Registered charity no. 08546 (Spain)
CIF G93073096

Our aims

TAIL's aim is to rescue, care for, and endeavour to find homes for stray, neglected and abandoned dogs in the Torrox area of Southern Spain.

TAIL also strives to educate the public on the importance of neutering and responsible ownership.

Our history

TAIL started as an idea in the spring of 2008 by Sue Whewell and Wolfgang Butz to help the abandoned dogs and cats in the Torrox area of Spain. By 2009 an association was in the pipeline and several more people were showing an interest in helping with the work that would be involved.

Who we are today


The whole operation of TAIL functions through the help and dedication of considerable numbers of volunteers, without whom the association could not exist. Our volunteers are an international group originating from many places including the UK, Spain, Germany, France, Belgium, Netherlands and Scandinavia

TAIL also has what is known as a Junta Directiva comprising of seven members that oversee the governance and direction of the association. There is also a general committee which covers day to day matters.

The refuge today is totally beyond recognition from the beginning, much of the finance to improve the condition of the facilities and kennels has come from the sales of donated goods to our shops. Large funds have also been raised by Martine Decroie, one of TAIL's committee members who continues to devote herself to the refuge improvements and maintainance.

TAIL President - Petar Rusev

Petar of Clinica Veterinaria Dolittle is our long time vet, on call 24/7 both at the refuge and with our foster carers

TAIL Vice President - Gillian Russell

Gillian is also manager of shop 3, in the pueblo


TAIL Secretary - Gill Armstead

Gill moved to Spain in 2003 to run hiking holidays with her husband. Since retiring she has been volunteering with TAIL after finding a box of dumped pups. She manages the web site and helps with volunteers at the Refuge.

TAIL Treasurer - Carole Bow

Carole has lived in Spain since 2005, and has long been involved in dog rescue.

Spokesperson - Marina Evans-Grund

Marina previously worked as a Lufthansa flight attendant, she now manages shop 1

Spokesperson - Sheila McAslan

Sheila is one of Tail long term fosters, particularly of older dogs. She also works in shop 3

Spokesperson - Mike Brinkman

Mike is manager of shop 2 , and recently oversaw it's move to bigger, brighter premises

Our Friends and Partners

We work with a range of partners both locally and internationally in order to get dogs rehomed and fostered. These include: