Tag Archives: Animal Welfare

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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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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Update on Foster Mum Bia and Three Saved Lives

I had a wonderful surprise today when I went to Aanifeira.  Ana Rita and her husband, who had taken Bia and her puppies in, brought the new family into the Clinic for a check-up. (Read Bia and her puppies rescue story … Continue reading

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New Vet Sara Joins Aanifeira Veterinary Team

We are delighted to announce that Sara Latourrette Alves has joined the Aanifeira veterinary team starting work this month. Sara obtained her degree in veterinary science at the Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar (ICBAS) in Porto before going on to do … Continue reading

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Saving Four Lives at Once

My work often takes me into the Douro valley, east of Porto, where Port wine is made and whilst on my way home last week, driving through the fairly remote mountain region, I spotted a small cream coloured dog wandering aimlessly along … Continue reading

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Joana Seeks New Horizons

We were very sorry to see our veterinarian Joana Rolo de Sousa leave Aanifeira at the end of last month when her one year professional internship came to a close. Joana joined Aanifeira in April of 2011 (read more here) with an enviable background of experience that she gained both in … Continue reading

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Update on Dog Pound Rescue Dog, Shine

Everyone will remember Shine who was rescued from the local dog pound with nine puppies in tow by Victor (Aanifeira’s  President) when he dropped past there and saw her in a miserable state (click here to see story), well just look at her … Continue reading

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Breaking the Puppy Trade – Time to Act

Most of us have heard something at some stage or another about the puppy mills or factory farmed dogs that exist in many countries around the world.   For many unsuspecting animal lovers this seems unthinkable that animals are kept in … Continue reading

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Update Jasper

Last Saturday I also popped my head in see how our little Jasper had improved since he had been admitted two weeks ago and much to my delight he looked really beautiful and content.   Thanks to the help of our own … Continue reading

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Sixteen New Faces on the Block

It was a bittersweet Saturday at Aanifeira last Saturday when I arrived to see lots of new little faces peeking out from various parts of the shelter.  Sweet in the sense that we had rescued many new animals from the … Continue reading

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Chance Visit to Local Pound Saves Ten Lives

It was back in November of last year when Aanifeira President, Victor, made a chance visit to the local pound and came across an extremely thin and emaciated mother dog who had recently given birth to nine puppies. Not able to turn his back on this … Continue reading

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