Mayday Algarve


About us

Sheltering up to 120 dogs at any one time, in private woodland in the national park is a small charity called Mayday. Karen Breen and her husband opened up their home, created the shelter and started taking in dogs in 2010 from the streets, fields and a local municipal kennel to keep them safe.

Ruth Boswell joined them permanently in 2015 and is also living on site. The two ladies work looking after the animals all day every day.

Inside their house they care for up to 20 old and sick dogs who, for various reasons, are unable to live outside. In 2016, Karen decided to set up a charity to help the animals in their care and this became legal in March 2018.

Mayday is an organisation that survives 100 % from donations, so any help makes a real difference. Read more about donation and sponsorship

About our sanctuary

In the sanctuary, all the dogs live in large spaces with other dogs where they are free to run and play. They all have warm, comfortable houses under shelters to protect them from the bad weather and to give them shade from the sun. Although the dogs all have happy lives, we work hard to find good homes for as many as possible, not only in Portugal but also in the UK, Germany and Holland where they can become part of a family, loved and well cared for. Last year we found loving homes for over 100 dogs.


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Vila do Bispo, Portugal

Opening Hours

Monday10 am – 12 pm, 4 pm – 5 pm
Tuesday10 am – 12 pm, 4 pm – 5 pm
Wednesday10 am – 12 pm, 4 pm – 5 pm
Friday10 am – 12 pm, 4 pm – 5 pm
Saturday10 am – 12 pm, 4 pm – 5 pm

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