To commemorate World Animal Day (October4), Animal Rescue Algarve (ARA) association was invited by the Quarteira parish council to carry out activities related to animal welfare as well as raise awareness about ARA’s shelter at Cabanita, Loulé.
Thanks to the contribution of photographer Carlos Filipe, 20 animals that are up for adoption were photographed and a photographic exhibition was launched inside the parish council’s premises, where it will remain until the end of the month.
On October 4, activities began at 3pm with an adoption campaign, followed by a talk at 6pm by the Kokua association on the importance of animal therapies and, to bring the day to a close, at 7pm, a charity dog walk began with the participation of around 150 people who walked along the dunes path wearing a t-shirt symbolising volunteering, along with 50 dogs, 18 of which belong to ARA and are looking for their forever home.
“The day generated a great wave of solidarity and brought together a huge number of people walking for a good cause,” said João Ferreira from ARA. This initiative has helped strengthen the “Vila dos Gatos” project, which also has the support of the Quarteira parish council. The project aims to sterilise 1,500 cats every year, as well as provide shelter, food and veterinary care for the cats in Loulé’s colonies.