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Millie – A VERY Small Dog

April 22, 2014 – 5:02 pm | 2 Comments | 76 views

22/04/14: Millie is the little dog that found Pam’s feeding station for Marli, the Spanish Water Dog. She joined him every morning and evening for food and they seemed to have become friends. She just turned up one day, very thin and afraid, another little abandoned soul. I saw her properly for the first time about 3 weeks ago now when I went to try …

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Golf Gloves Made From Dog Skin?

April 21, 2014 – 7:47 am | 5 views

In Thailand, killing dogs to export their bones or skin to foreign countries is illegal. But that hasn’t stopped smugglers from doing it anyway — and murdering thousands of dogs in the process.

If you’re a golfing enthusiast, think twice before you put on those golf gloves — they might actually be made out of someone’s beloved pet dog.

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Cat Re-homing

Beautiful Linda

April 16, 2014 – 7:41 pm | One Comment | 32 views

16/04/14: Linda is another beautiful lady of about 8 years old who recently found herself abandoned by her previous owner in SOS Pechina. She seems to have been well looked after as she has been vaccinated properly each year but then she was left in a shelter. Strange! I wasn’t able to get any more information about why poor Linda found herself in this bad …

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Bruno – A Character Cat

April 15, 2014 – 9:02 pm | 47 views

15/04/14: Bruno has actually been out of Pechina for about 2 weeks now, enjoying life in the lovely cat friendly home of foster parents Lita and Pepe. He has even been allowed to sleep on the bed. I met him at my vet last night for his final vaccinations, and Bruno is very well and ready to travel off to his new foster home in …

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Two Beautiful Siam Girls

April 15, 2014 – 4:00 pm | 50 views

15/04/14: Last night I was at my vet with Delphine. I had noticed that she hated being stroked under her chin and thought she maybe had an injury. When Miguel was able to properly examine her we were all shocked by what we saw. Poor Delphine had 2 pieces of metal sticking through the skin under her mouth, that looked almost like staples. An X-ray …

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One Beautiful Siamese Boy

April 10, 2014 – 8:37 pm | 45 views

10/04/14:Heston is a very special cat from SOS Pechina. When I first saw him there in January he was so afraid he was acting like a semi-feral cat, and I was unable to take good photos or to even touch him, but later he did let me closer and I was able to put him up for adoption as a beautiful slightly nervous boy. A …

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Handsome Dinky

March 21, 2014 – 11:00 pm | 20 views

21/03/14: Dinky is another completely gorgeous boy from SOS Pechina, where he spent at least 6 months. I LOVE him mainly because he is so friendly and relaxed but also because I love black cats! I am very happy that this lovely big boy has a family in Germany and will travel in the next 10 days. For now life is already better because he …

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Little Lady Nikita

March 21, 2014 – 5:40 pm | 31 views

21/03/14: I am very pleased to be able to write that Nikita now has a foster home in Germany and will travel next weekend. My friend Jayne has kindly agreed to foster her for her last few days in Spain and this morning I went to Pechina to collect her. Her luck has changed.
18/03/14: This beautiful little lady of 8 years was left at …

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ALStrays Transport

Zero Tolerance On Cat Boxes

April 2, 2014 – 10:36 am | 51 views

Last November I wrote about the cheap cat boxes that people were using and requested that people put the welfare of their (and the other) cats before their own wallet.
May as well have been speaking to a brick wall it seems as we are still getting a lot of really poor quality cat boxes brought to the transports.
Well no more. With immediate effect we are …

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Eurotunnel Price Rise

March 24, 2014 – 3:24 pm | 16 views

Eurotunnel have increased the price per pet from £15 to £16, but we wont be passing on the increase!
They have not increased the cost of each crossing when booked with the Frequent Traveller option.
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Just Drive

March 10, 2014 – 9:58 am | 33 views

Ulrika Schofield from SOS Podencorescue sent me this single along with the message:
I thought this is ever so fitting considering what you do and whom you take to better lives.
The song is Just Drive by Alistair Griffen which you can hear here or check out the video in this post.
Very appropriate and much appreciated thanks, although it has to be said a little more …

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Reunited After Six Months

March 4, 2014 – 4:31 pm | 46 views

On a recent pet transport from Spain to the UK we took two very sweet little dogs (Bella and Pablo) from Southern Spain to Holyhead, where they were reunited with their owners after six (6) months, who had come over on the ferry from Dublin to collect them.
Unfortunately the economic crisis means that it is all to common for us to be taking pets back …

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How To Book With ALStrays Transport

March 4, 2014 – 3:27 pm | 12 views

There are seven (7) really easy steps to enure that you book correctly with us. It does require that you read several pages to ensure that you have all the information about our transport process, terms and conditions etc, but by reading the you will know exactly if we are the right company to transport your pet or rescue animal.
You will find the seven (7) …

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Pet Transport: An Owners Perspective

March 2, 2014 – 8:22 pm | 40 views

We have always been happy to take an owner or rescue centre worker along with us as a third person. This was the case on a recent transport when we transported the last of 20 cats belonging to Maria back to the UK.
I have added her email to the Testimonials Page but she asked that I publish it as well, having read another testimonial on …

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A Happy Home: Living With Cats And Dogs

April 2, 2014 – 10:14 am | 20 views

Generally described as sworn enemies, despite popular belief, cats and dogs can actually live quite harmoniously together. In fact, some pairs even grow to become the best of friends. That being said, these relationships are the result of a heavily nurtured and supervised environment. Introducing your new furry friend to the resident cat, or vice versa, can be stressful and overwhelming for both you and …

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Eurotunnel Pet Transport Changes

March 12, 2014 – 1:41 pm | 48 views

Just a quick one to say that Eurotunnel have changed the terms relating to the transport of more than 10 pets at time from Calais to Folkestone and as from the 26th March they now require at least 48 hours notice, i.e. you need to make your booking at least 48 hours before your departure date if you want to take 10 or more pets …

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Vet or Vet Tech: Which Animal-Related Career is Right for You?

March 6, 2014 – 10:02 am | 17 views

Although both a veterinarian and a veterinary technician perform similar day-to-day duties, the roads to each of these professions are very different. In order to become a vet, one must complete college and then earn a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M or V.M.D.), a process that takes at least eight years. To become a vet tech, the journey is significantly shorter and only requires an …

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Dude

February 16, 2014 – 11:06 am | 6 views

Thought it was time to introduce Dude, our Harley Bear, who has been traveling with Sands and I since 2001 when we got him along with the 2001 Fat Boy, and has been part of the Pet Transport ‘team’ since we started.
The little chap has certainly got around in his time with us. On our Harley travels he has ridden in the UK, Belgium, Holland, …

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Bosnia Update

February 11, 2014 – 11:17 pm | 28 views

I received the email below from a journalist in Bosnia. I am writing this from Bosnia, amidst the ongoing protestations and burning of government buildings. It is a very weird time: the police are blocking the streets, protestors are burning buildings, yet life goes on. Have just been into the old town for a great meal.
Personally I love Bosnia, but I have yet to find …

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How to Celebrate Pet Parents on Mother’s Day

February 6, 2014 – 7:24 pm | 14 views

Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother, according to Oprah Winfrey. For those of us with furry children, we know this all too well. The same motherly instincts kick in whether our children are of human, canine or feline descent. Like these celeb pet parents, you know a little something about spoiling your four-legged counterparts. This Mother’s Day, How about spoiling yourself, …

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Galgo Español

Demand Justice for Murdered Spanish Hunting Dogs

April 19, 2014 – 10:02 am | 21 views

When they’ve outlived their “usefulness” or displeased their owners, Spanish hunting dogs are often subjected to unbelievably inhumane deaths. I started this petition to stop the cruelty.
I live in Spain and I was horrified when I found out that hunters in my country are getting away with killing their hunting dogs. Every spring, hunters kill thousands of healthy dogs — and the owners are not …

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El Galgo Senior Needs Funds

March 18, 2014 – 9:59 am | 11 views

El Galgo Senior is a refuge for Galgos which has been operating for over 30 years, up in the mountains of Aquas de Busot on the Costa Blanca.
Tragically their patron died last year and while many other Galgo Rescues stepped in to help the Galgos in residency, they now have 54 abandoned Galgos, and no funds!
An unpaid volunteer stays with the Galgos 24/7 and what …

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Exercising Your Galgo

March 8, 2014 – 3:06 pm | 44 views

Two questions that I get asked regularly regarding Galgos are: how much space do they need? and how much exercise do they need?
Now I should stress that I am no expert when it comes to ownership of dogs. We are incredibly lucky to have adopted our two Galgos Teo and Tigra, and to date we have been fortunate to have transported 75 to their new …

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Dia Del Galgo

February 1, 2014 – 7:50 am | One Comment | 63 views

Today is World Galgo Day, so please spare a moment to head over to this page to read about their plight, and ways in which you can support increasing the awareness of how these majestic dogs are so harshly treated.
Galgos are mainly used for hunting or coursing hare. During the annual hunting season that runs from October to January, many live in cramped dark sheds …

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Spain animal rights groups call for ban on hunting with dogs

January 16, 2014 – 7:53 pm | 9 views

Good to see the following article on the Expatica Site.
Animal rights groups on Thursday urged Spain to ban the use of dogs in hunting, which they said leads to the abandonment of roughly 50,000 greyhounds each year when they become too slow to hunt with.
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Sponsor A Galgo With BaasGalgo Association

June 25, 2013 – 12:50 pm | 39 views

Due to your help of saving BaasGalgo through this difficult time, we are able to continue our work of rescuing as many Galgos as we can. Veterinary bills and residences have been paid, all of this, thanks to your donations and the successful auction.
At the moment, we have more than 75 Galgos in foster homes and residences.
Unfortunately, not everything is good news. A dog with …

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Bosnia

Bosnia Pet Transport (Video)

February 16, 2014 – 4:16 pm | 38 views
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On a recent post I mentioned that we carried a GoPro Hero 3 in the van with us, partly as enhanced security (following on from the attempted van jacking), partly as a means of sharing some of the transports with you.
We took this video during our recent transport to Bosnia. The weather wasn’t great, and Sarajevo was blocked off because of the demonstrations but it …

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ALStrays Transport Technology

February 16, 2014 – 3:19 pm | 23 views

Driving back from Bosnia recently I was struck by just how much technology we actually make use of when transporting pets within Europe (and Bosnia), and the UK. I wrote recently about the attempted van jacking and that one reason may have been that they noticed how much technology we have in the van.
Anyway sat behind the wheel I thought (well it was 3am in …

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Bosnia Update

February 11, 2014 – 11:17 pm | 28 views

I received the email below from a journalist in Bosnia. I am writing this from Bosnia, amidst the ongoing protestations and burning of government buildings. It is a very weird time: the police are blocking the streets, protestors are burning buildings, yet life goes on. Have just been into the old town for a great meal.
Personally I love Bosnia, but I have yet to find …

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Bosnia to UK Transport

February 8, 2014 – 11:16 am | 60 views

We have been chartered to transport 15 cats & dogs from Sarajevo to the UK on the 9th April 2014. As this is a charter we are not involved at all in the booking and allocation of the animals. We provide the van, drivers, and expertise regards the paperwork etc.
I am posting this because at the moment there are a few spaces available on the …

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Stop Bosnia Implementing Kill Law

October 6, 2013 – 10:32 am | 17 views

Sandra Jensen has recently set up a Facebook Event to gather support to stop the new ‘kill law’ that Bosnia is going to implement, just as Romania have done recently.
On Thursday the 3rd of October the Bosnia-Herzegovina Parliament held a debate on whether or not to change the existing animal welfare law to allow ‘euthanasia’ of dogs held in shelters for more than 14 …

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Bosnia Appeal: Small Car To Aid Animal Rescue Work

August 5, 2013 – 11:04 am | 28 views

We have been helping to raise funds to get a small car for one of the animal rescue groups in Bosnia that we met on our first transport to Bosnia.
Without doubt a small car would make it so much easier for these people to help the street dogs. At the moment that literally walk for miles and hours each day feeding the dogs (and cats) …

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Our Rescue Pets

Dusky’s 3rd Birthday

April 16, 2014 – 10:00 am | 21 Comments | 409 views

16/04/14: HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our beautiful boy Dusky who is 3 today! So far we have had tuna up on the roof but prawns will arrive later today. He is currently chilling out in the sun with his buddies. Dusky is still the sweetest of our furry animal family. He hates any hassle and is quite the sophisticated boy. Recently he has enjoyed more strokes …

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Exercising Your Galgo

March 8, 2014 – 3:06 pm | 44 views

Two questions that I get asked regularly regarding Galgos are: how much space do they need? and how much exercise do they need?
Now I should stress that I am no expert when it comes to ownership of dogs. We are incredibly lucky to have adopted our two Galgos Teo and Tigra, and to date we have been fortunate to have transported 75 to their new …

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MY Cat Oscar’s Anniversary

February 28, 2014 – 11:00 am | 68 views

28/02/14: AND now we have another anniversary. Today it is 5 years since beautiful Oscar came to live with us, at first as a foster cat, but almost immediately as Mori’s best buddy, AND I can see that I missed posting Oscar’s last birthday. Oscar is now 5 and has continued to be a good friend to Mori and Fleur and Dusk. He is also …

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Saidi is 9 Today!

January 10, 2014 – 12:17 pm | 20 views

10/01/14: Little Saidi our ‘mummy’ cat is 9 years old today, but because it is a little cold she is refusing to leave her warm bed for a new birthday photo. She has eaten lots of fresh prawns and is ‘busy’ sleeping off her treat. She is very special because she is the little female of 2-3 years that I rescued from the street near …

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Teo & Tigra Video

August 6, 2013 – 12:38 pm | 38 views

As I write this we have had Teo for nearly 5 months (time does fly!) and Tigra for a week.
Teo was unplanned, and like most unplanned events has turned out to be one of the best things that we have done! Like many rescue animals life had obviously been tough for the handsome fella, but he is such a sweet, loyal and friendly do. As …

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Introducing Tigra

August 1, 2013 – 6:16 am | 81 views

Meet Tigra, the abandoned Galga that was rescued by 112 Carlota Galgos, and who Sands and I have been sponsoring since she was brought to them: nervous, timid, starving and in need of lots of love.
Charlotte del Rio as ever worked wonders with her, and despite the set back of a broken leg (now healed) we were able to pick Tigra up as originally planned …

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Animal Welfare

Golf Gloves Made From Dog Skin?

April 21, 2014 – 7:47 am | 5 views

In Thailand, killing dogs to export their bones or skin to foreign countries is illegal. But that hasn’t stopped smugglers from doing it anyway — and murdering thousands of dogs in the process.
If you’re a golfing enthusiast, think twice before you put on those golf gloves — they might actually be made out of someone’s beloved pet dog.
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Demand Justice for Murdered Spanish Hunting Dogs

April 19, 2014 – 10:02 am | 21 views

When they’ve outlived their “usefulness” or displeased their owners, Spanish hunting dogs are often subjected to unbelievably inhumane deaths. I started this petition to stop the cruelty.
I live in Spain and I was horrified when I found out that hunters in my country are getting away with killing their hunting dogs. Every spring, hunters kill thousands of healthy dogs — and the owners are not …

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Save 10,000 Dogs from Slaughter

April 17, 2014 – 9:52 am | 17 views

Every year, 10,000 dogs are murdered in Yulin, China as part of a festival to mark the summer solstice. The event has been canceled before thanks to an online campaign, but unless we speak up now it’s coming back this year.
Did you know that in a town called Yulin in China, people slaughter 10,000 dogs in June as part of a summer solstice “festival?” Patricia …

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Marli The Pure Breed Spanish Water Dog

April 15, 2014 – 2:08 pm | 71 views

15/04/14: AlStrays transports dogs and cats, but our re-homing project is for cats only and has been my passion for about 6 years now. Occasionally however a dog in need appears close to my home and it is very difficult not to get involved. Marli is one such case, although I cannot claim much credit for her rescue. My part was small and Marli is …

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Demand Justice for Dog Left To Starve to Death

March 28, 2014 – 9:14 am | 16 views

A woman in Bristol left her 5-year-old boxer, Roxy, trapped in her kitchen with no food or water for more than a week — until the dog finally slipped into a coma and died.
In Bristol, a woman abandoned her 5-year-old boxer named Roxy in her kitchen without food or water while she went to stay with her mother, leaving the dog to starve to death …

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Demand Punishment for Men Who Filmed Cat Being Torn Apart By Dogs

March 21, 2014 – 10:39 am | 15 views

In Belfast, Ireland, three men taunted their dogs into ripping a cat to shreds — and caught it on film. They also abused four newborn puppies. Yet somehow, they’re not in jail.
In Belfast, three men — a father and two sons — admitted the fact that they’d allowed a pet cat to be torn to shreds by four dogs they’d trained to fight. Yet they …

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