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No-Kill Shelters in Portugal


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Eight or maybe nine years ago there was a Nordic dog ‘fever’ (currently we seem to be the midst of a French Bulldog/Pug fever) in Portugal and if you check the available dogs you will find a few Malamutes and Huskies. There are also a few Pitt Bulls—these are generally only walked by volunteers and I’m told their adoption process is longer and requires several visits.

Last year an eleven-year-old dog adopted through União Zóofila (I had the pleasure of taking her for a walk just days before she was adopted), became the ‘face’ for a popular brand of dog food’s adoption campaign. I think it brought senior adoption into the limelight and slowly, senior dogs seem to be considered more often and sometimes even adopted. Pedigree’s Missão Adopção (Mission Adoption) site:The promotional film you see on the page was actually shot inside União Zoófila

There aren’t any breed specific rescues in Portugal—except for breeds that have gone through an extremely popular phase (such as Rottweilers, Malamutes, Huskies, Labs, Pitts) you will hardly ever find a pure bred dog (or cat) in a shelter. Most dogs you will find at rescues are random bred, so random in fact, I’d be hard pressed to say any breeds taking place in the mix.

Personally I believe what is missing in this country is a much stronger stand on neutering. Routinely, I see that dogs are adopted without first being neutered which seems like a shot in the foot, for this kind of institution. To add to the problem, it sometimes happens that dogs adopted as puppies will be returned five or seven years later (the shelter does take them back).

I’m cautiously optimistic about the future—I’d like to see more legislation protecting animals in place, and the municipal pound system completely revamped into a no-kill system, but I guess that’s a long way into the future. I hope this gives you an idea of rescue scenario is in Portugal—it could be a lot better, but it really has been improving fast during the last decade.

And anything else you would like to know or have detailed I’d be more than happy to try and find out more information. I’m also sending two other photos—the first is of Mike, a senior, left at the shelter last summer and the second of two sisters Didi and Dada, who are two years old and have been in the shelter since they were puppies.

Thank you for taking an interest





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