CAS: Events for November 2013

Tuesday November 12th
Quiz Night at Lew’s Fish and Chips, calle El Faro, Torrox Costa. Quiz with Laura starts 7.30pm. Entrance fee of eight euros includes a supper of fish and chips or pie and chips, with three euros and raffle proceeds going to CAS. Book at Lew’s with Laura or Kurt on 95 252 1426.

Friday November 15th
Quiz Night at Punta Lara Bar, Nerja. Quiz with Dave Jamieson starts 8.00pm. Entrance fee of three euros and raffle proceeds go to CAS. Food and drink available. Booking essential with Mark on 635 369 673.

Friday November 22nd
Quiz Night at Boathouse Bar, next to the Hotel Monica Riu, Nerja. Quiz with Christine starts 8.00pm. Food and drink available plus special two course meal for 7.95€. Entrance fee of three euros plus all raffle proceeds go to CAS. Book with Peter on 600 397 029.

Friday November 29th
Holiday Extravaganza Ball at Hotel Rural Almazara. Tickets at 35€ include canapés, four-course meal (menu choice), coffee and liqueurs. Live music for dancing until late and a Grand Raffle. Book through the CAS office on 952 523 607 or call Diana on 679 714 612.

Advance Notice – December Excursions
Further details from Sean on 958 640 948 or email
Thursday 5th – La Canada and Miramar for Christmas shopping – 15€
Thursdays 12th and 19th – Gibraltar shopping and Málaga Christmas Lights – 15€
Monday 23rd to Sunday 29th – Christmas in Benidorm: 4-star hotel plus Gala Christmas meal. 375 euros per person in a twin; single supplement of 75 euros.

Autumn Puppies and Kittens
Every year the Costa Animal Society has to manage two puppy and kitten seasons. The first happens every spring but the second occurs six months later when many animal experience their bi-annual cycle.

In September alone, there were more than 50 puppies and dozens of kittens left at the CAS office, in the vet’s office and dumped around town, all of which needed to be vaccinated, fed and sheltered until homes or foster homes could be found. Needless to say, this puts an enormous strain on the charity’s resources so all donations and volunteer time is much appreciated.

CAS cannot stress enough the importance of having your pet neutered to help reduce the number of unwanted puppies and kittens.

A typical podencoThis autumn, there is an unusually high number of one of the most common dogs looking for new homes. The podenco is loyal, clean, full of fun, good with children and makes an ideal family pet, so should merit serious consideration if you’re choosing a new dog.

Podencos are very intelligent, active and inquisitive. The breed’s trademark are the ears which are broad at the base, upright and alert, sitting on top of a long, elegant head.

Play time is all the time for podencos, and they have been described as the clowns of the doggy world! They love to entertain and, although they can be independent and stubborn, they take well to training although it can take time.

They are generally quiet but will bark an alarm if necessary, making them good watch dogs. Podencos are rugged, active and athletic so need plenty exercise but are a joy to have around the house.

They were bred to hunt and watching one in flight is breathtaking, as it jumps like a gazelle to maintain a view of the prey. Quite often, the dog will emit a series of short, sharp yaps as it runs, out of pure excitement and fun.

The breed varies considerably in size so take a CAS volunteer’s advice on how big a puppy is likely to grow when choosing one. If you have given the commitment of a dog serious thought and believe you could give a podenco a good, loving home, please contact Wendy on 95 203 7095.

Killer Dog Food?
Dog food made in Spain by the GSL company but sold in Cyprus under the names Megazookit and Vitcan Total Actividad is thought to be the cause of several sudden deaths in dogs on the Greek island. The food in question contained excessive amounts of theobromine and caffeine according to a press release by the Agriculture Ministry.

It is recommended that Dog owners do not feed any of this food they currently have to their pets and they should return the food to the outlet where it was purchased.

Nerja volunteers needed
The Costa Animal Society is in need of a group of people who would be willing to give up a Sunday morning occasionally to help raise funds. One of CAS’s biggest fund-raisers is the Sunday market in Nerja, but during the summer, the charity was absent on several weekends because of the unavailability of volunteers.

If you have some time, and especially if you own a 4×4 or other large vehicle, your assistance in transporting and selling goods on Sunday morning would be much appreciated. The cash raised as a result is “more than important” to enabling CAS’s work to continue, according joint president Wendy Thorne.

For a no obligation chat about what volunteering to help with fund raising, as well as airport runs and fostering, please call Wendy on 95 203 7095.

CAS Fund Raisers
A lively fashion show was held at the Rural Almazara Hotel at the end of September to raise money for the Costa Animal Society. CAS wants to thank Nerja’s Frock Exchange who provided six models to show off around 80 items of clothing in front of an audience of more than 70 who enjoyed the drinks and canapés provided. Around 500 euros was raised, making the afternoon a great success for everyone.

CAS will be launching the festive season with a Holiday Extravaganza Ball on Friday, November 29 at Hotel Rural Almazara on the Frigiliana Road. (See agenda above for details)

October’s CAS quiz night at the Punta Lara Bar in Nerja was a sell-out and raised 266 euros for the charity. This month, the quiz is set for Friday, November 15, beginning at 8.00pm., with Quizmaster Dave Jamieson. (See agenda above for details)

The ubiquitous microchip
The Costa Animal Society has always underlined how important it is to have pets micro-chipped. Indeed, in Andalucía all owners are already required by law to micro-chip dogs, cats and ferrets which are over four months old. Not only does this help identify your animal, but it can be essential in returning your pet to you if it is ever lost.

And last month, CAS learned of a case in which a micro-chip was able to reunite a lost dog with its owners. The cairn terrier type per had disappeared into the countryside and was absent without leave for six weeks.

However, when an apparently stray dog was checked for a micro-chip, it was revealed to be the missing mutt. A tearful reunion with its elderly owners quickly followed.

Can you help CAS?
The Costa Animal Society is always in need of more helpers in a number of areas, so if you have spare time to fill, please make contact!

In particular, more fundraisers are needed to work with our team, people are required to help with the feeding of the cats at the numerous feeding stations maintained by CAS, and animal lovers who could undertake a monthly airport run are necessary to take animals being re-homed in northern Europe to catch their flights.

In addition, fosterers are always required to take short-term care of animals until a permanent home can be found for them. Even if you are only here for few months a year, CAS would appreciate your help.

For a no-obligation chat, contact Wendy on 95 203 7095 or Vera on 95 252 9670 for general enquiries. Simone on 619 903 815 can answer queries about airport runs in English or German.

And despite the tough times, money is still needed to cope with the continuous flow of abandoned dogs and cats requiring help from the Costa Animal Society.

If you could donate a little to help the animals, CAS would be most grateful.

Bank : Cajamar
Account Name : Costa Animal Society
Account Number : 3058 0728 03 2720100283
BIC-Swift Code : CCRIES2A
IBAN Code : ES91 3058 0728 0327 2010 0283

Or visit the CAS Charity Shop at calle Dr Ferran 12, Nerja. It’s open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 1pm.

Thank you.

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