Marbella shows off it's top dogs

Volunteers at the annual Triple A dog show.
Volunteers at the annual Triple A dog show. / SUR
  • Perfect pooches strutted their stuff at Marbella's Adolfo Suarez Congress Centre for the town's annual Fun Dog Show

Animal shelter Triple A's annual dog show has helped raise 3,500 euros for the town's abandoned and mistreated animals.

Some 400 dog lovers attended the fundraiser last Sunday 8 September, which was organised by the volunteer run charity.

The cash will help fund the running costs that total 50,000 euros a month

Jan Weima, 74, secretary for Amigos de Animales Abandonados, told SUR in English that around 40 volunteers helped on the day - with many baking cakes, making snacks and running the stalls.

He said: "It went tremendously well. Everyone's support is very much appreciated."

During the show dozens of dogs competed in 12 different categories.

The Best in Show category was won by Veronica Kener's dog, Africa, a Malinois.

At present Triple A looks after 358 dogs, 230 cats and one Vietnamese pig. The charity re-homes pets around Spain but the majority of dogs are adopted by people in Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Finland and Sweden.

Jan added that the charity now offers "Virtual Adoption", meaning people can pay 15 euros a month for a dog's upkeep, until it is adopted by someone.

Formed in 1991, the charity is located in a disused mine on the road up to Ojén and covers Marbella and San Pedro.

Jan said more volunteers are always welcome of all nationalities - especially for dog walking every Saturday morning, when all of the dogs are taken out for a weekly stroll by dozens of volunteers.