Portugal has a huge problem with abandoned and neglected dogs. Many pets aren't neutered and live an outdoor life and this results in 1000's of unwanted litters, which are often left on the street to fend for themselves. Combine this with animal cruelty, especially when the hunting season has finished and hunters no longer have a purpose for their dogs and the shelters public and private are always at capacity.
We look to find homes for these unwanted puppies and also the mums and pay to neuter another dog from each adoption fee. However, there are many other financial burdens on the shelters we support in addition to just caring for the new litters. Older dogs that struggle to find homes, vet & food bills to name but a few.
There is a huge amount of pressure on rescue centres in Portugal, many of which struggle to keep up with the numbers of stray, abandoned and abused dogs. There is virtually no government funding or support.