About us

Who we are and about our workMembers of the Akira Board

Animal Charity Akira was formed on April 1, 2011, after animal lovers noticed a need for a shelter in the areas of Benissa, Teulada and Moraira, and since that time continued to hold talks with both town councils with a view to securing suitable land, planning the construction and build of such a shelter, plus raising awareness of the charity. (Founder Board members are pictured here).

Both mayors agreed that we could build a shelter on the industrial estate La Pedrera in Benissa, which Benissa Town Hall donated to us and in October 2013. The AKIRA Board signed an agreement (Convenio) with the Town Halls to accept the land and construct the shelter. We secured an architect, and had plans drawn up, but Spanish bureaucracy dictated that we needed many more permissions before the shelter could be started. Meanwhile we were given the go-ahead to commence work on the road and services, and by Xmas 2013 the road was laid, with water pipes and electricity cables installed below.

In April 2014, we received the shocking news that the planned shelter would cost more than 400,000euros, a sum we could never hope to raise, and so we were forced to rethink our plans. After visiting the SCAN shelter in El Vergel, we employed a new architect and builder and had new plans drawn, the resultant build cost now reducing to less than 140,000euros.

More problems arose in 2014, when it was discovered that the Benissa Town Plano was not valid owing to judicial errors, and the previous Plano did not include our proposed shelter.

However, in November 2014 we were given permission to start the excavation of the land and by February 2015 it was completed.

Finally, at the beginning of March 2015, we received the final building licence to allow us to start the build and on 25th May 2015 the first blocks were laid. The construction of the shelter was now well underway. Photos at various stages of construction can be viewed on this website under the heading ‘News’ sub heading ‘Shelter News’.

Finally the shelter was completed and was able to open it’s doors on 4th April 2016; a full five years after AKIRA’s conception. We now employ two part-time managers at the shelter, which is open to the public Tuesdays – Saturdays 10:30 – 12:30. All of our rescued dogs housed at the time in other kennels were transferred to the AKIRA shelter on 4th April ’16, and we continue to rescue, board and re-home as many abandoned dogs  as we are able.

Even without a shelter AKIRA have rescued to date hundreds of abandoned dogs and re-homed them in Spain, Holland, Germany and the UK. During the year 2014 alone AKIRA rescued 128 dogs and re-homed 100. This would not have been possible without the help of the Aliaga Clinical Team and we thank them for their help and support.


AKIRA has been very active since 2011 with fundraising events such as BBQ,s Dances, twice monthly bookstall at Moraira Market , wine tastings, garden parties, monthly quiz nights in Benissa and our very popular and successful Annual May Fayre at Font Santa Teulada. The Zumbathon held on Moraira seafront is always a huge success and our annual Christmas Dinner attracts a huge following. 
For more information go to the Events section on the website.  
We opened our Charity shop in Avenida de Portet, Moraira on the 1st February 2013 and thanks to all our volunteers this was such a big success that we moved into a much larger shop a few doors along the street, at no 21, Avenida de Portet, Moraira in June 2015.  Do go along for a real bargain.  We are open Mon- Sat. 10am to 13.30hrs and also Tues and Thurs 17:00 til 19:00. and we welcome donations of clothes and bric a brac in good condition.  Should you wish to spare a few hours working in the shop please contact us:info@akira-animals.com

We continue to look for more sponsors to help fund the shelter and it’s ongoing running costs. We already have Liberty Seguros, Royal Canin, Restaurant Jacaranda, Clinica Aliaga, the famous guitarist Brian May from Queen, Family Charlton, Family Barnett , Family Oosterhaven, Family Rene, Family Waters, Alliance Partnership, Coopers Removal, Casa Antigua, Hans Hobi and Maria Enz, Christianes Hundesalon and Canned Sunlight, who have sponsored a kennel to house up to five dogs at a cost of 1,500eu, with the name chosen by the sponsor(s) to appear above the kennel. Those who donated 500eu or more towards the shelter will have their name on our sponsor board outside the kennels. Too many sponsors fit into this category to be named here, but AKIRA thanks every one of them.

As per the Convenio, The Town Halls give AKIRA a monthly amount towards the running costs of the shelter, but this is less than the cost of wages of the shelter managers, so AKIRA still needs donations to help with feeding the dogs, electricity, water and telephone costs, purchase of necessary items, such as additional food bowls, washing machine etc.

Required items will be listed on the ‘Shelter News’ page of this website. Monetary donations can be made via Paypal on the AKIRA website. The AKIRA Team thank you all for your continued support.

Members of the Board Today

President: Lin di Stefano; Vice President: Angela Whitelocks; Treasurer: Michéle Hadley; Secretary: Christina René;

Vocals: Glau Belvedere, Paul Howles, Marina Renner Jorro, Sue Trisic, Nick Von Dincklage


Asociación Protectora de Animales de Teulada y Benissa
Buzon 50146, La Pedrera Poligono Industrial, 03720 Benissa
CIF No G54557574
Banco Santander Moraira
IBAN: ES20 0049 4376 7420 1000 9666