Calendar girls and boys!
APAA, the Association for Protection of Animals Algarve, came up with a brainwave for their annual Christmas Calendar. They offered their membership and followers a sponsorship – 50€ donation – to cover a specific month using photos of their favourite pet or pets.
“We weren’t looking for the prize-winning pooch or puss. We just wanted good, honest, fun photos,” says Jenny Clarke, president of APAA. “Every year, our calendars sell like ‘hot cakes’. They are very, very popular. Our Treasurer, Jackie, is now collating, co-ordinating and constructing the calendar’s final design. This year we came up with the idea, a good one, which will help to cover the increasing printing costs. Also, we wanted to encourage owners of rabbits, guinea pigs, anything exotic.” Snakes? Spiders?
“I think we wanted photos we can look at for a whole month without needing therapy!” she laughs. “Jackie is now putting the finishing touches to our 2023 calendar.” Calendar sponsorship is now closed.
Apart from Jenny and the team thinking calendars and forthcoming Pop-Ups, she reminds the Resident readership that “there are two very good charity shops where people can buy some amazing bargains. Start hunting now before Christmas. Sounds awful, doesn’t it?” But APAA really has to plan ahead. Christmas cards are another of our annual specialities, designed by our talented artist Gill Goode. “Hopefully calendars and cards will be ready for our first Pop-Up, the queen of which Anita is now ferreting out venues and dates.”
APAA’s SNiP Spaying and Neutering Programme occasionally helps with vaccination of animals. “It really is a costly enterprise but so necessary.” APAA’s main target is re-homing abandoned animals. Sounds simple but, in truth, it takes a lot of time, teamwork and energy. “We have Lisa, our editor for Facebook. We get good press from our friends the Resident not only in print but online. Check them out!
“We partner up with excellent friends, like Caroline England at Pet Park, with re-homing of specific dogs. We have Zélia Santos and friends helping with cat colonies in the Portimão area, and Trevor in the Carvoeiro-Lagoa area.” Jenny’s mobile is buzzing. Another call-out for help? Another plea for a rescue call-out? Helping hands are needed, which, by the way, is APAA’s motto.
Whilst brewing up a cuppa, wondering what you could do to help, send an email or go to APAA’s website, and offer some time, become a member or a helper.
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