The Azores, and São Miguel Island in particular suffer from a terrifying rate of pet abandonment, with the local kennels being totally overrun with dogs, puppies and cats, many of which are still put down. One of the breeds most at risk is the Cão de Fila, due to its reputation of being a guard dog and to its size.
Every year dozens of Cão de Fila de São Miguel pass through these kennels. To have an idea of the severity of the issue, in the first 6 months of 2016 over 500 dogs were abandoned in the island, many of which were Fila or out-crosses of the breed.
There a couple of underfunded projects created to help re-home these dogs. Below are a few of those, as well as local kennels where you may see the dogs ready for adoption. Feel free to get in contact with any of these organisations through their Facebook Pages:
- Projeto Patas Acores (Azorean Paw Project)
- Canil Municipal da Ribeira Grande (Ribeira Grande Municipal Kennel)
- Ilha dos Bichos Project (Island of Animals)
- Companheiro (Companion)
Projeto Patas Acores will have regular pictures and information on animals in the Ponta Delgada Municipal Kennel – the island’s capital city.
Ilha dos Bichos and Companheiro will have regular pictures and information on animals in the Lagoa Municipal Kennel – one of the island’s main districts.
Ribeira Grande is the second largest district in the Island.