Other Ways We Help

There are many ways that we try to help other than just trying to find homes for animals.

Life on a Chain.  One of the saddest situations in Portugal is when a dog (or even a puppy) ends up being chained for life.  Sadly, the worst chain situations are ones where the dog has no shelter, is left in the full sun, has little food and (especially awful) little water.  This is not natural, it is inhumane, it is animal cruelty at its worst.  Unfortunately, it is also a problem and abuse that is often ignored in Portugal.  This should not be confused with dogs who are chained while their owners are unable to supervise their animal at all times, and the animal only spends part of its time on the chain.  It is illegal to enter a private property and take an animal from a chain.  If you take the dog it is also probable that the owners will simply get a new dog or puppy and subject it to the same horrible type of life.  The advice that we find works best is to try to  befriend the owners.  Visit, bring a bag of dog food.  Make up some story about how your own dog has died and how you are feeling lonely.  Bring a used dog house that your “own dog” used but that you no longer need.  Try everything, work slowly, and perhaps you can improve that poor dogs quality of life just a little bit.

Individual Animals from Owners.  If an animal has an owner who can no longer keep the animal, it will often soon become abandoned.  Although we feel that an animal is an onwer’s responsibility for life, it is not the fault of the animal when the owner can no longer fulfill his or her obligations.  Sadly, we do not help all of these animals, and are most likely to be able to help when the owner gives us advance notice of their deadlines, but some lucky animals we have been able to help.  But, there remain far too many animals in the Algarve for all such animals to find homes, and many will end up in local shelters.

Group Animals from Owners.  Sometimes, individuals will have serious situations where they have many animals which they can no longer care for.  Unfortunately, these will be situations where a person has too many dogs or cats to offer adequate care.  Although it is extremely sad, we often cannot help all these animals, and many will have to go into shelters.  However, we also try to first access the situation, often finding volunteers to feed and care for these animals to gain us some time to be able to rehome some of the animal family.

Sad Situations.  Unfortunately, there are many special situations which arise.   Some are heartbreaking and some have happy endings.  Every situation is different.

Street Animals. Please visit Found A Stray And What to Do for more information.  The most important and the best help you can offer is to sterilize any and all females!

It is impossible to save all abandoned animals of the Algarve, but we can help a special few!

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May Sterilisation Campaign - Other Ways We HelpMay Sterilisation Campaign - Other Ways We Help
Added: May 9, 2014
Location: TBA
Description: 2.5 days of sterilisation and thankfully we managed to help almost 100 cats and dogs. Again these were all animals either from the street, at risk of getting pregnant, or from extremely low income fa...
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April Sterilisation Campaign - Other Ways We HelpApril Sterilisation Campaign - Other Ways We Help
Added: Apr 7, 2014
Location: TBA
Description: Our April Sterilisation Campaign was a huge success and over 220 animals were sterilised. To read more about this campaign please visit sosalgarveanimals.com stories, April Sterilisation Campaign. Our...
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Other Ways We Help - Gypsy camp Marina AlbufeiraOther Ways We Help - Gypsy camp Marina Albufeira
Added: Aug 20, 2013
Location: TBA
Description: On 20 August 2013 we visited the gypsy camp on the Marina in Albufeira. Overall the dogs were in good condition, and very friendly. We were given three dogs by them....
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A Matilha Dog' Story (Disturbing Images) - Other Ways We HelpA Matilha Dog' Story (Disturbing Images) - Other Ways We Help
Added: May 19, 2013
Location: TBA
Description: Please open this link when you are ready to take action. "To Say Nothing, To Do Nothing, Stops Nothing". We have included only the least disturbing images on the link to the website, opening this behi...
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Honey and 3 Puppies - Other Ways We Help - Unavailable For NowHoney and 3 Puppies - Other Ways We Help - Unavailable For Now
Added: Jan 16, 2013
Location: TBA
Description: Honey and the three puppies (2 girls and 1 boy) are now in the loving hands of a volunteer foster family. They have just opened their eyes! So we think their date of birth is about January 15 and they...
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Other Ways We Help - Boliqueime RescueOther Ways We Help - Boliqueime Rescue
Added: Sep 16, 2012
Location: TBA
Description: We desperately need help to be able to feed 10 abandoned dogs from now until the end of November. Every euro will help, mostly with the costs of food, water and if possible a little petrol money to th...
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Other Ways We Help - Areeiro RescueOther Ways We Help - Areeiro Rescue
Added: Aug 10, 2012
Location: TBA
Description: For more information about the rescue of these four dogs please visit http://sosalgarveanimals.com/areeiro-rescue...
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Other Ways We Help - Gypsy Camp 4 EstradasOther Ways We Help - Gypsy Camp 4 Estradas
Added: Jul 19, 2012
Location: TBA
Description: We recently went to the gypsy camp at 4 Estradas accompanied by a new volunteer...well, we had a great afternoon. So friendly, so welcoming. We went on request to de-wurm their horses, especially the ...
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Other Ways We Help - Sterilizations March/AprilOther Ways We Help - Sterilizations March/April
Added: Apr 12, 2012
Location: TBA
Description: These are photos of just some of the situations we have been trying to help with sterilizations. In total, March/April so far 23 female dogs have been sterilized and returned, and a similar number of ...
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Other Ways We Help - Leiria - Portugal At Its Worst January 5, 2011Other Ways We Help - Leiria - Portugal At Its Worst January 5, 2011
Added: Jan 5, 2012
Location: TBA
Description: Portugal At Its Worst - Jan 5th, 2011 There is an atrocious and inhumane situation of cruelty and abuse at the camara in Leiria, 100 km north of Lisbon, where they are controlling the animal populatio...
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Other Ways We Help - Oscar the Cocker - Lost and FoundOther Ways We Help - Oscar the Cocker - Lost and Found
Added: Nov 14, 2011
Location: TBA
Description: We were contacted about poor Oscar by Faro Hospital. He had a severely broken leg and had been brought in after a car accident by a stranger. They could not themselves keep Oscar and would have had to...
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Other Ways We Help - 2 Abandoned Beach DogsOther Ways We Help - 2 Abandoned Beach Dogs
Added: Sep 13, 2011
Location: TBA
Description: There has recently been a group of 5-8 dogs abandoned at the beach in Vale do Lobo. We were contacted as it is expected the camara will soon arrive and as they cannot stay there. Unfortunately, as is ...
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Other Ways We Help - Albufeira boyOther Ways We Help - Albufeira boy
Added: Sep 7, 2011
Location: TBA
Description: Extremely limited on space at the moment we have been trying our best only to accept very urgent cases. This lovely dog was found by a tourist in Albufeira on the strip. When she contacted us she was ...
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Other Ways We Help - Boliqueme DogOther Ways We Help - Boliqueme Dog
Added: Aug 30, 2011
Location: TBA
Description: Found but not at first rescued, this poor dog was hit by a car and had a broken leg. Much confusion and everyone seemed to think that someone else had collected the dog but he had crawled into a nearb...
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Other Ways we help - SammyOther Ways we help - Sammy
Added: Aug 25, 2011
Location: TBA
Description: His owners rehomed into what they thought was a wonderful home, unfortunately 8 months ago these new people left and left the dogs abandoned.... 2,5 months ago somebody was made aware of the situation...
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Other Ways We Help - Alfie the siameseOther Ways We Help - Alfie the siamese
Added: Aug 25, 2011
Location: TBA
Description: Alfie was a young female siamese found and befriended by tourists while here on holiday. After they returned home they contacted us about Alfie as they had been unable to get anyone to help Alfie whil...
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Other Ways We Help - Mummy of the A ClanOther Ways We Help - Mummy of the A Clan
Added: Apr 29, 2011
Location: TBA
Description: Mother of the A Clan Puppies (Arina, Arinka and Arani --and also now Ayrton) has been found and will be sterilzied the week of May 2. These puppies were brought to SF early March. A neighbour who had ...
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Other Ways We Help - Peaceful EndOther Ways We Help - Peaceful End
Added: Mar 28, 2011
Location: TBA
Description: Looking at abandoned buildings in the hopes of finding a possible rescue location to rent, we pulled into an abandoned yard and heard barking. Thinking the worst we came across this poor old soul who ...
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Other Ways We Help - Vet and Sterilizations March and April 2011Other Ways We Help - Vet and Sterilizations March and April 2011
Added: Mar 28, 2011
Location: TBA
Description: Despite our best efforts, unfortunately we are not particularly good at taking photos of the dogs and cats who come in for sterilizations. While we do offer to pay for sterilizations, we base this on...
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Other Ways We Help - Street DogsOther Ways We Help - Street Dogs
Added: Jan 12, 2011
Location: TBA
Description: These dogs are all living on the streets. Please contact us for more info. We leave them on the streets because we feel they are better there than in a shelter. Many have "carers" and the females we s...
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Other Ways We Help - Terry's HouseOther Ways We Help - Terry's House
Added: Dec 4, 2010
Location: TBA
Description: At Christmas Time, 2010 we received a call for help about a man who had many dogs he could not care for. On arrival, there were 12 dogs and 8 puppies in terrible condition. Volunteers were organized a...
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