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Costa Animal Society

Helping animals since 1986

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CAS News, February 2020

COSTA ANIMAL SOCIETY

Press Update

No 145: Issued 16 January 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION

Your help in publicising the work is greatly appreciated.

Further information for Editors is available from CAS’s

Scott Huston 603 416 632 or Secretary Diana Carter 679 714 612


Vera Retires as President

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) committee would like to express its gratitude to Vera for more than 20 years of service helping animals in need. Vera started as a volunteer for CAS in 1999 and during her tenure she has been invaluable in caring for rescued dogs and cats and planning and executing fund raising events. She has served on the committee since joining the CAS ranks and has held the key roles of Vice-President and President for much of the last decade.

Her contribution and dedication to CAS has been immeasurable and she will continue to help the society in an advisory role until a new President can be elected. Vera has been instrumental in shaping CAS into the charitable organisation it is today and has set a high standard we will endeavour to continue in our effort help abused and abandoned animals in our area.


Pine Processionary Caterpillars and Pests

It is that time of year again and The Costa Animal Society (CAS) would like to inform you that with the mild winter we are enjoying we can expect an early visit from the annual Pine Processionary Caterpillars as well as other pests.

Pine Processionary Caterpillars usually start their annual march from their pine nest into underground burrows in late winter to early spring in this part of the world. They get their name because they undertake this 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 had the misfortune 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 consider replacing anti-parasite collars if they have been on your dog for any length of time.

Available For Adoption!

Evie and Geogio have both been placed in different foster homes in Nerja where they will gain the necessary skills to live in a house setting. They are both living with couples who take them for regular walks on a lead where they interact with others in town and learn to do their business outside.

Evie is a lovely one year-old female, Alsatian cross, who was rescued from the streets of Nerja as a young pup and lived in kennels for six months before she was moved to a foster home. She is a big dog but has a lovely disposition and gets along well with other dogs and cats.

Georgio is a three to four year-old male who lived most of his life in a rescue shelter in Mijas before CAS took him on and he has been with his foster couple for about a month. He is a Podenco Maneto with short legs and weighs about ten kilos and is generally in good health except that he is positive for Leishmaniasis which only requires two pills per day at a cost of about three Euros per month.

Georgio has an outgoing personality and loves nothing more than to sit in a café or on your lap. Even though both dogs are in foster care, they still need to find their forever homes to free up places for other dogs that would benefit from living in a home.

Brandi is one such dog who was rescued by a Danish couple who were here on holiday. She is a shy dog, a bit timid, but the couple slowly gained her confidence and took care of her for several weeks. Brandi is a one to two year-old small Podenco female who weighs about ten kilos and is in good health apart from having flat front feet.

The vet has examined her and says this does not cause her any pain and may be corrected with a special diet as she was probably malnourished as a pup. Whilst in kennels Brandi has come out of her shell and proven to have a really sweet disposition and funny personality.

If you would like to meet one of the animals under CAS’s care and are looking to adopt or are willing to foster a pet please contact Kurt and Laura at 95 252 1426 or Fiona through the CAS website www.casnerja.webs.com, or Facebook page \casnerja.

Punta Lara CAS Quiz

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) in partnership with Mark and the staff at the Punta Lara Bar is pleased to announce the next CAS quiz will be held on Friday, 21 February at 7.30pm. Come and join in the fun as the regular quiz teams test their wits against one another in a trial of trivia knowledge. Food and drinks are available at the bar and advanced booking is recommended by calling Mark at 635 369 673.

CAS Cat News
Each month the Costa Animal Society (CAS) allocates €500 to help the homeless kitten and cat population in Nerja, Maro and the surrounding countryside.  Unfortunately in the process of rescuing our feline friends and providing for the stable cat colonies that we are aware of those funds are quickly exhausted.

Examples of costs incurred include: food, blood tests, neutering, vaccinations, treatment for worms, fleas and ticks, microchipping and providing the cats with passports for rehoming abroad.  If foster homes cannot be found, kenneling costs can quickly escalate.   Thus, the adding machine tape runs on and on.

Life on the streets for a homeless cat is one of constant danger and a tireless quest for food and shelter.  If you would like to be part of our team helping to shepherd these lovely animals from the mean streets to loving, forever homes please contact Fiona via [email protected]. You can also make a financial contribution earmarked for the cat account.  Meow!

CAS Shop News

If you haven’t visited the the Costa Animal Society (CAS) charity shop before, I can assure you you’ve missed out on a great many bargains. It’s worth a weekly visit as new stock is continually being added.

From ladies’ and men’s clothing and accessories to linen, books, DVDs, bric-á-brac, electrics, decorative works, etc., there is a fantastic selection of merchandise to peruse, all priced to move.  The shop's large inventory is clean and well-presented with a friendly staff of volunteers on hand to help. 

The CAS shop welcomes all donations of ladies’ and men’s clothing and accessories.  Please help us to restock our shelves.  Of course all shop proceeds go directly to helping our animal friends in need, primarily to vet bills and kenneling costs.

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) Shop is located next door to the Good Stuff Café in Nerja at No. 2 Calle Castilla Perez. Our opening hours are Monday to Saturday from 10.00am until 2.00pm.

CAS is always eager to hear from people who are interested in becoming shop volunteers. One four hour shift once a week makes a big difference. There are always two volunteers per shift making for a safe, relaxed, congenial environment. For more information please stop by the shop and ask to speak with our shop manager May Delaney.

Can You Help CAS?

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) is always in need of more volunteer helpers in a number of areas so if you have spare time to fill, please make contact! In particular, we are currently seeking someone or ones who can help with fundraising and social media promotion.

In addition, fosterers are always required to take short-term care of animals until a permanent home can be found. CAS will provide fosterers with all they need: food, medicine, bedding, leads, etc., as well as advice at any time. Even if you are only here for few months a year, CAS would appreciate your help.

For general enquires and a no-obligation chat, feel free to contact Kurt or Laura at 95 252 1426.

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


Bank : Cajamar 

Account Name : Costa Animal Society 

Account Number : 3058 0728 03 2720100283

BIC-Swift Code : CCRIES2A


*PayPal donations are also accepted through our website www.casnerja.webs.com, under the “Donate” tab.

CAS News, January 2020

COSTA ANIMAL SOCIETY

Press Update

No 144: Issued 14 December 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION

Your help in publicising the work is greatly appreciated.

Further information for Editors is available from CAS’s

Scott Huston 603 416 632 or Secretary Diana Carter 679 714 612



Happy New Year!

2020, imagine that. Another decade begins and the Costa Animal Society (CAS) will soldier on doing the best we can to help the homeless, abandoned and/or abused animals in Nerja and its near environs.

Despite a sense of always feeling overwhelmed, progress on the issue of animal rights and welfare has been made in recent years in Spain. Not from the politicians of course (aside from an exemplary few) but primarily from the under-40 Spaniards who appear to have a sense of justice, conscientiousness and compassion, certainly surpassing that of previous generations.

The Costa Animal Society would encourage you to visit the website of the Partido Animalista PACMA (https://pacma.es), the Spanish political party that “works for animal rights, environmental protection and social justice”. Unfortunately, the website is only in Spanish but you can always Google translate.

They are at the forefront of the issue of animal rights in Spain and are growing quickly. The only way the issue of animal abuse is going to be solved is if the laws on the books are enforced and new laws enacted and that is what PACMA is all about.

Happy Tales!

Portia was adopted from the Costa Animal Society (CAS) towards the end of 2008 by a nice retired lady and lived a wonderful life in a home for over ten years. Unfortunately, her owner passed away early last year and her family could not take Portia so she was returned to the care of CAS and placed in kennels.

At first, Portia spent much of her time in her bed and considering her advanced age and the sudden change in her surroundings late in life it was thought she might be depressed. CAS arranged a foster home for Portia in the hopes her spirits would rise but her lethargy continued and she began losing her fur.

She was taken to the vet for blood tests and it was discovered she suffered from a thyroid condition. After about six months the foster family decided to keep Portia permanently and now that she is being treated with the correct medicine she has a new lease on life.

Available for adoption!

Marilyn is a small to medium-sized female, Alsatian type dog who is about two years old and has lived in kennels most of her life. She was rescued from the campo between Torrox and Cómpeta as a young pup and was placed in kennels because there was no foster home available.

She has a shy personality but once she gets to know a person she is quite affectionate and gets along well with other dogs and is okay with cats. Marilyn is spayed, vaccinated and in good health and just needs a chance to show her loving side.

Hector is a young medium-sized male dog who is very playful and friendly. He gets along well with other dogs and loves people but would have to be tried with a cat for compatibility. Hector is castrated and about two years old and is waiting in kennels for his forever home.

If you would like to meet one of the animals under CAS’s care and are looking to adopt or are willing to foster a pet please contact Kurt and Laura at 95 252 1426 or Fiona through the CAS website www.casnerja.webs.com, or Facebook page \casnerja.

Colin and Marjorie

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) would also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Marjorie and Colin for all of their years of service as both volunteers and committee members. The couple began helping CAS in 2002 and for more than 17 years they have raised funds at the Almuñecar Car Boot Sale, the Trapiche Market and have lent a helping set of hands at numerous Scruffs Dog Shows, Balls and various other events.

Not to mention the numerous dogs and cats they have fostered and taken in over the years. We will miss your input and commitment in helping the animals and we hope you enjoy your well deserved retirement.

Punta Lara CAS Quiz

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) would like to give a big thanks to Mark and the staff at the Punta Lara Bar, as well as to all the participants in CAS quiz held there each month, for providing a fun atmosphere for the event. Most of the €230 (on average) raised each month goes towards feeding the street cats in our area.

The next quiz will be held on 24th January at 7.30pm. Come on up to the Punta Lara Bar for a good evening of trivia. Food and drinks are available at the bar and advanced booking is recommended by calling Mark at 635 369 673.


The Costa Animal Society (CAS) Cat Report: A Personal History

When fostering the Hell Cat

There ensued quite a bloodbath

He was not to blame

But all the same

`Twas impossible to defend his attack


Like any Catholic family with seven siblings, and here I speak from experience, the firstborn son will become a priest, one the the daughters will become a nun, four others will hopefully go about the world peaceably enough and one will assuredly be an outlaw. Well, it’s the same with fostering a litter of kittens.

I won’t lie to you, it was not always easy. Though they all learned to use the litter boxes, arriving home from work, the air in my home office which had now become the Kitten Room was so acrid that I occasionally teared up. And believe me I was raised that a man never cries. But even my deceased, cold-hearted father would I believe have made an exception.

In the end though it was an extremely positive experience. Three of the kittens were homed to families from Germany, Poland and England (all of them living in Spain) and in the end we kept two for ourselves including the Hell Cat who I can’t resist as he reminds me so much of my father and myself. Ho, ho.

Life on the streets for a homeless cat is one of constant danger and a tireless quest for food and shelter.  If you would like to be part of our team helping to shepherd these lovely animals from the mean streets to loving, forever homes please contact Fiona via [email protected]

CAS Shop News

If you haven’t visited the the Costa Animal Society (CAS) charity shop before, I can assure you you’ve missed out on a great many bargains. It’s worth a weekly visit as new stock is continually being added.

From ladies’ and men’s clothing and accessories to linen, books, DVDs, bric-á-brac, electrics, decorative works, etc., there is a fantastic selection of merchandise to peruse, all priced to move.  The shop's large inventory is clean and well-presented with a friendly staff of volunteers on hand to help. 

The CAS shop welcomes all donations of ladies’ and men’s clothing and accessories.  Please help us to restock our shelves.  Of course all shop proceeds go directly to helping our animal friends in need, primarily to vet bills and kenneling costs.

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) Shop is located next door to the Good Stuff Café in Nerja at No. 2 Calle Castilla Perez. Our opening hours are Monday to Saturday from 10.00am until 2.00pm.

CAS is always eager to hear from people who are interested in becoming shop volunteers. One four hour shift once a week makes a big difference. There are always two volunteers per shift making for a safe, relaxed, congenial environment. For more information please stop by the shop and ask to speak with our shop manager May Delaney.

Can you help CAS?

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) is always in need of more volunteer helpers in a number of areas so if you have spare time to fill, please make contact! In particular, we are currently seeking someone or ones who can help with fundraising and social media promotion.

In addition, fosterers are always required to take short-term care of animals until a permanent home can be found. CAS will provide fosterers with all they need: food, medicine, bedding, leads, etc., as well as advice at any time. Even if you are only here for few months a year, CAS would appreciate your help.

For general enquires and a no-obligation chat, feel free to contact Kurt or Laura at 95 252 1426.

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


Bank : Cajamar 

Account Name : Costa Animal Society 

Account Number : 3058 0728 03 2720100283

BIC-Swift Code : CCRIES2A


*PayPal donations are also accepted through our website www.casnerja.webs.com, under the “Donate” tab.