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.
We are also actively involved in assisting with medical care and population control for the stray cats and feral colonies in the area by means of trapping, neutering and releasing.
TAIL also strives to educate the public on the importance of neutering and responsible ownership.
TAIL started as an idea in the spring of 2008. Sue Whewell and Wolfgang Butz began to put their thoughts together as to how an association could function 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.
TAIL began to develop further when a benefactor joined our small group, Angela Bustos became our motivating force and was instrumental in opening up our two charity shops and this in turn helped us take over an existing refuge that was truly basic with only water and electricity.
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 five 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.
Sue first lived in Andalucía in her teens with her family and in 1966 opened up the first beach bar in Los Boliches. Sue returned years later with her own family when in 1988 they purchased a Cortijo in the Rio Torrox, where she has been ever since. Previously in England Sue bred English Setters and Clumber Spaniels which she exhibited at Championship Shows, she also ran a successful boarding kennels in East Sussex for many years. As President, Sue not only has the huge task of the day-to-day running of TAIL but is fundamental in providing many abandoned dogs with a foster home when the kennels are not an option and is also dedicated to working towards improving animal welfare regulations in Andalucía.
Angela was born in Spain and in 1962 moved to England where she lived and worked as a nurse until her retirement in 2003. Her passion for animals grew ten fold once back in Spain when she realised the plight of the stray and abandoned dogs & cats in the Torrox area. Angela now lives in Torrox Campo with her 10 dogs and has fostered a countless number of our dogs in kennels as well as many abandoned puppies that without her would not have survived.
We work with a range of partners both locally and internationally in order to get dogs rehomed and fostered. These include: