25-09-2018

STELLA

MIXED BREED,  FEMALE

Stella is probably a crossbreed Rafeiro do Alentejo and born around August 6, 2018. She was found and rescued from a place where several dead animals were found and we could not leave her behind. Despite the fact that she looked death in the eye, Stella is a cheerful and social puppy, who enjoyed laying on Marie-José’s lap all the way to the house of her foster mother. She now gets a life she deserves with people, dogs and cats, who love her. Probably, Stella will grow into a rather big dog. Who has a house, a garden and a heart that fits Stella.


13-09-2018   RESERVED

BENJI

MIXED BREED,  MALE

When Benji and his brother Happy were about 6 weeks old they were found by hikers in a remote and hilly area far away from the civilized world. They had not been born there, nor had they walked that far, but probably dumped there in the middle of the night. The hikers could do nothing but take them and take them to the nearest vet. Good friends of ours, who take care of more than 100 cats, have taken these pups in their house and found already a happy home for Happy. Now we are looking for a happy home for Benji as well and if he could choose it would be a house with cats. Benji was born around June 20, 2018 and is expected to become a medium sized dog.


18-08-2018   RESERVED

MARILINE

MIXED BREED,  FEMALE

Mariline, born around June 18, 2018, and her sister Marta were brought to our veterinarian's clinic by two police officers. Whether they have been found by these police officers, confiscated from someone, or found and delivered to the police station, we do not know. But that is not important at the moment. It is important that they are now in safe hands. They now get the best care of the world and once they have had the first vaccination they go to a foster family so that they become sweet and very social puppies. At this moment we have no idea how big they will grow, but we estimate they will be a small middle size.


18-08-2018   RESERVED

MARTA

MIXED BREED,  FEMALE

Marta, born around June 18, 2018, and her sister Mariline were brought to our veterinarian's clinic by two police officers. Whether they have been found by these police officers, confiscated from someone, or found and delivered to the police station, we do not know. But that is not important at the moment. It is important that they are now in safe hands. They now get the best care of the world and once they have had the first vaccination they go to a foster family so that they become sweet and very social puppies. At this moment we have no idea how big they will grow, but we estimate they will be a small middle size.


17-08-2018   RESERVED

ROCCO

MIXED BREED,  MALE

Rocco was born on March 16, 2017 and was given as a small puppy to an older woman. This woman could not really take care of him, and when Rocco was a few months old, he was chained up, reducing his world from one day to the next to a few square meters. And he actually did not get any food, only when something was left when the woman had eaten herself. Luckily there was a neighbor, who every day took care of Rocco, who gave him water and regularly also something to eat. And this went on for at least a year until the owner was hit by a severe brain haemorrhage. Her sister then came to live with her to look after her and it is this sister who asked us to find a house for Rocco. We immediately removed him there and Rocco is now in a foster home with other dogs, children and a few cats. Rocco is very enthusiastic with his new life and shows this so now and then. That's why we think he's better off in a family with not too young children. Cats are not his favorite playmates. Rocco walks well on the leash, is sociable towards all people, loves attention and is actually an awkward teenager now and then. Where does this adolescent find his own basket?


17-08-2018   RESERVED

EDDY

MIXED BREED,  MALE

Eddy was born on July 7, 2018 in a hole under an old tree stump at the edge of a small industrial area threatened by the great fire which has plagued the Algarve. He has been lucky that he is still alive, because he or one of his sisters has attracted the attention of a man who has his business in that industry area. He was able to fish him and four other pups from the hole and took them home. Two puppies stayed behind in the den, because it was impossible to reach them. The next morning the man came back to the den and he was shocked to see that the municipality had cleaned the entire site with a bulldozer and made it fire-free to protect the commercial premises against the approaching fire. And the two puppies are buried alive. A fate that could have happened to Eddy as well. Eddy is now growing up in a loving home environment and will become an exceptionally social puppy. The mother dog weighs about 10 kg and has relatively short legs. Eddy is much smaller than his sisters and we expect Eddy to grow to a little less than 10 kg.


13-08-2018

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.


13-08-2018   RESERVED

APRA

MIXED BREED,  FEMALE

Apra 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 Apra 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. Apra 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. Apra will become a medium-sized dog.


12-08-2018   RESERVED

ERIN

MIXED BREED,  FEMALE

Erin was born on July 7, 2018 in a hole under an old tree stump at the edge of a small industrial area threatened by the great fire which has plagued the Algarve. She has been lucky that she is still alive, because she or one of her brothers or sisters has attracted the attention of a man who has his business in that industry area. He was able to fish her and four other pups from the hole and took them home. Two puppies stayed behind in the den, because it was impossible to reach them. The next morning the man came back to the den and he was shocked to see that the municipality had cleaned the entire site with a bulldozer and made it fire-free to protect the commercial premises against the approaching fire. And the two puppies are buried alive. A fate that could have happened to Erin. Erin is now growing up in a loving home environment and will become an exceptionally social puppy. The mother dog weighs about 10 kg and has relatively short legs. We expect Erin to grow to about the same size.


12-08-2018   RESERVED

ELSA

MIXED BREED,  FEMALE

Elsa was born on July 7, 2018 in a hole under an old tree stump at the edge of a small industrial area threatened by the great fire which has plagued the Algarve. She has been lucky that she is still alive, because she or one of her brothers or sisters has attracted the attention of a man who has his business in that industry area. He was able to fish her and four other pups from the hole and took them home. Two puppies stayed behind in the den, because it was impossible to reach them. The next morning the man came back to the den and he was shocked to see that the municipality had cleaned the entire site with a bulldozer and made it fire-free to protect the commercial premises against the approaching fire. And the two puppies are buried alive. A fate that could have happened to Elsa. Elsa is now growing up in a loving home environment and will become an exceptionally social puppy. The mother dog weighs about 10 kg and has relatively short legs. We expect Elsa to grow to about the same size.


12-08-2018   RESERVED

ELIZA

MIXED BREED,  FEMALE

Eliza was born on July 7, 2018 in a hole under an old tree stump at the edge of a small industrial area threatened by the great fire which has plagued the Algarve. She has been lucky that she is still alive, because she or one of her brothers or sisters has attracted the attention of a man who has his business in that industry area. He was able to fish her and four other pups from the hole and took them home. Two puppies stayed behind in the den, because it was impossible to reach them. The next morning the man came back to the den and he was shocked to see that the municipality had cleaned the entire site with a bulldozer and made it fire-free to protect the commercial premises against the approaching fire. And the two puppies are buried alive. A fate that could have happened to Eliza. Eliza is now growing up in a loving home environment and will become an exceptionally social puppy. The mother dog weighs about 10 kg and has relatively short legs. We expect Eliza to grow to about the same size.


07-08-2018   RESERVED

DRIBBEL

MIXED BREED,  MALE

Dribbel was found completely disorientated and dehydrated running on the N125 highway in a temp of at least 35 degrees. Cars passed him from all sides but no-one stopped until a wine delivery man with a van spotted him while delivering along this highway. In spite of the traffic and the heat, he ran into the road and managed to get hold of the dog. Dribbel needed quite a few days and several litres of water to recuperate but now he is doing very well. Lovely, affectionate doggy deserves an affectionate and loving home. Good with other dogs.

Dribbel is about 7-8 months old and will be castrated soon. He has a long body and short legs, very cute.


12-07-2017   RESERVED

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

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   RESERVED

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.


29-01-2017     RESERVED

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.


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.