Santa Paws is comin' to town - Adopt me!


Santa Paws was abandoned in a poor area of northern Portugal, dumped in a bin in the lead up to Christmas and left to die.

No dog deserved this treatment and it was by luck that he was found and taken to a private shelter run by our partners in the South of Portugal in the Algarve.

Santa Paws is permanently happy and bounces around like a ball, he loves life and everyone he meets two legged or four.

He will be arriving soon and is looking for his forever home where he will spend his first Christmas and every Christmas thereafter!

He will be fully vaccinated and treated for fleas, ticks and worms and comes with his own passport.

Size: Small/Medium around 12/14kgs when fully grown

Castrated: No - too young

Date of Birth: He will be around 4/5 months old

Adopters should live within 30mins drive of Fleet as we like all our adoptions to be local.



COVID- 19 - Until further notice adopters need to live within 30mins of GU52.

FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN UNDER 10  - The shelters in Portugal are also in lockdown and this prevents people visiting the shelter. Until children are able to meet the puppies and our fosterers assess their reactions, we will not be adopting to families with children under the age of 10 until things return to normal.

How we import the dogs

As a registered Charity all our dogs are imported legally under the Balai Directive, which require the dogs to be fully vaccinated and have a microchip, rabies vaccine, veterinary health check 48hours before dispatch and an Intra-Trade Animal Health Certificate (ITAHC) completed by an Official Veterinarian. The dogs also come from registered or approved premises.

We also go above the statutory minimum and carry out a blood analysis to screen for Ehrlichia, Anaplasma, Lyme disease & Heartworm. We also test for Leishmania.

Finally, the ‘Happy Buses’ we use, are fully approved commercial operators traveling either under a DEFRA Type 2 Licence for transporting live animals for journey times in excess of 8 hours or the equivalent type licence issued by the Portuguese DGAV.