APAA is a charity registered in Portugal and is one of the best known animal charities
in the Algarve. In its present form we have been in existence since December 1995
when we leased land near Pereira. Over the years the Charity has rescued hundreds
of animals, at its peak housing around two hundred dogs and many cats per year. During
that time we had excellent results in re-homing animals, not only in Portugal but
also in the UK, Belgium, Germany and Holland.
Unfortunately, at the end of August 2008 our Rescue Centre had to close as the land
had been put up for sale and it was not possible to continue with the sheltering
of animals on it.
As a voluntary organisation we receive no assistance from Government and all our
fundraising comes from our three shops - one in Albufeira, one in Alvor and the third
in Silves - fundraising and donations. As can be imagined – especially in the current
financial climate – it is not easy to balance the expenditure to suit everyone. We
have a budget agreed by the Members in General Assembly and we are expected to keep
within it. As will be seen from the Accounts, we are managing reasonably well,
although overspending in some areas is balanced by reducing expenditure in others.