As a new year begins, the work continues at The Goldra Dog Sanctuary (Loulé) to give a second chance to some of the abandoned dogs of the central Algarve.
2017 was a year like most others for Goldra, with more abandoned dogs, more pups and the never-ending pressure on space and funds. But there have been many positives, with 98 dogs and 17 cats finding new homes both here in Portugal and other European countries.
Much-needed improvements have also been made at the sanctuary, such as replacing old wooden kennels with sturdy concrete models and the purchase of new metal puppy pens.
All this costs money and the Sanctuary is totally funded by donations, sponsorship and fundraising events such as the popular monthly lunches.
Last year, the Goldra fundraising team successfully raised half of the €40,000-a-year running costs – in 2018 the aim is to raise much more.
The sanctuary is run by Jan Henderson along with her husband Ray who rely on volunteers to help look after the 110 dogs in residence.
Whilst there is a small team of regular volunteers, Goldra desperately needs more people who are willing to spare the time cleaning out the pens. Dog walkers are also needed to socialise the dogs and acclimatise them to the lead which makes it easier to rehome them. So if you have a few hours to spare in the mornings from 9am, please volunteer to help.
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By SUE WARD