Bichosraros.org was founded in 2007 by Maria and Macu when they realised that in the world of animal abandonment and mistreatment in Spain there was a group of animals that could not and were not being catered for in normal shelters; animals with special needs, and as a result, these animals were being euthanised. Bichosraros.org principle mission is to give animals with special needs a happy life, to make society aware that it is possible to adopt a disabled dog or cat and to stop these animals being putting down as the solution. Bichosraros.org is a unique organisation which is currently caring for more than 150 dogs and cats, 40 of which are paraplegic and the rest with other disabilities and special needs, until they are adopted by families with whom they will live a happy life.
The pandemic has had a dramatic impact on the financial stability of Bichosraros.org. They have experienced a significant drop in membership and donations as a direct result of the economic impact the pandemic is having on society at large. With fixed costs unchanged, they have been struggling to meet their fixed costs; pay for food and medical treatments needed, including veterinary bills. The contribution from the Scheinberg Relief Fund has enabled Bichosraros.org to pay off the debt they generated during the State of Emergency and has brought them piece of mind that they have the funds they need to cover their fixed costs of food, veterinary support and treatments until the end of the year. Maria and Macu can now concentrate on ensuring the continuity of their important and unique work.