APAA and ARA at BLiP (Jenny visiting João and Claudia at ARA)
APAA and ARA at BLiP (Jenny visiting João and Claudia at ARA)

Animal Corner – Higgledy-piggledy – animals shelters keeping busy

APAA’s historical move from rescue shelter to helping others in need has become synonymous with their mantra ‘Here to Help’. The Association for Protection of Animals Algarve believes in assisting all shelters and all animals.

Jenny Clarke, president, is wearing a broad smile. “It is incredible, but we come across all shapes and sizes!” Shelters? “Some are personal projects and desperately need financial help. Others are fairly large, have volunteers and staff but still find it necessary for a helping hand or two.”

As did a couple who thought, when they started rescuing animals, that it would somehow stop. “It never seemed to end!” Sofia is actively looking after a broad spreadsheet of animals with partner Kent. Wigglestail, an official charity outside of Messines, has been assisted by APAA to create better housing for their canine lodgers. With over 30 dogs and over 50 farm animals, there is more than enough to keep them busy: horses, donkeys, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, rabbits … What a busy pair!

BLiP was buzzing with visitors on October 14 and 15. APAA had a small community stand, as did ARA, Animal Rescue Algarve. “There was a lot of solid interest shown this year.” Jenny was pleased to see familiar faces amongst newcomers. Organisers afpop certainly created an enormous success this year.

‘Donkey’ Wigglestail animal farm
‘Donkey’ Wigglestail animal farm

What’s up!

Friday, October 27, 11am-2pm – The Jolly Bar at Alvor. Pop in, visit Fiona’s Fi-Line Fashion, handmade jewellery, and Gill Goodes’ prints, cards and artwork. APAA’s ‘Pop-Ups’ always have a pet corner, books, electric gadgets, jams, chutneys and preserves, Nicola’s bio veggies and eggs.

Sundays, November 12 and December 10, 8am-12 noon – Also hugely popular, Ferragudo Car Boot Sales, Fair and Street Market. Main one-way street. Goodies galore. There’ll be lots of man-cave stuff too!

Friday, November 10, 11am-4pm – Lagoa Convento’bio. Pre-Christmas Special for arts, crafts and small businesses. Visit APAA’s stall packed with goodies, not forgetting Jenny’s jams and Jackie’s cookies. That Special Season Cometh – a time for giving.

SNiP (Spaying and Neutering Programme) is APAA’s main agenda for the Algarve – to raise money for keeping furry, feral feline populations down. APAA also helps with abandoned dogs, shelters and charities in need. Remember every little helps.

Don’t forget to pop into our charity shops in Alvor and Silves. You will find friendly, helpful, volunteer staff. Take stuff no longer needed. Find something new you like or a gift.

Just a gentle reminder – when the charities are out on the shopfloor collecting donations for food, please be generous, every little helps a large, ever-growing group of animals in need, care, love and attention. It costs!

Pop-Up/Events: [email protected]

Animal Care: [email protected]

Cat Colonies: [email protected]

Wigglestail: [email protected]; www.wigglestail-animal-sanctuary.pt

Article submitted by Association for Protec­­tion of Animals Algarve (APAA)