18-07-2018    RESERVED

COCO

MIXED BREED,  FEMALE

Coco was born in a house on 15 May 2018 and she lived there with her mother, brothers and sisters until she was about eight weeks old. Children were probably her best friends. But then it had been long enough, because nobody wanted her, because in Portugal almost no one wants to have a bitch. And so she had to leave. But where to? She was too big and too old to be tipped into the garbage bin. So, the solution was to take her in the car and drive far away into the hills, preferably in the night. And so it happened. But Coco is not a dog that lies down in a corner and waits for what is coming. No, she would save herself and went out to find someone who wanted to help her. And so she arrived at a house, far away from the civilized world, and walked into the garden where four other dogs were playing. But one of those dogs did not like her and then we were called if we could help her. And now she lives with us. Coco is very social towards all people and other animals. She likes to play with her toys and when she does not, she will find something to keep busy. That is why we are now looking for a lovely family where she can live forever.


18-07-2018    RESERVED

CHOCOLATE

MIXED BREED,  FEMALE

Chocolate, born around May 15, 2018, was thrown over the gate at night at a house of a woman who already has 12 dogs and no conditions to keep 12 dogs, let alone 2 puppies. And so she came to us. Chocolate is obviously born in a house because she is extremely social. She is still very small at the moment, but we expect her to grow to a small middle size. Where can Chocolate live without fear of being thrown over a gate somewhere in the middle of the night.


18-07-2018    RESERVED

CARAMEL

MIXED BREED,  MALE

Caramel, born around May 15, 2018, was thrown over the gate at night at a house of a woman who already has 12 dogs and no conditions to keep 12 dogs, let alone 2 puppies. And so he came to us. Caramel is obviously born in a house because he is extremely social. He is still very small at the moment, but we expect him to grow to a small middle size. Where can Caramel live without fear of being thrown over a gate somewhere in the middle of the night.


14-07-2018

WITNEY

MIXED BREED,  FEMALE

Witney was born on or about August 16, 2016 in a hollow ancient carob tree, next to a house where an 80 year old woman lives. This woman did not know what to do and the only thing she could do was feeding the mother dog some rice. When the puppies were 7 weeks old, one of the neighbours told us about the pups and we went immediately to have a look. Once there, the only thing we could do was to fish the pups out of the hollow tree. It were 3 females and 4 males.

We wrote this in October 2016. 6 puppies (Wally, Walnut, Wanda, Wilma, Winston and Wobbly) were adopted in Belgium and the Netherlands. Puppy number 7 was Witney and she was adopted in Portugal. But to our great sorrow, Witney was recently dumped in the shelter with all sorts of false reasons and lies. And so we could do nothing but take her back. She is now almost 2 years old. She is particularly unhappy and does not know what happened to her and what she did wrong. We are therefore urgently looking for a new loving home for her where she will never have to fear that her owners will dump her into an shelter without her having done something wrong. With whom can she celebrate her 2nd birthday?


07-07-2018

LUNA

SIBERIAN HUSKY, FEMALE

Luna was born on July 28, 2017. When she was about 4 months old she came to Portugal and became a victim of domestic violence.  Luna lives in the shelter for 6 months now and recently the wife has given up Luna. That is why we are looking for a family in a colder climate than Portugal where Luna can enjoy the rest of her life. Luna is a young, lively dog, who likes to play with a ball. She knows the basic commands, walks well on the leash and does not have a problem with any dog around her.


07-07-2018    RESERVED

HANNA

MIXED BREED, FEMALE

Hanna and her brothers and sisters were born around 20 May 2018 in a cave under a large sea container on a small industrial site. When they were about four weeks old, the puppies came out to see that their container was right along a busy road and that the lorries were only passing by 1 meter from their house. Fortunately they were noticed by one of our rescue ladies and we decided that it could not stay that way. With the help of the local police, the street was shut down and the dear men of the fire brigade took all puppies and the mother from under that large container. Since that day they live with us in a special emergency kennel. Mother Helena took great care of her babies and is exceptionally social and friendly. Mother Helena weighs just under 6 kg and we think her puppies will not grow big either.


07-07-2018    RESERVED

HONEY

MIXED BREED, FEMALE

Honey and her brothers and sisters were born around 20 May 2018 in a cave under a large sea container on a small industrial site. When they were about four weeks old, the puppies came out to see that their container was right along a busy road and that the lorries were only passing by 1 meter from their house. Fortunately they were noticed by one of our rescue ladies and we decided that it could not stay that way. With the help of the local police, the street was shut down and the dear men of the fire brigade took all puppies and the mother from under that large container. Since that day they live with us in a special emergency kennel. Mother Helena took great care of her babies and is exceptionally social and friendly. Mother Helena weighs just under 6 kg and we think her puppies will not grow big either.


07-07-2018    RESERVED

HAROLD

MIXED BREED, MALE

Harold and his brothers and sisters were born around 20 May 2018 in a cave under a large sea container on a small industrial site. When they were about four weeks old, the puppies came out to see that their container was right along a busy road and that the lorries were only passing by 1 meter from their house. Fortunately they were noticed by one of our rescue ladies and we decided that it could not stay that way. With the help of the local police, the street was shut down and the dear men of the fire brigade took all puppies and the mother from under that large container. Since that day they live with us in a special emergency kennel. Mother Helena took great care of her babies and is exceptionally social and friendly. Mother Helena weighs just under 6 kg and we think her puppies will not grow big either.


07-07-2018    RESERVED

HINTON

MIXED BREED, MALE

Hinton and his brothers and sisters were born around 20 May 2018 in a cave under a large sea container on a small industrial site. When they were about four weeks old, the puppies came out to see that their container was right along a busy road and that the lorries were only passing by 1 meter from their house. Fortunately they were noticed by one of our rescue ladies and we decided that it could not stay that way. With the help of the local police, the street was shut down and the dear men of the fire brigade took all puppies and the mother from under that large container. Since that day they live with us in a special emergency kennel. Mother Helena took great care of her babies and is exceptionally social and friendly. Mother Helena weighs just under 6 kg and we think her puppies will not grow big either.


07-07-2018    RESERVED

HUBERT

MIXED BREED, MALE

Hubert and his brothers and sisters were born around 20 May 2018 in a cave under a large sea container on a small industrial site. When they were about four weeks old, the puppies came out to see that their container was right along a busy road and that the lorries were only passing by 1 meter from their house. Fortunately they were noticed by one of our rescue ladies and we decided that it could not stay that way. With the help of the local police, the street was shut down and the dear men of the fire brigade took all puppies and the mother from under that large container. Since that day they live with us in a special emergency kennel. Mother Helena took great care of her babies and is exceptionally social and friendly. Mother Helena weighs just under 6 kg and we think her puppies will not grow big either.


25-06-2018    RESERVED

LEX

MIXED BREED, MALE

Lex was born around 18 March 2018 in a home environment and when he was about 6 weeks old he was taken to the shelter together with hius brothers and sisters. Due to this early experience Lex is used to people and he is very social towards people, dogs and other pets. He is a puppy to our hearts and we wish they were all so easy. He is expected to be a good sized dog of just under 20 kg.


23-06-2018    RESERVED

LOESJE

MIXED BREED, FEMALE

Loesje was born around 18 March 2018 in a home environment and when she was about 6 weeks old she was taken to the shelter together with her brothers and sisters. Due to this early experience Loesje is used to people and she is very social towards people, dogs and other pets. She is a puppy to our hearts and we wish they were all so easy. She is expected to be a good sized dog of 20 kg.


23-06-2018    RESERVED

TIMMY

MIXED BREED, MALE

Timmy and his brother Tommy come from a Portuguese home, where the owner had no interest to spay the females until the moment that all friends and family members already has been given a puppy and didn't want to have more. And so it happened that they asked our local shelter to take the puppies, which they did under the condition that the mother dog would be spayed. Timmy was born on 20 April 2018, is very social like his brother and will stay small.


23-06-2018    RESERVED

TOMMY

MIXED BREED, MALE

Tommy and his brother Timmy come from a Portuguese home, where the owner had no interest to spay the females until the moment that all friends and family members already has been given a puppy and didn't want to have more. And so it happened that they asked our local shelter to take the puppies, which they did under the condition that the mother dog would be spayed. Tommy was born on 20 April 2018, is very social like his brother and will stay small.


22-06-2018     RESERVED

NOVAK

MIXED BREED, MALE

Novak was born to Portuguese people on May 10, 2018. As we unfortunately often experience, Novak is the only survivor of the litter. He was lucky because he is a male. When he was about 3 weeks old, his mother became very ill and Novak ended up with his mother in the clinic of our vet. Unfortunately, his mother could no longer be saved and the vet had to put her down. The Portuguese people did not want Novak back. And the veterinarian thought that was fine, because in fact they did not want to give Novak back to those people. That is why we are now looking for a loving home for him. Novak is currently cuddled by the veterinary assistants all day long and he enjoys it. His mother weighed 21 kg and Novak will also become so big, maybe even a little bigger. Where can this sweetheart live?


20-06-2018     RESERVED

LEYLA

MIXED BREED, FEMALE

Leyla was born around 18 March 2018 in a home environment and when she was about 6 weeks old she was taken to the shelter together with her brothers and sisters. Due to this early experience Leyla is used to people and she is very social towards people, dogs and other pets. She is a puppy to our hearts and we wish they were all so easy. She is expected to be a good sized dog of 20 kg.


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.


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. 


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.


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

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.


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.