A little about our organization, and what we do.
APAA is a not-for-profit charity registered in Portugal and, in its present form, has been in existence since December 1995. It is one of the best-known and well-established animal charities in the Algarve region of southern Portugal. Until 2012 we were associated to RSPCA International and to achieve this status we had to meet a number of criteria demonstrating that we were actively involved in animal welfare, that we maintained adequate accounting and other records and that we had a proper management structure. The RSPCA has now phased out this scheme and is not replacing it: instead they are expanding the ways in which they provide support through better communications and the provision of more networking opportunities. However, we will continue to operate to the same standards. As a voluntary organisation, APAA does not receive any Government funding and we rely on the public for financial help so that we can help sick, injured and cruelly treated animals. We have three charity shops - one in Albufeira, one in Alvor and the other in Silves - which provide the bulk of our income. We also rely on fundraising events, membership subscriptions and donations. We no longer have a rescue centre but a few years ago used a legacy of €100,000 left by Inez Soares da Rosa to help existing animal charities with capital projects or equipment which will enhance the well-being of the animals they take in. We also used the legacy to help people with limited means who have either taken in a number of animals or who feed numbers of street dogs or feral cats and who find it difficult to provide the food for them (many of these people put the feeding of animals before themselves).