Animal Rescue Algarve Sanctuary Shelter – ARA
This is a short update to our many followers and well-wishers particulary regarding our situation with Loulé Câmara and the demolition order that was issued
on our shelter at Cabanita. We have formally replied to the Câmara refuting this order.
A meeting between ourselves and the Câmara, including the Mayor, has already been held and the initial outcome is that it is recognised that the matter may well
eventually end up in the Portuguese courts.
In the meantime, with the full knowledge of the Câmara, we are fully committed to the public petition against the demolition order. We are currently have in excess
of seven thousand signatures which will allow the matter to be addressed not only in the Loulé Câmara but also at Central Government level in Lisboa.
For obvious reasons we would still like to have as many signatures as possible and apart from existing press and media coverage we are writing to every animal
welfare association and every veterinary clinic in Portugal to ensure their awareness and support.
On an additional tack we intend to organise two simultaneous demonstrations in both Loulé and Lisbon. The principal aim of these demonstrations is to highlight
and hopefully force the Goverment to finally and formally address the situation, that the vast majority of animal shelters and sanctuaries are “illegal” by being generally
sited on so-called non-authorized land. This state has been known forever but it is time this controversy is resolved.
Further notice of these demonstrations will be issued Portugal wide as and when more details become available.
We would sincerely hope many of you will find the time to take part.
Further updates will be issued as appropriate and we thank you wholeheartedly for your continued interest and commitment both to ARA and our cause.
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To all the generous people who have helped
Animal Rescue Algarve – ARA is a charity and is only exists due to the valued support of generous animal lovers without whom it would not be possible.
A message of genuine appreciation to all the people who have embraced this wonderful vision and given their precious time, ressources and knowledge to help out this great project. We have been truly overwhelmed by the support given so far by so many people and we give our overwhelming gratitude to all those concerned.
The response has been unimaginable and far better than we could have hoped for. We hope that the support we have received so far continues and that jointly we can change the dire situation of animal welfare in the Algarve in the near future.
The list of generous participants has grown so large that we can now only say a big thank you to everyone involved, which includes all the people in the social media groups who have given us their full support and brought the situation to the attention of so many more people. Long may it continue, together we can make a change.