Come and help an animal rescue and protection association in the South-West Algarve, Portugal




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    We are a small, animal protection association based in the national park near the southwest tip of the Algarve. We shelter up to 120 dogs at any one time in our sanctuary. There are usually just two of us doing all the work with these animals and help is always needed. We live in a peaceful, beautiful area which is about 3 kms away from the nearest local village. This area is quiet with other small villages and sandy beaches nearby. We have quite a large area here and the dogs live mainly in packs in large, wooded enclosures. There is a main house and chalet where we live and two lovely large, renovated caravans for volunteers to stay in. This is an ideal place for people who do not want the bustle of town or city life but prefer the quiet of the countryside and who love dogs. Please do not apply if you are wanting a big social life with clubs and night life nearby.
    We have had a fantastic response from you lovely Workawayers! Due to a couple of las minute cancellations we now have accommodation available for January and February.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Animal care
    Charity work

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We live in a beautiful national park about 3 kms away from a traditional, small village and lovely beaches. Volunteers will learn a lot about looking after dogs and their needs including different feeding regimes and medications for certain illnesses; what it is like to live in a protected nature reserve and the local culture in this area. There are beautiful walk to enjoy with the dogs and time can be spent socialising with them too.

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    We need help to look after the dogs in our care and the area where we live. Feeding, cleaning, walking and clearing the areas and grounds as well as maintenance of shelters and fences. All of our dogs and puppies live in large, wooded areas not small concrete kennels. We sometimes need help with other things, not only working with the dogs.

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  • Accommodation


    A lovely, large caravan with bedroom and toilet is provided. Shower facilities are available in the main house. We give 20€ a week for a single person and 30€ a week for 2 people to enable them to buy food which they cook in the kitchen in the caravan. We ask for 5 hours work a day for 5 days. We have two caravans here and plenty of space for people travelling with their own accommodation.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are dedicated to looking after the dogs that have come into our care after being rescued from bad situations or abandoned. As there are usually just two of us looking after up to 120 dogs at any one time we have a lot of work. This includes not only the everyday care and maintenance but also the fundraising and re-homing side of the charity. This part of Portugal was the main area for discovering how to navigate the oceans. There are plenty of beaches and local villages around this area to explore. There are buses that run from the village along the coast to Lagos (and beyond) and also to Sagres so exploring is easy.

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    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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