Until 2012 APAA was 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, APAA will continue to operate to the same standards.
At the end of August 2008 our Rescue Centre had to close and from February 2009,
when a new Management Board was elected, we began to save towards opening another
rescue centre. In December 2009 we heard that we had been left €100,000 by Inez
Soares da Rosa with which to build a new Rescue Centre and we immediately began looking
for land in the Portimão/Monchique area as this was where we had volunteers who had
helped originally.We then spent almost 2½ years looking at land. We found many suitable
plots which we could afford to buy and and on which we could afford to erect kennels:
but in every instance we received a negative response either from the Câmara or
from the Ministry of Agriculture - on several occasions from both.
One piece of land was offered with all the requisite permissions but for several
reasons the Board decided that it could not proceed. The land was north east of
Faro (well outside our normal operating area), the purchase price (and the estimated
10% additional legal and financial costs) would have left insufficient funds with
which to drill a bore hole, bring in electricity and erect kennels and ancillary
buildings; and the Board did not feel that it could purchase the land and then wait
until sufficient money had been saved in order to complete all the necessary works.
The project had been based on taking in 50 dogs and some cats and it was not considered
viable to open a rescue centre that could (on the available finances) take in fewer
than a dozen animals.
Eventually we decided that we had tried hard enough to find land and suggested that
we should consider using the legacy for capital projects for existing animal sanctuaries;
this was agreed by the Executor but he also said that he would like to see us expanding
our feeding programme. These suggestions were considered and approved at an Extraordinary
General Assembly held on 22nd April 2012 and are now being put into effect.
We have also been involved in food bank collections at supermarkets and in receiving
from supermarkets their split bags and dented tins of animal food . This food is
then distributed to those people who, with limited means, are feeding stray, abandoned
and rescued animals - although we are finding that we are not now getting as much
food from the supermarkets.
A large part of our work involves assisting people of limited means who want to spay/neuter
their animals or whose animals need veterinary treatment.
If you care about animals and wish to protect them from cruelty why not become a
member of APAA, or become a volunteer helping in one of our shops?
For more information please contact us at email@example.com