17-06-2018

BUENA

MIXED BREED, FEMALE

Buena was delivered at the gate of the shelter together with three sisters, because the man, who brought her, could do nothing more with these females. No one wanted a bitch and he did not want to take them to the hills, where they certainly would die. Please could  the people of the shelter take care of them. And of course we did that. The sisters were already about four months old and very used to people. Buena was born around January 15, 2018 and she will be a good middle sized dog. She is just a happy dog, very social, good with people, children and other dogs. We are now looking for a sweet family, where this happy dog fits in.


09-06-2018  RESERVED

JOSÉ

MIXED BREED, MALE

José was born in February 2017 and weighs now about 7.5 kg.  We do not know his way of life in his first year, but it was not too good. We only heared about him when we got a phone call in January 2018. An English tourist begged us to help a small pile of misery that hid in the bus station there. And where was there then. It was in the Albufeira bus station, a popular seaside resort in Algarve. But that's more than an hour away by car! She could not do anything herself, because next morning she had to go back home. So we did what we normally do in such cases. We called a colleague rescuer Isabelle, who runs a small private shelter in Albufeira called The Tiny Shelter and Isabel immediately got in her car and went to pick up José. José was indeed one pile of misery, full of fleas and ticks, almost no hair because of scabies, a situation we are used to and that we are no longer afraid of, and he got all the mediation that was needed. Now José is completely recovered and he looks forward to a home of his own where he never has to hide in a bus shelter. José is very sweet and social, both to people and to other dogs.


08-06-2018

HOPE

MIXED BREED, FEMALE

Hope is a cross Shar-pei and was born in January 2017. She was found on the street looking for food. Hope is not just an average stray dog and that's why everything was done to find her owner, but iunfortunately without any result. That is why she is now for adoption. Hope is a very social dog, to people but also to other dogs. Hope weighs 23 kg. Who has a warm basket for this lovely dog.


03-06-2018  RESERVED

OTTO

MIXED BREED, MALE

OTTO was found roaming around the streets of a sea-side town that has a large campsite for tourists. Of course he was soon picked up and taken in for safety. Who wouldn’t pick up and hug a little bundle like him. Tourists come and then they go. So Otto was taken to a rescue centre and then brought to us for fostering until he can go for adoption. He is very lively, social with small dogs and kittens as well as people. He likes to sleep in bed. Otto was born on 21 March 2018 and will be a small dog when adult.


03-06-2018    RESERVED

OLGA

MIXED BREED, FEMALE

OLGA was found roaming around the streets of a sea-side town that has a large campsite for tourists. Of course she was soon picked up and taken in for safety. Who wouldn’t pick up and hug a little bundle like her. Tourists come and then they go. So Olga was taken to a rescue centre and then brought to us for fostering until she can go for adoption. She is very lively, social with small dogs and kittens as well as people. She likes to sleep in bed. Olga was born on 21 March 2018 and will be a small dog when adult.


23-05-2018     RESERVED

SUNNY

MIXED BREED, FEMALE

SUNNY was found roaming around the streets of a sea-side town that has a large campsite for tourists. Of course she was soon picked up and taken in for safety. Who wouldn’t pick up and hug a little bundle like her. Tourists come and then they go. So Sunny was taken to a rescue centre and then brought to us for fostering until she can go for adoption. She is very lively, social with small dogs and kittens as well as people. She likes to sleep in bed. Sunny was born on 21 March 2018 and will be a small dog when adult.


10-05-2018     RESERVED

VINCE

MIXED BREED, MALE

Kids love playing at venues like Splash and Slide in the summer.
But do pups belong there? We dont think so?
Sadly this was the case of a stray mother dog and her litter. But along the busy road, mum and two pups got killed. So the rest of this family where picked up and rescued by one of our colleagues before they met the same end.
Pups are now about three months old, so born 10 February 2018, friendly and living with lots of cats. They will be medium sized adults. 


10-05-2018     RESERVED

VANIA

MIXED BREED, FEMALE

Kids love playing at venues like Splash and Slide in the summer.
But do pups belong there? We dont think so?
Sadly this was the case of a stray mother dog and her litter. But along the busy road, mum and two pups got killed. So the rest of this family where picked up and rescued by one of our colleagues before they met the same end.
Pups are now about three months old, so born 10 February 2018, friendly and living with lots of cats. They will be medium sized adults. 


10-05-2018

VANITY

MIXED BREED, FEMALE

Kids love playing at venues like Splash and Slide in the summer.
But do pups belong there? We dont think so?
Sadly this was the case of a stray mother dog and her litter. But along the busy road, mum and two pups got killed. So the rest of this family where picked up and rescued by one of our colleagues before they met the same end.
Pups are now about three months old, so born 10 February 2018, friendly and living with lots of cats. They will be medium sized adults. 


10-05-2018     RESERVED

VERA

MIXED BREED, FEMALE

Kids love playing at venues like Splash and Slide in the summer.
But do pups belong there? We dont think so?
Sadly this was the case of a stray mother dog and her litter. But along the busy road, mum and two pups got killed. So the rest of this family where picked up and rescued by one of our colleagues before they met the same end.
Pups are now about three months old, so born 10 February 2018, friendly and living with lots of cats. They will be medium sized adults. 


10-05-2018     RESERVED

VICKY

MIXED BREED, FEMALE

Kids love playing at venues like Splash and Slide in the summer.
But do pups belong there? We dont think so?
Sadly this was the case of a stray mother dog and her litter. But along the busy road, mum and two pups got killed. So the rest of this family where picked up and rescued by one of our colleagues before they met the same end.
Pups are now about three months old, so born 10 February 2018, friendly and living with lots of cats. They will be medium sized adults. 


06-05-2018  RESERVED

ZEE

MIXED BREED, MALE

ZEE is now about three years old (born May 2015) and weighs 36kg.  He has lived in the vet clinic for two of those. He is a handicapped dog with only three legs. He was born into a situation where the people were ignorant of how to look after their dogs.

His father, a cross German Shepherd had been chained up there in a small outside area since a pup. This is thought to be quite normal here in Portugal. Their female had pups and more pups but the people did not sterilise her.

One day young Zee, then almost a year old, was playing around the patio but his dad did not like him..no, he’s a male and posses a challenge. He attacked his own son and bit him in the hind leg breaking the femur, the top bone. It was a complicated break and in spite of several surgeries, never healed properly and became so infected that the leg had to be amputated to save his life.

Zee is a wonderful dog, social with other dogs and people, affectionate, cuddly and very playful. He runs around on his three legs in his own special way and enjoys being a canine amputee. We are looking for a family who can give a 5 star home to this lovely boy. He cannot stay at the vet clinic much longer, not fair to the vets and absolutely not fair to the dog.


09-04-2018     RESERVED

DILLY

MIXED BREED, FEMALE

Dilly and her sister Dolly were found under a car parked along the street while it rained buckets. With their short legs they stood up to the belly in the water. Someone got them out from under the car and brought them to our shelter. Their estimated date of birth is February 18, 2018 and because of their short legs and long body we think their mother or father was a dachshund. Dilly is now looking for a house where she will always have dry feet.


09-04-2018     RESERVED

DOLLY

MIXED BREED, FEMALE

Dolly and her sister Dilly were found under a car parked along the street while it rained buckets. With their short legs they stood up to the belly in the water. Someone got them out from under the car and brought them to our shelter. Their estimated date of birth is February 18, 2018 and because of their short legs and long body we think their mother or father was a dachshund. Dolly is now looking for a house where she will always have dry feet.


08-02-2018     RESERVED

NICKY

MIXED BREED, FEMALE

People walking their dogs had seen Nicky as a small puppy near an old house in the country side, where an old lady used to live with her animals. No one knows what happened to that lady. She was gone and the house was uninhabited. Has she moved, was she dead or has she been admitted to a retirement home? Whatever the case may be, the pigs broke out of their enclosure and are now free in the campo looking for food that they can find in abundance. The walkers started to feed Nicky and Nicky joined them on their walks. But nobody really wanted to take care of her. Until someone called us with the question if we could help Nicky. All the shelters in the neighbourhood are full to the brim as are we, but when we were told that the dog was a bitch and about 7 months old we could do nothing but pick her up. Because, if not, people would call us in about three months time with the question whether we can arrange for the care and adoption of 10 more puppies. Nicky is a very sweet and calm dog with a very stable character. We think she has a lot of labrador in her and certainly its character. She is good with all people, children, dogs and also used to cats. She has been sterilized and therefore we are looking for a loving young family where she can be happy for the rest of her life. We think that Nicky was born early July 2017 and with 7 months of age she weighs 21 kg.


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.


23-12-2017     RESERVED

THETA

MIXED BREED, FEMALE

Theta was 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.


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. These 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.


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 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.