Molly and her brother were dumped in a garden of a holiday villa last summer. They were very small pups and the holidaymakers had no idea what to do. They managed to locate a local rescue group who took in the pups and the little male was homed fairly quickly. It was soon obvious that little Molly had a problem with her right, back leg so Molly left the shelter and went into a foster family. She was taken to our orthopaedic vet and x-rays showed she had a dislocated femur, the head of which was damaged so it couldn’t stay in the socket. A kind of hip dysplasia. 
This is awful for such a young dog and we think it could have come from being lifted up by the one leg and shaken about. We have seen many times a (gypsy) child handle pups like this, oh yes, and have a good giggle about a screeching pup. Many people here still think animals have no nervous system so cannot feel pain. Animals are “goods” and not living creatures with feelings.
Molly was operated on twice and has had several other rehab treatments. She is born around 15 June 2018 and we think she can go for adoption to a QUIET family who will take into consideration her slight handicap. She walks well on lead but cannot run or jump a lot for the time being until the vet says it’s 100% ok to do so. As she is so young, everything is still growing but being so young is also an advantage for the healing process. She is very social with other dogs and cats and will be a small-medium adult. She weighs 16kg now. (March 2019) so wont grow much more.




Lone Ranger was found in a field together with his brother. So at that time he was not alone. The pups were being chased and driven away by a man with a stick. Luckily a local rescuer witnessed this drama, picked up the pups and brought them to safety. He is a calm, friendly pup, estimated DoB 1 January 2019.

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Emma and her mother were living on waste ground among homeless people. If you have no home and no money, how can you take care of stray dogs?

Dogs were undernourished and left to do their own thing, not far from a busy main road where some of the pups had already been killed. A dog rescuer took them away and brought them to the shelter where the mother was immediately sterilised so no more pups. Emma is a very independent puppy, playful and feisty. Will be a small-medium adult dog. Loves people, lots of attention and already walks on a lead. Estimated DoB, 10 December 2018

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Buddy, probably born around April 21, 2018, was found far away from any home by a family with young children. It was so far from the civilized world, that it can not be otherwise that he has been taken there and deliberately left behind. They took him home because he was so sweet. But the family has more animals and not much room for this active boy. He is still with the family at the moment because the family does not want to take him to the shelter. Buddy is very social towards people and other dogs and with cats he is OK. He walks well on the leash, is fine in the car, learns quickly and is actually everything you want from such a young dog. But now he is looking for his own house and his own family where he can stay for the rest of his life.




Tammy, born around November 15, 2017, was found on the streets as a young puppy together with a little brother. She looked very well fed, was very friendly to people from the very first day and that means that she definitely was born and raised in a house with people around and dumped on the street with her brother on a bad day. Tammy is a very playful and active dog, who can cope extremely well with everything and everyone. And that is why we are looking for a playful and active family who promise never to dump her again. Tammy now weighs about 19 kg and is 53 cm high.

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Beatrix was born on 10 November 2018. The first 4 weeks of her life were fine until she and her 7 brothers and sisters were put in a cardboard box and dumped in the middle of the night next to a garbage bin. They were found in the morning and taken to the shelter where they received more love in one day than in the 4 weeks before. Beatrix is a very social pup and is taken out by the volonteers for a walk every day. We expect that she will become a medium sized dog when adult.

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Blake was born on 10 November 2018. The first 4 weeks of his life were fine until he and his 7 brothers and sisters were put in a cardboard box and dumped in the middle of the night next to a garbage bin. They were found in the morning and taken to the shelter where they received more love in one day than in the 4 weeks before. Blake is a very social pup and is taken out by the volonteers for a walk every day. We expect that he will become a medium sized dog when adult.




Cigano, Portuguese for gypsy, weighs 22 kg and is now about 5 years old, born in 2013, and was rescued from a gypsy camp just over a year ago. And the "rescuer" dumped him at our vet and then disappeared from the world. That was in September 2017 and since that date Cigano "lives" in a 60 by 80 cm crate between sick and operated dogs in the vet's clinic. And yes, a few times a day he can go out and stretch his legs in the courtyard. Cigano had not an easy life and that is why he first looks at you whether you can be trusted, but when you are approved he approaches you very enthusiastically. He is also special because he is Leishmania positive and has a food allergy which means he has to get special dry food. But that must not be a reason not to adopt him. We therefore seek for him an adopter who can give him the time, love and attention he deserves and who "saves" him from the little jail he was condemned by his previous savior. Cigano is good with other dogs, with people and children, but not with cats.




Last summer Josefina’s owner died suddenly from a tragic fall. Her husband, in a wheelchair most of the time, was taken back to his native Scotland by his children. Their other three dogs, Podengos, were able to travel to Scotland to live with members of the family. 

We agreed to take in Josefina. She was overweight but has lost quite a few kg now and is more active than she was. She is an Alpha type and is not very keen on other females who she regards as competition. Males are better if she likes them and vice versa. With people she is very affectionate and loves attention. She will climb on your lap, sit for a treat and give you a paw, and even go after a toy that she takes away to her bed in her kennel. She sleeps all night in an inside kennel and roams free in the garden some of the time.

She has been with us too long for such a lovely dog and needs a home of her own. She is born in August 2015.





DEXTER is a small/medium cross Podengo born in April 2012 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.




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, +/- 20 kg and 50 cm. We believe she was born in July 2013.

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.