21-09-2017

LOLA

MIXED BREED, FEMALE

Lola was found lying in the middle of a road and she was 6 weeks pregnant. She looked as though she was dead……. but luckily for her she was rescued, spayed and treated  immediately and is now a beautiful, gentle, loving girl needing a family home. Lola sleeps in a basket at night in the kitchen and is not destructive. She loves human company but also to play with other dogs and go on walks. She is not the running away type but comes when called and sits for a treat. Definitely a family pet.

Estimated date of birth is April 2015 making her 2.5 years old now. 

Lola lives with her foster family but will be coming to stay with us soon as they are going back to the UK.


12-09-2017

REVI

MIXED BREED, MALE

His mother RITA had been abandoned and wandering around a fairly isolated urbanisation for a long time. As usual, local people feed the females but never take them to be sterilised so every 6/7 months they have puppies, somewhere. This time Rita and her nine pups hung around parked cars on a road that was being tarmacked and the poor dogs got covered in bits of sticky tar. Temperatures were around 35 degrees at that time and the dogs were really suffering from the heat and the tar.
At night they would hide in bushes and under rocks to get cool.
Some people caught the pups and took them away to different places to be cleaned and fostered. The mum Rita got left behind but we rescued her and she is safe with us.
This little boy is the last of two left and in need of a home. He looks very much like his mother. Revi was born on 30 June 2017 and will be a small middle size dog when adult.


12-09-2017.    RESERVED

ROXON

MIXED BREED, MALE

His mother RITA had been abandoned and wandering around a fairly isolated urbanisation for a long time. As usual, local people feed the females but never take them to be sterilised so every 6/7 months they have puppies, somewhere. This time Rita and her nine pups hung around parked cars on a road that was being tarmacked and the poor dogs got covered in bits of sticky tar. Temperatures were around 35 degrees at that time and the dogs were really suffering from the heat and the tar.
At night they would hide in bushes and under rocks to get cool.
Some people caught the pups and took them away to different places to be cleaned and fostered. The mum Rita got left behind but we rescued her and she is safe with us.
This little boy is the last of two left and in need of a home. He looks very much like his mother. Roxon was born on 30 June 2017 and will be a small middle size dog when adult.


11-09-2017     RESERVED

CARLOS

MIXED BREED, MALE

Carlos is a small boy, born about 1 October 2016. He is 35 cm and weighs 7 kg. He is a beautiful dog, playful, friendly, social, affectionate and yet no one has looked at him. Since a puppy he is waiting in the shelter for a warm home, even though he is a little dog.


30-08-2017

GUST

MIXED BREED, MALE

Gust, a little boy of just 8 kg and between 6 and 7 years old (born 2011), has been rescued from deathrow, because a day later and he would not have been there any more. It was his luck that the municipal veterinarian was 3 weeks on holiday. And it was not his fault that he was roaming the streets of Portugal's richest municipality, whose mayor believes that stray dogs do not belong in the street scene, because that is bad for the image. Gust is a very sweet and affectionate guy, happy with the attention and love he is getting now. He is currently limping a little bit. Maybe he was hit by a car or someone has kicked him and we hope it will be over soon. He is really human-oriented, walks well on the lead and is just a happy dog, who can also look very sad after everything he has experienced. We think he has been a domestic dog, but lost.


30-08-2017

GUIDO

MIXED BREED, MALE

Guido, a little boy of only 7,5 kg and just over 1 year old (born 2016), has been rescued from deathrow, because a day later and he would not have been there any more. It was his luck that the municipal veterinarian was 3 weeks on holiday. And it was not his fault that he was roaming the streets of Portugal's richest municipality, whose mayor believes that stray dogs do not belong in the street scene, because that is bad for the image. Guido is a very sweet and affectionate guy, happy with the attention and love he is getting now. He is really human-oriented, walks well on the lead and is just a happy dog, who can also look very sad after everything he has experienced. We think he has been a domestic dog, but lost. Guido has no tail.


26-08-2017

RITA

MIXED BREED, FEMALE

Rita, a mother dog of about 3 years (born August 2014) got her pups somewhere in the field. She was a good mother and her 4 puppies grew like cabbage. In Algarve,  it has been very hot with temperatures above 40 degrees, causing the asphalt of the road to melt. She apparently fed her puppies, lying on her side on the hot melted asphalt, because both her 4 puppies and mother Rita were full of tar. For Rita it was even so bad that her left ear was completely black of the tar and we even thought she was stuck/glued on the road. The puppies were taken by a rescue organization, because for puppies it is easy to arrange adoptions, but for mother Rita there was no place in their shelter. And so they just left her behind. When we heard this, we could do nothing but get Rita and now she is with us. With a lot of love and care we have been able to remove all the tar. Rita let us do this painful operation and we had the impression that she knew we were just good for her. Rita turns out to be a very nice bitch and we therefore look for a loving home for her, where she never has to sleep on the asphalt again. Rita weighs about 12 kg.


22-08-2017

SUSIE

MIXED BREED, FEMALE

Susie, about 20 months old (born January 2016), was born somewhere on the extensive grounds of the Cimpor regional cement plant. Because she was so friendly she was "adopted" by one of the female security officers who, unfortunately, could not take her to her tiny apartment, but cared for her and fed her on the terrain every day and played with her. There are many stray dogs living in that area, so many that the management decided that it was no longer be acceptable. The management has therefore asked the municipality of Loule to take away all dogs, which means that they will end up in Loule's municipal shelter, where they disappear under strange circumstances. Portugal has adopted a new law that stray dogs and street cats should not be allowed to be put down, not even after 8 days, but that law will only enter into force March next year. Susie's guardian / caretaker asked us for help and Susie is currently safe in a foster family, where she can only stay temporarily. Who can give this lovely dog safe home for ever? Susie is a good middle size dog. She has something of a shepherd in herself and even looks a bit like our puppies Sven, Sargon and Shelley.


21-08-2017     RESERVED

POPPY

POINTER, FEMALE

Poppy is about 7.5 months old, born January 2017. When she was still very small, she was found by an English couple and because they had no pets, she should stay with them in their apartment. Everyone was happy, Poppy too, because when her boss had to go to work she always was allowed to come along. But then the un-imaginable happened. Her boss became seriously ill and therefore urgently needed to return to England. And Poppy can not go with her. There is no other place for her than in a shelter, where she will be well taken care of, but that is not comparable to where she used to be. She also will not be happy there, because she will not understand why that is. That is why we are looking for a new home for her, where she can be happy again. It must be a house without cats.


21-08-2017     RESERVED

ERIC

MIXED BREED, MALE

Eric was born on July 9, 2017. When he was only 2 days old he was found together with his brother Ernie in a bin, in a cardboard box and carefully covered with bags of garbage. And so he came to us in the shelter, where he was lovingly received and raised by the bottle. Now he is a healthy and very lively puppy. Of course his father and mother are unknown, but considering how big (or better, how small) he is, it will be a little dog.

Update 11-09-2017: Eric weighs now 1.9 kg.


21-08-2017     RESERVED

ERNIE

MIXED BREED, MALE

Ernie was born on July 9, 2017. When he was only 2 days old he was found together with his brother Eric in a bin, in a cardboard box and carefully covered with bags of garbage. And so he came to us in the shelter, where he was lovingly received and raised by the bottle. Now he is a healthy and very lively puppy. Of course his father and mother are unknown, but considering how big (or better, how small) he is, it will be a little dog.

Update 11-09-2017: Ernie weighs now 2.4 kg.

 


21-08-2017     RESERVED

FRANKIE

MIXED BREED, MALE

Frankie was born on July 9, 2017. When he was only 4 days old, he was found with his sister Fern in a dirt container, as usually of course, in a sealed cardboard box . And so he came to us in the shelter where he was lovingly received and raised by the bottle. Now he is a healthy and very lively puppy. Of course, father and mother are unknown, but considering how big (or better how small) he is, it will be a little dog.

Update 11-09-2017: Frankie weighs now 2.5 kg.


21-08-2017     RESERVED

FERN

MIXED BREED, FEMALE

Fern was born on July 9, 2017. When she was only 4 days old, she was found with her brother Frankie in a dirt container, as usually of course, in a sealed cardboard box . And so she came to us in the shelter where she was lovingly received and raised by the bottle. Now she is a healthy and very lively puppy. Of course, father and mother are unknown, but considering how big (or better how small) she is, it will be a little dog.

Update 11-09-2017: Fern weighs now 3.3 kg.


21-08-2017     RESERVED

PRISCILLA

MIXED BREED, FEMALE

Priscilla was found by nice people walking their dog. Or better said Priscilla found those people because she came to them from the bushes. She was covered with hundreds of ticks. We think, she was born on June 25, 2017 and is a new arrival in our shelter. On these first pictures she is 8 weeks old. We expect her to be a small middle size, a slender dog with long legs.

Update 22/9/2017: Now 3 months old, she weighs 3,4 kg.


19-08-2017     RESERVED

PALMA

MIXED BREED, FEMALE

Quite a well known residential and small business town south of Loule, prosperous, many foreign residents.
Even this place is the backdrop for large wheely bins full of garbage ...and at the bottom of this garbage, what is that moving object?
A box full of 9 new born pups. What to do? Get them out and take them somewhere fast.

Rescued and bottle fed by a local resident, they are now ready for adoption.
Four boys have found homes so we are left with, as usual, 5 girls. Reared by hand the pups are social and playful.
Will be medium size adults.

Update 22/9/2017: Now 3 months old, she weighs 5,7 kg.


19-08-2017     RESERVED

PEONY

MIXED BREED, FEMALE

Quite a well known residential and small business town south of Loule, prosperous, many foreign residents.
Even this place is the backdrop for large wheely bins full of garbage ...and at the bottom of this garbage, what is that moving object?
A box full of 9 new born pups. What to do? Get them out and take them somewhere fast.

Rescued and bottle fed by a local resident, they are now ready for adoption.
Four boys have found homes so we are left with, as usual, 5 girls. Reared by hand the pups are social and playful.
Will be medium size adults.

Update 22/9/2017: Now 3 months old, she weighs 9,0 kg.


19-08-2017     RESERVED

POLLY

MIXED BREED, FEMALE

Quite a well known residential and small business town south of Loule, prosperous, many foreign residents.
Even this place is the backdrop for large wheely bins full of garbage ...and at the bottom of this garbage, what is that moving object?
A box full of 9 new born pups. What to do? Get them out and take them somewhere fast.

Rescued and bottle fed by a local resident, they are now ready for adoption.
Four boys have found homes so we are left with, as usual, 5 girls. Reared by hand the pups are social and playful.
Will be medium size adults.

Update 22/9/2017: Now 3 months old, she weighs 7,1 kg.


19-08-2017     RESERVED

PRUNELLA

MIXED BREED, FEMALE

Quite a well known residential and small business town south of Loule, prosperous, many foreign residents.
Even this place is the backdrop for large wheely bins full of garbage ...and at the bottom of this garbage, what is that moving object?
A box full of 9 new born pups. What to do? Get them out and take them somewhere fast.

Rescued and bottle fed by a local resident, they are now ready for adoption.
Four boys have found homes so we are left with, as usual, 5 girls. Reared by hand the pups are social and playful.
Will be medium size adults.

Update 22/9/2017: Now 3 months old, she weighs 7,6 kg.


30-07-2017     RESERVED

BUCKET

MIXED BREED, MALE

"There's a pup in my bucket, dear Liza, dear Liza, there's more than one in my bucket, dear Liza, more than one".

Yes, 4 pups were dropped off on the road near the sanctuary in a paint bucket. Dusk, nearly dark, car drove off at high speed.
We called them the "bucket pups". One died soon after. They were about 2, yes, TWO DAYS old.
What a cowardly act. How can normal people do this?? We ask ourselves this question all the time......
They are now 5 weeks old and have just come off the bottle.
Born around 24th July and going strong. One has already been adopted so we have Bucket and Baldo yet to find loving homes.
They are still small of course and very delicate boned so we expect them to be small-medium adults.
Regular updates coming.

Update 22/9/2017: Now 3 months old, he weighs 10,0 kg.


30-07-2017     RESERVED

BALDO

MIXED BREED, MALE

"There's a pup in my bucket, dear Liza, dear Liza, there's more than one in my bucket, dear Liza, more than one".

Yes, 4 pups were dropped off on the road near the sanctuary in a paint bucket. Dusk, nearly dark, car drove off at high speed.
We called them the "bucket pups". One died soon after. They were about 2, yes, TWO DAYS old.
What a cowardly act. How can normal people do this?? We ask ourselves this question all the time......
They are now 5 weeks old and have just come off the bottle. Born around 24th July and going strong. One has already been adopted so we have Bucket and Baldo yet to find loving homes. They are still small of course and very delicate boned so we expect them to be small-medium adults.
Regular updates coming.

Update 22/9/2017: Now 3 months old, he weighs 7,0 kg.


30-07-2017

DOM DUARTE

MIXED BREED, MALE

Beautiful, black shiny pup Dom Duarte was found abandoned by an ATM cash machine ..black money? Unlucky?
We don't think so. On the contrary, he will make a lucky family a wonderful pet. Friendly, social with all animals and humans. Estimated date of birth is 1 March 2017 and he will be a medium size adult dog.


30-07-2017     RESERVED

IPANEMA

MIXED BREED, FEMALE

Ipanema and her sister Ilona were saved from the garbage and are still being bottle fed. Born July 9, 2017.


Will be posting updates when they are a bit older and ready for adoption.

Update 11-09-2017: Ipanema now weighs 7.5 kg.


30-07-2017     RESERVED

ILONA

MIXED BREED, FEMALE

Ilona and her sister Ipanema were saved from the garbage and are still being bottle fed. Born July 9, 2017.


Will be posting updates when they are a bit older and ready for adoption.

Update 11-09-2017: Ilona now weighs 5.2 kg.


12-07-2017

ALF

MIXED BREED,  MALE

Alf is a male of about 2.5 years old (born February 2015) and he weighs about 17 kg. As a puppy he lived together with his friend Princesa in an apartment until the landlord came and he told the owner he had to choose: whether the dogs out or the whole family out on the street. With tears in his eyes, the owner brought them to the shelter because he had no other choice. And that was almost two years ago. Since then Alf has been waiting for someone who can love him too. But that has not happened so far. Alf has been on a basic training course and has shown that he is learning quickly and easily. He can get along with other dogs. With cats we don't known. He loves human attention and really wants to be nice.


12-07-2017

BARLEY

MIXED BREED,  MALE

Barley is a male who was found as a very young puppy in a terrible condition and brought to the shelter. He was born in November 2013 and has been living in the shelter for more than 2.5 years. He is now fully recovered of course, very healthy and fit, and he loves to play with other dogs or toys. Barley weighs about 15kg.


12-07-2017

MAGGIE

MIXED BREED,  FEMALE

Maggie is a bitch of about 3.5 years old (born December 2013) and weighs 23 kg. She was found roaming, but she had a microchip and thus an owner, but that owner did not want her back. That was more than 2 years ago and that long she lives already in the shelter. She is what we call a "softy", finds everything and everyone good and is friends with everyone. But she does not like cats. She has lived for more than half her life in the shelter and we find that long enough for this lovely black dog with her beautiful shiny fur.


12-07-2017     RESERVED

PRINCESA

MIXED BREED,  FEMALE

Princesa is a bitch of about 2.5 years old (born November 2014) and weighs about 14 kg. As a puppy she lived with her friend Alf in an apartment until the landlord came and he told the owner he had to choose: whether the dogs out or the whole family out on the street. With tears in his eyes, the owner brought them to the shelter because he had no other choice. And that was almost two years ago. Since then, Princesa has been waiting for someone to look straight into her eyes and to say: come with me. But that has not happened so far. Princesa has been on a basic training course and has shown she learns quickly and easily. She can get along with other dogs. With cats we don't known. She is young and can be very active but also lazy in her basket.


12-07-2017

MARLON

MIXED BREED,  MALE

Marlon, a 2,5-year-old male (born January 2015) of 15 kg, was taken from the streets of the "big" city of Faro more than 1.5 years ago. And because there was no place for him, he came to us in our shelter. He lives there now for more than a year and a half. He is doing very well in a large group of dogs in a big run. Actually that is very normal for a dog with a past like Marlon as you need to get along well with everyone in order to survive. He enjoys running around with his group or lying in the sun on the roof of a dog house. But we think he is better off with nice people in a home of his own, where he can lay on his own pillow.


10-07-2017     RESERVED

HARRY

MIXED BREED,  MALE

In the Algarve the gypsy market is always worth visiting. Especially for holidaymakers. Gypsies try to sell everything to you and when they do not succeed, they just leave their merchandise behind.
Harry was found in a cardboard box with a brother and sister left behind at the gypsy market. And so he ended up in the shelter. He was born around May 6, 2017 and is small for his age. We expect him to stay under 10 kg.


12-06-2017

GIFTY

RAFEIRO ALENTEJANO,  FEMALE

Gifty, a female Rafeiro Alentejano, was given as a birthday present for his 80th birthday to an Englishman living in our village when she was only 8 weeks old. For some reason, they could not say "NO." Gifty was born in August 2015 and is now not yet two years old. But she has grown quite well and weighs now more than 40 kg, maybe 50 kg. She is a very big dog. The couple, the wife is some years younger but also seventy plus, could quite comfortable live with Gifty because their son, who, of course, is a few years younger, lived with them in the same house. But recently, their son moved to Cyprus for his work. The old man, almost 82 years old, can only walk with the support of a walker and his wife, a little pretty woman, is not strong enough to take Gifty on a walk. Gifty is a very sweet dog, good with everything and everyone. Even with strange people she has no problem. She lives with 2 other dogs and a cat. Due to lack of movement, she is overweight and therefore we are looking for a loving active family - and if possible - with active children.

 


08-06-2017

STEWART

RAFEIRO ALENTEJANO CROSS,  MALE

Stewart, born November 1, 2016, just appeared. A lady from Scotland who has a holiday home at the end of the world in the Algarve (and also has a rescue dog from us) walked with her 3 dogs through the Algarve hills and Stewart followed her and her dogs into her garden and house. No microchip, no owner, but covered with more than 400 ticks. Because the holiday was over and she had to return to Scotland after 2 days, she asked us for help. And so Stewart came to us. Stewart is a cross Rafeiro Alentejano and will be a big dog. He likes everything, is friends with everyone, does not worry about anything, such a lovely boy. If we did not have that many dogs he would be allowed to stay with us. Who has the space, time and attention for him, which we can not offer him.

Update: Stuart has been castrated on 21 July 2017 and weighs 28 kg.


06-05-2017

SAMAIRA

MIXED BREED,  FEMALE

First appeared the mother! She was very pregnant and wandered into an English family's garden begging for food. She was extremely hungry and thin. Although they could feed her as she would come to the food, no-one was able to catch her and on 3rd April this year she gave birth to the pups in the bushes in the garden. Nine in total, 7 survived.
After 4 weeks of nursing her pups in a quiet part of the garden, the mum was tranquillised and she and her pups taken to the shelter. They are already quite relaxed and don't mind being picked up to be photographed. All have been wormed and will follow the protocol for adoption at 8 weeks in Portugal, vaccinated and chipped or 16 weeks abroad. We expect her to grow to medium size when adult.


25-04-2017

KIKI

MIXED BREED,  FEMALE

Kiki had a house and an owner because her microchip was registered. When she was found wandering close to a group of bins, she was covered with biting wounds. The owner did not want her back because Kiki was old and not only old but also blind in both eyes. However, we think she can see a little bit of light and dark. She has been living in the shelter for 1.5 years and is completely recovered. Due to her painful experiences during her living rough period, she was very afraid of other dogs at the beginning and could also, for self-defense, fall out to them. But now she is good with dogs she knows and who are also sweet to her. She loves people and quickly recognizes the sounds of the car and the voices of the lovely people who take her for a walk every day and always bring something to her to chew. Kiki walks well on the leash, but uses her nose to see where she is, because her eyes are useless. In a familiar environment in the house or in the garden she can walk loose. Kiki is about 11 years old (born 2006) and weighs 13 kg. Kiki is Leishmania positive and receives 1 tablet of Allopurinol per day. For the rest, she is reasonably healthy for her age and she has a good appetite.


11-04-2017

FAYE

MIXED BREED,  FEMALE

FAYE was brought to Goldra Animal Sanctuary in August 2014,  found somewhere in the Algarve.
She was extremely skinny and nervous and stayed away from physical contact with people but at the same time we could see in her eyes that what she really wanted was a safe "home" and security. She used to sit behind the fence and look at me and it was very sad. What could we do? At that time we were full of dogs and pups and had no space for Faye.
Then I took a friend with me to see her and she decided to take her home and see if she could fit in with a rescue male she already had. Thise two got on fine and slowly Faye developed into the dog she is today. Still a little shy, an underdog with other dogs and a bit wary of men. She is very loving with people who visit often and can sleep side by side with the indoor cat. She will "sit" on command and also "down" and is eager to learn. She walks on lead.

Sadly, Faye's adopter is very ill and can hardly walk. She needs several operations and months of rehabilitation. She is leaving Portugal for the hospitalisation and revalidation and cannot take any dogs with her.
Consequently, Faye is urgently looking for a new, permanent home.
We do not want to contemplate taking her back to the shelter!
She was born around February 2014, is spayed and vaccinated, weighs about 35 kg, sleeps indoors and used to sleep in a crate as a junior.


03-04-2017     RESERVED

LUDI

MIXED BREED,  MALE

Ludi was born about 1 November 2016 and is one of the puppies of Lillimar, which is a Rafeiro Alentejano. He is very social, loving, playful, not shy at all and affectionate. He will be as big as his mother Lillimar, who is rather big. He would like to have a home of his own and that he can look forward to a future of happiness.


29-01-2017

ISHA

MIXED BREED,  FEMALE

Isha and her sister Inca were found in the wild near a cat colony that was being fed by local volunteers. There were 3 pups, about 10 weeks old at the time, all very ill, taken to the clinic by a kind lady where one died. The two sisters recovered and the lady took them home. Because she works all day, the pups were fed morning and night and left in a run for the rest of the time. One month ago, we were asked to help them. They are now about 9 months old and needed to be spayed after their first heat then. They came here for a week just before and after the surgery and are really very nice girls, a bit timid the first day but fine after they get to know you.
Because they are medium size and social we would love to find them a home. They will have no life at all if they have to stay in a small run for the rest of their lives. They do not need to be adopted together.
Isha weighs 15.5 kg. Estimated date of birth 02/04/2016.


29-01-2017

INCA

MIXED BREED,  FEMALE

Inca and her sister Isha were found in the wild near a cat colony that was being fed by local volunteers. There were 3 pups, about 10 weeks old at the time, all very ill, taken to the clinic by a kind lady where one died. The two sisters recovered and the lady took them home. Because she works all day, the pups were fed morning and night and left in a run for the rest of the time. One month ago, we were asked to help them. They are now about 9 months old and needed to be spayed after their first heat then. They came here for a week just before and after the surgery and are really very nice girls, a bit timid the first day but fine after they get to know you.
Because they are medium size and social we would love to find them a home. They will have no life at all if they have to stay in a small run for the rest of their lives. They do not need to be adopted together.
Inca weighs 17 kg. Estimated date of birth 02/04/2016.


05-12-2016

FLO

PODENGO,  FEMALE

Flo is a Podengo, born in May 2015. She was found pregnant when she wandered in the rural area near the village of Paderne in the Algarve and brought to a shelter. Because she was such a sweet dog she was allowed to live in the home of the manager of the shelter, along with many other dogs. She is very good with other dogs, teenagers and adults, but a little afraid of small children because they are often too busy for her. She is house trained and walks well on a leash. She weighs about 12 kg.
Flo was recently adopted by a Dutch woman who lives alone in a camper van and travels through Portugal and Spain. Unfortunately, she was returned to the shelter again because the lady felt that Flo was not happy with a life in a camper van. And that could be the case indeed as being on a line all the time is obviously not what Flo had imagined for himself.
Flo has been sterilized, tested and fully vaccinated and ready to travel, but not in a camper van please.


28-11-2016

TIMMY

MIXED BREED,  MALE

Timmy, a male of about 19 kilograms and born early December 2014. He was found wandering in the outskirts of a small town in the Algarve. Despite the hard life he lived undoubtedly he is a very happy and friendly little guy, who seems to smile all day. He enjoys all the attention he gets, loves to play with a ball and likes to be active. His ideal home would be with a family with teenage children.


01-10-2016

SAMMY

MIXED BREED,  MALE

SAMMY, so I called him when he arrived 3 days ago with a gammy leg and a muzzle on his lovely, sad face. He may have a lovely face but the rest of him is certainly not lovely. Sammy is a young male, 18kg, mixed breed, seen walking the streets of S.Bras for ages and fed scraps by locals.
Well, it probably were the scraps that kept him alive these past few months and he must be a tough little guy. He has a fractured right hind leg at the tarsal/metatarsal joint and a huge hole on the inside of that area as well as several small wounds, many fleas and ticks..well you all know how street dogs look. Yet nobody thought to pick up this dog until 3 days ago when he could hardly stand upright any more. He was taken to a "petshop vet" where he was assessed and the verdict was: give him some antibiotics and painkillers for 10 days and then put him back on the street where he came from!!!
Well, I have met many vets in my life but this one must take the biscuit with chocolate trimmings.
This is where we came onto the scene. I was asked if I could kennel a dog for ten days, a dog with a bad leg, and administer the medication which still had to be bought at the local pharmacy.
Being the nosy person I am by nature I asked all the questions to which you have just read the answers.
Ad and I were both horrified to say the least. Put a young dog with a severely injured/ broken leg ( no x-rays had been done ) back on the street? Never. We don't work like that. If we take on an injured dog, we go the whole way. I immediately phoned Dr. Pedro Caramelo in Faro and took the dog down for observation and diagnosis.
Today I fetched him and he is here with us, safe and eating quite well. The diagnosis for his leg is not good at the moment as there are several scenarios to take into consideration and all require intricate surgery.
Sammy also has prostate problems and these need to be dealt with as soon as possible. All blood work needs to be done to see what other hidden, underlying conditions he has. He needs to build up his strength first before he can undergo any surgery and it will be a long road to recovery. But we have done it before so we'll try and do it again.
We hope our true friends and doggy lovers will help by sponsoring SAMMY in any way they can, privately or with a fun fundraiser. Please contact me by PM or by email if you can help.
Sorry this is so long but these awful situations need explaining and just pics are not enough. Thanks everyone for reading.


22-10-2016

PRINCESA

GERMAN SHEPHERD MIX,  FEMALE

Princesa came to us from a factory. She is a female, born in 2008, is about 55 cm tall and weighs 35 kg. Those people had her since 2012. We don't know how she came there. Was she found? Adopted? The only thing we know is that she was adult already. What was her life?. She was a factory watchdog. She had to watch and in return she was fed. But unfortunately Princesa got older and no longer loved all that running, barking and serving as a watchdog. On her age she also wanted to have some rest. So Princesa could no longer serve and she ended up in the shelter. Fortunately Princesa could fully adjust to her other life. She is a beautiful girl who immediately feels at home. She is good with other dogs and very soft with people. She is a calm, sweet girl. But at her age she would still like to have a real home, where she gets all the love like a real pet.


07-09-2016     RESERVED

ANUKA

PODENGO,  FEMALE

Anuka was found about a year ago on the streets, scrawny and very pregnant. Of course, she was immediately aborted and sterilized so that her 7 babies were not born. That was about a year ago and since then she lives in a small private shelter, which is actually not a shelter, because it is in ruin without roof or facilities. And we want her to get out as soon as possible. A year in such a place is really long enough. Estimated date of birth is January 1, 2014. She is medium size, 48 cm high and social with people and other dogs.


14-03-2016

BRAMBLE

MIXED BREED, MALE

Bramble, about 3 years old, was taken to the shelter by people who found him somewhere far away in the hills in the middle of the hunting area. It was not necessary to catch him as he jumped them asking to be taken home. He is a super lovely boy, at the moment too skinny and very very hungry as he was starving obviously. Both ears have identical cuts and that is why we believe he was owned by a hunter. We assume he did not like being a hunting dog and that is why he ran away during the hunt.

We think his date of birth is March 2013 and he is a small medium.


04-03-2016

SURI

MIXED BREED, FEMALE

Suri and her brother Sancho were born in September 2015. We have no idea how they ended up in the shelter, but unfortunately they were overlooked all the time. We don't want them to be convicted for a life in the shelter as long as they live. Who can rescue them? They are lovely and very socialised pups. They will grow to a small medium when adult and their weight will be about 10 kg.


02-02-2016

ROBERTA

MIXED BREED, FEMALE

The plight of ROBERTA was told us by English people living nearby. When we went to take a look we found her on a chain with a large, worn leather collar around her neck, tied to a wooden post in a crumbling old ruin. Her ears were black and necrotic, her neck under and around the collar was bare and she was covered with ticks and even more fleas that jumped everywhere. The area was a dump and invaded by flies sitting on her faeces all around. It was the height of the summer, so 30-35 degrees. WHAT TO DO?
At first, we tried to treat her where she was but she was extremely nervous and jumped up and down on the chain trying to run away and drawing attention to our presence. We came to the conclusion that the only way forward was to free her from her prison and bring her home.
Her ears had holes in them, in both ears in the same place. Like punched holes for attaching plastic markers on farm animals.
These holes had become infected and then infested with flies and their larvae. If we had not rescued her then she probably would have died of septicaemia or lost her ears. After first treating ears and neck wounds we had her spayed and tested for Mediterranean blood parasites.
She was positive for both tick fever and heart worm!! So we first treated the tick fever and a month later, the heart worm. By this time she had become a different doggy. She was friendly and loved attention. So we thought about putting her for adoption. But,another month on she started developing mammary tumours. These were then successfully removed with no recurrence.
So Roberta has spent a good deal of her time with us,  in and out of the vet clinic but now she is ready to go to a home of her own which she deserves. Her ears are very much better and hair is growing back.
She's a small-medium size, weighs 12 kg and is about 3.5 years old.


27-09-2015

DEXTER

PODENGO, MALE

DEXTER is a small/medium cross Podengo about 3.5 years old now and weighs about 14kg. He was found abandoned in the Algarve hills by campers and lived in a caravan until they went back to their own country.
He was then dumped in a shelter for more than a year until we agreed to take him in. Due to his background, he never got a bond with people and was very insecure. He focused 100% on his nose and what it was telling him rather than on the people and other dogs around him. He spent a lot of energy with searching for all kinds of "moving" things in the trees, in the bushes and between the rocks and gravel and cats. We don't think he could live with a cat but you never know.
For the past couple of months he has been going to special training classes for concentration, nose work and a bit of agility. He is doing very well and loves to work for the trainer. At last, he has something specific and rewarding to do with his nose.
Dexter needs a family that would continue the training as a hobby and exercise for everyone concerned. He is affectionate, great fun and loves treats. He walks very well on a lead and is fine with other dogs.


10-02-2015

FLASH

MIXED BREED FEMALE

FLASH and her 3 pups were spotted wandering in the middle of the main road that goes from Alportel to Almodovar. It is a long windy road through hills and desolate terrain with few houses along the highway. Not a good place for mum and pups of 6 weeks old. A friend called us and Ad went to pick them up having no other alternative so quickly.

Mum is very friendly with people and a good mum for her children.
Flash is medium size, +/- 18kg and 50cm.

Update 19-7-2016. Flash has now been here for more than one year! Her pups are extraordinary dogs, one now being trained as an assistance dog for diabetes and one being trained as a sniffer dog for rescue. BUT Flash just runs around the dog run and still has no home. She is a lovely, gentle dog and will thrive in a home of her own. Very affectionate and people orientated, eager to please. Gets on with other dogs but probably not cats in an outside environment. She is now about 3 years' old, spayed and vaccinated.