Pet Corner: Wanted. Des Res – an abandoned animal’s dream come true

As property goes, a desirable residence is that special place. Whether we call it a house, cottage or villa, it is a ‘home’.

Our canine and feline friends are not as fussy as their human counterparts. A warm bed, healthy regular food, fresh water, a cuddle, pat on the head, an occasional treat … Not a lot.

For abandoned animals, this is their dream come true – the forever home. Wherever we hang our hat, we call home.

‘Ella’ was found on Gramacho golf course. Her main intention was to get a home. A proper one. She’s not the calendar girl that she would like to be but is an adorable, loyal canine, with a head that is bigger than the rest of her.

Well, it all depends on how you look at things. Ella’s amber eyes and soft look is enough to make your heart melt. She’s lodging at Pet Park (Mexilhoeira Grande). Gary at Pet Park says: “She is a sweet-natured girl, gets on with all the other dogs and loves to have a play.”

Jenny, president of the Association for the Protection of Animals Algarve (APAA), had taken her across to Pet Park as she had just come into season. “The little girl can only be around six months old.” So, ready for the SNiP? Jenny has arranged for all her “bits” to be “sorted” in a timely fashion.


Five kitties are looking for a caboose to hang around in soon. They are a collection of black, striped and ginger. Mother has already been chalked up for a home.

The next ‘Pop-Up’ will be at the Jolly Bar Alvor this Friday, March 24, from 10.30am to 2pm. This is a special event because all sorts of stuff and people will be involved. Head of APAA ‘Pop-Ups’, Anita, is counting on a good turn-out: “We have lots of good quality ornaments and interesting items for the home. Some are hand-made, or hardly used designer items.” Jenny’s new jam has caught on. She has had to make extra batches – apple and ginger; pear and pineapple. Yummy!

Also along for the session is Isabel Searle with a table for her Tiny Shelter Albufeira charity; Fiona and her Fi-Line clothing, jewellery and natural make-up; and Gill Goode, Algarve artist, selling her prints and cards.

On Saturday, April 1, at 1pm, there will be a lunch at Fonte da Pedra, between Alcalar and Mexilhoeira Grande. John Corrigan and friends will ensure you have a good time while munching your lunch.

It will be the launch of Animal Rescue Algarve’s ‘Pet Legacy’, when APAA will introduce their endorsement of a ‘Home for Life’ for animals who have suddenly and sadly been left by their owners.

All events and ‘Pop-Ups’ are in aid of SNiP (Spaying and Neutering Programme). APAA Charity Shops can be found in Alvor and Silves.