Associação Patinhas sem Lar (Homeless Paws Association) faces great economic difficulties in this pandemic period. In two months, we collected 45 dogs and 85 cats. The treatment of these animals has critically increased our debt to the Veterinary Hospital.
Associação Patinhas sem Lar (Homeless Paws Association) based in Espinho, Portugal, was created 8 years ago. We have a canine shelter with capacity for 110 dogs, and a cattery with capacity for 80 cats. All animals are properly vaccinated, dewormed and steriluzed, if they are more than 6 months old. In addition to the money spent to keep the animals sheltered, in the best sanitary conditions, there is also the high costs of animals collected from the street in need of urgent veterinary care: animals run over with bone fractures, animals with parasitic diseases and others, litters of dogs and cats newborns abandoned. The abandonment of animals worsened during the pandemic period. In the months of March and April we collected 45 dogs and 85 cats, many of them in need of veterinary care, which escalated our debts in veterinary clinics. We currently owe € 10,000 at the Veterinary Hospital of Santa Marinha, and requests for help are daily. We created this campaign with the aim of raising € 6000 to settle part of the debt related to veterinary treatments, so that we can continue to help so many sick animals, delivered to themselves.