You have reached the website of Animal Rescue Algarve (ARA) a charitable association which owns and operates an animal shelter dedicated to the betterment of dog and cat welfare in Portugal. We update this website regularly showcasing our animals plus current and recent news items and information about forthcoming events.
ARA is a legally constituted Portuguese Charity Association with the prime objective of caring for and subsequently rehoming stray, abandoned and distressed dogs and cats. The charity was founded in 2017 by a resident English businessman who funded the total capital cost of the project and has also financed running costs since its inception. The governing body of the Association comprises twelve individuals who are all volunteers. Especially important to ARA is not just the betterment of animal welfare locally but eventually throughout Portugal.
Allegra True Story
A heart-warming story featuring special needs dogs.
A video that we hope will touch your hearts and inspire the world to see with different eyes those who are not physically equal but whose ability to live and love is the same.
We have more than one hundred lives in charge, all of them of the same importance, from the smallest to the largest, from the babies to our beloved seniors, healthy or sick, blind, deaf, tripods or even without two members, they all deserve the opportunity to find a home!
Our World . Our shelter . Our Animals
ANIMAL WELFARE - HIGHLIGHTING WHAT BEST IS DONE AT ARA
We have commissioned a number of videos showing various aspects of activities within the shelter which can be seen under other specific headings within the website. The following however is the main video on the general history and overview of Cabanita.
𝐀 𝐒𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐞
In January 2018 five acres of essentially forested land in a beautiful valley was acquired in an area called Cabanita just northwest of Loule. Several months of land clearing and major infrastructure requirements had to be undertaken before any kennels and other buildings could be constructed. We opened our doors in September and our first rehoming was in November of that year. The shelter has 48 eco-friendly state-of-the-art kennels including 10 free-range/socialising and play areas for up to 100 dogs and puppies plus a professionally designed cattery for 40 cats and kittens.
Meet the Team
An eight person all volunteer Executive Board comprising local professionals meets regularly and four from that group serve as a day-to-day management team.
We also have several full-time paid employees with a variety of skills many of whom live on site.
Animal Health and Welfare Coordinator
Our success stories from the animals who have been adopted and re-homed here at Animal Rescue Algarve.
Along with the rescue, rehabilitation and welfare of the animals, rehoming is of great importance to the Animal Rescue Shelters. Finding new homes for the animals is one of our priorities and we get great pleasure in doing so.
Giving these abandoned animals a second chance in life is so rewarding. Also seeing the animals in their new environment with new families who in return get so much pleasure and love from the animals is heartwarming and makes the project worthwhile.
All photos of animals featuring on our website, have been through us or are still with us.
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