The ‘gun-to-the-head’ race to find a new ‘home’ for dozens of abandoned dogs in Albufeira is in full swing, with a multi-purpose collection drive taking place at Iceland (supermarket) on Friday 13th.
The idea is not just to collect money for dog food and general shelter care, but to start taking cash donations for the plot of land organisers may have to buy to replace the shelter taken from under their feet (click here).
Chief campaigner Isabel Searle is also hoping to gather signatures for two lists:
“One with the names of people willing to help build the new shelter”, she told us. “The other with people who would be willing to help transport the dogs to it once it has been built”.
In the meantime, the animal activist is looking for volunteers to help run the Iceland initiative, going ahead next Friday, from 10am through to 6pm.
Volunteers can do ‘shifts’, she explained. Anyone willing should contact Isabel via Facebook (she is the Isabel Searle who lists her address as Albufeira and whose page is full of news about dogs…)
Following on from the bombshell about having to move Tiny Shelter (as its called), Isabel tells us: “We have found a piece of land in Canais Ferreiras for €17,500. If we can raise enough money, we could buy it”.
Elsewhere, the campaign has been offered two plots – one of which they were due to see as we wrote this article, the other of which is just ‘not ideal’: too close to houses and on a steep hill which would need a lot of earthmoving to make a shelter even possible.
Anyone with any ideas, or offers of help, is always welcome. Again, make contacts via Facebook.
Donations can be made via Paypal to help4animals.algarve @gmail.com, and we’re told that anyone who would like to make donations, but who cannot get to Iceland on 13th, can drop them off at Paws4Pets pet shop in Montechoro.