Founding Members

Laura McGeoch

IMG_6653Laura joined SOS Algarve Animals in 2010.  She is the motivating and organizational force behind much of the public relations and policies of SOSAA. She is the facebook and website contact and administrator, as well as the contact and manager for abroad reservations.

Laura will also be there to meet many of the new arrivals, assessing and photographing the animals when they first arrive into our care.

Laura is British but has lived most her life abroad, in the USA, France and now Portugal.  Before her work with animals she was an American lawyer and worked for the US federal courts.  Laura moved to Portugal in 2008, shortly after which she began working full-time in animal rescue.

Laura is President of Animal Aid – Associao Protetora dos Animais, which is the registered charity name under which SOS Algarve Animals operates. Laura also writes a blog for Anglo Info “All About Rescue“.

Ginie de Weerd

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGinie joined SOS Algarve Animals at the beginning of 2011. She has worked in behaviour, training, and rehoming canine companions for over 12 years internationally.  Before moving to Portugal Ginie worked as President of a Dutch animal charity campaigning for animal rights and helping to rehome dogs from Southern Europe, including many dogs from Portugal which is how her relationship with SOS Algarve Animals began.

Ginie is now using this experience to improve the situation of the Portuguese abandoned animals.   Ginie is our pack leader at the rehoming centre, she performs our behaviour assessments and works with all the dogs through their rehabilitation until they are ready to move to new homes.

Ginie’s prior work fostering and rehoming dogs from abroad gives her a complete viewpoint about what they will need when moving to their new homes – be it in Portugal or another country.  Before her life with animals Ginie worked as a manager in many industries, including the horticultural world which remains a passion.

Ginie is Vice President of Animal Aid – Associao Protetora dos Animais, which is the registered charity name under which SOS Algarve Animals operates.