12-12-2018

OLIVIA

MIXED BREED,  FEMALE

Olivia was born around July 5, 2018, and when she was only 4 months old, they had enough of her. Olivia was found tied to the door handle of a veterinary clinic. And so she ended up in the shelter. At an age of 5 months she weighs 13.4 kg and she is still growing. Olivia is very social and walks well on the leash. An shelter is not a good place for a puppy and that is why we are looking for a loving and caring adopter who has to promise us never to tie Olivia to a door handle and then run away.


12-12-2018

DELILAH

MIXED BREED,  FEMALE

Delilah was born around 10 September 2018 and when she was about 2 months old she was found at the bottom of the escalator which goes to the Continente supermarket. We think she came from the gypsy camp next door and that she followed a gypsy woman when she went shopping. But going upstairs with the escalator was a bit too much for her. And so she ended up in our shelter. Delilah is a very social and adventurous pup and walks already very well on the leash. At an age of 10 weeks she weighed 4.6 kg and she is expected to be a medium size dog when she is adult. Now she is looking forward to a family of her own who she can join when some shopping needs to be done.


26-11-2018   RESERVED

TANIA

MIXED BREED,  FEMALE

Tania was found wandering around the fields, all alone, and because she was so small everyone thought it was a very young puppy. She was taken to the municipal vet in our village, who actually had no space for her other than in a crate. Tania was well cared for and after a week or so he called and asked us if we could take care of the puppy because locking her up in the municipal shelter is also no solution for this little girl who - with 4.5 months - now weighs only 1100 grams. Tania still needs to gain some more weight, but will remain a really small dog. We think she was born 10 July 2018


09-11-2018

JULIETA

MIXED BREED,  FEMALE

Julieta was brought to the shelter as a puppy, simply because nobody wanted her. And why? Because it is a bitch. And that is enough to throw them away in the garbage container. But when they are 4 months old that is of course no longer possible. Then dumping in an shelter is still the most humane solution. Julieta has been living in the shelter for a few months now, she is a very social and playful dog and that's why we think she should leave and get her own house with people who love her. At least when they promise never to dump her again.
Julieta was born in March 2018 and now weighs just under 20 kg at 8 months. She has already been sterilized.


01-11-2018   ADOPTED 15-12-2018

FOXY

MIXED BREED,  MALE

Found all alone in the village where Janet and Mark live, covered in ticks as usual. He has medium length hair and green eyes. Used to other dogs and cats, extremely social with people. He should be a light/medium size adult. Estimated date of birth is 14 August 2018.


31-10-2018   RESERVED

CLAUDETTE

MIXED BREED,  FEMALE

Claudette was brought to our vet in a very poor, life threatening condition due to being covered in ticks. She had been rescued from a gypsy camp they told us. After specialist treatment in the clinic, our vet asked us to take care of her which we have done. She is now very well, growing fast and playing all day with Sky. She is extremely sociable and cuddly but with a will of her own. Claudette was born 22 August 2018 and will be small medium when adult.


28-10-2018   ADOPTED 15-12-2018

JEANIE

MIXED BREED,  FEMALE

Jeanie was dumped on the sandy path just past our shelter. It can not get any crazier anymore. She was less than 4 months old, lived all the time in a house, probably played with children, who took her on the leash for a walk. And then she has to leave, because she is a bitch that can get pregnant. Jeanie had clear characteristics that she had always worn a collar and is flawlessly on the leash as if she was never used to anything else. And now she is behind bars in our shelter and if she is not adopted now while she is still young, she may still be there in 10 years time. Jeanie is super friendly to everything and everyone and very socially to other dogs. She was born around June 13, 2018 and will probably become a medium sized dog.
We are now looking for a loving family where Jeanie can stay for the rest of her life.


21-10-2018   RESERVED

MONTY

MIXED BREED,  MALE

In Portugal we have huge green garbage bins all along the roads, everywhere. This means everyone has plenty of locations where they can put their household waste easily and quickly. Just lift up the lid and throw your bin bag in, preferably closed and tied so the garbage wont spill into the actual bin.

These bins are a real relief to people who need to get rid of their newly born puppies. Just pop them in a bag and take them to your nearest garbage, open the lid and there you go, pups gone!!!

The “M” pups were found in this way and they were just a couple of days old. Disgusting human behaviour but we are used to all this now here in this wonderful, sunny Algarve. The pups have been lovingly bottle fed and are now (21-10-2018) about 7 weeks old. Will not be large dogs looking at their size and build at the moment. Date of birth is 2 September 2018.


21-10-2018   RESERVED

MILO

MIXED BREED,  MALE

In Portugal we have huge green garbage bins all along the roads, everywhere. This means everyone has plenty of locations where they can put their household waste easily and quickly. Just lift up the lid and throw your bin bag in, preferably closed and tied so the garbage wont spill into the actual bin.

These bins are a real relief to people who need to get rid of their newly born puppies. Just pop them in a bag and take them to your nearest garbage, open the lid and there you go, pups gone!!!

The “M” pups were found in this way and they were just a couple of days old. Disgusting human behaviour but we are used to all this now here in this wonderful, sunny Algarve. The pups have been lovingly bottle fed and are now (21-10-2018) about 7 weeks old. Will not be large dogs looking at their size and build at the moment. Date of birth is 2 September 2018.


21-10-2018   RESERVED

MAGGIE

MIXED BREED,  FEMALE

In Portugal we have huge green garbage bins all along the roads, everywhere. This means everyone has plenty of locations where they can put their household waste easily and quickly. Just lift up the lid and throw your bin bag in, preferably closed and tied so the garbage wont spill into the actual bin.

These bins are a real relief to people who need to get rid of their newly born puppies. Just pop them in a bag and take them to your nearest garbage, open the lid and there you go, pups gone!!!

The “M” pups were found in this way and they were just a couple of days old. Disgusting human behaviour but we are used to all this now here in this wonderful, sunny Algarve. The pups have been lovingly bottle fed and are now (21-10-2018) about 7 weeks old. Will not be large dogs looking at their size and build at the moment. Date of birth is 2 September 2018.


21-10-2018   RESERVED

MERRY

MIXED BREED,  FEMALE

In Portugal we have huge green garbage bins all along the roads, everywhere. This means everyone has plenty of locations where they can put their household waste easily and quickly. Just lift up the lid and throw your bin bag in, preferably closed and tied so the garbage wont spill into the actual bin.

These bins are a real relief to people who need to get rid of their newly born puppies. Just pop them in a bag and take them to your nearest garbage, open the lid and there you go, pups gone!!!

The “M” pups were found in this way and they were just a couple of days old. Disgusting human behaviour but we are used to all this now here in this wonderful, sunny Algarve. The pups have been lovingly bottle fed and are now (21-10-2018) about 7 weeks old. Will not be large dogs looking at their size and build at the moment. Date of birth is 2 September 2018.


13-08-2018   RESERVED

AMY

MIXED BREED,  FEMALE

Amy was born in mid-March 2018. When she was not yet 6 weeks old, she and her brothers and sisters were dumped on the beach of Algarve. And so she ended up in the shelter at a young age. All her brothers have already been adopted, but Amy and her sisters are still there. And that is not her fault, but due to the fact that almost nobody in Portugal wants a female puppy. Amy is exceptionally social, immediately familiar with new situations and also with new people. She is regularly taken out on a walk and walks very well on the leash. It is fun to have such a dog in the house. She has lived in the shelter far too long and now it is her turn to have a house and a family of her own, something she has been looking forward to for so long. Amy will become a medium-sized dog.


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.


12-06-2017

JOSEFINA

RAFEIRO ALENTEJANO,  FEMALE

Josefina, 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." Josefina 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 Josefina 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 Josefina on a walk. Josefina 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.

 


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 was 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.


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 14 kg and born August 2012 we think.


27-09-2015

DEXTER

PODENGO, MALE

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.


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, +/- 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.