It's doubtful any of the animal lovers who came to Spain had a clue how it would be with the daily cruelty and abandonment of dogs, cats and other animals - but worst of all there is often such helplessness in dealing with it. There is nowhere for rescues to go, foster homes are full and so many people are taking in these animals; we risk our homes, livelihoods, and give up normal everyday life because we are taking care of so many animals. The same for the many Spanish resc...uers, who are used to it and battling on.
We spend all of our time trying to find adoptions, travel funds and before one animal is out the door another is in. There is no help from the authorities, no official body like the RSPCA and the police and authorities are not very wised up on the laws. We are seeing some minor changes and hopefully bigger ones coming along, which was evident at our PAES conference.
One of the projects Actin plans to launch, is with their animal welfare lawyer Deanimals; a project in collaboration with PAES, to educate the authorities and the Police in the animal welfare laws, through workshops and seminars. Funding will be needed for this project, we will need a sponsor.
Can you imagine how much This will help us all? How many times have you gone to the police because you have a cruelty case and the frustration of reporting and the length of time it takes is just so demoralising and unhelpful. Its taken a very long time for the three recently published imprisonments for animal cruelty to happen, those were old cases but only just finalised, that has to improve but at least, at last prison sentences are being dealt.
In the meantime we all soldier on with the uphill battle, yes things go wrong because we have so much to deal with, little support and the laws make it hard for us too. But we are all friends in the same big difficult pot and must support and help each other in our work, and help our friends when things get tough or go wrong.
In the meantime Actin will do their best with our great PAES team to make a difference. Our lawyer smiles happily now, as changes are happening and she is no longer so pessimistic about what can be done