It's almost time for Scruffs 2013! On Saturday May 11th Action for Animals will once again team up with the Pavo Real to bring you a fabulous fun-filled afternoon with our four-legged furry friends.

Bring your dog along and you could win a trophy. But you don't have to bring a dog to join in the fun. There will be plenty more to enjoy, including the fabulous belly dancers from Benajarafe who delighted us all last year with their fantastic performance. Get there early or you'll miss them! Look for our full page advert in this edition of the Grapevine for more details of Scruffs.

Last month we had happy times and sad times.We arranged for an old dog who had been found living on the streets of Alhama de Granada, to be transported to Competa where locals Pete and Megan Furniss had very kindly agreed to give him a loving home for the rest of his days. On arrival, we quickly realised that he was quite poorly and needed veterinary attention. The Naturvets team worked around the clock, doing everything they possibly could to return him to good health. Unfortunately his Leishmaniasis test came back showing extremely high levels of the disease, together with severe anaemia and extensive liver and kidney damage. Sadly, there was nothing more that could be done for him and regretfully, the decision was made to put him to sleep. It was a very sad time for us all. We would like to thank Gunila, Juan and Lisa at Naturvets for making old Hobo's final days as comfortable as they could be.

On a more positive note, two more of the many dogs we rescued from Dee's house last year, Bertie and Papillon, are finally out of foster care and have found their permanent new families. Yay!

There was another happy ending and fine example of what can be achieved when people work together, after we were notified of a terrified young dog who had been seen running around the outskirts of the village. She was finally captured in a magnificent team effort, headed by Lizzie Reilly, Magny Kristin Jonsdottir and Reynir Sigurasson and adopted by Lizzie's daughter Lana. Action for Animals will be covering the costs of neutering, vaccinations, microchip and passport for “Ginger”. Thank you to everyone involved in giving her the promise of a great new life ahead.

We'd also like to thank the Competa CAMPO group for choosing Action for Animals as regular beneficiary of their excellent quiz nights held monthly at Bar Vendimia. If you haven't yet been to one, look out for the posters and come along.

And finally, if the ineffable Kevin Deavin hasn't already charmed you into buying a raffle ticket (thank you Kevin!) they're also available at our shop on Avenida de la Constitucion 59, Competa.

See you all at Scruffs!
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