CAS
Costa Animal Society

Helping animals since 1986

CAS News, July 2017

COSTA ANIMAL SOCIETY

Press Update

No 113 : Issued June 20, 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

Punta Lara CAS Quiz

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) would like to express our appreciation to Mark at the Punta Lara Bar and our regular quizzers for putting on another brilliant season of trivial pursuit. These quizzes have helped CAS raise much needed funds throughout the winter and spring. We will be taking a break during the dog days of summer but will resume these fun quizzes at the Punta Lara Bar in Nerja on the third Friday of each month starting in October.


Dog Report

Happy Tales

At the end of May the Costa Animal Society (CAS) worked in conjunction with TAIL in Torrox and Valle Verde in La Herradura to resolve an urgent situation of ten Lab cross pups that were born to a Labrador in Frigiliana. The owner of the mother was facing eviction for having 12 dogs in his garden and the pups needed new homes by a deadline of June 01, 2017.

The three charities advertised the pups far and wide with five going to the Netherlands, two to Germany and one to Norway. Two others were rehomed in Spain all within several weeks time, an amazing feat considering it can take months to find new places for a single waif.

Aroa, Agatha and Adam were three out of six strays who were rescued by the APA charity from the Nerja pound back in January. APA was a bit over-stretched at the time so CAS agreed to take on these Bodegueros. After several months in kennels Aroa was adopted by a lovely lady from Norway who flew all the way to Malaga to collect her on June 01.

Adam was seen on the CAS website by a very nice family in England who had adopted a similar female from CAS the year before. The family fell in love with Adam immediately and arranged for him to be transported to the Bolton area on June 13. Adam is now enjoying a wonderful life with his new sister in the UK.

Agatha has also been chosen by a Nordic family thanks to our sister charity in Norway. She is currently being prepared for her flight to Scandinavia and should be in her new home by the end of July.

Ready For Adoption

Betty and Benji are very sweet siblings who were left with CAS back in March as part of a litter of five. Their two brothers and one sister found homes fairly quickly but these lovely pups are still looking for their forever homes.

Both are a little shy when they meet new people but they are quite affectionate once they get to know you. They are now about six months old, have been vaccinated and are in perfect health.

Marilyn was rescued by a 12 year-old girl who saw the pup being kicked by some boys in a park. Unfortunately, when the girl brought the pup home her mother couldn’t cope with another pet to look after as they already had two dogs and a cat. Marilyn is now being housed in kennels

until a more permanent home can be found.

CAS Shop News

Fancy a horse ride while helping the Costa Animal Society (CAS)? We are now taking bookings for Andale horse riding school in the shop. With each booking CAS receives a €5 donation. 

The CAS shop is located next door to the Good Stuff Café in Nerja at No. 2 Calle Castilla Perez. The new premises, three times bigger than before, allow CAS to offer a large range of quality second-hand clothing, books, bric-a-brac and electrical items in good working order. Donations of like items are always welcome, sorry not furniture.

CAS is also seeking volunteers to work in the shop. Please call in and talk to shop manager Karen for further information.

Opening hours are from 10.00am until 2.00pm, Monday to Saturday, excluding bank holidays. The telephone number is 689 314 350.


Please note: For the month of August we will be trading only from Monday to Friday 10.00am until 2.00pm. We will resume normal working hours in September.

Featured Cat of the Month
Millie was born in September 2016 and is very sweet and uncomplicated. She gets on well with people, cats and dogs. Spayed and vaccinated - could travel anywhere, although a local home would be nice. She was rescued from certain death in the pound and is now in Nerja in a foster home. If you can offer her a loving home, please contact the Costa Animal Society (CAS) via our website, casnerja.org, or ring Vera on
95 252 9670.

Part-Time Pets

Many people would like the company of a pet cat or dog, but are reluctant to make a long term commitment. What happens if I have to return to my home country? What do I do with the animal during my holidays?

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) has the answer: a part-time pet! Why not consider fostering a cat or a dog until a permanent home can be found for it? Fostering can be a rewarding experience with the main responsibility being to care for an animal as if it were your own.

CAS relies heavily on a network of volunteers to foster animals. They keep CAS regularly updated with information on the animal which CAS displays on its website (casnerja.org) and forwards to other charities throughout Europe.

Animals can be from a few days to several years old, and can be fostered for anything from a few days up to months. The fosterer feeds, walks and generally includes the animal in all family activities. Some fosterers already have pets, which is not a pre-requisite but it does help the animal to socialize.

However, some fosterers only have foster animals, giving them the freedom to have a part-time pet when it suits them, rather than the permanent long-term responsibility of ownership. Occasionally, the fosterer wants to keep the animal, which is possible provided that the animal has not already been reserved by another adopter and that CAS is notified immediately.

CAS will try to remove animals from foster homes if the fosterer is experiencing difficulty. Finding another foster home is done as quickly as possible but can’t always be achieved the same day. If the foster pet becomes ill or is in need of medication, CAS will pay for vet bills, but once an animal is adopted, the new owner becomes responsible for all expenses.

Some animals are rehomed locally and potential new owners may ask to come and meet the animal. This can be done at the foster home or arrangements can be made to meet at another location.

All manner of people can foster, from those living in the countryside to people in towns and villages, apartments and villas. The only requirement is that the animal is well cared for: fed, watered and activated, kept warm when it’s cool and cool when it’s warm.

If you are interested in becoming a CAS fosterer, please contact Vera on 95 252 9670 for a no-obligation chat.


Could You Help CAS?

The Costa Animal Society 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, people are required to help with the feeding of the cats at the numerous feeding stations maintained by CAS, and animal lovers who could undertake a monthly airport run are necessary to take animals being re-homed in northern Europe to catch their flights.

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 or German.


And despite the tough times, money is still 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

IBAN Code : ES91 3058 0728 0327 2010 0283


Thank you.


Keep in touch with the Costa Animal Society through the CAS website (casnerja.org).

CAS News, June 2017

COSTA ANIMAL SOCIETY

Press Update 

No 113 : Issued June 20, 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


Punta Lara CAS Quiz

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) would like to express our appreciation to Mark at the Punta Lara Bar and our regular quizzers for putting on another brilliant season of trivial pursuit.  These quizzes have helped CAS raise much needed funds throughout the winter and spring.  We will be taking a break during the dog days of summer but will resume these fun quizzes at the Punta Lara Bar in Nerja on the third Friday of each month starting in October.

Dog Report

Happy Tales

At the end of May the Costa Animal Society (CAS) worked in conjunction with TAIL in Torrox and Valle Verde in La Herradura to resolve an urgent situation of ten Lab cross pups that were born to a Labrador in Frigiliana.  The owner of the mother was facing eviction for having 12 dogs in his garden and the pups needed new homes by a deadline of June 01, 2017.

The three charities advertised the pups far and wide with five going to the Netherlands, two to Germany and one to Norway.  Two others were rehomed in Spain all within several weeks time, an amazing feat considering it can take months to find new places for a single waif.

Aroa, Agatha and Adam were three out of six strays who were rescued by the APA charity from the Nerja pound back in January.  APA was a bit over-stretched at the time so CAS agreed to take on these Bodegueros.  After several months in kennels Aroa was adopted by a lovely lady from Norway who flew all the way to Malaga to collect her on June 01.

Adam was seen on the CAS website by a very nice family in England who had adopted a similar female from CAS the year before.  The family fell in love with Adam immediately and arranged for him to be transported to the Bolton area on June 13.  Adam is now enjoying a wonderful life with his new sister in the UK.  

Agatha has also been chosen by a Nordic family thanks to our sister charity in Norway.  She is currently being prepared for her flight to Scandinavia and should be in her new home by the end of July.


Ready for adoption

Betty and Benji are very sweet siblings who were left with CAS back in March as part of a litter of five.  Their two brothers and one sister found homes fairly quickly but these lovely pups are still looking for their forever homes.

Both are a little shy when they meet new people but they are quite affectionate once they get to know you.  They are now about six months old, have been vaccinated and are in perfect health.

Marilyn was rescued by a 12 year-old girl who saw the pup being kicked by some boys in a park.  Unfortunately, when the girl brought the pup home her mother couldn’t cope with another pet to look after as they already had two dogs and a cat.  Marilyn is now being housed in kennels 

until a more permanent home can be found.

CAS Shop News

Fancy a horse ride while helping the Costa Animal Society (CAS)?  We are now taking bookings for Andale horse riding school in the shop. With each booking CAS receives a €5 donation. 

The CAS shop is located next door to the Good Stuff Café in Nerja at No. 2 Calle Castilla Perez.  The new premises, three times bigger than before, allow CAS to offer a large range of quality second-hand clothing, books, bric-a-brac and electrical items in good working order. Donations of like items are always welcome, sorry not furniture.


CAS is also seeking volunteers to work in the shop.  Please call in and talk to shop manager Karen for further information.


Opening hours are from 10.00am until 2.00pm, Monday to Saturday, excluding bank holidays.  The telephone number is 689 314 350.


Please note: For the month of August we will be trading only from Monday to Friday 10.00am until 2.00pm. We will resume normal working hours in September. 

Featured Cat of the Month

Millie was born in September 2016 and is very sweet and uncomplicated. She gets on well with people, cats and dogs. Spayed and vaccinated - could travel anywhere, although a local home would be nice.

She was rescued from certain death in the pound and is now in Nerja in a foster home. If you can offer her a loving home, please contact the Costa Animal Society (CAS) via our website, casnerja.org, or ring Vera on 95 252 9670.

Part-Time Pets

Many people would like the company of a pet cat or dog, but are reluctant to make a long term commitment.  What happens if I have to return to my home country?  What do I do with the animal during my holidays?

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) has the answer: a part-time pet!  Why not consider fostering a cat or a dog until a permanent home can be found for it?  Fostering can be a rewarding experience with the main responsibility being to care for an animal as if it were your own.

CAS relies heavily on a network of volunteers to foster animals.  They keep CAS regularly updated with information on the animal which CAS displays on its website (casnerja.org) and forwards to other charities throughout Europe.

Animals can be from a few days to several years old, and can be fostered for anything from a few days up to months. The fosterer feeds, walks and generally includes the animal in all family activities. Some fosterers already have pets, which is not a pre-requisite but it does help the animal to socialize. 

However, some fosterers only have foster animals, giving them the freedom to have a part-time pet when it suits them, rather than the permanent long-term responsibility of ownership.  Occasionally, the fosterer wants to keep the animal, which is possible provided that the animal has not already been reserved by another adopter and that CAS is notified immediately.

CAS will try to remove animals from foster homes if the fosterer is experiencing difficulty.  Finding another foster home is done as quickly as possible but can’t always be achieved the same day.  If the foster pet becomes ill or is in need of medication, CAS will pay for vet bills, but once an animal is adopted, the new owner becomes responsible for all expenses.

Some animals are rehomed locally and potential new owners may ask to come and meet the animal.  This can be done at the foster home or arrangements can be made to meet at another location.  

All manner of people can foster, from those living in the countryside to people in towns and villages, apartments and villas.  The only requirement is that the animal is well cared for: fed, watered and activated, kept warm when it’s cool and cool when it’s warm.

If you are interested in becoming a CAS fosterer, please contact Vera on 95 252 9670 for a no-obligation chat.


Could you help CAS?

The Costa Animal Society 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, people are required to help with the feeding of the cats at the numerous feeding stations maintained by CAS, and animal lovers who could undertake a monthly airport run are necessary to take animals being re-homed in northern Europe to catch their flights. 

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 or German.


And despite the tough times, money is still 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

IBAN Code : ES91 3058 0728 0327 2010 0283


Thank you.


Keep in touch with the Costa Animal Society through the CAS website (casnerja.org).

CAS News, May 2017

Press Update

No 113 : Issued May 20, 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


Thank you!

It’s just occurred to me that we do not often enough say thank you to our media sponsors. Whatever publication you are reading now, they have generously devoted precious space to the Costa Animal Society (CAS) in most cases for many, many years.

Without their generosity we could not be nearly as successful as we are in re-homing abused and abandoned animals. If you have a spare moment please send them a message mentioning how much you appreciate their support for animal charities and/or like/share their Facebook pages. Gracias para todos!


Don't Leave Pets in Cars!

With the arrival of summer, the Costa Animal Society (CAS) is reminding dog owners to never leave their pets locked in the car. Police officers can and will break in to rescue the animals and will prosecute the owner.

In Torre del Mar police broke into a car parked in the town’s Plaza de la Paz to rescue six dogs suffering from dehydration. Passers-by raised the alert after the car had been standing in the sunshine for five hours. When the owner finally appeared two hours later, he was told the dogs, which were unregistered, had been taken to a welfare centre.

And on a very hot day in the UK a couple of summers ago, a Nottingham police dog handler left two German shepherds in his parked car where the temperature quickly rose to almost 50 degrees. Both dogs died within 20 minutes and the officer was prosecuted.


Waggy Tails

Puppy season is still in full force and the Costa Animal Society (CAS) has received an urgent appeal from a gentleman who lives in the Frigiliana campo. His female Labrador escaped from his garden and returned up the duff only to have a litter of 10 puppies in March.

Unfortunately, the owner’s landlord is not happy that he now has 12 dogs living in his garden and is threatening eviction. Two of the ten pups have already been adopted and the 8 remaining for adoption are called Baby, Bouncer, Buster, Canada, Leo, Ohm, Sooty and Sweep.

Baby was the runt and was usually pushed out at feeding time. She has been given extra attention and food and was the first to be weaned. Baby will definitely be a lap dog as she is very loving and sweet.

Bouncer is a typical energetic pup with a white stripe on her chest. She is very friendly and outgoing and a black beauty with a white stripe on her chest.

Buster is going to be huge as he is the second biggest of the litter and solid as a rock. He is very quiet and well behaved with and loves to give kisses.

Canada is another quiet one who is also well behaved. He too is affectionate but not pushy and will be a typical Lab. Leo is a soft fluffy bundle of love who is always ready for a cuddle.

Ohm is the biggest of the litter and she is the boss. She is a muscular female who is very playful and always takes care of Baby when the others bully her.

Sooty is a solid black female who is very playful and a bit of a tear away as she is always biting ankles and chewing trouser legs. Sweep is the scamp of the group and is always getting into mischief. She is incredibly sweet and always playing with Sooty.

In March, four sibling pups, Brownie, Munch, Scrappy and Spot were placed into kennels by the Costa Animal Society (CAS) After two months Scrappy and Spot found homes within two days of each other.

Scrappy went to a foster couple at the beginning of May. After only one week they had fallen in love with him and decided to keep him permanently. Spot was spotted on the CAS website (www.casnerja.org) and went to a lovely English couple two days later.

Brownie and Munch are still looking for their forever homes, which goes to show the amount of time and cost it takes to find homes for dogs that are left on our doorstep.

Our Featured Dog of the Month: Alfie


Alfie was rescued by a mature lady at a café one day when he ran in to escape a dishevelled man who was flicking cigarette ashes and lit butts at him. The Good Samaritan couldn’t leave the pup in this abusive situation so she took him in even though she already has two dogs of her own. However, due to the rescuer’s age plus her lack of a fenced garden and with Alfie growing quite large, she is finding it difficult to manage 3 dogs so a more permanent home is being sought for this wonderful boy.

Alfie is a good natured lad who is a little shy when he first meets someone new, which is not surprising considering his previous circumstances. Like most youngsters, he loves to play and gets along well with others. Alfie loves to fetch most everything you throw for him and has been trained to sit and give his paw.


If you cannot resist Alfie’s good looks please contact Seacrest Kennels via e-mail at [email protected] or call 95 252 1426 to arrange a meeting.

Punta Lara CAS Quiz

The Punta Lara Bar in Nerja is pleased to present their monthly quiz in aid of the Costa Animal Society (CAS) on Friday, June 23 starting at 8.00pm. All quizzers are welcome to join in a pursuit of trivial knowledge with Quiz Hostess Laura. The €3 entrance fee and all raffle proceeds go directly to CAS. Food and drink are available at the bar. Advance booking is recommended by calling Mark at 635 369 673.


CAS Shop News

The new Costa Animal Society (CAS) Shop is located next door to the Good Stuff Café in Nerja at No. 2 Calle Castilla Perez. The new premises are 3 times larger than before allowing CAS to improve on the range of quality second-hand clothing, books, small electrical appliances, and bric-a-brac on offer. Donations of like items are always welcome.

CAS is also seeking volunteers to work in the shop. Please call in and talk to shop manager Karen for further information. Opening hours are from 10.00am until 2.00pm, Monday to Saturday, excluding bank holidays. The phone number is 689 314 350.


CAS Cat Corner

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) currently has many cats available for adoption. Say hello to these two rascals.

Kenzo is a long haired female and just over a year old. She needs a new home as she is currently having to be kept indoors all of the time, which is not good for her.

She's been neutered, vaccinated and chipped so can travel anywhere. She has a very friendly nature and gets on fine with the owners' dog and they think that she'd probably be fine with another cat too.

Tom, a fluffy boy cat is believed to be about 10 months old. He'd turned up at a rental accommodation where animals are not allowed.

His finders have treated him against fleas and worms and are happy to get him vaccinated and castrated but they are unable to keep him and would like a loving home for him. They say he has a fabulous temperament, really easy going, adores a daily brush and loves his food.

If you can offer a loving home to either Kenzo or Tom please contact CAS on 95 252 9670 or on Facebook at /casnerja

Could you help CAS?

The Costa Animal Society 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, people are required to help with the feeding of the cats at the numerous feeding stations maintained by CAS, and animal lovers who could undertake a monthly airport run are necessary to take animals being re-homed in northern Europe to catch their flights.

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 or German.

And despite the tough times, money is still 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

IBAN Code : ES91 3058 0728 0327 2010 0283


Thank you.


Keep in touch with the Costa Animal Society through the CAS website (casnerja.org).

CAS News, April 2017

COSTA ANIMAL SOCIETY

Press Update

No 111 : Issued April 17, 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


Dog Report

In March a litter of five puppies, Benji, Betty, Bindi, Bobby and Buddy, were abandoned in a box. (Don’t ask.) The two happiest pups in the world, Buddy and Bindi, were adopted together last month by a nice young British couple who live in the Nerja campo. Little Bobby was taken in by a fosterer who later decided to keep him permanently.

This leaves Benji and Betty at Seacrest Kennels. They can be a bit shy around new people but each one is a very sweet and cuddly youngster who would make a lovely addition to any family.

Another set of pups that were rescued from the pound this past spring are Adam, Agatha and Aurora. Despite lots of interest from our Nordic sister charities and Adam being provisionally reserved by a family in Norway, this trio is still looking for their forever homes.

Unfortunately, the waifs from the recent puppy season are still occupying many of the spots in kennels which CAS uses to take in new rescues. It is always a difficult balancing act as more urgent cases are brought to our attention.

The only way to make room for new rescues is for CAS to find either foster places or permanent homes for the puppies in kennels. Please contact us if you would like to adopt or become a fosterer.

To meet any of our rescue pups, or perhaps one of our adult dogs, contact Kurt or Laura at Seacrest on 95 252 1426 or e-mail at [email protected]

Last minute: Additionally, four other puppies, Scrappy, Munch, Brownie and Spot were abandoned and taken in by CAS. They are four months old, very sweet and playful and get on well with other dogs.

Punta Lara CAS Quiz

The Punta Lara Bar in Nerja is pleased to present their monthly quiz in aid of the Costa Animal Society (CAS) on Friday, May 26 starting at 8.00pm. All quizzers are welcome to join in a pursuit of trivial knowledge with Quiz Hostess Laura. The €3 entrance fee and all raffle proceeds go directly to CAS. Food and drink are available at the bar. Advance booking is recommended by calling Mark at 635 369 673.


CAS BBQ in Maro

Restaurante La Detunda in Maro invites you to their annual Costa Animal Society (CAS) Barbeque lunch on Sunday, May 29 at 3.00pm. The restaurant is located on the right side of the main road as you enter the hamlet of Maro from Nerja. Support CAS whilst enjoying good food and live music on a lovely May afternoon. Please book in the CAS shop at 689 314 350.


Easter Monday Afternoon Tea

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) would like to thank Vera and the supporters who helped put on a fantastic Afternoon Tea on Easter Monday. The event was a lovely garden party with beautiful spring weather, delicious cakes, scones and sandwiches. All the fare was prepared and donated by volunteers, and €700 was raised making several puppies very happy.


CAS Shop News

What better way to help the Costa Animal Society (CAS) than to help yourself. All clothing with pink tickets are half price for the month of May!

The newly re-located shop is situated at No. 2 Calle Castilla Perez in Nerja, next door to Good Stuff Café. Opening hours are from 10.00am until 2.00pm, Monday to Saturday, excluding bank holidays. The telephone number is 689 314 350.


Please note: the CAS shop will be closed on Monday 1 (May Day) and Monday 15 (Romeria de San Isidro).


Could you help CAS?

The Costa Animal Society 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, people are required to help with the feeding of the cats at the numerous feeding stations maintained by CAS, and animal lovers who could undertake a monthly airport run are necessary to take animals being re-homed in northern Europe to catch their flights.

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 or German.

And despite the tough times, money is still 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

IBAN Code : ES91 3058 0728 0327 2010 0283


Thank you.


Keep in touch with the Costa Animal Society through the CAS website (casnerja.org).

CAS News, March 2017

COSTA ANIMAL SOCIETY

Press Update

No 111 : Issued March 17, 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

Nerja Residents Day

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) invites everyone to come down and enjoy their two stalls at the Nerja Residents’ Day on Sunday April 2. The tombola stand will have lots of fun prizes on offer plus information on the society including ways in which we help the community and how people can volunteer their services.

We will also being serving beverages and English food at the CAS Bar with all proceeds going directly towards helping animals in need. 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 booths and food venues put on by local clubs, charities and small businesses and sample the culture and dishes from a variety of foreign residents who live in our area. Residents’ Day is held each year in the Plaza España behind the Nerja Town Hall.


Happy Tales

Carmen is a little female Chihuahua mix who is about ten years old. She was living rough in an overturned black bucket in a parking area of San Juan de Capistrano in Nerja for several weeks during the December rain storms. She was rescued by a Costa Animal Society (CAS) volunteer with the help of several Swedish ladies who live in the urbanisation.

Carmen’s history is unknown but her timid nature around people makes it clear she has gone through some tough times. After spending several weeks in kennels Carmen was taken in by a foster family who wanted to give her more one on one attention to work on her trust issues. Carmen’s story has taken a wonderful turn in that the fosterers fell in love with her quirky nature and have decided to adopt her.

Pablo is a Spanish Mastin cross who was found wandering in traffic on the busy Frigiliana Road, narrowly dodging oncoming cars, one Friday afternoon. He was so tired he fell asleep inside the back of the rescuer’s car on the way to the vet surgery and again during the examination.

The vet thinks Pablo had been chasing a female in heat, probably for several days, to the point of exhaustion (been there, done that) but was otherwise found to be a young healthy male. Pablo was taken to kennels for shelter where he slept for 24 hours straight before he woke up and ate a meal.

Even though he was in good health Pablo was quite thin for his size, weighing only 34 kilos when he should have been well over 40 kilos. Over the following six weeks he was vaccinated and castrated and the kennels gave him extra rations until he gained an additional ten kilos.

Pablo was eventually seen on the CAS website, casnerja.org, by a nice English couple who have taken him on a trial adoption. We are confident Pablo will put his best paw forward and win the couple’s heart and a forever place for himself in their home.

Canela was found wandering the streets of Nerja by a Spanish family who took her in. The mother of the family took her to a local vet but, as is so often the case, there was no microchip. The lady kept Canela for three weeks but no owner came forward and nothing was seen on social media about a lost Jack Russell dog.

Unfortunately, the reality of caring for an active dog and three young children in a small flat without a garden proved to be too difficult. The mother turned to CAS for help and, as fate would have it, we were contacted the same day by a lady looking to adopt a Jack Russell type because hers had recently passed away. She came to see Canela at the kennels and it was love at first sight, a wonderful thing to witness, both for Canela and for her new mom.


Ready for Adoption

Puppy and kitten season is in full swing and CAS took in nine puppies in less than a week in the middle of last month. Like the other local animal charities we are bursting at the seams and are in need of fosterers to help manage the additional burden.

Two examples of the pups on offer are Buddy and Bindi who are the smallest from a litter of five. These two are the happiest little waifs in the world and always greet you with dancing feet and wagging tails.

We think they are French Bulldog crosses but will be quite small when full grown as Buddy weighs just about two kilos at ten weeks old. Bindi is a little larger but will also be a small female. If you would like to meet these youngsters or some of the other CAS pups who are looking for good homes please call Seacrest Kennels at 95 252 1426.

Tex-Mex Night a Great Success!

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) would like to thank the Potters Bar in Nerja for hosting their Tex Mex Fiesta night on March 11. A fantastic €630 was raised on the night for the animal society and will go a long way towards neutering, feeding and caring for abandoned dogs and cats in the Nerja area.

Easter Monday Afternoon Tea


Come and join the Costa Animal Society (CAS) for a traditional afternoon tea in Maro on Easter Monday, April 17 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 plus a fun raffle and an Easter Bonnet competition.


The cost of €10 per person plus all the raffle proceeds will go towards helping abandoned and abused animals in the Nerja/Maro area. Please book in advance in the CAS shop at 689 314 350.


Punta Lara CAS Quiz

The Punta Lara Bar in Nerja is pleased to present their monthly quiz in aid of the Costa Animal Society (CAS) on Friday, April 21 starting at 8.00pm. All quizzers are welcome to join in the fun and test their trivial knowledge with Quiz Hostess Laura.

The €3 entrance fee and all raffle proceeds go directly to CAS. Food and drink are available at the bar. Advance booking is recommended by calling Mark at 635 369 673.


CAS Shop News

What better way to help the Costa Animal Society (CAS) than to help yourself.

Why not do a spring cleaning and thin out those heaving wardrobes. The CAS shop is always accepting donations of ladies’, men’s and children’s clothing.

How about the cupboards, bookcases and garage as well? From linen to accessories, books to DVDs, bric-á-brac, electrics and small pieces of furniture, all items are welcome. And while you’re at it you can peruse the shop with its large inventory of clean, well-presented goods sure to find fantastic bargains for the whole family.

The newly re-located shop is situated at No. 2 Calle Castilla Perez in Nerja, next door to Good Stuff Café. Opening hours are from 10.00am until 2.00pm, Monday to Saturday, excluding bank holidays. The telephone number is 689 314 350.

Please note: the CAS shop will be closed April 13-15 for Easter holiday.



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.


Ready for Adoption


Tiger Lily and Princess are two neutered young adult females who have only known life together and would love a home together if at all possible. Tiger Lily is the really outgoing, friendly and affectionate one while Princess is more careful and timid.


They were happily living together with their human family when the family was evicted from their rental property and just left them behind. They are now living alone in the grounds and basement of the former family home being fed by kindly neighbours. Tiger Lily and Princess would love to return to the comfort and company of living with a loving family.


If you could love these two, please contact (+44) 7795 522 550 or use our Contact Page. They are in Nerja. 

For pictures and videos of Tiger Lily and Princess as well as our other cats and dogs awaiting homes, see the CAS Facebook page


Could you help CAS?

The Costa Animal Society 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, people are required to help with the feeding of the cats at the numerous feeding stations maintained by CAS, and animal lovers who could undertake a monthly airport run are necessary to take animals being re-homed in northern Europe to catch their flights.

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 or German.

And despite the tough times, money is still 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

IBAN Code : ES91 3058 0728 0327 2010 0283


Thank you.


Keep in touch with the Costa Animal Society through the CAS website (casnerja.org).

CAS News, February 2017

COSTA ANIMAL SOCIETY

Press Update

No 110 : Issued February 17, 2016

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

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.

New CAS Shop

The new Costa Animal Society (CAS) Shop is located next door to the Good Stuff Café in Nerja at No. 2 Calle Castilla Perez. The new premises are 3 times larger than before allowing CAS to improve on the range of quality second-hand clothing, books and bric-a-brac on offer. Donations of like items are always welcome.

CAS is also seeking volunteers to work in the shop. Please call in and talk to shop manager Karen for further information.

Opening hours are from 10.00am until 2.00pm, Monday to Saturday, excluding bank holidays.

The phone number is 689 314 350.

Punta Lara CAS Quiz

The Punta Lara Bar in Nerja is pleased to present their monthly quiz in aid of the Costa Animal Society (CAS) on Friday, March 24 starting at 8.00pm. Newcomers are welcome to join the regular quizzers and test their smarts with Quiz Hostess Laura. The €3 entrance fee and all raffle proceeds go directly towards helping CAS help animals in need.

Food and drink are available at the bar. Advance booking is essential by ringing Mark on 635 369 673.

Tex-Mex Night


The Costa Animal Society (CAS) invites all amigos to a Tex-Mex fiesta at Potters Bar just off Calle Andalucia in Nerja, across the road from Hotel Villa Flamenca. The festivities will kick off on March 11 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 Charlie Miller.


Please book in advance at the CAS shop at No. 2 Calle Castilla Perez in Nerja or phone on 689 314 350.

Nerja Residents Day

Be on the lookout for the Costa Animal Society (CAS) at the Nerja Residents Day on Sunday April 2 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.

Easter Monday Afternoon Tea


Come and join the Costa Animal Society (CAS) for a traditional afternoon tea in Maro on Easter Monday, April 17 at 3.00pm. The tea party will feature sandwiches, scones and cakes plus a fun raffle and an Easter Bonnet competition.


The cost of €10 per person plus all the raffle proceeds will go towards helping abandoned and abused animals in the Nerja/Maro area. Please book in advance with Vera on 608 876 488.

Happy Tales

Santiago was the last of Millie’s litter to find his forever home. On February 17 he embarked on his long awaited journey to Norway. His sisters Bonita and Rosie also found homes in Norway along with several others last year. The partnership between the Costa Animal Society (CAS) and our Nordic sister charities has been a huge success.

Dot the Bodeguero female, who has been cared for in kennels for over six months, was chosen for adoption by a lovely English couple during the Christmas season. However, the couple had already booked a long holiday so Dot had to wait until last month before she could move to her new home. She quickly became an integral part of her new family.

Sacha is a magnificent example of a female Boerboel. Sadly, the first owner could no longer care for her due to a worsening medical condition. After several months in kennels a couple from Torrox with extensive experience in owning large breed dogs were able to take Sacha in. She is now living a happy life as the younger sister to their 7 year old male Bull Mastiff.

Terry, a 4 month old Bodeguero puppy, was found in the Rio Chillar area all on his own. This cute little boy was taken to the vet for assessment and then spent only two days in kennels before he was quickly adopted by a couple whose dog had recently passed away.

Carmen, a little female Chihuahua mix who is about 10 years old, was living rough in an overturned black bucket in a parking area of San Juan de Capistrano in Nerja for several weeks during the December rain storms. The plight of her story was conveyed to the CAS president just before Christmas and Carmen was quickly rescued with the help of several Swedish ladies in the urbanisation. After spending several weeks in kennels Carmen is now happily living in a foster home.

Ready for Adoption

Meet Booby, a bull terrier cross male about 9 months old. He was found wandering and lost in a field which had been sold but the poor dog was not wanted by either the new or old owners. He was very frightened but now he’s being fostered by a Costa Animal Society (CAS) volunteer who has given him lots of love and care.

Booby is very affectionate and tries hard to please. He is well-behaved, walks well on a lead and is fine with other dogs. Booby has been neutered and vaccinated and is ready for a new home. Please phone 685 028 836 for further details.

Also, with the arrival of spring, the puppy season is upon us. Adam, Agatha and Arora were the first to arrive on the CAS doorstep. The 3 siblings are Bodeguero youngsters who are about 7-8 months old and are all sweet little dogs.

Agatha is white, confident and she has already been spayed. Adam and Arora are black and tan. All 3 just love to play with other dogs and are full of affection.


If you would like to meet these guys or any of our other rescue dogs please contact Seacrest Kennels on 95 252 1426.

CAS Cat Corner

We are pleased to report that after nearly 2 years in kennels, Smokie has found a home, albeit in a roundabout way. A woman from Málaga had inquired about one of our cats Amber that she had seen on the Costa Animal Society website www.casnerja.org.

Unfortunately, the woman lives in a flat in the centre of Málaga. We explained that Amber was used to living inside and outside in a campo home. We felt that she would not be happy in a flat in the city.

We then told her about 3 of the cats that we have in kennels who would make wonderful indoor companions. She liked the look of Smokie, a grey and white male cat so one of the CAS board members drove Smokie to Málaga for a home check. Apparently it was love at first sight (for Smokie not the board member) and the papers were signed. Since then we have had an email from her saying how well Smokie is settling in and how much she loves him already.

The gorgeous aforementioned Amber is still looking for a new home. She was found abandoned and terrified as a young kitten and spent the best part of her first year hiding anywhere indoors that she could find. However she grew into a very relaxed, loving little girl who was happiest snuggled up on the bed with her owners or their visitors, on their laps or against the warm body of one of the dogs.

Then, as more animals arrived, she obviously felt pushed out and has become very unhappy. Her owner has now decided that, for her own benefit, Amber needs a home where she is either the only cat or is sharing with just one or two others so that she can blossom again. She is between 6-7 years old, neutered, vaccinated, chipped and has a passport.


If you could offer her that home please contact (+34) 665 415 901 or use our Contact Page

Could You Help CAS?

The Costa Animal Society 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, people are required to help with the feeding of the cats at the numerous feeding stations maintained by CAS, and animal lovers who could undertake a monthly airport run are necessary to take animals being re-homed in northern Europe to catch their flights.

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 or German.

And despite the tough times, money is still 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

IBAN Code : ES91 3058 0728 0327 2010 0283


Thank you.


Keep in touch with the Costa Animal Society through the CAS website (www.casnerja.org).


CAS News, January 2017

COSTA ANIMAL SOCIETY

Press Update

No 109 : Issued January 17, 2016

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

Return Of The Caterpillars


Dog owners are being given their annual warning about the appearance of caterpillars which can cause serious problems for their pets. The nests of the Pine Processionary moth began appearing, earlier than usual, by the middle of last month, high up in the branches of pine trees. These look like balls of cotton wool or candy floss but each is actually full of up to 200 maturing caterpillars.


Soon, the creatures will be ready for the next stage of their development and will fall to the ground where they will begin their annual march into underground burrows. Here they will remain dormant until summer when they emerge as harmless moths.


The caterpillars get their name because they undertake this march in single file lines and follow one another, much like a religious procession. The danger for pets, as well as humans, is because, at this stage of their lifecycle, they possess an unusual defence mechanism. Processional Caterpillars are covered in fine white hairs which can cause at least skin irritation and at worst anaphylactic shock. The caterpillars can travel along the ground for long distances so the menace may be apparent far from the nearest pine tree.


Unfortunately, the inherently curious nature of dogs and cats may lead them to investigate these unusual creatures. If a pet was to sniff, lick our bite these caterpillars, it would almost certainly suffer a severe allergic reaction which, in the worst scenario, can cause airway closure and death. Other, luckier pets have lost part of their tongues after licking a caterpillar.


The symptoms of exposure to caterpillar hair are excessive drooling or frothing at the mouth, difficulty in breathing and/or white spots in the mouth or tongue. If you think your pet is suffering from these symptoms, vets recommend that the animal’s mouth is flushed out with as much water as possible and that the animal is taken immediately for emergency treatment.


Avoid contact with the animal’s saliva because the toxin can affect humans as well. The young, the elderly and those who suffer from toxic allergies should be kept well away.


To minimise the problem, farmers cut down the nests and then burn them in a metal bucket to prevent as many of the hairs as possible being left to float off in the air. Treading on the caterpillars does not destroy these toxic hairs.


And anyone thinking of taking a pre-emptive strike against these nests should bear in mind that they too are full of caterpillar hair, which can easily fall out when disturbed. Exposure by humans has been known to cause a severely itchy rash that can last up to three weeks, temporary blindness and/or respiratory problems. Take appropriate precautions or hire a professional.


If that was not enough to worry about, the unusually warm weather is likely to bring an early return of other pests including fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. In order to protect our pets, owners need to remain vigilant with regular flea and tick treatments and remember to replace Scalibor collars if they have worn for six months or longer.

New CAS Shop a Big Hit!


If you haven’t visited the Costa Animal Society’s (CAS) newly re-located shop, you’ll want to get there soon. Situated at No. 2 calle Castilla Perez in Nerja, next door to Good Stuff Café, you’ll find fantastic bargains in a clean and orderly shop with a friendly, helpful staff.


With a large stock of ladies’, men’s and children’s clothing, there is something for everyone in the family. From linen to accessories, books to DVDs, from electrics to small pieces of furniture as well as a diverse selection of bric-á-brac, you’ll find a clean, well-presented inventory that is updated daily.


Of course, all donations are welcome. Opening hours are from 10.00am until 2.00pm, Monday to Saturday, excluding bank holidays. CAS is also seeking volunteers to work in the shop. Please call in and talk to shop manager Karen for further information.

Punta Lara CAS Quiz


The Punta Lara Bar is proud to host its quiz in aid of the Costa Animal Society (CAS) on February 17 at 7.30 for 8.00pm. Start the New Year off on the right foot by exercising your brain with Quiz Master Laura. The €3 entrance fee and all raffle proceeds go directly towards helping CAS animals in need. Food and drink are available at the bar. Advance booking is essential by calling Mark at 635 369 673.

Happy Tales


At the end of last year, two Costa Animal Society (CAS) volunteers filled in at the last minute to manage the airport run for Rosie (and three waifs from another charity) helping their flight partner check them all in for their flight to their new homes in Norway. Airport runs are the important final step on our part for dogs that have found new homes abroad through one of our sister charities.


If you have a few spare hours once or twice a month, it is a very rewarding experience to witness the moment when once-abandoned dogs set off on their journey to their forever homes. All of the necessary paperwork is provided for you and arrangements made for meeting the flight partner. After check-in, you’ll accompany the animal to a special security screening area and after the all clear you’re on your way home and the animal is on its way to its forever home.


Equally important, if you’re interested in being a flight partner, especially if you are travelling to Norway, please contact Vera on 95 252 9670 for more information.


The next waif being prepared for a trip to Norway this month is Santi who is the brother of Rosie. Santi and Rosie were part of Millie’s litter which were born on June 1 and are the last two to be re-homed. Their journey demonstrates just how much time and effort it takes to prepare and find places for a litter of six puppies.


Dot, the Bodeguero featured last month, was taken in over a year ago by an English builder who was having difficulty finding work in Spain. Last summer her owner had no choice but to accept a maintenance position in Britain that came with a flat but, unfortunately, the accommodation prohibited pets. Dot was placed in kennels until a new forever home could be found for her.


We are pleased to say that after a six month kennels stay Dot was adopted by a lovely English couple and is now enjoying life in a loving home again.


The owner of Ossian and Sebastian asked CAS for help in re-homing his two dogs several months ago because he had to return home because of serious health problems. The owner stayed in Spain as long as he could, in part, to keep these brothers together for as long as possible. In the end the owner’s health deteriorated to the point where he had to take an urgent flight back to Sweden and the dogs were placed into care at Seacrest Kennels.


Ossian and Sebastian are sweet, young dogs who are about two to three years old and they both love their cuddles. They are very clean, house-trained dogs and get along well with others. These brothers are fully vaccinated and are now neutered. If you can provide one or both of them a foster home or permanent home please contact Seacrest at 95 252 1426.

CAS Cat Corner


There is more good news on the cat front. The Beatles brothers, the four ginger kittens of Kitty pictured last month, have now all found forever homes. Two of the brothers were adopted locally with the other two finding a home in Granada. Kitty, alas is still awaiting her forever home, albeit with a very caring fosterer.


Briefly mentioned in December was the re-homing of a lovely three-pawed Siamese cat. This was a very interesting, instructive case. It’s worth a brief accounting.


On November 24, CAS was contacted by a Swedish couple who had taken this cat into their home when they found it abandoned with its bed and some food in the stairwell of the flats in which they were staying. The cat, Jasmine, was clearly a house cat and fit right in on the sofa. Unfortunately, the couple were returning to Sweden in six days.


Jasmine was missing her back left paw and a good five or six centimetres more and she had the queerest gait I’ve ever seen. When I first met her I couldn’t tell if she was coming towards me or in retreat. The back left leg made a huge circular motion like a gear engaged. Clearly though she made her way in and out and up and down without seeming to credit the inconvenience.


Despite our best efforts CAS was not able to find a fosterer for her in time, and so on the evening of the Swedes’ departure we took Jasmine to the safety of a trusted kennels. Only two days later contact was made with a very warm-hearted and knowledgeable couple who had bred and shown Siamese cats in the past.


After a visit to the vets it was determined that Jasmine had probably lost her paw in an accident of some sort, maybe a trap, but that it had healed remarkably well and she needed no further treatment for the injury, aside from dance lessons. Jasmine was taken home to her new family where she is having a wonderful time in the company of two humans and two other cats.


We were thrilled and sent an e-mail account to the Swedish couple whose reply should inspire us all. To wit: “Hi F., Really great news, feels like an early Christmas present. It’s no surprise to us that she seems to get along well in her new family, because we had a very good experience during our short time. It was really Pia and I that kept her from becoming too settled in, we didn’t want to have her too attached to us or the apartment. Kind regards, and a big thank you…Ingvar and Pia.”


Establishing a network of fosterers with the attitude of this lovely couple is the only way that animal rescue work can be financially viable. For a no obligation chat about re-homing or fostering an animal from CAS, please call the charity’s secretary Diana on 679 714 612.

Could You Help CAS?


The Costa Animal Society 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, people are required to help with the feeding of the cats at the numerous feeding stations maintained by CAS, and animal lovers who could undertake a monthly airport run are necessary to take animals being re-homed in northern Europe to catch their flights.


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 or German.


And despite the tough times, money is still 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

IBAN Code : ES91 3058 0728 0327 2010 0283


Thank you.


Keep in touch with the Costa Animal Society through the CAS website (www.casnerja.org).

CAS News, December 2016

CAS Pearl Anniversary Ball


The Costa Animal Society celebrated its 30th Anniversary Winter Ball on Friday, December 9th and the evening was a smashing success with 68 guests in attendance and over 2,200 Euros raised to help the animals in need. The efforts of the volunteers who organised the event were rewarded with lots of positive feedback and the Mark T. Connor band was a hit with the crowd as they played favourites from the 60s, 70s and 80s complete with costume changes. CAS would like to thank all of the local businesses and individuals who sponsored the ball and provided raffle prizes, which were a vital part of this fundraising effort. The grand prize was a Fortnum and Mason luxury Christmas hamper won by the Harper family who have adopted several rescues over the years. What a wonderful start to everyone’s Christmas season.



Happy New Year from CAS


As the Costa Animal Society (CAS) begins 2017 and its 31st year as a registered charity, we cannot express enough gratitude towards our volunteers and supporters throughout the year. From the people who give their time in the CAS shop and at various markets to those who provide donations and financial support, we could not carry on the work we do without your assistance. Last year local business such as Dentadanes, Stephen’s Restaurant and Bar 19 were financial sponsors through regular donations and creative ways of raising funds such as the Bar 19 five litre Jamison’s raffle with the proceeds given to CAS. We look forward to your continued support this year.



Punta Lara CAS Quiz


The Punta Lara Bar is proud to host a charity quiz in aid of the Costa Animal Society (CAS) on January 20th at 7:30pm for 8pm. Quiz Mistress Laura will be whipping the punters into shape with a few brain teaser questions to mark the New Year. The 3 Euros entrance fee and all raffle proceeds go directly towards helping CAS help animals in need. Food and drink are available at the bar. Advance booking is essential by calling Mark at 635 369 673.



New CAS Shop


The Costa Animal Society (CAS) is very pleased to announce the opening of their much larger second hand clothing and bric-a-brac shop at No. 2 Calle Castilla Perez in Nerja, right next door to the fantastic Good Stuff Café. The new shop has been successfully trading since December 5th and CAS will be hosting a grand opening party on Monday, January 9th during its normal hours. Stop by for a drink and a biscuit while you browse at what is on offer. The shop is open to the public from 10am until 2pm, Monday through Saturday, excluding bank holidays.





Happy Tales


As we write this piece the Costa Animal Society (CAS) is helping Rosie prepare for her flight to Norway on December 14th to meet her new family and one of our Nordic sister charities is conducting a home check interview for her brother Santi. These are the last two of Millie’s pups to be rehomed and Santi would make the third one to go to Norway.


Henrietta was rescued from Frigiliana campo by a German couple and was temporarily housed in kennels. She is a very shy, sweet young pup who was immediately rehomed to Germany and flew to her new life on December the 15th.


Dot and Nina are two lovely females who are staying at Seacrest Kennels until forever homes can be found for them. Both are about 1-2 years old and are lovely girls with loads of personality. Dot is a Bodeguero, which is similar to a large Jack Russell, and Nina is a miniature Podenco. They share a kennel and love to play with other dogs but they both think chasing cats is a fun game but we do not think they would hurt one. Both of these females are very sweet and would make a wonderful addition to any family. There has been lots of interest in Dot over the year but she has still not yet been chosen. Little Carmen was living rough in a black plastic bucket in a parking area of San Juan de Capistrano and she was being fed by several Swedish ladies. With the help of the Swedish ladies, a CAS volunteer was able to rescue Carmen to relocate her to Seacrest where she is now living in a warm, dry kennel and can sleep safe at night. Like many street dogs, Carmen is a bit skittish and afraid of men but we are working on gaining her confidence and rehabilitating her so she can be rehomed. All of these female dogs would make lovely companions so if you would like to meet these girls please call Seacrest at 95 252 1426.

CAS News, November 2016

COSTA ANIMAL SOCIETY

Press Update

No 106 : Issued November 19, 2016

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


New CAS Shop


The Costa Animal Society (CAS) is very pleased to announce the imminent opening of its new fund-raising shop in Nerja. It’s much larger than the existing premises and will continue to sell a wide range of second-hand clothing and bric-a-brac.


The shop, which will open formally on January 9, is at calle Castilla Perez, 2, right next door to the Good Stuff Café, and very close to the Supersol supermarket. It will be open on weekdays from 10.00an to 2.00pm, but closed at weekends and on holidays.


Watch out early next month for an invitation to the launch party!

Recent happy endings


The Costa Animal Society (CAS) featured four brothers, Gordon, Ramsay, Jaime and Oliver, who were born in a CAS supporter’s garden back in March. Amazingly, after several months of being cared for in kennels all four brothers found their forever homes within one week back in the beginning of November.


Jaime was adopted by a lovely German couple who were looking for a companion to their female dog. Gordon and Ramsay were chosen together by a young English family from Granada province who wanted two pups for their young children and Oliver is now living with a young Swedish man and his girlfriend in Nerja.


Two of Milly’s female pups have found new homes in Norway thanks to one of our sister charities in Scandinavia. Bonita flew to her new family on October 30 and they were so excited to meet her they drove two hours to and from the airport. After a few days Bonita settled into her new routine and has already experienced her first snow fall, an exciting new experience for a dog born in Andalucía!


Happily, Bonita’s sister Rosie has also been adopted by a young couple in Norway and she is waiting for her blood test results and flight date sometime this month, which leaves only the male pup Santi still to find a home from this litter of six.


Izzy was rescued from the Nerja industrial estate in May 2015 and has spent the last year and a half in kennels waiting for his chance. He was moved into foster care last month with a couple who have three other dogs and several cats in order to get him used to home life before he is adopted permanently. Unfortunately, the foster family already have their hands full so this is only be a temporary arrangement.


Izzy is a large, long legged male with perhaps some Galgo/Greyhound in his genes and is about five years old. He has a short golden coat with matching golden, expressive eyes. Izzy has a wonderful, outgoing personality and gets along great with other dogs and does chase the cats but in a playful manner. He is perfectly house trained, has been castrated and vaccinated.


Dot and Nina are the two newest additions to the CAS dogs who are staying in Seacrest Kennels. Dot is a Bodeguero with a sweet disposition who loves people. She used to live in a house and is a well trained, calm dog. Dot gets along well with other dogs but, unfortunately, chases cats.


Her roommate in kennels is Nina who is a small female Podenco with a lovely, energetic personality. She was abandoned in the LIDL car park in Nerja and is quite small and thin, weighing only seven kilos but we are working on fattening her up! Both dogs will make lovely companions so if you would like to meet these girls please call Seacrest at 95 252 1426.


For a no obligation chat about re-homing or fostering an animal from CAS, please call the charity’s secretary Diana on 679 714 612.


CAS Fund Raising News


Tickets are now on sale for the annual pre-Christmas dinner dance in aid of the Costa Animal Society (CAS). This year, the Holiday Party will be held at the Hotel Almazara on Friday, December 9.

Once again, an excellent dinner will be followed by dancing until late with entertainment provided by Mark T. Connor, in an evening to mark the charity’s 30th anniversary.

Tickets priced at €38 are available by calling 95 252 9670 or 95 252 3607.


The Punta Lara Bar in Nerja presents a Christmas charity quiz in aid of the Costa Animal Society (CAS) on December 16 at 7.30pm for 8.00pm. Quiz Master Laura will be presenting a holiday themed quiz and bar owner Mark will be handing out a prize for best Christmas jumper. The €3 entrance fee and all raffle proceeds go directly towards helping CAS help animals in need. Food and drink are available at the bar. Advance booking is essential by calling Mark at 635 369 673.


Volunteers who run the Costa Animal Society (CAS) stall at Nerja’s Sunday car are there every week with good quality bric-a-brac and clothing at bargain prices on offer. Look for the CAS sign and giant cat at stall 174 located on the right hand side as you enter the market.


Keep in touch with the Costa Animal Society through the CAS website (www.casnerja.org).

Could You Help CAS?


The Costa Animal Society 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, people are required to help with the feeding of the cats at the numerous feeding stations maintained by CAS, and animal lovers who could undertake a monthly airport run are necessary to take animals being re-homed in northern Europe to catch their flights.

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 or German.

And despite the tough times, money is still 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

IBAN Code : ES91 3058 0728 0327 2010 0283


Thank you.

CAS News, October 2016

COSTA ANIMAL SOCIETY

Press Update

No 105 : Issued October 19, 2016

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

Scruffs Nerja raises over €2,000 for CAS


A beautiful day brought out the crowds out in Nerja in October for the annual Scruffs fun dog show. The event, held in the town centre Plaza de España and supported by the Foreigners’ Department at Nerja Town Hall, raises money for the Costa Animal Society (CAS).

Around 50 pedigree and non-pedigree dogs were entered in 12 competitive classes, as well as in fun classes including Waggiest Tail and Best Sit-and-Stay. Importantly, there were also prizes for the best dogs which have been rescued and are now happily re-homed.

During the afternoon, a number of dogs still looking for new homes were introduced to the crowd and happily CAS reports that at least four of them have found new owners as a result.

The CAS volunteers want to thank everyone who participated in Scruffs 2016, plus Nerja Town Hall and the event’s generous sponsors, all of whom helped the charity to make a profit of €2,580 which will go to help caring for stray and abandoned animals in the area.

Photos courtesy of Arthur Honey.

Recent Happy Endings


Turka spent nearly two years in kennels but has now been adopted by a retired couple whose female dog had recently passed away and saw Turka in a CAS advertisement. They were looking for a young female to balance out their two boisterous males and took her home on trial to make sure she was a good fit for their menagerie of animals. Luckily, they fell in love right away andTurka has quickly become a part of the family in her new permanent home.

Lily was rescued from the campo near the Rio Seco in Nerja by two Costa Animal Society (CAS) volunteers during the heat of August. She was infested with hundreds of fleas and ticks, one of which gave her an infection under her chin which spread to the salivary glands and she required two courses of antibiotics. After her long recovery, Lily worked her charms on a lovely English lady who lives in the campo and was adopted in September. The lady brought Lily to the CAS Scruffs Nerja dogs show in October where Lily won first prize for Best Rescue Dog!

Gordon, Ramsay, Jaime and Oliver are four brothers who have been in kennels for a few months after being rescued from the Puerto Barranco area of Torrox. Their mother is a medium size Podenco although we are not sure what breed the father is. Each pup has a different personality with Gordon and Ramsay being more dominant while Jaime and Oliver are smaller and more laid back. The four boys are staying at Seacrest Kennels so if you would like to meet them, please call Laura or Kurt on 95 252 1426.

Two out Milly’s six pups are still up for adoption. Of the others, Sammy found a home through Digame, a foster family has decided to keep Molly, Bonita will soon be flying to a new home in Norway and Billy was homed via Facebook. All of which leaves two gentle pups, Rosie and Santiago. If you would like to meet them with a view to providing a good home for one, please contact Jennifer and Eric at 95 252 3599.


For a no obligation chat about re-homing or fostering an animal from CAS, please call the charity’s secretary Diana on 679 714 612.

CAS Fund Raising News


A Table-Top Christmas Fair in aid of the Costa Animal Society (CAS) will be held on Wednesday, November 23, at Potters Bar in Nerja from 4.30pm. Boxed Christmas cards, 2017 calendars, gift items and pet treats will be amongst the goodies on sale, with all proceeds going to CAS.

Potters Bar is in calle Maria de Waard, almost opposite the Hotel Flamenca, where the Happy Hour will be in full swing between 5.00 and 7.00pm that day!


Tickets are now on sale for the annual pre-Christmas dinner dance in aid of the Costa Animal Society (CAS). This year, the Holiday Party will be held at the Hotel Almazara on Friday, December 9.

Once again, an excellent dinner will be followed by dancing until late with entertainment provided by Mark T. Connor, in an evening to mark the charity’s 30th anniversary.

Tickets priced at €38 are available by calling 95 252 9670 or 95 252 3607.


The Punta Lara Bar presents its next charity quiz in aid of the Costa Animal Society (CAS) on Friday, November 18 at 7.30 for 8.00pm. Quiz Master Laura, bar owner Mark and his team offer a fun quiz night full of trivia, plus good food and drink. The €3 entrance fee and all raffle proceeds go directly towards helping CAS to help the animals in need. Advance booking is essential by calling Mark on 635 369 673.

The annual Seacrest Kennels and Cattery Hog Roast Barbeque was a smashing success with over €1,500 Euros raised for the Costa Animal Society (CAS). CAS would like to thank Kurt and Laura for providing their garden for the event, to Cathy and Juan from the Coach and Horses Pub for making delicious salads and to Mogs aka Kaptn Krap for keeping the music lively.


Car Boot and CAS Shop


Volunteers who run the Costa Animal Society (CAS) stall at Nerja’s Sunday car are there every week with good quality bric-a-brac and clothing at bargain prices on offer. Look for the CAS sign and giant cat at stall 174 located on the right hand side as you enter the market.


Meanwhile, the CAS charity shop in the centre of Nerja calle Dr Ferran and is clearing out summer stock, so there are bargains to be had. All the money taken in the shop goes directly to CAS. Contact the shop on 95 252 3607.


Could you help CAS?


The Costa Animal Society 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, people are required to help with the feeding of the cats at the numerous feeding stations maintained by CAS, and animal lovers who could undertake a monthly airport run are necessary to take animals being re-homed in northern Europe to catch their flights.

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 or German.

And despite the tough times, money is still 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

IBAN Code : ES91 3058 0728 0327 2010 0283


Or visit the CAS Charity Shop Almirante Carranza, just off Antonio Ferrándiz “Chanquete”, Nerja. It’s open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 1pm.


Thank you.

CAS News, September 2016

COSTA ANIMAL SOCIETY


Press Update


No 104 : Issued September 19, 2016


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


Scruffs Nerja 2016, October 15


Coats are being brushed and paws polished in preparation for the annual dog show organised by the Costa Animal Society. Scruffs Nerja will be held on Saturday, October 15, once again with the great support offered by the Foreign Residents’ Department at the Town Hall.


The fun dog show will be held on Plaza de España behind Nerja Town Hall with all dog owners invited to enter their pets in one or more of the 12 classes to be judged during the afternoon. Entry is €5 per category or €12 for three categories and registration begins at 12.00 noon.


Pedigree and non-pedigree puppies (under one year), dogs and bitches will be judged in six separate classes, starting at 1.00pm, and there will be a special class for veteran dogs over ten years old.


The fun classes will include a search for the dog with the waggiest tail, the best “sit and stay,” and the dog which is most obedient or shows off the best trick. Importantly, the judges will also be asked to choose the best dog and best bitch from dogs which have been rescued, and are now in new homes with loving owners.


Finally, at the end of the afternoon, the winning pedigree, non-pedigree and rescue dogs will vie for the title Best in Show.


In addition, visitors will be able to enjoy raffles, stalls and bar food, as well as meeting some rescue dogs still looking for new owners.


It’s a fun afternoon for the whole family and an important fund-raiser for the Costa Animal Society. Come and enjoy the day while helping the animals.

CAS Cats Update


The Costa Animal Society (CAS) is often thought of as a canine rescue organization, but the volunteers care just as much about cats. And it’s been a busy summer in the feline department!

Two kittens, Billie and Bambi (shown on the right), were found a new home in Puent don Manuel at the end of June, while Bobbie, who had been abandoned, was taken in by a family in Cómpeta. They also took an older cat, Sasha, to keep him company on their 20,000 square metres of land!


Shadow and Sunshine (shown left), found abandoned by an inquisitive dog, both found new homes. Shadow has joined a gang of three dogs and a cat in Cáleta while Sunshine is being thoroughly spoiled by her new owners in La Viñuela.


Poor little Kenny was found by the lifeless body of his mother by a holiday-maker in Frigiliana who contacted CAS to ensure he’d be OK after she went home. Just after a foster home had been arranged, Kenny’s owner came forward and took him home. One of our speedier successes!

Skyla was one of eight very young kittens found by some rubbish bins in Almayate and who, after living rough, needed a period of fostering and socialization before finding a new hom with a kind Spanish man. Sadly, only three of the eight were saved because of lack of willing fosterers, proving that fostering for a few weeks does save lives. And as for the other, other two, Pepsi and Smokie Joe? They are together, in a new home with two older ladies.

Finally, a gorgeous little ginger kitten was found abandoned in the street at El Borge by a young Spanish lady who has three dogs and asked CAS to help. It looks like a visitor to CAS’s stall at the Tuesday market at Trapiche will be offering him a permanent home.

There are always kittens and older cats looking for new homes, but it does cost money in vets’ fees and for food. Kitten food, of course, is considerably dearer that cans of cat food from the supermarket. Your donation to help the CAS cats can be made at the charity shop in Nerja, at Trapiche market on Tuesday mornings, or via the website www.casnerja.org. 

For a no obligation chat about re-homing or fostering a kitten or a cat (or a dog!) from CAS, please call the charity’s secretary,

Diana on 679 714 612.

CAS Fund Raising News

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) Quiz will return to the Punta Lara Bar for the winter season on Friday, October 21st at 7.30 for 8.00pm and then of the third Friday of every month. After a well earned summer break, Quiz Master Laura and bar owner Mark and his team are ready to present a fun quiz night full of trivia plus good food and drink. The €3 entrance fee and all raffle proceeds go directly towards CAS to help the animals in need. Advance booking is essential by calling Mark at 635 369 673.


Car Boot & CAS Shop

Volunteers who run the Costa Animal Society (CAS) stall at Nerja’s Sunday car are there every week with good quality bric-a-brac and clothing at bargain prices on offer. Look for the CAS sign and giant cat at stall 174 located on the right hand side as you enter the market.

Meanwhile, the CAS charity shop in the centre of Nerja calle Dr Ferran and is clearing out summer stock, so there are bargains to be had. All the money taken in the shop goes directly to CAS. Contact the shop of 95 252 3607.


Keep in touch with the Costa Animal Society through the CAS website (www.casnerja.org).


Could You Help CAS?

The Costa Animal Society 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, people are required to help with the feeding of the cats at the numerous feeding stations maintained by CAS, and animal lovers who could undertake a monthly airport run are necessary to take animals being re-homed in northern Europe to catch their flights.

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 or German.

And despite the tough times, money is still 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

IBAN Code : ES91 3058 0728 0327 2010 0283


Or visit the CAS Charity Shop Almirante Carranza, just off Antonio Ferrándiz “Chanquete”, Nerja. It’s open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 1pm.


Thank you.

CAS News, August 2016

COSTA ANIMAL SOCIETY


Press Update


No 103 : Issued August 19, 2016


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


Rehoming News

Siblings Miko and Poppet both went to their adopted families in August with Miko being re-homed in Norway and Poppet starting a new life in Germany.

Miko was chosen by a young family who live two hours outside Oslo with the help of our Norwegian sister charity. His new Dad, Raymond, flew to Málaga airport to collect the eight-month old pup and returned home with him the same day, a 12 hour round trip. Raymond has said it was well worth the effort to make Miko part of the family.

Poppet was seen by a German lady who was visiting Nerja on holiday and she fell in love with her instantly. Luckily the German tourist was here for nearly a month so there was plenty of time to get Poppet spayed and ready for the return flight.

Gordon, Ramsay, Jamie and Oliver are four brothers out of six puppies which were born in the garden of two Costa Animal Society (CAS) supporters in April. Each has a different personality with Gordon and Ramsay being more dominant while Jamie and Oliver are smaller and more laid back. They are presently being looked after by CAS at Seacrest Kennels.

Their mother is a medium size Podenco who had found a safe haven in the garden to have her litter. As is often the case, the breed of the father is not known but Gordon is a good size so perhaps they have some Labrador in their genes.

Two of the original six pups have been re-homed - one locally, while the Vale Verde charity in La Herradura sent the other to a family in England.

Turca and Izzy have both been in kennels for over a year and have been waiting the longest for their forever homes. Turca is a lovely Breton Spaniel, female cross who is about five years old and loves nothing more than cuddles and going for walks. She gets along well with other dogs and is fully vaccinated and spayed.

Izzy was rescued from the Nerja industrial estate on San Isidro weekend in 2015. He had been living rough for a couple of months and it was clear he had been dumped in the streets so he was taken into care. Despite Izzy’s beautiful golden eyes and confident nature he has not been able to find the right home for a large dog. He plays daily with five other dogs and is definitely in charge of the group but he is a low key leader.

Dot has been returned to kennels after a short stay in a foster home with a nice English lady who already owns two other dogs and a cat. Dot did well with the two dogs and was quite affectionate with the fosterer but, unfortunately, chased the cat so she could not stay.

Dot is used to living in a house and is fully house trained, vaccinated and spayed and would make a great addition to a cat free home. If you would like to meet any of these dogs please feel free to call Seacrest Kennels at 95 252 1426.

Milly has settled into her new home and five of her six surviving pups are ready to be adopted by a new family. Sammy was the first to get the nod with his new owner finding him on Digame. Billy, Bonita, Molly, Rosie and Santiago are now three months old and they are going to be very attractive large dogs when fully grown. If you would like to meet these pups and would consider giving one a good home please contact Jennifer and Eric on 95 252 3599.


For a no obligation chat about re-homing or fostering a dog or a cat from CAS, please call the charity’s secretary Diana on 679 714 612.

CAS Fund Raising News

Scruffs Nerja set for October.

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) is proud to carry on an annual tradition with the 16th Annual Scruffs Dog Show to be held in Plaza España (behind the Nerja Town Hall) on Sunday, October 16. Once again, the event is being organized with the collaboration of the Foreign Residents’ Department at Nerja Town Hall.


There are 12 classes in which owners are invited to enter their pets including best puppies under a year old, as well as best dogs and bitches over a year; there will be separate classes for pedigree and non-pedigree dogs. Judges will also be looking for the dog with the waggiest tail, the best “sit and stay,” and the dog which is most obedient dog or does the best tricks!


Importantly, there will be classes for the best rescue dogs, and there are prizes to be won in all classes.


Registration starts at 12 noon for all classes and the judging will begin at 1pm. There will be stalls to browse as well as food and drink available so join CAS for a fun day out with the family and your canine companions.

CAS Jumble Sale

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) invites you to a Jumble Sale at the Fellowship of the King Church (around the corner from the town-centre Mercadona in Nerja) on Friday, September 16 at 3.00pm. Good quality second-hand clothing and bric-a-brac will be on sale from €2, plus a cake stall with tea and coffee. Come on down to see what is on offer or just enjoy some tasty treats and remember to keep calm and carry home a bargain. For more information please contact Vera at 95 252 9670.


Annual Seacrest Hog Roast

Seacrest Kennels and Cattery will be hosting its 11th Annual Hog Roast Barbeque in aid of the Costa Animal Society (CAS) on Friday, September 30, at 8.00pm.

This event is always a fun evening to mark the end of summer with music provided by DJ Kapt’n Krap. The evening will include a fun raffle and all proceeds from the night will go directly to helping the animals in need.

Tickets at €20 per person include a hog roast buffet with complimentary salads and vegetarian options, plus a half bottle of wine. Booking in advance is essential with Laura and Kurt at 95 252 1426.


Conrad’s Curry Night

Conrad is well-known in the area for making some of the tastiest curries around, and he will offering his talents to the Costa Animal Society (CAS) on Saturday, October 1st. There will be a range of curries on the menu with varying tastes, from very mild to a bit hotter, so come and try something different.

The evening will be held in Torrox on Saturday, October 1, and the ticket price of €25 includes food and wine. Full details and reservations from Karen on 722 172 575.


Car Boot and CAS Shop

Volunteers who run the Costa Animal Society (CAS) stall at Nerja’s Sunday car boot market took August off to escape the heat, but are back every week from September. They always have good quality bric-a-brac and clothing at bargain prices on offer. Look for the CAS sign and giant cat at stall 174 located on the right hand side as you enter the market.

Meanwhile, the CAS charity shop in the centre of Nerja remained opened all summer, as it has done for almost 20 years. The shop is on calle Dr Ferran and will having a pre-autumn clear-out in September so there are bargains to be had. All the money taken in the shop goes directly to CAS. Contact the shop of 95 252 3607.


Keep in touch with the Costa Animal Society through the CAS website (www.casnerja.org).


Could you help CAS?

The Costa Animal Society 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, people are required to help with the feeding of the cats at the numerous feeding stations maintained by CAS, and animal lovers who could undertake a monthly airport run are necessary to take animals being re-homed in northern Europe to catch their flights.

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 or German.

And despite the tough times, money is still 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 Num

ber : 3058 0728 03 2720100283

BIC-Swift Code : CCRIES2A

IBAN Code : ES91 3058 0728 0327 2010 0283


Or visit the CAS Charity Shop Almirante Carranza, just off Antonio Ferrándiz “Chanquete”, Nerja. It’s open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 1pm.

CAS News, July 2016

COSTA ANIMAL SOCIETY


Press Update


No 101 : Issued July 20, 2016


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


Rehoming News

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) is pleased to announce that last month Mimi was reunited with her new family in England who had adopted her whilst they were on holiday in Nerja earlier in the year. They are very pleased with the latest addition to their family and say Mimi is the best behaved dog they have ever had. Travel plans for her brother Miko have been delayed because of the price of summer flights but he should be with his new family in Norway in early August.

Suki was found with her sister Honey in the campo two and half years ago and they spent the first six months in foster care. Unfortunately, the foster situation was always meant to be temporary and the two dogs were later moved to kennels. Honey found a new home in Germany last summer but Suki remained in kennels for another year despite a couple of trial adoptions. CAS is now happy to report that Suki has also been re-homed in Germany thanks to our sister charity and flew to her new life on July 15.

Pinky was left at the CAS shop door in a plastic crate with her brother Perky last spring. After a couple of months in foster care Perky was re-homed but Pinky is still looking for her forever home.

Turca, the sweet and loving Breton mix, is being cared for in kennels but would like nothing better than to live with a nice family where she could enjoy walks in the campo. She gets along with cats and loves playing with other dogs and children.

Dot was rescued by an English gentleman who had every intention of keeping her as a pet and she lived contently as his companion for a year. Unfortunately, her rescuer was not able to find steady work in Andalucía and was forced to accept employment in the UK and where he lives pets are not allowed.

Dot is a good natured Bodeguero female who loves people and loves to play with other dogs. She is spayed, fully vaccinated and house trained. Dot is staying at Seacrest Kennels until a new home can be found for her. If you would like to meet Dot please call 95 252 1426.

Milly was found living rough under a car in the campo above Maro and was being fed by a Good Samaritan for several weeks before she went to a foster home. The fosterers soon fell in love with Milly’s calm, soft and friendly nature and have now decided to make her a permanent part of the family.

However, they soon realised that Milly was pregnant, which was verified by their vet in Caleta, and she was overdue. She went into labour on June 1 and it was a difficult delivery with three out of the nine puppies being stillborn.

Milly has proven to be an excellent mum to her surviving six pups who are now growing bigger and stronger every day. There are three boys and three girls and each one is very attractive with various markings in shades of brown, black and white. They have been named Billy, Bonita, Molly, Rosie, Sammy and Santiago.

Milly is a medium sized dog so it is thought the pups will be the same and they will have a good start in life. If you would like to meet the pups and would consider giving one a good home please contact Jennifer and Eric at 95 252 3599.

For a no obligation chat about re-homing or fostering a dog or a cat from CAS, please call the charity’s secretary Diana on 679 714 612.

CAS fund raising news


The Costa Animal Society’s 30th Anniversary Summer Ball, held on June 30, was an excellent evening enjoyed by almost 100 guests. CAS would like to thank all of the sponsors and volunteers who made this fantastic event a smashing success. Over €2,400 was raised, all of which will go directly towards caring for abandoned and abused animals in our area.


The Punta Lara Bar will be taking a summer break from their Costa Animal Society (CAS) Quiz during dog days of summer. But all quizzers should be on the lookout for the return the CAS Quiz this autumn at the usual time of 7:30 for 8.00pm start on the third Friday of every month. The Punta Lara Bar will be open all summer during its normal hours offering cool beverages and good food.


The Costa Animal Society (CAS) stall is going strong at the Nerja Sunday Carboot Market where you can buy good quality bric-a-brac and clothing at bargain prices. Look for the CAS sign and giant cat at stall 174 located on the right hand side as you enter the market.


The Costa Animal Society (CAS) fund-raising shop has been trading for nearly 20 years and is located on the west side of Nerja on calle Dr Ferran. We have just brought out our summer stock, so feel free to stop by and peruse what’s on offer. You can contact the CAS shop at 95 252 3607.


Keep in touch with the Costa Animal Society through the CAS website (www.casnerja.org).


Could you help CAS?

The Costa Animal Society 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, people are required to help with the feeding of the cats at the numerous feeding stations maintained by CAS, and animal lovers who could undertake a monthly airport run are necessary to take animals being re-homed in northern Europe to catch their flights.

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 or German.

And despite the tough times, money is still 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

IBAN Code : ES91 3058 0728 0327 2010 0283


Or visit the CAS Charity Shop Almirante Carranza, just off Antonio Ferrándiz “Chanquete”, Nerja. It’s open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 1pm.


Thank you.

CAS News, June 2016

CAS Quiz At Punta Lara Bar

The Punta Lara Bar invites all quizzers to come and support the Costa Animal Society (CAS) on Friday, July 22nd at 7:30pm for 8pm (check date). Put your pub quiz brain in gear and enjoy trivial pursuits with Quiz Master Terry. Food and drink is available at the bar and the entrance fee of 3 Euros plus all raffle proceeds goes toward helping the animals. Please book with Mark at 635 369 673.


Rehoming News

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) is pleased to announce that last month Nemo was adopted by his forever family from a foster place in Germany. In June his brother Alex went to the same foster place in the hope he would follow in Nemo’s pawsteps and also find a lovely home as well. Both Podencos were left at the CAS doorstep nearly two years ago as young pups and they spent most of their lives in kennels. CAS is eternally grateful to our partners in other countries for helping find good foster place and new families for some of our most needy waifs.

Dude the little Yorkie cross, who was found in the Nerja campo in a terrible state, finally got his flight date to Germany on June 18th after undergoing six weeks of vet treatment for a severe ear infection. It was hard to let Dude go as we had fallen in love with his quirky personality but we are confident he has begun a better chapter with his adopted family who will give him all the love and attention he didn’t receive in his previous life in the campo.

Mimi and Miko are nearly twin brother and sister who were abandoned in January with 8 other puppies. Mimi has been adopted by a young English family who fell in love with her whilst they were visiting Nerja last month and she is set to travel to the UK early this month. Miko was adopted by a family from Norway through one of our Scandinavian partners and his new owner will be flying here in mid July to pick him up. Seven of the other waifs have also been rehomed during the year so only Poppet remains in kennels waiting for her forever home.

Hupa was a young pup who was rescued by a German couple in May and CAS featured him last month. He was quickly adopted by a lovely English lady who lives in Almunecar and has renamed him Prince. Prince has charmed his way into his new owner’s heart and is now enjoys living with his new older brother Osso.


BBQ At Detunda Restaurant

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) would like to thank the Detunda Resturant in Maro for hosting a successful fundraiser barbeque on May 29th that was organised by Joanne and Sue to help raise much needed dosh for the animals. Despite the windy conditions everyone enjoyed a delicious meal provided by the restaurant and the music played by the Mundo Cigarra band. Nearly 600 Euros was raised all of which will go towards the CAS coffers.


Turca Story

Turca is a female Breton mix who was rescued by a Costa Animal Society (CAS) volunteer over a year ago and is being cared for in kennels. We think she was born around July 2013 and she has a very sweet, lovely personality. Turca loves to go on walks and is very playful and she gets along well with other dogs, cats and children. She is also quite responsive to people and is easily trained so she will make a lovely addition to any family. If you would like to meet Turca please contact Seacrest Kennels at 95 252 1426.


Pinky and Perky

Pinky and Perky were two lab cross pups who were left at the Costa Animal Society (CAS) shop door in a plastic crate a few months ago. Luckily, thanks to a kind hearted volunteer, CAS was able to place these siblings into foster care together. Perky, the boy pup, was adopted last month by young lady from Marbella but Pinky, the girl pup, is still looking for a good home.


Tres Gatitos

Bambi, Billie and Bobby are 3 of several young kittens who are looking for either a foster place or a forever home. The Costa Animal Society (CAS) and other charities were literally overrun with puppies and kittens this spring as it was one of the worst years in recent memory in terms of sheer numbers. Please help CAS or an animal charity in your area by caring for one of their waifs or if that is not possible a donation of money, good quality clothing or bric-a-brac would be greatly appreciated.


Sunday Carboot Market

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) stall is going strong at the Nerja Sunday Carboot Market where you can buy good quality bric-a-brac and clothing at bargain prices. Look for the CAS sign and giant cat at stall 174 located on the right hand side as you enter the market.


Ye Old CAS Shoppe

Some people may be surprised to find out that the Costa Animal Society (CAS) shop has been trading for nearly 20 years and is located on the west side of Nerja on Calle Dr. Ferran. We have just brought out our summer stock so feel free to stop by and peruse what´s on offer. You can contact the CAS shop at 95 252 3607.

100th CAS News, May 2016!

30th Anniversary Summer Ball

To mark the charity’s 30th anniversary, the Costa Animal Society invites all its supporters to one of its most important fund-raisers of the year, the Pearl Summer Ball, on Thursday, June 30, at 7.30pm. The venue will again be the Hotel Rural Almazara, located at the motorway junction on the road between Nerja and Frigiliana.

The annual CAS summer ball is always one of the season’s top dates, and in this special year, the event promises to be extra special. The ticket price of €35 includes canapés with refreshments, a three-course meal plus coffee and an after dinner drink. Live music from the 60s to the 90s will be played by the ever popular Flying Dolphins with dancing until midnight.

The theme for this landmark occasion is “Dress To Impress” and early booking is essential with Diana on 679 714 612 or through the CAS Office on 952 523 607.


CAS Quiz At Punta Lara Bar

The Punta Lara Bar is proud to present their next Costa Animal Society (CAS) quiz on Friday, June 17 at 7.30 for 8.00pm. Quiz Master Laura will again be presenting a fun quiz full of trivia so come and test your knowledge while helping the animals. Food and drink is available at the bar and the entrance fee of €3 plus all the raffle proceeds goes toward helping the animals. Please book with Mark at 635 369 673.


Rehoming News

Nemo is a Podenco who was left at the Costa Animal Society (CAS) doorstep two years ago as a 4 month old pup. After living in kennels for nearly two years Nemo finally went to a foster place in Germany at the end of April where he was adopted by his new family within a few of days after his arrival. He now looks very happy and content with his new family and it just goes to show that Podencos can make lovely house pets if they are well treated from puppyhood.

Another lovely story is Pedro who was rescued as a young kitten from the campo in Frigiliana about this time last year by holidaymakers from Ireland. However, after two months they had to return home and could not afford to transport Pedro to the Emerald Isle. He was introduced to one of our local kennels where several cats already lived and he soon settled in as the youngest member of the colony. After a year Pedro was adopted by one of the kennel clients and has now settled into his new forever home.

Dude is a little Yorkie cross who was found in the campo of Nerja in very poor condition with terribly matted fur and a bad ear infection that had been neglected for several months. A CAS volunteer took the little guy to our vet where he was given a couple of baths and had all his knots shaved off, he was treated for ticks and worms, given antibiotics for his ear infection, and he had to be vaccinated and castrated before being taken to Seacrest Kennels. Dude has now been reserved to be homed in Germany and is awaiting his transportation date where we are confident he will find loving owners who will look after him properly.

Sherlock is one of the 9 puppies that were left in a box on our doorstep back in January. Through our Swedish partner Sherlock found his forever home and was flown to Stockholm on May 11th where he met his new owner for the first time.


Extended Puppy and Kitten Season

As summer approaches we still seem to be in the midst of puppy and kitten season and the numbers of abandoned waifs were particularly high this year. The Costa Animal Society (CAS) is still working to rehome 3 of the 9 puppies left in a box in January, we have two Labrador cross boys who were moved from kennels to a foster place but are still in need of forever homes, and our newest addition, who is named Hupa, is an 3 month old Spanish Mastiff cross male who was rescued by a German holiday maker that has paid for him to stay in kennels for a month. Hupa is a lovely natured all black pup who will grow up to be a gentle giant.



Sunday Carboot Market

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) has reignited its stall at Nerja’s Sunday Car Boot Market where good quality bric-a-brac and clothing at bargain prices is sold to raise funds for the charity. Look for the CAS sign and giant cat at stall 174 located on the right hand side of the market site on the Almijara II urbanization.


English Afternoon Tea

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) would like to thank Vera and all the people who helped her put on a fantastic Afternoon Tea in aid of CAS on April 29th. The event was a lovely garden party with beautiful weather, delicious cakes, scones and sandwiches all prepared and donated by volunteers. Over 700 Euros was raised for the CAS coffers, all of which will go directly to helping animals in need.



New Committee Members

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) is pleased to announce the addition of 3 new committee members. Rita Taylor has taken on the role of Treasurer, Karen Hardcastle will be sharing the fund raising position and Joanna Piniuta is the CAS Shop representative and we look forward to their contributions and fresh perspective to the group.


Hupa

Nemo

Sherlock

CAS News, April 2016

CAS Quiz At Punta Lara Bar
The Punta Lara Bar is proud to present a charity quiz in aid of the Costa Animal Society (CAS) on Friday, May 20th at 7:30pm for 8pm. Fire up those grey cells as you test your knowledge against Quiz Master Laura's trivial pursuits and you may come ahead in the end. Food and drink is available at the bar and the entrance fee of 3 Euros plus all raffle proceeds goes toward helping the animals. Please book with Mark at 635 369 673.

BBQ On The Roof
Start the summer off early this year with a Costa Animal Society (CAS) barbecue and live music on the roof terrace of Detunda Restaurant in Maro on Sunday, May 29th at 2pm. 20 Euros per person will include a main meal, dessert and a half bottle of wine per person. All profits and raffle proceeds will benefit abandoned and abused animals in our area. Places are limited so early booking is essential with Diana at 679 714 612 or at the CAS Office at 952 523 607.

Bluebell And Her Eight Siblings

Bluebell was left at our door in January in a cardboard box with her eight brothers and sisters. Luckily she landed on all four paws a month later when she was adopted by a lovely couple who already had two young male dogs, Toby and Zorro. Bluebell instantly became best friends with Zorro as she settled into her new family. Her new mother describes Bluebell as their gorgeous little girl who is now so happy with her new brothers. It is stories like these which make all the hard work of caring for abandoned puppies and finding them new homes worthwhile. With the help of Costa Animal Society (CAS) volunteers we have managed to find forever homes for 6 of these 9 puppies but there are still three more of the lovely guys up for adoption.

 

Puppy and Kitten Season
Each spring there is always an abundance of puppies and kittens that are left at the Costa Animal Society (CAS) doorstep and, more cruelly, dumped in rubbish bins or left to a worse fate, and this year the problem seems even larger. One case we had in March was Ricky who was a lovely 8 week old tyke with black and tan markings that was found abandoned in the streets of Nerja. At first, he was quite shy and seemed unsure of his surroundings plus he was covered in fleas but was otherwise healthy. CAS arranged for Ricky to have his first set of vaccinations and to be treated for parasites before he was taken to kennels because no foster home was available at the time. After a short while Ricky grew in confidence as he played with the older pups in kennels and after a couple of weeks he was adopted by a young family from La Herradura.
Another example occurred one April morning when a CAS volunteer arrive to open the shop and found two Labrador cross puppies tied inside a plastic crate at the door. These two lads were very calm and laid back but their ears were completely covered in ticks. Again after a trip to the vet surgery for some much needed treatment the Lab puppies were taken to Weston Kennels and are now waiting for their forever homes.

30th Anniversary Summer Ball
The Costa Animal Society (CAS) is proud to be hosting its Pearl Anniversary Summer Ball at the Hotel Rural Almazara located on the Frigiliana Road on Thursday, June 30th starting at 7:30pm. 35 Euros per person includes canapés with refreshments, a three course meal plus coffee and an after dinner drink. Live music from the 60s to the 90s will be played by the ever popular Flying Dolphins with dancing until midnight. The theme is Dress To Impress on this landmark occasion and early booking is essential with Diana at 679 714 612 or through the CAS Office at 952 523 607.

Sunday Carboot Market
The Costa Animal Society (CAS) has reignited its stall at the Nerja Sunday Carboot Market where you can buy good quality bric-a-brac and clothing at bargain prices. Look for the CAS sign and giant cat at stall 174 located on the right hand side as you enter the market.

English Afternoon Tea
Join the Costa Animal Society (CAS) for a traditional afternoon tea on Thursday the 28th of April in Maro and help the society raise much needed funds while you enjoy a lovely afternoon in good company. Finger food and tea will be on offer as well as a fun raffle. Also, please bring any unwanted or broken jewellery, no amount or item is too small, as a donation to CAS which will be turned into extra cash for their coffers. The afternoon tea costs 6 Euros per person so please contact Vera at 608 876 488 to book in advance.

CAS News, March 2016

CAS Quiz At Punta Lara Bar

The Punta Lara Bar welcomes both regular participants and newcomers to a quiz in aid of the Costa Animal Society (CAS) on Friday, March 18th at 7:30pm for 8pm. This month's theme will be Valentines and animal related so show your love for animals by supporting this wonderful charity with Quiz Master Laura. Food and drink is available at the bar and the entrance fee of 3 Euros plus all the raffle proceeds goes toward helping the animals. Please book with Mark at 635 369 673.

Animal Behaviourist Talk

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) is hosting an evening presented by well respected pet behaviourist Jim Stephens, BaHons Msc.CABC. Jim Stephens holds a Masters Degree in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling and is Vice-Chairman of the German Shepherd Dog Club of Ireland as well the Secretary of the Giant Schnauzer Club of Ireland in addition to being a Behaviour Consultant for the Irish Kennel Club. As a cat behaviourist Jim sits both on the committee of the Siamese and All Breeds Club of Ireland and regularly gives seminars on a variety of cat behaviours and problems. Jim is a former teacher and has authored numerous articles regarding dog and cat behaviour and he has appeared on television and radio several times, plus he writes a regular column in ‘Our Dogs’ magazine. Jim also provides educational seminars and training to various dog breed clubs and the SPCA in Ireland.
The topics of discussion will include cat and dog conduct in general, the rehabilitation and integration of rescue dogs into the family as well as common behavioural problems of dogs and cats. The event will be held at the Fellowship of the King Church in Nerja (around the corner from the old Mercadona on Pasaje San Miguel) on March 3rd at 7pm for 7:30pm. The entrance fee of 5 Euros per person includes tapas and all proceeds go directly to the CAS coffers to benefit the rescue animals. Space is limited so please book in advance with Vera at 95 252 9670.

Extended Caterpillar Warning

As anticipated the Pine Processionary Caterpillars season started early this year and they will continue to be on the move well into March. For those who are not aware these creatures have a unique defence mechanism where the long white hairs on their body contain a toxin which, if they are eaten by dog or cat, can cause a severe allergic reaction and possible death due to anaphylactic shock. Apparently, the toxin is strong enough to cause severe itching and a rash if you simply touch them or the white nests in the pine trees where the caterpillars hibernate during winter. If an animal comes into contact with one of these caterpillars they may show signs of excessive drooling or frothing at the mouth, possible difficulty in breathing and/or spots on the tongue. If your pet is suffering from these symptoms flush your animal’s mouth with as much water as possible and take it immediately to the nearest vet for emergency treatment.

CAS News, January / February 2016

Animal Behaviourist Talk

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) is hosting an evening presented by well respected pet behaviourist Jim Stephens, BaHons Msc.CABC. Jim Stephens holds a Masters Degree in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling and is Vice-Chairman of the German Shepherd Dog Club of Ireland as well the Secretary of the Giant Schnauzer Club of Ireland in addition to being a Behaviour Consultant for the Irish Kennel Club. As a cat behaviourist Jim sits both on the committee of the Siamese and All Breeds Club of Ireland and regularly gives seminars on a variety of cat behaviours and problems. Jim is a former teacher and has authored numerous articles regarding dog and cat behaviour and he has appeared on television and radio several times, plus he writes a regular column in ?Our Dogs? magazine. Jim also provides educational seminars and training to various dog breed clubs and the SPCA in Ireland.

The topics of discussion will include cat and dog conduct in general, the rehabilitation and integration of rescue dogs into the family as well as common behavioural problems of dogs and cats. The event will be held at the Fellowship of the King Church in Nerja (around the corner from the old Mercadona on Pasaje San Miguel) on March 3rd at 7pm for 7:30pm. The entrance fee of 5 Euros per person includes tapas and all proceeds go directly to the CAS coffers to benefit the rescue animals. Space is limited so please book in advance with Vera at 95 252 9670.

Two Articles by Jim Stephens (we have permission from him to use them):

Why Do Cats Like Boxes?

The internet is full of cats squeezing into ridiculously small containers and whatever the species or size, from moggies to lions, give a box to a cat and it will try to disappear inside. Why should our feline friends prefer to be cooped up in such small places? There are several proposed reasons and the ?truth? may lie in a combination of them. Given that cats spend up to 20 hours per day sleeping, the box provides a safe, cozy place to sleep. Cats are cryptic animals in that they like to hide and a box gives them a place of safety and security. Inside a box, a cat cannot be sneaked upon from the side or back, anything that wants to approach must do so by entering their field of vision. Thus hiding in a box gives a cat the opportunity to watch the world without being seen. If something interesting comes by the cat can quickly dash out and grab and then quickly run back to its hideout. A Dutch study recently showed that providing boxes for cats in a shelter helped to significantly reduce stress levels in those cats with boxes compared to the control group without boxes. Thus the humble cardboard box is a simple and cheap means of providing environmental enrichment for your cat, which will also help reduce stress. According to a 2006 study looked at the cat?s ?thermoneutral zone?. This is defined as the range of ambient temperatures where the body can maintain its core temperature solely through regulating dry heat loss, i.e., skin blood flow. A living body can only maintain its core temperature when heat production and heat loss are balanced. The thermoneutral zone for a cat is 30.5 ? 36 degrees C (86-97 degrees F) whereas a human?s thermoneutral zone is 25 - 30 degrees Celsius (77 - 86 degrees Fahrenheit). This TNZ is the range at which an animal is ?comfortable? and doesn?t have to expend energy to either produce heat or cool down. Thus we may feel comfortable in a room where we have some heating and clothing which further reduces our TNZ (eg. 20-24 C), but the cat is feeling the cold! This explains why we may find our cats on a hot surface on a summers day basking in the sunlight and why cats prefer cardboard boxes. Corrugated cardboard is a great insulator and confined spaces force the feline to ball up which in turn helps prevent heat loss. So there it is ... boxes are insulating, stress relieving comfort zones from which to launch sneak attacks ... unless you happen to be Schrödinger?s cat! Jim Stephens MS.CABC, Companion Animal Behaviour Counsellor

Cats and Dogs: The Differences

It is surprising how many people think that the cat is just a small version of the dog. When I was at the University of Southampton doing my masters degree In Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling, the cat specialist, Sarah Heath, always began her lectures with the phrase ?a cat is not a small dog?. The obvious similarities are that both species are domesticated (the cat less so than the dog) and live quite comfortably in our homes. The differences between the two species come from the different backgrounds, which ultimately produces different behavioural responses to the challenges of their different environments. Dogs are social pack animals, which were domesticated at least 30,000 years ago, if not before. As hunter gatherers turned to farming and settled into permanent communities they turned to dogs for protection and guarding, refuse cleaning and companionship. The latter is exemplified by human internments, together with dogs, dating back to over 20,000 years in what is now the Middle East. Dogs are non-obligate carnivores, which means they are basically scavengers which prefer meat but will happily eat anything put before them. Dogs store body fats which can be used in times of hunger to maintain life. Dogs can use this body fat in a highly efficient manner to produce energy, until the next successful hunt. Cats originated in desert scrubland conditions, where resources were scarce and widely distributed. The domestication of the cat only occurred some 5 to 10,000 years ago. In fact, some behaviourists would argue that the cat is only semi-domesticated. Cats are solitary hunters, coming together to live communally only if resources are plentiful. Being obligate carnivores cats must eat meat. Cats must feed more often as they cannot efficiently utilise body fat for energy. Instead, without food, their bodies break down non-fatty tissues for energy. This can lead to a life-threatening liver condition called hepatic lipidosis. Although dogs will thrive on cat food the reverse is demonstrably not true. Protein requirements differ between cats and dogs. Animals can make some of these amino acids themselves; these are called the non-essential amino acids. In comparison, essential amino acids must be supplied by the diet. Cats have 12 essential amino acids while dogs only have 11. Taurine is an amino acid that is essential for cats but non-essential for dogs. Cats that don?t get enough taurine in their diets can eventually become blind, deaf and develop heart failure. Taurine deficiency is now almost exclusively diagnosed in cats that eat something other than a well-balanced cat food. Vitamin A is another nutrient that exemplifies the unique dietary needs of cats. Vitamin A plays a very important role in maintaining the health of the eyes, skin and other tissues within the body. Dogs can convert beta carotene into vitamin A within their bodies. Cats cannot. Therefore, cats require a preformed source of vitamin A in their diets. Liver contains large amounts of vitamin A, or it can be added to a cat?s food in the form of a supplement. Cats also require five times more thiamine in their diets than do dogs. Animals suffering from a thiamine deficiency typically develop a poor quality coat, loss of appetite, a hunched posture, neurologic problems including seizures and can eventually die. Thiamine deficiencies can arise when cats eat a lot of uncooked, freshwater fish because it contains an enzyme that breaks down thiamine or when they are not fed a well-balanced, nutritionally complete cat food. As solitary hunters cats must endeavour to keep themselves safe and fit to hunt. Therefore cats rarely fight except in extreme circumstances, such as access to a mate. Therefore, inter cat disputes are resolved not by fighting, but by staring, with the loser blinking first and then being chased away by the victor. Dogs on the other hand, being pack animals, have evolved a myriad of appeasing, offensive and defensive signals with which to harmonise social interactions. Again being obligate carnivores, the cat must keep its weaponry sharp and lethal. Cats maintain their claws by sheathing them when not in use, in contrast to dogs? nails which are blunt from being in constant contact with the ground. Catching prey by the two species also requires different methods. Dogs will outrun their prey. However, cats are not long distance runners and can only sprint. Therefore their prey are caught through stealth. Also dogs are earthbound whereas cats can climb which is doubly effective in that it increases the opportunity to catch prey (birds, squirrels etc) and also serves as a means of escape from other predators. Cats will also tend to hunt during dusk and night-time when many small animals appear seeking the protective cover of darkness. Dogs on the other hand, will hunt during daylight hours. The search for prey has resulted in other differences in behaviour, including faecal deposits. Given the large range of territory in which a cat is required to hunt, there are necessary times when another cat needs to pass through the other cat?s territory. This is thought to be the reason for cats burying their faeces, so the fact of the trespass remains undiscovered. However, the ?owner? cat can mark its boundaries by middening ie not burying its faeces leaving them on the surface where an interloping cat can detect through scent degradation how long ago the deposit was made and thereby judge whether it is safe to trespass. However, the biggest difference between cats and dogs may well be the owners, but that?s a story for another day!

Recent CAS Rescues

Chester 


Chester is a small white male podenco who was found caught up in a broken wire fence by a volunteer with the Costa Animal Society (CAS). He was in a terrible condition and very frightened, so she took him home and bathed him and kept him for the night.

Luckily, he got on very well with her dogs but next day had to go kennels where he has now been for almost a year, waiting for a new home. Chester is very good natured and friendly although a little shy at first.

Anyone who could give him lots of love in a temporary or permanent home can find out more with a no obligation call to CAS on 679 714 612.

Zape Before (Left) and After 

 

Zape is one of eight large hunting dogs which were rescued in Sayalonga last year. He was found to have a high level of leishmaniasis which had contributed to extensive damage to his kidneys and liver.

However, a lovely family offered him a home in England, provided that he responded well to treatment. They paid for his kennel and fees and vets? bills and came to visit him during the two months it took to reduce his infection to an acceptable level.

Now, Zape lives with his new family in the UK and has a new friend in another rescued dog which they already had. Our pictures show the poor state Zape was in when and rescued, and how he has recovered to be a fit, lively and loved dog.

Flossie

Flossie was rescued as a kitten by someone on a long holiday in Caleta, who had her neutered and left her with a neighbour on returning to the UK. However, the neighbour was living in rented accommodation where a condition of the rental was no pets, so a home needed to be found urgently for the young cat.

 

It was impossible to find somewhere locally, so after no result was forthcoming, CAS advertised Flossie on its own internet site (casnerja.org) and others. As a result, Flossie left for her new home in Spain just a week later. 

Charity Quiz At Punta Lara Bar

The Punta Lara Bar invites both local residents and people from the surrounding area to come round and partake in a quiz night in aid of the Costa Animal Society (CAS) on Friday, February 19th at 7:30pm for 8pm. Food, drinks and delicious desserts are available at the bar and the entrance fee of 3 Euros plus all the raffle proceeds goes toward helping the animals. Please book with Mark at 635 369 673.

Hot And Spicy Night

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) proudly presents a Hot and Spicy Curry Night at the Fellowship of the King Church in Nerja (located on Pasaje San Miguel around the corner from the old Mercadona) on Thursday, February 25th at 8:00pm. The cost of 20 Euros per person includes a starter plus either a spicy or mild main course as well as beer and wine. Entertainment will be provided by the Flying Dolphins so join us for the evening and spice things up as you dance until midnight. Booking in advance is necessary with Diana at 679 714 612 or with the CAS office at 95 252 3607.

CAS Is Back On The Market

Visitors to the Sunday Car Boot Market in Nerja will be glad to see the return of a familiar sight as the Costa Animal Society (CAS) sets up its regular stall each week starting in February. The CAS will be selling good quality clothing as well as bric-a-brac and other small stuff. CAS accepts donations of items at its shop in Nerja and the staff can be reached at the office by calling 95 252 3607.

Costa Animal Society 30th Anniversary

This year the Costa Animal Society (CAS) will be celebrating its 30th anniversary as a registered charity, founded in 1986 for the sole purpose of helping abandoned and maltreated dogs and cats. Over the decades we have rescued, rehomed and provided care for thousands of animals and we hope to continue this essential work for another 30 years but this can only be done with your help. CAS is completely run by volunteers and is entirely funded by donations and money raised through charity events. We are always looking to expand our volunteer base to include shop/car boot helpers and for key roles on our committee, as well as to increase our network of fosterers and animal case workers. If you would like to volunteer your time to help CAS, make a donation of money or items to sell, or to organise a charity event please contact Diana at 679 714 612 or Vera at 95 252 9670.


 

 

CAS News, December, 2015

COSTA ANIMAL SOCIETY

Press Update

No 95 : Issued December 18, 2015

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


Poison Warning

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) has received several recent disturbing reports of pets being poisoned in various parts of Nerja including the Torrecilla Beach area and the campo around Fuente Del Baden and Los Olivos.

There has even been evidence found of sausages left on the ground laced with what is most likely to be rat poison.

If you see someone leaving poison or anything suspicious in a common area please report it to the Guardia Civil on 95 252 0091 and ask for their environmental division, Seprona.

Unfortunately, until this person is caught, all pet owners should be ultra vigilant when their animals are outside with all dogs kept on a leash whenever they are not enclosed within their own garden or property. Try to keep cats indoors but if this is not possible, do your best to keep an eye on them while they are outside.

Pine Processionary Caterpillars

With a mild winter anticipated, the Costa Animal Society (CAS) reminds pet owners that the pine processionary caterpillars will probably return early this year. These creatures exit from their nests in pine trees every spring and travel, head to tail, in long lines (hence the name) to underground burrows from which they later emerge as harmless moths.

Unfortunately, while in the caterpillar stage, they have a unique defence mechanism in the form of long white hairs on their body which contain a toxin. If these are eaten by dog or cat, they can cause a severe allergic reaction and even death from anaphylactic shock.

If your pet ingests one of these caterpillars they will exhibit signs of excessive drooling or frothing at the mouth, possible difficulty in breathing and/or spots on the tongue. If you think your pet is suffering from these symptoms flush your animal’s mouth with as much water as possible and take it immediately to the nearest vet for emergency treatment.

Winners’ portraits

Arturo

Oscar

 

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) would like to extend its thanks to local artist Susan Ball for donating her time to paint portraits of the dogs who won the Best Pedigree and Best Non-Pedigree categories at Scruffs 2015, the fun dog show held in Nerja a month or two ago.

The Best Pedigree was won by Oscar and the Best Non-Pedigree was won by Arturo and we are sure their owners are very proud of them and are pleased to receive their portraits.

If anyone would like to contact Susan Ball she can be reached via e-mail at [email protected]


Recent CAS Rescues

Bigotes In His New Home.

Bigotes was one of the big hunting dogs rescued from Sayalonga earlier in the year. He was among eight animals rescued from terrible conditions where they had been kept for six years until they were rescued in a coordinated operation by various local animal charities.

Bigotes was taken with another dog to spend the night with one of the CAS volunteers, but was so traumatized that he just sat on the lawn staring into space, no doubt wondering where he was and what had happened.

The next day, he was taken to kennels where he stayed for several months until he was ready to be homed. He has now been flown to the UK where he has been homed with other dogs by a very kind family. At last, this poor animal has found love and hopefully happiness for the first time in his life.

Mimsie

Mimsie was found as a young puppy and was in kennels for over a year until she was fostered for six months. She was an adorable and loving bitch but very mischievous, as her pictures demonstrates!

But she was taken to training lessons by a CAS foster volunteer and became much more obedient. During this time, Mimsie became great friends with another dog being fostered which had been left at the CAS office.

Both dogs have now been flown to Germany where they have found new families to love.

Juan

Cat-lover Simon has been visiting Nerja for 1988 and always staying at San Juan Capistrano. This year, among the regular strays, he noticed a very friendly tabby cat who loved being stroked.

He quickly came to the conclusion that he was not feral but very much domesticated and this was confirmed one night when he jumped on Simon’s lap, licked him on the nose and promptly curled up and fell asleep! Simon immediately fell in love with him and made enquiries to see if he had an owner.

On being told that the owner had died, leaving the homeless cat to scrounge amongst the local bars, Simon was determined to do something for him, being aware of the coming winter when nearly all the bars would be closed.

With help from CAS volunteers, the cat was caught and blood tests were arranged for him. Once those showed that he was negative for feline Aids and leukaemia, Simon decided that he was
Juan lucky cat (!) and it was full steam ahead to get him neutered, chipped, fully vaccinated and ready for a new life in England.

Luckily, a lovely couple agreed to foster him so Juan was able to enjoy a pampered life while waiting for his date to travel. He is now starting to find his paws in his new life in the UK, where, after protests from Simon’s friends, he is now known as Lucky.

Fund Raising For CAS

The first CAS quiz of 2016 at the Punta Lara Bar in Nerja will be on Friday, January 22, starting at 8.00pm. Start off the New Year with a resolution to help a charity and what better way to support the Costa Animal Society than by enjoying a fun night with Quiz Master Laura. Food and drink is available at the bar and the entrance fee of three euros, plus all the raffle proceeds, goes to the Costa Animal Society. Please book your team’s table with Mark on 635 369 673.

Could You Help CAS?

The Costa Animal Society 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, people are required to help with the feeding of the cats at the numerous feeding stations maintained by CAS, and animal lovers who could undertake a monthly airport run are necessary to take animals being re-homed in northern Europe to catch their flights.

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 or German.

And despite the tough times, money is still 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

IBAN Code : ES91 3058 0728 0327 2010 0283

Or visit the CAS Charity Shop at calle Dr Ferran 12, Nerja. It’s open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 1pm.

Thank you.

CAS News, October, 2015

COSTA ANIMAL SOCIETY


Press Update


No 93 : Issued October 19, 2015


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


Scruffs Nerja raises over €2,500! (Photos: Colin McMorris)

Artie owned by Jim Reid won the trophy for the best non-pedigree dog or bitch.

More than 2,500 euros was raised for the Costa Animal Society by this year’s Scruffs Nerja dog show which was held on October 17 on Nerja’s Plaza de España, by kind permission of the Town Hall. This was the largest total for four years and will go a long way to help CAS volunteers care for stray and abandoned animals in the area.

Lulu owned by Diana (left) seen here with the Scruffs judges, was named the dog with the waggiest tail.

The afternoon began with a welcome from the town’s new councillor for foreign residents, Jorge Bravo, who addressed the huge crowd in both Spanish and English, and the event was later attended by Nerja’s mayor, Rosa Arrabal. Thanks to them for their support, and particular thanks also to Jacky Gomez from the Foreign Residents’ office who played a huge and enthusiastic part in the organisation and running of the event.

The winner of the Fancy Dress class was Shakira owned by Miriam.

Dozens of dogs were entered in 12 classes with cups for the winners in each, and the afternoon ended with trophies for the best pedigree and non-pedigree entrants and, importantly, for the best rescue dog. The last of these went to a delightful young puppy called Sharky who had been released from the vet only a day before after treatment for a broken leg and broken jaw. Another popular winner was Mischief who, at the grand old age of 17, took the cup for Best Veteran Dog over ten years. Thanks to the many businesses and individuals who sponsored each of the rounds.

Sharky owned by Laura Downes gets a cuddle as the judges decide to award her the trophy for Best Rescue Dog in the show.

In the interval, Wendy Towe of the Dog Academy staged another thrilling exhibition of dog obedience and agility, with Molly the Collie taking a starring role!

Scruffs Nerja has been staged by CAS for over a decade, and now with the generous support of Nerja Town Hall, it’s bigger and better than ever, and has become a firm favourite on the town’s annual animal calendar. The generosity shown by those who attended is greatly appreciated by CAS.



Scruffs Nerja 2015 – Complete list of winners


Class 1 – Pedigree puppy No 23 Morley owned by Cas

Class 2 – Non pedigree puppy No. 22 Reggie owned by Laura

Class 3 – Pedigree bitch No. 2 Snooki owned by Boby

Class 4 – Pedigree dog No. 11 Oscar owned by Sarah

Class 5 – Non pedigree bitch No. 3 Bailey owned by Vernon

Class 6 – Non pedigree dog No. 1 Artie owned by Jim Reed

Class 7 – Obedience/Trick No. 33 Chispa owned by Karen

Class 8 – Veteran over 10 yrs No. 24 Mischief owned by Angie

Class 9 – Best rescue dog No. 20 Sharky owned by Laura Downes

Class 10 - Best rescue bitch No. 26 Jessie owned by Rajhar

Class 11 – Waggiest Tail No. 32 Lulu owned by Diana

Class 12 – Fancy Dress No. 45 Shakira owned by Miriam


Trophies awarded


The Jackie Todd Memorial Cup for Best non pedigree in show:  No. 1 ARTIE owned by JIM REID


Pedigree best in show Sponsored by De Cotta Law:  No. 11 OSCAR owned by SARAH


The John Peatey Memorial Cup for Best rescue dog or bitch: No. 20 SHARKY owned by LAURA DOWNES.

 

Call for Málaga to stop culling strays

An on-line petition has been launched demanding that Málaga stop putting down stray animals collected on the city’s streets. The authors claim that data from the municipal environment department show that around 3,000 cats and dogs die every year in this way.

They say that the present policy of the city’s municipal pound is to dispose of any animal which is not claimed or adopted by a new owner within ten days. Supporters are calling for strays to be sterilised instead to control the number of puppies and kittens produced by undomesticated animals. The petition for “zero sacrifices” in Málaga can be found at change.org.

The move follows recent news from Madrid where animal shelters are now prohibited by law from putting down animals which cannot be re-homed. Strays cannot now be put down unless they are seriously ill or injured and it is not possible for vets to save them or control their pain. Updated legislation from 1990 has also doubled the fines for cruelty and neglect to 30,000 euros.

Regional governments and town halls in Spain are able to set their own sanctions for animal mistreatment, but some municipal pounds, which can be franchised out by local administrations, put down those strays which have not been claimed or re-homed within a given time period.

October also saw Spain agreeing to sign the European Convention for the protection of household pets. When implemented, this will impose restrictions on using animals for publicity campaigns, exhibitions and shows, and will also prohibit owners from having their pet operated on for anything other than medical reasons. It will therefore outlaw cosmetic procedures such as tail docking and ear cropping, as well as the removal of claws and teeth.


CAS Bring and Buy Sale

A Bring and Buy Sale is to be held in Nerja on the afternoon of Wednesday, November 25, with all proceeds going to the Costa Animal Society. Included will be ornaments, jewelry and bric-a-brac, plus unwanted gifts and unused goods of all kinds.

Join us at Potters Bar on Calle Andalucía, down the road and on the opposite side to the Hotel Villa Flamenca, in Nerja between 4.00 and 6.00pm which is the bar’s Happy Hour!


CAS Quiz Night

The Punta Lara Bar continues its monthly quiz nights in aid of the Costa Animal Society on Friday, November 27 at 8.00pm. Venture out and join Quiz Mistress Laura for a fun night of trivia.

Food and drink is available at the bar and the entrance fee of three euros, plus all the raffle proceeds, goes toward helping the animals. Please book with Mark at 635 369 673.


CAS Supper Dance

The Costa Animal Society requests the pleasure of your company at a Supper Dance on Thursday, November 12, at 7.30 for 8.00pm. The ticket price of 20 euros includes a buffet and drinks, followed by dancing to music from the ever-popular Flying Dolphins, with all proceeds going to CAS.


The venue is the Fellowship of the King Church which is just off calle San Miguel in Nerja, almost opposite the Guardia Civil base and round the corner from the town centre Mercadona. Please book your places for this CAS fund raiser with Vera on 95 252 9670.


Happy endings

Two recent incidents encountered by Costa Animal Society volunteers serve to act as a reminder of the obligation which pet owners have to ensure that their cats and dogs are micro-chipped.

In the first, a terrified female dog was hit by a car near the LIDL supermarket one Sunday afternoon and appeared to have lost the use of her back legs. A CAS member took her to the vet where the dog’s microchip enabled immediate contact with the owner who authorized medical care to go ahead. Luckily, the dog was suffering from nothing more than shock and made a speedy recovery.

And during last month’s annual fair in Nerja, a dog frightened by the fireworks was rescued by a resident and the next day taken to CAS where, again, the microchip enabled him to be quickly reunited with his owner.

When a pet dog or cat reaches the age of four months, the law requires the owner to have the animal vaccinated against rabies and to have a microchip, carrying essential information about its ownership, implanted under the skin. The procedure is quick and painless and ensures that if the pet is lost or stolen, its owner can be contacted quickly in an emergency.

 

Christmas shopping with CAS

The Costa Animal Society is pleased to offer the following coach outings as a good way to explore our part of the world.

Bookings are essential and can be made with Maree on 619 965 025, with payment made on the coach. Please make sure to mention CAS when booking because, after expenses are met, all proceeds are given as a donation to the charity.

Thursday, November 26 : La Cañada and Miramar Shopping Malls for early Christmas shopping. 15 euros per person. Departs Almuñécar 9.00am, Nerja 9.30am and Torrox 9.45am.

Thursday, December 10 : Christmas shopping in Gibraltar. 15 euros per person. Departs Almuñécar 8.00am, Nerja 8.30am and Torrox 8.45am.

These outings are organised and lead by Sean Brown who can be contacted for further information at 95 864 0948 or via e-mail at [email protected]

 

Animals in the news

The Spanish government has come under fire after the Education Ministry announced that school students aged 16 or older will soon be able to opt to take a two-year vocational course on bull fighting. The Ministry describes the controversial custom as “an artistic practice which forms part of popular tradition and culture with no ideological links.”

The draft proposal says that pupils will learn to “recognise the elements which make up bullfighting and their origins and evolution, as well as the beliefs and history behind bullfighting.” It continues: “Bullfighting and bull-related festivals are subject to a constant evolution, making it impossible to guess in which way they will adapt to the changing sensitivities of our times and those to come.”

Under the plan, successful students would gain a qualification in Tauromachy (bullfighting) and Auxiliary Livestock Activities, which includes bullfighting skills and regulations, as well as the rules on breeding fighting bulls.

Animal rights group Pacma, which has previously campaigned for minors to be banned from bullfights, says the Ministry’s plan “makes a joke of Spain’s educational system.” Its leader Silvia Barquero said that the move now means that “young people can study how to torture an animal to death.”

Bullfighting is already banned in Cataluña and the Canary Islands, with Valencia and the Balearic Islands considering whether to enact similar legislation. In addition, some new left wing town councils which came to power in the spring have cancelled municipal subsidies which traditionally supported the activity.

Two kilos of dead seahorses were found hidden in plastic bags inside the luggage of a Chinese passenger arriving at Málaga airport from Colombia. The traveler claimed they were for personal consumption but he has now been charged with offences related to importing protected wildlife. Seahorses are popular in China where they are believed to be an aphrodisiac.

Four captive-bred bald ibis chicks have been sent from the UK’s Chester Zoo to Jerez from where they will soon be released into the wild in an effort to reintroduce the species. Only 500 birds survive in the wild in Morocco and the species has been extinct in Europe for 300 years following habit loss and hunting. The four chicks are due to be released in November.

Call for volunteers!

The Costa Animal Society needs more volunteers to join its small band of dedicated helpers raising money to help animals in distress in this area.

CAS is in particular need of those who could give time to run its charity shop in Nerja on weekdays.

If you have time and energy and could spare a few hours a week to help raise money for stray and abandoned animals, please call Diana Carter, CAS’s secretary, for a no-obligation chat.

Diana would also like to hear from anyone who can donate goods which can be sold to raise cash for the charity’s work. CAS can collect items in the local area.

Diana Carter can be contacted on 679 714 612 or email [email protected].


Could you help CAS?

The Costa Animal Society is always in need of more 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, people are required to help with the feeding of the cats at the numerous feeding stations maintained by CAS, and animal lovers who could undertake a monthly airport run are necessary to take animals being re-homed in northern Europe to catch their flights.

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 or German.

And despite the tough times, money is still 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

IBAN Code : ES91 3058 0728 0327 2010 0283


Or visit the CAS Charity Shop at calle Dr Ferran 12, Nerja. It’s open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 1pm.


Thank you.

CAS News, November, 2015

COSTA ANIMAL SOCIETY


Press Update


No 94 : Issued November 19, 2015


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




Two jailed for cruelty to animals


The last few weeks have been remarkable for animal rights supporters in Spain with two people jailed in separate cruelty cases. The Animal rights party Pacma said the judge’s rulings have, “set a precedent that such animal abuse is not acceptable and will not go unpunished.”

On October 21, a 41-year-old on the Balearic Islands became the first person ever to serve a custodial sentence in Spain for animal cruelty. Eugeni Sánchez was found guilty of beating his own racehorse to death in December 2012 after it was disqualified from a race at Mancor racecourse on Mallorca.

The court heard that the animal was taking part in a trotting race when it broke into a gallop and was eliminated from the event which had a first prize of 500 euros. Sánchez admitted that he had been angered and attacked the animal with an iron bar when it returned to its stall, breaking its neck. A horrified vet denounced him to the police and he was arrested.

Passing the historical sentence, Judge Maria Jesus Campos said, “The death of this healthy horse can only be explained as disrespect for life,” adding that the horse suffered a slow and agonizing demise. “The atrocious death of this racing horse is an aberration in the twenty-first century,” she continued, “and the outrage of the people of Mallorca is justified and legitimate.”

Within a week, the same judge ordered Andrés Feria Romero to be imprisoned in Palma after being found guilty of allowing his pit bull terrier to die of starvation at his home in Mallorca. The dog was found in April 2013 with no shade from the weather and was so weak that it was unable to stand. Local police took the terrier for treatment but vets were unable to save it and the dog died three days later. In her ruling, the judge wrote, “Starvation to the point of death is one of the cruelest tortures. It was a slow agonizing suffering which lasted for months.”

Animal News


Councillors in Alhaurín de la Torre have unanimously approved a motion asking the Junta de Andalicía to deny permission for live pigeon trapshooting events. A championship held recently in the town involved releasing live birds as targets to be shot down by the competitors.

Although the town hall does not have the competence to ban such events, it will withhold all promotion or funding of this type of activity at the local Jarapalo shooting club, where the competition was held.

Andalucía’s regional animal protection law (Ley11/2003), Article 4.1(m), specifically prohibits, “using live animals as targets in fair attractions, contests or competitions”.


A Málaga firm has opened a radiotherapy clinic for pet animals in Córdoba in a joint venture with the city’s university. The Oncosur group says that cancer is the most common cause of non-accidental death in dogs and since opening, they have treated 13 canine patients plus two cats. The centre, thought to be unique in Spain, represents a three million euro investment.


Shepherds led 2,000 sheep through central Madrid at the end of October in an annual ceremony to maintain droving, grazing and migration rights dating from the 13th century. The shepherds paid the city for the crossing with 150 maravedies, coins minted in the 11th century. The government says the tradition is essential to “maintain native breeds which are in danger of extinction.”


A Christmas gift for expat twitchers in Málaga could be a new English-language version of the Diputación de Málaga’s guidebook to birds on the province’s Gran Senda trail. “Birdwatching in Málaga: Along the Great Path” is the latest of the provincial government’s ongoing efforts to promote the hobby to tourists.

According to the guide, 338 species of bird can be spotted in Málaga province, 306 of which can be seen along the various stretches of the Gran Senda, a 650-kilometre circular walking and cycling route through the province.

The book costs 15 euros from the Diputación’s publications centre, Cedma, by phoning 952 069 206 or emailing [email protected] It can also be viewed in its entirety for free online at www.calameo.com; just type the title into the page’s search box.


Europe votes against bullfighting subsidies


Spain’s bullfighting sector faces another challenge following a ruling in the European Parliament last month. A motion initiated by the Green Party was overwhelmingly passed to stop public subsidies being available for financing the industry, although nine out of the 14 Spanish socialist MEPs voted against the removal of such grants.

Until now, part of the budget allocated to the Common Agricultural Policy has ended up indirectly in the pockets of cattle farm owners who breed bulls destined for the ring because subsidies are awarded on farms’ land areas, not activities. The European Green Party has estimated Spanish breeders are benefitting by around 130 million euros a year.

The Greens have hailed the result as a “great victory,” adding, “The people of Europe no longer want to subsidise anything which involves killing animals.” However, the cash flow to bull breeders will not be halted immediately as it must be approved by the European Council, after which the Common Agricultural Policy itself will have to be amended to reflect the change.

Cataluña and the Canary Islands have already banned bull fights while a number of left-wing town councils have recently discontinued subsidies for related activities.


Meanwhile, animal rights group PACMA has called for a bull fighting school in Madrid to be closed. Last month, it released video of children as young as 14 torturing calves before killing them. PACMA says this constitutes a grave violation of the UN’s articles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child because, it claims, the students are being indoctrinated for a violent act.



Call For Hero Dog To Be Honoured

A campaign has been launched in Antequera to honour Spain’s first dog to be awarded the canine equivalent of the George Cross. The Gold Medal of the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals was presented to a Guardia Civil sniffer dog named Ajax in June 2013 after he detected an ETA bomb on Mallorca. The award is made to animals which are instrumental in saving human or animal life when its own life is in jeopardy, or through outstanding devotion to duty.

It was on July 30, 2009, when an ETA car bomb exploded under a police car, killing two young officers. Ajax along with his handler were on the island in preparation for the arrival of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia and they were called in to search the area.

Ajax located a second bomb under another Guardia Civil vehicle and, as a result, the area was safely cleared and a controlled explosion was carried out, dispersing shrapnel over a 100 metre radius but without causing any injury. It was later found that the bomb had a motion sensor which would have caused a considerable amount of damage and certain death to anyone nearby. There is no doubt that the actions of Ajax and his handler saved the lives of countless people and they later received the personal thanks of King Juan Carlos when he received them at the Zarzuela Palace.

Ajax retired in 2012 after ten years of active service and lived in Antequera where he died from a liver infection a little over a year later. A petition has now been launched for him to be remembered with a statue for which Mayor Manuel Jesús Barón Ríos has previously expressed his support in principle

The on-line petition at change.org which has already been signed by over 18,000 people and is aiming for 25,000 supporters, hopes to persuade him to take action. The organiser quotes him as saying that, “cities are not built with ideas and projects but with deeds.”




Fund raising for CAS



The final CAS quiz of the year at the Punta Lara Bar in Nerja will be on Friday, December 18 starting at 8.00pm. Quiz Mistress Laura will be presenting a Christmas themed quiz so don your favourite festive fashions and come on down for some holiday cheer.

Food and drink is available at the bar and the entrance fee of three euros, plus all the raffle proceeds, goes to the Costa Animal Society. Please book your team’s table with Mark on 635 369 673.


The Costa Animal Society wishes to express its appreciation to Vera and the Fellowship of the King Church for putting on a smashing Supper Dance in Nerja during November. Thanks also to the Flying Dolphins for a wonderful evening of music and dance, and a special thank you to Cathy and Juan of the Coach and Horses for providing a luxury supper buffet which everyone enjoyed.

The event was well attended by 35 people and raised a remarkable 775 euros, all of which went to help abandoned and abused animals in our area.

Christmas shopping with CAS



The Costa Animal Society is pleased to offer the following coach outing as a good way to explore our part of the world.


Bookings are essential and can be made with Maree on 619 965 025, with payment made on the coach. Please make sure to mention CAS when booking because, after expenses are met, all proceeds are given as a donation to the charity.


Thursday, December 10 : Christmas shopping in Gibraltar. 15 euros per person. Departs Almuñécar 8.00am, Nerja 8.30am and Torrox 8.45am.


These outings are organised and lead by Sean Brown who can be contacted for further information at 95 864 0948 or via e-mail at [email protected]



Could you help CAS?


The Costa Animal Society 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, people are required to help with the feeding of the cats at the numerous feeding stations maintained by CAS, and animal lovers who could undertake a monthly airport run are necessary to take animals being re-homed in northern Europe to catch their flights.


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 or German.


And despite the tough times, money is still 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

IBAN Code : ES91 3058 0728 0327 2010 0283


Or visit the CAS Charity Shop at calle Dr Ferran 12, Nerja. It’s open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 1pm.


Thank you.




 

 

ENDS

CAS News, September, 2015

COSTA ANIMAL SOCIETY


Press Update


No 92 : Issued September 19, 2015


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




Scuffs Nerja on October 17


Scruffs Nerja 2014  Fancy Dress Winner. Photo: Colin McMorris


Paws are being polished and tails carefully brushed in preparation for one of the Costa Animal Society’s biggest fund-raisers of the year. Scruffs Nerja is an annual long-running, fun dog show and this year’s event has been set for Saturday, October 17.


For the first time ever, Scruffs will be held on Plaza de España in Nerja, the large square immediately behind the town hall and just off the Balcón de Europa. CAS is grateful for the continuing permission and support afforded by Nerja Town Hall and, in particular, by its Foreign Residents department. Thanks also to the main sponsor Veterinary Clinic San Fernando, and all other supporters.


As ever, dog owners are invited to enter their pets in one of a number of classes for the best puppies, older dogs and bitches, the best pedigree and non-pedigrees, and the fun categories including the dog with the waggiest tail, the best display of obedience or tricks, and the fanciest fancy dress.

 

There will be cups and prizes in all categories with special awards for the Best Pedigree and the Best Non-Pedigree dogs in the whole show and, importantly, for the Best Rescue Dog.


In addition, Wendy Towe of the Dog Academy will present another impressive Obedience and Agility Display, while the afternoon will include a parade of dogs looking for new homes which is open to dogs from other local animal charities.


Entry will be five euros per dog per class, and registration begins at 12 noon. Judging will start at 1.00pm. If the weather is unkind, the event will be postponed to the following Saturday, October 24.


Scruffs is always a family day with stalls and raffles to enjoy, plus hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks available. So come and support CAS on October 17 - even if you’re not a dog owner! All monies raised go directly to the charity.

Huge CAS Auction success!


CAS Auction 2015 – Auctioneer Dave Jamieson accepts another bid. Photo: Colin McMorris


A huge auction held in aid of the Costa Animal Society has raised a enormous amount of cash for the charity. A remarkable 1,776 euros was generously donated by a large crowd who dug deep when they turned up for the event at the Boatyard Bar on Nerja’s Playazo beach on September 12.


There were over 200 lots to be sold with all the goods having been donated to CAS which wishes to thanks everyone for their generosity. The bidding process under auctioneer Dave Jamieson continued for over three hours, after which only a handful of lots were left unsold. Linda was on hand to translate the proceedings into Spanish for the many local people who attended.


Thanks from CAS to all who supported this new fund-raising venture from its hard-working organisers Diana, Geoff and all the other volunteers.



 

Homing Nemo


Nemo was found abandoned and living rough in countryside near Frigiliana. He was scared of people and was thought to have been abandoned by hunters.


A volunteer with the Costa Animal Society found out about Nemo and started recording his progress on Facebook as well as opening a fund (at www.gofundme.com/za3swz88) to pay for his treatment.


Very quickly, messages of support started pouring in, and offers to re-home Nemo were received from as far away as Belgium and the UK. But first, he had to be caught because, although food was left for him, he would come and go under cover of dark.


However, persistence paid off and trust was built up. Nemo began eating out of someone’s hand and over a period of a few days found the courage to be given a collar, some help and a lot of love.


A visit to the vet showed he is about four years old, did not have a microchip and luckily was free of the diseases common to dogs in the Mediterranean area. The treatment he required used up all the cash donated at the gofundme site, but as soon as more funds came in, he was neutered and got his passport. Updates can be found on the CAS Facebook page.


Nemo will stay with the family who rescued him until he is ready to go to a foster home, or even better, a new permanent home with a loving family. CAS says thank you to all who helped Nemo on his way to a better life.


CAS Quiz Night


Nerja’s Punta Lara Bar will resume its Quiz Nights in aid of the Costa Animal Society on Friday, October 30. Laura will be asking the questions from 8.00pm so it’s time to get those thinking caps out from their summer storage! Entrance is three euros per person with all the cash, plus raffle proceeds, going to CAS. Food and drink is available at the bar, and tables can be booked by calling Mark on 635 369 673.

Christmas shopping with CAS


The Costa Animal Society (CAS) is pleased to offer the following coach outings as a good way to explore our part of the world.


Bookings are essential and can be made with Maree on 619 965 025, with payment made on the coach. Please make sure to mention CAS when you book because, after expenses are met, all proceeds are given as a donation to the charity.


Thursday, November 26 : La Cañada and Miramar Shopping Malls for early Christmas shopping. 15 euros per person. Departs Almuñécar 9.00am, Nerja 9.30am and Torrox 9.45am.


Thursday, December 10 : Christmas shopping in Gibraltar. 15 euros per person. Departs Almuñécar 8.00am, Nerja 8.30am and Torrox 8.45am.


These outings are organised and lead by Sean Brown who can be contacted for further information at 95 864 0948 or via e-mail at [email protected]



Animals in the news


Tuesday, September 15 was the date of this year’s Toro de la Vega, an annual event which dates from 1543, in the Valladolid town of Tordesillas. It involves the slaughtering of bulls by a crowd which stab them with lances or spears until they bleed to death.

It has acquired notoriety in recent years for the cruelty and suffering to which the animals are subjected but the local council has refused to cancel the Toro de la Vega, claiming its popularity is more important than the animals’ welfare.

Two days earlier an estimated 100,000 demonstrators took to the streets of Madrid demanding the event be scrapped. It was the third such annual demo organized by the pro-animal party PACMA who claimed that it demonstrated that the majority of Spain opposes the Toro de la Vega and that it is only the residents of Tordesillas who “defend and get pleasure from” the “barbaric” tradition.

Demonstrators also had a strong presence in the town during the fiesta but were unable to prevent the death of a bull which endured a terrifying ordeal by a crowd for 20 minutes.



A live duck has been used to attack an animal rights protestor during a bizarre annual traditional in Cataluña. The ritual in the town of Roses, 40 kilometres from the French border, involves 50 ducks being thrown into the Mediterranean from where they are caught and brought back to shore by swimmers in any way they like. Those who catch a duck are entitled to keep it but are encouraged to set it free.

The video (https://youtu.be/jIOWaD817B4) shows a woman in a white bathing suit returning to the beach, towing a duck by its legs behind her. When the protestor intervenes, the woman lashes out at him with the duck which is clearly terrified.

Animal Rescue España, which filmed the incident, says the birds are subjected to, “stress, internal hemorrhaging, pain, fear and suffering,” during the annual event. The group has now launched a petition on change.org calling for an end to the “duck chase.”

 



Call for volunteers!


The Costa Animal Society needs more volunteers to join its small band of dedicated helpers raising money to help animals in distress in this area.


CAS is in particular need of those who could give time to run its charity shop in Nerja on weekdays.


If you have time and energy and could spare a few hours a week to help raise money for stray and abandoned animals, please call Diana Carter, CAS’s secretary, for a no-obligation chat.


Diana would also like to hear from anyone who can donate goods which can be sold to raise cash for the charity’s work. CAS can collect items in the local area.


Diana Carter can be contacted on 679 714 612 or email [email protected].




Could you help CAS?


The Costa Animal Society is always in need of more 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, people are required to help with the feeding of the cats at the numerous feeding stations maintained by CAS, and animal lovers who could undertake a monthly airport run are necessary to take animals being re-homed in northern Europe to catch their flights.


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 or German.


And despite the tough times, money is still 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

IBAN Code : ES91 3058 0728 0327 2010 0283


Or visit the CAS Charity Shop at calle Dr Ferran 12, Nerja. It’s open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 1pm.


Thank you.

 

 

Press Release - Nerja Players

Players please!


Trish Hall, Linda Zima, Freda Chown and Mae-Doris Creanor as gypsy girls during rehearsals for the Nerja Players’s production of “Maria Marten" or "Murder in the Red Barn".

The Nerja Players are looking for new members for both acting and support roles in preparation for their new season which begins in October.

The small amateur dramatic group has been actively raising money for charity in Nerja for more than 25 years and meets twice a month for readings and performances. Last season, these included “Quartet,” “Arsenic and Old Lace” and “The Rivals.” The main production, staged at Nerja’s Cultural Centre, was “Poetry of War.”

The group’s December production in 2016 will be the Alan Bennett adaptation of “Wind in the Willows,” offering opportunities on stage and off stage, including stage management, wardrobe and technical support.

Nerja Players first meeting on October 20 will be at the premises of the Nerja Bridge Club at the top of the calle Castilla Pérez - look for the big blue doors – and, thereafter, the group will meet on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.

For further information on joining the group, check the website – nerjaplayers.com – or have a no-obligation chat with the vice-president Freda on 95 252 8868.

Further information for Editors from Freda on 95 252 8868.

CAS News, August 2015

COSTA ANIMAL SOCIETY


Press Update


No 91 : Issued August 19, 2015


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

 

CAS Auction Set for September 12th


A Grand Auction raising money for the Costa Animal Society will be held in Nerja on Saturday, September 12, at 4.00pm. All the cash will go to CAS with no commissions of any kind applied.

It promises to be an exciting afternoon with dozens of quality items waiting for bidders. So far, lots include everything from golf clubs and kitchen equipment to jewelry, watches, furniture and toys.

And it’s not too late to donate something which could raise cash for CAS at the auction. Call 95 252 3985 or bring it along on the day.

The venue is the Varadero Bar (aka The Boatyard Bar) on Nerja’s Playazo beach on Saturday, September 12. Items to be auction should be delivered at 2.00pm and all the goods will be available for viewing from 3.00pm. The fun starts at 4.00pm when auctioneer Dave Jamieson will invite bids on the first lot.

There’s a large car park by the bar and refreshments will be available throughout the day. Come and enjoy the afternoon while helping to raise money for the charity!


Annual CAS Hog Roast

Seacrest Kennels and Cattery in Nerja will be holding its end of the summer Hog Roast fund raiser for the Costa Animal Society on Friday, September 25 from 7.30pm. There will be plenty of delicious food and drink on hand and, as usual, it promises to be a fun night for everyone in attendance.

A tasty meal with salads, half a bottle of wine, dessert and entertainment for 20 € per person is good value for money. So come and enjoy good company, with music from the 60s through to the naughties and dancing till midnight, while helping CAS to help stray and abandoned animals.

Booking in advance is essential. Please call Laura and Kurt on 95 252 1426.

Scruffs Nerja For CAS

The Costa Animal Society is pleased to announce that this year’s Scruffs Dog Show is being planned for Saturday, October 17. This major fund-raising and educational event for CAS has been in the local calendar for many years and is always a great family day out.

Scruffs once again has welcome support from the Foreign Residents Department at Nerja Town Hall and the afternoon will be a chance for pampered pooches to be entered in a variety of serious and not-so-serious classes!

Full details of the event will be published nearer the time, but note that if the weather on the 17th is unkind, the event will be postponed until October 24.

Update On The “Sayalonga 8”

The eight white and tan Podenco dogs which were rescued from hellish conditions this summer by a coalition of local animal welfare groups and charities are all recovering from their ordeal in private homes and kennels. One female named Sheila has already been re-homed and is adjusting to her new life outside the cage she was kept in which measured just one metre square.

Two of the dogs kept in equally appalling conditions have been offered homes in the UK but one is undergoing treatment for advanced Leishmaniasis disease before he can travel and the other is awaiting the result of his blood tests. Two of the girls, Arenusca and Margarita, are enjoying a wonderful recuperation in the APARIV animal shelter in Rincón de la Victoria and are hoping to find their permanent homes soon.

Two of the boys, Gordito and Cateto, are being cared for in Perrotel Kennels in Benejarafe where they are regaining their confidence and will soon be ready for adoption by caring families.

Finally, the big cuddly bear named Cordobes, who was the most traumatised of the lot, is presently in a foster home where he is learning to trust humans again. He has already made great strides and will make a wonderful pet for a loving and patient family.

The Circus Visits Nerja

The travelling Circus Tonelly has pitched its tent on Nerja’s El Playazo beach and will be there until September 6. The Costa Animal Society is pleased to see that the owners are observing the Málaga ban on the use of live animals.

This came into effect in January of this year and, technically, is limited to the city of Málaga, rather than the entire province. However, it is clear that public opinion against animal cruelty and pressure applied by animal rights groups is having a positive influence on these businesses as we see them shift their focus to more family-oriented entertainment.

CAS is also pleased to note that the region of Cataluña has recently passed legislation which will prohibit the use of animals in circuses and other public performances. The text states that animals cannot be used, “in performances which would cause them suffering or turn them into an object of mockery or unnatural treatment.”

The statute will become effective in two years, giving businesses time to adapt to the new rules.

Spain Abandoned 140,000 Animals Last Year

Sixteen dogs and cats were abandoned in Spain every hour during 2014. The statistic comes from a last month’s report by the Affinity Foundation which says that abandonment is the principle problem facing the welfare of pet animals in Spain.

The Foundation, which was founded in 1987 by a pet food company to explore the links between humans and their pets, estimates that 140,000 animals were abandoned last year, of which more than three-quarters were dogs. The total, it says, remains almost unchanged from year to year.

The reasons owners give for giving up their pets are topped by the cost of caring for the animal, followed by unwanted litters and behavioral problems. A loss of interest in the pet and unwanted hunting dogs at the end of the season are also cited.

Abandonment happens year-round, says the Foundation, with a peak in the summer months, although the number which find new homes has risen sharply. Only 26 per cent were re-homed in 2008, a figure which peaked at 47 per cent in 2012, falling back to 44 per cent last year. Only 12 per cent had to be put down while 16 per cent were destined to spend the remainder of their lives in kennels.

Compared with 2013, fewer dogs but more cats were adopted by new owners last year, and happily, 22 per cent of abandoned dogs were returned to their original owners.

Animal News

A 34-year-old woman, arrested in Alhaurín de la Torre last month, has been charged with the abandonment of two dogs and causing the death of one through ill-treatment. Vets said the mastiff suffered from anaemia, thanks to the number of ticks on its body, and from malnutrition which had reduced its body weight to a quarter of what it should have been. They added it was one of the worst cases of maltreatment they had experienced which had condemned the dog to a “slow and painful” death. The second dog was found to be in a state of severe starvation but is expected to recover.

Animal protection group PACMA has reported three youths from the Cuenca town of Fuentes to the prosecutor after a video was posted on Facebook last month. It shows one suspect kicking a three-month-old kitten high in the air, before it lands heavily on its back, later dying. Police are also searching for those involved and PACMA has called for the maximum possible punishment.

The Guardia Civil is investing an incident in Extremadura during June in which a bull was shot dead. The animal had gored a man during a local fiesta and was trapped in the town square when a resident took its life with a single shot. The town hall now faces a fine of 30,000€ for breaking legislation which prohibits firing a weapon for entertainment purposes.

A family of Orcas was spotted in waters off El Hierro during August. It is the first time in three years that the whales have been seen in the Canary Islands which is not their native area. A male, three females and a calf were reported by marine biology researchers from La Laguna University.

Over 30,000 animal lovers have signed a petition demanding that Spain’s rail operator should allow dogs of any size to travel on the nation’s trains. At present, Renfe does not permit dogs weighing more than 10 kilos to board, with the exception of guide dogs for the blind.

The petition follows the introduction of dog-friendly beaches at several points along the coast and the decision by a Vallodolid town to recognise dogs and cats as “non-human residents” with equal rights.

Fighting For Survival?

The future of bull-fighting faces an uncertain future as many newly-elected councillors are questioning why large quantities of public money are spent on subsidising the events. In Madrid, the new city council has given up its private box and free seats at Las Ventas bullring and says it will abolish grants paid to training schools and bull-fighting events. Valencia has also committed to cancelling such subsidies and says it will not encourage bull-fights or anything involving animal cruelty.

Alicante plans to hold a local referendum on the issue while Gandía has already banned future bull-fights because of the expense and “animal cruelty,” and Denía is considering the future of a local tradition which ends with a bull being pushed into the sea.

In Galicia, the mayor of A Coruña says the city will save 50,000 € a year after terminating the contract with the business which organised its bull-fights, and Zaragoza in Áragon has banned subsidies for fiestas which include attaching fireworks to bulls’ horns. A village in Toledo has even redirected 18,000 euros in bull-fighting grants to provide educational material for local schools.

However, San Sebastian has reinstated bull-fights, previously banned by Bildu, after the Basque National Party (PNV) regained control of the town hall in the recent local elections.

 

In addition, over 3,000 villages and towns in Spain – with the exceptions of Cataluña and the Canary Islands where there are total bans – will continue to stage around 16,000 bullfights or bull-runs this year.

Call for volunteers!

The Costa Animal Society needs more volunteers to join its small band of dedicated helpers raising money to help animals in distress in this area.

CAS is in particular need of those who could give time to run its charity shop in Nerja on weekdays.

If you have time and energy and could spare a few hours a week to help raise money for stray and abandoned animals, please call Diana Carter, CAS’s secretary, for a no-obligation chat.

Diana would also like to hear from anyone who can donate goods which can be sold to raise cash for the charity’s work. CAS can collect items in the local area.

Diana Carter can be contacted on 679 714 612 or email: [email protected].

Could You Help CAS?

The Costa Animal Society is always in need of more 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, people are required to help with the feeding of the cats at the numerous feeding stations maintained by CAS, and animal lovers who could undertake a monthly airport run are necessary to take animals being re-homed in northern Europe to catch their flights.

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 or German.

And despite the tough times, money is still 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

IBAN Code : ES91 3058 0728 0327 2010 0283

Or visit the CAS Charity Shop at calle Dr Ferran 12, Nerja. It’s open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 1pm.


Thank you.

CAS News, July 2015

Hot Cars Can Kill

As Spain struggles through a very hot summer, it seems unconceivable to the Costa Animal Society (CAS) that any animal lover would leave their pet in a parked car. Temperatures inside a stationary vehicle rise rapidly and warnings are issued every year about the rapid dehydration and likely death of a dog left there for even a short time.

CAS heard one particularly troubling report last month from Valencia where a traffic warden in Cullera, south of the capital, was investigating an illegally parked car when she heard noises coming from inside. She immediately summoned the local police and her quick thinking saved the life of a four-year-old mongrel dog, now named Barbita.

The car boot was forced open and Barbita was found, trapped beneath a bicycle, with temperatures in the mid-40s. She was completely dehydrated and had apparently been left there for several hours without water or ventilation.

People living locally provided water for her, but the dog was too weak to drink so officers poured it over her to cool her down. Barbita was then carried out and rushed to a vet for emergency treatment. She is now being cared for in an animal shelter.

The vets said later that Barbita would have died from asphyxiation 15 minutes later if she had not been rescued. The dog did not have an identification chip but police traced the owner of the silver Renault Laguna who comes from Madrid and arrested him. He has now been charged with animal cruelty and was found to have a previous criminal conviction.

Iberian Lynx Under Traffic Threat

Motor vehicles are now the greatest threat to the future of the Iberian lynx, according to a new report from the World Wildlife Fund for Nature. A record 22 of the cats were killed on Spain’s roads in 2014, compared with just two in 2008.

WWF reckons it would cost around six million euros to make the country’s roads safer for the lynx. Work would include clearing roadsides of brush, erecting barriers and creating safe crossings.

The Fund is also critical of the little progress which has been made by the government, alleging that, with the excuse of the economic crisis, the most basic road maintenance works have not been carried out It describes the number of deaths as “revolting” because, “it’s a problem which could easily be resolved.”

The Public Works Ministry says it “cooperates” to reduce the number of lynx deaths and claims to have undertaken the necessary road improvements. But the WWF continues to warn that it could become the first big cat to become extinct since the sabre-toothed tiger died out 10,000 years ago.

Spain and Portugal is the cats’ only habitat, and after the population fell from 100,000 at the start of the 20th century to fewer than 100 in 2002, the species was classified as “critically endangered” by the International Union of Conservation of Nature. The Geneva-based body says it is the only feline at the highest risk of extinction in the world.

Izzy’s Story

 

Izzy is a beautiful boy with fantastic golden eyes who was rescued over the San Isidro weekend by two Costa Animal Society (CAS) volunteers from the Nerja industrial estate where he had been living rough since before Easter.


Even though Izzy was being fed by a couple of local residents, the decision was taken to pick him up because he was becoming noticeably thinner and there was concern that his health could deteriorate during the hot summer months.


Izzy is house-trained, very sweet and loves people as well as getting on with other dogs. He has shown no signs of chasing cats and would be great for a family with children. He certainly lived with a family before he was dumped last March.


Izzy has been fully vaccinated and neutered, and is temporarily in kennels until a permanent home is found for him. If you could give Izzy a good home, or even foster him for a while, please contact Seacrest Kennels on 95 252 1426.




Rio’s Story


It was one afternoon in June when the Costa Animal Society (CAS) was alerted to a dog in distress in the shallow water of the Chillar River, not far from Supersol in Nerja. Volunteers went to the scene and joined members of the public helping the dog who was clearly very old and very tired.


He was rushed to the vet to be treated for fleas and was put on a drip in the hope he might survive the night. The next day, he had perked up and ate a little food before a CAS volunteer took him home for the weekend. He was then moved to a foster home near Maro to be with lots of new doggy friends and is now looking for a new permanent home.

His discovery in a river led to him being named Rio and his rescue is a good example of the kindness of CAS volunteers and others who give time freely to help animals in trouble. If you would like to join them, ring Diana on 679 714 612 for a no-obligation chat or email [email protected].

Auction Alert!

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) is planning to hold an auction in early September to raise funds for the work the charity carries out with stray and abandoned animals.

Volunteers are presently looking for quality goods to be sold at the event, and would like to hear from anyone who unwanted items which could be donated to CAS for inclusion in the sale.

For more information, please call 679 714 612, and watch out for the date of the auction!

Animal News

Eight chameleons were released in the Montes de Málaga natural park during July. All had been recovering from various health problems, including dehydration, malnutrition and the effects of herbicides and insecticides, in the city’s Biodiversity Control Centre. Since the recuperation programme began in 2011, the Centre has nursed 232 chameleons before being returning them to the wild.

Seprona, the environmental arm of the Guardia Civil, is reported to have opened an investigation into illegal hunting expeditions organised in the Sierra Almijara for foreign tourists. The alert was raised by a forest ranger who heard gunfire and found an adult male mountain goat which had been killed with a single shot. A number of people were then seen hastily escaping in a 4x4 vehicle.

A new species of mammal has been discovered in the Tejeda and Almijara sierras for the first time. The Mediterranean Shrew is abundant in the north of the peninsula but rare in the south, according to environmental group GENA. Also known as the Southern or Miller’s water shrew, it is believed to be the first time that the creature has been found in the Axarquía.

A Málaga bar owner, accused by police of offering a protected species of snail on his menu, says he imported them from Portugal where they are legally available. The three examples of the large Charonia Lampas species were confiscated by Seprona officers and the owner now faces a fine of up to 3,000€. Police say commercial use of the snails is illegal in Spain.

Four lions and an Indian cobra were amongst animals rescued during inspections made in 720 Spanish zoos, circuses and pet shops between March and May. Charges were brought against ten people and Guardia Civil officers closed two nurseries in Andalucía where dozens of endangered turtles, valued at around 15,000 euros, were found. The head of a Bengal tiger was found during an inspection in Alicante, while officers in Madrid discovered the India cobra as well as a scorpion. The investigation also found a valuable red-wing parrot which had been reported stolen.

A Catalan marine animal rights group has called on toymaker Famosa to recall a 32.95€ doll called “Nancy the dolphin trainer.” Associació Cetàcea claims the doll promotes the exploitation of animals and “represents a step backwards” for animal lovers. Famosa claims that Nancy is a “carer, not a trainer,” and the toy has “absolutely nothing” to do with dolphins in captivity.

Neuter And Release

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) has received a sharp increase in calls from concerned holiday-makers about animals in need, with the number of calls rising to as many ten per day. With only around dozen volunteers working in their spare time and a drop in income through donations and fund-raising, CAS continues to do its level best to address each case.

Once such call came from a lady on a short holiday in Nerja, who said there were a couple of young kittens living in the bushes behind her holiday villa. A couple of CAS volunteers went out and were able to see the kittens which were hiding in thick bougainvillea. But the volunteers worked with the visitor by leaving a trap in the garden, and over the next few days, both kittens and their mother were caught and taken to the vets for assessment.

The kittens were only about six weeks old and were tamed through daily handling and cuddling, both eventually finding new homes. Unfortunately, the mother was very wild so the decision was made to have her spayed and then released, which was the only realistic solution.

As it turns out, she was already pregnant again so at least she will have a feral life without producing anymore offspring. The holiday maker in this case was very grateful for CAS’ help and agreed to pay for the cost of spaying the mother cat.

Call For Volunteers!

The Costa Animal Society needs more volunteers to join its small band of dedicated helpers raising money to help animals in distress in this area.

CAS is in particular need of those who could give time to run its charity shop in Nerja on weekdays.

If you have time and energy and could spare a few hours a week to help raise money for stray and abandoned animals, please call Diana Carter, CAS’s secretary, for a no-obligation chat.

Diana would also like to hear from anyone who can donate goods which can be sold to raise cash for the charity’s work. CAS can collect items in the local area.

Diana Carter can be contacted on 679 714 612 or email [email protected].

Can You Help CAS?

The Costa Animal Society is always in need of more 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, people are required to help with the feeding of the cats at the numerous feeding stations maintained by CAS, and animal lovers who could undertake a monthly airport run are necessary to take animals being re-homed in northern Europe to catch their flights.

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 Wendy on 95 203 7095 or Vera on 95 252 9670 for general enquiries. Simone on 619 903 815 can answer queries about airport runs in English or German.

And despite the tough times, money is still 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

IBAN Code : ES91 3058 0728 0327 2010 0283


Or visit the CAS Charity Shop at calle Dr Ferran 12, Nerja. It’s open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 1pm.


Thank you.

CAS News, June 2015

CAS Helps In Rescues From “Hell Hole”.

Costa Animal Society volunteers have been involved in a long-running operation to rescue a number of ill cared-for dogs which finally came to a successful end last month. The action, which also involved members of APARIV, TAIL, La XANA, followed years of concerns expressed by neighbours and formal complaints submitted to the authorities but the issue was only resolved after the animals’ owner handed them over voluntarily.

For six years, the dogs are reported to have been kept permanently caged in filthy conditions at a remote spot between Cómpeta and Sayalonga. Each was in an enclosure roughly one metre by two metres and, according to neighbours, were visited only every seven to ten days. CAS volunteers described the scene as a “hell hole.”

Eventually, disturbed by heart-wrenching howls every night, people living nearby alerted the Costa Animal Society to the plight of the dogs, and CAS immediately contacted ADA, the local association of animal rescue organizations. Volunteers visited the site and found the floors ankle-deep in excrement, no food and only a dark, filthy sludge in the water bowls. Each dog was tethered by a rigid metal chain and collar, and the stench was horrendous.

 

The first denuncia was submitted to Seprona, the environmental arm of the Guardia Civil, in mid-December, which prompted a visit from officers who did not enter but reported nothing untoward. What followed was five months of further denuncias to the police and complaints to the courts but still no action was taken by the authorities.

Finally, the owner agreed, under pressure from ADA, to give up the dogs for adoption. After reneging on two appointments to hand them over, he finally signed over eight animals, each of which was clearly traumatized by its treatment. They were taken by the volunteers for immediate assessment and veterinary care before being neutered and offered for adoption.

They are now in spacious kennels recovering from their lengthy ordeal thanks to the efforts of volunteers and the co-operation between the animal rescue groups. There are five male and three female medium sized Podenco type dogs, most long haired and some short-haired, and all are now ready for homing. Please phone Maureen on 600 716 363 or email [email protected] for details of how to contribute to the cost of their care or to offer a home to any of these rescue dogs.

 

Cruelty At Huelva Fiesta


One of Andalucía’s most famous and popular annual pilgrimages has come under fire from an animal protection group. The animal rights charity Partido Animalista (PACMA) has claimed that animal abuse is commonplace during the Romería de El Rocío which attracts around a million people every year to the countryside of Almonte in Huelva.

The pilgrimage to the Hermitage of El Rocio began in the late 17th century and is held on the second day of Pentecost, which this year fell on May 23. Last week, PACMA presented a report including evidence of cruelty to horses which, it says, has resulted in the deaths of 107 animals in the last seven years, some of which had been forced to travel 60 km or more to get there.

Each year donkeys, horses, mules are abandoned along the pilgrimage route because they have collapsed from heat, exhaustion, a lack of water,” said PACMA president Silvia Barquero. “Others die from untreated colic.”

The group has published distressing photos and videos of animals suffering from malnutrition or displaying open sores, as well as those carrying loads beyond their capabilities.

Those which die during the event, Barquero adds, are scooped up by a municipal digger and dumped in a container with other victims. One of those to perish this year, she added, was a mare which had given premature birth. “Using an animal which is pregnant is against the law, yet it happens and there are rarely prosecutions,” she said. “Their owners could be traced and prosecuted for animal cruelty but there is little desire by authorities to pursue it.”

Now, animal rights organisations are calling for more to be done to protect the animals used in the annual celebrations. PACMA wants an outright ban.

Offences, such as those of which PACMA has detailed, are regarded as serious within Andalucía’s animal protection laws and can attract fines of up to 2,000 euros. A disturbing video made by PACMA during May’s Romería de El Rocio can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/128968416.



Auction Lots Wanted


The Costa Animal Society is planning to hold an auction in September to raise funds for the work the charity carries out with stray and abandoned animals.

Volunteers are presently looking for quality goods to be sold at the event, and would like to hear from anyone who is having a spring clean and has unwanted items which could be donated to CAS for inclusion in the sale.

For more information, please call 679 714 612, and watch out for the date of the auction!


Animal News

Part of an important collection of rare exotic birds, stolen from the El Retiro botanical gardens in Málaga, has been recovered by the Guardia Civil. Investigations by Seprona, the force’s environmental arm, began in January after 11 hornbills, which have an important scientific and economic value, were found to have disappeared.

The birds stolen are all scarce in Europe with, in some cases, fewer than five dozen known examples. They are all listed in a 1973 convention on the international trade in threatened species and had an estimated value of around 72,000 euros.

One person, reported to be connected to the world of pigeon racing, has been detained after attempting to sell two of the birds to a pet shop on Fuengirola. Further inquiries resulted in the identification of five more individuals suspected of the alleged possession of stolen birds, receiving stolen property and concealment.

Police say that all six are known offenders who had acquired the birds at an illegal market in the La Palma district of Málaga. Their intention, according to investigators, was to offer them for sale on the black market or to exchange them for other illegally acquired animals or goods.

One of the other stolen birds is known to have died while a further two are believed to have starved to death.


Two Granada men have been arrested in the Sierra Almijara on suspicion of illegally hunting mountain goats. The 40- and 47-year-olds from Almuñécar and Orgiva were detained after a Guardia Civil officer spotted a man with a rifle and then heard two shots. The officer then discovered the body of a male goat which had been killed with a firearm.


The remains of mammoths have been found at an archeological dig in Granada. Researchers from Málaga University have been working at Hoya de Baza since 2012 and the latest campaign, which ended last month, produced some excellent finds. These include two mandibles with teeth and a humerus bone from an early species of the giant elephant-like creatures, now extinct.


Call For Volunteers!


The Costa Animal Society needs more volunteers to join its small band of dedicated helpers raising money to help animals in distress in this area.

CAS is in particular need of those who could give time to run its charity shop in Nerja on weekdays.

If you have time and energy and could spare a few hours a week to help raise money for stray and abandoned animals, please call Diana Carter, CAS’s secretary, for a no-obligation chat.

Diana would also like to hear from anyone who can donate goods which can be sold to raise cash for the charity’s work. CAS can collect items in the local area.

Diana Carter can be contacted on 679 714 612 or email: [email protected]


Can you help CAS?

The Costa Animal Society is always in need of more 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, people are required to help with the feeding of the cats at the numerous feeding stations maintained by CAS, and animal lovers who could undertake a monthly airport run are necessary to take animals being re-homed in northern Europe to catch their flights.

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 Wendy on 95 203 7095 or Vera on 95 252 9670 for general enquiries. Simone on 619 903 815 can answer queries about airport runs in English or German.

And despite the tough times, money is still 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

IBAN Code : ES91 3058 0728 0327 2010 0283

Or visit the CAS Charity Shop at calle Dr Ferran 12, Nerja. It’s open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 1pm.


Thank you.

CAS News, May 2015

CAS Summer Ball

A Celebration of Summer will be held in Nerja on Friday, June 19. The evening will be the annual mid-year fund-raising event by the Costa Animal Society and it is already shaping up to be another terrific night.
The summer ball will start with canapés and drinks on the terrace, after which guests will be served a three-course dinner, including wine and coffee. Then it will come the Grand Raffle with many quality prizes to be won as usual, followed by dancing through the evening with music from Mike and Geoff, the Flying Dolphins.
This is one of the most important fund-raising events of the year for the Costa Animal Society and your participation helps to generate the cash needed to care for stray and abandoned animals in the area. All money raised from the evening will go directly to CAS.
The venue is the Caves Restaurant in Maro and tickets, at 35 euros each, can be reserved with the CAS office in Nerja, or by calling Diana on 679 714 612. Come and celebrate mid-summer with CAS and help a local charity at the same time.

Calling Spring Fosterers!
Spring always brings an explosion of puppies and kittens and inevitably many are dumped at the Costa Animal Society (CAS) or other charities’ front doors.
Unfortunately, CAS and all animal protection groups are already full to the brim with adult abandoned animals and there are no spare funds to place these new waifs in kennels. Therefore, CAS urgently needs people to foster puppies and kittens, even if it is just for a couple of weeks, until a more permanent solution can be found.
Please contact the CAS office on 95 252 3607 for a no-obligation chat if you could help with fostering. It’s an ideal way for pet lovers who spend only part of the year in Spain to enjoy the company of an animal while they are here.

Home Wanted For Mimsie

Here’s a super-friendly young lady who is looking for a new loving home, and she deserves it. Mimsie lived in kennels for the first 18 months of her life after she was found abandoned as a puppy and is presently being looked after by a foster family working with the Costa Animal Society.
They report she is house-trained and is attending classes at Wendy’s Dog Training Academy where she is progressing towards being a star pupil. Much as they would like to keep, they are unable to do so. Perhaps your family could adopt her?
Mimsie is medium-sized, has a lovely nature and loves everyone. She has lots of energy so needs a household with time to exercise and play with her.
If you might be able to help with this delightful dog, have a no-obligation chat with Diana on 679 714 612. Thank you.

Meet Bling and Benny!

Meet a couple of good friends who need a new home. Bling and Benny are two male cats whose owner has to spend six months of the year away from her Spanish home.
While she would make sure that they are cared for in her absence, she feels that it is unfair to them not to have a permanent human presence. So, she is looking for someone to invite them into their home instead.
Bling is black and seven years old while Benny is white and is aged eight. Both are neutered, chipped and vaccinated against everything including rabies so they could travel. Their owner says Benny doesn’t have many teeth left but it doesn’t seem to bother him!

If you think you might be able to welcome these two chaps into your home, please phone Diana on 679 714 612 for a no-obligation chat.

 Auction Lots Wanted
The Costa Animal Society is planning to hold an auction in September to raise funds for the work the charity carries out with stray and abandoned animals.
Volunteers are presently looking for quality goods to be sold at the event, and would like to hear from anyone who is having a spring clean and has unwanted items which could be donated to CAS for inclusion in the sale.
For more information, please call 679 714 612, and watch out for the date of the auction!

Animal News
Vandals with shot guns and dogs are being blamed for a vicious attack on birds in a Salobreña park. The bodies of 23 ducks were found in a pool in the Parque de la Fuente, with two more alive but seriously injured, one of which later died, while only three birds surviving the attack unscathed. Mayor Gonzalo Fernández Pulido described the incident as a “cowardly and senseless act” on one of the town’s landmarks.
A bull which escaped from a bullring in Toledo last month left 11 people injured, one seriously, before being run over and killed by a police vehicle. A 30-year-old man required surgery after being gored in the thigh as the animal rampaged through the town of Talavera de la Reina. Six people were hospitalised, including a nine-year-old boy who suffered a face injury.
Neighbours of an Ibiza woman who has 100 stray dogs and cats on her property have reported her for noise nuisance. Council officials and a vet visited the animal lover in Sant Antoni in April and found that, despite only three having a vaccination certificate and microchip, all the pets were in good physical condition. Unsurprisingly, the neighbours have also complained about the smell.
Greenpeace criticised the decision to tow a burning fishing vessel out to sea off Gran Canaria during April after it caught fire in Las Palmas port. The World Wildlife Fund said the area where the ship went down had deep-sea coral and a significant population of bottle-nosed dolphins. At least one loggerhead turtle, an endangered species, was rescued by Guardia Civil officers after becoming encrusted in oil. The creature, named Madonna, was later returned to the wild.
Spanish TV has shelved plans for a reality show featuring celebrities running with the bulls in Pamplona. The city’s mayor, Enrique Maya, said he was “completely opposed” to the idea and that the town would refuse to co-operate with the project. He added that if RTVE tried to turn the annual San Fermines festival “into something like Big Brother” the result would damage its image.
Traffic on Granada’s southern ring road was disrupted one Friday during May after a mountain goat decided to take a stroll near the Serrallo commercial centre. It evaded capture until it was finally cornered in a pizzeria after a chase in the city’s Castaño district. The male goat, reported to be in good health, was taken to the Recovery Centre for Endangered Species.

Call For Volunteers!
The Costa Animal Society needs more volunteers to join its small band of dedicated helpers raising money to help animals in distress in this area.
CAS is in particular need of those who could give time to run its charity shop in Nerja on weekdays.
If you have time and energy and could spare a few hours a week to help raise money for stray and abandoned animals, please call Diana Carter, CAS’s secretary, for a no-obligation chat.

Diana would also like to hear from anyone who can donate goods which can be sold to raise cash for the charity’s work. CAS can collect items in the local area.

Diana Carter can be contacted on 679 714 612 or email: [email protected].

Can You Help CAS?
The Costa Animal Society is always in need of more 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, people are required to help with the feeding of the cats at the numerous feeding stations maintained by CAS, and animal lovers who could undertake a monthly airport run are necessary to take animals being re-homed in northern Europe to catch their flights.
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 Wendy on 95 203 7095 or Vera on 95 252 9670 for general enquiries. Simone on 619 903 815 can answer queries about airport runs in English or German.
And despite the tough times, money is still 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

IBAN Code : ES91 3058 0728 0327 2010 0283

Or visit the CAS Charity Shop at Calle Dr Ferran 12, Nerja. It’s open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 1pm.

CAS News, April, 2015

CAS celebrates summer!

The date of one of the year’s biggest fund-raisers for the Costa Animal Society has been set for Friday, June 19. The Celebration of Summer Ball will be held at the Caves Restaurant in Maro and promises an evening of music, dancing and fun.

As usual, the evening will start with canapés and drinks, followed by a three-course dinner served with wine and coffee. Afterwards, dance until late to entertainment provided by the ever-popular Flying Dolphins who have been CAS members’ favourites for many years.

And of course there will be another of CAS’s Grand Raffles with a selection of quality prizes for the lucky winners.

Tickets at 35 euros per person are now available, and early booking is recommended for this popular annual event. To reserve, please call the CAS office in Nerja on 952 253 607 or ring Diana on 679 714 612.

All proceeds from the evening will go the work of the Costa Animal Society.


Calling Spring Fosterers!

Spring always brings an explosion of puppies and kittens and inevitably many are dumped at the Costa Animal Society (CAS) or other charities’ front doors.

Unfortunately, CAS and all animal protection groups are already full to the brim with adult abandoned animals and there are no spare funds to place these new waifs in kennels. Therefore, CAS urgently needs people to foster puppies and kittens, even if it is just for a couple of weeks, until a more permanent solution can be found.

Please contact the CAS office on 95 252 3607 for a no-obligation chat if you could help with fostering. It’s an ideal way for pet lovers who spend only part of the year in Spain to enjoy the company of an animal while they are here.


CAS Quiz Nights

Punta Lara Bar will be holding a Quiz Night for CAS on Friday, May 29, at 8pm. Join Quizmaster Laura and test your grey matter against other quizzers and clever clogs. Food and drink is available at the bar. The entrance fee of three euros, plus the raffle proceeds, go towards helping the animals. Booking is essential with Mark at 635 369 673.

Quiz Nights at Potters Bar in Nerja, where almost 1,200 euros was raised for CAS throughout the winter, and at the Dubliner Bar in Tutti Frutti Square have now ended for the summer. Many thanks to all who took part in these fun evenings and helped CAS to help the animals. Watch out for autumn dates later in the year!


Easter Monday Afternoon Tea

Thanks to Vera and all the volunteers who provided delicious English afternoon tea on Easter Monday, raising another 500 euros for the Costa Animal Society. Laura won the Easter bonnet competition and along with the fun raffle it was an enjoyable and highly successful event.


Foreign Residents’ Day

Nerja will hold its annual Foreign Residents’ Day on the afternoon of Saturday, May 9. The Costa Animal Society will be present at the event’s new venue, Plaza de los Cangresos, close to the Hotel Monica.

The event is timed to coincide with Europe Day when the Fuente de Europa monument, until now in Parque Verano Azul, will be formally relocated in Plaza de los Cangresos.

Foreign Residents’ Day is a well-established opportunity for clubs and societies to showcase their work and recruit new members. Come and visit the CAS stand to find out more about the charity helps stray and abandoned animals.

 

Pet Owners’ Profiles

Dog owners in Spain are most likely to have Yorkshire terriers, German shepherd or Labradors, according to a new survey. Data from research by Veterinary Management Studies for QVET show that mongrels account for over 52 per cent of the total.

Small dogs have grown in popularity with Maltese and Chihuahuas increasing in numbers over the last three years, while the largest canine populations are to be found in Murcia, Valencia and Aragón.

Almost 88 per cent of cats are short-haired with over 12 per cent accounted for by Persians and other long-haired breeds. Around a third are the European variety and just over a quarter are moggies.

British Shorthair and Maine Coon are amongst varieties which have risen in popularity over the last three years, while Navarra and Cataluña boast the most pedigree cats.

The average age of Spain’s pet dogs is five years three months, although 1.6 per cent are still going strong after 16 years or more. The average of pet cats is just over five years, but, as cats live longer than dogs, more than four per cent have lived for 16 years or longer.


Dogs Pay Their Respects

An amazing story of animal loyalty has emerged from Yucatan where a dog-over, Margarita Suarez, died during March. She was well know for feeding the stray animals which turned up at her home every morning, and would take food with her when she went out to distribute amongst strays she encountered along the way.

Family members and workers at the funeral parlour where Margarita’s body was being kept were stunned when several dogs turned up. No-one had seen them before but they were let in and curled up on the floor next to her coffin to pay their last respects.

On the day of the funeral, the dogs formed a procession after the hearse and then returned to the parlour, disappearing only after her body was being prepared for cremation. Margarita’s daughter Patricia said she believed the animals had wanted to be there to say goodbye to someone who had been so good to them.


Vélez Dog Park Opens

Another park for dogs has opened in the Axarquía. This latest addition to canine leisure facilities is in Vélez-Málaga where a 15,200 square metre site has been prepared by the town hall in calle Olivareros, next to the ecological allotments and close to the site of the Thursday market.

Environment councilor Antonio Martín says the park is the largest and best equipped of its kind in Andalucía. “It is completed fenced in,” he said, “and 360 trees have been planted with an artificial grass surface laid at zero cost, thanks to help from the provincial government.”

Future plans include dog agility obstacles and a play area.

 

Call For Volunteers!

The Costa Animal Society needs more volunteers to join its small band of dedicated helpers raising money to help animals in distress in this area.

CAS is in particular need of those who could give time to run its charity shop in Nerja on weekdays.

If you have time and energy and could spare a few hours a week to help raise money for stray and abandoned animals, please call Diana Carter, CAS’s secretary, for a no-obligation chat.

Diana would also like to hear from anyone who can donate goods which can be sold to raise cash for the charity’s work. CAS can collect items in the local area.

Diana Carter can be contacted on 679 714 612 or email [email protected].

 

Can You Help CAS? 

The Costa Animal Society is always in need of more 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, people are required to help with the feeding of the cats at the numerous feeding stations maintained by CAS, and animal lovers who could undertake a monthly airport run are necessary to take animals being re-homed in northern Europe to catch their flights.

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 Wendy on 95 203 7095 or Vera on 95 252 9670 for general enquiries. Simone on 619 903 815 can answer queries about airport runs in English or German.

And despite the tough times, money is still 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

IBAN Code : ES91 3058 0728 0327 2010 0283

Or visit the CAS Charity Shop at calle Dr Ferran 12, Nerja. It’s open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 1pm.

CAS News, March 2015

CAS Seeks New President


Former CAS President Wendy Thorne

After many years valuable service as President of the Costa Animal Society, Wendy Thorne has resigned the position. CAS is now seeking someone to take over this role and to lead the charity into what promises to be a challenging future.

The office of President requires someone who is passionate about the welfare of animals, especially here on the coast. Strong leadership skills and the ability to communicate with all levels of society are also essential, and with a public persona, the new CAS President will become the figurehead for the group in the coming years.
The President will be supported by a Committee who have responsibility for the many and varied activities undertaken by CAS. Please note that this is a voluntary position.
Previous involvement with a registered charity would be ideal, though not essential, and some Spanish language skill would be advantageous. The appointee must be resident of Spain, to fulfil the local fiscal and legal requirements of the role.
CAS was established many years ago with the intention of helping stray and abandoned animals in the area around Nerja and is staffed by a band of enthusiastic volunteers. It was recognised by Nerja Town Hall as its Charity of the Year 2014 and works hard to maintain the standards which this honour implies.
For an informal chat, please contact CAS Secretary, Diana Carter on 95 252 3985 or by email [email protected]. Alternatively, CAS Treasurer Maree Vanderlaan can be contacted on 619 965 025 or by email [email protected].

Lynx Protection Measures Planned

A raft of measures aimed at protecting Andalucía’s population of Iberian lynxes has been agreed between Sevilla and Madrid. The move follows warnings by environmentalists that, while the number of the world’s most endangered feline in the region has quadrupled in three years, the numbers killed on roads has increased by an even greater factor.
According to the World Wildlife Fund, 21 of the 27 lynxes which died last year were killed by motor vehicles. Already this year, two lynxes have died on the region’s roads, most recently an 18-month-old male called Killer who was hit by a vehicle on the A-481 road, an area which the WWF and Ecologists in Action say is a known accident black spot.
The regional government and Ministry of Public Works have now agreed to reduce speed limits in areas where high death rates have been recorded, as well as erecting information signs to warn drivers of the animals’ presence. Bushes will be cut back to improve visibility while water courses will be cleared to encourage the transit of wildlife.
The initiative is being promoted nationally but has its focus in Andalucía where most of Spain’s Iberian lynx population has settled. It follows a move last September by the Junta de Andalucía which allocated a million euros for projects to protect the species. There is also talk of creating an environmental corridor with EU funds to link the Sierra Morena mountains with the Doñana nature reserve, the lynx’s two main habitats in Andalucía.
The lynx needs to eat at least one rabbit a day to survive but a new strain of a rabbit disease is killing 75 per cent of the population, so causing a food shortage for the lynx. Experts cite this as a reason why lynx are more often venturing near roads in search of a meal and fear it will affect their ability to reproduce successfully. Nevertheless, the population in Andalucía in 2014 was put at 332, although historically there were over 100,000 of the cats in the country.
Meanwhile, a six-month old Iberian lynx born in Toledo has been tracked to Madrid, the first time in 40 years the endangered species has been found in the region. Kentaro was born in captivity and, after release, his GPS transmitter showed that, unusually, he has travelled 100 kilometres, safely crossing several motorways en route. The World Wildlife Fund says lynxes normally say close to their birthplace.

Animal News

A 28-year-old blind woman in Málaga claims her guide dog Lilly died last month after having been poisoned. Lourdes Fernández says her black Labrador retriever bitch suffered from renal problems after eating poisoned food left on the ground at places where the dog, trained at a cost of 42,500 euros, was regularly seen. National Police investigating the case say that vets have reported other poisonings of domestic pets in the city.
The body of a 115 kilo adult dolphin was washed up on Nerja’s Calahonda beach during March. It followed the appearance of another dolphin in Rincón de la Victoria only a couple of days earlier. Vets from CREMA, Málaga’s centre for recovery of threatened marine species, examined the specimens to determine the cause of death.
Meanwhile, an endangered thresher shark was caught by a fishing boat a mile off the Catalan coast last month. The three metre long creature, known as a fox shark in Spanish, weighed 230 kilos and was discovered in a catch in the boat from Arenys de Mar. It is reported to have become entangled in the nets and was already dead when pulled to the surface.
An attempt to outlaw cock-fighting in the Canary Islands has failed after the regional government dropped a proposed amendment to make the practice illegal. The activity remains lawful on the islands, and in Andalucía, where it is protected as “cultural.” Following last month’s failure to ban the blood sport, the proposal will now be debated in the region’s upper house while lobbying against it continues.
And Madonna’s decision to dress as a matador to promote her new album has been criticised by animal rights activists. The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, PETA, said the 56-year-old has “clearly lost her footing,” in reference to the cape incident at the Brit awards. It suggested that her choreography should reflect, “something less offensive than imitating a bloody spectacle.”
An endangered bearded vulture was born last month in Jaén’s Cazorla nature reserve. The chick arrived at a breeding centre established to increase the population, with over 40 birds released into the wild since 2009. Nine eggs have been laid so far this year at the centre with another hen expected to lay imminently.
Police in Castilla y León are looking for poachers who killed and butchered about 100 deer in a forest during March. Hikers discovered the remains of the animals which are thought to have been weakened after being trapped in snow without food. Local hunters called the incident “barbaric,” adding that deer have to be culled, but at the right time of year, and in the right way.
Clothing, pulled from the racks in branches of Spain’s Inditex shops, including Zara and Pull & Bear, has arrived in Syrian refugee camps. The angora rabbit fur garments were withdrawn after protests by animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals which estimated that they had a retail value of over 800,000€. Around 23,000 items are believed to have been shipped out.

CAS April Quiz Nights

The next Costa Animal Society Quiz Night at The Dubliner Bar in Nerja’s Tutti Frutti Square is set for Wednesday, April 8, with Les Allan posing the questions from 8.00pm. The entry fee of 3€ per person, plus the raffle proceeds, go directly to CAS. Food is available at the bar and booking is essential at 695 772 883.
This month’s CAS Quiz at Potters Bar, close to the Hotel Villa Flamenca on calle Andalucía in Nerja, will be on Friday, April 17, hosted by Dave Jamieson and starting at 8.00pm. Food is available at the bar. Entrance is three euros per person, and all cash, plus the raffle proceeds, go to CAS. Book directly with the bar any evening on 95 252 2287.
Punta Lara Bar will be holding a Quiz Night for CAS on Friday, April 24 at 8pm. Join Quizmaster Laura and test your grey matter against other quizzers and clever clogs. Food and drink is available at the bar. The entrance fee of three euros, plus the raffle proceeds, go towards helping the animals. Booking is essential with Mark at 635 369 673.

Easter Monday Afternoon Tea

Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea in Maro on Easter Monday and help the Costa Animal Society at the same time. Finger food to accompany your cuppa will be available and there will be prizes for the best Easter Bonnet.
CAS also invites you to bring along any unwanted gold or broken jewelry as a donation. No item is too small and all contributions will generate more cash for the charity’s work with stray and abandoned animals.
The entrance charge of five euros, plus the proceeds of a fun raffle, will all go to CAS. Please book in advance with Vera on 608 876 488.

Fund Raising Coach Trip

Sean Brown’s April coach trip is listed below, along with his contact details. After expenses are deducted, the proceeds of these excursions are given as a donation to charity, so please remember to mention the Costa Animal Society when booking tickets. Book early as these events will fill up quickly.
Thursday, April 9: Flamingo Lagoon, Dolmens Ancient Burial Site of Antequera and El Torcal. Cost 15€ per person. Departs Almuñécar 8.30am, Nerja 9.00am and Torrox Costa 9.20am.
For more information and to book places, please contact Sean Brown on 95 864 0948 or by e-mail at [email protected], mentioning CAS.

Call For Volunteers!

The Costa Animal Society needs more volunteers to join its small band of dedicated helpers raising money to help animals in distress in this area.
CAS is in particular need of those who could give time to run its charity shop in Nerja on weekdays, and to help out with its stall at the town’s market on Sunday mornings between about 8.00am and 2.00pm.
If you have time and energy and could spare a few hours a week to help raise money for stray and abandoned animals, please call Diana Carter, CAS’s secretary, for a no-obligation chat.
Diana would also like to hear from anyone who can donate goods which can be sold to raise cash for the charity’s work. CAS can collect items in the local area.

Diana Carter can be contacted on 679 714 612 or email [email protected].

Can You Help CAS?

The Costa Animal Society is always in need of more 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, people are required to help with the feeding of the cats at the numerous feeding stations maintained by CAS, and animal lovers who could undertake a monthly airport run are necessary to take animals being re-homed in northern Europe to catch their flights.
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 Wendy on 95 203 7095 or Vera on 95 252 9670 for general enquiries. Simone on 619 903 815 can answer queries about airport runs in English or German.
And despite the tough times, money is still 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

IBAN Code : ES91 3058 0728 0327 2010 0283

Or visit the CAS Charity Shop at calle Dr Ferran 12, Nerja. It’s open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 1pm.

Thank you.

CAS President

COSTA ANIMAL SOCIETY (CAS)

After MANY YEARS SERVICE, as CAS President, Wendy Thorne has resigned the position. CAS is now seeking someone to take over this role and to lead the Society into what will be a challenging future.

The office of President requires a person who is passionate about the welfare of animals especially here on the coast, they will need strong leadership skills and the ability to communicate with all levels of society. CAS was recognised by the Town Hall as the Nerja Charity of the Year 2014, and has worked hard to fulfil this honour; the President by their Leadership skills and public persona will be the figurehead for the Society ongoing.

Previous involvement with a registered charity would be ideal, though not essential

Some Spanish language skill would be advantageous.

The President is supported by a Committee who have responsibility for the many and varied activities undertaken by CAS

Please note that this is a voluntary position.

The Appointee will need to be a Resident of Spain, to fulfil the local fiscal and legal requirements of the role.

 

More details are available from Diana Carter (CAS Secretary) by phone on 952523985 or by email: [email protected] or Maree Vanderlaan (CAS Treasurer) on 619965025 or email: [email protected]

CAS News, February 2015

COSTA ANIMAL SOCIETY

Press Update
No 85 : Issued February 19, 2015

 

Further information for Editors is available from the Joint Presidents:

Wendy Thorne: 95 203 7095 / [email protected]

and Vera Newing: 95 252 9670


Málaga Bans Live Circus Animals

Town councillors in Málaga last month unanimously approved a new by-law which will outlaw the use of live animals in circus and other entertainment events in the city. They also agreed to launch a pilot programme to sterilize feral cats.
The motion, which was tabled by the governing Partido Popular group at the town hall, points out that public awareness of animal abuse has increased significantly in recent times, leading to a growing demand for credible measures to ensure their protection.
It underlines that the treatment of animals in circuses is often incompatible with the protection of their rights, and highlights the plight of ponies which are used in “live” roundabouts and which are forced to walk in circles for many hours at a time. This, the motion explains, “can provoke injuries from repetitive movements, along with stress from the acoustics and lighting in the fairs where they work.”
Sevilla, Almería, Granada and other cities nationwide have already banned such fairground attractions, and animal activists have long-argued that this use of animals is in contravention of Andalucía’s animal protection laws.
Councillors also proved plans for a pilot programme to tackle to the problem of stray cats in the city. Existing legislation is to be amended to give legal cover to the management of colonies of the animals. A programme to enable their capture, sterilisation and release is to be developed in conjunction with animal protection groups in the city.

Dangerous Caterpillars In Season

A reminder from the Costa Animal Society that March is the peak month for the appearance of processionary caterpillars. Although they were seen in Nerja as early as December following a mild autumn, they are most likely to be encountered now in areas where pine trees grow.
The caterpillars grow in nests which look like balls of cotton wool or candy floss hanging from pine branches. They then drop to the ground and walk, nose to tail, to find somewhere where they can bury into the ground. Here they remain before emerging as harmless moths later in the year.
However, as caterpillars, they can be very dangerous because of the toxins carried on the hairs in their bodies. Small dogs can receive very serious injuries if they investigate too closely and the hairs can also cause irritation to anyone with respiratory problems.
Experts underline the importance of not touching them or trying to burn them, which only disperses the hairs. Dogs should be kept well away from areas where pine trees grow, although the caterpillars can travel relatively far overground.
If contact with the caterpillars is suspected, seek urgent help from a vet or a doctor.

Fake Pet Certificate Warning

Two people have been detained after a kennels rearing and selling puppies was closed by the Guardia Civil. The alert was raised in November by vets in Nerja who had discovered a number of dogs which were brought to them with accompanying paperwork which included apparently fake vaccination certificates.
Officers from the force’s environmental arm, Seprona, examined the documents and found them to be very similar to the genuine certificates, leading to a suspicion that a professional printer could be involved. At the same time, various kennels in the area were inspected where more fake certificates were found.
Finally, the investigation took them to a small kennels in Padul, between Motril and Granada, from where 162 puppies of various breeds were confiscated and taken into care. Most lacked any documentation relating to their identification, vaccination or other health treatments.
The Guardia Civil confirmed that the kennels had been trafficking in animals and selling small dogs, such as Yorkshire terriers. A spokesman added that, during December, around 400 dogs under three months old were confiscated across Spain.
The owner of the Granada kennels now faces charges of offences including forgery, lack of qualifications and fraud. The printer who copied genuine certificates and supplied them to the kennels is also facing a charge of forgery.

Animal News

The EC is reported to be considering whether to open an investigation into protecting the Iberian Lynx, given that so many die on Spain’s roads. The problem has been denounced by the Spanish branch of the World Wildlife Fund for Nature. The WWF says the number of incidents has increased by 375% over three years while the animal’s population has only risen by 17%.

An attempt to outlaw cock-fighting in the Canary Islands has failed after the regional government dropped a proposed amendment to make the practice illegal. The activity remains lawful on the islands, as well as in Andalucía, where it is protected as “cultural.” Following last month’s failure to ban the blood sport, the proposal will now be debated in the region’s upper house.


An animal welfare group has denounced a Jaén town for flouting the law by continuing a local tradition involving animal cruelty. The Partido Animalista says Cazalilla Town Hall has again held a fiesta during which a live turkey is released from the local church bell tower to be shot at by hunters. It claims residents club together to pay the 2,001€ fine levied by the regional government.

Vélez-Málaga is to have one of the province’s largest parks designed specifically for dogs and their owners. Environment councillor Antonio Martín announced in January that the 15,200 square metre area will open soon. Importantly for future canine visitors, preparations will include the planting of 150 trees.

Local police in Málaga say that last year they reported 420 people in the city for failing to clear up after their dogs. Pet owners can face a fine of up to 500€ for such inaction. Officers have intensified their efforts in this area making 2014 the year in which more prosecutions for this offence were initiated than ever before.

The Spanish nurse who contracted and recovered from Ebola has adopted a new pet. Teresa Romero’s dog Exkálibur, was put down without her permission by Madrid authorities who feared it could carry the virus, a move which is now the subject of legal action. Teresa and her husband have now given a home to an American Stanford puppy, Alma, from a local animal protection centre.

CAS Quiz Nights

The next Costa Animal Society Quiz Night at The Dubliner Bar in Nerja’s Tutti Frutti Square is set for Wednesday, March 11, with Les Allan posing the questions from 8.00pm. The entry fee of 3€ per person, plus the raffle proceeds, go directly to CAS. Food is available at the bar and booking is essential at 695 772 883.

This month’s CAS Quiz at Potters Bar, close to the Hotel Villa Flamenca on calle Andalucía in Nerja, will be on Friday, March 20, hosted by Dave Jamieson and starting at 8.00pm. Food is available at the bar. Entrance is three euros per person, and all cash, plus the raffle proceeds, go to CAS. Book directly with the bar any evening on 95 252 2287.

Punta Lara Bar will be holding a Quiz Night for CAS on Friday, March 27 at 8pm. Join Quizmaster Laura and test your grey matter against other quizzers and clever clogs. Food and drink is available at the bar. The entrance fee of three euros, plus the raffle proceeds, go towards helping the animals. Booking is essential with Mark at 635 369 673.

St. Valentine’s auction for CAS

CAS Auction (Photo: Colin McMorris) – Alison from CAS (left) accepts the proceeds of the St Valentine’s Day auction from Joyce and Jackie of Fandango’s Bar

An auction held on St Valentine’s Day at Fandango’s Bar in Frigiliana raised 361 euros for the Costa Animal Society. Bids were received for more than 40 items donated by local people with plenty of exciting bidding during the afternoon.
Home made cakes and other produce were sold to help boost the total and CAS would like to thank everyone who supported the event. Particular thanks go to Simon, Jackie, Oliver and Joyce of Fandango’s Bar for their help.

Fund Raising Coach Trips

Sean Brown’s programme of coach trips for early 2015 is listed below, along with his contact details. After expenses are deducted, the proceeds of these excursions are given as a donation to charity, so please remember to mention the Costa Animal Society when booking tickets. Book early as these events will fill up quickly.

Tuesday, March 10: Guided Tour of Almería. Cost 25€ per person includes guide. Departs Torrox Costa 8.30am, Nerja 8.45am and Salobreña 9.45am.

Monday March 16 to Friday March 20: Four nights in Jerez with day trips. Please contact Sean Brown (see below) for itinerary and cost.

Thursday, April 9: Flamingo Lagoon, Dolmens Ancient Burial Site of Antequera and El Torcal. Cost 15€ per person. Departs Almuñécar 8.30am, Nerja 9.00am and Torrox Costa 9.20am.

For more information and to book places, please contact Sean Brown on 95 864 0948 or by e-mail at [email protected], mentioning CAS.

Call For Volunteers!

The Costa Animal Society needs more volunteers to join its small band of dedicated helpers raising money to help animals in distress in this area.
CAS is in particular need of those who could give time to run its charity shop in Nerja on weekdays, and to help out with its stall at the town’s market on Sunday mornings between about 8.00am and 2.00pm.
If you have time and energy and could spare a few hours a week to help raise money for stray and abandoned animals, please call Diana Carter, CAS’s secretary, for a no-obligation chat. Diana would also like to hear from anyone who can donate goods which can be sold to raise cash for the charity’s work. CAS can collect items in the local area.

Diana Carter can be contacted on 679 714 612.

Can you help CAS?

The Costa Animal Society is always in need of more 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, people are required to help with the feeding of the cats at the numerous feeding stations maintained by CAS, and animal lovers who could undertake a monthly airport run are necessary to take animals being re-homed in northern Europe to catch their flights.
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 Wendy on 95 203 7095 or Vera on 95 252 9670 for general enquiries. Simone on 619 903 815 can answer queries about airport runs in English or German.
And despite the tough times, money is still 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

IBAN Code : ES91 3058 0728 0327 2010 0283

Or visit the CAS Charity Shop at calle Dr Ferran 12, Nerja. It’s open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 1pm.

Thank You!

CAS News, January 2015

Quiz Night at Lew’s Fish and Chips
Start the New Year off with a Costa Animal Society (CAS) Quiz at Lew’s Fish and Chips in Torrox Costa on Tuesday January 13th at 7:30pm. 8.50 Euros per person includes a fish and chips or pie and chips meal. Make your New Year resolutions and get quizzical with Quiz Hostess Laura. Please book in advance with Laura and Kurt at 95 252 1426 or at Lew’s directly.

Charity Quiz at Punta Lara Bar
Punta Lara Bar will be hosting a Costa Animal Society (CAS) Quiz on Friday January 23rd at 8pm. Join Quizmaster Christine and test your grey matter against other quizzers and clever clogses. Food and drink is available at the bar. The entrance fee of 3 Euros plus all the raffle proceeds go towards helping the animals. Booking is essential with Mark at 635 369 673.

CAS Quiz at Potters Bar
Quizmaster Dave Jamieson is carrying on and keeping you guessing at the Costa Animal Society (CAS) charity quiz at Potters Bar on Friday, January 16th (?) at 8pm. Entrance fee of 3€ goes directly to the CAS coffers. Food and drink are available at the bar. Please book in advance at 95 252 2287.

Roaring Twenties Ball, A Fantastic Close to 2014
The Costa Animal Society (CAS) Roaring Twenties Ball held on December 5th proved to be another successful dinner dance in aid of the charity with over 1700 Euros netted for the CAS coffers. Music by the fabulous Flying Dophins set the mood for the evening as many in attendance arrived in classic 1920s fancy dress. More than 82 guests enjoyed the lovely four course meal and danced until midnight. The committee would like to thank all of our sponsors, especially Scott and Nete of Denta Danés and Miguel of JJs Cafe Del Mar, two of our main sponsors for the evening. The grand raffle prizes were a big hit with a 300€ Electronics Voucher from Rogelio’s being won by Joyce from Fandango, a DVD player donated by Seacrest Kennels won by Jean Chadwick and the Hemmingways Bar big box of wine taken home by Mick Brophy. Thank you to all in attendance and to those who have supported CAS throughout the year.

Pine Processionary Caterpillars and Pests
The Pine Processionary Caterpillars have arrived early this year due to a mild winter. They usually start their annual march from their pine nest into underground burrows in late winter to early spring but some were sighted in the Nerja area in the first half of December. These pests get their name because they undertake their annual journey in single file lines and follow one another much like a religious procession. The danger for your pets, and for humans, is this is when we are most likely to come into contact with these caterpillars and at this stage of their lifecycle they possess an unusual defence mechanism. That is, they are covered in fine white poisonous hairs, which can cause reactions ranging from an extremely itchy rash to very deadly anaphylactic shock when they are touched or ingested.
During the winter Pine Processionary Caterpillars make nests, which resemble large cotton balls or white cotton candy, in our local pine trees. If you live near pine trees, especially ones with white nests, extreme care must be taken with your pets. You should not let your dog roam free and you should try to keep your cat indoors. Unfortunately, the inherently curious nature of your pet may lead them to investigate these unusual creatures. If your pet were to sniff, lick our bite these caterpillars your animal would likely suffer a severe allergic reaction or anaphylactic shock, possibly causing airway closure and death. The symptoms of exposure to caterpillar hair are excessive drooling or frothing at the mouth, difficulty in breathing and/or white spots in the mouth or tongue. If you think your pet is suffering from these symptoms, our vet recommends you flush your animal’s mouth with as much water as possible and immediately take your pet for emergency treatment.
A final warning – if you are thinking of taking a pre-emptive strike against these nests you should bear in mind they too are full of caterpillar hair, which can easily fall out when disturbed. Exposure by humans has been known to cause a severely skin irritation that can last up to three weeks, temporary blindness and/or respiratory problems. Make sure you take appropriate precautions or hire a professional.

If that was not enough to worry about the unusually warm weather will likely bring an early return to other pests such as fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. Therefore, in order to protect our animals we need to remain vigilant with regular flea and tick treatments and remember to replace Scalibor collars if they have been on your dog for six months or longer.

Coach Trips 2014
The Costa Animal Society (CAS) gladly recommends the following upcoming bus trips as a good way to explore our part of the world. These trips are organised and lead by Sean Brown and he can be contacted at 95 864 0948 or via e-mail at [email protected] for further information.

Please make sure to mention CAS when you book a trip because after expenses are met all proceeds are given as a donation to the charity.

Thursday, January 15th – Malaga Factory Outlet Sales Village and Ikea (room for purchases only). Lunch – own choice at the outlet mall. Cost 15 € per person. Departs Almunecar 9:30am, Nerja 10:00am and Torrox Costa 10:20am.

Tuesday, February 10th – Trapiche Country Market and guided trip to Comares. A lovely day out at a good farmers market followed by a visit to Comares with an excellent lunch. Cost 25 € per person includes lunch. Departs Almuñecar 9:00am, Nerja 9:30am and Torrox Costa 9:45am.

Tuesday, March 10th – Guided Tour of Almeria. Cost 25 € per person includes guide. Departs Torrox Costa 8:30am, Nerja 8:45am and Salobrena 9:45am.

Monday the 16th to Friday the 20th of March – 4 Nights in Jerez with day trips. Contact Sean Brown for itinerary and cost.

Thursday, April 9th – Flamingo Lagoon, Dolmens Ancient Burial Site of Antequera and El Torcal. Cost 15 € per person. Departs Almunecar 8:30am, Nerja 9:00am and Torrox Costa 9:20am.

CAS News, November 2014

Roaring 20s Holiday Ball

A reminder that the Roaring 20s Holiday Ball, a major fund-raiser for the Costa Animal Society, takes place on Friday, December 5, at the Hotel Rural Almazara, on the road between Nerja and Frigiliana.

The ticket price of 35€ includes welcome drinks and canapés, plus a four course meal with wine. A copy of the menu choices is available from [email protected] Entertainment will be provided once again by the fabulous Flying Dolphins.

To enjoy this great start to the festive season, please book early with the CAS office on 95 252 3607.

Fined for animal cruelty: Boris’s story

A 29-year-old Málaga man has been fined 6,000 euros after being found guilty of animal cruelty and injuring a passer-by who tried to stop him. Luckily, the story of the dog which was being maltreated has a happy ending.

 

In August, a couple from Torrox intervened after seeing a dog being kicked while it was being walked. Without saying a word, the dog walker struck the male passer-by in the eye causing him to fall to the ground, where he was kicked and punched before his attacker walked off. The victim was taken to hospital for treatment and took almost three weeks fully to recover.

When the suspect, who had previous convictions, was approached by National Police officers, he is reported to have become aggressive, trying to kick and head butt. No-one was injured but he was restrained and detained, and was charged with resisting authority.

Police said that local residents told officers that the dog, which was owned by the attacker’s flatmate, was frequently seen being maltreated by the suspect. They said the condition of the dog had previously caused a complaint to Gruprona, the nature protection division of the local police, which inspected the animal. It was reported to be extremely thin, covered in parasites and walking with a limp.

Since the incident, a vet has removed the ball and socket joint at the top of one back leg, and, as the dog is young, the remaining bones will fuse in time, although he will always have a limp.

The Costa Animal Society advertised for a foster or permanent home for the dog and, within a short time, Patrick from Motril responded. He runs two dog-friendly self-catering holiday homes at Costa Tropical Oasis and already had Hector, a young lively cocker spaniel, and an older St Bernard called Dino.

Patrick has now adopted Boris permanently and says that his new family member is getting stronger and growing fast. Initially he could only use three legs, said Patrick, but is now back to using all four, while in seven weeks, his weight has increased by half. “He’s now a now super happy dog and very playful with my other two rescues,” he added. “He loves life here, loves meeting the tourists staying on holiday and digging up the plants.”

Pictures of Boris, Hector and Dino can be viewed on Patrick’s Facebook page, costaoasis.


CAS Quiz Nights for December

The CAS Quiz at Lew’s Fish and Chips will be on hold during the holiday season but will resume next year. We wish our regular quizzers a Happy Christmas, hope you have a Prosperous New Year and look forward to seeing you in 2015 for the next quiz on Tuesday, January 13 at 7.30pm. The entrance fee of 8.50 euros per person includes a fish and chips or pie and chips supper. Make your New Year resolutions and get quizzical with Quiz Hostess Laura. Please book in advance with Laura and Kurt at 95 252 1426 or at Lew’s directly.

The Christmas CAS Quiz at Potters Bar, close to the Hotel Villa Flamenca on calle Andalucía in Nerja, will be on Friday, December 12, hosted by Dave Jamieson and starting at 8.00pm. Food is available at the bar. Entrance is three euros per person and all cash, plus the raffle proceeds, go to CAS. Book directly with the bar any evening on 95 252 2287.

Punta Lara Bar will be celebrating the close of 2014 with an End Of The Year Quiz in support of the CAS on Monday, December 29 at 8.00pm. Join Quizmaster Christine to test your grey matter against other braniacs and clever novices. And to mark the beginning of 2015 there will be a CAS Quiz at the same venue on Friday, January 23 at 8.00pm. Food and drink is available at the bar. The entrance fee of three euros plus all the raffle proceeds go towards helping the animals. Booking for both is essential with Mark at 635 369 673.

Scruffs raises over 2,000€ for CAS

November’s annual Dog Show, Scruffs 2014, raised 2,200 euros for the Costa Animal Society, a new record. There were 83 entries in the 12 competitive classes with over 200 people enjoying the carnival atmosphere of the afternoon.

This was the 15th such event organized by CAS which would like to acknowledge the support from Nerja Town Hall, and especially the exception efforts made by Jackie from the Foreigners’ Department and Councillor Inocencia Quintero.

Thanks also to all the volunteers who made it all happened, to the sponsors whose generosity is greatly appreciated and to everyone, human and canine, who came along on the day. All the cash raised will go directly to the care and homing of abandoned dogs and cats.

CAS also views Scruffs as an opportunity to raise awareness about its endeavours and to educate the public on caring for their canines. With this in mind, we extend our appreciation of the training and obedience demonstration put on by Wendy from the Dog Academy.

A gallery of pictures from Scruffs 2014, taken by Colin McMorris, can be found at his website, www.colmacphotos.com. Copies can be ordered and all the proceeds from them will be passed to CAS.


Fund raising events

Sean Brown’s programme of coach trips for the remainder of 2014 is listed below, along with his contact details. After expenses are deducted, the proceeds of these excursions are given as a donation to charity, so please remember to mention the Costa Animal Society when booking tickets. Book early as these events are filling up quickly.


  • Tuesday, December 9: Christmas Shopping in Gibraltar. Depart Almuñécar 8.00am and Nerja 9.00am. Tickets 15 euros.


  • Monday 22 – Friday 26 December: Christmas in Jerez. Four nights half board in the Sherry Park hotel, including visits to the Horse Show and day trips to Sevilla and the Tio Pepe bodega. Departs Salobreña 8.30am, Almuñécar 9.00am, Nerja 9.30am, and pick-ups towards Torrox Costa. 360€ per person. Single room supplement 100€.


For more information and to book places, please contact Sean Brown on 95 864 0948 or by e-mail at [email protected], mentioning CAS.

 

Market helpers required

The weekly Sunday Market in Nerja is an important fund-raiser for the Costa Animal Society. The income raised helps to care for and re-home dogs and cars in the area.

However, CAS needs help from anyone who can spare a Sunday morning, even if it’s only once a month. Assistance is required in setting up the stall and then selling the goods for the best prices.

If you think you might be able to help, have a no-obligation chat with Wendy on 95 203 7095.


Can you help CAS?

The Costa Animal Society is always in need of more 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, people are required to help with the feeding of the cats at the numerous feeding stations maintained by CAS, and animal lovers who could undertake a monthly airport run are necessary to take animals being re-homed in northern Europe to catch their flights.

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 Wendy on 95 203 7095 or Vera on 95 252 9670 for general enquiries. Simone on 619 903 815 can answer queries about airport runs in English or German.

And despite the tough times, money is still 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

IBAN Code : ES91 3058 0728 0327 2010 0283

Or visit the CAS Charity Shop at calle Dr Ferran 12, Nerja. It’s open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 1pm.

Thank you.

 

 

 

Halloween, 2014

A fun night was had by all at the Punta Lara Bar on 31 October. The Halloween Quiz for CAS attracted many witches, zombies, vampires and other weird and wonderful creatures and a total of 225 € was raised. Many thanks to everyone for their support. 
The Three Witches. But Which Witch is Which?
 
Mike & Karen, with which one of the witches?
 
Committee Member after our last meeting.
 
Kirsty's Team, resting for a spell. 
 
 

CAS News, October 2014

All Set For Scruffs Nerja!
Judging underway during Scruffs Nerja last year (Credit - John Peatey)

Coats are being groomed and paws polished for one of the year’s major CAS fund raising events. The annual fun dog show, Scruffs Nerja will be held on the town’s market site at Almijara II on Saturday, November 8.

Presented once again in collaboration with the Nerja Town Hall Foreign Residents Department, the event is always a great attraction as dogs of all ages, sizes and breeds enter the parade ring to vie for the trophies on offer. As well as the competitive classes, there will be demonstration of obedience and ability by the Dog Academy, plus stalls to browse in a family friendly, atmosphere.

Dogs can be entered in one or more of the 12 classes to be judged this year. These include the best pedigree and non-pedigree puppies under one year, the best pedigree and non-pedigree bitch over a year, and the best pedigree and non-pedigree dog more than 12 months old. And this year, there’s a new class for the best veteran dog or bitch aged ten years or more.

The fun classes will include the best obedience or trick displayed, the dog with the waggiest tail and, of course, the best fancy dress. Importantly, there will also be classes for the best rescue dog and the best rescue bitch, reflecting the work of the animal charity organization.

The afternoon will end with the presentation of trophies for the best pedigree and non-pedigree in the show, and for the best rescue dog or bitch.

Registration will begin at noon, and judging starts at 1 pm.

Finding loving new homes for stray and abandoned animals is a huge part of the work of CAS so, during the interval, there will be a chance to meet some of the dogs presently in the care of various local animal charities, all of which are seeking new owners.

Every year, Scruffs Nerja raises funds which are essential to CAS’s animal welfare and educational efforts so please support what is always a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. If the weather is unkind and the event is rained off, it will be postponed to the following Saturday, November 15.


The Best Rescue Dog at Scruffs Nerja last year was Mira owned by Christine 

Tango's Tale

 

In July, the Costa Animal Society was contacted by a lady who was concerned about a young male German Shepherd dog, Tango, who was being permanently tied up on a metre-long chain and only fed twice a week. He was owned, she added, by a well known figure in the village.

After some discussion, the lady agreed to speak with the owner who said that it was no problem as the dog was to be moved up to a friend in the campo in a couple of weeks to be used as a guard dog. However, he agreed to extend the chain to two metres, and also to the lady taking the dog out for a walk each day. The dog behaved impeccably and soon, the lady was quite attached to him.

However, she was also very concerned that this lovely young dog was just going to be tied up somewhere “in the campo” and left again. So she again spoke to CAS who agreed to arrange for the dog to be kenneled if she could talk the owner into handing him over. This she then did and CAS took her and the dog to the kennels so that she could see where he’d be going.

It was clear from the outset that the dog was afraid of men so the kennel owner took pains to befriend and rehabilitate him and when a German couple arrived at the end of September to meet him, they were delighted to find that he was as confident and friendly as they would have hoped and he now has a home with the run of a large garden with them.

So, a happy outcome from what could have become a difficult situation had it otherwise resulted in a denuncia between two people in the same village. 

An Extreme Case Of Abuse

Sometimes an extreme case motivates various organisations and individuals to work together to solve a problem or help an animal in dire need. Last month, the Costa Animal Society (CAS) received a call from someone in a nearby town who reported that a little white poodle had been severely abused and needed rescuing.

The CAS volunteer who took the call was not familiar with the pueblo streets so she solicited the help of a member from the Torrox Animal Information League (TAIL) to undertake the rescue.

When the little dog was found it had been so badly beaten that its black nose had been dislodged from its face and it require urgent veterinary care. The pooch was in so much pain that the vet had to induce a coma for three days and remove damaged tissue.

After several weeks of intensive treatment the little poodle is now in recovery but still cannot go out in direct sunlight and must be fed from a shallow dish. TAIL is searching for a foster home willing to walk the dog only at night and to provide individualised care so that this little guy can start a normal life outside the vet’s surgery.

CAS and TAIL have started a joint fund drive to raise money to cover the extensive veterinary costs. Please contact Vera at 95 252 9670 or the TAIL office in Torrox to donate to the fund or if you could provide a foster home.  

Keifer - The Lost Boy

 

This little Lhasa Apso dog was found in the Pago Imaroga/La Noria area of the campo as he followed a couple home and into their garden even though their own dogs were telling him to go away. The dog is about one year old and in good shape despite being covered in brambles and tangles.

He is being called Keifer for lack of a better name and the Costa Animal Society (CAS) is hoping his owner will come forward. If you know of anyone who has lost this dog please contact Seacrest Kennels at 95 252 1426

In the meantime, if you could provide a foster or permanent home for Keifer, with the understanding that his owner may still come forward, please contact Seacrest. It would be best if Keifer went to a home in town away from undergrowth and bushes, and to someone who doesn’t mind brushing him daily!

Vacancies - CAS Fundraiser Urgently Needed

Unfortunately, due to personal circumstances, our fundraiser has had to bow out from his duties with CAS.

We would like to thank him for all his efforts and support and wish him good luck for the future.

As a result, CAS is now seeking someone to assist with our programme of fundraising. This is a voluntary and challenging position but essential to the future of CAS. It involves the organisation of established and new fundraising events throughout the year and building on existing relationships with local companies to obtain sponsorship.

Access to a computer is desirable and a basic understanding of Spanish, although not essential, would be an advantage. Access to transport is essential as are good communication skills and the ability to come up with fresh ideas to raise the funds needed.

We also need a Publicity Officer to work with the Fundraiser, help organise events, recruit and liaise with sponsors etc.  Qualifications similar to the above, but a retired PR person would be ideal.

If you can help please contact our President, Wendy, for an informal chat on 952 037 095 / 660 271 984 or get in touch via our Contact Us Page.

CAS News, June 2014

Joint Venture

Two local animal charities, the Costa Animal Society (CAS) and Axarquia Animal Rescue (AAR), put together their first joint effort on May 30th with a Supper And Song evening at Hostal Esperanza in Benejarafe. It was a fun night for the supporters who came out with a traditional Spanish meal and music by Andy Time. At the end of the evening both organisations managed to make a bit of dosh for their causes so keep your eye out for more cooperative affairs in the future.

Sponsored Horse Trek

The Andale Riding Centre, located in the Rio Seco area, organised a sponsored horse trek in aid of the Costa Animal Society (CAS) on June 1st through the hills of Torrox and Frigiliana on June. Despite a bit of wet weather the event was well attended and all of the entrance fees paid by the participants were donated to CAS resulting in a 300€ boost to their coffers. CAS offers its sincere thanks to Gill at Andale for organising this innovative fundraiser. She is planning additional sponsored treks this summer so if you are interested in seeing some of our best natural wonders on horseback call Andale at 633 171 250.

Quiz Nights

Due to sporting events and the summer tourist season, the Costa Animal Society (CAS) is postponing their popular quizzes until September. However, CAS would like to let our quiz venues know we value their support and will be contacting them soon to organise events for the rest of the year.

Swinging Sixties Ball

The Swinging Sixties Ball held by the Costa Animal Society (CAS) this past June 5th was smashing success with over 90 guests in attendance and more than 2,000€ raised. These much needed funds will go a long way to covering vet bills and kennel costs as well as buying animal food and supplies. Many of the partygoers put in the extra effort by donning smart 60s fashion making it a brilliant night out with dancing until midnight to the music of the Flying Dolphins. CAS appreciates all those who sponsored the dance and acknowledges that without them these larger events would not take place. We are all looking forward to the winter ball that will be held at the end of the year.

They Fought The Bull and The Bull Won

The San Isidro festival, one of the major bullfighting events in Madrid, had to be cancelled in May because all three bull fighters were gored, suffering significant injuries. Momentum has been building to put a stop to bullfighting as animal rights groups put pressure on politicians with the Canary Islands and Catalonia banning the sport in recent years. However, a backlash is being felt from traditionalists with the Rajoy government seeking to preserve bullfighting by granting it a cultural heritage status to protect it from future bans.

CAS Awarded Nerja Charity Of The Year

As an acknowledgement of 25 years of service in helping abandoned animals in our area, the Nerja Town Hall has designated the Costa Animal Society (CAS) as the 2014 Charity Of The Year. A ceremony marking the occasion was held during Residence Day in Plaza España where Jackie from the Foreigners Department honoured CAS with a plaque and a sincere thank you from the town council.

July 4th Hog Roast at Seacrest Kennels

Seacrest Kennels and Cattery is hosting its annual summer hog roast on July the 4th. This is always a good night of fun with plenty of good food and drink on hand. A delicious meal with salads, half a bottle of wine and dessert for 20€ per person is good value for money. The music will be provided by DJ Kaptain Krap so book with Kurt and Laura at 95 252 1426.

Coach Trips 2014

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) gladly recommends the following upcoming bus trips as a good way to explore our part of the world. These trips are organised and lead by Sean Brown and he can be contacted at 95 864 0948 or via e-mail at [email protected] for further information.

Please make sure to mention CAS when you book a trip because after expenses are met proceeds are given as a donation to the charity.

Thursday, November 27th – Pre-Christmas shopping trip to the La Cañada and Mirimar malls, including Marks & Spencer, Iceland, Primark, Etc. €15 per person.

 

Tuesday, December 9th – Christmas Shopping and sightseeing in Gibraltar. Departs Almuñecar 8am/Nerja 9am. €15 per person.

Monday, December 22nd to Friday December 26th – 4 nights in Jerez, half board in the fantastic Sherry Park Hotel plus visits to The Horse Show Cadiz & Seville and the Tio Pepe Bodega. Departs Salobreña 8:30am, Almuñecar 9:00am and Nerja 9:30am with a pick up towards Torrox Costa. €360 per person, single supplement €100.

Please register interest in these trips early with Sean Brown at the above e-mail or phone number. We need at least 30 people to book before June 30th in order to finalise these trips in advance.

World Cup Animal News

The Mirror reports that England fans visiting the Manaus area of the Amazon have been warned to be careful of alligators, piranhas, quicksand and vampire fish if they decide to cool off in the waterways near the fan fest site. The first 3 are self explanatory and scary enough but the vampire fish, despite being one of the smallest vertebrae on the planet, would make even the most diehard fan think twice because it is reported to swim up a stream of urine and lodges itself in the urethra, which would require a painful and delicate surgery to remove.

Vacancies - CAS Publicity Officer Urgently Needed

We also need a Publicity Officer to work with the Fundraiser, help organise events, recruit and liaise with sponsors etc.  Qualifications similar to the above, but a retired PR person would be ideal.

If you can help please contact our President, Wendy, for an informal chat on 952 037 095 / 660 271 984 or get in touch via our Contact Us Page.

CAS News, May 2014

Quiz Night on Torrox Costa

The next Costa Animal Society (CAS) quiz at Lew’s Fish And Chips on Calle El Faro is scheduled for Tuesday, June 10th at 7:30pm.  8 Euros per person includes a fish and chips or pie and chips meal.  Test your trivia knowledge with Quiz Hostess Laura.  Book with Laura and Kurt at 95 252 1426 or at Lew’s directly.

Charity Quiz at Punta Lara Bar

Punta Lara Bar is proud to host a quiz in aid of the Costa Animal Society (CAS) on May 16th at 8pm.  This event will be presented by Dave Jamieson and is a good night of fun for regular quizzers or for clever novices.  Food and drink is available at the bar.  The entrance fee of 3 Euros plus all the raffle proceeds go towards helping the animals.  Please book with Mark at 635 369 673.

Swinging Sixties Ball

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) is putting on a Swinging Sixties Ball on Thursday, June 5th at Hotel Rural Almazara starting a 7pm.  Enjoy a nostalgic, fun filled evening of iconic music played by the fabulous Flying Dolphins, whether you remember the 60s the first time around or not!  The dress code will be smart and sixties fashion is optional.  Only 35 Euros per person includes pre-dinner canapés, a full 3 course meal with wine as well as coffee and liqueur.  All food orders must be placed and all places paid by May 30th so please book early at the CAS office at 95 252 3607 or with Diana at 679 714 612.

CAS Awarded Nerja Charity Of The Year

As an acknowledgement of 25 years of service in helping abandoned animals in our area, the Nerja Town Hall has designated the Costa Animal Society (CAS) as the 2014 Charity Of The Year.  A ceremony marking the occasion was held during Residence Day in Plaza España where Jackie from the Foreigners Department honoured CAS with a plaque and a sincere thank you from the town council.

Dog Park In Almuñecar Gaining Support

A petition is being circulated to persuade the Almuñecar town hall to designate a park area where dogs will be allowed to run and play off lead.  Like similar dog parks in America, the UK, Madrid and now Fuengirola the park should be completely fenced to safely contain off lead activities and to protect the public in general.  Ideally, a local dog park would also include facilities for disposing of dog mess, mains water and electricity, as well as a separate area for small dogs.  In 2012 the largest dog park in Andalucia, named Guau Guau, was opened in Fuengirola.  This area encompasses 5,400 square metres for the dogs to enjoy and cost around 42,000 €.  Hopefully, Torrox and Nerja will take note and consider similar plans in the future.

Coach Trips 2014

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) gladly recommends the following upcoming bus trips as a good way to explore our part of the world.  These trips are organised and lead by Sean Brown and he can be contacted at 95 864 0948 or via e-mail at [email protected] for further information.

Please make sure to mention CAS when you book a trip because after expenses are met proceeds are given as a donation to the charity.

Thursday, November 27th – Pre-Christmas shopping trip to the La Cañada and Mirimar malls, including Marks & Spencer, Iceland, Primark, Etc.  €15 per person.

Tuesday, December 9th – Christmas Shopping and sightseeing in Gibraltar.  Departs Almuñecar 8am/Nerja 9am.  €15 per person.

Monday, December 22nd to Friday December 26th – 4 nights in Jerez, half board in the fantastic Sherry Park Hotel plus visits to The Horse Show Cadiz & Seville and the Tio Pepe Bodega.  Departs Salobreña 8:30am, Almuñecar 9:00am and Nerja 9:30am with a pick up towards Torrox Costa.  €360 per person, single supplement €100.

Please register interest in these trips early with Sean Brown at the above e-mail or phone number.  We need at least 30 people to book before June 30th in order to finalise these trips in advance.

CAS Receives Charity Of The Year Award in Nerja

CAS has been named Charity Of The Year 2014 by Nerja Town Hall.   We were presented with the award at Residents' Day on Sunday, 27th April, 2014.

CAS had a very successful day with three stalls; Tombola, Beer/Wine and Food.   Money raised on the day will go towards looking after the animals.

**Dog Obedience Classes - Nerja**


 Please see the post below from the lovely Dog Academy:

We have finally managed to find a secure and safe location for Obedience Training in Nerja. Commencing Saturday, 29th March and then every Saturday at 10am. 

The venue  is  'El Varadero', previously known as  The Boatyard Bar, Playa Playazo which is now open under exciting new ownership. 

The owners have kindly arranged for Coffee, Tea-Cakes, Scones and Muffins after the training session (not included in the fee).

Dogs will be made welcome in the front outside terrace of the bar. 

Looking forward to meeting you there.

Cost : 10€ per dog, per session. 

Please telephone 622 257 817 for details. 

Best regards,

Wendy 

 

Newsletter: Feb 2014

Quiz Night on Torrox Costa

Lew’s Fish And Chips on Calle El Faro will be putting on a quiz to help the Costa Animal Society (CAS) add to its coffers on Tuesday, March 11th at 7:30pm.

8 Euros per person includes a fish and chips or pie and chips meal. Test your trivia knowledge with Quiz Hostess Christine. Book with Christine at 644 645 877 or at Lew’s directly.

 

Charity Quiz at Punta Lara Bar

Punta Lara Bar is proud to host a quiz in aid of the Costa Animal Society (CAS) on Friday March 21st at 8pm. This event will be presented by quizmaster Dave Jamieson and is a good night of fun for regular quizzers or for clever novices. Food and drink is available at the bar. The entrance fee of 3 Euros plus all the raffle proceeds go towards helping the animals. Please book with Mark at 635 369 673.


Buffet Dinner and Live Music

Come and enjoy a buffet dinner and live music with the Costa Animal Society (CAS) at the Hotel Nerja Club on Thursday, March 27th at 7:30pm. Local band Gasoline will provide the entertainment with a small dance area and there will be a fun raffle to raise funds for CAS. 20 Euros per person for a full three course buffet dinner with a half bottle of wine. Please book with Diana at 679 714 612 or with the CAS Office at 95 252 3607.


Coach Trips 2014

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) gladly recommends the following upcoming bus trips as a good way to explore our part of the world. These trips are organised and lead by Sean Brown and he can be contacted at 95 864 0948 or via e-mail at [email protected] for further information.

Please make sure to mention CAS when you book a trip because after expenses are met all proceeds are given as a donation to the charity.

Thursday, March 20th – Day trip to Córdoba. A wonderful chance to visit the Mesquita, also known as the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba, a World Heritage Site.

Cost 20 Euros per person. Departs Almuñecar at 8:00am and Nerja at 8:30am.

 

Future Trips

Tuesday, December 9th – Christmas Shopping in Gibraltar

CHRISTMAS IN JEREZ, MONDAY 22 TO FRIDAY 26 DECEMBER 2014

MONDAY 22:

 To JEREZ from SALOBRENA (0830); ALMUNECAR (0900); NERJA (0930) and picks between Nerja and Torrox Costa.

TUESDAY 23:

 Royal Horse show at 1200

 Trip to CADIZ at 1430

WEDNESDAY 24:

 Day trip to SEVILLE

THURSDAY 25:

 At leisure in and around Jerez

FRIDAY 26:

 Morning visit to the TIO PEPE bodega, returning from there to home.

THE HOTEL

We are returning to THE ROYAL SHERRY PARK hotel; a firm favourite and superb meals. There is not a special Christmas day meal but the normal meal is as good as any other hotel’s GALA meal. We will be there for 4 nights on a half board basis.

THE TRIPS AND VISITS

 These are all included in the cost.

AVAILABILITY

 There are only 20 rooms reserved. A deposit of euro 50 per person is required. By the end of June this will be refunded if the number of travellers is less than 30 and the trip can’t take place.

HOW TO BOOK

 Contact Sean Brown by telephone 958 640 948, OR, preferably, by e-mail [email protected]

THE COST

 Euro 360 per person (the single supplement euro 100) 

Tuesday, December 23th to Saturday December 27th – Christmas In Benidorm

Please register interest in these trips early with Sean Brown at the above e-mail or phone number. We need at least 30 people to book before June 30th in order to finalise these trips in advance.

 

Animal Rights Laws

Due to the rising number of rescue calls the Costa Animal Society (CAS) has already received this year, CAS must emphasise that it is a criminal offence to abandon or abuse a dog or cat. In 2003 the Junta de Andalucía put into effect a set of basic animal rights laws which have gone a long way to improve the care of animals on the Costa but have not solved our problem of pets being left behind when their owners return to home. Here is a short list of what is covered by the 2003 animal rights laws so if you witness anyone grossly violating the law you may report him or her to the Seprona branch of the Guardia Civil. But remember, these laws follow common sense and certainly only the most serious offenders will face the toughest punishment.

Obligations - Owners of animals must care for their animals as indicated below:

  1. In good hygienic sanitary conditions with proper lodging

  2. Provide food, water, vaccinations and treatment for the health of the animal

  3. Microchip at 3 months of age

  4. Dogs should always be in the view of their owners in public areas

  5. Owners must dispose of excrement left by their animals in public places

Prohibitions Fines

  1. Maltreatment or physical abuse of animals 75 – 30,000 €

  2. Abandonment of an animal 2,000 – 30,000 €

  3. Keeping an animal tied up permanently 500 – 3,000 €

  4. Dog/Rooster fighting 2,000 – 30,000 €

  5. Leaving poison in public places 2,000 – 30,000 €


Preparing Your Pet for Return to the UK

In recent years the Pet Travel Scheme in Britain has been streamlined to make it quicker and easier to move back to the UK with your beloved dogs and cats. The six month quarantine has been replaced with a short 21 day waiting period, which can be done either in your own home or at a boarding kennels. If you cannot wait with your animal for the full 21 days please contact your local kennel or pet transport company for advice. The first step is to make sure your pet has a microchip implanted by your vet and that a Pet Passport is issued. Either on the same day or anytime after the microchip is done, your animal needs to be fully vaccinated against rabies and then wait 21 days before it can travel to the United Kingdom. Finally, canines must be wormed for more than 24 hours but no longer than five days before entering Britain and this must be documented in the Pet Passport by a vet. There is currently no worming requirement for felines. Once all of this is completed make sure to keep the rabies vaccinations up to date in the Pet Passport so that your doggie or moggie can travel back and forth to the UK whenever you wish.

2014 - A New Year's Resolution For Your Pet

A recent news story from America reports that as much as 25 percent of all dogs and cats in the States are considered to be obese according to a survey conducted by the Banfield Pet Hospital, a nationwide veterinary company with over 800 animal hospitals. Needless, to say the problem is probably just as prevalent in Britain and should be a concern for doggies and moggies in our part of the world as well.

According to the Banfield study most pet owners consider their pet’s weight to be within normal range but many of these are unaware that overweight animals are more prone to diseases such as diabetes, joint disorders and heart problems. Dogs and cats that are at a proper weight should have a defined waist and ribs that can be felt but not seen. If your pet does not fit this description you should consider a New Year’s health regimen that includes a balanced diet and more exercise. Feed your pet according to the guidelines on their food packaging and try to incorporate more fresh meat and vegetables into their diet. Cut down on the treats and add an extra walk or two into your dog’s routine and certainly your cat would enjoy more play time with its human caretaker.

Coach Trips: 2014

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) gladly recommends the following upcoming bus trips as a good way to explore our part of the world. These trips are organised and lead by Sean Brown and he can be contacted at 95 864 0948 or via e-mail at [email protected] for further information.

Please make sure to mention CAS when you book a trip because after expenses are met all proceeds are given as a donation to the charity.

Tuesday, January 14th – Shop til you drop at the after Christmas sales in Mijas, La Cañada and Fuengirola. Coffee in Mijas, lunch in La Cañada and tea in Fuengirola. Cost 15 Euros per person. Departs Almuñecar at 8:30am and Nerja at 9:00am.

Tuesday, February 18th – Farmers Market and Camares trip. A lovely day out at good farmers market followed by a visit to Camares with an excellent lunch, included. Cost 15 Euros per person. Departs Almuñecar at 10:30am and Nerja at 11:00am.

Thursday, March 20th – Day trip to Córdoba. A wonderful chance to visit the Mesquita, also known as the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba, a World Heritage Site.

Cost 20 Euros per person. Departs Almuñecar at 8:00am and Nerja at 8:30am.

Monday, March 24th to Friday, March 28th – Five day trip to Rural Portugal. For more details contact Sean Brown at the above phone number and e-mail address.

News Sheet - December 2012

Quiz Night on Torrox Costa

Lew’s Fish And Chips on Calle El Faro will be putting on a quiz to help the Costa Animal Society (CAS) add to its coffers on Tuesday, December 10th at 7:30pm.

8 Euros per person includes a fish and chips or pie and chips meal. Test your trivia knowledge with Quiz Hostess Laura. Book with Laura and Kurt at 95-252-1426 or at Lew’s directly.

 

Charity Quiz at Punta Lara Bar

Punta Lara Bar is proud to host a quiz in aid of the Costa Animal Society (CAS) on Friday, December 20th at 8pm. This event will be presented by quizmaster Dave Jamieson and is a must for regular quizzers or for those looking to give it a try. Food and drink is available at the bar. The entrance fee of 3 Euros plus all the raffle funds are spent on caring for the animals. Please book with Mark at 635 369 673.

 

CAS Quiz at the Boathouse Bar

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) would like to thank all those who regularly attend the charity quiz at the Boathouse Bar near Hotel Monica Riu in Nerja for their support throughout the year. A special thanks is also extended to Quizmaster Christine for her efforts in putting the event together each month. This month there will not be a quiz held at this venue because the normal date falls during Christmas week but CAS looks forward to seeing everyone there next year.

 

Coach Trips

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) gladly recommends the following upcoming bus trips to help you celebrate the Christmas Holidays this year.

Gibraltar – Thursday, 12th of December for a day of Christmas Shopping with a side trip to view the Malaga lights on the way home. Cost is 15 Euros per person. Departs from Almuñecar at 8:00am and from Nerja at 8:30am.

Christmas In Benidorm – Sunday, 22nd of December to Saturday, 28th of December. 4 star hotel with half board plus a Christmas Eve Dinner and Christmas Day Gala Lunch. A mountain day trip is included and the journeys to and from Benidorm will travel the scenic route via Granada and the Sierra Nevada. Cost is 420 Euros per person with a single supplement of 90 Euros.

Both trips are organised and lead by Sean Brown and he can be contacted at telephone number 95 864 0948 or e-mail at [email protected] for further information.


Goodnight Mr. Tom

After a long and successful day at the annual Costa Animal Society (CAS) Scruffs Dog Show, the CAS crew were left with one last participant whilst they cleaned up the site. Apparently, Tom had come to the dog show without his owner and had spent a fun day out with the dogs. When it was time to go home he stayed with the crew until the end, which raised the dilemma of what to do with a found dog, especially when he is wearing a nice new collar and appears to be in good nick. With the vet office closed on a Saturday evening it was impossible to check Tom’s microchip so it was decided to take the French Bull Dog to a local kennels until the vet surgery reopened. Come Monday morning there was good news as CAS learned the dog’s name was Tom and he did have a microchip registered to a Nerja resident but the phone number on record was incorrect. Therefore, a couple of volunteers took Tom to the address listed for the owner on the microchip website, which turned out to be just down the street from the Scruffs site, and reunited him with a very relieved Spanish lady who had been looking for her lost dog for two days. A happy ending all around but this story highlights two things - firstly, the importance of getting your pets micro-chipped and secondly, not all dogs running loose in Spain are lost.

 

Leishmaniasis

Leishmaniasis or Leish for short is a disease that is endemic amongst canines in our part of Spain with as many as 10% currently infected in certain areas. The disease is caused by a protozoan parasite that is spread by sand flies and manifests itself in two forms. The cutaneous form mainly affects the skin and fur of dogs while the visceral version attacks the internal organs. If left untreated a canine will become very ill, lose weight and probably die. The good news is that once treated and restored back to good health, an infected dog can live a full and active life by taking a daily dose of Allopurinol which costs only a few Euros per month.

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) always takes the view that prevention is better than treatment. Since Leish can only be transmitted by sand flies it stands to reason that dogs which live in the campo and spend a great deal of time outdoors are more prone to catch the disease. Owners of these canines should consult their vet about the recently developed vaccine against Leish. Another option is to make sure your dog wears a Scalibor collar, which have been specifically designed to repel mosquitoes and sand flies, and to change the collar every 4-6 months. Additionally, products such as Advantix also work against mosquitoes and sand flies but must be applied monthly.

CAS is looking for a permanent home for Coco who was found living rough in the campo and tested positive for Leish. He has been treated and is currently on Allopurinol and as you can see he is a healthy and happy dog. Coco is very friendly and sweet pooch who loves cuddles and would make a wonderful companion.

Puppies & Kittens

We are now seeking homes for puppies and kittens as well as more mature animals. See our Pet Finder for more details and photographs.