Phase III Gets Underway – Rays of Sunshine in the Pavilion

This week, Construction Phase III got underway at Aanifeira and residents in the main pavilion saw a new light when finally rays of sunshine poured into their boxes for the first time ever!

It was an overwhelming few days which all began last Monday morning when a firm specializing in the removal of dangerous roofing, set themselves up and work got underway to remove the asbestos roofing covering the 2nd corridor in the main pavilion.

The old pavilion where the majority of the dogs are housed was originally constructed by the Santa Maria da Feira  council to house cattle and when they granted rights for Aanifeira to house their dogs there from 1999, things were pretty dim and dark in all aspects for many of the resident dogs there.

Today however, nearly 12 years later, thanks to the kindness of the largest dog welfare charity in the U.K., Dogs Trust, Aanifeira’s residents are getting rays of sunshine into their boxes and they are just so ecstatic about it all!

The image gallery below shows the entire project from start to finish that took only 2 days to complete and shows the resulting sunlight pouring in.    

On behalf of all us at Aanifeira, we would like to extend our deepest thanks to Dogs Trust and all the help they have given us for our projects and especially this one.  Without you we couldn’t have done it!   Next steps are to increase box sizes allowing more space for the dogs to move around in.  We’ll keep you posted.

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About Aanifeira

Aanifeira – Associação dos Amigos dos Animais de Santa Maria da Feira is a non-profit/ no-kill organization with around 400 abandoned dogs and a small amount of cats in its care.
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