abandoned dogs

Abandoned Dogs, Mistreated Dogs Costa Del Sol Spain

Abandoned and Mistreated Dogs on the Costa Del Sol Spain

There’s a dark side to Andalucia and Murcia, which will never be mentioned in the tourist guides or holiday websites. If you’ve been to these areas before, you’ll have noticed the starving dogs lurking around restaurants, hoping to be thrown a bread crust; you’ll have side stepped the dog dirt on pavements or driven past dogs lying injured and ignored by the roadside.
It’s especially bad at certain time of year when the Spanish hunting season has finished for the winter, and the galgueros – Spanish hunters – abandon their galgos – hunting greyhounds – in their tens of thousands. The hunters abandon their dogs like a cigarette. They will buy new ones in September to hunt with next season.
Over the past 10 to 15 years, many Costa del Sol resorts have seen considerable regeneration with shopping centres, restaurants, hotels, family beaches etc. Malaga also suffers from an abandoned dogs problem.
The dogs roam around the restaurants, sometimes the staff throw them bread, or they will call the dog pound. Everywhere you walk there’s dog dirt. What impression does that give to tourists?

Tina Solera is an Englishwoman who is trying to do something about it. She and her Spanish husband, Jaime, have lived in Murcia with their two children for four years. In that time, Tina has gone from being a volunteer in a Spanish-run animal shelter to opening her own animal refuge – Galgos del Sol – specifically for galgos, in collaboration with, and on land belonging to another English couple, Gaynor and Les who moved to Spain from Warwickshire.
The abandoned dog problem in Spain is heartbreaking, hard to describe without getting upset,” she says. “We take them from motorways, snare traps and dog pounds – known here as killing stations – most have injuries and are terrified. Every day I see stray dogs. A good day is when I only see one.
If you would like to help a rescue centre then we recommend F A M A, Foundation for Abandoned and Mistreated Animals
We have personal experience of their work and devotion to abandoned dogs.


cat show

Supreme Cat Show at the NEC Birmingham November 2017

The Supreme Cat Show.
Organised every year by the world’s oldest cat registry, the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy, or GCCF, and takes place every November at the NEC Birmingham. Special awards of UK Champion and Supreme Champion can be earned at this show only. A cat wins each show’s “Best In Show” award.

Non-pedigree and pedigree pet cats.
Non-pedigree cats and pedigree pet cats are also permitted to enter the Supreme Cat Show. They can also compete for the same levels of title as the pedigree cats but these are for “Master Cat” titles as opposed to “Champion” and “Premier” ones. They then go on to compete to win the title of Supreme Non-Pedigree or Supreme Pedigree Pet Cat. Classes are also included for kittens, with both non pedigree and pedigree pet kittens competing for the title of Supreme Household Pet Kitten.

Show structure
Unlike other shows, the GCCF’s Supreme Show has no miscellaneous or club classes; it does, however, have classes other shows dont. There are four Adult Open classes for each championship status breed: Champion Male and Female classes for full Champions, the winners being eligible for Grand Challenge Certificates and Pre-Champion Male and Female classes for cats with one or two Certificates, competing for Challenge Certificates. The same applies to the neuter classes which are split into Premier and Pre-Premier classes for males and females.

Cats which are already Grand Champions do not compete in these classes but in special classes for Grand Champions, Imperial Grand Champions, UK Grand Champions and UK & Imperial Grand Champions only, the winner being eligible for a UK Grand Challenge Certificate. Grand Premiers, Imperial Grand Premiers, UK Grand Premiers and UK & Imperial Grand Premiers compete for a UK Grand Premier Certificate. In these classes several breeds may compete together. UK Grand Certificates are only awarded at the Supreme Show; two such Certificates from different judges give the cat the title of UK Grand Champion/Premier or UK & Imperial Grand Champion/Premier if it has additionally gained that title. There is no Reserve UK Grand Challenge/Premier Certificate.

Best of Breed winners at the Supreme Show do not get certificates but compete against the other BOB winners in their section for Best of Variety.

The seven Best of Variety Adults (Persian, Semi-Longhair, British, Foreign, Burmese, Oriental and Siamese) compete for Supreme Adult, the seven kittens for Supreme Kitten and the seven neuters for Supreme Neuter. The Supreme Adult and the Neuter can add the coveted word ‘Supreme’ to their title.

Finally, the Supreme Adult, Supreme Kitten and Supreme Neuter compete against each other for the honour of being judged Supreme Exhibit.

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Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick and his Pet Homing Plan on Live TV

Noel Fitzpatrick.  Anyone thinking of getting themselves a new pet might want to pick one live on TV.

Channel 4 is staging a five-day adoptathon to find homes for the record number of abandoned animals currently living in shelters.
Hosted by Supervet himself, Noel Fitzpatrick,and TV presenter Steve Jones, the live series hopes to find new owners for every dog, cat, rabbit and bird at the Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter.

With 250,000 pets left to the care of rescue centres every year, many other sites across the UK will also join in. And viewers looking to buy a puppy or kitten will be encouraged to go and adopt their pet instead.
Called Clear the Shelter, the live hour-long programmes will be spread across five weeknight August 11th.

Noel says: “Through raising awareness of the fun, love and hope that rehoming an animal can bring, I think we speak a language of joy and compassion, and that this is a fantastic message to put out into the world right now.”

The UK is home to more than 16 million dogs and cats but a huge number get abandoned, often through moving house. So now more than ever, the displaced pet population needs a helping hand – and the series aims to dismantle the stigma associated with rescue animals.

Throughout the shows, viewers will have access to experts to guide them through the adoption process. All applicants will be subject to the usual strict protocols to ensure the safety of the animal being adopted.
“Clear the Shelter aims to involve viewers in a national campaign.

“This is a live series that really hopes to make a difference.”

Host Steve adds: “I love animals, I love live TV and I love The Supervet. This is going to be a great show with a great purpose. Can’t wait.”

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Kittens Rescued from River by Fisherman – Video

Kitten Rescue.

When this fisherman went out on the water this weekend, he made an unexpected catch. Jason Frost and his friend Brandon were fishing on the Warrior River in Alabama when they spotted a small kitten racing to their boat. “At first we heard a splash…

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plastic waste

Plastic Waste Contaminating Tropical Island

Plastic Waste by the Tonne Contaminating Tropical Island Paradise

Henderson Island is part of the Pitcairn group, it is covered by a staggering 18 tonnes of plastic – the highest density of anthropogenic debris recorded anywhere in the world.

One of the world’s most remote places, an uninhabited coral atoll, is also one of its most polluted.

Henderson Island, a tiny place in the eastern South Pacific, has been found by marine scientists to have the highest density of anthropogenic debris recorded anywhere in the world, with 99.8% of the pollution consisting of this synthetic material.

There is nearly 18 tonnes of it piling up on an island that is otherwise mostly untouched by humans have been pointed to as evidence of the catastrophic extent of marine plastic pollution.

Almost 38 million pieces of plastic were estimated to be on the island by researchers from the University of Tasmania and the UK’s Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, totalling 17.6 tonnes.

The majority of the debris – about 68% – was not even visible, with up to 4,500 items per square metre buried to a depth of about 10cm. About 13,000 new items are washed up daily.
This plastic is old, brittle, sharp, and toxic. It is a bad site seeing the crabs scuttling about, living in our waste.
Across the board, no country is innocent on this – with bottles from Germany, containers from Canada, a fishing crate from New Zealand. What that says is we all have a responsibility in this, and we have to sit up and pay attention to that.

At the world oceans summit in early March, Indonesia agreed to put up to $1 billion a year towards reducing plastic and other waste products polluting its seas, setting a goal of a 70% reduction in marine waste within eight years.