Homing an older dog need not be daunting. A ‘puppy’ needs training, medical bills and lots of “walkies”, whereas Golden Oldies are rarely a problem. Can’t teach an old dog new tricks? A myth.
An older, abandoned dog is more accommodating; guaranteed to be your best friend, a warm, loving, loyal canine pal – just the ticket for an older person or family.
The GOs, growing to a good age of 15-17, sometimes more, have already had all their ‘bits and pieces’ sorted, along with the illnesses associated with younger pets. Food, warmth and a bit of attention are a small price to pay for their gratitude.
With a wag, a full heart, one of them could be yours. The prime objective of APAA, the Association for Protection of Animals Algarve, is ensuring animals are looked after, spayed or neutered with their SNiP programme. But “caring” costs money. Re-homing animals takes time. Caroline England’s Pet Park provides a sanctuary for such animals. “How about fostering an old dog? They make great companions, have a clean bill of health and don’t need much exercise, just a garden to mooch about. They have individual personalities, are adorable and loving, house trained and easy going. Why don’t you arrange a visit? Meet our ‘GOs’ first-hand!” says Caroline. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
It is a daring project for APAA trying to home all the dogs in these photos before Christmas!
Don’t forget APAA’s charity shops:
• Alvor: Dunas Complex, Monday-Saturday, 10.30am-2pm
• Silves: Rua Elias Garcia 20, Monday-Friday, 10am-2pm
Stocked with Christmas calendars, cards, chutneys, jams. Pet stocking fillers. Cuddly toys.
A special gift? Visit APAA’s Pop-Up shops:
• Recanto dos Mouros, Silves: November 26, from 11am-3pm. Pre-book Special Christmas lunch, 1pm onwards, €20
• Bacchus Bar, Porches: December 1, from 10am-12pm