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Los Infiernos Perrera Is Inundated With Over Fifty Pups In A Week!

Cruz Azul Murcia has stepped in to help local charity, Caminando con Ellos (CCE) at Los Infiernos Perrera, who have been inundated with abandoned pups.

“We received a desperate plea for help from the charity.” said Cruz Azul President, Lyn Baines. “The Cruz Azul volunteers all voted to ring-fence some of our donations to help local rescue charities, who work so hard to deal with the problem of abandoned animals and we were able to make a donation to CCE to help with vet fees.”

Although Cruz Azul exists to help pet owners on low incomes with vet fees for their pets, they are also active in helping urbanisations to manage cat colonies, as well as campaigning for no-kill policies in local perreras and encouraging people to have their pets neutered to reduce the abandonment problem in the Murcia region.

Seven of the pups were left in a box, by a bin, in Torre Pacheco, where they were blindly running about, but they are now safely in the care of CCE and Los Infiernos Perrera Supporters (LIPS). In the past week, Los Infiernos Perrera has also taken in 8 Galgo puppies with a mum and another mum who came in with one pup. As if that wasn’t enough to cope with, a mum with 10 pups of her own and a further ten pups arrived the next day, so CCE and LIPS now have in excess of 50 pups to take care of and find homes for!

Some of the pups have had their first vaccination and are looking for loving homes. The biggest problem is that if they don’t get homes when they are little and fluffy, they become adult dogs that stay in Los Infiernos for years.

“We have more than 200 dogs to take care of at the perrera and it costs a lot to do that. We have very few volunteers, but we do our best to make sure that they are socialised and walked each week” said a spokeswoman for LIPS. “It’s a constant battle, with people even putting pups in a bag and throwing them over the wall of the perrera, so we desperately need funds to cover food and vet fees.”

If you can help by giving LIPS a donation or if you want to volunteer or can adopt a dog, please contact losinfiernosdogs@hotmail.com

Photographer: Los Infiernos Volunteers

Cat Colony Control Is a Great Success In Sucina

Cruz Azul Murcia advocates Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR) campaigns as the humane way to control cat colonies in the Murcia region, providing information, equipment and support to local communities and urbanisations.

Denise Standen and Patricia Giller bear testimony to the success of TNR in Sucina. They started in 2015, when their first two kittens turned up. They had no idea where they had come from, but could do nothing more than feed them. Within a few months, they had produced three kittens each and so they sought help from Cruz Azul, who lent them special traps and explained the process. They managed to catch the two mums, who were neutered and returned to the colony; they followed suit with the kittens when they were old enough

Others cats arrived and joined the group, but with the help and support of neighbours and Cruz Azul, all of the cats were neutered. They now have eleven cats on the urbanisation, who are living happily and in good health.

“We couldn’t have achieved the success without the full support of our neighbours and the continuing help from Cruz Azul” said Denise “and we will continue to look after our little friends.”

Trap-Neuter-Return improves the lives of feral cats, improves their relationships with the people who live near them and decreases the size of colonies over time. Cats are humanely trapped and are neutered and vaccinated. After recovery, the cats are returned to their home colony. Kittens and cats who are friendly and socialize with people may be adopted into homes.

The killing of outdoor cats that some animal control agencies have been pursuing for decades, is never-ending and futile. Many are killed in pounds and shelters. TNR provides a life-saving, effective solution for these beautiful, independent cats.

If you would like to find out more about TNR, please contact Cruz Azul Murcia at info@cruzazulmurcia.com or visit www.cruzazulmurcia.com

Cruz Azul Murcia is a registered charity (No. 11.720/1a) and exists to provide veterinary care for the sick and injured pets of people in need and to promote responsible pet ownership. If you or someone you know needs help, or you would like to volunteer or donate, please call 693 017 616 or visit their website.

Photographer: Denise Standen