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Defense and Rescue Network for Animals - Registered Charity Number G40650640

Welcome to D.A.R.N.A Animal Rescue

D.A.R.N.A Animal Rescue is a NO KILL sanctuary in Xativa, Spain, run 100% by volunteers. We defend and support abandoned, abused, and neglected animals regardless of age, size, behavior, or medical status. Our ultimate goal is to change the practices in Spain to embrace and enforce basic animal rights, leaving them free from abuse and suffering.

Ways to Help

There are plenty of ways you can help D.A.R.N.A continue this important work
Adopt

Find the perfect furry family member for your home!

To request your adoption application, write to adopt.darna@gmail.com

Donate

100% of your donation will go toward the care of the animals.

Bizum: 611 495 265

PayPal: santuariodarna@gmail.com

Bank Transfer: ES7600811475560001091613

OR

Foster or Volunteer

There are plenty of ways to help D.A.R.N.A, whether it be assisting with transport, organizing an event, fostering. or working at the sanctuary.

For more information, write to adopt.darna@gmail.com

Virtual Gifting

Help us provide for our animals by making donations toward specific needs

ONE of the following:

  • Worming Treatment 

  • Parasite Pipette   

  • 10 Cat Meals

  •  Toy Bundle     

  • Treat Bundle          

   

€10

10 Dog Meals


                                                                 

€15

ONE of the following:

  • Cat Bed

  • Vaccination 

  • Small Dog Bed

  • 20 Cat Meals

  • Parasite Collar       

  • Scratching Post                              

€20

ONE of the following:

  • Medium Dog Bed

  • 20 Dog Meals                               

                         

€30

Large Dog Bed


€40

50 Cat Meals


€50

50 Dog Meals                         


€75

Sterilize a Male Cat


€80

Sterilize a Male Dog

                                     

€100

Sterilize a Female Cat


€120

Sterilize a Female Dog


€150

Adopt

Find your new fur-ever family member today!

Dogs

These Dogs are Paw-some 

All dogs over 6 months are adoptable anywhere in the EU. Puppies must be adopted in Spain.

Pointer - 2020

Amanda

Hello, I’m Amanda.  I’ve had a scary life so far and now I’m looking for someone kind to offer me a forever home.  In return I’ll be affectionate and loyal.  My former owners dumped my in the campo when they found out I was pregnant. I had my puppies out there all alone, and only one survived. I was very upset, scared, and very weak. Thankfully the people at DARNA found me and my puppy, Charlotte and took us in. They tell me I’ve been a wonderful mum. Charlotte is growing up now and we both need forever homes.  I’m still quite shy girl but very gentle and sweet.

Mix - 2018

Autumn

Hello, my name is Autumn! I was abandoned in the streets and hit by a car. My leg was broken and I couldn't walk. Lots of people saw me and no one helped. Finally someone told DARNA and took my in and had their vet fix me up!  It was a long surgery and recovery, but now I can run and play just like everyone else! I’m a super happy young girl and I really love to run. I love to play with my friends at the sanctuary and hope that when I find my forever home, I will have friends that live with me so that I can still play all day long.

Mix - 2016

Benji

Hello, my name is Benji and the DARNA team found me and 8 other puppies abandoned in a field as new-born pups and they hand fed us to keep us alive. I now live at the DARNA sanctuary, but I dream of a forever home. I am a very playful and energetic boy who loves fuss and cuddles. I am so handsome and fluffy, I get on great with other dogs and I love you humans.

Mix - 2016

Blake

Hi! My name is Blake and the DARNA team found me and 8 other puppies abandoned in a field as newborns. They hand fed us every hour us to keep us alive. I now live at the DARNA sanctuary with some of my brothers. I love it here, but a forever home is what I dream about. Although I am a big boy I am a gentle loving one. I am always the first to come over for cuddles! I love to play with the other dogs and am generally just a happy guy!

Greyhound Mix - 2016

Brad

Hello, my name is Brad and the DARNA team found me and 8 other puppies abandoned in a field as newborns. They hand fed every hour to keep us alive. I now live at the DARNA sanctuary, but I dream of a forever home. I am very playful and active and often spend time playing with the other dogs here. The humans say I am quite a love bug...I think that’s because I love cuddles. 

Mix - 2016

Brian

Hello! My name is Brian and the DARNA team found me and 8 other puppies abandoned in a field as newborns. They hand fed us every hour to keep us alive. I finally thought that I had found my forever home, but my new owner got fed up of me once I grew. Instead of returning me to DARNA they gave me away to people who kept me locked outside on a chain and beat me. The DARNA team found out and they fought for over 12 months to get me back. I now live at the sanctuary and I am incredibly happy. Despite everything I have been through I am a very loving and friendly boy. 

Mix - 2016

Bruno

Hello, my name is Bruno! The DARNA team found me and my 8 other siblings abandoned in a field as new-born pups. They hand fed us every hour to keep us alive. I now live at the sanctuary and dream of a forever home, especially one with other dogs! I play well with everyone and love these things that the humans call strokes and cuddles. They are great! I am a sweet, loving, gentle, big boy and the quieter of my brothers.

Podenco Mix - Oct 2016

Carol

Hello, my name is Carol. I had a horrible start in life. I was bred to be used as dog bait but managed to run away. I was taken to the pound where I was bullied by other dogs, but nice ladies at DARNA rescued me and found a lovely foster home for me. My foster mum says I am no trouble at all I walk nicely, can be left in the house. I love meeting people, napping in the sun and think balls and sticks are the absolute best. Cuddling up and night is my favourite, and I am so happy when they humans give me lots of love and attention. I still am not sure of other dogs, but do not react when out on walks or in the dog park, however I would like to be the only dog in my forever home. 

GSD Mix- 2018

Castor

Hello! My name is Castor and I live at the DARNA sanctuary. I was found in a field with 7 of my siblings, left to fend for ourselves. DARNA searched to find where we had come from and managed to find my mum, who had been kept in chains her whole life. I really enjoy playing with my brothers and I really, really love getting attention from humans. I like to observe what is going on around me. The humans say that I’m really clever…must be from all my watching and learning. I am really friendly and love humans and other dogs. As I have always lived with my brothers and other dogs, I really want a forever home with other dogs.

GSD Mix - 2018

Chance

Hello my name is Chance and I live at the DARNA sanctuary, I was found in a field with 7 of my siblings, left to fend for ourselves. I was lucky that DARNA found me when they did or I might not be here today. My stomach had burst and without their help and vet treatment I don’t think I would have survived. I am now very healthy and have no lasting health issues. I love other dogs and tickles from the humans. When I finally find a forever home I will need to have other dogs to play with as that’s how I love to spend my time.

Podenco Mix -2020

Chuck

Hello, my name is Chuck! I currently live at DARNA animal sanctuary with my brother and lots of other dogs. I was born in the pound and it was not nice there. We had a big chance of getting extremely sick, but luckily for us we got rescued by DARNA. I am an outgoing little pup who loves to play I spend my whole day playing with everyone at the sanctuary. I also love humans…who doesn’t, right! The humans say I am a little dog with a big personality I just love everyone. My dream home would be with other dogs as man do I love to play

Podenco Mix - 2020

Cooper

Hello, my name is Cooper, I was born in the pound with my four other brothers. Luckily for me the DARNA team saved me before I was left in there to get sick. I am currently living at the sanctuary with my brother Chuck and lots of other dogs. I can often be found relaxing in the shade with the older dogs, although I do still enjoy playing, I am much more relaxed than the other pups at the sanctuary. I would ideally love to be adopted with other dogs as I am much more confident when in a pack.

Springer Spaniel Mix - 2015

Ella

Hello, my name is Ella! I was a hunting dog who unfortunately was not particularly good at hunting, so the hunters beat me, chopped off my tail, then abandoned me on the streets. Somehow I am still a very happy, social girl! I love playing with balls, and love attention and cuddles. I do sometimes get scared and would do best with a family that can be patient and loving with me!

GSD Mix - 2018

Fido

Hello, my name is Fido and I live at the DARNA sanctuary! I was found in a field with 7 of my siblings shortly after being born…we were left to fend for ourselves. The kind people at DARNA searched to find where we had come from and managed to find my mum, who had been kept in chains her whole life. I’m a really happy boy and the humans describe me as a playful fluff ball. I spend most of my time playing which is great fun. I am so friendly and I love people and other dogs. As I have always lived with my brothers and other dogs, I really want a forever home with other dogs for me to play with.

GSD Mix - 2018

Frank

Hello my name is Frank and I live at the DARNA sanctuary, I was found in a field with 7 of my siblings, left to fend for ourselves. DARNA searched to find where we had come from and managed to find my mum who had been kept in chains her whole life. I’m such a caring boy and I love cuddles and fuss. I’m great with other dogs and I love playing with my brothers and friends at the sanctuary. As I have always lived with my brothers and other dogs I really want a forever home with other dogs. 

Podenco - 2019

Penny

Hello, my name is Penny! I was used as a hunting dog but at the end of hunting season I was left to fend for myself. I was very poorly treated by the hunters and can be nervous around humans.  I have come a really really long way though, and would love a patient, quiet adopter who can show me gentleness and love!

Podenco and Terrier Mixes - 2014

Rocky & Sol

Hello! Our names are Rocky and Sol and we have always been together. We are very bonded and are very reliant on each other. Our previous owner died and their family didn’t want us so they took us to the vet to be put to sleep. The vet refused but we spent two long weeks in a cage there before someone told DARNA about it. We have been living at the sanctuary ever since. We are still quite nervous but are getting more confident each day. We love playing with each other and once we get to know a human, we love strokes and cuddles. It does take us a little time to become trusting, but we really want to find a family to love again!

Mix - 2019

Stephi

Hello, my name is Stephi and I am looking for a forever home. I was rescued after being abandoned by my family. I am a sweet girl, sometimes shy, but really really love cuddles. I am an active dog and am looking for an active family. I get on well with other dog, but I would prefer to be the only dog in a home, as I love receiving all the attention after having such a unsure start in life. 

Galgo - 2020

Summer

Hello, I’m Summer! I came into DARNA with my sister, Winter when the hunting season ended and our owner didn’t want us anymore.  I’m a very friendly and fun girl and I love nothing more than playing with my human and doggy friends.  I’m quite young and have lots of energy! I enjoy running around with the other dogs at DARNA but really dream of having my own home and with people who will take me for walks, play with me and of course, share lots of lovely cuddles. 

Mixes -2018

Terry & Otto

Hi! We are Terry (right) and Otto (left)! We were born in the pound and are brother and sister. Nobody wanted to adopt us and we were due to be put to sleep. Luckily DARNA heard and rescued us, now we are in a foster home waiting for a forever home together. The humans say that I (Terry) am affectionate, with a sweet nature and I love belly rubs and lots of fuss. I am super clever and very keen to please. My brother (Otto) is a little more shy and can be nervous about new people at first, but once he gets to know you he is a cheeky little chap! The humans say he is an extremely sweet and affectionate boy. We both love to play with each other and are very bonded so need a home together.

Podenco - 2019

Tilly

Hello, my name is Tilly and I live at the DARNA sanctuary! I was found pregnant on the street and my babies were born in the pound. The nice people at DARNA knew they wouldn’t have a good chance of survival at the pound, so they got us out. When I first arrived at the sanctuary I was really scared but have made a lot of progress. I am now with a very kind foster and am learning that people can be really nice. I am looking for a forever family that is patient, gentle, and loving! 

Terrier Mix - 2019

Timmy

Hello, my name is Timmy! DARNA found me on the streets unable to walk. I had a pretty severe case of leishmaniasis and I had been left to die. I was so scared and nervous. The DARNA team helped nurse me back to health. I am still incredibly nervous but living at the sanctuary has helped me to become more confident. I am gaining trust with people day by day. I am looking for a forever home with other dogs as I am more confident around them than humans. However, once I get to know a human, I am very affectionate.

Galgo - 2020

Winter

Hello, I’m Winter, a beautiful Spanish Galgo.  I came into DARNA with my sister, Summer when the hunting season ended and our owner didn’t want us anymore.  I love other dogs but I’m quite a shy girl with humans. The people at DARNA tell me I really need a foster home or a forever home where I can learn to trust people. I love other dogs and do need a home either with my sister, Summer or with another doggy friend to help me build my confidence. I’m quite young and have lots of energy.

Cats

The Purrfect Companion

All cats over 6 months are adoptable anywhere in the EU. Kittens must be adopted in Spain.

Mix - male

Bimbo

Hello, my name is Bimbo and I was rescued from death row by the DARNA team. Now I am in a nice foster home, but I really would like a forever home. The humans say that I am a very cheeky chap who likes to get up to mischief, my other role are star soccer player and guardian of your possessions.

Black - male 2020

Cookie

Hello, my name is Cookie, and my pregnant mother was left on the door of the DARNA sanctuary. I was born and still live safely at the sanctuary. I am the quietest of my sibling and can often be found cuddled up in a comfy spot. When the humans come to visit I will come and great them at the door. I like a little tickle and fuss then I will watch them curiously. I love my comfy spots to cat nap in.  I have lived my whole life in a mix out outdoors and indoors, and would need access to outdoor space in my forever home <3

Mix - female

Cuore

Hello, my name is Cuore and I was on death row luckily for me the DARNA team saved me and now I live in a foster home. The humans say that I am an extremely sweet girl, who loves affection and cuddles. I enjoy playing with the other cats in my foster home. sometimes you can find me sitting alone pondering and dreaming of having a forever home. 

Mix - male

Curry

Hello, my name is Curry I was brought in off the street with my mate and young kittens. I am a stunning ginger boy with beautiful markings on my back. I was a little nervous when I arrived at the sanctuary, however each day I get more and more confident and I am starting to come over to the familiar humans for tickles. I have a great purr once I get to know you. I love a mix of indoor and outdoor space, and would need access to the outdoors in my forever home <3

Mix - male 2020

Eclipse

Hello, my name is Eclipse. I am the biggest of my sibling and I am super friendly I just love humans so much. Whenever a human comes to visit I jump straight on their lap and purr lots. I cuddle into their arms and show my belly and let them give me lots of tickles. I will give you so many kisses and would stay there all day if you let me. If you want a super cuddly kitty then I’m the one for you.  I have lived my whole life in a mix out outdoors and indoors, and would need access to outdoor space in my forever home <3

Tabby mix - male

Gizmo

Hello, my name is Gizmo and I was born on the streets. Luckily the DARNA team took me in and now I live safely at the sanctuary. When I cat nap I dream of a forever home. I am curious and playful, I love chasing and running through the orange groves. I am quite shy but once I get to know you I give great cuddles. I you are looking for an independent kitty then I am your boy.  I have lived my whole life in a mix out outdoors and indoors, and would need access to outdoor space in my forever home <3

Mix - Male - 2017

Hippie

Hello, I am Hippie. I was taken in by DARNA after being abandoned with my sister. She very sadly passed away recently, and I am a bit lost without her. I am currently living with a foster and quickly learning to trust. I can be a little cautious around new people and it takes me time to give you my full love but once I do, I give you the best cuddles

Mix - male

Jet

Hello, my name is Jet and I was born on the streets. Luckily the DARNA team found me and brought me to the sanctuary. I am super playful and love to chase the toys. I like to play with the other kittens, and I have lots of energy. I am quite independent, although I will come over for cuddles when I want attention.  I have lived my whole life in a mix out outdoors and indoors, and would need access to outdoor space in my forever home <3

Mix - female

Lara

Hello, my name is Lara. I was dumped in the pound. I am a small and spunky tuxedo kitty and I love cuddles and affection. I will cuddle and human or cat around. The humans say that I would make a great paramedic first responder, as if any human or kitty near me makes a cry in pain I am first on site!  I have lived my whole life in a mix out outdoors and indoors, and would need access to outdoor space in my forever home <3

Siamese mix - female

Lola

Hello, my name is Lola and I was dumped in the pound but luckily the DARNA team saved me. I am a Siamese mix with beautiful deep sapphire eyes. I purr a lot and I love to roll around and be petted. I am a curious kitty and love to explore my surroundings and my favourite thing to do is sunbathe and I can always find the best spots.

Mix - male

Mario

Hello, my name is Mario and I was saved from the pound by the DARNA team. I am currently in a foster home I was nervous when I first arrived but with patience and love and a little baby talk I am starting to become more confident. I am tall dark, handsome and a sensitive soul, but once you get to know me I am affectionate. The humans say I am a little clumsy as I do not realize quite how big I am.

Tortoise shell - 2013

Mia

Hello, I’m Mia. I am looking for a new home because my owner has become sick and is having to go into a hospice. Luckily the DARNA team have agreed to help find me a new home. My mum hopes I will find one soon so she can have peace of mind knowing that I am safe. I am used to a warm home and a lap to curl up in. I am house trained and very loving.

Mix - female

Pantera

Hello, my name is Pantera and I was dumped in the pound but luckily the DARNA team saved me. I have the most luxurious soft black fur. The humans say I am a black beauty and I am super cute and cuddly. I purr a lot especially when I get a good rub. I love to fall asleep next to the humans on the sofa. I have a sweet personality and a soft heart. 

Tabby Mix & Siamese Mix - female

Rona & Sol

Hello, we are Sol and Rona and we were dumped in the pound, luckily the DARNA team saved us. We are cuddly playful cats we will curl up at your feet at night-time for a good sleep. We are both great with the little humans and will play nicely with them. We are best friends and need to find a home together. if you want double the love and cuddles then we are the pair for you. We would really love some outdoor access in our forever home <3

Mix - Female - 2020

Sake

Hello, my name is Sake and I was born on the street with my family. Luckily a nice man took us in and got in touch with the DARNA team. The humans say I am a lovely little kitty. I adore being stroked and I purr lots and lots to tell you how much I enjoy it. I am looking or a forever home where I can purr all the time and be your purfect friend.   I have lived my whole life in a mix out outdoors and indoors, and would need access to outdoor space in my forever home <3

Mix - Male

Unagi

Hello my name is Unagi. I am currently living in a foster home with my brothers and sisters. I am a curious little boy who loves to play. I like to curl up in little hidey holes where I feel safe and secure. I will come over for cuddles and spend my days either snoozing or playing.  I have lived my whole life in a mix out outdoors and indoors, and would need access to outdoor space in my forever home <3

Mix - female

Vida

Hello, my name is Vida and I am a rare ginger female cat. I was found with a flea collar trapped around my leg and neck, due to how long it had been there I have been left with a profoundly serious leg injury. I am currently having surgeries in order to help me get better. Despite my injuries I am an agile happy kitty who enjoys cuddles and affection.   I have lived my whole life in a mix out outdoors and indoors, and would need access to outdoor space in my forever home <3

Tabby Mix - female

Wonky

Hello, my name is Wonky and I was born at the sanctuary after my pregnant mum was left on the doorstep. I needed a little extra support as a baby, and I went everywhere with the DARNA president Grace and now I am strong I am ready to find a home. I am so cuddly, and love being picked up and fussed. I like to jump on your shoulder and my favourite place is curled on your chest purring away. I have lived my whole life in a mix out outdoors and indoors, and would need access to outdoor space in my forever home <3

Happy Tails!

Look at who was recently adopted!  We wish them the best in their fur-ever homes!

The Adoption Process

We take pride in doing our best to match an animal with their perfect family. Here is what to expect when adopting an animal from D.A.R.N.A

Complete the Application

Write to adopt.darna@gmail.com to request a questionnaire. Be sure to fill in all the fields completely.

Home Check

The Team carefully reviews each application and if it looks like there might be a good match, a home check will be scheduled.

Contracts & Contribution

If approved, there will be contract(s) to sign as well as details for deposit of an adoption contribution. The contribution helps us cover a small portion of our costs for vaccinations, vet treatments, flea/worming, blood tests, and passport, chip, and sterilization where appropriate.

Pick Up Day!

Once everything is ready, you will get the green light to go pick up your new furry family member!

Adopt a Virtual Pet

Can't have pets of your own?  You can virtually adopt one of our long term residents and make sure their needs are covered.  Select the plan that works for you, the pet you want to "adopt" from the animals below, and send your donation. It's that simple! You can commit to monthly or annual plans, and 100% of your donation will go toward animal care.

Starter Pack

For the Pets: The "Starter Pack" will provide your "adopted" pet with 2 weeks worth of food per month                                                                         

For you: "Adopters" will receive a photo of the animal they have virtually adopted                                   

€15/month  OR  €144/year

Kibble King

For the Pets: The "Kibble King" pack will provide your "adopted" pet with a full month's worth of food                                                         

For you: "Adopters" will receive a virtual adoption certificate and social media shout out                                                                                      

27/month  OR  €300/year

Lux Life

For the Pets: The "Lux Life" pack will provide your "adopted" pet with a full month's worth of food, some toys, treats, and will help cover some vet expenses

For you: "Adopters" will receive a virtual adoption certificate, social media shout out, and video of their "pet" 

€47/month  OR  €540/year
Kiki
Lulu
Lucky
Peaches
Pipo
Toxa

Volunteer with D.A.R.N.A

If you love animals and want to help us find homes for ours, read on! There are several ways in which you can lend us your skills...
Animal Care On Site

We currently have 2 sites where our animals live - one for dogs and cats, and one for farm animals.  As an animal care volunteer, you will help us make sure their homes are clean and safe, and that they are healthy and happy!  

Building & Maintenance On Site

As with anything, our sanctuary always needs things fixing here and there.  Sometimes it's putting up fences, sometimes it's building new shelters for the animals. If you like to get your hands dirty and enjoy problem solving, this is for you!

Virtual Volunteer

Behind the scenes at any animal shelter is a helluva lot of organization!  From keeping our social media active, to keeping databases updated and forms filed. This can be done from anywhere, and requires great communication skills

D.A.R.N.A Pet Transport 

A transport company making a real difference, with all profits going to rescue animals. Safely and comfortably transporting animals throughout Spain.

Please contact us for a quote for your animal transport needs  - transport@darnaanimalrescue.org

"After You're Gone" Program


Do you worry what will happen to your beloved pets if you are no longer around to care for them? Our family are all pet lovers and their biggest concern is "what will happen to my pets if I should suddenly not be around".  We can help put your mind at ease. Write to adopt.darna@gmail.com to sign up.

€5 Per month Per Pet

This will ensure we will be able to provide for your pet when you are gone.  We will give you  a tag for your pet's collar as well as a magnet for your fridge stating that your pet will become the responsibility of D.A.R.N.A should you be no longer available to care for them.

A Plan in Place

As soon as we are informed that a pet has no owner we will collect your pet(s) and start the process of finding them a "Forever Home" Until a new home is found they will stay with us at our sanctuary. 

Peace of Mind

As with all the animals in our care, we will carefully select a new, loving home for your pet after you are gone.

About Us

We are a fully registered charity in Spain - G40650640 - and are dedicated to the care of animals that are stray, have been abandoned, abused, and scheduled for sacrifice. We care for different species of animals in our sanctuary, in our eyes all animals deserve an opportunity for a happy life without fear or threat.

Our sanctuary is 100% volunteer run, and we rely on the kindness of strangers for financial support to help us sterilize the animals and take good care of them.  Please donate if you can.

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