Animal Care España (ACE) has given the perfect Christmas present to more than 40 rescued dogs. As part of the charity's ongoing rehousing programme, which organises forever homes in various parts of Europe, the dogs have been found new families in Belgium.
The dogs, which included greyhounds, labradors, podencos, mastiffs and several mixed breeds, left the refuge centre in La Cala de Mijas last Friday and were transported by a German company that specialises in the transportation of animals.
This is the third time this year that ACE has arranged for newly adopted dogs to be transported this way. Since its inception in 1999, the charity has rescued and rehomed more than 23,000 dogs and cats.
ACE President Fabienne Paques and several volunteers were on hand to over see the operation. The dogs reached their destination on Saturday morning, where they were met by their new owners.
Before travelling overseas, the dogs were wormed, bathed and given a flea treatment. They also needed an official document from the OCCA (Spanish Ministry of Agriculture) confirming that they are in a healthy condition and fit to travel.
"Getting together all the paperwork, health checks and passports in advance is quite a major operation, but then, when the transport team arrive, it takes less than an hour to get all the dogs loaded and ready for the off. With two drivers on board, the journey only takes about 20 hours and the new, adoptive families, who of course have already been vetted, will be waiting to take the dogs to their new, forever homes," ACE spokesperson Carolyn Melian explained to SUR in English.