Our visit to Bianca shelter in Portugal

The entrance of Bianca shelter

During our stay in Portugal we, of course, also visited Bianca shelter multiple times. It was on Saturday, July 29th that we met Ana Duarte, the founder of Bianca, who gave us a ‘tour’ and explained a lot about the shelter, how they worked, the dogs and cats in the shelter, the help of friends of Bianca, the situation for dogs and cats in Portugal in general, their daily routine…, etc. A lot of information that really helped us to gain a better insight of the shelter. The work they do there, day in day out, with around 300 dogs and lots of cats, is enormous and says a lot about the compassionate hearts of the people.

Irene made a lot of pictures and we like to share them with you so that you also have a better image of Bianca shelter, especially for all my friends who donated, so you can see who you are helping and how hard Bianca needs all the support they can get.

They have several groups of kennels and in each area, there is the possibility to open a kennel so the dogs in that particular kennel can experience a bit more freedom outside to walk, run and play. Unfortunately, due to the many dogs (300), this isn’t always possible every day, but the people do their utmost best to provide them the best care.

This is the area where Bianca’s office is located. There is also a separate small building for the cats, a special section for the puppies and one for the elderly and sick dogs.

The cats live in a very small building right now, but they will soon have a much better place to stay in a new building that is almost ready:

Also the puppies and the elderly and sick dogs who need more care, are now in a very small building. But they will also have a new place to stay soon and we will tell more about this special building this week because the donations to my Magic Fund will go to this project.

About once a day they will get out of their kennels and can spend some time in this area:

A puppy very interested in the camera:

Ana Duarte with two of the puppies:

A beautiful old little dog who touched Irene her heart and really needs a home:

Also a beautiful older dog who loves attention:

This was on another day, but also nice to share with you. Here we were walking with some dogs of Bianca, together with our friends Ana & Fernando. The dogs loved to go out of the shelter. The brown dog with the large eyes full of fear felt so much better outside, it would mean such a big difference for him when he hopefully one day will be adopted. And this is, of course, a wish for all of them. Although they are all very well taken care of, it’s still heartbreaking to see them live like this…

Can you see me?


Here I am! It was amazing to visit the place where I once was rescued and spent my first few weeks in freedom. I know it meant a lot to my Irene too, to be finally able to see Bianca Shelter and met all the beautiful animals and people. People who are working very hard to make a difference in the world. Together we can create change and magic for all the animals who need our help.

Thank you, my friends, who help to create a world full of love, compassion and magic.

We are all sentient beings



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