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Dingo Dogs rescue shelter

Posted by dolly diver on September 22, 2008
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There has been much talk and heated discussions this past couple of weeks on both losgigantes.com forum and tenerife forum I won’t repeat the discussions but anyone interested can catch up through these links.

Basically there were 2 questions:- Are Dingo Dogs a registered legal Charity, with fiscal and inscripción numbers, and should they, as they are based in Guia De Isora, fundraise in the Santiago del Teide area, where there are already 2 registered animal charities.  These 2 questions have triggered off one of the most controversial strings on the forum.

At the invitation of Andy, president of Dingo Dogs and Phil, the director I was invited to the centre to see for myself the shelter and meet all the dogs in their care. All they requested of me was an unbiased report, I could take as many photos as I wished, and no area of the sanctuary was out of bounds to me. I then thought it a good idea if Judith Noble, from the Santiago del Teide Branch of Asociación San Francisco de los Animales, came with me because she had never visited the shelter. That was no problem to Phil.

part-of-the-rescue-shelterThe shelter is located quite a way up the Cuevo del Polvo road. I would have had problems finding it but Andy met us and we followed him. As we pulled up at the shelter the dogs were so excited at having visitors that we were unable to talk for a while until they settled down. Phil welcomes visitors at anytime but it is best to telephone ahead and give him warning. The reason being is that the majority of the dogs have complete run of the large grounds. When visitors arrive the dogs get excited which can lead to a punch up between them. Phil fastens the possible troublemakers by their leads to their respective kennels to keep order in camp. Read more

The second five star hotel (after Abama) in the borough of Guía de Isora open its 1st phase to guests today. Several months of work are still needed to complete all the building work before the hotel can be fully open to the public.

artists impression - New Hotel AlcalaBeing heralded as the new luxury flagship of the Sol Meliá group, The Gran Meliá Palace de Isora in Alcalá was designed by Spanish architect Álvaro Sans. (Artists impression – right)

To serve different client needs the hotel will offer a number of different zones. In the best part of the complex there are 53 bedrooms, an independent entrance and reception area as well as a number of unique services. There are also several Garden Villas each with its own pool, hydro-massage bath and garden.

In the general zone there are 114 Demi Suites with garden view, 296 Demi Suites with ocean views, 49 Demi Suites with private gardens, a number of master suites with whirlpools, family suites and 53 Demi Suites and six Garden Villas labelled as ‘exclusively for adults’.

new hotel AlcalaSpecial attractions include the Infinity Pool, a salt water pool 265 metres long placed next to one of the biggest artificial beaches in Europe.

There are five superb restaurants each of them offering individual specialities, and a central 2,800 m2 plaza.

Families are well catered for as there is an enormous children’s zone with a terrific range of activities for all.

The hotel caters for business as well as pleasure, offering a fully functional business centre with four conference halls (with provision for up to 11 more within the complex).

The hotel also boasts up to 500 underground parking places so in theory that should take the parking pressures off Alcala!

For many years now there has been much speculating about the plans for the construction of a multi-purpose port at Fonsalía, between Playa San Juan and Alcalá on our west coast of Tenerife.

Draft plans for the €177 million project, covering an area of 27,000m, have now been announced by the Canarian government. They include four large quays for commercial vessels and inter-island ferries, docking facilities for cruise liners and a sports marina with berths for 463 boats.

The initial plans have been in the pipeline for some time now, and a lot of consideration has been given as to how to build the new section of the island ring road, between the Adeje roundabout and Guia de Isora, which has to include a connection running down to Fonsalía to cope with the increased amount of commercial and tourist traffic the port will bring.

Coalición Canaria spokesperson for Guía de Isora council, Jesús Morales said the project represented a unique opportunity for economic development in the municipality and would be taking a great deal of ferry traffic from Los Cristianos.

Guia de Isora Mayor, Pedro Martín, said he was delighted by the economic boom the project would bring to the area but there were still many obstacles to overcome, such as how to access the tiny village of Fonsalía and the environmental concerns of the people living there. Consideration of the environmental impact on the area was a priority.