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Construction of a shelter for senior dogs in Portugal

Apa, Portugal

With your support the oldies among our dogs get the chance to enjoy their last stage of life. To grow old in dignity - this should apply to every living being, regardless of the number of its legs.

Manuela Würth from HOPE4friends e.V. | 
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About this project

For days I have been thinking about what to write and how to get as many people as possible enthusiastic about our organisation and its current project. I would never have thought that it would be so difficult for me to find the right words. Street dogs, devastating circumstances, unworthy conditions, misery, suffering, killing...all this buzzes around in my head, but cannot be put in any reasonable order. And now when I look up and see my little Portuguese ball of fur groaning blissfully in his sleep, I know: there is simply no "reasonable" order. 
When a puppy moved in with me unexpectedly 3 weeks ago, and I was confronted for the first time with the topic "street dogs in Portugal", I was horrified. Horrified at how well I had always managed to look the other way. I don't want that anymore.
Because it annoys me that there is a need for organisations like HOPE4friends at all. It makes me sad that with the topic animal protection not simply everyone thinks like me. And it makes me angry that I am so powerless. But perhaps I am not at all that. Maybe I just have to move my ass and start with something. And that's why I'm sitting here asking for your help.

Our organisation
Since 2015, HOPE4friends has supported several animal shelters in Portugal, where a total of about 800 dogs live in confined spaces and under the most difficult conditions. Often the dogs arrive very weak and in an extremely bad condition and urgently need help and medical care. Unfortunately, the simplest things such as disinfectants, bandages and sufficient food are often lacking. For this the local helpers, who all fight for every single dog on a voluntary basis and tirelessly, need every bit of help and every euro they can get.
Our way
Although the homing of these dogs in Germany is important to us, our first priority remains improving the conditions and standards of the sites in Portugal.
- education of the community
- castration projects and of course also
- accommodation and emergency care
have great importance.
Our goal actually something that should be taken for granted: There are no more dogs that need to be rescued. But until then we will protect abandoned dogs in Portugal from being killed or maimed and help them to a present and future life worth living.
Our current project
It is our heart's desire - after we could already open a puppy shelter in Apa - to create species-appropriate and fair living conditions for the oldies there. Older dogs in particular often have little chance of being homed and often need more care and attention. Therefore we would like to provide them with their own area with retreat possibilities and dry, comfortable berths by conversion and reorganization of the Shelter.
Please help our senior dogs to make the last phase of their lives as positive as possible.

Together with our Portuguese, two-legged and four-legged friends we would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your donation.
Updated at 18. March 2020

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