Tag Archives: Animal Rescue

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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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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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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Summer Heats up with Aanifeira Events

Things have been really heating up this summer with Aanifeira continuing to participate in more fundraising events to raise money for the shelter.  During the past month, Aanifeira Management team member and volunteer Angela Quaresma, who is in charge of … Continue reading

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Aanifeira Present at Portugal’s Largest Medieval Fair

Every August for the past several years now, Santa Maria da Feira (SMF) the county where Aanifeira is located, celebrates the largest medieval fair (Feira Medieval) in Portugal.  The event, held for over a period of 10 days in the centre of … Continue reading

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Helping a Chained Dog – Take the Step NOW TO DO IT!

Until quite recently, Portugal had a reputation for having dogs chained up both in suburban and rural areas.  In many rural areas this problem still exists but things fortunately have improved in suburban areas.  With the improvement in education and … Continue reading

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Taking the Challenge – Adopt a Disabled Dog

Most people will shy away from adopting a disabled animal due to the time and costs involved in taking on this extra challenge but it is guaranteed that what an animal may lack in physical ability, they will make up … Continue reading

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Pema’s Blessing Saves Another Life

The day following the visit of the Buddhist master and representative of the Dalai Lama, Tulku Pema Wangyal Rinpoche, an Aanifeira member came into the clinic holding a very tiny dog with its right eye bulging out asking for our help.   Victor, who … Continue reading

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Dalai Lama’s Representative Visits Aanifeira

Last Sunday, Aanifeira was very privileged to receive, for the second time running, the Buddhist master and  representative of the Dalai Lama, Tulku Pema Wangyal Rinpoche. As a vegetarian and advocate of non-violence, especially towards animals, Tulka Pema Wangtyal Rinpoche made … Continue reading

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Tuka Living it up in Holland

Just look at our dear Tuka since she left Aanifeira early last month to begin her new life in Holland.  Tuka is blind and during the day she naps on the sheep skin mat of her choice but every evening she is … Continue reading

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Weekend of Events in Aid of Aanifeira

Aanifeira partnered with two different events over this past weekend once again bringing light to the continuing problem of animal welfare in Portugal. Last Friday July 13th, Mena Reis inaugurated her new boutique in the centre of the city of Santa Maria da Feira with a … Continue reading

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Saving Lives – Two Life Saving Situations

Yet another week over and once again we were faced with two life saving situations. A lactating bitch was abandoned at our front gate with three puppies in tow.  She is small and extremely undernourished due to the fact that her offspring, … Continue reading

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Kitten Time at Aanifeira!

Well it’s that time of the year again when we are literally inundated with kittens that are abandoned on our doorstep.    It never ceases to amaze us as to the audacity of these people, even with our CCTV cameras operating overhead, that they … Continue reading

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