Helping Madat Tenerife
MAdAT is an animal sanctuary located in Tenerife, that is run by just one person, Regina. She is a very nice person with a big heart and takes care of all the animals by herself: there are - currently - 28 dogs and over 30 cats in her care. With her help, a lot of animals have been saved from high kill shelters or saved from the street after being abandoned or being maltreated.
Now, after being forced to leave her old place, the government has threatened to close her down...
Please take a minute to read the full story below about how this all happened.
Madat es un centro de acogida de animales situado en Tenerife, que está dirigido por una sola persona, Regina. Regina es una persona muy agradable, con un gran corazón, que cuida de todos los animales por sí misma: hay - en la actualidad - 28 perros y 30 gatos a su cuidado. Con su ayuda, muchos animales han sido salvados de su muerte o de la calle después de haber sido abandonados o maltratados.
Ahora, después de haber sido obligados a abandonar su antiguo lugar, el gobierno ha amenazado con cerrarlo.
Por favor tome un minuto para leer la historia completa acerca de como todo esto sucedió.
Les agradecemos muchísimo cada contribución. ***
Regina has been taking care of lots and lots of abandoned animals for years, from her rental house in Los Blanquitos. There was a cat-house, dog-kennels and a puppy-house.
Last summer, she got some bad news. The landlord kicked her out of the house. She had invested a lot of time and effort in making changes to make it a suitable place to stay for all the animals, but she had no choice to leave it all behind and to look for a new place and start again.
With the help of friends, Regina found a new location that she could afford, Even though the house (for her to live in) is very very small, there is a big area around the house that offered lots of room for the animals. Unfortunately, there was NOTHING there, except for sand and trees.
She had to move really fast, and as there wasn't enough money or material to build adequate accomodations right away, she provided temporary shelters to be able to move all the animals into the new place in Chimiche.
***Regina se ha hecho cargo de muchos animales abandonados durante años desde su casa de vacaciones en Los Blanquitos. Había una casa para gatos, perreras y una casa para cachorros.
El verano pasado recibió malas noticias. El propietario de la casa la echó. Había invertido mucho tiempo y esfuerzo en hacer cambios para que fuese un lugar adecuado para alojar a todos los animales pero no tenía otra opción que dejar todo atrás y buscar un nuevo lugar
para empezar de nuevo.
Con la ayuda de amigos Regina encontró una nueva ubicación asequible para ella. A pesar de que la casa en sí era muy pequeña había un gran área alrededor que ofrece un montón de espacio y posibilidades para los animales. Por desgracia, no había nada, excepto arena y
Tuvo que moverse muy rápido, y como no había suficiente dinero o material para construir alojamientos adecuados inmediato, proporcionó refugios temporales para poder transladar todos los animales a este nuevo lugar en Chimiche. ***
These temporary dog-shelters are built out on the open sandy terrain - with donated and improvised materials - and are steady enough to keep the animals safe for now. They are bigger than the old kennels and the dogs are clearly happier with having more space to run around. In each cage, they also have a place to hide from rain or sun, and to snuggle up.
Let it be clear, all animals are very well treated, but building new, concrete enclosures had to be postponed until there was enough money or new donated materials.
Unfortunately, autorities have been unexpectedly coming to check the site and have concluded that the shelters are not approved and that she needs to make changes NOW. They need to have concrete floors, full walls and better fencing etcetera.
You know these new dog-cages were planned, but as Regina has no governmental support or money, she can not build them immediately.
However, authorities have given Regina an almost impossible deadline of 6 months to have an actual architect make plans, have the plans approved, and then build everything.... from the ground up.
We (friends of Regina) are trying to help in any way we can, But we cannot help enough with the financials to solve this problem. Not just by ourselves and not in such a short term...
So, now Regina is stuck between finding money that she doesn't have or facing to see her sanctuary being closed and having to give up on all the animals there...
This is a heartbreaking situation, and we don't see a way out or a solution.
This is why we have decided to setup this fundraising campaign, hoping for a miracle, and to gather the money needed to make floorplans and build the needed enclosures.
This is our last resort to help keeping the sanctuary open, and hopefully to help Regina allowing to continue to save many more abandonded and sick animals.
Any feedback, suggestions or other ideas are certainly welcome. If any lawyer or architect with experience in Tenerife would like to help out with practical matters, please don't hesitate to respond to this message. We would love to hear your thoughts!
***Estos refugios temporales para perros se construyen en un terreno arenoso abierto - con materiales donados y improvisados - y son lo suficientemente estables como para mantener a los animales a salvo por ahora. Son más grandes que las antiguas perreras y los perros son claramente más felices al tener más espacio para correr. En cada jaula también tienen un lugar para resguardarse de la lluvia o el sol y para acurrucarse. Que quede claro, todos los animales están muy bien cuidados pero una nueva construcción o habitaciones de hormigón tuvieron que ser pospuestas hasta que hubo suficiente dinero o nuevos materiales donados.
Desgraciadamente, las autoridades han venido inesperadamente a visitar el lugar y han llegado a la conclusión de que los refugios no están aprobados y que tiene que hacer cambios ahora. Además, deben tener suelos de hormigón, paredas completas, mejores vallas, etcetera.
Como usted sabe estas nuevas instalaciones han sido ya planeadas pero sin apoyo guvernamental o económico este proyecto no se puede llevar acabo en un futuro inmediato. Regina ha recibido, de las autoridades, un plazo irreal de 6 meses para que un arquitecto haga los planos, conseguir que los planos se aprueben y construir todo a partir de cero.
Nosotros (los amigos de Regina) estamos tratando de ayudar en todo lo que podemos, pero no podemos ayudarla suficiente economicamente para resolver este problema. No podemos hacerlo solos y en un plazo tan corto ...
Así pues, ahora Regina está atrapada entre la búsqueda de dinero y confrontar el cierre de su centro, renunciando a todos los animales.
Esta es una situación desgarradora, y no vemos una salida o una solución.
Es por esto que hemos decidido empezar esta campaña de recaudación de fondos, con la esperanza de un milagro, y para reunir el dinero necesario para hacer los planos y construir las instalaciones necesarias.
Este es nuestro último recurso para ayudar a mantener abierto este centro de acogida de animales y esperamos ayudar a Regina permitiendo que continúe salvando a los animales abandonados y enfermos.
Cualquier comentario, sugerencia u otras ideas son ciertamente bienvenidos. Si cualquier abogado o arquitecto con experiencia en Tenerife quisiera ayudar con problemas prácticos,
por favor, no dude en responder a este mensaje. ¡Nos encantaría escuchar sus opiniones!***
According to a budget estimate, MAdAT would be needing at least 20.000€ for concrete floors and draining system, a watertank and filter, walls, fences, roof, equipement rental and professional working hours on top of volunteer work on site.
This is an overwhelming amount and a huge challenge...
Thank you in advance for reading our story and for your kindness, support and prayers...
***De acuerdo con una estimación, MADAT necesita al menos 20.000€, para el depósito de agua y el filtro, los suelos de hormigón y sistemas de drenaje, las paredes, las vallas y el techo, alquiler de material y horas de trabajo de algunos profesionales además de las horas de trabajo voluntario.
Esta es una cantidad abrumadora y un enorme desafío ...
Gracias de antemano por leer nuestra historia y por su amabilidad, apoyo y oraciones ...***
In the midst of the holiday season, I'd like to thank everyone for your warm thoughts, love and support to make sure Regina can rescue more animals.
I've attached an image with a little overview of some of the animals that have been saved and adopted in 2016, and luckily, there are many more animals who are not on the photo, but who did manage to find a new forever home!
Thanks to Regina and her love and care for these abandoned animals, we can celebrate so much good stuff!
Unfortunately, almost on a daily basis, new animals keep coming in and turning up, like the bunch of puppies you can see on the second photo.
As usual, they get checked out by the vet, get cleaned up and fed, and offered a cosy spot, a blanket, some food, and lots of belly rubs.
And then the search for a new family begins...
Thank you all for thinking of us and the animals during this holiday season. Let's face it, we all have a lots on our minds. But thank you so much for caring about the animals anyway <3 <3 <3
Wishing you a warm and loving 2017 !!
PS: the third picture added to this update gives you an idea of what the shelters look like right now. The concrete foundations we were able to build thanks to your donations, have been temporarily covered with shelters made from donated materials from the Island zoo. In 2017, we hope to start building concrete walls and qualitative fences and gates, as well as the water installation we were aiming for.
Aim high, dream big, and then take it step by step..
Together, we'll get there :).
And remember, we appreciate all your positive comments, your supporting thoughts, and each and every donation, no matter how small !!!
After a few months of hard work, we have been able to put the money raised so far to very good use! Thank you all <3 for your continuing interest and support.
So far, the new foundations in concrete have been completely covered, which was not an easy job to do with the loose sand and pebble surface here.
Also, as a summary, with help of friends and locals, a puppy house in wood has been built (also see the other updates), as well as some more dogsheds in wood and an upgrade for the cat-house (see pictures and video in this update).
We woud like to specifically thank one kind "building man" (you know who you are ;)) who came and stayed in Tenerife for an entire month and who helped build stuff on site .
Even though the concrete floors for the dog enclosures are done, there is currently no money to build the planned concrete walls and fences now. In order to foresee temporary housing, a Tenerife zoo donated second hand materials like wire, fencing and wood. We kindly thank our "building stranger" who donated a month of his time to build temporary housing onto the concrete foundations, using the donated zoo material.
For our next step, we hope to raise some more money to pay for the big watertank and concrete walls and fences.
In Belgium, an event will take place in November (more on that later), the booksales are still ongoing, and also a big second hand comic book donation is coming in. Hopefully this will help us get to the next level and up to a 6.000€ total.
From the perspective of the city council, the paperwork continues.. Regina is still working week by week and step by step to make sure she can continue working independently as an animal sanctuary. Actually, her status has recently changed from an official refuge to an independent sanctuary, but the animal enclosures still need to be up to standards according to the council's regulations. The ongoing progress being made and the continuous fundraising is definitely helping for this, as long as they're seeing progress!
Thank you again for caring about Madat and continuing to share this campaign to fellow-animal lovers.
Lots of love
Tessa and Regina
We thank you kindly for the support you have all given us so far. Together we have reached almost 5K€, for which we are forever grateful!
The money you guys donated, has been used by Regina for the first half of the first 9K invoice, posted in an earlier update. So now, the first part of the foundations has been built. (See fotos below)
We are now planning on a second wave of fundraising activities, to get to the next stage, wich is the 10K € barrier.
Please make sure to share this page for more awareness and potential donations!
As a heart-warming example of what Regina is doing on a daily basis, to help animals: look at the pictures below that show the before and after photos of 5 abandoned flea-infested young puppies, who each got 4 special showers to make them flea-free and feeling a lot better!!
Please help her continue her brilliant work!
We have good news and mixed news!
The good news is that we finally have architectural plans for the buildings that have been officially APPROVED by the council !!
The 'downside' is that we still have to build (and pay) everything. We are now obliged to execute EXACTLY according to the approved plans.
For the foundations and waterpipes it means they need to be steady enough for the sand and pebble underground on site.
The cheapest detailed cost estimate according to the plan is attached to this update, and it means it will take 9.000€ for us to start phase 1.
The council is aware we will approach this project in stages. As soon as we have reached the cut off point of 9.000€ on this fundraising page, we will start to execute.
Thank you all in advance to continue to share this page and help increase awareness.
If you may have any suggestions or ideas for different offline activities to help raise money, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Thank you again for your support.
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