Spain Explained

The options for abandoned dogs

It’s a pity we have to resort to animal protection at all. However, the fact remains that wherever you are in the world, there are those who treat animals cruelly. In Spain, thousands of abandoned dogs in Spain  each year. Without the survival skills of the wild animal, their ending is often tragic.

If they survive the immediate dangers of traffic and starvation they might find their way to the municipal dog pound. These dog pounds are funded by the local town hall and provide very basic care until the dog is either re-homed within six to eighteen days or put down.

If the dog is lucky it might end up in an animal refuge centre. These are not controlled by local government and are run by volunteers. They are not-for-profit organisations and often depend upon donations to keep going. If at all possible, refuge centres will not put down an animal unless they are terminally ill.

The dogs there receive regular veterinary attention, their living spaces are clean and they are exercised and well fed. 

Unfortunately, funds and man power are always in short supply so all donations and offers of help are gratefully received.


Given this, it’s important that anyone considering buying a dog only does so if they are sure they can remain committed to it. Placing dogs in the municipal dog pound in Spain is not a good option. If you are considering buying a dog then it makes sense to select from a refuge rather than a pet shop. You will give one dog a happy home and make room for another.

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