It has been almost a year since it was announced that the Goldra animal shelter, Quintinha dos Animais, was to close and since then hundreds of animals have been re-homed.
However, there are still 22 dogs and 35 cats looking for a home before the shelter closes permanently on March 31.
Verna Kinder from Goldra said: “We had expected to close the centre at the end of December 2010 but despite our best efforts we still have many dogs and cats needing new homes.
“We are extremely grateful to all those who have responded by welcoming one or more of these cats or dogs into their home, the majority of which travelled to new homes abroad with SOS Algarve Animals.”
With so few animals remaining at the centre, those that remain have a completely different life with more space to move around and increased contact with humans making them more suitable as pets.
Verna Kinder said: “Putting these remaining animals to sleep without giving them one more chance is not an option so we have arranged to keep the centre running until the end of March but time is one thing these animals do not have.”
While all the remaining dogs need new homes, it is important that they continue to receive human attention and staff at Goldra are urging anyone available to come and spend time with the animals.
“I know from firsthand experience that this can work,” said Verna. “I found Hettie there when we went to count the dogs last march. She had a dreadful eye injury and urgently needed to see the vet and it took us nearly half-an-hour to catch her. Now she is an absolute delight, as well as a real character.”
Meanwhile, although Goldra will be closing down and fewer animals mean that there are lower overheads, there are still costs to be met and help is required.Donations of food or funds can be made directly to veterinary clinics either at the Clínica Veterinária da Guia or at the Canham vet clinic in Almancil.