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



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

    Please see the end of this profile page for our current availability. This changes and is updated regularly.

    About Us
    We are an animal protection association located in the beautiful National Park near Vila do Bispo on the South-West 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 so volunteers are extremely important to help us with the workload and are always needed.

    Our Animals
    We have quite a large area here and the dogs live mainly in packs in large, wooded enclosures. We currently have a few cats here too in their own enclosure well away from the dogs.

    We live in a peaceful, beautiful area which is about 3 kms away from Vila do Bispo, which is the nearest local village. This area is quiet with other small villages and gorgeous sandy beaches nearby with surfing available. 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 looking for a big social life with clubs and night life nearby. The area where we are located is isolated so we are very safe here.

    There is a main house and chalet where we live. In addition, we now have two lovely large, renovated caravans with toilet facilities and a small renovated caravan without toilet facilities. All of our caravans have beds, kitchen facilities including a fridge and cooker and places to sit. We have also have a tent under a sheltered camping area which has a proper bed, chest of drawers and a chair. There is a kitchen area, shower room and separate toilet on site for people to use too. People have their own accommodation and are not asked to share with people they do not know. Bed linen and towels are provided for you if you are staying in any of the above mention accommodation, so you do not need to bring them with you. We also welcome people staying in their own camper van provided we have space. We expect all accommodation to be left clean and tidy when you leave so that it is ready for the next volunteers to move into.

    Food and Shopping
    Food is not included because unfortunately we do not have the funds to do this. Often volunteers meet up at lunchtime and in the evenings to cook and eat together in the communal space between the 2 large caravans. This is a nice social way of eating and there is a BBQ there too for everyone to use. We usually go to the local village on a Friday to get our shopping and you would be welcome to come with us. Alternatively, we a have a bicycle you can use to go there any other day. Walking there is about 20 minutes - it is only 3km away.

    There are washing machines in the village for you to use which have laundry detergent included. There are dryers there too however, washing usually dries here very quickly outside on the line.

    The Help
    We start early in the mornings, when it is cool - 8 am in the autumn, spring and winter months and 7 am in the hot summer months. We always feed the dogs at this time, give them fresh water and clean their areas. The dogs are lovely and fun to be with. Every day can be different depending on what happens so flexibility is important. The tasks can be hard but very satisfying. We need people who love dogs and want to take care of them, walk them, socialise with them and help them, you might walk up to 10 km with the dogs every day if you wish. We also need people with building, maintenance and gardening skills.

    Clothing to Bring
    Bring clothes with you that you do not mind getting dirty and bring trainers or boots to work in. It can get wet sometimes outside of the main summer months so waterproof foot wear would be good to bring with you. It is usually cool in the morning and evenings, even in the summer, so warm clothes are a must too.

    The nearest airport to the shelter is Faro, which is closer than Lisbon. You can get a bus or train from Lisbon (via Tunes) or Faro (direct) to Lagos. There is a bus service called Get On run by Eva buses which you could catch at the airport and which goes to Lagos bus station. They currently have 3 buses per day leaving Faro airport at 10:00, 11.45 and 18:00. The Faro bus and train stations are away from the airport and the train station in Lagos is a little bit away from the bus station, about 10-15 minutes walk. Once you arrive in Lagos you need to get another bus from the bus station to Vila do Bispo as there are no trains to Vila do Bispo. Please note that if you miss the last bus you might need to spend a night in Lagos, where there are many hostels. Karen would usually meet you in Vila do Bispo and bring you to the shelter.

    As we are quite isolated here we do not have mains water so we get our water from the rain in the winter and it is stored, or it is delivered to us in the summer. This means that we are very careful here with water usage and we ask you to keep showering times to a minimum and to turn off the water when you soap up. Also for drinking water you need to buy water in the local supermarket - it costs less than 1€ for 6 litres so is quite cheap.

    Keeping in touch
    We have had a fantastic response from you lovely Workawayers. We look forward to meeting and working alongside more of you! However, if we have availability for the dates you have requested, please do reply quickly and confirm the dates to us as soon as you can because we do not want to disappoint people who would like to help us. Also, we get a lot of enquiries and do not want to find we are short of volunteers because people haven't told us they can no longer come here. Often we have turned away potential volunteers only to find that the ones who booked are not able to come and didn't inform us.

    Generally, we are getting booked up well in advance, especially in the summer months. We only have limited accommodation and once it is booked we can take no more people unless they have their own accommodation ie: a camper van or tent.

    People sometimes have to change their travel plans. This means that we do get cancellations and things do change so please check back here if you would like to join us. We are also asking that everyone coming here shows us a Covid vaccine certificate or a negative covid test (rapid flow is fine) done 48 hours before arrival.

    Our current caravan availability for 2022 is below:-

    1-31 October in the pet friendly caravan
    11 October to 29 December for up to 2 people in a large caravan
    6 October to 14 November for 1 person in the small caravan
    1 December onwards up to 2 people in a large caravan
    15 December onwards for i person in the small caravan

    People are welcome on other dates if they have their own accommodation ie a van or a tent and if we have space.

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Bricolage et projets de construction
    S’occuper des animaux
    Entretien général
    Aide informatique / avec Internet

  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    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 cats, 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 walks to enjoy with the dogs and time can be spent socialising with them too. The beaches here are lovely and often volunteers walk dogs there in the evening to see the sunsets.

  • Aide


    We need help to look after the dogs in our care and the area where we live. Feeding, cleaning, walking and lead training with the puppies and making up beds to keep the dogs comfortable and cosy in the winter. Also, 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 chores, not only with the dogs. We also have a few cats, well away from the dogs, and volunteers are welcome to spend time in the cattery with them. Any help with computer graphics or web site knowledge is always appreciated too.

  • Langues parlées

    Anglais: Courant
    Portugais: Débutant

  • Hébergement


    Nice caravans with bedroom and cooking facilities are provided. Two of the caravans have their own toilet. Shower facilities are available on site. There is a communal area between the two large caravans with a gas BBQ, tables and chairs where volunteers can spend time with other volunteers or just play with the dogs.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    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 usually looking after the dogs we have a lot of work. This includes not only the everyday care and maintenance but also the fundraising, re-homing and pet transport sides of the charity. This part of Portugal was the main area for discovering how to navigate the oceans. There are plenty of lovely sandy beaches and local villages around this area to explore. This is also an area which is very popular with surfers. There are buses that run from the village along the coast to Lagos (and beyond) and also to Sagres and up to Ajezur so exploring is easy.

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    We have a large area here so campervans are welcome.

  • Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    We have one dog friendly caravan where people can stay with their pet which has a caged area so the dog can also be outside and safe.

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Plus de 2

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    Nombre d'heures attendues

    3 hours a day, 5 days a week

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