ADOPT A PET IN SPAIN

ADOPTING A PET IN SPAIN

Spain is over run with stray and unwanted pets and shelters, and re-homing sanctuary’s are at breaking point. Adopting a pet in Spain is one of the loveliest things you can do to give a Cat, Dog or even horse the love and care they deserve.

Your adopted animal will be with you for the rest of his or hers life, hopefully for many a happy years, so please be sure to think it through careful with the understanding of the time, love and care that your adopted pet will require.

Remember that being a pet parent can be expensive in Spain, what with vet bills and medication. Having a Pet Healthcare Plan with protectapet will guarantee your adopted pet will receive the best healthcare and save you money.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ADOPT A PET IN SPAIN

The average cost of adopting a dog in Spain is around €150 – 250. This will cover all documentation for your adoptive dog and necessary vaccinations. Some Dog re-homing centres will also Spay or neuter your chosen pet.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO ADOPT A PET IN SPAIN

Many rescue centres like to make a home visit checks for potential pet parents. This is not to intrude or be noisy, but to make sure that you have a safe home environment for your soon to be pet. Due to this process, the time frame for you to welcome your new pet into your home can vary from 2 to 6 weeks. Not all rescue centres will ask for this but may give you a leaflet on how to make your home secure for the arrival of your new pet. see the comprehensive Home check list.

GUIDE TO OWNING A PET IN SPAIN

Laws for having pets in apartment buildings

If you live in a apartment block, private estate or place with a communal living area and your neighbours are being disturbed by your pet, your neighbours will be protected under a Spanish law called “Ley de Propiedad Horizontal. This ensures people living in these areas are not subject to dangerous, unhealthy, disturbing or illegal acts.

Before moving into a building, we recommend you check the Statutes of the Residents Association to see if animals are allowed in the building. If there is nothing in the statute which prohibits pets, then you are allowed to have them as long as they do not disturb the neighbours.

If your pet is very loud, has flees / ticks / parasites, smells very bad or is considered dangerous – your pet may not be able to live there. Even if your pet is always kept in your apartment or house, you can still be asked to remove the animal.

Legal requirements for having a pet in Spain.

  • You must provide your pet with suitable accommodation, as you cannot keep an animal on a terrace or balcony for an extended period of time.
  • Pets must be kept up to date with their vaccines and be free of diseases.
  • Your pet must be registered on the Pets Register, including details of your address, contact number and their vaccination details.
  • If your animal is dangerous, you must register it on the ‘Registro de Animales Potencialmente Peligrosos’.

Spanish Pet Insurance

Pet Care in Spain can be very expensive, veterinarian bills will only add to the expense. If your pet is involved in an accident or becomes ill, you want to know you are covered. A comprehensive pet insurance policy can prove invaluable.

4 things to consider when taking out Pet Insurance

  • Ensure your pet insurance policy covers all necessary health conditions.
  • Find out if there is a price limit that your insurance provider will pay out for treatments.
  • What added protections does the policy include? Does it include cover if my pet goes missing? What about if you need to go into hospital, who will look after your pet?
  • Make sure you know what the policy covers.

 

Protectapet Health Plans cover it all

 

FOSTERING A PET IN SPAIN

Pet shelters are forever looking for kind hearted people who are willing to foster a cat or dog until they manage to find them a forever home.

How much will fostering cost me?

In many cases the shelter will cover all expenses as far as fostering an animal is concerned, all that is required from you is your love and attention. Of course, if you could pay for some for the daily expenses it would be much appreciated due to the limited resources that animal shelters have to look after all the abandoned and unloved animals in Spain.

How long do I have to foster an animal for?

This depends on the amount of time that it takes to re-home the animal. You can always return the foster animal to the shelter if after a while, looking after the Cat or Dog becomes to much.

What do I have to do to become Foster Parent?

You will need to speak to the animal shelter or pound that you have decided to work with to find out their exact requirements for fostering an animal. Generally, you will have to fill out a fostering application form, if deemed a suitable foster parent the shelter will contact you and discuss the type of animal or breed that would best suit. A meeting with the chosen animal will be set up then all being well a fostering contract will be drawn up.

IS IT SAFE TO ADOPT A STRAY DOG?

Many people don't consider a stray dog's life even a life, but a dog's heart is absolutely humane. Adopting a stray dog or cat before they wrap up his or her heart with fear, is the most wonderful feeling you will have all your life, right next to the joy of having your dog by your side. If you find a stray dog that you fall in love with and wish to keep forever, there are laws before the stray dog or cat can become legally yours. In order to legally adopt a stray pet, you must take them to a local pound or animal shelter. The stray will then be held at the shelter for period of 5 to 7 days in order to allow time for the original owners, if any to claim their pet.

 DO YOU NEED TO RE-HOME YOUR PET?

 There are many different factors or situations that pet owners may come across that means the unfortunate outcome of having to re-home your beloved pet. Choosing to re-home you pet is not an easy decision. Here are some steps on how to re-home you’re your pet safely.

Keep your pet at home while you search for a new adopter.

 According to the Humane society, the safest place for your pet while you search for a new family is at home. Shelters and rescue centres are usually full to the brim and could be extremely stressful for your pet who is used to living in a quiet environment.

Some shelters are willing to help in the re-homing of your pet by posting flyers.

Make your pet ready to adopt

Having your pet fully vaccinated, spayed or neutered will help in the re-homing process. Family’s are more likely to re-home a happy and healthy pet. For a list of Vets that can assist you in a Health check for your pet, you can use Protectapet Find a Vet directory, here you will find a vet near you.

Advertise your pet through Social Media.

As we all know social media is the way to get your message or request out there to 100´s of thousands of people or more. This is why Protectapet have set up a Pet re-homing page where you can upload pictures of your pet and post descriptions of your pet, their personality, likes and dislikes and more importantly their needs, to find the perfect family to lovingly re-home your pet. Your post on our Protectapet Re-homing page will automatically be uploaded to our Protectapet Facebook page, Protectapet Instagram account and Protectapet YouTube. Together we will help you find you pet their forever home.

Contact a breed rescue group

You may find it easier to re-home your pet if you specifically advertise with a breed rescue group. As some potential adoptive pet parents will have a specific breed in mind.

Be honest with potential adopters

If you are not honest with your potential Pet adopters, you are risking an unhappy or even unsafe environment for your pet and its future owners. Be sure to be fully open and honest about your pets medical history, age, personality and behaviour issues. Just because your pet may need a little extra care does not mean it will be rejected by potential adopters. The welfare of your pet is paramount.

Research potential Adopters

We do not mean going all Inspector Morse on potential owners! However making sure that they have a suitable home and space for your pet is a must. Also check to see what if any other pets they have which may be an issue for your pet to settle into their new home. Asking how long your pet will be left on their own each days and who watches their pets when they are away is a genuine question that no potential adoptive pet parents should mind answering. Remember you can always refuse the adoption if you do not feel comfortable about the home that your pet is going to.

 Charge a re-homing fee

All though not everyone agrees with this process, it does however deter companies that may be looking for pets to test products on as well as people involved in dog fighting rings. The animal adoption rescue foundation (AARF) also warn that pedigreed dogs offered for free adoption can be resold on for profit or used for puppy mills if un-spayed.    

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