Sara Protectora is one of Lanzarote’s longest established charities. For over 30 years, they have been offering a shelter for abandoned animals, running sterilisation campaigns and educating children on the island to raise awareness about animal welfare.

At their premises in Tahiche, they house around 180 dogs and a similar number of cats, all cared for by a team of staff and volunteers. They typically rehome around 800 animals each year, and they estimate they have saved the lives of over 30,000 since the charity was started. The Lanzarote Information dog Louie, sadly no longer with us, was a Sara rescue dog and we miss really  miss him.

Sara relies on donations to provide food and medical care for the animals, and one of the ways they raise money is with their regular, and very popular second hand markets. With the current lockdown, the market isn’t running, so a primary source of their income has dried up.

Jilly Simmons, a long time resident of the island, works hard all year round in support of Sara, and she also keeps us informed about what’s going on there, and the various events in Tahiche.

Food for Thought

Jilly has written a recipe book, as a means to raise funds for Sara – it has over 150 vegan and vegetarian recipes, and is handily spiral bound, so it stays open when you’re following the recipes, as well as having a wipe clean cover.

The book is priced at €10 and profits go to Sara. You can pick up your copy at:

  • A Little Bit Bazar in Tias
  • The Kitchen Restaurant, also in Tias. The Kitchen offers a food delivery service, and will bring a pre ordered copy to you with your meal.
  • Veterinaria Tias, Calle Fraternidad 23.Finally!

Finally! FOOD FOR THOUGHT, the vegetarian/vegan recipe book written to raise funds for Sara, is now available in the UK and costs £14 including p&p. If you would like a copy, please email [email protected]. Thank you for your support.   

Update June 2020

FOOD FOR THOUGHT, the vegan/vegetarian recipe book, written to raise funds for Sara, has over 150 recipes, a wipe-clean cover, is spirally-bound for ease of use and costs just €10.    They are now for sale in Costa Teguise in CORONAS NEWSAGENT and  FRUTERÍA LOS MOLINOS;  in Playa Blanca at BAR GALERIA behind Banco Santander;  in Playa Honda in the DKANES office and from CAROLINA the vet at Dkanes;  in Puerto Calero at JANE the vet;  in Puerto del Carmen from the BOOKSWOP and SMILE VET, in Tahiche from the SARA shop (10.00-12.00 Tuesdays and Fridays) and the SARA office (10.30-13.00 Monday-Saturday), and in Tías from VETERINARIA TÍAS, A LITTLE BIT BAZAR, THE KITCHEN and TIENDA VERDE.  And if you pre-order a copy from HUERTO CANARIO, it can be delivered with your fresh fruit and veggies.