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SOS Animals to close after 22 years of caring for abandoned dogs

SOS volunteers with some of the dogs that need new homes.
SOS volunteers with some of the dogs that need new homes. / SUR
  • The charity was founded in 1997 and run by a small team of dedicated volunteers and supported by SOS Sweden and Costa Canine Rescue UK

Inland dog charity, SOS Animals, is to close in June and is urgently appealing for people who can offer a loving home to any of its dogs.

The land where the Coín-based refuge is situated was sold after the owners returned to the UK and volunteers at the charity have been unable to find suitable, alternative accommodation for both the dogs and for the volunteers who help care for them. The refuge centre, which has rehomed thousands of dogs over the last 22 years, has announced that it can no longer accept dogs and is focusing all its energies on rehoming the animals in its care.

SOS (Spay Our Strays) was founded on the Costa del Sol in 1997 and has been run by a small team of dedicated volunteers and supported by its sister charity, SOS Sweden, and Costa Canine Rescue UK.

"We are working really hard with our Swedish charity to rehome dogs and we have put urgent appeals on the websites of colleagues in the UK, but we anticipate that despite this we could end up with up to 20 dogs still looking for homes. In some cases they are dogs that have been with us a while. We are definitely going to find some way of keeping the dogs safe and have been exploring all options," Andrea, the organisation's spokesperson, told SUR in English.

SOS co-founder Tony Byford said: "We are very sad to say that SOS has to come to an end. It has been a huge privilege for all of us involved over the years to have made a difference to the lives of literally thousands of dogs. We would love to hear from any people who live locally who may feel that they could offer a place in their heart to one of our residents."