Friday, 1 July 2011

All Help Gratefully Received!

"Hi Guys, I'm Pipo, I'm cute and needing a home, but I know not everyone can take me or one of my pals to give us a loving and happy home. It sadness us all knowing this, but hey ho, that is life. But maybe you could help us in another way, we are looked after here at the shelter because SARA cares about all of us.It survives on voluntary support from local people and donations from kind people. Some people give 5 euros a month, every month, every little helps and the more who can give, the more SARA can do to keep us guys healthy, clean and fed. Here are some of my other buddies, looking for a new home. Not as cute as me....ruff! Thanks for stopping by and for the friendly pat....loved it!"

If you can help giving any of the animals a home or are able to offer assistance at SARA's Shelter, or donate a financial contribution, please contact or leave a comment below and I will contact you. Thank you for taking the time to read about the animals and SARA.

Monday, 30 May 2011

Love & Cuddles Urgently Wanted!

"We are looking for new volunteers to help in our cattery. If you like cats please come and help us out, if possible on a regular basis (for example once a week), to clean and give us abandoned pussy cats lots of love and cuddles. Thank you!... Purrr!"
SARA is based in Lanzarote, Canary Isles

Thursday, 28 April 2011

An Ironman for SARA!

"Let us tell you, the super fit man below, is competing in the gruelling Lanzarote Ironman for us!
Now how cool is that.
All the sponsorship money he receives he will doante to SARA, that means it will help to look after us.
The Ironman is a serious test of fitness all participants have to complete the following to get their Ironman medal...phew I'm exhausted thinking about it.

Swim in the sea - 3.8 kms (2.4 miles)

Cycle - (almost round the island with climbs to 2,551 metres)
distance 180 kms (112 miles)

Run . 42 kms (26.2 miles)

Date: Saturday 21st May 2011

For details on how to sponsor Ben, please read below....big licks and thanks!"

Introducing Ben Warner, competitor number 791, who will be competing in the Ironman 2011 and raising funds for SARA.
Aged 31, he has been running in marathons, Ultra marathons and various other events for seven years since his first marathon in London in 2004.
He has completed the following races :
The Libyan Challenge - 198 km non-stop in the Libyan Sahara
The Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc - 100 miles around Mont Blanc through France, Italy and Switzerland with 9,500 meters of ascents - twice
Ironman France Nice – 14 hrs and 45 minutes
His aim is to try for sub 13 hours or maximum 13.5 hours in the Lanzarote - Ironman so fingers crossed.
He has also completed various Ultra marathons and other marathons in the UK but the above races are his main achievements – and pretty impressive they are too.
An animal-lover, he grew up with three dogs and a cat and now owns a one-eyed cat, called Winkie, who was rescued by Ben and his girlfriend from the local cats’ home.
Please support Ben, and SARA, by sponsoring Ben. Forms will be available at Bookswops 1, 2 and 3 and the Book Shop in Costa Teguise.

For further information, please contact Jilly at


Friday, 15 April 2011

Pad, Paws and Whiskers!

"Hi I'm Azul, and sitting here at SARA waiting for adoption, but as you've kindly passed by, I thought you might like to know a few facts. As you can see from the numbers below (2009) many of us four legged friends padded through SARA's door."

Dogs into SARA: 558
Dogs Out: 551 (of which 170 were adopted in Europe and 381 in Lanzarote)
Total dogs in the shelter at 31/12/2009: 163 

Total cats into SARA:  219
Total Out:: 232 (139 went to Germany / Switzerland)
Total cats at the shelter on 31/12/2009: 62

"As you can see from above, SARA works very hard at finding all of us loving homes. I'm having a cuddle to help me cope after being abandoned. I just hope someone will take me home soon and keep me with them for ever, this time."

"If you can help us, or know anyone who would give me or any of my friends a home, please call by or take a look at the web site.
We need you to help us"


Monday, 28 March 2011

Welcome To Our Home

"Hello, my name is Tobita, I'm a two year old female. For the moment I am living with my family, but they can not keep me. If a family will not take me to live with them then I will have to go to SARA.
SARA helps us abandoned animals have shelter and much more, but as kind as they are, I really want a loving home, please can you help me find that?
Today, my four legged friends at SARA thought you would like to see SARA's facilities. Without there kindness we would not even have this shelter, care and food. Come follow me......"

"This is the main entrance. You can sit at the picnic table and cuddle anyone of the animals living here before you take us home."

"Phew, you woke me up, I'm Ringo, yeah yeah yeah, not that Ringo...sigh! Below are some of our kennels, cosy, but your lap would be better.... By the way, I'm in the same position as Tobita, I'm at home, but my family can not keep me. If someone can not take me home very soon, I will have to go and live in SARA. They are nice people, but not the same as having a mum or dad. Please give me a loving home...I can beg if necessary!"

"Below is our medical centre, as you can see, we are well looked after, but we still moan, because we all want a loving home."

"Everything here to keep us healthy, fed and watered, is provided by donations and help from caring people.
We appreciate not everyone can take a cat or dog home, but help by taking us for walks, providing other services to maintain our shelter is always welcome.
The work at the shelter is never ending .
 Just before you leave me and my pals behind, below are to more of my friends who wanted to say hello.
Thanks for stopping by....Gatita and Ringo!"

"I'm Italia, a pretty girl 11 months old...thanks for taking a peek at our facilities."

"Hello my name is Nifu-Nifa, and I'm a little girl. Not quite three months yet, so will make a wonderful pet. If you would like to adopt anyone of my friends, or offer help, please visit us at

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Piggy Banks!

"Hello I'm William, you've met me before here and, like all my friends at SARA, I am still hoping you will take me home and love me. But today as well as asking for your love, I want to tell how SARA tries to find the resources to look after all of us. Because, without SARA we animals would not be feed, watered or even alive!"

Despite continual attempts , SARA does not receive any fixed monthly or annual support from the councils, or the government of the Canary Islands. SARA's income depends on private donations, piggy banks in local businesses, special bric a brac markets, membership of the collaboration of parallel societies in Germany and the contributions of animal lovers from mainly European countries. All these contributions help, but more money is always needed.

SARA cares for an average of 150 dogs and 70 cats, which are subject to veterinary control, food and daily cleaning. There are cage space for dogs, a cattery, a quarantine area for puppies, a surgery , a veterinary practice and a hospital. Currently SARA's team consists of several employees who care for animals, a veterinarian who works 6 days a week plus a group of volunteers. Our goal is to find a new loving and responsible home for these abandoned animals. Our search for these homes travels into other European countries, Germany being a country that has helped SARA homing many animals.
Our success rate is good, but more homes are needed. Every month we find a new family for some 50 dogs and about 25 cats, which have been sterilized, vaccinated and in the case of dogs, microchiped.
But forever animal we find a home to go to, we have more left in need of our care. If you can help our charity, through offering a home for one of the many animals or a donation, please contact.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

The Best Medicine!

"Hi, I've been told I am the dog of the month....whow!

I'm Leon and was abandoned in the street, and some kind person took me along to SARA. I'm easy going,  love everyone and I am a happy chappy who just wants to be stroked and spoilt. I overheard one of the staff giggle the other that I had stolen their hearts, cute! I hoping that someone will come along and say this and take me home. I'm wishing!
I had a bit of a problem not long after I arrived, lost weight, and was told I had a problem with a kidney. The lovely people at SARA got me fixed up and I doing ok. But a real loving home would be the best medicine I could have....say you'll think about it....!"

If you are looking for a loyal friend, then please consider browsing the photos and information on our web site SARA. We recommend that you come along and visit our premises, take a walk through the shelter and meet the animals. If you decide to adopt a dog, we feel it is important that you take it for walk to help you both bond and make friends. If you decide on a cat, take some time to pet it and hold it. We want you and your chosen animal to be happy together, for life.
To adopt any of our animals you will need to fill in our adoption contract. Our contract asks that you promise to take care of the animal and that you agree to monitoring visits by staff of the shelter to verify that the animal is being well cared for. If the animal has not yet been sterilized you accept to bring it back to the shelter to be sterilized.
To adopt a dog we ask for € 70 this helps to pay towards the cost of sterilization, the first year vaccinations, deworming and micro chip.
To adopt a cat we ask for € 60 this helps to pay towards the cost of sterilization, first year vaccinations and deworming.
We hope you will consider adopting one of our lovely animals,  and you can be assured, a warm welcome awaits you. We at SARA look forward to seeing you!