunteers who have made the shop a tremendous success. Also, thank you to all the people who have donated items to the shop for resell, your generosity has greatly improved the lives of many animals under the care of the Costa Animal Society (CAS).

Be sure to stop by in the middle of February as new stock will be changing to pink tickets and therefore all green ticket items will be half price. Don’t miss out on some real steals.

The CAS Shop is located next door to the Good Stuff Café in Nerja at No. 2 Calle Castilla Perez. We are open Monday to Saturday 10.00am until 2.00pm.

We are always interested in hearing from people who would like to join our shop volunteers. One four hour shift once a week makes a big difference. There are always two volunteers per shift making for a safe, relaxed, congenial atmosphere. For more information you can ring the shop on 689 314 350.


Can you help CAS?

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) is always in need of more volunteer helpers in a number of areas, so if you have spare time to fill, please make contact! In particular, more fundraisers are needed to work with our team.

In addition, fosterers are always required to take short-term care of animals until a permanent home can be found for them. Even if you are only here for few months a year, CAS would appreciate your help.

For a no-obligation chat, contact Vera on 95 252 9670 for general enquiries. Simone on 619 903 815 can answer queries about airport runs in English, German or Spanish.

And despite the tough times and uncertainties, money is always needed to cope with the continuous flow of abandoned dogs and cats requiring help from the Costa Animal Society. If you could donate a little to help the animals, CAS would be most grateful.


Bank : Cajamar 

Account Name : Costa Animal Society 

Account Number : 3058 0728 03 2720100283

BIC-Swift Code : CCRIES2A