April 28, 2022

Fabienne's Diary: Our Bobientje is no more...

 Wednesday 27 April 2022

This morning we had to let go our Bobientje, after she lost her senses.

Who was Bobientje?

A broodbred bitch that came to us already heavily psychologically disturbed, extremely afraid and extremely special. In the beginning, and 4 years later still, she was heavily traumatised. She had lost her trust in people because of her hard time with the breeder. It is unbelievable what those people do to animals. And Bobientje was a sad example of that.

How I hate the breeders. With our Bobientje we have yet another sad experience.  For years she was happy in her own way, with us she was free and could do whatever she wanted. We still couldn't cuddle her, except when we were lying quietly in bed at night, then she had confidence, but you couldn't stand up. No matter how hard we tried and how much we loved her, she did love us but in her own way. 

Our little, big rascal, who was completely confused psychologically, was still a part of our hearts, just like all the dogs at home, who finally found love and rest in our midst. We will miss you... You were a wounded soul, but we loved you no matter what...

Rest in peace now sweetheart. Never out of our hearts, but far too early to go...

Bobientje with her friend Jules.

April 23, 2022

Don't forget it's Open Day tomorrow .... the first for a very long time.

Saturday 23rd April, 2022

Tomorrow, 24th April, we are holding the first Open Day for some years ... due of course to Corona and the lockdowns. It's been a difficult time for everyone but now we're coming out of it and are looking forward to welcoming our visitors and showing you what we do. Our dogs and cats are excited too, they love visitors. So com along between 13 h and 15 h. You will be very, very welcome. 


Long stayer of the month: ADA

 Saturday 23rd April 2022

She deserves a chance.

Ada was rescued, along with her sisters and brothers, from a controlled colony that was under threat because of corona virus. The colonies could no longer be controlled due to the lockdown, which resulted in a huge number of wild births. Ada was not put back after sterilisation because she is not tame, but also not wild, she has a chance for a better life. She lets herself be petted by the people she knows but is very independent. We would like to give her a chance at a home where people have time and patience to give her more confidence. She is not a cuddly cat. We hope that with time and good care she will gain confidence and then may find happiness in an adoption for life. For more information about this lovely cat, please click on her name above.


A visit from three of our wonderful surrogate mums!

 Friday 22 April 2022


April 21, 2022

This Sunday we will have our first OPEN DOOR DAY in years.

Thursday 21ar April 2022

Everybody is welcome and can see and feel what our refugio ACE SHIN is all about! Visit our four-legged friends! We had an interview on TV MIJAS today, here the interview! https://mijascom.com/?t=52&e=1587

Thursday 21st April, 2022

On 19th April we received a transport from Belgium

First of all a big thank you to everyone who contributed to this, we are always very happy. The sweet messages, small and big things, for dogs or cats, we are always very grateful! 

The wagging tails walk was a great success!

Thursday 21st April 2022

More than 200 of you took your four-legged friends for a walk along the signposted routes. And the beautiful weather was there too! The exact proceeds are still being calculated, but it will certainly be a great support for our sweethearts. Many thanks to our 3 powergirls for the organisation. And there will be more walks on different locations soon. Keep an eye on our facebook page.

Thanks to photographer Gerd for the nice pictures. You can see them all via the following link: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=gerd.janssens.9&set=a.5548377308510068 

Would you like to organise a dog walk in your region? Send an email to pr.belgie@ace-charity.org

April 17, 2022

Some of our dogs and our students wish you happy Easter!

 Sunday 17th April, 2022

Wearing their Easter outfits for this special occasion! Please click on their names for more information about each of these darling dogs, each one looking for their special forever home.

Our students!!! Not available for adoption πŸ˜‰

Happy Easter from Bailey to all the refugio ACE SHIN dogs and kittens!

 Sunday 17th April, 2022

Sorry for the lack of posts ... it's all Teddy's fault.

 Sunday April 17th 2022

Teddy - the culprit 😊

I was concerned to see that it's actually nine days since my last post. I'm really sorry about that ... it is Teddy's fault really ... but not really. Last Monday he suddenly couldn't walk, again, and was in great distress. This had happened before Christmas too: X-rays show a degenerative disc disease. He's only got three legs so this puts even more a strain on his poor little back.

I rushed him to see Aga, my lovely Polish vet where he stayed all day, with the prospect of the veterinary hospital and MRI scans and goodness knows what hanging over him - and me. Luckily, that evening, after morphine injections and a day of rest, he was allowed to come home. 

On Wednesday Aga said with rest and permanent medication he should be OK, but still the prospect of having wheels so he can run around is a definite option, hopefully still some time in the future. She was happy for me to go to London, where I had a whole lot of meetings that would cause problems if I had to cancel. I would have done, of course, if it affected Teddy's welfare. But he was staying with a lovely family overnight; I had lots of reassuring texts and photos. Indeed they love him so much they threatened to keep him!

He's home now, not allowed to climb up or down stairs or jump for the moment, though he doesn't understand that very well. He is gradually improving - though no walks for the time being. 

I really am sorry about the lack of posts and will try to catch up this week.

No walks for the time being. Sigh!

I guess I'd better stay in bed then!

April 08, 2022

Waggy tails walk for ACE|SHIN - SUNDAY 10 APRIL 2022 FROM 09:00 - 16:00

 Thursday 7 April 2022

SUNDAY 10 APRIL 2022 FROM 09:00 - 16:00 

Friday 8th April, 2022

SUNDAY 10 APRIL 2022 FROM 09:00 - 16:00 

Volunteers Stefanie, Lisa and Lize have organised a dog walk to benefit the shelter of Spanish Dogs in Need (ACE|SHIN). You can choose between a marked walk of 4, 6 or 10 km along the beautiful calm paths.

Location is Halen (near Diest).

Registration is possible on the spot.

Price: 6 euro per person. Children (<12) and dogs free.

Feel free to contact the organisers for further questions.

Stefanie (0474/783266)

Lisa (0493/204714)

Lize (0478/913181)

We hope to see you there!  

Thursday 7th April 2022

We've just received 7 pallets from the Netherlands.

To all the organisers, the people who collected, stored in their homes and gardens, everyone who helps us. Thank you. Your work is super appreciated in these hard times !!! Strong together !


Friday 8th  April 2022

Order a cool hoodie and support our shelter.

They will also make wonderful gifts for Mother's Day,  and Father's Day too!

Available in different colours and with different inscriptions. And in 6 sizes, for men and women. (Size chart on the website)

Price: 58€ (excl. shipping costs)


 Friday 8April 2022

If you are looking for true love, then know that the shelters are full of charming princes!

April 05, 2022

In praise of the smiling ones ....

Monday 4th April, 2022

Source: JordanDogTraining

Staffordshire Bull Terriers, affectionately known as Staffies, are shorthaired, pure bred dogs ... with origins in the county of Staffordshire, in the West Midlands in the UK. Staffies were bred to be fighting dogs, in times when that was an acceptable form of entertainment. Obviously that is no longer the case.

However, in the wrong hands, these beautiful dogs can become aggressive, as indeed can any dog with those genes. Some people who wish to appear 'hard', often though not exclusively young men, think having a dog that also looks 'hard' is a good idea. They also think it's a good idea to mistreat these poor creatures, or train them to be aggressive. Thus poor Staffies get a bad reputation. Their superficial resemblance to Pit Bull Terriers doesn't help. As ever, it's not the dog, it's the owner at fault.

People who are ignorant of dog breeds and of the real facts become fearful, and this fear spreads. Battersea Dogs and Cats home, one of the largest and most reputable shelters in the UK, find Staffies the hardest dogs to rehome. Often Staffies make up 50% of the dogs in their care. So very sad. 

As with all dogs, provided that Staffies are properly trained and socialised when they are puppies, there's no problem. Known as the 'smiling dog', they are fearless and intelligent, super affectionate, reliable, loyal and courageous. The cuddliest of cuddly dogs. They love people and form strong bonds with their families. They are so playful and patient with children that they are also nicknamed 'nanny dogs'.

Staffies are the softest most loving dogs. Far from being aggressive, they are more likely to lick you to death.  All they want to do is please you, to be with you and to love you. 

Source: heart.co.uk

Source: pibblesandbits.com

April 02, 2022

Proceeds from the Easter egg hunt

Saturday 2nd April 2022

Dear animal friends,

Thanks to our Easter egg action we were able to collect 1623.49 euros for SHIN, Spanish Dogs in Need. 

Thanks to you we have sold 420 bags. 

Thank you very much to everyone who contributed to this.


Cindy and Elsie

Also from our entire team and dogs and kittens big, big thanks!!!

April 01, 2022

A fun dog walk in aid of ACE-Shin

Friday 1st April 2022

You are now viewing Wagtail Walk April 10, 2022 – Halen

Our volunteers Stefanie, Lisa and Like are organising a great day out - a dogwalk in Halen near Diest, in Belgium. You can close between a marked walk of 4, 6 and 10 km along beautiful sunken roads. You can register on site and the cost is 6 euros per person, children under 12 and dogs are free. All proceeds will go to our fourleggeds in Spain.

Volunteers Stefanie, Lisa and Lize organize a dog walk for the benefit of the shelter of Spaanse Honden in Nood (ACE|SHIN† You can choose between a marked walk of 4, 6 or 10 km in the beautiful sunken roads. Location is Halen (near Diest) You can register on site. Price: 6 euros per person. Children (<12) and dogs […]

Dogwalk April 10, 2022 – Halen (BE)

Volunteers Stefanie, Lisa and Lize organize a dog walk for the benefit of the shelter of Spaanse Honden in Nood (ACE|SHIN† You can choose between a marked walk of 4, 6 or 10 km in the beautiful sunken roads. Location is Halen (near Diest) You can register on site. Price: 6 euros per person. Children (<12) and dogs […]

Feel free to contact the organizers with further questions.

Stephanie (0474/783266)
Lisa (0493/204714)
Lize (0478/913181) Hope to see you then!

Four beautiful cats who've been with us for over a year ... they deserve loving homes.

 Friday 1st April, 2022

They've all been with us for over a year and it's high time these lovely souls had loving owners and forever homes. They each have their special character and they are all so beautiful. A couple of them are a little older but they are not oldies, they are still young cats. Who will give them the chance they deserve?

Peco is five, and very handsome, as you can see. Just look at his wonderful eyes. He's been with us for just over a year. It's strange that he hasn't yet been adopted. For more information about this fellow, please click on his name. 

The gorgeous Louie is funny and playful. He's a bit of a chubby boy so needs to go on a diet - he really loves his food. He would like to rule a household where he is King of the castle, a gentle calm king who will repay your love and attention. Click on his name for more about Louie.

Mekel - 2

Mekel ... how could anyone resist her. That face! Those eyes. It's a mystery that she's still with us after a little over a year. Since she was a small 6 month old kitten. Still a young cat she will charm any household and family lucky enough to own her. For more information about this sweet tabby darling, please click on her name.

Chelia -4

This is Chelia, so pretty with her grey striped coat and enormous eyes. Chelia is four now and like the others has been with us for over a year? We love her but want her to have a warm, happy forever home. A shelter is no place for a cat, however much we love her. For more information please click on her name.