Our motivation is to allow every animal a life with dignity

APAD´s mission is to save abandoned, neglected and abused dogs from the streets of Denia, to humanely take care of their well being during their stay in APAD, and most importantly to find them loving forever homes.
The overall objective of APAD is to prevent future abandonment and abuse and to achieve responsible ownership and respect for animals, and we act accordingly not only by taking care for the animals that have already been abandoned, but also through awareness, denunciation of abuse, information and by example.
At this moment we house around 80 dogs, both adults and puppies, that are waiting for their forever homes that provide them with safety, care, love and treat them with respect and responsibility.
Our philosophy is never to euthanize an animal because of lack of space or funding but to save, rehabilitate and re-home all adoptable animals under our care.


APAD provides a 24-hour service for the collection and transportation of abandoned, injured, and/or mistreated animals, 365 days a year. This service is provided at the request of the Local Police, the National Police, municipal inspection services, and the citizens and tourists of Denia. The approximate response time is 20 minutes from the notification of an incident.

In 2023, 563 dogs entered APAD’s facilities, 400 returned to their families, 12 passed away, and 139 were adopted. We also took in 189 other animals of various species, including cats, various types of birds, rodents, reptiles…

At the end of the year 2023, there were still 78 dogs available for adoption. The average age of these dogs is 2.6 years, 44% are females, and 56% are males. Their average stay in the shelter is 10 months.

Of the adopted dogs, 114 were adopted in Spain, and 25 were adopted abroad. Of the adopted dogs, 50% were females and 50% were males, and their average stay in the shelter was 4 months.