Along the coast of the Costa del Sol and inland are a large number of charities run by Spanish people and by foreigners all dedicated to animal rescue and protecting the welfare of animals. One such charity is the Costa Animal Society (CAS) which focuses specifically on rescuing and re-homing abandoned and maltreated dogs and cats.
What CAS Does
CAS is based in Nerja on the eastern Costa del Sol and rescues and re-homes dogs and cats from the areas around Nerja, Frigiliana, Torrox and Cómpeta. This animal charity ensures that all rescued animals are returned to good health, are neutered, micro chipped and fully vaccinated before being re-homed. During last year, CAS found new homes for 501 dogs,194 kittens and 34 adult cats. 37 cats were spayed or neutered.
CAS also runs a free cat neutering service as well as a feeding programme for the feral cats in the Nerja area.
In addition CAS, through its website, offers advice on obtaining a pet passport and general animal welfare. Many people are surprised to learn that a large number of the dogs and cats rescued by CAS have been abandoned by Northern Europeans who have returned to their home countries leaving their beloved pets behind. One such case was Daisy the dog who was left behind, not once but twice, by British people returning to England. Fortunately Daisy’s new owners have obtained her pet passport so that she will be able to travel with them wherever they go.
How CAS Raises Money to Support Its Work
The weekly market stalls in Nerja, Trapiche and Cómpeta are the main source of regular income. Social occasions such as quiz evenings and dinner dances are good sources of income as well as being great fun. The annual dog shows, known as Scruffs, are firm fixtures on the Nerja and Cómpeta calendars. The CAS Committee also organises coach trips and in 2014 and 2015 these went to Morocco. Donations and bequests are essential, as is sponsorship by local businesses. CAS discount card was introduced involving local businesses.
Local Animal Homes and Fosterers
Three local kennels provide temporary accommodation and care for rescued animals at a reduced fee. However, CAS is always looking for volunteers who could offer a temporary foster home to a dog or cat.
Links With Animal Charities in The Netherlands and Germany
In recent years CAS, working with animal charities in The Netherlands and Germany, has homed hundreds of dogs and cats in those two countries. February 11th 2007 saw the first flight from Málaga to The Netherlands with three CAS dogs on board heading towards their new owners and loving homes. This was the outcome of a special project jointly funded by CAS in Spain and Hond zoek Huis (HzH), an animal welfare charity in Holland. People in The Netherlands looking for a pet use the HzH website to search for their ideal animal. Prospective adopters are interviewed, home visits are carried out, and the dog or cat is prepared for the journey to its new home. Adoptive owners greet their new pet at the airport, often with banners and balloons, and later on CAS receives updates and photographs of the happy animals in their new homes. These messages are, in turn, passed on to the people in Spain who rescued and fostered the animal.
How Volunteers Can Help
Volunteers are always needed to foster abandoned and rescued dogs and cats until they can be found a new home. This is an extremely rewarding experience. Volunteers also help with the organisation of fund-raising activities as well as running the weekly market stalls.
People are needed to drive dogs and cats to Málaga airport ready for their journey to their new home in The Netherlands or Germany. It is also hoped that passengers, travelling from Málaga airport to The Netherlands or to Germany with a scheduled airline, could volunteer to accompany a dog or cat onto the flight in Spain and off the flight at the other end. These kind travellers will get the chance to see the animals and their new owners meet for the first time! CAS provides information in Dutch and in German for those interested in helping with this scheme. The loan or donation of pet carrier boxes and donation of collars and leashes for use during transportation is always welcomed.
Volunteers are also needed to help with the Sunday Market, in helping to organise fundraising events and in the CAS shop in Nerja.
The Costa Animal Society (CAS) is one of many animal charities operating on the eastern Costa del Sol in Southern Spain. Its sole aim is to rescue and re-home abandoned and maltreated cats and dogs from the area around Nerja, whilst also providing useful advice on animal welfare. CAS raises funds through a range of activities and has valuable links with animal charities in Holland and in Germany. These links have resulted in many cats and dogs being found new homes in those two countries.