General Information

I found a dog, what should I do?

We are an association of volunteers and do not have the competence or facilities to pick up dogs. Therefore, if you have found a dog that appears to be lost, injured, or abandoned, you have the following options:
Take it to the nearest veterinary clinic to check for a microchip and potentially notify the owner.
Call 112 to contact the local police. They should come, check for a microchip, and attempt to notify the owner.
– If the animal is not identified, the police should take responsibility or notify the relevant services to transport the animal to municipal facilities.

What capacity does the Municipal Dog Pound have?

The Municipal Dog Pound of La Oliva has only 17 cages: 15 small cages (120 cm x 250 cm), 1 medium cage (150 cm x 300 cm), and 1 large cage (300 cm x 380 cm), all located in the same space. According to the Town Hall, the maximum capacity of the facilities is 30 dogs, but we always aim to keep it below 20-22 dogs to avoid overcrowding and the associated risks of fights and disease transmission.

What is the procedure for newly arrived dogs when the shelter is at maximum capacity? 

The shelter has a small outdoor area that volunteers use for the recreation and socialization of the dogs. When the shelter reaches its maximum capacity, this space is used to house the dogs. In cases where the outdoor area is also occupied, we try to find individuals or other organizations to temporarily and urgently foster the dogs or we hire the services of nearby dog kennels to avoid the euthanasia of other dogs. Currently, the La Oliva Town Hall is seeking ways to address this issue, as the new Animal Welfare Law prohibits the euthanization of dogs.

How long can a dog stay in the shelter? Are there any time limits for their stay? 

Until very recently, the law stipulated that a dog could be euthanized after 21 days if no one claimed it, immediately if the owner surrendered it, or if it displayed many signs of aggressiveness. Over the past 10 years, we have been putting all our efforts into ensuring that this does not happen, and we have been able to keep the majority of dogs for as long as necessary to find them an adoptive family, even keeping a dog for more than 3 years before being adopted. As of September 29, 2023, the new Animal Welfare Law comes into effect, and dogs will need to be kept in the facilities indefinitely.

Do you have any dogs with dangerous/special behavior? What are their chances of being adopted? 

Most of the dogs in the shelter exhibit signs of anxiety and nervousness due to being confined and alone 24 hours a day in small facilities and not having their biological needs adequately met. This issue naturally disappears shortly after they are adopted, as they recover from the period of stress and change and have the necessary activities for their well-being. Many dogs also experience prolonged episodes of fear and panic when entering the shelter; they are completely disoriented, frightened by the barking of other dogs, and they do not know or trust the people they see. One of the main tasks of the volunteers is to help these dogs build trust in humans and gradually overcome their fear. Cases that pose a risk or danger to people are evaluated and treated by our team of professionals in veterinary and canine behavior. These dogs are the most challenging to place for adoption, as they require greater commitment and dedication from adopters; people need to educate themselves and follow the guidelines and instructions of dog trainers.

How can you help?

I want to adopt a dog..

You're welcome! We shelter over 20 dogs who have lost their homes and are eager to find people like you to care for them and give them love.
– En primer lugar deberás rellenar este formulario de pre-adopción, de esta forma nos aseguramos de vuestra compatibilidad y del éxito en la adopción.
Primera reunión: Te contactaremos para programar una visita. Visita cuantas veces sea necesario: Recomendamos varias visitas, especialmente si hay otros perros en la familia, para tomar una decisión informada.
Abona la tasa de adopción: La tasa incluye pasaporte, microchip, vacunas, castración, esterilización y desparasitación. Varía según raza y sexo y el coste es entre 120 € y 190 €.
Planifica su llegada: Prepara todo para su llegada y asegúrate de que esté acompañado durante las primeras semanas para que se adapte a su nuevo hogar.

How can I collaborate?

Thank you for your interest in collaborating! We have various ways you can help. You can choose the option that suits you best at this link. Your support is very valuable to us, especially for our furry friends!

I would like to become a volunteer.

Thank you very much for wanting to be part of our project; the more of us there are, the more we can achieve! Please, check this link to see if you meet all the requirements.

The association

How is Fuerteventura Dog Rescue funded?

Fuerteventura Dog Rescue is primarily funded through donations made by individuals via bank transfers, PayPal, teaming, collection boxes in establishments, social media fundraisers, and from our members. Occasionally, we also organize events to raise funds with the collaboration of some businesses, such as flea markets, raffles, charity meals, and more. The only grant we have received from government authorities over all these years is in 2023, and it is pending delivery by the La Oliva Town Hall.

How can I be sure that the donations end up with the association?

Most of the donations are received through bank transfers, PayPal, or Facebook, and all of them are linked to the same bank account of the Fuerteventura Dog Rescue Association. Members also pay their dues via bank transfer, and almost all of our expenses are managed through the same means. We maintain strict control over our income and expenses. Transparency is paramount for the Association.

Who leads this project?

The Association is composed of a board of directors elected each year during a members' meeting. Three of the original members continue to hold their positions (President, Secretary, and Treasurer) to ensure continuity and to oversee the proper functioning of the Association on a day-to-day basis.