Tag Archives: Shelters and Rescues

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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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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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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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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New Opportunity Finally Comes for Senior, Visually Impaired Dog

Aanifeira has several visually impaired dogs and it is not always easy for them to live in a shelter with other dogs.  We try to ensure that total harmony prevails during their lives here with us and this often means placing them … 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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Today is ‘World Stray Animals Day’

Did you know that April 4th is the World Stray Animal Day to draw attention to the 600.000.000 stray animals worldwide? This special day was started in 2010 when one hundred Dutch stray animal organizations got together for the first … 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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Just Another Manic Saturday!

Last Saturday started out like any other Saturday at Aanifeira, with the usual run of visitors wanting to visit the shelter plus a large number of owners with pets waiting for their appointment to see the vet.  In addition, we … Continue reading

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Aanifeira Report on Humane Society’s World Spay Day Portal

We at Aanifeira are very pleased to announce that we have put up our report on the Humane Society’s portal for our event celebrating World Spay Day 2012. For those interested in seeing the report explaining our work done during this month long … Continue reading

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Today is WORLD SPAY DAY

In case you didn’t know, today, February 28th, is WORLD SPAY DAY and many animal welfare shelters, associations and foundations have joined forces over this past month to increase awareness of the importance of spaying/neutering a pet. For all those … Continue reading

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Merial Donates Over 3,000 Vaccine Doses to Portugal’s Needy Cats and Dogs

On July 27th, 2011, Aanifeira together with four other Portuguese animal protection associations Animais da Rua, Bianca, MIDAS and UPPA, joined the global veterinary pharmaceutical laboratory and world leader in pharmaceuticals and vaccines for animals, Merial in a joint vaccination … Continue reading

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Claudia Jacques Accepts Invitation to Become ‘Celebrity Ambassador’ for Aanifeira

Well known Portuguese celebrity and ‘Lost in the Tribe’ (Perdidos no Tribo) reality show participant, Claudia Jacques recently very kindly accepted our invitation to be the ‘Celebrity Ambassador’ for Aanifeira. Claudia was born in Porto and graduated in Modern Languages ​​and Literature at the … Continue reading

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Aanifeira in the HSI’s World Spay Day 2012 Pet Photo Contest

Dear Aanifeira friends around the world, Aanifeira is participating in the Humane Society’s World Spay Day during the month of February where we will be spaying/neutering a total of 29 dogs in this campaign.  Check out this link for the … Continue reading

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