Del and Johnny AK presenting the €2,000 donation to Ginie de Weerd, president of SOS Sterilise Our Strays
Del and Johnny AK presenting the €2,000 donation to Ginie de Weerd, president of SOS Sterilise Our Strays

Sterilise Our Strays receives €2,000 from Algarve band

The Basement Band have already donated €24,000 to Algarve charities

SOS Sterilise Our Strays received a €2,000 donation last weekend from The Basement Band to help with the association’s sterilisation efforts.

Ginie de Weerd, president of SOS Sterilise Our Strays (formerly known as SOS Algarve Animals), said: “We are absolutely over the moon with the amazing donation made by The Basement Band which we received Saturday evening (August 6) at Primavera Restaurant in Tunes.”

Del and Johnny AK presented the €2,000 donation to Ginie, who continued: “We think it is amazing what these guys do. All the money they raise is distributed among charities. Since October 2021, they managed, raised and donated €24,000, which is truly a fabulous achievement. Of course, without the general public and people attending these events, this would not have been possible.

Guests at Primavera Restaurant, Tunes
Guests at Primavera Restaurant, Tunes

“The funds are truly welcome as, at the moment, we have more cries for help in our email than we have funds in the bank account. There are two female dogs in Messines awaiting sterilisation. During the first week of August, we sterilised Jesse and Tucker, and pup Zsa Zsa is scheduled for sterilisation in the coming two weeks. We also have a request from the Centro Bem Estar Animal in Albufeira to continue our help and fund the sterilisation of their kittens, as well as their puppies so they are rehomed safe and never at risk of becoming pregnant. We can now happily acknowledge and confirm this request for help.”

The only way forward in reducing the “unbelievable high” number of unwanted animals is sterilisation of puppies and kittens.

Between January 1 and June 20 this year, SOS had 694 animals coming in for sterilisation and other help – 610 were cats and 44 dogs which were taken out of the reproduction cycle.
“In total, 185 pregnant cats came in and we prevented the birth of 736 unwanted kittens! Sterilise Our Strays does whatever is possible and financially within reach to help these animals,” said Ginie.

“To Del, Johnny Ak, Alan, Gary, all the guests and lovely people who attended and donated, on behalf of these animals with no voice, thank you so much,” she concluded.