Asociación por los Derechos de Animales Abandonados
Association for the Rights of Abandoned Animals
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Information and Advice on Dogs

Risk of losing your new dog is high at time of adoption!

I think everyone will agree that most dogs like to run free. However every time your dog escapes there is the possibility of a tragic ending.

A dog that has lived in a shelter for a long time will welcome the opportunity to run free. He/she has not settled into their new life yet and everything is strange and exciting. Some dogs will never have lived in a family environment and this can be very daunting for them.

Outside influences e.g. people, a cat, another dog, a motorbike, children etc will seem very interesting when they have been stuck in a shelter all their lives and they will naturally want to investigate and look for a way to do so.

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Adoption Advice- Settling in

A message from expert dog trainer and ADANA member Viv Eales

Bringing home a rescue dog is an exciting time, but in the midst of everything don't forget what the transition is like for the new addition. Some dogs adjust to their new home very quickly while others might take longer to settle, so while you are coping with the changes that the new dog in your life will bring, your dog is doing the same.

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Strays and abandoned dogs

If you see a dog that looks like it is a stray or has been abandoned:

1. Check if it belongs to any of your neighbours or if they are dog sitting for a friend. Assume, no matter how the dog behaves or what it looks like, that this dog is owned and loved by someone who wants the dog back.
2. Check to see if the dog is wearing any form of identification that will enable you to return him directly to its owner.
3. Be cautious in approaching a stray: most dogs are harmless, however you must be aware that without regular food coupled with the stress of being stray, scared or injured, dogs may be unpredictable. If you decide the dog is abandoned, you can offer food and water. If you decide to catch a dog, you do this entirely at your own risk.
4. Check to see if the stray is a female who may be nursing puppies. Telltale signs of this are enlarged nipples. If you think the dog is nursing puppies, please do not remove her - her puppies need her. You can feed her and try to locate her puppies to see if they are safe.
5. Take a look in the lost pages of animal charities websites and the free papers.
6. If you are successful in catching the dog please take it to the nearest vets to check if it is microchipped. Many dogs who appear to be strays have owners and this can make their safe return home quicker.
7. If the dog is not microchipped please call the ADANA kennels on 952-113-467 to arrange the delivery. Our opening hours are 10:00-1:30, 7 days a week. Please note that we DO NOT collect dogs. We do not have the resources to do so.

We can only accept dogs found in our area (Estepona, Casares and Manilva). We are overcrowded as it is. We will always help you locate a shelter near you.

We provide facilities for the shelter and care of abandoned, sick and injured animals whilst seeking new homes for them. All our dogs are seen by our vet within a few days of entry. ADANA never puts down a healthy animal.

General advice on dogs

The concept of dogs being pack animals has some what changed  over the years, and although they enjoy very much being a part of a human 'family', the idea of Alpha ranking and using the term 'leader of the pack' is very much an outdated idea. Naturally, like with children, dogs need guidelines and education, and will look to you to show them what you require from them. Whether you take a dog from a shelter or a breeder, the earlier you can put these guidelines in place, the easier it becomes for you and your dog to enjoy a happy and harmonious relationship!

If you take a puppy from a shelter (or elsewhere of course!) they can be considerably easier to work with than an older dog, as they have had little chance of learning 'unacceptable' behaviour, so gently helping them to learn about their new life, the sounds and sights and smells they will encounter in everyday life should start from the moment you bring the puppy home. Early socialisation is imperative, once the necessary inoculations have been done, as learning about other dogs (and all other types of animals, including other humans too!) is essential to them becoming a happy and enjoyable member of the family.

When considering an older dog, which for some people is a better option than a young puppy, and all that it involves bringing it up, you need to know what you are looking for before going to a shelter! Everyone's circumstances are different, and each dog looking for a home will have different requirements, so be guided by those that know the dogs best.

Never be afraid to ask questions, take the dog out for a walk, bring family members to meet the dog, or even your other dog, if you are thinking of taking a 2nd one. All the shelters want to place their dogs in the right homes, but please remember that the decision you make is for the rest of that dog's life, so be sure you know that you are able to give it what it needs! If you have always had Rotties, or German Shepherds, but that was 15 years or so ago, and you are now in your mid late 60s, it may not be the wisest choice to look for the same breed! We are older and less capable of handling some of the bigger dogs, but again, be guided by those that know they dogs well!

Whether an older dog, or puppy, finding the right place in your family is crucial, so helping it to know what you want starts from day 1. If you want it to sleep on your bed as a puppy, remember what it might grow up to be, there may not be enough room for all of you!!

Dogs, like children will thrive on praise, and training, in whatever capacity, (either at a school or just for yourself) tightens the bond between you. Not all of the dogs that are at the shelter have problems, most will quickly adapt and adjust to the love and affection received with their new families. However, some may have had bad experiences before, so patience, understanding and time are all that they ask for. Lots of praise, accompanied by something the dog really loves (like treats or a toy) quickly makes them understand that now this is can all be fun! A dog that only does something because he is fearful of the consequences can be turned around, but understanding where the problem is and why it is happening is far more important and needs to be addressed sympathetically and logically and in return you will get a lifelong companion, willing to share your home and the pleasures which you can enjoy together.