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Website launched to help  re-home stray animals

A website has been launched by a 19-year-old English girl to help re-home abandoned dogs and cats in the Algarve.

Animal lover Katy Rextrew has created the website and blog in English, aimed at expatriates who wish to adopt a pet.

Originally from London, Katy Rextrew now lives in Almancil and has been volunteering at the Canil de São Francisco kennels in Loulé.

She has also been taking care of abandoned puppies and kittens since she moved to the Algarve nearly four years ago. 

Katy decided to act after her research into websites aimed at re-homing animals found they were all in Portuguese.

“People who have an animal they wish to re-home can email me with the details and photos of the animals that need a home. I like to put as much information on the website about the animal as possible,” she said.

“Last month, the website re-homed 12 abandoned animals and we had 500 online visitors.”

The site also invites visitors to donate items such as old blankets, sheets and towels and contains information about volunteering at animal shelters. Katy Rextrew will also be working alongside Eric Jaspers to create a DVD production about animal shelters in the Algarve (as reported in the Algarve Resident, August 7 edition).

The production of the DVD is now able to begin as they have been sponsored by Warl Inc Lda and Artemotion for the use of a jeep and petrol costs for their travels across the Algarve.

Visit Katy’s website at