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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 entirely run by volunteers. Less than 1% of our necessary funding is from a statutory source - we depend entirely on voluntary subscriptions/donations for the rest. 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.

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 (2013)

A round-up of news from every part of PAWS

download it here

2012 Newsletter (.pdf) here xxx 2011 Newsletter (.pdf) here.

2010 Newsletter here xxxxxxxx2009 Newsletter (.pdf) here      

Can't read pdf. files? Download Adobe Reader here


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Jackpot was tied to the shelter gate as a young adult with another adult male, Hotrod.  Jackpot was the shyer of the two, and was rather dominated by his companion in seeking attention from people who came near them.  But he is naturally friendly and loves contact with the volunteers and staff at the shelter.  He is playful and active when out for exercise (you can see a video of him here).  He is walked regularly by volunteers so is accustomed to being on a lead.  His confidence is growing  and he is now standing up for himself a bit more. 

But he seems stressed at being in a kennel and would benefit from being in a home where he could interact regularly with people and not have to fight for attention. However he has developed an unfortunate habit of jumping up and grabbing or nipping at clothes, so we would not recommend that he is homed with small children or someone who is older and frail. If you would like to adopt Jackpot please contact: or go to our shelter page here.

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15 Kittens

RANGING FROM 6-12 WEEKS OLD. Pretty little tortoiseshells, cheeky little black and whites; we have so many to choose from.

The cattery is now completely full of adult cats and we have 15 kittens in temporary foster homes which we will need to find space for within the next 4-6 weeks when they are old enough to be at the shelter.

The amount of abandoned cats and unwanted kittens is unrelenting at the moment and we actually only have 5 pens, so space is very limited. All our kittens are health-checked and the older ones have begun their vaccinations.

We would ideally like to find them all homes so that they never have to come to the cattery as the transition from a loving foster home to a confined pen in the heat of the summer isn't a very happy prospect for them.

If you would like to adopt one (or two!) of our beautiful kittens email or call Diane on 950 617 643 or Sam on 627 835 109 ... 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 © 2014 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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