Situated in the calm tranquillity of the natural reserve near Vila do Bispo in the South West Algarve is a small haven for abandoned and rescued dogs.
Sheltering   up   to   120   dogs   at   any   one   time,   in   private   woodland   is   a   small   charity   called   Mayday. Karen   Breen   and   her   husband   opened   up   their   home,   created   the   shelter   and   started   taking   in dogs   in   2010   from   the   streets,   fields   and   a   local   municipal   kennel   to   keep   them   safe.   Ruth Boswell   joined   them   permanently   in   2015   and   is   also   living   on   site.   The   two   ladies   work   looking after the animals all day every day.
Inside   their   house   they   care   for   up   to   20   old   and   sick   dogs   whom,   for   various   reasons,   are unable   to   live   outside.   In   2016   Karen   decided   to   set   up   a   charity   to   help   the   animals   in   their   care and this became legal in March 2018.
In   the   sanctuary,   all   the   dogs   live   in   large   spaces   with   other   dogs   where   they   are   free   to   run   and play.   They   all   have   warm   and   comfortable   houses   under   shelters   to   protect   them   from   the   bad weather   and   to   give   them   shade   from   the   sun.   Although   the   dogs   all   have   happy   lives,   Karen works   hard   to   find   good   homes   for   as   many   as   possible,   not   only   in   Portugal   but   also   in   the   UK, Germany   and   Holland   where   they   can   become   part   of   a   family,   loved   and   well   cared   for.   Last year they found loving homes for over 100 dogs.
They   also   help   get   dogs   and   cats   neutered,   arranging   for   them   to   be   trapped   if   necessary   and taken   to   a   local   vet.   Sometimes   sick   cats   are   temporarily   sheltered,   well   away   from   the   dogs   in a safe house, until they are either better and reintroduced to their colony or rehomed.
If   you   would   like   to   donate   to   help   the   Mayday   animals   you   can   pay   by   PayPal.   Please   use the friend and family option so we get 100% of your donation.
Donations   can   also   be   sent   directly   into   their   bank   account,   please   send   a   PM    for   further details. Alternatively,   you   can   sponsor   a   dog   for   10€   a   month    by   either   payment   method   above, w hich helps pay for flea and tick prevention, worming, medical bills and food .
For   actual   charity-events   and   more   information   about   us   and   our   dogs   please   visit      us on facebook
Karen Breen - Vila do Bispo