Straight talking: “Money is a huge problem”

Jenny Clarke, president of APAA (Association for Protection of Animals in the Algarve), says: “Re-homing dogs is difficult. So many animals need our help. With Covid almost over (we hope!) and Christmas looming, it means even more work getting animals safely tucked away in good loving homes, fast! Bluntly, money is a huge problem. Raising funds through our shops is even more important. Spaying, neutering and vaccinations cost money. Our vets give excellent concessions, but APAA needs funds to feed strays and surgery for the injured. No animal needs to suffer, especially now.”

The abandoned animals in the Algarve survive through your kind donations. New members and helpers are always welcomed. APAA’s new initiative is holding “Pop-Ups” at restaurants and cafés with enough space to set up tables for goodies and a friendly atmosphere where people can meet, chat and buy!

Pop-Ups: The ‘Jolly Bar’, Alvor (near campsite), November 5, 11am to 3pm; Recanto dos Mouros, Silves, November 19, 10am to 1pm (lunch after requires booking); ‘Bacchus Bar’, Porches, mini pre-Christmas ‘specials’ Pop-Up, November 10 to December 1, every Wednesday, 10am to 12pm.

APAA’s vibrant, fun Christmas Cards and 2022 Calendar are available from December 5 at APAA’s Alvor and Silves charity shops, Pop-Ups and several veterinary clinics. Proceeds to go to the ever-increasing SNiP (Spaying, Neutering in Portugal) programme.

For more information, contact Jenny, APAA, at [email protected]

Paws for thought…
Meet ‘Blondie’. Cute, sweet, playful puppy, around six-months old. Gentle, loving, great fun to have around. Like most Podengos, she is food orientated and intelligent, so easy to train! She’s now ready for her new home.


‘Reiji’, an active older-adult, handsome male, around 11. Very fit, good temperament, loves his exercise. Reiji is good with other dogs, but not cats. Sadly, he was found next to his owner who had died. Reiji really deserves another chance. He is used to living in a comfortable home and loves his warm blankets and soft bed.


Both Blondie and Reiji are temporarily boarding with Caroline England at Pet Park. For more information, contact her at [email protected]

Caroline says: “Blondie is easy with other dogs and fully vaccinated. We would arrange for her spaying, prior to homing, with the help of a donation from her new family. Reiji? It would be great to find him a loving home to live out his retirement. He’ll be a great affectionate and loyal companion.”

APAA and Pet Park work actively together seeking new homes for dogs. The numbers continue to grow. Talk to Caroline and meet the dogs needing a home. Don’t forget, they come in all shapes and sizes. There’s bound to be one just right for you!