THE NANDI CHARITY SHOP

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.