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Official Bianca Charity Newsletter | Year IV


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EDITORIAL Welcome to our newsletter’s edition of August and September. An edition full of news and novelties We highlight the food collection campaigns we made for our protegées. Because the food is something that can never lack and with the number of animals at our care rising, so do our needs and financial difficulties. See all the animals that entered our shelter at page nr.3 We also highlight, at the Tips section, the importance that daily routines have in our pets’ lives, especially at the beginning of a new school year. We draw your attention to our 2014 Calendars, Christmas cards and the book “How to train your owner”. Order your Christmas gifts at our volunteers’ bazar that has new items. And remember that all the proceeds are fully donated to Bianca Charity. Take a look and acquire something you like and at the same time you are helping. It is so simple! Help us to help. Read more inside this edition.

TIPS At the beginning of the school year with the children returning to school, our pets also need to readjust to the daily routine, after a summer break full of care and attention. This is a time when they have to pass from a full house to a few hours alone and this may cause some anxiety. For the puppies it is essential that we take the time to teach them rules of behaviour that inhibit them to chew and destroy things, but also to stimulate them and take them for a walk. They need exercise to grow healthy and strong and to spend their energies where they are supposed to, instead of destroying things around the house. Adult dogs also need exercise and increased attention when we return home from school or our jobs. Some animals may suffer from separation anxiety and teaching them how to play by themselves may be a precious help. Do not forget that pets are members of the family and help them to overcome behaviour problems with understanding, care and stimulating training sessions. After all they deserve to be happy! |


WE WERE ABANDONED... Bianca was formed 10 years ago and (unfortunately) we know by heart all the excuses people come up with to give their animals: health problems, job transfers, new houses, divorces, etc. But in fact, for those who love animals, there is no reason in the world that could lead them to abandon their animal. Our shelter is not the perfect home for any animal. We bring them to the shelter (hopefully) temporarily, give them a safe place to heal and be cared for, while trying to promote a responsible adoption for each and every animal. A responsible adoption because, if someone lacks the conditions to adopt, they shouldn’t do it. The animal may become stressed, psychologically damaged and his future life may be impaired.If you want to join our cause, you may visit us on Saturdays and ďŹ nd out more about us and our work. All help is welcome. If you can and want to adopt, please send an email to If you cannot adopt but want to help, know that you may sponsor. This way you will be providing an extra welfare to an animal. Know more at or send us an email.

Ariel Meku







Amila Amalo Pedro



Mike |






Alan Tarzan










Koala Bekas


Charlie |



DID YOU KNOW. . . Project 3x3 was developed to raise youngsters awareness to the importance of animal socialization. There are too many animals being abandoned. Many of them became traumatized, losing all trust on humans and themselves. Project 3x3 aims to give youngsters over 14 years of age, the chance of changing the lives of 3 of our animals. After choosing 3 dogs, the youngster will have to socialize them during his/her free time or vacations This experience is most rewarding for the juvenile that has the chance to see the dogs losing their fears and gaining trust! For the dog it is the opening of new doors for a new life. Without socialization many would be the animals that would never be adopted. We hope that, each year, this initiative gains strength, with new volunteers, and becomes a national reference.

IN MEMORY. . . Anita Anita arrived at our shelter with a huge visible mammary tumor that unfortunately was not removable due to its location and development. Nevertheless she had a good quality of life and her physical condition was controlled. Anita lived in our shelter happy and very much loved. We tried to give her comfort as much as we could. Her tumor kept on growing and metastasized, causing her pain and making her uncomfortable. She was happy with us! Rest in peace, darling.

Rhonda Rhonda was a very young, graceful and energetic female dog. She was at our shelter for some time and was very happy and sweet. Overnight, Rhonda’s belly became gigantic and she had to be taken to the vet immediately. Unfortunately, she had dozens of tumors… She died shortly after.

Maçã Maçã was hit by a car and rescued by Bianca. She was in a pitiful condition! Her jaw was broken, she had a severe eye trauma and could not move her hindlimbs due to spinal cord injury. She was hospitalized for more than a week and the veterinarians did everything to try to stabilize the spinal lesion in order to make her suitable for surgery. Unfortunately she did not resist the trauma and eventually died. |



Pedro was one of the dramatic cases we had these last couple of months. He lived at Sesimbra’s harbour and was known to be easygoing and soft hearted. He was brutally hit by a car on a Sunday! The witnesses to the accident, standing before the severity of Pedro’s condition, couldn’t stay indifferent and acted. Pedro was brought to Bianca and we immediately took him to the Veterinary Hospital. Pedro’s mandible was - literally - broken in half and he had an eye trauma amongst other small lesions. Fortunately the fracture was curable and he is now slowly recovering from the accident. As for now he is being fed with a tube but he will certainly have a full recovery. Follow this case at our site

SPECIAL ADOPTION ANGELICA Angelica is a healthy, happy, friendly and very special female dog. She limps a bit from one of her hindlimbs. We do not know exactly what happened but she had already been submitted to a surgery before her arrival at Bianca. She had a metallic plaque that was hurting her and had to be removed. Since the limping was not resolved this way she undewent two other surgeries but the problem was never 100% solved. Nevertheless that does not take any beauty or quality of life out of Angelica. However, due to this small detail, Angelica has a smaller chance of being adopted. Give her a chance and you will win a friend for life. Adopt her!

Ninna |


REMEMBER ME? This issue featured news from adopted dogs. This month is about Astrid. “Five years ago Astrid was found with a fracture on her back left leg. After the surgery she was adopted and nowadays she is fully happy, living in the countryside along with her friends Matilda, Wakie Tekas.”


Bianca has the pleasure to announce that the 2014 Calendars are already available, as well as the beautiful Christmas cards.

We also call your attention to the book “How to train your owner” written by Mike Gibb, founder of the charity Friends of Bianca. In this funny book the dog “Anna” explains to her friends just how to teach their owners to sit, stay, dress up and other funny tricks. You can not lose this! Besides that, in this book, you can find happy ending stories of some of Bianca’s four legged little friend like King, Olivia, Alive, Viva, among others. The profits of the sale accrue to Bianca Charity. Every copy comes with the author's autograph. Order by e-mail: |


I’M VOLUNTEER Anabela Hello I’m Anabela, I’m 50 years of age and I am a housekeeper. I have 3 beautiful pitbulls, that I love as they were my children. One of them, Kyra, was adopted at Bianca. My husband is also an animal fanatic. We are a family of 2 humans and 3 dogs, and both humans love animals. My interest for animals was born at the moment I took knowledge of this country’s sad reality, where abandonment and lack of respect towards animals is growing bigger. One day I decided to donate some food for Bianca’s animals and as I made a closer contact with them I just fell in love. What motivates me the most as a volunteers is being able to contribute for their wellbeing while they are at the shelter and to know that I help them being happy and well cared. I have no particular episode/experience that may be worthy of telling. For 3 times now we took animals from the shelter to spend the night at our home so they can (at least once in a while) feel how it is to be loved and part of a family. The first animal we took home ended up staying there and the other two were curiously adopted shortly after. We realized with this experience that the animals’ personality changes radically from the time they are on the streets or at the shelter until the moment they feel a part of a family. I have the experience of one in particular that was super stressed at the shelter and when he arrived home became a super sweet and calm animal. The conditions that animals live in Portugal is awful. Just by searching Facebook we come across pitiful cases every day. As I said before, the lack of respect for animals is huge and involves maltreatment and abandonment. People who maltreat animals are still not being held responsible for their atrocious acts. I am legally obliged to spend an abnormal amount of money to keep my dogs as the law requires and then I see breeders that are only interested in money and are still outside the law. What I like most about Bianca is to see the dedication of the workers and volunteers (like myself) that give all of them to the cause, sometimes renouncing good things in life just to be with the animals. Personally I would like to spend my summers on the beach but at saturdays I spend my mornings helping those who need me, the people who dedicate their lives to the animals and I know that even if I do not do much, my help alleviates who works at the shelter so they can dedicate their time to more important tasks. The message I leave here is that animals are not disposable, neither are they toys to be used as presents. They are living beings that share our world with us, never claiming for their rights, simply existing and making us company, giving us joys when we are sad. They are the only friends we can trust, they will never betray us, and no matter how long we leave them home alone, they are always waiting for us with happiness to give. Do not abandon your animal, make a commitment with them for the rest of their lives, as you do with children. If we do not abandon our children when we are going through tough fases, why would we abandon our animals??? |


I FOUND A HOME. . . It is always a great joy to see an animal being adopted. An adoption should always be a conscientious, well though and voluntary act. And that is why at Bianca all adoptions are carefully considered. This way we try to assure that the animals are in good hands, that they will have a family for their entire lifes and will be loved, cherished and respected as a member of the family that feels, reacts and suers like all of us. And even with all this some animals are still returned. Remember, if you cannot adopt there are other possibilities for you, like sponsoring. In this case, you are actually helping without taking the animal into your home. You may walk your sponsored animal, take him to the vet, etc. They thank that! Go to or send an email to and ďŹ nd out more about it. If you send us photos we will publish them on our website and social networks. Contact us by e-mail for the address!











Menta Mocke


Mikas Barbinhas

Michelle |


I FOUND A HOME. . . Silva













Carol Alanis


Bekas Jamira


Jacinta |


I FOUND A HOME. . . Mila




NEWS of the MONTH Ambassador Anne Clark The Amabassador of Bianca, Anne Clark, was on tour in Germany and Belgium, during August and September and Bianca’s merchandize was on sale during her concerts. We have to thank Anne Clark, Teenie Weenie and all the staff for the support.

Visit from Heather (FOB) Our friend, Heather, gave us the pleasure of her visit last August and she stayed with us for a few days. Heather got to know our daily work closely, our animals and, of course, helped us in some of our tasks at the shelter even under the burning sun of August. Her enthusiasm and cheer were amazing. Thank you so much for your visit.

Campaign at Modelo - Sesimbra At the beginning of August we were at Modelo de Sesimbra for another food and goods collection campaign for Bianca’s animals. Our Charity lives - mostly - of donations and given the economic situation of the country there has been a reduction in the donations which makes these campaigns of the foremost importance. We take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers that made a part of this campaign as well as Modelo de Sesimbra Administration and all of those who donated food. |


NEWS of the MONTH Anne Clark sell book The british singer Anne Clark put the unique copy of her personal photo album from the time she volunteered at Bianca Animal Shelter in Sesimbra, Portugal up for auction! The exclusive 38-page, glossy hardback book, with full colour photos and text signed by Anne was sold to the highest bidder and the proďŹ ts revert to Bianca!

L i n d a a n d Va l a t B i a n c a Our scottish friends Linda and Val visited Bianca in September. They got in contact with our work at the shelter and helped the volunteers. It was a pleasure to have this FOB in Sesimbra and we hope to see them again!

Jumbo Natureza Campaign Following the invitation of Royal Canin, Bianca was present at an event that took place in Jumbo Natureza in Almada. We would like to thank Royal Canin and all the volunteers who made the time to be present and all of those who contributed donating and buying food. |


FRIENDS OF BIANCA FOB are increasingly active. See all the events here!

FOB Christmas Fayre/ Coffee Morning and Book Launch At Airyhall Community Centre, Aberdeen Saturday 26 October, from 10 to 12 am. On 26 October at Airyhall Community Centre in Aberdeen, Friends of Bianca will be holding its first Christmas Fayre with a wide variety craft and animal related stalls. This event will also see the official launch of the new book “How To Train Your Owner” written by Anna the Golden Labrador and her owner Mike Gibb. The book is also available by mail order, priced at £5.00/ 6 Euros/ $8, signed by both Mike and Anna! To order copies, and for details info@friendsof






The FOB stall at the event will be selling, in addition to the ever popular dog bandanas made by Heather McBride in Canada and other FOB merchandise, the 2014 Calendar and Christmas Cards. The calendar, again designed by David Stout of The Sketchpad, will follow last year’s successful format and feature twelve real live stories from the shelter in photos and text including Alive, Apple, King, Yuma, kittens from the forest and the pups recently found at the sand plant. The calendar will again be on sale for £5 or 6 Euros in two versions, one in English and one in Portuguese, from either Friends of Bianca (info@friendsof or Bianca ( Please email for enquiries about shipping costs. The striking Christmas card features Jim who was one of a litter of pups found in the countryside and, thanks to Bianca, is now enjoying life in Holland.

Pets at Home Superstore, Aberdeen Book signing 1 to 4pm on Saturday 26 October. Book signing 1 to 4pm on Sunday 3 November. Book signing 1 to 4pm on Saturday 16 November.

Cat Protection League Christmas Fayre Inverurie Town Hall Saturday 2 November 2 to 4pm.

Rubislaw Church, Aberdeen Christmas Saturday 9 November 10 to 12

Dundee High School Christmas Fayre and Book Saturday 30 November 10 am to 2pm. |



Past Events

DAWG DAY 18th august The FOB stall, manned during the day by Allan, Linda, Rhea and Mike, at DAWG DAY in Aberdeen on 18 August. And a photo of the "Best In Show" winner wearing a Bianca Buddies Bandana. The bandanas were a huge hot with dozens of dogs wearing them - a huge thank you is due to Heather McBride for all her skill and hard work in making these.

Th r e e e v e n t s , t h r e e c o u n t r i e s In the weekend 31Aug - 1th September FOB had 3 events: 1 - USA - Kathy Carbone at a Highland Games in Virginia. 2 - Canada - Heather McBride holding an Open Weekend at the Cottage in Ontario. 3 - Scotland - Mike and Rhea at Horse Power 2013 at Aboyne, Aberdeenshire.

Thanks FriendsofBianca |


Newsletter August / September 2013  

Official newsletter of Bianca Charity of August / September of 2013.