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Welcome to PAWS-Patas - Animal Rescue in Spain

PAWS is located in the Mojácar-Los Gallardos area of Almeria province, in south-east Spain. It was formally registered as a Spanish charity in 1996, and was an International Associate of the Royal Society for the Protection of Animals (UK) until the scheme was discontinued.

PAWS mission is:

  • To help reduce the number of stray and abandoned animals in the area by sheltering them, and trying to find them permanent homes.
  • To reduce dog and cat overpopulation through neutering.
  • To increase public awareness with regard to these and other animal welfare issues.

PAWS assists as many stray, abandoned and unwanted animals in our immediate area as resources allow. We endeavour not to have to sacrifice any animal in our care that is medically and behaviourally sound and our end goal is to put them into permanent, adoptive homes. PAWS (sadly) recognizes that we will not be able to help every single animal in need and we hope that the public can understand the problems that we face.

Apart from the part-time shelter managers on minimum wage, PAWS is run by volunteers. We have no statutory funding - we depend entirely on voluntary subscriptions/donations. We know we can’t remove the problem. But with your help – wherever you are - we can relieve a lot of unnecessary suffering. Thank You.

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PAWS Needs to Fill Two Senior Management Posts

(Volunteers to be elected at January AGM)

see full details here

PAWS for thought:


logo Please visit the different areas of our website: the Rescue Shelter, our Shop, the adoption database with pictures and profiles of all the dogs and cats who need proper homes and people to look after them, and all the different ways that you can get involved with PAWS - whether by joining, volunteering, adopting an animal or helping to participate in fundraising events. These are all available through the links above.

See latest updates on our news and events pages -

click here for news ..... click here for events

paw If anyone wants to see for themselves the extent or the efficiency of our efforts, they are welcome to contact us via, make an appointment and have a tour of the shelter - or to discuss any other part of the PAWS operation.. We have nothing to hide. 

An Animal Protection Society is not just "a good cause." It is not just a desirable thing on ideological, humanitarian grounds. It is an environmental necessity in the societies in which we live. Packs of dogs running wild on the streets and tribes of feral cats - all of them continuing to breed if unsupervised - are a menace in any community.

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." — Mahatma Gandhi

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PAWS Annual Newsletter (2014)

A round-up of news from every part of PAWS

download it here

2013 Newsletter (.pdf) here xxx 2012 Newsletter (.pdf) here.

2011 Newsletter here xxxxxxxx2010 Newsletter (.pdf) here      

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Eric and Ernie - update

Ernie has found a new home in Holland. Eric is in a foster home and is gaining confidence by the day. He is still available for adoption and would be a lovely addtion to any family.

Eric and Ernie, four year old brothers, were left at the shelter gate together in July of this year. They are both lovely dogs and very playful, with a tennis ball a particular favourite!   

They get on well with other dogs and with each other, and both walk well on the lead. They enjoy human attention as well, although Eric needs a little bit more time to trust new people.

They will both be lovely, loyal companions and are typical family dogs. They could be homed together or separately.

If you would like to adopt Eric and/or Ernie please contact: or go to our shelter page here.

Last month's dogs have now found good homes after appearing here. Rain and Storm are settling into their new home in Turre, while Thunder will meet his new family when he travels to the UK this week.

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Robbie & Negrita

Robbie (top) and Negrita - brother and sister - were brought to the shelter when their owners had to leave their accommodation and couldn't take the kittens with them. Initially they were very timid but have now learnt to trust us and are much more affectionate and playful. Ideally we would like them to be homed together as they are very close. They have both been neutered and vaccinated.

To adopt a cat or volunteer with our cat team please email or call Sam on 627 835 109 - or visit our shelter cats page here ... we are always desperate for people to foster as well.

To adopt any PAWS dog, click here - to adopt a PAWS cat, click here

Fay's Story

paw Daisy spent 10 weeks with PAWS as a shelter volunteer in 2006. This is her tribute to the PAWS dog Ani - now re-named Fay - which she adopted in March 2013.

You can see the video of Aragorn, the first dog Daisy adopted from PAWS in 2006 - click here


Copyright © 2015 PAWS-PATAS, Mojácar, Almería, Spain
PAWS-PATAS is a registered charity in Spain - No. 1928
Aptdo. 627 | Mojácar | Almería | Spain, 04638
Phone: (+34) 678 490 217 | email:

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