Animals (no longer) In Distress

Some of the dogs at AID

DOGS and cats on the Costa del Sol have been finding good homes since the early 2000’s thanks to the tireless work of animal lovers Joe and Jan Safont Ruiz from Animals in Distress (AID).

The Coin-based non-profit organisation houses around 300 animals per year and operates a charity shop in Alhaurin el Grande in order to try and meet the costs of housing and looking after abandoned animals.

In Malaga province alone, around 12,000 animals per year are abandoned by their owners, and AID does its best to help as many of those animals as possible. Founders of AID, Joe and Jan, have around 50 animals in their home at any given time as they look after the rescue dogs and cats, a testament to their dedication to helping abandoned animals in the region.

“Every animal that you adopt or foster is one less found dead on the road,” says Joe. “Sometimes situations can be resolved with just a little help. Our belief has always been the welfare of all animals and the care, safety and protection of them is our priority.”

With the help of a network of caring partners, most of the AID-rescued dogs and cats go to homes in Spain, the UK, Holland, Belgium and Germany. At their own cost, AID has in the past paid for health checks, passports, vaccinations and chips for abandoned animals so that they are fully legal and in good health before going to their new home. And although AID asks for an adoption fee, it never covers the true cost of caring for that animal.

In order to continue their tireless effort to give the Costa del Sol’s abandoned and sick animals a good home, AID needs shop volunteers, unwanted items for the shop, airline travel boxes for animals and financial help.

Visit to find out more about AID and how you can help.


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