Our Candela meets Dani Rovira and makes her TV debut on ‘El Hormiguero’

Exciting news for Valle Verde Animal Rescue and one of the most loved residents of the rescue centre at Cantalobos!

Last week, on Monday 29 January, our very own Rottie Candela, accompanied by Valle Verde co-founder, Freya Rodgers, and Krysta Bond, appeared on popular ANTENA 3 television show ‘El Hormiguero’, in a bid to find her forever home. Dani Rovira introduced a beautifully behaved Candela and told her sad story of life of neglect, starvation and violence at the hands of an abusive owner.

You can watch footage from the show here:

After nearly a decade of suffering, this sweet girl was rescued when a neighbour finally reported the abuse. She is now in recovery at the Cantalobos shelter and looking for the safe, loving forever home that she deserves.

Candela was abused for 9 of her 10 years and she needs a special home, surrounded by love, patience and understanding. Experience of traumatised dogs is essential. Does that sounds like you, or someone you know?

Candela would be best in a home with an experienced single person or couple, with no children and no other animals, although she could live with another older dog or two as long as they are extremely calm around her.

Her ex-owner, a 56 woman from Velez Malaga awaits prosecution for animal abuse. We’ll update you on that when we know more.

Please support our precious Candela by sharing her story. If you’d like to know more about adopting Candela, please get in contact with us here.

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Here are some of the other cat and dogs currently waiting to find their forever homes. Could that be with you?

Click on your favourite below or find more here

Jeeves, sociable young male dog seeks home

Jeeves: sociable male dog seeks home

Born in February 2023, Jeeves is a really friendly boy. He has tested negative to all 5 mediterranean diseases. Let’s find him a home…

Mora, young female dog for adoption

Mora – Friendly young female dog seeks home

Meet Mora. A big, friendly girl, she loves affection and socialises well with other dogs. Mora is negative to all 5 mediterranean diseases.

Dori, female podenco reserved for adoption in UK

Dori – female Podenco

Dori is a female Podenco She is a friendly girl and great with people and other dogs. Dori is now reserved for a home in the UK!

Buddy – male Podenco Cross for adoption

Buddy is a Podenco cross and a very lively boy. He loves playing with his siblings. Let’s find this boy a home!

Cassidy, young male dog seeks home

Cassidy – young male dog needs a home

Cassidy is a male Retriever Mastín cross. He is fairly big but has a gentle and timid nature. Mixes well with other dogs, not dominant. Let’s find this gentle boy a home.

Toby – young male dog needs a home

Toby is new to the shelter, he came in with Daisy. He is a happy and friendly boy. Mixes and plays with the other dogs. Let’s find this great boy a home!

Boomer, young male dog for adoption

Boomer – sweet young male looking for a home

Boomer is a sweet boy. A little nervous but gaining confidence quickly. Mixes well with other dogs. Let’s find him a home!

Rusty male Patterdale Terrier

Rusty – friendly Patterdale Terrier seeks a forever home

Rusty, male Patterdale Terrier mix, was abandoned near the shelter. He’s excellent with people and needs and experienced owner. Good luck, Rusty!

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Meet the Valle Verde Cats & Dogs looking for homes

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