By Tara Rippin • 15 March 2020 • 15:58
BAILEY AND TURCO: Patiently waiting for a forever home. CREDIT: Benidorm Dog Homing Facebook
BENIDORM’S lockdown has had a direct impact on more than 100 dogs at the town’s shelter which rely on volunteers to get them out of their kennels.
Earlier today, Benidorm Dog Homing, which last week raised an incredible €18,000 to give these animals a second chance at life, announced the shelter is closed until further notice.
“All dogs are safe and fed, and kennels cleaned daily still by Tito and Andreas, the groundsmen,” said a spokesperson.
A loyal team of volunteers give their time Monday to Saturday to exercise the animals, some of which have been at the shelter for five years.
But the facility is now officially closed to all volunteers and members of the public, with the exception of five experienced walkers.
Euro Weekly News was told: “As of today (Sunday) we have been allowed to select five regular walkers who are not in the ‘at risk’ category, and must wear masks and gloves, but this could change tomorrow.
“Sadly, we were due to send five dogs to their new homes in the UK tomorrow (Monday), but we have had to postpone this. The dogs are currently in foster homes, which is great, but this has a knock on effect as it means we can’t place other dogs in those foster homes.”
Benidorm Dog Homing also pointed out that pet owners should be aware that if their pets have operations scheduled, they should still go ahead as animals are entitled to veterinary care under the new restrictions.
Meanwhile, dog walkers in La Cala on the Costa Blanca have reportedly been stopped by the Guardia Civil, and informed only one person can walk a dog at any one time, and they must keep their distance from other members of the public and their pets.
One resident told EWN: “A couple were walking their dog this morning (Sunday) and the Guardia Civil said one of them had to go home. Only one person is allowed to walk their dog or go to the supermarket or chemist to avoid social gatherings.”
You can find out more by visiting Benidorm Dog Homing Facebook page.
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.
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