16-01-2018

INDIGO

MIXED BREED, MALE

Indigo was born on November 9, 2017 in a house of a Portuguese family who did not sterilize their bitch due to lack of money (or nonchalance). The positive thing is that he grew up in a social environment with people, children, cats and other dogs and he shows that very well. Indigo is a friendly happy puppy, who likes to be with people and likes to be stroked and picked up. At the moment that is still possible, but not for long, because Indigo will become a lot bigger and will grow into a labrador adult size.


16-01-2018     RESERVED

IVAN

MIXED BREED, MALE

Ivan was born on November 9, 2017 in a house of a Portuguese family who did not sterilize their bitch due to lack of money (or nonchalance). The positive thing is that he grew up in a social environment with people, children, cats and other dogs and he shows that very well. Ivan is a friendly happy puppy, who likes to be with people and likes to be stroked and picked up. At the moment that is still possible, but not for long, because Ivan will become a lot bigger and will grow into a labrador adult size.


16-01-2018     RESERVED

ISAAC

MIXED BREED, MALE

Isaac was born on November 9, 2017 in a house of a Portuguese family who did not sterilize their bitch due to lack of money (or nonchalance). The positive thing is that he grew up in a social environment with people, children, cats and other dogs and he shows that very well. Isaac is a friendly happy puppy, who likes to be with people and likes to be stroked and picked up. At the moment that is still possible, but not for long, because Isaac will become a lot bigger and will grow into a labrador adult size.


16-01-2018

IVY

MIXED BREED, FEMALE

Ivy was born on November 9, 2017 in a house of a Portuguese family who did not sterilize their bitch due to lack of money (or nonchalance). The positive thing is that she grew up in a social environment with people, children, cats and other dogs and she shows that very well. Ivy is a friendly happy puppy, who likes to be with people and likes to be stroked and picked up. At the moment that is still possible, but not for long, because Ivy will become a lot bigger and will grow into a labrador adult size.


16-01-2018

IZZY

MIXED BREED, FEMALE

Izzy was born on November 9, 2017 in a house of a Portuguese family who did not sterilize their bitch due to lack of money (or nonchalance). The positive thing is that she grew up in a social environment with people, children, cats and other dogs and she shows that very well. Izzy is a friendly happy puppy, who likes to be with people and likes to be stroked and picked up. At the moment that is still possible, but not for long, because Izzy will become a lot bigger and will grow into a labrador adult size.


12-01-2018

BIJOU

MIXED BREED, FEMALE

Bijou is about 10 years (born 2008), but she does't look that old. When Bijou was still quite young, she ended up in our shelter. How happy she was to be adopted by a very sweet lady. And she lived there happily for a long time, at least that was what she thought. But after 5 happy years her owner died. In the room there was a note stating that it was the wish of her owner, that if something happened to her, Bijou could lease go back to our shelter. And of course that happened. That was more than 2 years ago. But now that her boyfriend has been adopted and moved to England, she is completely alone again. That is why we are now looking for a new home. Bijou weighs about 22 kg and is 55 cm tall. It is a very sweet dog, she likes to be cuddled or to play with her toys and she is good with all dogs. She is used to living with cats.


08-01-2018     RESERVED

MELVIN

MIXED BREED, MALE

Melvin, a pitch-black male, was born around October 24, 2017. When he was about 5 weeks old, he was found in someone's garden and from that moment he lives with a foster family. With 11 weeks he weighs 8.5 kg and is 35 cm tall. He has a firm body and relatively short legs. It will not be a big but a very powerful dog. He is incredibly friendly, but still a bit hesitant with unknown people and situations. He walks very well on the leash, but can also just walk along. He loves the beach and water. He is well used to other dogs and cats.


08-01-2018     RESERVED

LONNY

MIXED BREED, MALE

When he was 6 weeks old Lonny (born around November 13, 2017) was found together with his mother and a sister. Where they came from no one knew, but it is certain, that the pups grew up with people, because every form of shyness is strange to them. Now Lonny is in good hands and is in the care of a family with many other dogs, cats and children. Lonny will remain a small dog. His mother weighs only 6.6 kg and with 8 weeks he weighs 1.8 kg.


 08-01-2018     RESERVED

LENA

MIXED BREED, FEMALE

When she was 6 weeks old Lena (born around November 13, 2017) was found together with her mother and a brother. Where they came from no one knew, but it is certain, that the pups grew up with people, because every form of shyness is strange to them. Now Lena is in good hands and is in the care of a family with many other dogs, cats and children. Lena will remain a small dog. Her mother weighs only 6.6 kg and with 8 weeks she weighs 2.0 kg.


03-01-2018    RESERVED

CARLOS

MIXED BREED, MALE  

Carlos, born around November 3, 2017, was about 6 weeks old when he was found in the garden of a vacant rental villa. The woman who found him brought him directly to our vet Dr. Carlos (hence the name) where he was put on a drip immediately. But now he has been recovered completely and he is looking for a lovely family where he can be happy forever and where he no longer has to worry about being thrown over a fence again. Carlos now weighs 2.1 kg with almost 9 weeks and we think he will not grow very big.


01-01-2018

TRUE

MIXED BREED, MALE

Little True was found on the street. He is a sweet little doggy, super friendly and gentle. He walks well on the leash and is lovely with people. He is also social with all other dogs. Estimated date of birth is 1 November 2016. He weighs about 9 kg.


23-12-2017     RESERVED

BEAR

MIXED BREED, MALE

Bear, a big name for a small dog of 7 kg and 33 cm high, born 1 July 2016, was found together with his sister Hope when he was a few weeks old. From that moment on he always lived in the house with children, cats and other dogs where he was in temporary shelter. Due to changed circumstances in his shelter family, we are now looking for a new home for him. It is a lovely little dog, who will feel at home in his new home from the very first minute. He can be in a family with young children, older children or no children or with older people. He is just a happy dog, always and everywhere. He likes to be picked up and cuddled. Loves going on a walk and loves to travel in a car.


23-12-2017

THETA

MIXED BREED, FEMALE

Theta is born on July 15, 2017. When she was about 3 months old she was found roaming the streets next to the bins in search of food. She was starving and dehydrated, but oh so glad that someone took her home. And she knows that she has been saved by a human being, because she loves all people and shows that very well. In that respect she is an exception, because most puppies found are afraid of people, keep away or crawl away, certainly in the beginning. Not Theta. She only wants to be with people and be taken on your lap. At the moment this is still possible, because with 4.5 months she weighs 8 kg. She will be a good medium size when adult and then it is not possible anymore. Who o who can love her and Theta will return that love back and forth.


08-12-2017     RESERVED

SELINA

MIXED BREED, FEMALE  

Selina was born on November 3, 2017. She is very much alive now and can - if adopted - get a wonderful life thanks to our veterinarians Sophia and Pedro Caramelo. What has happened, you will ask. A customer, who came to Pedro with her dog, told him that she had seen a dog laying in the middle of the street, apparently run-over and probably dead and that all cars were just driving around her. Pedro immediately jumped into his car and picked up the dog. Arriving at the clinic, a first investigation showed that she not only had a broken leg and a dislocated hip but she was also heavily pregnant. She was in shock and could not be operated. 3 days later 8 puppies were born. The mother dog was fantastic. Despite the pain of her broken limbs she fed her puppies, cleaned them etc. The mother dog is small and weighs about 12 kg. The puppies were kept in the clinic and therefore very social. Sophia and Pedro have arranged a special puppy place but of course they can not stay there for long. We expect the pups when adult will be larger than the mother, probably they will grow into a medium size.


08-12-2017     RESERVED

SOL

MIXED BREED, MALE

Sol was born on November 3, 2017. He is very much alive now and can - if adopted - get a wonderful life thanks to our veterinarians Sophia and Pedro Caramelo. What has happened, you will ask. A customer, who came to Pedro with her dog, told him that she had seen a dog laying in the middle of the street, apparently run-over and probably dead and that all cars were just driving around her. Pedro immediately jumped into his car and picked up the dog. Arriving at the clinic, a first investigation showed that she not only had a broken leg and a dislocated hip but she was also heavily pregnant. She was in shock and could not be operated. 3 days later 8 puppies were born. The mother dog was fantastic. Despite the pain of her broken limbs she fed her puppies, cleaned them etc. The mother dog is small and weighs about 12 kg. The puppies were kept in the clinic and therefore very social. Sophia and Pedro have arranged a special puppy place but of course they can not stay there for long. We expect the pups when adult will be larger than the mother, probably they will grow into a medium size.


08-12-2017     RESERVED

SUKI    

MIXED BREED, MALE

Suki was born on November 3, 2017. He is very much alive now and can - if adopted - get a wonderful life thanks to our veterinarians Sophia and Pedro Caramelo. What has happened, you will ask. A customer, who came to Pedro with her dog, told him that she had seen a dog laying in the middle of the street, apparently run-over and probably dead and that all cars were just driving around her. Pedro immediately jumped into his car and picked up the dog. Arriving at the clinic, a first investigation showed that she not only had a broken leg and a dislocated hip but she was also heavily pregnant. She was in shock and could not be operated. 3 days later 8 puppies were born. The mother dog was fantastic. Despite the pain of her broken limbs she fed her puppies, cleaned them etc. The mother dog is small and weighs about 12 kg. The puppies were kept in the clinic and therefore very social. Sophia and Pedro have arranged a special puppy place but of course they can not stay there for long. We expect the pups when adult will be larger than the mother, probably they will grow into a medium size.


08-12-2017     RESERVED

STALLONE

MIXED BREED, MALE

Stallone was born on November 3, 2017. He is very much alive now and can - if adopted - get a wonderful life thanks to our veterinarians Sophia and Pedro Caramelo. What has happened, you will ask. A customer, who came to Pedro with her dog, told him that she had seen a dog laying in the middle of the street, apparently run-over and probably dead and that all cars were just driving around her. Pedro immediately jumped into his car and picked up the dog. Arriving at the clinic, a first investigation showed that she not only had a broken leg and a dislocated hip but she was also heavily pregnant. She was in shock and could not be operated. 3 days later 8 puppies were born. The mother dog was fantastic. Despite the pain of her broken limbs she fed her puppies, cleaned them etc. The mother dog is small and weighs about 12 kg. The puppies were kept in the clinic and therefore very social. Sophia and Pedro have arranged a special puppy place but of course they can not stay there for long. We expect the pups when adult will be larger than the mother, probably they will grow into a medium size.


08-12-2017     RESERVED

SAFARI

MIXED BREED, MALE

Safari was born on November 3, 2017. He is very much alive now and can - if adopted - get a wonderful life thanks to our veterinarians Sophia and Pedro Caramelo. What has happened, you will ask. A customer, who came to Pedro with her dog, told him that she had seen a dog laying in the middle of the street, apparently run-over and probably dead and that all cars were just driving around her. Pedro immediately jumped into his car and picked up the dog. Arriving at the clinic, a first investigation showed that she not only had a broken leg and a dislocated hip but she was also heavily pregnant. She was in shock and could not be operated. 3 days later 8 puppies were born. The mother dog was fantastic. Despite the pain of her broken limbs she fed her puppies, cleaned them etc. The mother dog is small and weighs about 12 kg. The puppies were kept in the clinic and therefore very social. Sophia and Pedro have arranged a special puppy place but of course they can not stay there for long. We expect the pups when adult will be larger than the mother, probably they will grow into a medium size.


08-12-2017     RESERVED

SIMON

MIXED BREED, MALE

Simon was born on November 3, 2017. He is very much alive now and can - if adopted - get a wonderful life thanks to our veterinarians Sophia and Pedro Caramelo. What has happened, you will ask. A customer, who came to Pedro with her dog, told him that she had seen a dog laying in the middle of the street, apparently run-over and probably dead and that all cars were just driving around her. Pedro immediately jumped into his car and picked up the dog. Arriving at the clinic, a first investigation showed that she not only had a broken leg and a dislocated hip but she was also heavily pregnant. She was in shock and could not be operated. 3 days later 8 puppies were born. The mother dog was fantastic. Despite the pain of her broken limbs she fed her puppies, cleaned them etc. The mother dog is small and weighs about 12 kg. The puppies were kept in the clinic and therefore very social. Sophia and Pedro have arranged a special puppy place but of course they can not stay there for long. We expect the pups when adult will be larger than the mother, probably they will grow into a medium size.


06-12-2017     RESERVED

STANLEY

MIXED BREED, MALE

Stanley was born on October 24, 2017, we think. To his luck he was found - only 4 weeks old - somewhere in a field, all alone, no mother dog in the neighborhood and no brothers or sisters . Probably he was dumped there and he had to figure out by himself how to stay alive. But now he is in good hands. He is being taken everywhere by his foster mum and thus will become a super social dog. In any case, he is a lovely puppy with beautiful blue eyes at the moment. We expect that he will be small medium when adult.


27-10-2017     RESERVED

ALVARO

MIXED BREED, MALE

Alvaro, born around July 1, 2017, was found with a brother and sister because he was so crying that people went searching for him. He was found a few hundred meters from the house, starved, dehydrated (because it was almost 40 degrees in the shade) and of course covered with fleas and ticks. He was lovingly picked up and taken home, immediately received the medical care needed and completely recovered after a few weeks. But these people already have 6 dogs and 3 puppies extra is too much. Alvaro knows that he has been saved by people and makes that very clear in his behaviour. He is now in a foster home and loves people. Alvaro will be a good medium size dog.


27-10-2017     RESERVED

ALVY

MIXED BREED, MALE

Alvy, born around July 1, 2017, was found with a brother and sister because he was so crying that people went searching for him. He was found a few hundred meters from the house, starved, dehydrated (because it was almost 40 degrees in the shade) and of course covered with fleas and ticks. He was lovingly picked up and taken home, immediately received the medical care needed and completely recovered after a few weeks. But these people already have 6 dogs and 3 puppies extra is too much. Alvy knows that he has been saved by people and makes that very clear in his behaviour. He is now in a foster home and loves people. Alvy will be a good medium size dog.


27-10-2017     RESERVED

ALMA

MIXED BREED, FEMALE

Alma, born around July 1, 2017, was found with her two brothers because she was so crying that people went searching for her. She was found a few hundred meters from the house, starved, dehydrated (because it was almost 40 degrees in the shade) and of course covered with fleas and ticks. She was lovingly picked up and taken home, immediately received the medical care needed and completely recovered after a few weeks. But these people already have 6 dogs and 3 puppies extra is too much. Alma knows that she has been saved by people and makes that very clear in her behaviour. She is now in a foster home and loves people. Alma will be a good medium size dog.


26-08-2017    RESERVED

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.


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.


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

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.


12-06-2017

GIFFY

RAFEIRO ALENTEJANO,  FEMALE

Giffy, 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." Giffy 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 Giffy 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 Giffy on a walk. Giffy 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.

 


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.


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.


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    RESERVED

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.


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    RESERVED

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.