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Bless you! The day animals are welcomed at a Madrid church to celebrate San Anton

ONCE a year, on January 17, a strange crowd gathers on a street in Madrid’s fashionable Chueca district as Spain marks the feast day...

Police warn drivers in Spain to take extra care to make sure cats are not hiding under hood during...

WHEN you open a car bonnet you expect to see the usual things - the engine, battery, wires and windscreen fluid tank. Perhaps the only...

Spain is European country with most species at risk of extinction

SPAIN is the European country with the most plants and animals at risk of extinction, according to a new analysis. Data from the IUCN Red...

ANALYSIS: The beastly dilemma of animal rights in Spain

A new draft bill triggers fears of an animal farm scenario among the far right, writes Heather Galloway.

MANE ATTRACTION: Rare white lion cubs a hit at zoo in Spain’s Andalucia

TWO extremely rare white lion cubs have become the main attraction of an Andalucian zoo just a few weeks after being born. The brother and...

Madrid judge awards joint custody of pet dog to separated couple in pioneering ruling for Spain

A MADRID court has issued a pioneering ruling awarding a separated couple joint custody of a pet. In a sentence issued by Madrid’s Juzgado de...

EXPLAINER: What we know about Spain’s plan to introduce national ID for pets

SPAIN'S government has unveiled plans for a national ID scheme for domestic animals as part of a far-reaching animal welfare reform bill. The new animal...

What you need to know about Spain’s animal welfare bill that bans sale of pets in shops and insists...

SPAIN has unveiled plans to change an animal’s status from a ‘thing’ to a ‘living being with feelings’ and grants them rights along with...

Police free 260 kilos of live octopus caught in illegal traps in Santoña, northern Spain

THE Civil Guard has managed to free 265 kilos of octopus caught in illegal traps owned by three poachers on the coast of Santoña.  Operation...

LA PALMA VOLCANO: Animals suffer and change behaviour as eruptions continue

WILDLIFE on the island of La Palma is facing a crisis as its volcano continues to erupt. Manuel Nogales from the The Spanish National Research...

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Like a horror movie’ as expat animal charity bosses fled Spain’s Sierra Bermeja wildfire while rescuing dozens of...

THE boss of the Costa del Sol’s most famous animal rescue centre has recalled the dramatic moment she and her husband had to evacuate...

WATCH: Pilgrim walking the Camino de Santiago with 7 goats, 3 donkeys and a dog stopped by Spain’s Guardia...

OFFICERS of the Guardia Civil's Nature Protection Service (SEPRONA), together with Policia local in Santo Domingo de La Calzada, northern Spain, have stopped a...

Spain’s Sierra Bermeja fire leaves dozens of animals burnt or with serious injuries

THE devastating flames from the Sierra Bermeja wildfire have destroyed almost 10,000 hectares of food, water and shelter the wildlife in the area need...

Pink-skinned baby panda twins are born at Madrid Zoo in Spain

TWIN giant pandas were born at Madrid Zoo today(September 6). Huz Zui Ba gave birth to her first baby at 8.30 am and then at...

IN PICS: Keepers hand-rear orphaned newborn gazelle from critically-endangered species at zoo in Spain’s Valencia

A CALF of an incredibly rare gazelle species is being hand reared by keepers at Valencia’s BioParc in eastern Spain after its mother died...

Ice lollies and frozen trout: How Spain’s zoo animals are keeping cool during heatwave

AS temperatures soar above 40ºC across Spain as a heatwave intensifies, zoos and wildlife parks are working hard to keep their animals cool. That means...

IN PICS: Benidorm animals enjoy ice lollies as heatwave scorches Spain’s Costa Blanca

ANIMALS have been tucking into specially-made ice lollies to keep them cool at a Costa Blanca nature park. Temperatures reached 38.5 degrees in Alicante on...

PUPPY LOVE: New study from Spain proves dogs really do make a home a happier place

Every dogowner already knows it, but now there is official scientific proof: a dog makes a home a happier place and is good for...

Pets in Spain move step closer to ‘human status’ with breakthrough animal welfare law

UNDER a new proposal passed by Spain’s parliament on Wednesday, domestic animals will be considered ‘living beings’ instead of mere objects. Spain’s congress voted to...

Spain orders slaughter of cattle after months stranded in terrible conditions on ship at sea

SPAIN has ordered the slaughter of 1,610 young bulls which have been stranded aboard a livestock ship since December. The agriculture ministry on Monday said...

ANIMAL HOUSE: Another good year for Valencia’s Bioparc

LAST year was yet another success for Valencia city’s Bioparc animal refuge. Always keen to escape the ‘zoo’ tag due to its negative connotations, the...

IT’S A DOG’S LIFE: Animal welfare experts in Valencia warn that leaving pets out in the cold can lead...

LEAVING pets outside in extreme weather conditions is a crime punishable with prison, animal welfare societies in Valencia are warning. With images doing the rounds...

Town “committed to animal welfare” rewarded with ‘no-slaughter policy’ for stray pets in Spain’s Costa Blanca

SAN FULGENCIO City Council has launched a new and improved service to deal with the area’s lost and found animals, with full management of...

Stray cats more at risk during coronavirus lockdown, says rescue centre on Spain’s Costa Blanca as it pleads for...

BIG Red's Animal Rescue Centre in Almoradi, Costa Blanca South, has at least nine cats that will need new homes from the end of...

In Spain three animals are abandoned every five minutes

The group also points to the recent surge in the adoption of pets, which it claims can actually help perpetuate the cycle of ‘animal abuse’

Becoming auntie to a herd of stray cats in southern Spain is harder than you think, writes Belinda Beckett

But the whole idea of being a colony auntie or uncle is that you have gained the cats’ trust, probably by feeding them

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