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ACTIN, making changes for animals in Spain.

Animal care Treatment International Network has been set up to make changes for the animals in Spain, who suffer abandonment and cruelty. What we plan to do is to bring awareness of the problems to the world’s media. We need to promote education, new legislation and support neutering campaigns. It is necessary to get support Internationally to put pressure to bear on the Spanish government and to persuade them to take more responsibility for the lack of animal welfare in Spain. ACTIN plans in the future to bring about these changes through media awareness. Actin will tell the truth of how it is on an everyday basis, particularly in the country villages of Murcia, where there is a lot of ignorance and abuse. They will tell of what the volunteers deal with and how the abuse of animals is getting worse. ACTIN will endeavor to bring about campaigns for sterilization and education in schools. There is a need for a Society to protect the animals and this is what ACTIN aim to do in the future but we need much support to achieve our aims.

Love to all those hardworking frontline rescuers
22 December 2015

The end of 2015 is coming and its nice to be reminded of what all the animal rescuers go through - sometimes animal rescue and fighting cruelty is something like being in the vortex of a hurricane...let's hope 2016 brings more changes that makes it to all those hardworking frontline rescuers.


Actin has been working towards a better life for dogs in Spain.

Website is

To join as a member ..

Join us on Facebook

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The PAES National Animal Welfare Conference is being held at the Costa Narejos Hotel, Los Alcázares, Murcia 16-18 October 2015
03 October 2015

The PAES National Animal Welfare Conference is being held at the Costa Narejos Hotel, Los Alcázares, Murcia 16-18 October 2015 and is believed to be the first of its kind in Spain. Three animal welfare organisations from Murcia and Almeria: ACTIN, San Animal and Cruz Azul, are collaborating on the PAES (Protección Animales España) Project which is creating great initiatives and programmes, including the National Animal Welfare Conference.

The conference is aimed at those who would like to learn more about running their own Trap, Neuter and Return campaigns; volunteers involved in shelters, sanctuaries, rescue groups and foster pet parents, as well as anyone who loves animals and wants to get involved. 

Delegates will be able to learn about the lifesaving changes taking place across the country and the organisers are confident that they will take those ideas back to pets in shelters, and with rescue groups, in their home towns.




More info on the Facebook page


And in Spanish...

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RIP dear Teddy
30 September 2015

I've written many blog posts about Teddy, a blind puppy who was adopted from Spain to Scotland, the last one with links to previous posts is

All at Actin were devastated to hear the news that our beautiful blind rescue boy Teddy Trueheart died suddenly on 23rd September whilst out on his daily walk with his family in Scotland. Although it comes as a great shock, and none more so than for his family Colin and Marie Southon who gave him an amazing new life, we take peace from the fact that he was doing what he loved, walking and exploring his world.

Teddy arrived at Actin as puppy with glaucoma, his owner was going to take him to the Perrera to be put to sleep and Actin were called to try to help save him. From the start it was clear that he was a happy and very brave boy. He endured a lot as a puppy, and bravely overcame it all, making everyone who met him fall in love with this huge lovable pup.  When he had the operation to remove his eyes and ease his pain he turned into the happiest cleverest boy who loved life.

Sherlie Bradley his foster mum did a fantastic job caring for him during and after his operation, and then he found a fantastic new home in Scotland and undertook the huge journey from Spain to Scotland. We all have followed his story and progress along with many others in his facebook family, with anticipation and wonder. What an amazing life he had with his brothers and sisters, and Marie and Colin, running in the fields, playing with sticks, getting into mischief. We all feel stunned that he has gone from us so soon.

Teddy Trueheart had the most glorious life because of Marie and Colin and we know he will be very sadly missed by them, and by Teddy's brothers and sisters especially Bear Braveheart who was Teddy's best buddy and also blind. All we can do is send them our love, hugs, condolences and so much gratitude. We have all had such pleasure in seeing Teddy's joy of life and he will remain special in many peoples hearts.

Teddy is now running free at rainbow bridge and this time he can see his new world. We'll all miss you Teddy.

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Help Actin to raise funds for a charity shop as their responsibilities outweigh their resources
07 June 2015


Actin is not a rescue and endeavour to only rescue animals from abuse; sometimes they are compelled to help an animal in need because it is local to their team, where there are few resources.


This abandoned Pointer male needs rescuing and Actin need a sponsor to help them with his boarding kennel fees at 3 euros a day, they already have an offer for his vets bills.






Would you help Actin to help him, we are hoping to rescue him tomorrow. 


In May Actin's outgoings for vet bills and residency for dogs like Nilla, Alice and Lottie the chained pups, Valiente and other dogs in their care (check out their Facebook page) came to over 4,000 Euros and their income in donations was 2,000€, (800€ of that was specifically donated for legal fees to help the case they are working on, to free dogs). 


Actin would like to raise funds for a charity shop, as their responsibilities outweigh their resources, so please do support them if you can;


Actin cannot say no when an animal needs them.....


Facebook page




Actin need foster homes for rescued dogs.




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Charities rescue 50 animals
05 April 2015



Actin Association & Cruz Azul have come together to rescue more than 50 animals from a home in Murcia.

Story here, kindly read.



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There is NO excuse for cruelty
02 February 2015

From Vivienne  Wharton, President of Actin-Spain

Please can I take a few minutes of your time to explain a little bit of what Actin Association is about....

Actin is a registered Association G30866925 our website is

Donations help us to continue our work and develop our projects. They also help Actin to take care of dogs that are rescued from bad situations.

If you want to help more with animals in need in Spain and to improve the existence of these animals and to improve laws and fight for proper authorised welfare, which is lacking in Spain, then please support Actin's work.

The website has a membership page which you can join and receive updates on cases and information on the dedicated work their team is doing and support the difficulties they are up against.



Please look at the 'Adopt a Spanish rescue dog' page and remember the ones Actin has saved still need all of their attention.

Any info please contact

The email address for Actin for more information is ...

To donate towards Actins work please PAYPAL


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A poem to the government
20 January 2015


Why wont they listen to the rescuers?

Rescue first, solutions after, we helped that dog but it’s just a plaster.
We are on our knees ‘no more’ we say to the government
Please, this is in Spain is an animal disaster


We see the fight in each other’s eyes we see the pleas in the abandoned eyes.
We are on knees to the government please; there are too many cases too many that need,
There are no resources so when will you listen, when will you care? You disregard us, it isn’t fair


To the government please, we are on our knees, our hearts are sore with more and more.
The dogs are sick, alone, and at our doors, we are scraping the barrel, we are on the floor
This curse we have, our love for dogs, it is a torment here, not a blessing for us; only to the dogs we save and love.


We are tired, we are sick, we no longer live...we are rescued out, our minds lost and frayed but still we cannot turn away,
If we did the guilt will kill us, so another day, not normal or right and no time to be normal or play


We just don’t know how, to save another, where to put more pups and their mother
We are on our knees, oh can’t you see; we pray to the government, give us our day

Please see their plight and see ours too, we are on our knees because of you
You believe that killing an innocent bull is fun to watch, though we tell you it’s cruel, We are on our knees and you are too brutal


You let the hunter starve his dog, hang from a tree, take a life they should not
You say nothing, you turn away, your culture is cruel, not part of modern day- you fool
You leave us lonely fighting and sad, you hurt the animals and it’s much too bad.


When will you see how much suffering is caused, not just to the animals but to the humans cause.
Take care now, for what you have done, because one day for sure our cause will be won.
But for now we plead, we are on our knees...can you not hear us and for the animals we plead?


By Vivienne Wharton

President of Actin-Spain

Taken from Actin-Spain


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Special needs dog Derek who is a Sharpei
10 November 2014



Are you thinking about adopting? Would you consider a dog that has been ill-treated, has behavioural problems or needs a daily tablet for leishmania and yearly blood tests? Find out more about Actin’s Special Needs Dogs below…

We have recently set up a Special Cases section on our Adopt a Spanish Dog website  where we list the dogs in our care that need special attention, they usually have injuries or illnesses they need treating or are recovering from and sometimes behavioural problems that they need to overcome. These animals are receiving our special care with the support of our members as we couldn’t do it without you, we need your donations and sponsorship in order to help them and continue their care.

Some of these special cases are now ready for their forever homes.


One such such special dog is Derek, who needs loving care and a patient and kind owner.

Derek is a Sharpei of the original kind. He has recently been very unwell and what was thought to be a skin allergy turned out to be Leishmania and had affected his organs. He was given a 20% chance of survival but he made it through and now needs a loving home.

He is around 2 years old, is friendly, well behaved, prefers other female dogs to males and has a great and loyal character. He has such a lovely nature and has proved that he is a survivor. He is castrated & vaccinated.

Are you that special friend for Derek?


Please read about Derek >> here << where there are many more photos.

Derek the Sharpei Update:-
Well, we were as happy as expected with Derek's results, the vet had told us they really had no hope for his survival, so he is a complete miracle.

He has put on 8 kilos, has his full appetite back and his mischievous and I dont care what anyone thinks demeanour has returned. His skin looks worse than it is. What you could see before under his skin were the horrible ulcers but they have healed up.

Derek's vet's bills were high with hospitalisation, we have published it below and we still need help to cover, as we have so many other dogs to pay for too. If anyone would still like to help us with Derek's October bill, our paypal account is  or on the website  where we have a link to the donation page.

Our October bill was 2,352.48€ so any help we can get will be so appreciated.

Our VETS HAPPY PETS have a tin and can take donations directly. Thank you once again to our vets, for saving Derek and all the other dogs care they have given and to you for the help you have given us to get this far - we cannot do it without your donations.





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ACTIN thanks Serendipity Crystals for massive fundraiser
04 October 2014


From Actin's President: "I would like to say a huge thank you to Kristy Hodges for helping us beyond our expectations for the rescued puppies and other pups still waiting to be rescued".


The ACTIN Pounds for Puppies Fundraiser was an amazing success!

"It started out as a small idea, a response to a plea from ACTIN to help with food for several litters of puppies. I thought about it and knew from other ‘markets’ I’d seen on Facebook that it was possible to use it to raise money. Had no idea how to make it happen, so did a bit of research and then went for it!

I had some things I could donate and thought I’d ask other people and see if we could raise £300. The event was set up on Facebook and messages sent to everyone I could think of explaining that I’d be running a holistic charity sale to save some puppies and asked if they could possibly donate something. I figured if 20% of those asked responded, it would be fantastic.

Donations started to flood in. Crystals started dropping through the door that people had sent, pieces of jewellery and even envelopes with money in them! 95% of the people asked were kind enough to respond and donate an item. Many of them donated quite a few items!  Suddenly, it wasn’t just going to be a few things popped on Facebook, it was gearing up to be a mahoooosive sale with over 100 items!

My lovely partner, Lee, suggested that I should turn the sale event into an auction, but with a full time job and working weekends, I didn’t think I could cope with the admin. Sooooo many people from around the world sent messages asking if the sale could be turned into an auction, to make it fair for those in different time zones.  So at the last minute, the event changed from a straight sale to an auction, which lasted for four days. Sleep is overrated anyways 

And what great fun and a huge success it was! I’ve had many messages from people saying they had a lot of fun and got great enjoyment out of being part of something that connected us all across the globe ~ a love for beautiful, spiritual things and a deep appreciation for charity workers and all that they do to save, rescue, care for, love, heal and re-home dogs.

It was a real roller coaster ride for me personally. At the start of the auction week, we lost our beautiful cat, Sparkle, out of the blue. It was a real low point. Then the auction launched on the Thursday and within 2 hours had raised over £800!! What a great high! I then woke up on the Friday morning with a pounding headache, head full of cold and feeling awful! My body telling me to slow down it seems, so the weekend was spent in pyjamas, wrapped up in duvets and doing absolutely nothing! Definitely felt low! The auction then ended with a crescendo of bidding and laughter on the Monday as people chatted and tried to out bid each other. What a rush.

It was amazing to watch as certain items resonated with exactly the right people. You guys probably couldn’t experience or feel that, but as the person watching it all going on and communicating with all of the donators and bidders ~ I KNOW there was a bigger hand in this, a bigger reason that it all came together at the perfect time and flowed so easily (because lets face it, I’m not the most technical person!!).

Whether its been to show people how to use social media as a power for good, whether its to join us all together in a common cause or whether it’s to simply help puppies that have spaces booked in someone’s heart and home….. it was wonderful to see.

The auction raised just over £2400 in the end! That is absolutely incredible!!!!

The money we have collectively raised will go towards helping these puppies get to Dogwatch UK, whom have offered to find either foster or forever homes for them.

Tootsie, Jim, Jeff, 2 of the cocker cross pups and the beautiful pups that were left in a box ..see the photos of the abandoned pups left in a box here .. all still need their forever home.

Charles, the Cocker Spaniel, left Spain to travel to Dogwatch UK yesterday and his transport fees will come out of the auction money. The money will also cover things such as any puppy kennel fees, food, inoculations, health checks, passports, flea & worming treatments. One of the puppies, Lucy, will be coming to a home in the Midlands here in UK. Softie that I am, I fell in love with little puppy, Lara, and she’ll travel over with her sister, Lucy, to join our family.

I just want to say an absolutely MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone who took part in this event. It was deeply touching to see just how many people, from all walks of life and from various countries around the world, pulled together and became part of something bigger. Whether you shared the event, just popped in to say hello, told a friend about it, donated items or bid on anything…… this was a collective gathering of awesome people and we made it happen together.

So thank you……. I might not thank anyone when Lara chews my first shoe….but ya know 
With much love and gratitude to you
Krissy XXX"

So many puppies shown above desperately need homes. If you are interested in adopting a dog contact Actin via the Facebook page, Adopt a Spanish a Rescue Dog (make sure to mark any message ADOPTION ENQUIRY).


Click Here to go to the ACTIN Website. 




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Our Celebrity Patron, Colin Fry from TVs The 6th Sense series
25 September 2014

It is with great pride and pleasure that Actin can now announce that they have their very own Celebrity Patron, Colin Fry from TVs The 6th Sense series. What fantastic news!

Above: Colin Fry of TVs The 6th Sense, with Viv Wharton Actin’s President....

Colin Fry has already been promoting Actin’s work and asking for donations during his recent tour, and we have had some great support from his followers. Colin recently met with Actin’s president Viv Wharton and agreed to become Actin’s Patron as he is very interested in our Animal welfare and animal defense work in Spain. He agrees that the way to change things for animals in Spain is work towards an Animal Welfare Act, stand against cruelty and abandonment and also promote sterilisation for all pets.

We hope to achieve great things with Colin on board and look forward to a year of growth for Actin. You can find and follow Colin on facebook here, he has also recorded a short video blog explaining simply who Actin are and why you should support them which you can view on youtube below or on his facebook page. He also supports Noah’s Arc of Mazzarón a local animal rescue that Actin also works alongside. You can find Noah’s Arc on facebook.

Everyone at Actin, our friends and supporters would like to offer Colin our sincere thanks for agreeing to work with us.

Television Spiritualist Medium, The Rev. Colin Fry, and his partner Mikey, live in Spain. They have both been made Patrons of the animal defence charity, 'Actin Spain'. With their commitment both Colin and Mikey wish to establish awareness of the charity and raise needed funds in order to help support the charity. Unlike the UK, Spain does not have anything like the RSPCA or PDSA. Animal welfare is down to individual groups.


Source: Actin-Spain

On the link above there is a Paypal link from where you can donate a one off sum or regularly as little as 1€ a month so please do help Actin.

Look for this PayPal sign top right. Use the drop down menu to donate from 1€ to 10€ monthly!


Becoming a member is the best way of helping. Click here >>> become an Actin member.

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