The ACE/Shin English Blog

March 18, 2018

Oceano no. 10874 and now Ozzy, has been with us for 3 years

Ozzy recently had his third birthday. In the attachment you will find a picture with his thick winter coat. He is super! Active and social with everyone!

He is slightly overweight at the moment because he has had cortisone medication because of an autoimmune disorder in his nose (Pemfigus foliaceus).

Currently this is well under control and he is doing very well.
He is such a positive character and brings us good luck every day!

All the best and success with the beautiful work that you continue to accomplish!

PS: recently friends (who sometimes see Ozzy) have reserved your Rockie!
Also it is also going very weil with Tizon (now Willy). So soon Ozzy & Willy will play together with newcomer Rockie!


Ozzy & Kris

Macay and Mirto, left behind in the garden without anyone knowing!

From the Diary - March 18, 2018 12:43

Macay and Mirto, a brother and sister, lived in the garden of their home for over 10 days,  but their owner was nowhere to be found.  A lady that came by everyday, was aware of the dogs for a while and thought that they just happened to be in the garden at the times she passed by, so she didn't think anything of it. 

Everytime she passed the house, when she walked her own dog, they came jumping against the gate, and 
greeted her and her dog. After a while she noticed that one of them was sitting quietly in a corner so she rang the doorbell, no answer. She thought, they must be out for a bit and went home, thinking she would see the owner the next time

The next day however, both dogs were apathetic in their garden and didn't even look up anymore. Then, an alarm bell went of. The lady climbed over the gate and saw the proof that the dogs had been left alone there..
We immediately took both dogs away from there.. they were rushed into a clinic and received the necessary care. Both had below normal temperatures as a result of the bad weather, were dehydrated and weakened because they had had no food for days..

Both are now safe and doing fine, taken the circumstances into consideration. They are two sweet and good

Eliza is home!!!

And there she is!

Wonderful, wonderful news. Our darlings Sus and Chubeka have finally got their golden baskets.

The happy, excited dogs with Viktor at Malaga airport.

A final cuddle in Spain. With many, many more to come at home!

We're on our way!!!!

Come on! Let's go!

Our lovely Sus.

The sale of pets in shops has decreased while adoption is increasing in Spain!


According to a study by the Madrid Society of Veterinarians, the sales of dogs and cats in shops has decreased by 10% over the last ten years and the number of pets adopted has increased. Also the tradition of giving a pet as a gift dropped considerably between 2007 and 2017 which has direct consequences for the number of dogs and cats abandoned.

The Asociación Madrileña de Veterinarios de Animales de Compañía (AMVAC) presented its report this week, looking at the situation of veterinarians in Spain between 2007 and 2017. One of the most striking figures is that of the purchase of animals in shops and those of adoption. For example, the sales in shops decreased from 25% in 2007 to 15% in 2017, while the adoption from animal shelters rose from 4.9% in 2007 to 14.9% in 2017 Also the provision of animals between private individuals has increased from 9 , 8% to 15.4% and that of animals obtained by ads from 1.1% to 2.7%.

What is also striking is that the giving of a dog or cat as a gift fell significantly from 34.2% in 2007 to 25.2% in 2017. The main reason for purchasing or taking in a dog or cat is because the people love animals (48.4%) followed by wanting an animal as a companion to take away loneliness (18.7%) and the fact that the children wanted to have a dog or cat is also a motive for having a pet ( 9.6%). In 6.2% of cases, the adopted pet is abandoned or killed, while in 5.4% of these cases a pet was given as a gift.

22,400 veterinarians can be found in Spain, a number which is much too high according to the European norm, which this is linked to GDP. According to the EU, there should be 12,994 where there is a "surplus" of 9,409 veterinarians in Spain.

Source: Written by Remco Stoffer on behalf of

A Volunteer's story

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

My story

Almost 11 years ago we happened to be in contact with "Spanish Dogs in Need". We did not know at the time that there were organizations that were saving dogs abroad and then offering them for adoption here.

After a telephone appointment a lady came along with a questionnaire and after a nice conversation we signed our first adoption contract. Fetching Inca, then Fluffy, was a new but nice experience.

Jenny started to get more involved in the organization and became more interested and a year later we decided to adopt a second dog. Meanwhile, there was also our desire to visit the refugio, but because of her fear of flying,  Jenny kept putting it off. Because I gradually became involved in the whole story, we decided that I would leave for a visit to Mijas.

The whole experience and the conviction of several volunteers prompted me to do more and that's how I became a home visitor. After several appointments when I went along with experienced people, my first solo home visit on my own feet came in January 2012. Because it was still new, Jenny and I decided to do it together.

We visited a family where an older dog was already present and they were looking for a playmate for him. The choice fell on a pup from a litter of 4. The conversation was a little nervous but cool and everything was as desired as far as we were concerned. We took ourselves off to a corridor to call our chef, Nancy to report back.  The candidates were happy with the contract. The first visit was a success and we got the taste for more.

Soon a new opportunity followed and very quickly we had an appointment almost every week. Our own 'refugio' at home also grew and because of this I went more on my own. Every time it was exciting to see where or with whom you ended up. A home visit with a young couple who live together or a conversation with older people who have had a dog for years and are asking for a different approach. It is difficult to write a scenario in advance or to make a prediction about how the visit will end. Every visit is different, every situation is different. Very often you must also hear what is not spoken.

For me, after over 120 home visits, it is still not a routine, I always leave with a little healthy tension and keep eyes and ears open. Sometimes after a few minutes you feel that everything is right and another time it really takes time for you to be convinced. You must never lose sight of the fate of the dog. Many dogs have a hard time starting again here, so we must try to avoid it going wrong the first time. It has also happened to me that the adoption does not work out, even though I thought it was okay, but I try to draw lessons in those cases.

It still gives me a good feeling when I leave the adopters with a signed contract and the people bursting with happiness. The advice I always try to give to beginners who visit me is mainly to stay yourself and conduct the conversation in your own way. The standard questionnaire is a tool, not a document to read word by word.

Do a little research before you leave: read the story of the dog on the site (I print them and take them with me). If you are visiting a dog breed that you do not know anything about, find out if there is anything "special" to mention. People who choose a Galgo just because he looks beautiful often know too little about the breed itself. I also always look at Google maps where I go. Is there a park or forest nearby, a dog meadow or just possibilities for nice walks ...

After six years I still do it with full conviction and I still look forward to the emails from Nancy asking "could you do this home visit?"It is fun every time you see the adopters back with their pet on the SHIN-day or at another event and also knowing that they are also happy to see me again. The appreciation and fine stories still make it worthwhile for me.

Thanks Jan Van immerseel for your beautiful story and for all the work that you and your wife, Jenny, do for the dogs ... 👍
That it may inspire people to become volunteers

March 11, 2018

Friday: Peon, a little Dachshund with a medical problem - so he has to go!!!

He is barely 5 years old, a little Dachshund with a skin problem. He was already getting treatment and it was going well ... But even so, as a result, his ex-boss threw him out on the street. The little fellow had been walking around the industrial park for a long time, where he would get a piece of bread here and there or ate with the workers, ... Peon has an excellent and nice character, he is good with people and other dogs. When we picked it up, he jumped into the car without any effort and lay down, "finally someone who takes me away", ... His skin problem is now improving and is slowly getting better.