helping animals in the algarve

About Us

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  local Associations that provide a sanctuary for abandoned dogs and cats.  Many of these sanctuaries also benefit from annual donations from Nandi for the purposes of fencing, kennels etc.  

Anyone who finds a stray cat or dog can approach Nandi for help with sterilisation, the animal can then be returned to the street or placed in a sanctuary as appropriate. 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 cat colonies 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 available  for  the post-accident  treatment of cats or dogs.