Asociación por los Derechos de Animales Abandonados
Association for the Rights of Abandoned Animals
CIF: G29463635


How to avoid losing your dog

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.


Meet our new Volunteer Co-ordinator: Amanda Buss

Amanda Buss
Amanda will follow Johnny in this role (with his blessing) and although she will maintain regular contact with the Board, she would rather not, at this time, be a Board Member.

"Why me? Well, I spend loads of time online and at the shelter so I thought why not combine the two and set up a system where we get to know each other and find out what role we can all play.

"Why volunteers? I've lived and worked as a teacher in Estepona for 7 years and prior to moving to Spain I worked with young offenders. I've had plenty of experience working with volunteers and understand how valuable they are.


Learning about Leishmaniasis

At ADANA we have several dogs who have tested positive for Leishmaniasis and we may well have many more who are, at present asymptomatic. Hopefully reading this article will help you to understand why. As it is our aim to find homes for ALL our dogs we need prospective adopters to understand this disease and consider giving homes to some of our most needy residents. Without a doubt, Leish positive dogs will stand a better chance of recovery receiving treatment in a stable home environment rather than up at the shelter.

The chances of a dog catching Leishmaniasis in Spain is extremely high, figures suggest 30-35%, however in reality it is much higher as there are many stray and abandoned dogs with the disease.


Fit Fur Life!

We could have an entire newsletter just thanking all our supporters, members, pen and dog sponsors, 100 club participants, donators. All our volunteers who give their time, cleaning, organising, driving, phoning, collecting, fundraising etc. They all do these things quietly and regularly without asking for thanks or recognition. Indeed it would be nigh on impossible to name absolutely everybody involved in keeping ADANA running.


The ADANA Coffee Morning, standing the test of time

The Coffee Morning has been running on the last Friday of each month (except Christmas week) since January 2008. Despite Hermione and Sonia retiring from the Bookshop, they are the driving force behind this long standing event, and can still be found every month at the usual place, New Longmans in Plaza Manilva Estepona.

The Coffee Morning generates an annual income in the region of 2500€ and so it's importance in the ADANA events calendar cannot be under estimated and yet I fear that it gets over looked. Possibly because it is well established, or maybe because it is so well organised, we rarely mention it's success.


Introducing our Maintenance Man

Reg Winkworth
"Dear Adana Members and supporters,

"My name is Reg Winkworth and I am probably one of Adanas latest voluntary recruits. I like many others, have helped Adana in the past, by donating, adopting and attending functions and helping them only from the outskirts. Now I am truly in the midst of it all.

"A good friend of mine (Christine Johnson) asked if I would be willing to do some repairs which were desperately needed at the Shelter, as they needed volunteers with technical knowledge.

"I turned up not only to find 150 dogs, but a group of volunteers who work with generous hearts and massive kindness and all this in a building with a multitude of problems. I have been an electrical engineer for over 45 years, and have experience in all sorts of services including plumbing, solar systems and structural works, so I fitted the bill for the maintenance perfectly.


A Visit to Calpe College

You may remember that over the last couple of years we have visited Calpe school to educate the children on various subjects including basic pet care and how to approach a dog. They in turn have been very generous in their support of us, not only raising in excess of 600€, (at time of going to press!) but also by collecting plastic for recycling and donating clothing and towels for the shop and shelter. Recently they have completed some worksheets on how to look after your dog, a selection of these can be seen below, viewed on our Facebook page and will be displayed in the office up at the shelter. Every month they also make the draw for our 100 club.


Nobody Wants Me Programme

Gusty - 6 years in ADANA
a real 'Nobody Wants Me' dog
To give our dogs the best chance of adoption we work very closely with several other organisations. Some are in other countries, some specialise in homing certain types of dogs and others in finding forever families for dogs who, for a variety of reasons, are proving difficult to re home.

One such organisation is the amazing 'Nobody Wants Me' Programme. Since it's inception in 2013 they have worked tirelessly to help some of our long term residents. Jennifer Willis explains more:


Lights Camera Action

We are always looking for different ideas to raise money for the shelter but we weren't prepared for what landed in the adoption inbox of our Shelter Manager last September. Helen gets many emails on many subjects but one that really caught her imagination was regarding supplying some shelter dogs for the filming of a TV advertisement.