Age: d-o-b: 1 June 2018
Size: big (20kg, 55cm)
Others: dewormed, vaccinated, castrated
Long story…. Packs of dogs living on the streets, no one is doing anything. People see them every day. Authorities don’t have a plan. More and more dogs as they reproduce.
One example. In Coina someone identified 18 dogs in an empty zone behind the train station. Adults and puppies. They live next to road, starve, have puppies, puppies have puppies. Last time there were 6 adults and 12 puppies. If you leave them there, there will be more puppies in half a year. But no one is doing anything. It is no one’s obligation really.
One person wanted to do something. She asked for help to Cantinho da Milu. An overcrowded shelter. But what is the other solution? Leaving those dogs on the street? The authorities will not do anything. Soon there will be 50 dogs not 18. They have to be brought to safety.
So they were. Scared dogs, afraid of people, puppies born on the street, also afraid of everything. Dogs that no one will adopt. Dogs that will leave in the shelter forever. They might even be well there, spacious kennel and food every day but also a substantial monthly cost on the shelter that does not get any subsidies – like private shelters in Portugal.
18 dogs to vaccinate annually, 18 dogs to neuter, 18 dogs to feed. To treat if any is sick.
They are now safe somewhere temporarily, so far 2 adults and 5 puppies were brought to the shelter, the others coming soon. In the shelter they are scared too.
The puppies are now 4 months old. They are big puppies. They are quite shy although very gentle. If they were quickly adopted, they would gain confidence in a home. If they stay in the shelter, they will grow, they will become even more shy and they will never find a home.
Che is actually the least shy of all the puppies… We hope he still has a chance…. He is gentle, friendly, good with other dogs. And he will grow into a beautiful dog.