By LIZ GRIFFITHS [email protected]
Algarve resident Grant Weir, who dedicated his life to helping stray dogs, has died aged 75 leaving behind 15 dogs that desperately need new homes.
Grant, who lived in Bordeira, near São Brás, had travelled to England to undergo an operation on his hip which had been badly deteriorating.
Friends say that after suffering a great deal of stress from trying to find someone to look after the dogs and then having to leave them behind, Grant had a fatal heart attack at a friend’s home in England before having the operation.
Grant devoted the years he lived in the Algarve to the stray dogs he found, nursing them back to health, having them vaccinated and spayed and then finding them new homes.
He was regarded very highly in the Algarve, having built up a close network of animal lovers in the region and he had many good friends in the area.
Sue Sykes, a close friend of Grant, told the Algarve Resident: “We are desperate for any help, whether it is a donation to keep the dogs fed, a house sitter who could come and stay at Grant’s house or anyone who would like to give any of the dogs a new home. Even if people could foster the
dogs until they are re-homed, it would all be a great help.
“Grant used his pension to keep the dogs fed and for the vet bills. As his death was unexpected, we have very limited funds.”
All of the dog’s personalities are known by Grant’s friends, meaning they will be matched to the right family.
Algarve resident Kevin Jones, who is currently “guardian” to two of Grant’s dogs, said: “If some of his amazingly loving dogs get new homes as a result, it will be the memorial Grant would have wanted most.”
The dogs have all been nurtured, vaccinated and spayed which mean they can be re-homed immediately.
For more information about re-homing the dogs, house-sitting or making a donation, please call Sue Sykes on 289 462 384 or 914 146 198.
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