From Fostering to Adoption

It’s not everyday that we have two dogs from the same kennel adopted out together on one day, but TODAY was one of those days for Xila and Polo, two long time residents at Aanifeira.

Aanifeira’s has two fostering programs available for animal lovers:

  • Those who can take an animal home and introduce it to life in a normal home environment until an adoptee can be found;
  • Those who, for various reasons, are unable to take in an animal but share a bond with one of them whereby they can contribute towards the welfare of the animal in question.  For a small monthly contribution of Euros 5, the fosterer is encouraged to visit the animal whenever possible and help out with walking, bathing, grooming as well as showering it with treats and love.

Xila and Polo have had two very dedicated fosterers Cristina and José, who, for over two years now, would come on a regular basis each week to walk and groom them but always with a strong urge to eventually adopt these two beautiful dogs when they moved into their new and spacious home.

Today, that day finally came when Cristina and José arrived at the shelter to take Xila and Polo to their new home.  It is incredibly rewarding for us to see dogs such as these, who are not youngsters and often rejected for adoption because of their age, being given a whole new chance in life through the sheer dedication of a young couple.

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We will look forward to hearing news of Xila and Polo and of course to see them on their follow up visits at the shelter clinic.  Our special thanks to Cristina and José for giving two beautiful adult dogs a brand new opportunity in life!

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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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