Volunteers take in La Palma's homeless pets

This makeshift shelter is housing hundreds of homeless pets

after their owners were forced to flee from the Cumbre Vieja volcano

Location: La Palma, Spain

Members of the Benawara Plant and Animal Protection Society

scoured the island for potential foster homes

in the days leading up to the eruption

But large-scale damage led them to step up their efforts

and convert a school playground into a coordination centre

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) DOG TRAINER AND SUBDIRECTOR WITH THE BENAWARA PLANT AND ANIMAL PROTECTION SOCIETY, ESAU FUMERO, SAYING:

"We have rescued around 140 dogs, maybe more, 60 to 70 cats, goats, sheep, parrots, birds all of which have been rehoused temporarily at foster homes. The have their paperwork with their photos indicating who has them, the owner and the temporary care have each other's phone numbers and are in permanent contact."

"There are people that have lost everything and have managed to take their animals but have nowhere to keep them because most are at hotels or at the barracks or in public spaces where they aren't allowed to keep animals so we keep them here and then take get them temporary homes."

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