The ACE/Shin English Blog

March 18, 2018

Farewell to my husband Peter.

This is very sad and shocking news. Ineke, who writes and manages the Dutch blog posted this message.

Today I said goodbye to my husband Peter who passed away on Sunday, March 11th.
It was a short but intense illness. We have adopted a total of 11 dogs since 2010, of which we now have 6, the others have died after a long or short stay.

Peter often had something of "we have enough" but still I was allowed to bring them here and he enjoyed the dogs. I will miss him!

Your blogger, Ineke

Peter loved the dogs and loved being at the Refugio. Among the dogs they adopted, I was there the day he met and fell in love with the beautiful Podenco Mafalda.

ACE doggie Chelsea (formerly Moussa) happy in the English snow!

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Chelsea, in the middle, with her siblings Frankie on the left and Cookie on the right, in the smart red jumper. Chelsea fell on her paws when she was adopted as puppy by Jamie and Gemma Pound of Chorleywood Dog Training, in the UK. She has a wonderful, happy life with these lovely people and their children. Getting loads of great activities, walks, cuddles and love.

Here we go again ....

Sunday, March 18, 2018
From the Diary.

These 6 puppies were rescued from the killing station, all given up without a second thought, but now safe with us, ... Let's hope they survive ... There is hope, in any case.

Coron is very happy in his forever home.

Happiness is a small place of your own (and a cuddle) 🌹💖

foto van Ace-charity Fabienne Paques.

Our happy Profiterol (No. 14332)

Everything goes very well here, that's clear (as you can see in the photo). I want to thank the people of SHIN for their help and dedication, they do a great job for these animals! And we are very happy with our woof.

Snapshots from the Refugio, 16th March.

Pouring rain and again a price to be paid ....

From the diary ...

These little puppy dogs were dumped at our gate in the pouring rain, ... Their bodies cold and their stomachs empty - and looking for their mama. So small and innocent, but left to their fate!

Oceano no. 10874 and now Ozzy, has been with us for 3 years

Ozzy recently had his third birthday. In the attachment you will find a picture with his thick winter coat. He is super! Active and social with everyone!

He is slightly overweight at the moment because he has had cortisone medication because of an autoimmune disorder in his nose (Pemfigus foliaceus).

Currently this is well under control and he is doing very well.
He is such a positive character and brings us good luck every day!

All the best and success with the beautiful work that you continue to accomplish!

PS: recently friends (who sometimes see Ozzy) have reserved your Rockie!
Also it is also going very weil with Tizon (now Willy). So soon Ozzy & Willy will play together with newcomer Rockie!


Ozzy & Kris

Macay and Mirto, left behind in the garden without anyone knowing!

From the Diary - March 18, 2018 12:43

Macay and Mirto, a brother and sister, lived in the garden of their home for over 10 days,  but their owner was nowhere to be found.  A lady that came by everyday, was aware of the dogs for a while and thought that they just happened to be in the garden at the times she passed by, so she didn't think anything of it. 

Everytime she passed the house, when she walked her own dog, they came jumping against the gate, and 
greeted her and her dog. After a while she noticed that one of them was sitting quietly in a corner so she rang the doorbell, no answer. She thought, they must be out for a bit and went home, thinking she would see the owner the next time

The next day however, both dogs were apathetic in their garden and didn't even look up anymore. Then, an alarm bell went of. The lady climbed over the gate and saw the proof that the dogs had been left alone there..
We immediately took both dogs away from there.. they were rushed into a clinic and received the necessary care. Both had below normal temperatures as a result of the bad weather, were dehydrated and weakened because they had had no food for days..

Both are now safe and doing fine, taken the circumstances into consideration. They are two sweet and good

Eliza is home!!!

And there she is!

Wonderful, wonderful news. Our darlings Sus and Chubeka have finally got their golden baskets.

The happy, excited dogs with Viktor at Malaga airport.

A final cuddle in Spain. With many, many more to come at home!

We're on our way!!!!

Come on! Let's go!

Our lovely Sus.

The sale of pets in shops has decreased while adoption is increasing in Spain!


According to a study by the Madrid Society of Veterinarians, the sales of dogs and cats in shops has decreased by 10% over the last ten years and the number of pets adopted has increased. Also the tradition of giving a pet as a gift dropped considerably between 2007 and 2017 which has direct consequences for the number of dogs and cats abandoned.

The Asociación Madrileña de Veterinarios de Animales de Compañía (AMVAC) presented its report this week, looking at the situation of veterinarians in Spain between 2007 and 2017. One of the most striking figures is that of the purchase of animals in shops and those of adoption. For example, the sales in shops decreased from 25% in 2007 to 15% in 2017, while the adoption from animal shelters rose from 4.9% in 2007 to 14.9% in 2017 Also the provision of animals between private individuals has increased from 9 , 8% to 15.4% and that of animals obtained by ads from 1.1% to 2.7%.

What is also striking is that the giving of a dog or cat as a gift fell significantly from 34.2% in 2007 to 25.2% in 2017. The main reason for purchasing or taking in a dog or cat is because the people love animals (48.4%) followed by wanting an animal as a companion to take away loneliness (18.7%) and the fact that the children wanted to have a dog or cat is also a motive for having a pet ( 9.6%). In 6.2% of cases, the adopted pet is abandoned or killed, while in 5.4% of these cases a pet was given as a gift.

22,400 veterinarians can be found in Spain, a number which is much too high according to the European norm, which this is linked to GDP. According to the EU, there should be 12,994 where there is a "surplus" of 9,409 veterinarians in Spain.

Source: Written by Remco Stoffer on behalf of