Brit expat donates 300 tins of dog food to struggling rescue centre

Published:  14 Sep at 6 PM
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After an Estepona-based dog shelter made a desperate Facebook plea for tinned dog food, a kind-hearted British expat arrived with 300 tins.

Dean Bateson-Payas admits he’s always been a dog-lover, and was very disturbed when he realised Spaniards didn’t necessarily share his affection for four-legged doggy friends. Most are just working dogs and are treated badly, he says, whilst explaining why he’s been committed to doing what he can for the much-loved, long-standing ADANA shelter in Manilva.

The dog sanctuary had posted their Facebook appeal after an influx of skinny, timid new arrivals, and Dean wasn’t going to let them down. The kind-hearted Briton rallied all his friends and contacts and rounded up literally hundreds of tins of dog-dins, dropping them off a day later at the shelter. One of ADANA’s volunteers posted a heartfelt ‘thank you’ on social media, resulting in hundreds of ‘likes’ and heart-warming comments calling Dean an ‘angel’ and a ‘hero’ for his generosity.

Another volunteer told local reporters it’s not the first time Dean has stepped forward for the dogs at the shelter and the street dogs in Manilva. Dean works in Gibraltar for a gaming company, and began helping local distressed dogs almost as soon as he arrived in Spain. Praising the shelter for its ongoing crusade to help Spain’s homeless dogs, he explained dogs in Andalusia are often abandoned and needing medical treatment or working without basic water and food.

He described rescued dogs with their teeth smashed, dogs who’d been poisoned and dogs covered in parasites, adding those for whom it isn’t too late can be are brought back to full health and fostered or adopted as part of ADANA’s voluntary services. He’s still going the rounds for more tins of dog food and treats for the dogs at the shelter and is calling for more volunteers to help with dog walking, cleaning and socialising with the puppies.
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