The ACE/Shin English Blog

June 23, 2017

Dear colleague volunteers,

Unfortunately, as you have already heard, the SHIN day is not going ahead.
Therefore, I would like to invite you instead to the ACE day in the Netherlands.
We realize that this is for many of you a long way away but we wanted to remind you of this alternative opportunity to meet the Spanish team andto have a nice day with each other and your dogs.

It is a great time to meet your fellow Dutch volunteers.
The location is a large field belonging to a sports association that is fully enclosed.
The dogs are able to walk around and enjoy playing with each other.
There will also be some stalls and workshops.

For more information about the day, it's easiest to follow the events page on Facebook

If you do not have Facebook then you can email me and I will email you the program.
The entrance fee for this day is € 7.50 for adults and € 5.00 for children - dogs are of course free :-)
The address is Kalverlandseweg 2a 4024 BT Eck en Wiel.
To sign up, send an email to with how many people and dogs you are bringing.

We hope to welcome you all on this cozy day!

Heartfelt greetings,
The ACE team

June 18, 2017

Arrival this afternoon in Rotterdam

Hanne was a bit insecure, but was soon lovingly enclosed in the arms of his adopters! Romera was fine and went off happily! Luna too! Rieneke was almost cuddled to death ! and is going into fostercare. Hanne's adoptee brought a lot of food for the dogs in Spain.

Arrival at Schiphol June 18th

It took a while before Claudia, Kenzo, Paloma and Chiqui Bruno landed on Schiphol. The owners were very patient,  but at 3:20 the doors in the hall opened and there they were finally there.

Chico the Molecatcher!

foto van Katharina Noord.

For Chico (ACE Wesley) that was the tenth mole this season !!! Chico is simply phenomenal, the most social dog I have ever encountered. Everyone, man or dog loves him, even difficult dogs can handle him. In addition to moles he also hunts mice and rats - just a real terrier. A better dog you simply could not find.

foto van Katharina Noord.

Goods arrived from the Netherlands

Thank you very much for collecting all this stuff !!
We are so happy to receive it here in Spain?
Thank you very much Collé Transporten B.V for the free transport to Spain ... really amazing!

Update: our family saved from the puppy mill

Our 'puppy mill' family is doing a little better every day. 
Have a happy weekend everyone.

June 17, 2017

Lila - after over a year with us, she so needs her own forever home


She's been with us since January 2016. Along with her friend Pepper. Pepper has been adopted and we urgently want dear Lila to find her forever home. She is currently in fostercare in Belgium. To see her latest video, from February 2017, click here.  And for more information about this sweetheart, look here

This is the story of her rescue, along with Pepper, told by Melissa, the volunteer who saved them. 

"One day I got a call via Facebook. Some dogs had been dumped in Elviria and apparently they had already bee there for months. When I went to take a look, that first day, we searched for two hours but they were nowhere to be found. The next day I went back and then I had more luck. Two beautiful Podencos were walking on top of the mountain and apparently people already knew about them because food was being put out for them. One of the dogs approached me very quickly and after 10 minutes were they both even eating out of my hand ... but it was impossible to catch them or put a collar  them. In the end I spent three weeks trying to catch them. Little by little I began to give up hope. We requested the help of the police and the municipality but we got the door shut in our faces. And then there came that day ... 

We were able to use a trapcage and had put food in it. Both Podencos came to watch because they smelled the delicious food. One of the two approached the cage, only went in halfway, and suddenly the trap door closed. I did not know what happened ... and then I saw it, the white with reddish Podenco was trapped. Euphoria went through me and I was beginning to get my hopes up. I gave her the name, Lila, and arranged for her to be taken safely to the ACE Refugio. In the following days I really did everything possible to catch the other Podenco because now she was all alone and had a wound on her leg. I had not seen her for three days; I waited in Elviria from morning till evening, but she was nowhere to be found. I was so afraid that she had left out of terror. I had put food down and the next morning it was gone. It might as well have been taken by a cat but I decided to use the trapcage on that spot. I really didn't believe that she would go in, since she had seen that her friend, Lila, was caught in it. 

And yet ... that day at dusk there suddenly came limping up a little black Podenco, I couldnt believe it. She went straight to the cage and yes ... she was trapped. I called her Pepper because of her colour, and also because she had pepper in her ass, she was so fast.  Lila and Pepper are now together in the Refugio, it was such a beautiful reunion, very touching to see because they spent and experienced all their time on the run together. Most likely were they dumped by a hunter (Lilas eartips are cut off). Lila is doing very well with people, at first she was hesitant but she was willing to be caressed and to wear a collar ... she even even gives you licks. Pepper is having a more difficult time. At first she would crawl away if you wanted to caress her, but now has she made a major step forward. If you are standing by her cage, she wags her tail and also allows you to pet her. People don't have to worry about these dogs being wild, because both have a very sensitive heart ... and they can undoubtedly become perfect pets provided that are treated with patience and a lot of love ... "