Welcome to Dogs of Portugal

More than 3,000 adoptions since 2012


We are a non-profit group of volunteers with the sole mission of supporting Portugal’s largest dog sanctuary, O Cantinho da Milu, which rescues and homes 700+ abandoned and mistreated dogs and animals on a multi-acre property located in Setúbal, Portugal.

Dogs of Portugal is a culturally diverse group of highly motivated volunteers who devote their time to improving the lives of animals and finding them loving homes. DOP facilitates the rehoming of dogs and cats to local and international adopters both within Portugal and globally, including Germany, Luxembourg, Denmark, Sweden, France, UK and Canada.



The Core of Dogs of Portugal is composed of people with years of experience as volunteers and even ex-Directors of some of the most highly regarded animal charities throughout Portugal. These core members coordinate their own projects, manage their own resources and designate their own objectives and timetable. Foresight and Planning are paramount: All projects of Dogs of Portugal are to be finished, within schedule and within budget!

We are better because: we have shed like an old skin the paralysing, bureaucratic structures that plague most of other animal charities.

We do things better because: we have the experience, the skills and the know-how.

We will be better because: our organization is in perpetual change:

We learn from our mistakes

We innovate

We upgrade

We deliver what we promise



The sanctuary is located in a secluded property in Setúbal, Portugal.

For adoptions, please contact us first.



Maya: always happy

Maya: always happy

Information: Name: Maya Gender: F Breed: x German shorthair pointer Age: d-o-b: March 2015 Size: medium-big (25kg, 50cm) Others: dewormed, vaccinated, sterilised Story:Maya was found on the street, with her puppies. They were taken to a municipal kennel and puppies...

Esperanca: gentle beauty

Esperanca: gentle beauty

Information: Name: Esperanca Gender: F Age: d-o-b: ~2016 Size: medium (17kg, 45cm) Others: dewormed, vaccinated, sterilised Story: Lovely Esperanca was found on the street. She was skinny, just bones and skin and she had loss of fur due to flea allergy. But a bit of...

Wolfie: such a sad life story

Wolfie: such a sad life story

Information: Name: Wolfie Gender: F Age: D-o-b: March 2012 Size: big (30kg, 55cm) Others: dewormed, vaccinated, sterilised Story, Personality, Others: Wolfie was brought to us 2 years ago. Before some circus people kept her. She was badly treated and scared of...


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