APAA’s celebration time? When a dog is being rehomed. The expectation of a canine cutie getting a new home is always a very happy subliminal one.
There are a lot of reasons. Firstly, the dog has probably been abandoned. Secondly, it has been ill-treated, if not part, most of its life.
The “home” it once spent time in has ceased to be. Abandoned on the roadside, confused, in pain, pregnant or just had a litter.
Anita, a staunch APAA member, has several dogs. One of her most loved is ‘Dixie’. “We found her under a car. Home to millions of ticks, starving. She had been used for breeding, but was now an old dog, past her prime.”
Sad memories … “Knowing she needed help, she allowed us to take her home, continuously bathing and brushing, feeding her. She had tick fever and had to be treated, fattened up, spayed. A long journey.” Better than her original one? Anita smiles. “She is so happy and integrated with the other dogs. A fabulously loyal guard dog.”
Old friend ‘Dusty’ (11 years old) was found under a ‘lixo’ bin, cold, starving and full of mange. Anita managed to get her to Caroline’s Pet Park. With care and APAA’s support, Dusty made a full recovery. “I couldn’t believe when I saw her. The difference!”
Jenny, APAA’s president, says: “Pet Park have helped APAA re-home quite a few animals.” ‘Dusty’? Looks big but is a small-medium-sized girl. “She is a calm, peaceful dog and super friendly! Adores her bed. She’s a good, loving girl and deserves a real, forever home.” They all do, don’t they?
‘Foxy’ Ela, another Pet Park cutie, a hit-and-run case, was badly injured. Happy, Caroline adds: “As good fortune would have it, she has been re-homed. The lady who found her took her in.” More than luck? Finally, a forever home for Ela.
APAA’s first of the season ‘Pop-Up’ at O Tasco, Senhora do Verde, Portimão, from 12pm-3pm on Thursday, September 22, where you can browse and buy at leisure. Book lunch direct on 282 471 769.
What’s the point? SNiP! The Association for Protection of Animals Algarve’s main endeavour – its spaying and neutering programme. It costs money to take in an abandoned animal – medical bills, vaccinations, food … Please, help us to help them!
For Dusty and other re-homing dogs, contact Caroline England – [email protected]
- Alvor, Dunas Complex, Monday-Saturday, 10.30am-2pm
- Silves, Rua Elias Garcias 20, Monday-Saturday, 10am-2pm
Now is the time to come to the aid of APAA! Bring us your fabulous, unwanted gifts and goodies, especially Christmas tree garlands, lights, tableware, novelties, etc. Everything for a special Christmas!