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About K9 Tenerife

This is a very brief history of K9 Tenerife – who we are and what we do.

K9 Tenerife is a Spanish Registered Charity (Nº 3147) run by volunteers in the South of Tenerife. The purpose of the organisation is to protect, to the best of our ability, animals from cruelty, starvation and neglect, and to neuter and spay where possible to avoid over population. At the moment there is no official government funding and we rely solely on you the public for donations and sponsorships.

We were formed in 1993 (our official title is Refugio de Los Animales – K9) by three lady residents in the South of Tenerife, who were moved by the plight of the poor and neglected abandoned animals on the island. At first the rescued animals (dogs and cats) were kept in kennels that had been constructed by friends and volunteers on some land belonging to one of the founder members. K9 Tenerife raised funds for the upkeep of the animals by organising Car Boot Sales, Dinner dances, the placing of Collection Boxes in Bars and the collection of funds at the local markets.

The raised funds never seemed to be enough, there were always more and more animals, more food, and more operations required than there were funds to cover the costs, it was a continuous struggle!

Since then, K9 Tenerife has continued with its work and has received much help from other similar organisations, both here and abroad, and is now affiliated to the RSPCA in the UK – something we are very proud of.

Today, K9 Tenerife has a committee of elected members who meet regularly to consider and deal with the ongoing needs of the organisation. Our Lady President, Elsie Clinton-Leslie, one of our founding members, heads the committee up.

There are also other non-committee helpers, including Rescuers, Car Boot Helpers, Dog Walkers, Kennel Hands, and Fund Raisers to name but a few, and we are always looking for more volunteers – there are never enough helpers!

(If you can spare some time and would like to work with us, please get in touch for a chat)

We currently rent kennels in the Las Chafiras / San Miguel area in the South of Tenerife which are suitable for housing around 55 to 60 dogs comfortably, although most days we have upwards of 75 in our care!

There is a large variety of pedigree and non-pedigree dogs at the kennels, large and small, all colours and all ages from little puppies to fully grown dogs – every one of them desperate to find a new loving home, can you help?

During 2007 one of our volunteers has built us a lovely Cattery and so at last we have somewhere to look after the many Cats and Kittens that are also abandoned – not many people realise that we have these for rehoming as well.

Although we deal primarily with cats and dogs we are an animal sanctuary and will do our best, with our very limited resources, for any animal that needs help. We have helped birds, reptiles, rabbits, donkeys and even two lions and a leopard that were being kept in appalling conditions in Playa de las Americas (these are now safely homed in a large nature reservation in South Africa and not at our Kennels!).

All donations are made via PayPal, which is a recognised secure payment system and accepts all major credit cards should you not already have an account.

Thank you in advance for your support, now … explore our site and see what we do!

Together we make a difference; together we can do so much more