Founded in 1996 by John and Dorreen Piteleen, who, concerned about the number of stray cats and dogs in the Algarve, opened a small charity shop in Espiche to raise funds for a sterilisation programme, veterinary treatment, and animal food. The enterprise is named after their first dog, Nandi (Afrikaans for ?beautiful?) who turned up on their doorstep one day.
Today, Nandi is a registered charity, with thriving, very popular shops close to the Private Hospital Sao Goncalo. The shops are very popular with both the Portuguese and ex-pat communities, as well as holiday-makers. In fact, when regular customers know that new stock is arriving, there is barely time to ticket it.
The shops are a veritable treasure trove of clothes, furniture, books, children's toys and bric-a-brac. Anyone wishing to donate items, especially furniture and appliances can take them to the shop, however, larger items can be collected free of charge. We also offer a delivery service for a small charge.
With the help of some 67 members and 40 volunteers, male and female and of various nationalities, the charity is a thriving community.
From its income, The Nandi Charity Shop makes regular contributions to the local Bamboo Sanctuary and L.A.P.S. Sheds for cats and kittens, as well as kennels, were built at the old Goldra using Nandi funds, and Bamboo benefited from the provision of fencing and Portakabins. More recently we have provided part funding for a sanctuary near Aljezur and are always looking for worthwhile capital projects where we can assist with funds.
Anyone who finds a stray cat or dog can approach Nandi for help with sterilisation, providing they agree to adopt the animal. By this we mean, to continue to provide food and water for the animal once it has been returned to where it came from after neutering/spaying. The charity assists with the cost of the procedure, as long as it is carried out by one of the Nandi Charity Shop?s nominated veterinary practices.
A street feeding programme is also in operation, manned by a different group of volunteers. Money is spent every month on dry and wet food for the street cats, and they are also given fresh water on a daily basis. This feeding programme also includes a colony of very friendly cats located near the Lagos river estuary, and in the carpark opposite the Marina Hotel. There is also additional financial help provided for any post-accident treatment.
In 2016 the charity committee went through a substantial revamp. The charity now comprises a completely new management team that will hopefully take the charity to new horizons and continue the good work that was provided by the old committee.