From Nicola and Malcolm who adopted Henry from us on 28/4/2017
Adopting our rescue dog through Save a Spanish Spot was very straightforward. We initially contacted the UK Co-ordinator to find out a little more about the dog we wanted to adopt and she was able to answer all of our queries and concerns. Once we had decided that we would like to proceed, we completed the paperwork and a home visit was very quickly arranged. Once all the approvals were in place, we received our dog’s arrival date in the UK, as well as the contact details for the transport company, who kept us extremely well informed of progress once our dog was on his way to us. Our dog arrived exactly when expected, in good health and is already settling in well.
The whole process was efficient and simple from our perspective, although I’m sure there was a lot of hard work going on in the background, which we were not aware of. Save a Spanish Spot is offering wonderful ongoing support and it’s great to know that we are not alone. It’s still early days for us and so reassuring to know that we can draw upon their wealth of experience in these matters.
From Liz and Ken who adopted Kobe on 13/04/2017
We were heartbroken when we suddenly lost our lovely rescue Dalmatian, Bond, to a neurological condition. The house was horribly empty without him, and we just didn’t know what to do with ourselves. Then we saw a picture of Kobe on Save a Spanish Spot and just knew straight away that we had to ask about him.
Within two weeks, we had had our home check and were on our way to meet him. He was everything we’d been told about him, a loving, happy healthy boy with a very sweet personality. We were amazed at how friendly and trusting he was considering what he had been through, and put this down to the wonderful foster care he received in Spain and the UK.
We were staying with Ken’s brother and nephew in the North East, and Kobe quickly bonded with us all and was very excited about all his new experiences. He didn’t turn a hair when we set off a few days later for the long drive back to Devon. Kobe slept most of the way, then popped back up again for more exciting new experiences.
He quickly settled into his new routine with us. He’s made a lot of friends in the village, both canine and human. He gets on brilliantly with everyone. We have to watch him with cats and sheep, but that’s not unusual for a Dalmatian.
We’re so glad we adopted Kobe. Thank you all you lovely people at Save a Spanish Spot for letting us bring this gorgeous dog into our home.
From Jemma who adopted Hope from Save A Spanish Spot on 16 January 2016
I first Joined a group on facebook called Costa Blanca Dog Homing back in November 2015. There was many stories of dogs that was desperate to find loving homes, and was dumped on the streets of spain, or dumped in the killing stations to be killed.
Now This is where my story begins, I came across a post for a beautiful dalmatian girl. . . She was so pretty but yet looked so sad and scared on the photos of her in the kill station of malaga. It broke my heart seeing her photos, and knowing she only had a week left before being killed,
So I gave them a message and was talking to a lovely lady Sam Lewlyn.
She herself is from the uk, but helps run this online group, Now sam got in touch with few of the people over in spain. . . and told them I wanted to adopt this beautiful girl. days went by and I finally got the go ahead of adopting her! I was then sorted out with a home check which went very well. . and I started to fundraise for hopes release fee, vets, and travelling to come here to the UK. I was amazed by the amount of support and donations I recieved. towards the end of novemeber she was released from the killing station, and travelled to an amazing woman claire Spettigue who took her on board for a whole month ! took her to the vets, fed her and cared for her until she could come here to me. Like claire does with other dogs waiting to go to new homes. It was an exciting time!! I was kept up to date of videos and photos of her. . . And This was when I decided to name her HOPE, because it was like giving her hope for a new life and a fresh start. The money was raised and I had sent this over to them. Hope was booked in for January 14th 2016 to travel here to the uk.
During the month of December hope had gotten spayed, vaccinations, blood tests all ready for coming here. And It soon came around to the day she was setting off. . all the way from spain. . through to france and over to here. I watched every single move on her journey. It was exciting and such a heart warming feeling.
The day came 16th January 2016, Hope arrived! they pulled up outside my front, I went out to greet claires husband etc who kindly does all the pet transporting each month. he does a fantastic job! they all do !
I walked to the door of the van and that was it. . that was the moment my heart melted! I had tears of joy just to see hopes face! she was so excited, wagging her tail sniffing up in the air. she gave me some kisses with lots of sloppy ones too haha! it was amazing.
Days went by and it took some time for hope to settle in to my home especialy with the other dogs. eventually everything was going great and smooth...hope really had settled in! I take her each day to the field to meet her doggy friends, she enjoys it. always happy and wagging her tail.
Hope was dainty when she first arrived and now she is a bit of a chunk! but she is happy and thats all that matters to me. she regular gets checked at the vets to make sure she is doing well. It took her 5 months before she would come sit with me on the sofa as she was nervous too.
She is like my best friend! She wont leave my side,I go to the bathroom or take a shower and she will wait right outside the door till I am done.
She is perfect in so many ways, I wouldnt change her for the world.
From this day on 14th may 2017 i know I did the right thing for this gorgeous girl. I gave her hope and a new life. I never knew the exact reason why she was left to be killed, or what abuse she had been through, but I am happy to say she is one happy doggy from what she was in the kill station. She is alive today and that is what matters the most.
My advise to you readers out there, Never give up! if you adopt a dog and its not working out. . Dont give up! keep on trying. Adopt a rescue dog they will love you for it each and every single day of their life.
On the 1st september 2016 I did a charity skydive all in need of homing, Raising funds to help plenty more dogs in need over there. . who need vet treatments or simply to be realsed from those horrid kennels and placed somewhere safe.plenty of videos and photos of it is shared on my Facebook.
Five SASS Foster Spotties and a Campervan!
After losing our beautiful Lottie (our 2ndNOEDW rescue Dally) in 2017 at aged 10 and far too soon, we were bereft and our lives were empty without her. As we had made the decision that Lottie would be our last forever spotty, due to our future plans to spend much time travelling abroad (pre-covid!!), we needed to fill that void in our lives somehow, so when I chanced upon SASS and read all about the fantastic work that Elli and other members were doing to help spotties in Spain, I thought we could help out somehow. We had been home checked and passed as a suitable foster home by NOEDW and Elli approved us too.
We have now fostered 5 SASS spots in the past 2 years and it has been wonderful, challenging, emotional but ultimately fantastically rewarding as they have all found the most perfect families to be adopted by. Enough about us…lets talk spotties!
In December 2018 I saw a post about the handsome Vincente and offered to foster him and he came to us in April 2019 until June 2019
Pretty Hetty (Hetty-hula-hoops as I nicknamed her) came to us for 4 weeks initially after two failed adoptions and stayed for 4 months from Oct 2019 until Feb 2020
We had the lovely little Estrella (now Ella) for 2 weeks in June 2020 and she was quickly followed by the dashing Django who we only had for three days due to paperwork restrictions stopping him going straight to his mum and dad.
Our last beautiful foster girl was Kira (Ella’s mum!) who stayed with us for three weeks in Nov-Dec 2020
We have been blessed to have kept in touch with all five families, watching the progress of each spotty and so we planned a Foster Spotty Reunion Campervan Trip, seeing each spotty and their mums and dads. They have all gone to live in the Midlands and Southern England, and it was going to be a challenge to book camping sites, arrange dates to meet and where to go, but it all fell into place. We packed up the campervan with dog treats, presents and had an SASS mascot for the trip, a lovely knitted Dally who we called Urshi, after our campervan, and off we set……….
Our last foster girl, Kira, was the first one we saw again and we met her with Scarlett and Jacob in the lovely Birches Valley Country Park on a very hot day. What struck us both was how so very fit and healthy Kira looked, with a shining coat and gleaming white teeth. She was a cuddle-bug when she came to us and was just the same as I know that Scarlett and Jacob have provided her with the most wonderful loving home. She still remained a little wary of other dogs coming near her, but they both reassured her in a very soft and calm voice that she is okay. After a lovely walk, and a cool dip in the lake for Kira to check out the geese, we stopped for coffee. Whilst the guys went for coffee, Scarlett popped to her car for Kira’s water and Kira never took her eyes of her……she knows who she belongs to and who belongs to her. Such a sweetie, it was hard to leave but I told Kira that I would be meeting her little pup Ella in a few days time. A match made in heaven for this family.
The following day we met Hetty with Pete and Jane in the Clent Hills. Unsure if she would remember us and after giving us a double take when let off the lead, we were amazed at the welcome and massive spotty smile she gave us. Hetty had been our biggest challenge as a foster, but had made so much progress that she found herself in the perfect home as Pete walks her for miles each day and Jane is the disciplinarian, especially around food! We spent the whole day with them in the beautiful area of Bewdley. Hetty was so well behaved with dogs, children, but still kept her eyes open for any chance of a snack, and when we sat down by the River Severn to have fish and chips, she took her chance at stealing some of mine when I was busy talking about her! She has lots of caravan holidays with her mum and dad and a lovely big family to fuss over her. Pete shared with us that Hetty had put the light back into his life after losing their beloved spotty Ozzy. She has a fantastic life after such a turbulent past…Well done Hetty….you deserve it.
After a long hot drive to Canterbury, we met up with Sally and the lovely little Ella (Kira’s pup – beautiful like her mum), who was quite wary of us at first, well it had been a year, but then gave us a fuss. Her coat is silky soft and she had certainly filled out from the skinny little spotty that had arrived at ours. Sally took us to walk around the lovely town of Sandwich and Ella showed us how friendly and intelligent she is, greeting other dogs, but giving them space to decide if they wanted to play or not. She is super-fast off lead and has great recall and socialisation skills. We spent a lovely summers evening in Sally’s garden meeting Ella’s lovely big sister Rosie. They play so well together with Rosie winning the tug of war games. Sally told us that Ella has given Rosie a new lease of life. Pure Happiness!
Time to move on to East Sussex and meet Vincente, or Centi for short. I had found it difficult to part with him in 2019 as he was our first foster and if it hadn’t gone so well, I may not have fostered again. We were literally knocked over by his greeting and yet another smiling Dally. Two big muddy paws placed on my chest with lots of licking. He had grown even more handsome if that was possible and beautifully trained. Darrell and Roger adore this boy and have given him an amazing home. They talk to him so calmly and quietly and he obeys the slightest of hand signals. He loved the squeaky toy I gave him as I remembered he did. We had a fabulous walk along the beach at Cuckmere Haven, with Centi expending all his energy chasing anything that moved, but returning to Roger at his whistle or soft command. We enjoyed a full day of being with the three guys and their fabulous hospitality and we had talked none stop doggy talk which was like a doggy therapy session…just fantastic.
Our last stop was to meet up with Suzy and Mark in Oxford and the dashing Django. Django had some injuries and signs of previous interactions with other dogs that were not so positive when he came to us, and so it was overwhelmingly emotional for us to see that all his scars are gone and his coat and eyes are gleaming with health. Suzy and Mark put everything they can in to training this young man and their determination to give him the best life is admirable. We absolutely enjoyed a two hour walk with them on Woodcote Common, and he apparently fell asleep in the car almost immediately with all the stimulation and energy he had received and expelled. He is one super strong boy, but Suzy and Mark handle him extremely well. He is definitely one to watch for his future progress…being such a clever and intelligent young boy. He is an absolute credit to his mum and dad. It was also his 1st Gotcha Day!! Congrats to Django, Suzy and Mark.
So we have just returned from 10 wonderful days travelling nearly 700 miles, seeing 5 beautiful spotties and their mums and dads and we are happily covered in white hairs again!! Thank you to all the families in making this trip possible and so memorable for us. I cried quite a bit….but only very very happy tears!!
Sue & Chris McCarthy