About Us (The Serious Side)
Every day we receive telephone calls asking for help. Sometimes we only need to answer a simple question, for example ‘What do we have to do to take our pet back to England?' Or, could we tell them if it is a good idea to allow their pet to sit near to a gas fire?
Other times our calls are from people who are near to despair, like the lady who rang and told us about a Podenco, with no food or water, held by a 2ft chain, 24 hours a day, having to defecate where he is standing. His owner coming once a week to leave some food.
Or, a passing traveller, on her way back to England, telling us about a very elderly lady living in squalor amongst the sand dunes surrounded by fifteen dogs, all thin and emaciated, some with raw sores and one dragging his legs, unable to stand, plus twenty or more feral cats and kittens.
Whatever the question we have a team of volunteers who are ready to listen and, wherever possible, to try to help.
P.E.P.A. have four main aims:
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About Us (The Fun Side)
CHRISTMAS DINNER DANCE
Christmas dinner dance at the VIVA ESPAÑA restaurant in Oliva, it proved to be a great sucess.
A P.E.P.A. Lunch is held on the second Tuesday of every month (Click here for details of venue etc)
At the Viva España Restaurant, (N332, Oliva) P.E.P.A held a lunch followed by a talk by Daniel Herranz of Lex Consilium Legal Services (Oliva). Daniel spòke and give advice on
Animal Rights, Tax, Wills and other matters of interest to expats living in Spain .
P.E.P.A. FUN DAY
Below are images from the Fun Day and Dog show held at Benicolet Aerodrome.
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May Fayre at Barx
Mrs Lady bug, Two pirates, and a Mini Hurricane! Sounds like the P.E.P.A. May Fayre at Barx ! Nothing would stop us and nothing did, except unfortunately, the mini hurricane! But not until nearly a 1,000e had been raised!
The unique atmosphere created by a community coming together to raise money for abandoned animals made Saturday April 28th a very special day indeed. It was definitely a first to see a local Spanish dignitary being greeted by the beautiful Mrs Ladybug with a song. No translation was needed; the Mayoress’s smile said it all. Cutlass wielding Pirates ran amok through the crowds screaming and shouting for their likely victims. Exciting displays from The Costa Blanca Flamingo Cheerleaders drew lots of applause as the girls aged from 7yrs upwards energetically twirled themselves and brightly coloured pom poms around. Whilst the U3A Line Dancers, who despite being that little bit older, performed with equal enthusiasm and energy, as they danced their way through slick and polished routines.
It was wonderful to see the many P.E.P.A. rescue dogs parading, sporting bright red neckerchiefs, looking well groomed, cared for and happy. Judges picked the winners who were presented with prizes and rosettes, but it didn’t really matter if they won or not, as they were all success stories.
Seriously delicious hog roast, Pimms and scrumptious cup cakes were the order of the day. On the stage ‘Encore’ presented a very smooth set to start the live music. Whilst the fabulous 3 piece band ‘FREEWAY’ waited patiently in the wings. But.....as the sky blackened and the wind whipped over the mountain forcing the stall holders to cling to their flying gazebos, we realised that this fabulous day had come to an abrupt end.
It was a real shame that we didn’t get to hear FREEWAY, we will make up for that in the future! What we did get to have, however, was to the most wonderful family day out. Best of all we found homes for some of our dogs and we raised lots of money. Nothing it seems can rain on P.E.P.A.s Parade after all!
Bay Radio 5km Charity Walk
When I realised I would miss the I was so disappointed and I must admit, I was worried about getting any support with it being so close to the May Fayre in Barx.
But, needless to say, I worried unnecessarily; this is, after all P.E.P.A. we are talking about here! Once again our supporters rose to the challenge and raised lots of money for both P.E.P.A. and S.C.A.N.
Everyone it seems got into the spirit of the event, with Donald Duck as Mayor of El Verger and Lion King as his friend, or was it the other way around, leading all 66 walkers from both charities as they set off on their 5km walk around the village. Local support was good and there was a great atmosphere throughout the day, with everyone enjoying the live entertainment, refreshments, and market stalls.
Our P.E.P.A. puppies Jack and Sasha got lots of attention yet again! These adorable little dogs received plenty of admiring glances and loving pats from the public. They had great fun meeting the other dogs and mixing with so many people! But remember, as lovely as they are, they need a forever home. Can you give them this ?
Both charities held their own fund raising competitions on the day. Thanks go to Brenda and Trevor, who ran a Guess the Name of the Dog competition with the prize of a week’s board at Casa Antigua kindly donated by Mel and Sue, which raised 31€ for P.E.P.A. The sponsorship monies I know of at the moment are Georgina Elliot and Janet and Brian Carpenter who between them have managed to raise just over €400! Wow ! That’s wonderful! , Well done all of you! The latest total figure as at 13th May reached €3752.14. Of this, €2298.14 goes to SCAN with P.E.P.A. receiving €1095.45 and CARIITAS, €296.55. And the last I heard, there is more to come, so we will keep you posted.
Congratulations to everyone who took part in or attended the day’s events and helped make it the success it so obviously was. I am looking forward to the next one and it was great to work with S.C.A.N. and meet up with like minded people, whose aims are after all just the same as ours at P.E.P.A. ....... all we want at the end of the day is to help animals in distress and what better way of doing that, than by raising much needed funds and enjoying ourselves whilst doing it. ! Jaine
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