Raffa, Lilly and Dusty

Pet Corner – Running out of time…

‘Rafa’ was hoping for a special early Christmas pressie: adoption, re-homing, the happily-ever-after home. But it didn’t work out… Poor little ‘Lilly’ is still waiting for a sniff of a new owner, and ‘Dusty’ has probably slunk off somewhere wishing and hoping for a chance at a home that will give her some comfort in her old age.

‘Sebby’ was lucky, and so were a few others 2022. But for these few stragglers, special considerations will be turning into a fear of being institutionalised. They will become too used to being at Pet Park (Mexilhoeira Grande). Gary and Wendy give them a good care-home – love, food, attention – but these “poggles” need their own home.

Each, a character in their own right. For instance, young ‘Rafa’ needs space, a caring guiding hand to bring him on to being a fully-fledged German Shepherd. “He has all the makings of a wonderful faithful and loyal dog,” says Wendy. “He follows me around everywhere.”

Podengo ‘Lilly’s’ profile? Historically with Joaquim, he went into care and dogs were not allowed. Perhaps sweet ‘Lilly’ is looking for another Joaquim or female equivalent. Just the two of them. Settled, on their own and content with each other.

On the other hand, ‘Dusty’ is a trusting quiet Podengo, black alert, ready for it!

All different characters, no ultra-special needs, just someone in the right place at the right time. They all need some lead-up time, getting to know the prospective owner, in Pet Park’s safe environment. A treat, a walk, a talk. “We are all individuals, have our own ways, quirks and needs. It’s just finding the other quirky person in human form to match them up,” Gary nods as he whistles over to ‘Rafa’ playing with a visiting dog. “We’ve installed CCTV,” Gary points at one of the cameras. “They’re helpful keeping an eye on any newcomers or special care dogs, and we’ve just finished another covered play area for the dogs.” Sounds good!

APAA Charity Shops

Now here’s an idea – the infamous APAA ‘Pop-Ups’ have run their 2022 course. But that extraordinarily diverse, last-minute gift is still waiting for you. Time to loiter amongst them and have a chat with the ladies in store. So, pop into APAA’s super charity shops in Alvor (Dunas Complex, Monday-Saturday, 10.30am-2pm) or Silves (Rua Elias Garcias 20, Monday-Friday, 10am-2pm; Sat 1pm). They are packed with quality goodies.

  • To know more about re-homing ‘Rafa’, ‘Lilly’ or ‘Dusty’, call Gary and Wendy at Pet Park on 926 660 465.
  • To help with cat colonies, email [email protected]
  • Have space for a ‘Pop-Up’ event? The Association for Protection of Animals Algarve (APAA) is always looking for super-friendly venues along the EN125, off A22. Needed are parking, room for a few tables and refreshments. Contact Jenny Clarke on email [email protected]