A sad dog at a Spanish killing station waiting for his poor luck to turn. It won’t, will it?

The dog in the picture is Cocis, a Spanish cross bred dog who had been dumped on a killing station and put in a death row in June 2010.

Against all odds he is still alive today. He was rescued by me.

I was in Spain with a friend of mine, a chairwoman of a Finnish rescue dog society, in June 2010 and we visited a few dog shelters. One of them was called CanEs and it is a killing station.

In Spain there are two types of shelters. The good ones are run privately and with the help of private donations. In those they try to find new homes (around Europe) for the dogs. The other ones are municipal and in those the dogs are killed after a few days or a couple of weeks if no one asks for them. Killing stations are the most miserable places ever. In many of them the dogs won’t get any food or no treatments if they are ill, and they are killed inhumanely by gas or by an injection straight into the heart without any sedation or pain relieving. The only hope for those poor dogs in the killing stations are the good, private shelters which try and rescue as many of them as they can out of that living hell.

So, I visited CanEs, and saw many many sad dogs. Adults, youngsters, bitches with puppies, too young puppies without mom, disturbed and depressed dogs, injured dogs, big dogs, small dogs, you name it. Cocis was there in one of the cages with another small dog. They were both cute and seemed friendly and on the door it said they had been brought to the killing station straight from peoples’ homes. Who can dump one’s family member like that? I just don’t get it.

We spent an hour or so there looking at the all the dogs and giving them treats. My heart breaks every time I think about any of the dogs there. I could not help crying when I e.g. saw the too young puppies crying for mom on the hard concrete floor. Horrible, horrible things people do. :(

Anyway, Cocis and his friend Pepis ( I gave them those names) seemed very much adoptable, and we decided to buy them out from the killing station. That was not an easy procedure (and definitely it was not easy to leave all the other dogs behind!), but with the help of a Finnish friend living there, we managed to secure the dogs’ lives so that they would not be killed. We also had to pay for their stay at the killing station with “full board” (including no walks, no nothing, just crap dog food and a concrete cage) before the dogs could be moved to Anbad dog shelter. They had to stay there for 10 days for the vaccinations to take full effect.

After that time had passed the dogs went to Anbad shelter. That is a good place for the dogs. :) The keepers love all dogs and take very good care of them.

New homes for both Cocis and Pepis were found in no time and they flew over to Finland in July. They are now two very happy pooches. :)

Cocis has just arrived at the Helsinki-Vantaa airport in Finland.

This is Pepis. Cocis’ friend from the death row. They flew together from Spain. :)

All the pics taken with Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

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  • Tarolino
    Tarolinoover 4 years ago

    Todella koskettava kuva sekä tarina. Upeeta että viet sanaa eteenpäin. Olen ylpeä sinusta.

  • Kiitos. Mulla on ikävä niitä kaikkia koiria. Just katoin niiden kuvia. Ihan kamalaa. :(

    – KanaShow

  • Dawn M. Becker
    Dawn M. Beckerover 4 years ago


  • Dawn M. Becker
    Dawn M. Beckerover 4 years ago

    SO glad you helped these babies!!! I am an animal lover and I get so angry at how some people treat animals…the animals are more humane than the humans!!! I would like to put some people in a killing station!!! I value an animals life over a humans life!!! I know that probably sounds just as mean going the other direction, but it’s how I am!!! :-) Animals are more enjoyable than humans!!!

  • I agree 100% that animals are more humane than humans. It is very sad the way many people treat animals and other helpless beings such as children and old people. It makes me as well angry and enraged. And very disappointed with the human kind.

    Thank you for your comments and favoriting Cocis.

    – KanaShow

  • Lissie E J
    Lissie E Jover 4 years ago

    awwwww poor little thing! So glad u came to his rescue

  • I am very happy to have saved his life. Every single animal saved is one step towards a more humane world. Every single life counts.

    – KanaShow

  • Thanks for the favorite, too! :)

    – KanaShow

  • Eeva47
    Eeva47over 4 years ago

    Masentava kuva ja surullinen tarina, hienoa kun olet saanut heille uudet kodit!

  • Niinpä. Mun kyllä niin itkettää noiden kaikkien koirien kohtalot. Se on raastavaa. :(

    – KanaShow

  • Josie Eldred
    Josie Eldredover 4 years ago

    And good on you for rescuing him :) I have a girl off death row, too.

  • Thank you very very much for this feature! Nothing makes me happier than seeing these two dogs living a good life with their caring owners and friends, both doggie and human. :) And my work will continue!

    – KanaShow

  • juliemoult
    juliemoultover 4 years ago

    Breaks ones heart :(

  • Doesn’t it. I cry every time I remember all these poor, hopeless dogs we had to leave behind there in Spain. Most of them are dead by now. :( Only a small percentage of the abandoned dogs are adopted. The other ones meet their ends on the death rows like this one.

    – KanaShow

  • supernan
    supernanover 4 years ago

    Oh what a sad thing, glad i hadnt seen them all would have haunted me something terrible x

  • First time I visited the shelters the dogs came into my dreams at nights. These images of their innocent, sad and hopeless faces really conquer your mind. You can never forget them. They deserve to live their only lives happy. That’s why I must help them to get out of there.

    – KanaShow

  • Pam Humbargar
    Pam Humbargarover 4 years ago

    Bless you for rescuing the dear soul!!! A heartbreaking image…….

  • Thank you. It just makes me mad how people treat animals. It is crazy. :(

    – KanaShow

  • ibox
    iboxover 4 years ago

    Yesterday, I spent an hour watching heart-warming stories about animals, mostly dogs, risking their lives to protect humans and other animals … true acts of bravery, devotion, and compassion. Four hours later, I read this piece and wondered, “What the ____ is humankind doing?” The love of a dog is a blessing beyond measure, and we treat them like garbage. You hit a nerve with this shot, Kana. Excellent work, and I thank you for your part in their rescue. Dan

  • Yeah, man, it does not make sense! All these dogs (and other animals) there in the Spanish killing stations and in the better, private dog shelters are just normal dogs longing to love their masters and be loved and taken good care of in return. It breaks my heart to know that they are suffering there without any chance for a proper life right now. :(

    Thanks, Dan, for your comments and your support.

    – KanaShow

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