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San Animal Santuario

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San Animal Work Team Day - 22nd October

Last May saw volunteers working at the shelter, conducting light maintenance work and gardening. The work consisted of weeding, tidying and light construction. There is another Work Day at the shelter planned for the 22nd October and it is hoped that more people will join the team and help with some of the much needed repairs and maintenance. If you can help and wish to participate, please contact or if you live in the Terreros area, for more information.

Why San Animal supports TRAP - NEUTER - RETURN

Community cats have existed alongside people for 10,000 years. They are not a new phenomenon. Community cats, also called feral or street cats, live and thrive in every landscape, from the inner city to rural farmland. Most community cats are not socialized to people and therefore, they are not adoptable. They don’t belong indoors and are typically wary of us. These cats cannot be taken to pounds or shelters - even no-kill shelters can’t place unsocialized cats in homes.


Catch and kill doesn’t work.

Animal control’s dated approach for community cats—catching and killing (or relocating)—is pointless and cruel. When cats are removed from a location, new cats move in, or the survivors breed to capacity. This vacuum effect is well-documented worldwide.

Trap-Neuter-Return does work and it benefits the cats and the community. Cats are sterilised and ear-tipped (the universal symbol of a neutered cat) and then returned to their outdoor home. The colony’s population stabilizes—no more kittens! Trap-Neuter-Return improves their lives and improves the neighbourhood—the behaviours and stresses associated with mating - pregnancy, yowling, spraying, and fighting - stop.

San Animal has run a TNR programme since 2012. If your area has a colony of unsterilized community cats, please contact to see if we can help.

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We desperately need people who are able to foster kittens or puppies in their homes, often at short notice. We also need fosterers able to take in adult dogs who aren’t coping well in kennels. We are also looking for volunteers to help out with the animals - for dog walking, feeding and/or playing and grooming. Please contact Lorna by email at or whatsapp 676 276 199.

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