Dog Adoptions Made Easier


The animal protection agency, Dogs Welfare Trust, with Janet de la Rosa and sponsors Tenerife Office Headmasters and Pinkies, in partnership with the Adeje Domestic Animal Refuge have undertaken to finance the cost of licences for those who wish to adopt dogs that are listed under the ‘dangerous breeds’ category.

Councillor for the area, Gonzalo Delgado Diaz, praised this kind of generosity adding, “the idea behind this initiative is to give animals that fall under this label the possibility of being adopted having been abandoned by their original owners. Up until now dogs from an acknowledged ‘dangerous breed’ have had more difficulty in finding new homes because of the extra bureaucracy and costs involved in adopting them, and we are very grateful to this protection agency for this concrete gesture which will make that process easier”.

Anyone who wishes to adopt one of these animals from the Adeje refuge must still fill out the required paperwork and apply for the licence, and the protection agency will refund them the costs once the paperwork and licence have been approved.

The Tenerife Office Headmasters and Pinkies formally agreed a covenant with the Adeje council under which, as well as overseeing adoptions they are meeting the costs of sterilisations, micro-chipping, rabies vaccines, de-fleaing and de-worming and heartworm testing of all the dogs that are adopted from the centre.

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The course is part of the Adeje: Clean and Healthy campaign

The Adeje Youth Centre is currently running the first dog training course offered by the council, and it lasts until May 8th. The course leader is professional trainer Juan Carlos Gaspar Abreu. The initiative comes under the borough-wide Adeje Clean and Healthy campaign and is now entering the practical phase where participants, human and canine, will begin to demonstrate what they have learnt in the workshops.

According to the councillor with responsibility for the campaign, Esther Rivero Vargas, “the main objective is that citizens take the care and education of their pets seriously At the practical classes we will now see how the lessons learnt during the theoretical phase can be put into practise in the areas of behaviour and obedience”.

This practical part of the course will concentrate on the civil training – in other words how the dog behaves in public, how it walks, does it listen to the owner, wait when told to, etc..

At the same time participants will be shown the right way to address the behavioural problems of each dog and how to react as owners. The trainer has carried out an assessment of each dog and owner to get to this part of the course and will give individual tips on correcting any particular problems. Students will also receive lessons in sport training adapted for each dog and owner as well as different habits and behavioural patterns of dogs.