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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.

International Homeless Animals’ Day – 17th August 2013

Tomorrow, August 17th, is the 22nd Annual International Homeless Animals´ Day.  This special day was started in 1992 by the ISAR – INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR ANIMAL RIGHTS and occurs on the third Saturday in August.  It brings together all animal … Continue reading

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Catching Up with Old Friends

Today is ‘Happy 2nd Gotcha Day’ at the Dj-Imba household in France. Our favourite old podenga, Sonia, is celebrating two years of a relaxed and loving life at this wonderful animal rescue sanctuary and she and her family have been … Continue reading

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It’s Moments Like These ….

It’s moments like these that make us just so happy!   Aanifeira’s volunteers not only willingly come and offer their help and services to the shelter but sometimes there is an added bonus! Mascha with an Aanifeira dog Mascha, a Dutch vet, who … Continue reading

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New Short Film on Aanifeira

A Portuguese company called Pixel, involved in the making of wedding and lifestyle videos, recently decided to offer their services free of charge to make a short film about Aanifeira’s work since 1999. We couldn’t help airing the short video for … Continue reading

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World Stray Animals Day – TODAY April 4th

We would, once again, like to draw everyone’s attention to the 3rd WORLD STRAY ANIMALS DAY which is TODAY April 4, a day when we should all show compassion, care and action for all stray dogs, stray cats, stray horses … Continue reading

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Aanifeira’s New Cattery Completed

It has been a long time wish of ours to have a spacious cattery where we could house adoptable street cats into an environment where they could feel comfortable, protected and cared for.  This day has finally come and we are delighted … Continue reading

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Catching up with Old Friends – Sonia in France

We just love catching up with old friends from Aanifeira!  From time we bring updates of animals adopted in other countries (read here for more) and Sonia was one of these special cases being almost blind and incontinent when she was adopted by Betty … Continue reading

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Breaking the Stigma for Black Dogs & Cats

Have you ever thought about why some people are not keen to adopt a black dog or cat?  This is a problem that we come across every day and that we find heartbreaking. In the USA for example, they have … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Catching Up with Old Friends

We always enjoy hearing news of how our animals are after they have been adopted and are in a totally new environment.  This month, we had news from Holland about one of our senior shelter dogs plus we had a visit … Continue reading

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Scout Volunteer Day at Aanifeira

Last Saturday, January 5th, Aanifeira was delighted to receive a group of 18 scouts from the Clã 20 Agrupamento 465 Sto. Ovideo, located in Vila Nova de Gaia (next to Porto) for a day of volunteering in animal welfare at … Continue reading

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Christmas 2012 – New Year 2013

To our all our friends in Portugal and throughout the world we wish you a Merry Christmas and a very Happy and Prosperous 2013. It is our wish that: there will be no abandoned animals living on the streets in this world there … Continue reading

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Seniors’ Week at Aanifeira

It was a busy week at Aanifeira this week along with the normal day-to-day running of the shelter and veterinary clinic, there were several adoptions plus one new canine member to the shelter. Last Tuesday vet Claudia arrived at the shelter to open up, … Continue reading

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Christmas Fundraising Events

It’s that time of the year again with Christmas roaring up and, we at Aanifeira, have several fundraising programs in action as follows:- 5th Christmas Bazaar – 26 Nov. to 31st Dec., held at the old Mill situated not far from the beautiful … Continue reading

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Cat in a Box – A Cowardly Act!

This story must just about take the cake for a cowardly act when Aanifeira General Manager Paulo, arrived at the shelter one morning last week to find a box up against the front door. Glued to the front of the box was … Continue reading

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Aanifeira Gets a New Face Thanks to GIRO 2012

Last Friday October 19th, Aanifeira was very privileged to be associated with the 7th edition of G.I.R.O. 2012.   G.I.R.O. – GRACE, Intervir, Recuperar, Organizar is the largest corporate volunteer initiative in Portugal with the participation of more than 600 volunteers from member … Continue reading

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A Poignant Story – Given a Final Chance in Life

RECENT FACEBOOK PLEA by AANIFEIRA Member, SONIA RIBEIRO Blind Podenga bitch, dehydrated, hungry and with serious health problems found lying motionless on main road. This is the moving story of GAIA, a Podenga bitch used relentlessly for hunting and then  senselessly discarded … Continue reading

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Tiny Rescue, Sweet Heart

Yesterday a very tiny visitor was brought into the Aanifeira Clinic for vet Sara Latourette Alves to check out.   The owner had found her 3 days before wandering on the street and arrived with her sitting in the palm of … Continue reading

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Preparing for World Animal Day – October 4th

Get ready World Animal Day (WAD) is fast approaching on October 4th and Aanifeira is very much looking forward to once again being a part of this event in helping to draw attention to animal welfare around the world.   This year two … Continue reading

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International Animal Welfare Conference (ICAWC) – 2012

The 14th International Companion Animal Welfare Conference (ICAWC) 2012 will be held in Vravrona, Greece from 16th – 18th October where Victor Barros,  Aanifeira’s President will be representing the shelter for this year.  The ICAWC is organized by Dogs Trust from … Continue reading

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