Friday, 29 May 2015


Today I would like to talk about one of the saddest realities of Spain. And how an Estepona association struggle to change this reality. 

To our shame, Spain is the country with the highest percentage of dropouts pets in Europe. Each year, over 100,000 pets are kicked out of their homes (15.000 in Andalucia) . So in order to defend the rights of this creatures, ADANA was founded more than 25 years ago.  

ADANA (Association for the Rights of Abandoned Animals) is an animal charity on the Costa del Sol run by volunteers. Their aims are to promote love and affection for animals, to provide facilities for the shelter and care of abandoned, sick and injured animals whilst seeking new homes for them.  

The animal shelter, located close to “Los Pedregales” park, on a property owned by the local government and run by ADANA. Its open from Monday to Friday from 10:30 till 13:30 and Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 till 13:00. 

They have volunteers that attend the refuge daily, to feed to the animals, clean them and to take them for walks. It is a work that takes a lot of time and requires responsibility. If you have some time and wish to help, you will be welcome. They also need other volunteers, especially those with knowledge of construction, electricity, plumbing. But anyone with a desire to help is most welcome.

ADANA receives no funds from the government or local authorities. It can only continue its work through the donations the public make. In order to rise founds they also have a second hand shop in Estepona, an online shop ( ) and a stall at the Sunday market in Sabinillas, run by volunteers.

Flight Buddies needed:

They have been successful in getting a number of our dogs adopted by people in northern European countries but need help getting the adopted dogs to their new homes and are looking for people travelling to those countries to help them by becoming "flight buddies". The cost of the dog's flight is paid for by the person who has adopted it so it would cost you nothing. All you would need to do is add the dog to your booking details. They would provide all the necessary documentation, health checks and equipment required in preparation for the dog to fly. 

The dog would be brought to you at the airport (usually Málaga) and their experienced volunteers would guide you through the check-in process and be on hand to assist you until the dog passes through security. The adopter would then meet you at the other end. 

Flights to the UK are excessively priced so dogs travel to the UK via dedicated Pet Taxis but we are always looking for people flying to northern European countries like Germany, Holland, Norway, Finland, etc. 

By agreeing to be a "flight buddy" you would be helping an abandoned dog make its way to a new home and life. 

So if you're travelling from Spain to somewhere in northern Europe and can help us by being a flight buddy please contact them.

This place has made me a better person. I encourage all of you to pass by to the shelter and have a look to the wonderful work they are doing.  

How to get there:

To get to the Pedregales park, you take the road towards Casares; it's actually marked "Casares por los caminos" at the roundabout on the A7 by the Estepona Industrial area (Poligono). You start by going down under the motorway, then after a few kilometres you come to the park on the right. The turn-off for ADANA from the Pedgregales road (Pista Colada de los Molinos a E) is about 200 meters before the official entrance to the park. You will see signs posted for ADANA at the turn-off.

GPS coordinates: 36.452788, -5.210153

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