From Nicola and Malcolm
Nicola and Malcolm 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
Liz and Ken 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.
Jemma 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
From Alison Forster
Alison adopted Polo from us in October 2019
“Our adopted Dalmatian Polo is the sweetest funniest and fittest dog I have ever had the good fortune to share my life with. SASS made this possible. The process for adoption is made simple, great care is taken ensuring that the dog is healthy and ready to be adopted before leaving Spain. The transport people are amazing. Elli and Alex work so hard for these precious animals. I will be for ever grateful”
From Gemma Waghorn
Gemma adopted Patch from us in May 2020
“Nightmare trying to get a selfie with our sass Patch!
The experience as a whole was a fantastic one, ran smoothly no issues and everyone is brilliant. Our Patch is a nervous ninny, he’s taken a good couple years and a new puppy to come out of his shell, but he’s gentle and loving
From Holli Miller
Holli adopted Benjamin from us in November 2020
Adoption experience - back in November 2020 Benjamin came into our lives and we've never looked back. In October 2020 I contacted Save a Spanish spot as I was looking to adopt a dog, Benjamin was suggested to me and it was the best suggestion. The team at SASS have been very helpful, I've alway felt we were in good hands and that they themselves cared about the dogs and wanted the best outcome for them. Everything was organised by the charity, bloods, transport, jabs, neutering. Everything! When Benji first arrived he was very timid and wouldn't go to my partner but now we are all one big happy family. It's a lovely, quirky dog and we love him to bits. I would definitely rescue a dog from SASS again.
From Julie Gardner
Julie has adopted three dogs from SASS over the past five years
I have had 3 spotties from SASS and I can honestly say they are amazing dogs and the day they arrive is just the best day ever . The organising is incredible in every way and you even know where they are every step of the journey . I would have another in a heart beat
From Claire Banks
Claire adopted Harley in February 2022Our beautiful boy Harley is a SASS dog
We began the process after we spotted him on their website and he stole our hearts when we read his story
Jane contacted us to do a video home check and we were told there and then we had passed….this is when the excitement began
We paid our deposit and then the balance after a date for our special delivery was given
During his journey from Spain to the Uk, we received lots of photos and updates
then finally Harley bounced through the at 6.08am on Friday 18th February
He is perfect in every way
Loving and loyal, eager and energetic, cute and cuddly
We couldn’t wish for a better dog and we adore him endlessly
He’s our first dalmatian and have never looked back since the day he came to us
We would recommend a SASS dog to everyone and they are an amazing, caring supportive charity
We wanted to share some pics of our fur baby
From Sophie Elizabeth Kenning
Sophie adopted Tiana in February 2020, now called Belle
My partner and I originally put an adoption form in for SASS in the summer of 2021, having wanted a Dalmatian since I was a little girl. I emailed SASS before completing the adoption form as we already had 2 other dogs and a young child, all the UK rescues I contacted would not even consider us for those reasons. My email was met with a warm welcome and I was informed that we would definitely be considered and that they have many dogs in their care who are able to rehomed with both dogs and children. So the application form went in!
Unfortunately my partner then fell ill whilst we were awaiting details of some litters that were due to be bought into SASS' care, I emailed immediately to inform SASS that due to my partner's health we would put our application on hold and would contact them in the future when he was well again, and my email was responded to with understanding and well wishes which was a relief, we'd never adopted from SASS before and I didn't want anyone to feel we'd wasted their time.
Thankfully in the December of 2021 my partner was fighting fit and we were ready to continue our search, we then found that SASS had taken in a litter of Dalmatian x Pointer puppies, that's where I fell in love.
We did not need to complete a new application, SASS happily used our original one and in January I received the best phone call that my chosen puppy had been reserved in my name (happy tears for me!). Everything ran so smoothly, SASS are extremely informative and we were kept up to date with how our pup was doing with photos and videos before her travel.
Paperwork was sent to our home address with a pre paid envelope to return the signed adoption agreement, and a copy enclosed also for our own records. There is also written advice on how to help your new pup/dog to settle into their new home including the best things to feed to avoid upset stomach. Due to covid our home check was done virtually with videos of our home, other dogs and garden sent to the team. Travel dates are given in advance and Elli spoke through everything with us at great length. Everything was so easy and fluid, we were never left confused or unanswered and felt that we had constant communication with the team should any concerns or troubles arise, which unfortunately did happen, through no fault of SASS. Our puppy fell ill, along with some of her siblings, soon before she was due to travel, we received the phone call within a matter of hours of her falling ill and she was already under veterinary care and 24 hour observation, the quick actions of the foster looking after our puppy and the vet saved our puppies life. SASS were extremely informative whilst this was all happening and explained anything that we needed in detail so that we were never left confused or concerned. SASS also kept her under close observation for approximately one month before she travelled again and updated me immediately if there were any changes with her. It is obvious that the health and wellbeing of the dogs in their care is their top priority, we now have a happy, healthy puppy who very quickly made herself at home!
Having had a difficult adoption experience with a different rescue previously I was taken aback with how easy it was to adopt through SASS whilst still having the thoroughness of all checks required to ensure that every dog is going to the right home. We still have so much support from SASS should we ever need their help with anything and regularly keep in contact with them with updates and photos.
Life is never lonely with Belle in it
From Suzi Emma
Suzi adopted two dogs from SASS, Podge first back in February 2019
We adopted an older Dalmatian from another dog charity and were disappointed with the lack of after-care, culminating in a catch up phone call to see how she was doing nearly a year after she had to be put down, despite informing them. So we were a little reserved in adopting another dog through a charity. We needn’t have worried!
We enquired about Fizzy Pop (formerly Ariel/Podge) and after filling in an application we received a follow-up call to find out more about us and a home visit. We were so reassured that although everyone was friendly and positive during the call and visit it was clear they were absolutely putting the needs of the dogs first. The adoption fee was very reasonable considering the vaccinations, health checks, passport, food and transportation for the dogs.
We paid the deposit, which was nerve racking considering we hadn’t met anyone from the charity face to face but with the regular communication including a secure, real time tracking of the temperature controlled van driving our dog to the UK it was clear there was nothing to hide! We live in the north east of Scotland so we drove to Carlisle to pick up Fizzy at a rest stop. The men driving the van were wonderful having travelled so far and yet still had smiles and cuddles for the dogs. Fizzy travelled well on the journey home and settled in very quickly.
She occasionally maintains that her life with her original family before being rescued by SASS of being tied up outside, fed but never walked was better back then when she doesn’t get her preferred spot on the sofa, is not given what we’re eating or if she’s not let back inside while still peeing so she doesn’t have to be out in the cold a second longer than necessary but we absolutely adore her! So much so that we fostered a spotty young man as part of an emergency rehoming and fell in love once more, this time with Murphy, a liver spotted gentleman who has come in to school with me to meet my class and I hope will one day achieve TheraPet status, once we master gentle treat taking from everyone- not just mummy! When the opportunity arose within the first few weeks of having him, we didn’t hesitate!
We can’t recommend SASS enough. Yes, adopting a rescue dog is daunting, as you never truly know what you’re going to get (although SASS do seem to be very honest about the temperaments of each dog) but all dogs want is love and you’ll never get a more grateful or loving dog than a rescue. Fizzy bit me twice in the first week of having her but she never did it again (it’s been 4 years) as she was just anxious due to so many changes in her transition from Spain to Scotland. A shock for anyone!
SASS is a charity run by an incredible, immensely dedicated team who give up so much of their time, effort and money for the best dog breed in the world. And the Facebook pages provide a fantastic non judgemental community of support for existing and new dally owners as well as fundraising and auction opportunities.
If you’re wondering about adopting through SASS, do it!
Fizzy Pop Murphy and Murphy Murphy’s mum (yes, you read that right! You couldn’t make it up!)
From Colette Barton
Colette adopted Nemo from SASS in July 2021
We adopted our Nemo in 2021 from SASS and honestly the whole experience was seamless. I was a little reserved having no experience of rescuing a dog before (I had another dog from the ‘usual’ route) but I had so much support from the get go. Everything was swiftly actioned(initial contact, home visit, updates etc) and any questions I had I could call, WhatsApp or use Facebook and would always get a kind, knowledgable response. A year on and Nemo is a dream but I still know SASS will support me if I needed anything!
Thank you SASS for making my dream come true ❤️
From Colin and Margaret Scott
Colin and Margaret adopted Bernadette from us in October 2021
Dear prospective adopter…….
This is our story. I hope it helps you to make the right decision.
In September of last year, my wife and I considered the possibility of rescuing a Spanish spot - we made the decision and spoke to Eli who was helpful/ encouraging yet realistic and at the same time suitably enthusiastic for us to look at possibilities.
Most efficiently, matters progressed and we soon found ourselves being assessed in a friendly manner that was most professional but encouraging too.
Choosing Bernadette (now Bernie) was difficult, we would’ve taken all of them if we could. Inevitably we were anxious. After all, this was a leap of faith.
We have other dogs. Would Bernadette fit in, would she get on with our matriarch, would she get on with us…!
Bernie arrived mid October.
Within hours she fitted right into the pack and into our human/dog environment. It seemed that she knew she was welcome without reservation.
We now could not be without Bernie. She is such a gentle character, loving and without a doubt it is manifestly obvious to us that she appreciates the love that is showered onto her by our family and her canine brothers and sisters.
I have known a lot of dogs in my time. Rarely have I encountered such a well rounded, happy, playful and wonderful companion. We would now not be willing to consider our household without her.
So if you’re in any doubt, please don’t be. We have always had pedigree dogs up to now. Bernie is not pedigree standard. She has ears that show her to have been beaten up big style (I am a doctor and the physical signs in humans and dogs differ little - sadly) and if I take my winter hat off too quickly she will shy away - suggesting unthinkable things - just as when we got a brush out for the first time to sweep up some leaves and she ran away…... (Soon countered by an apology by me and many extra treats