How do we help?

Know a little about our mission.

How do we help?

The Association has three main objectives:

· To operate a spaying and neutering scheme (SNiPS)

· To operate a veterinary treatment scheme

· To operate a feeding scheme

   

SNiPS (Spaying and Neutering in Portugal Scheme)

One of the main objectives of the Association is operating a spaying and neutering scheme in the Algarve. Great headway has been made in the past decade throughout the Algarve in reducing the number of unwanted puppies and kittens being born and, despite the economic crisis, much credit must go to the many voluntary organisations, municipal councils and central veterinary authorities for the progress made. However, the problem continues and the spaying and neutering scheme (SNiPS) is a major part of work of the Association in helping to continue to try to eradicate the problem of unwanted litters.

Spaying prevents pets from giving birth to unwanted puppies or kittens. Spaying a female pet before she reaches sexual maturity greatly reduces the chances of developing breast cancer and completely eliminates the threat of uterine and ovarian cancer, as well as reducing the likelihood of uterine infection. These are all are common occurrences in unaltered females.

Neutering a male dog or cat prevents testicular tumours and may prevent prostate problems. Neutering also decreases the possibility of tumours and hernias, which are commonly observed in older, unaltered dogs.

The more pets that are spayed or neutered, the fewer dogs and cats that will have to be destroyed! If you feel that the costs of spaying/neutering are challenging financially, you should speak to your veterinarian about the possibility of seeking some financial assistance from APAA. Alternatively, download an application form (in pdf format) and once duly completed and signed, scan and email it to vet.apaaportugal@gmail.com or send it to our postal address (shown on the bottom of the form).

Veterinary Treatment Scheme

The Association also operates a veterinary treatment scheme, offering help to persons who cannot afford the full cost of emergency treatment for their animals. Applications for help of this kind have increased dramatically in recent years due to the current economic climate.

If you feel that the costs of treatment for your pet are financially challenging, you should speak to your veterinarian about the possibility of seeking some financial assistance from APAA. Whilst we ask applicants to pay the bulk of the costs themselves, we realise that in many cases this just isn’t possible and will offer as much help as we can.

Download an application form (in pdf format) and once duly competed and signed, scan and email it to vet.apaaportugal@gmail.com or send it to our postal address (shown on the bottom of the form). Please note that you must obtain an estimate of the costs before sending the application form.

Feeding Scheme

The Association is involved in both animal food bank collections at local supermarkets and in collecting damaged packs, bags and tins of food from their stocks. This food is then distributed to those people who, with limited means, are feeding stray, abandoned and rescued animals. Unfortunately, as we are now finding that we are not getting as much food from the supermarkets as before, we are actively looking at new possibilities.

 

About Us

APAA's main aim is to reduce the number of unwanted and/or abandoned animals on the Algarve by offering financial help towards the cost of sterilising or neutering pets.

Address

APAA - Associação de Protecção dos Animais do Algarve
Association for the Protection of Animals in the Algarve

Edificio Dunas de Alvor
Loja 25
Alvor Lugar
8600 Portimão
Email: info.apaaportugal@gmail.com

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