March 09, 2019

Our wall of Babylon

The wall in our Refugio was a titanic work when it was built; the tons of heavy stones became 1 per 1
built with great care. Today we are sealing it completely with cement because too much
vermin was attracted to it and lived in it, and that has disadvantages for our dogs, so now we have to undertake a new titan work 



New partners in crime Ottie and Fritz 😎

Fritz also has a favorite "hangout" ... 😉

SHIN DAY 2019 - Sunday 8th September: Save the date!!!

Fabienne's dog of the week: Lisanne.

This black beauty, Lisanne, was rescued from a killing station and is probably the sister of Evan - but we do not know for sure. Lisanne has a very cool and cheerful character. She is the slightly quieter version of Evan, but also likes some movement and interaction. Lisanne is a social, friendly girl who is good with other dogs and people. A pretty dog with lots of potential - at only just over one and a half she has her whole life ahead of her  ... who will let Lisanne start a totally new chapter ...? She would be so happy! For more information, click on Lisanne.

A waffle!!!!

Saturday, March 9, 2019

A waffle ... you don't need anything else to attract the attention of a Labrador 😉 (or indeed any dog!!!)

March 07, 2019

Farewell dear Knight, Leopold and Franz: the new Musketeers,

Over the last twenty years there have been so many dogs who came and went. Some spent a short time with us, others - our darling 'long stayers' - found it hard to find a new forever home. No one knows why, they are all so beautiful and worthy of love. But among those who stayed a while with us, there are those who found friends. Friends who supported them when they were down, friends who gave them hope and companionship.

Ten years ago there were three dogs - we called them the three Musketeers - who all came in together.   Indeed they were all tied to the gate of the Refugio, in the hot sun. Huggy Hardy, Laurel (Chica) and Champ were three big beautiful big dogs with lovely characters. They looked after each other for the long two years they spent in the Refugio. And then, one fine day it was Hardy's time to go home. A couple of months later Laurel found her forever home - she is now Chica. Poor Champ had to see his friends depart. However, it wasn't too much longer before he too was adopted. All three lived not too far from each other so there were reunions.

And now we have three more Musketeers. Knight, Leopold and Fritz. Three gentle giants. On Facebook Vivien tells the moving story of Knight, who she rescued from the mountain. From the day he entered the Refugio, he was befriended by big bear Leopold, as was Fritz. These last two had been in the Refugio for some time, looking after each other. And now in turn they looked after Knight.

                                                                        Knight with Kelly

 Dear Fritz

                                                                                        Sweet Leopold

And now, just like Hardy, Chica and Champ before them, our new Musketeers have found loving forever homes. Even better after Knight was adopted, his new family agreed that it wasn't fair to separate him from his friend Leopold. So a few days later, Leopold flew off to join his big Mastin friend. But Fritz wasn't left behind, he had just been adopted too. And he won't be living too far from him buddies. Another happy ending. Another reason we all do what we do.

Here are a couple of lovely videos, thanks to Veerle, of the departure off Leopold, who travelled with Gandalf. And one showing how much Leopold was loved in his long years in the Refugio

For more about the original three Musketeers, see friends reunited and home at last

March 03, 2019

Olli's Carnival 😊

In memoriam Nova

Today we had to put Nova (ACE # 927) to sleep.

She had suffered from pain in the shoulders for some time; in December the diagnosis was osteoarthritis and we were prescribed painkillers.
But it got much worse in the last week.
Yesterday, the veterinarian, after studying her condition again, thought it could be a cancer instead of osteoarthritis.
Painkillers were tripled but there was no improvement, unfortunately, so there was no choice but to save her further pain.
Nova was the first of our four ACE dogs, it was just as much an adventure for us as for her ... and it has become a real success story.
Almost 10 years of unconditional love. Never a trace of aggression, she got on with everyone and every dog.
Saying goodbye hurts.

Marianne and Eef.

Belgian walk!

Marie Christine Gudrun Anja and Monique on the move with our Shinnerkes !!

February 23, 2019

Just now we have paravet assistance in the clinic, from 3 crazy students

They help with caring for the sick animals, cleaning, giving medication, putting cabinets in order ... And we can really do with this help, thank you ladies!
(The veterinarian already has some extra gray hair 😂)

Yayo and Emilie, love with a big L 💘

For more information about Yayo, please click here
For more information about Emilie, please click here

Our (ex) students hard at work ...

The wall will be raised to prevent earth from coming down again during heavy rainfall. But first the plants and a part of the soil have to be dug away ...

The home stretch ......

February 10, 2019

I'm a rescue dog. Everything's strange - please give me time.

Will you also do your bit?

ACE has been around for 20 years this year! A number of dog cages in our Refugio are very much in need of refurbishment. After all, we want to give much needed comfort to our dogs, who often have already had a hard life. Would you like to contribute your bit? If so, please deposit € 20 on BE42 7805 9221 8254 in the name of ACE, and your name (or other short inscription) will be mentioned on the new building.

Alfredo: Enfant Terrible!!!

We are looking for volunteers for the Belgian aftercare team !!


Are you fond of dogs and do you understand their behavior (or are you willing to learn it)? Are you free for a few hours a week and can you travel within your region?

If so, you are the person we're looking for! You would be a contact person for the adopters in your region, incase they have questions or problems. If necessary, you could pay a visit on the spot. Together with the rest of the aftercare team you'd be looking for possible solutions.

As a volunteer at SHIN you can effectively save dogs and cats lives, which gives a lot of satisfaction. You will also be part of a super fun team of animal lovers. You'll never get bored volunteering with us (volunteer events, promotions, ...)!

Interested? Please contact Anja Beersaerts: - 0495 375 886

Opie did not make it

Monday, February 4, 2019

Life is turns out different for each of us, predictable or not ... No one gets a programme for this concert. So it was for out Opie, a Teckeltje thrown out on the road, and ending up in  a killing station, ... Thrown out after 14 years.

His arrival in the refugio was heartbreaking and difficult to see ... Old and stiff, his fur was a big greasy mat, he was skinny and his old eyes looked sad and aimless. ... Our people started to hug him, greet him, take care of him, and gradually he became a little happy ... Just a little bit, because he did not understand why he should end up here in his old age. A hell of a lot of noise, lots of enthusiastic young fellow-sufferers who passed by at lightning speed ... He was protected and cared for in his cubicle where he had a basket with a thick blanket. He slept in our offices, and every day he received extra cuddly toys from all of us. That was what we were able to do for Opie, but it was not a warm basket by the fireplace we would have wished for his old, old age.

Yet we had the impression that it would be okay ... He was therefore reserved, thanks to the strength and commitment of our volunteers. Everyone was happy, ... But we could not tell him, he did not understand, he looked at you with those sunken eyes.

He was to fly on Sunday but our vet was not happy with his condition. He was going downhill. ,So he got a little more attention from our people, was pampered even more, ... Until Kelly called yesterday that things had taken a turn for the worse ... We immediately wanted to go to the clinic, but Opie wanted to stay with us... In the arms of Kelly and Melanie, he breathed his last breath, ... He could not hold up any longer.

He looked up at them, as if to say: thanks, you are dear ones, ... You are real sweeties, ... But I'm going ... And he went ... In the loving arms of two of our people, ...

Thanks to everyone in the name of Opie, for fighting so hard to still find that happiness for him.  Thanks to the owner who chose him and was adopting him, even though he never knew you.

Our whole team has been left in tears because every time it goes into your heart and every time it's  much deeper, ...

Rest soft Opie, ... We will never forget you, ...

With Kelly

On arrival at the Refugio.

January 25, 2019

"Shut up and look the other way. If we say something to them, they will not vote for us. "

This is the heavy reality .... so many hunters are involved in politics nowadays and as a result they are suppressing opposition... that is why there is so little change here ... and so much abuse and slaughter that is already punishable is ignored and not punished.

Have a good day .....

January 23, 2019

Fabienne's Diary: Five Shepherds - the so-called dangers to La Cala!!!!

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Since June a pair of Shepherds had been spotted in La Cala, Mijas and Mijas Costa, ... The killing station was alarmed but both dogs were always too smart and did not let themselves be caught. The months passed and none of them was caught. But Mama got pregnant and then again ... and again!

When I was walking my dogs last week, I suddenly saw 8 Shepherds walking through the streets of our urbanization, ... Shy and careful, wary, scared, hungry and evading contact with humans.

A large-scale action started, the killing station was again alarmed because supposedly these Shepards were acting dangerously and attacking small dogs. Nothing could be further than the truth. The whole family stayed together closely, and did not bother anyone. But their lives were in danger now, there were rumours that the authorities wanted to shoot them.

When the phone rang on Sunday, they asked me if I could help by taking them in. My answer was given quickly and there followed an incredible, warm-hearted cooperation between Marta, who used a fantastic cage and worked very professionally, Rescue Paws, Rescue the Galgos, Alison and Hazel, and of course our own team, ...

Eventually we were able to offer 5 members of the family shelter with us on Sunday evening at 10 pm ... They will not be shot ... Only now the large-scale action starts to sterilize them all, all 4 females are probably pregnant, ... And then the socialization, ... Mama and dad were once housed, but their puppies, now young adults and already pregnant, have to come a long way, slowly but surely ...

They were obviously full of vermin, and some of them are very skinny, ... But the most important thing is that 5 out of 8 are safe, ... The others we will hopefully also be able to save but these three are fortunately less noticeable than when the whole family passes a lady who is walking with her 2 Chihuahuas, ...

Help is always welcome, ... again we have 5 large dogs to care for and rehome. See the video of the rescue below.

January 15, 2019

Isidoor - still waiting after more than seven years!

Surely it's time he had a forever home. However happy his foster home, he still isn't anyone's 'only' dog. A special dog to be spoilt and loved, maybe with others in the family. Or maybe on his own.

Isidoor was dumped at our gates in a cardboard box, together with his brothers and sisters. That was in July 2011 - and now it's January 2019. A long time for this dear boy to wait. Who will give their heart to this sweet cross Pointer. He will certainly give you his.

Isidoor has grown to a medium sized dog with a sweet character. He has beautiful markings on his lovely coat. He's nearly eight years old. And he deserves his forever home. Can you help?

For more information about darling Isidoor please click on his name. 


Monday January 14, 2019

Time is running out for Elina. We are urgently looking for a foster family or adoptants who want to start working with her. In the 3.5 years that Elina has lived in the Netherlands, she did not receive the right corrections and training and she has started to show undesirable behaviour. Although very nice with her own owners, she cannot go visiting in other people's houses. Even outside the house she can react strongly to other dogs and to people. Elina does not respond well to cats either. The adopters have a baby of a few months old. Soon the baby will crawl and it would no longer be safe to let Elina loose in the house. Apart from this she is such a sweet and clever Bodeguerootje, someone with a little experience should be able to teach Elina to behave properly?

If you could do something for Elina, please send an email to: