Goldra animal shelter announces closure

Algarve animal shelter Quintinha dos Animais, also known as the Goldra animal shelter, will be closing at the end of May leaving nearly 500 animals without a home.

Founder of the rescue centre, Maria de Lourdes Ingle, has announced that due to ill health and her age, she will be closing the centre and no further animals will be taken in. Last year, Maria de Lourdes made a plea for extra funds to allow the shelter that she founded in 2000 to continue (see the Algarve Resident edition August 7).

Increased fundraising events helped to keep the rescue centre open but the workload involved with the home is now too much for Maria de Lourdes.

Funds are still required to help look after the remaining animals at the shelter and the Goldra charity shops in Quarteira and São Brás will continue to run.

Now the task of re-homing the animals from the shelter will begin and prospective pet owners are invited to come to the shelter in Quarteira to view them.

The shelter is open between 11am and 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays but please call to make an appointment.

Call Ingrid on 918 973 896 for Saturday viewings or Verna on 962 560 451 for Sunday appointments.

A full gallery of all the dogs and some of the cats will be updated on the charity website at www.quintinha-animalcentre.org