Adoption procedure

Adopting an animal is a very rewarding experience, you're saving a life and your new friend will give you plenty of love! However, before making the decision to bring an animal into your life, please consider all the responsabilities it entails and only adopt if you are sure that you will be able to properly take care of him or her. An animal is for life and you must be prepared to treat your pet like a member of your family. Be aware that you will probably have to take care of your pet for many years to come.

Our animals will always be given for adoption with their vaccinations up to date, a microchip with details of the adopter and they will be neutered prior to adoption. These basic veterinary costs are paid by the adopter, at a much cheaper price than what you would normally get at a vet clinic.

If the dog is too young to be neutered, we will ask you to sign a neutering agreement and send us proof that the dog has been neutered when it reaches the age of six months.

Neutering is a must for us as it is essential to control the huge overpopulation problem we have in Spain, in addition to its numerous health and behaviour benefits.

If you are interested in adopting one of our animals, the first step is to fill in a short questionnaire which includes questions about your house, lifestyle, other pets and how the animal would live. This is so we can assess whether the animal you are interested in would fit in well in your home, so that both animal and adopter are happy after the adoption. Every dog and cat has its individual differences so this is a good way to get an idea of what you are looking for, and to be able to give you advice on the issues that may pose some difficulties. We may also visit your house to carry out a homecheck, but this is very simple and nothing you should worry about!

Once the adoption has been confirmed, we will ask you to sign our adoption contract and you will be able to take your new friend home!

Adopting from outside Spain

Many of our dogs are adopted abroad and this is much easier than you may think. The adoption procedure is the same as described above and we can arrange the transport. Most of our dogs adopted abroad go to the UK, France, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands, so these countries are the ones we have most experience with, but it can be arranged for most other European countries too. The transport cost is around 250€ for the UK and 150-200€ for other European countries. We don't usually send dogs outside Europe as this is much more complicated and costly, but if you are interested please contact us and we will evaluate the possibilities on a case-by-case basis.

Dogs travelling abroad must be microchipped, vaccinated against rabies and have a pet passport. The microchip and rabies vaccination must be dated at least 21 days before travelling and there is no further quarantine needed, they can go directly to your home.

Be aware that puppies must be at least 3 months old before they are vaccinated against rabies and then need to wait a further 21 days so that is the youngest age a puppy can be adopted abroad (but they can be reserved earlier).

All dogs sent abroad have a blood test done to make sure that they are not suffering from any of the following mediterranean diseases: leishmaniosis, ehrlichiosis, filariosis (heartworm), babesiosis and Lyme's disease.

When you adopt a dog please make sure you register its microchip in a database of your country, as the details registered in Spain can only be accessed by vets in Spain. It's very important to do this as soon as possible so your details are in the microchip in case the dog would get lost.

Breed-specific legislation

In Spain there are a number of dog breeds that are classified as "potentially dangerous" and are subject to certain restrictions. The list of breeds varies slightly for each province but typically includes the following breeds: Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, English Bull Terrier, Rottweiler, Doberman, Dogo Argentino, Presa Canario, Presa Mallorquín, Akita Inu, Tosa Inu, Fila Brasileiro, Dogue de Bordeaux, Bullmastiff, Neapolitan Mastiff and crosses with any of these breeds.

Any person owning a potentially dangerous dog in Spain must have an appropriate licence and the dog must be registered with the municipality. Thus any person wishing to adopt one of these breeds from our shelter must have this licence before adopting the dog. The licence application is made to the municipality of the place of residence. The process is different for every municipality so you must go to your town hall and ask for more information there. To be granted a licence, they will ask for at least the following documents:

  • Proof of identity (passport or residence card)
  • Proof of having no criminal convictions
  • Proof of being mentally and physically capable of looking after one of these animals
  • An insurance contract for the dog with a liability of at least €120,000

If you wish to adopt a potentially dangerous dog and you live in a different country, you will have to comply with the legislation in your own country.