The Triple A animal shelter in Marbella has sent out an urgent SOS pleading for help after a "complicated" year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The association says that costs have remained the same but the income has fallen dramatically after almost a year without being able to organise charity events.
Unable, due to coronavirus containment measures, to hold sponsored walks along the seafront, charity stands at events and weekly markets in the town have hindered its ability to collect donations.
The group says that the loss of income seriously jeopardises its future, consequently forcing members to launch the call for urgent help to be able to cover the costs of caring for the 400 animals to which they currently offer shelter.
Triple A is proposing several ways – including a general donation or sponsorship - in which people can help that do not necessarily involve the adoption of one of the animals and the association says that any offers of help will be welcomed to try to alleviate a situation that it defines as "critical".
One of the people committed to the association is Alfonso Sánchez, a former professional basketball player who, after his retirement from the game, has returned to Marbella to train as a canine instructor and veterinary assistant to help out. He says, “The situation forces everyone to readjust and we are looking for a way to get money from anywhere to be able to cover the needs of the animals we care for including online events or initiatives such as the one carried out by photographer Fran Alcázar who takes photos in his studio of pets alone or accompanied by their owners, allocating all proceeds to the association.”
Sánchez recalls the important work that Triple A has done for more than thirty years in the town. And he points out that "since the pandemic began, in March 2020, the association saw 1,495 animals admitted, while it rehomed 1,441".
"Most abandoned dogs or cats that arrive have some problems… including illnesses that require medication, treatment or surgery to recover. We make sure that they not only have a bed and food but we deal with their diseases and their treatments which entail additional costs that cannot be calculated in advance,” he says.
Behavioural problems following abandonment are another of the issues that the association faces and now the charity has set up a team to focus on this area.
"All the dogs that go through Triple A are behaviourally rehabilitated and that makes the adoption process easier," Sánchez points out. Hence almost all of the animals that arrive find a new home quickly.
Those wishing to help the organisation in any way can find out more details on its website (https://www.tripleamarbella.org/).