Costa Animal Society

Helping animals since 1986

January Newsletter


Press Update

No 119: Issued January 18, 2017


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