November Update

Well another busy month and apologies for your update being a few day late in publication.

October started off with some good news as on the 1st October we were delighted to home one of the many abandoned kittens with a lovely family. Now called Pipoca she has been accepted by her 2 new sibling dogs, specially by the Chow Chow called Milu, she is treating her like a baby.

We received a lovely update from Irene at Carvoeiro Cat Charity, Remember the tiny kittens that were abandoned, back in June. Well just look at them now, many people were involved in looking after them. AGA, Karen, Irene, CCC and of course the foster street cat who acted as their mother to give them her milk. They have received their vaccinations are ready for adoption at Carvoeiro Cat Charity.

Salt and Pepper are adorable kittens who have been lovingly looked after since they came into the care of AGA aged less than a week old. They were lovely, playful and full of character who were ready now for adoption here in Portugal or in the UK. After much effort and a bit of kindness, they were adopted and now live in the UK.

We received a late night call out to deal with a female cat at the Arte Bar near the old town cemetery. The cat was been collected and taken to the vet in the morning. Thank you to the customers who donated and additional thanks to Dom the owner for allowing us to have a collection box on the bar. She is now living with an AGA Volunteer.

The folowing morning another rescue to recover a tiny kitten that was found abandoned under a Fig tree. Fig as he is now known is currently with an AGA volunteer. In October we had nearly 20 kittens in our volunteers homes/bathrooms (we can't remember the last time we were able to take a shower with out a rescue kitten taking a peak)

Thank you so much Sylvia Spong for these so cute travel buddies. The cats really appreciate having a friend to travel with.

Stripe the black kitten with a white stripe down her nose was tiny when she was s rescued by AGA, she's now out of danger and is strong enough now to eat a little bit of wet food, initially she was bottle fed for 10 days. She is now with a AGA Foster Friend.

A very sad time for Jane Sibley, a very valued friend of AGA who sadly lost her much treasured cat Vinnie.

In addition Mico was taken to Dr Paulos and for surgery. His owners drove him down from Sines near Lisboa. Our association helped with the cost of his surgery and in return his owners brought the street cats food, collected by the friends of the family to say thank you for helping him. Sadly his injuries were too severe so he was PTS. Our thoughts are with Mico's family.

In total there were 8 identified kittens dumped at the Jetty in the first 2 weeks of October. There are 4 mature kittens who are being monitored, fed and will be sterilised in due course who remain at the Jetty. The younger kittens remain with an AGA volunteer. For our friends and supporters you will know that this colony of cats is a well managed colony who are sterilised. We can tell the kittens dumped here are from a domestic environment as they are friendly unlike feral kittens who will run, spit and claw when they come face to face with a human.

We will be having a fundraising dinner on 14th November at The Brasserie resturant, Albufeira. Tickets 20 eruo's for a two course meal plus glass of wine/beer. All proceeds to the street cats.

Pinky the cat has had a very busy last few days at the Jetty. He and our AGA volunteer have had alot of visitors, many of which are returning visitors who come back each year just to see the colony. Pinky said to tell you the 4 mature abandoned kittens are settling in with the rest of the colony.

We responded to a call out on the10th October to help a stranded kitten at The Adriana Beach Hotel. After alot of searching we found her in a storm drain. We've called her Wincy. She is currently with an AGA fosterer and is available for adoption.

For our regular friends and supporters who visit the Jetty colony, you will see on your next visit these kittens that were dumped 2 weeks ago. As you can see they are mature kittens, raised domestically and then deposited at the Jetty, they are used to human contact. We estimate these kittens to now be 12/14 weeks old. Fluff, Spud, Boo and Twinkle are being checked on daily by our AGA volunteers.

We all remember the lovely picture of the little boy with Big Ginge - well guess what he's back to say hello to Big Ginge and the rest of the Jetty Cats. Finley has been awarded a certificate of friendship by Big Ginge.

Important news and Brexit what it could mean. If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 with no deal, it would become a third country for the purposes of the EU Pet Travel Scheme.

Pets would continue to be able to travel from the UK to the EU, but the requirements for documents and health checks would differ depending on what category of third country the UK becomes on the day we leave the EU. Within the Pet Travel Scheme, there are three categorisations of ‘third country’, linked to a country’s animal health status: ‘listed: Part 1’, ‘listed: Part 2’, or ‘unlisted’.

Third countries apply to the European Commission to be listed under Part 1 or Part 2 of Annex II to EU Pet Travel Regulations. A small number of countries and territories are Part 1 listed, which means they operate under the same EU Pet Travel Scheme rules as EU member states. The majority of countries are Part 2 listed, which means additional conditions, such as the use of temporary health certificates. If a country has not applied or been accepted as a Part 1 or Part 2 listed country, it is an unlisted third country, and owners must take some specific actions several months before they wish to travel.

We are seeking technical discussions with the European Commission to allow the UK to become a listed third country on the day we leave the EU. We will continue to press the Commission to discuss this option with us. However, to allow effective contingency planning, this notice explains the impacts of all three different types of third country status in terms of the EU Pet Travel Scheme.

If the UK is a listed third country Should the UK become a Part 1 listed country, there would be little change to the current pet travel arrangements, with only minor changes needed to documentation for travel between the UK and EU and no change for pet owners from what they currently need to do in terms of health preparations.

Should the UK become a Part 2 listed country, there would be some new requirements, but they would not be as burdensome as those for unlisted status. There would be no requirement for a blood titre test, which would remove the three month waiting period before travel, although pet owners would still need to ensure rabies vaccinations were kept up to date. Before a pet could travel from the UK to an EU country for the first time, it would still need to be taken to an Official Veterinarian (OV) at least 21 days in advance. The OV would ensure the animal has a microchip and rabies vaccination.

Pet owners would still need an OV to issue a health certificate confirming the pet was appropriately identified and vaccinated against rabies, as in an unlisted no deal scenario. This document would differ from the current EU pet passport. It would be valid for ten days after the date of issue for entry into the EU, and for four months of onward travel within the EU. Health certificates would have to be issued for each trip to the EU.

On arrival in the EU, pet owners travelling with their pet would still be required to report to a Travellers’ Point of Entry as set out above.

If the UK is an unlisted third country Should the UK become an unlisted third country, pet owners intending to travel with their pet from the UK to EU countries would need to discuss preparations for their pet’s travel with an Official Veterinarian (OV) at least four months in advance of the date they wish to travel. This means pet owners intending to travel to the EU on 30 March 2019 would need to discuss requirements with their vet before the end of November 2018.

Rabies vaccinations Pet owners would need to prove animals are effectively vaccinated against rabies before they could travel with their pet to EU countries. This would require a blood titre test to demonstrate sufficient levels of rabies antibody, which would need to be carried out a minimum of 30 days after any initial rabies vaccination.

Pets that have previously had a blood titre test, and whose rabies vaccinations are up to date, would not be required to repeat the blood test before travel. Pets that have not previously had a blood titre test, but whose rabies vaccinations are up to date, would be required to have the blood test carried out prior to travel. If the result shows sufficient levels of antibody, a three-month waiting period before travel would still be required from the date the blood was drawn to ensure no rabies symptoms develop. If the result shows insufficient levels of antibody the pet will be treated as if the rabies vaccination were not up to date as described below. Pets that have not previously had a blood titre test, and have never had a rabies vaccination, or the vaccination is not up to date, would be required to have a rabies vaccination before the blood titre test. There must then be a 30 day waiting period before the blood sample is drawn for the titre test, to allow time for sufficient rabies antibodies to develop. Once a blood titre test shows sufficient levels of antibody, there must be a three-month waiting period between the date the blood is drawn and the date of travel. In both the second and third cases, pet owners would need to visit their vet to discuss health preparations at least four months before they intend to travel with their pet.

The lifespan of the vaccination will depend on the brand of vaccination used. The majority last for around 3 years. Provided a pet’s rabies vaccinations are kept up to date once a test has shown a satisfactory blood titre, the blood test does not need to be taken again.

Pet owners travelling from the EU to the UK would need to ensure their pets had a satisfactory rabies antibody blood titre test to re-enter the EU. This would need to be administered prior to leaving the EU but there is no requirement for a three month wait period before travel.

Health certificates to travel to the EU Once the rabies vaccination and (if required) blood titre test shows sufficient levels of antibody, pets would need to be taken back to an OV, who would then issue a health certificate confirming the pet was appropriately identified and vaccinated against rabies. This document would be different from the current EU pet passport. It would be valid for ten days after the date of issue for entry into the EU, and for four months of onward travel within the EU.

Health certificates would have to be issued for each trip to the EU. For repeat journeys, where proof of vaccination history and a satisfactory blood titre test were available, the pet owner would only have to visit an OV and obtain a new health certificate at some point within ten days before travel.

Arriving in the EU On arrival in the EU, pet owners travelling with their pets would be required to report to a designated Travellers’ Point of Entry (TPE). At the TPE, the pet owner would be asked to present proof of microchip, vaccination and the blood test result alongside their pet’s health certificate.

Further information More information on the documents that would be required to enter or re-enter the UK if the UK leaves the EU without a deal will be made available for pet owners and their vets in due course. The documents required to enter or re-enter the UK would be the same in both an unlisted or Part 2 listed country scenario.

Further information and instructions would be shared with OVs authorised to deal with pet travel, pet carriers and the industry in advance of the November preparation deadline.

This notice is meant for guidance only. You should consider whether you need separate professional advice before making specific preparations.

It is part of the government’s ongoing programme of planning for all possible outcomes. We expect to negotiate a successful deal with the EU.

The UK government is clear that in this scenario we must respect our unique relationship with Ireland, with whom we share a land border and who are co-signatories of the Belfast Agreement. The UK government has consistently placed upholding the Agreement and its successors at the heart of our approach. It enshrines the consent principle on which Northern Ireland’s constitutional status rests. We recognise the basis it has provided for the deep economic and social cooperation on the island of Ireland. This includes North-South cooperation between Northern Ireland and Ireland, which we’re committed to protecting in line with the letter and spirit of Strand two of the Agreement.

The Irish government have indicated they would need to discuss arrangements in the event of no deal with the European Commission and EU Member States. The UK would stand ready in this scenario to engage constructively to meet our commitments and act in the best interests of the people of Northern Ireland, recognising the very significant challenges that the lack of a UK-EU legal agreement would pose in this unique and highly sensitive context.

It remains, though, the responsibility of the UK government, as the sovereign government in Northern Ireland, to continue preparations for the full range of potential outcomes, including no deal. As we do, and as decisions are made, we’ll take full account of the unique circumstances of Northern Ireland.

Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein are party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area and participate in other EU arrangements. As such, in many areas, these countries adopt EU rules. Where this is the case, these technical notices may also apply to them, and EEA businesses and citizens should consider whether they need to take any steps to prepare for a ‘no deal’ scenario.

A beautiful update picture of Tank that we were asked to assist with from Silves earlier this year. He had a horrific eye infection which required surgery. He is now very much at home, as he now lives at Carvoeiro Cat Charity.

We received another cat. This stunning girl is another cat that we believe to have been dumped. A beautiful cat very unusual colouring dark Grey salmon and white would be very adoptable. Mega friendly. She was treated at Dr Paulo's for an intestinal hernia.

We took in another cat, this time a beautiful very unusual markings 6 month female called "Alicia" looking for a furrever home. Ultra friendly, sterilised and her bag is packed waiting for that call to ay she has a home.

This street cat we helped with treatment for the worst case of conjunctivitis we have ever seen in a cat. After 4 days at Dr Paulos we are glad to say she has improved dramatically after intense treatment to deal with the infection. The picture shows the condition of the cat before treatment.

We are used to the cats receiving gifts once in a while but rarely do our volunteers get a little thank you present. A very touching gesture from Josëe Wirth. Lovely handmade chocolates were hand delivered all the way from Luxembourg to thank our AGA volunteers for the work they do. They were delivered to the shop volunteers and the field volunteers out and about in Albufeira.

On the 26th October 4 more Portuguese kitties arrived in the UK, this one made herself totally at home.

Batman is doing very well and is coping very well now with only 3 legs. He's still a bit shy 💕

As the summer season comes to a close, we would like to say a massive thank you both to Basil the cat from the Beach Basket and George the Cat from Iguana Cafe Bar, who have done an amazing job this year by helping our association by selling our calendars and hosting our collection tins.

Angelica was found in the middle of the road, she is about six weeks old and very friendly. Please message us if you could offer this sweet little girl a home.

From living on the streets to a loving home, Twisty and Princess are two of the lucky ones.

Sooty arrived in the UK on 26th October, she was another kitten who was found abandoned and alone on the roadside on the outskirts of Albufeira. Giving a kitten a home is life changing please consider adopting a cat or kitten from AGA.

Finally AGA and Carvoeiro Cat Charity are not seeking to build an additional shelter in Albufeira or elsewhere in the the Algarve.

AGA has a long and very valued friendship with Carvoeiro Cat Charity. At the heart of Carvoeiro Cat Charity is the Mr No Ears Retirement Sanctuary which both Carvoeiro Cat Charity and AGA use to help cats who cannot be returned to the streets. Over the past 2 years we have placed numerous cats at the sanctuary. In addition to the Mr No Ears Sanctuary is the Norrington Intensive Care Unit and Lesley's Memorial Kitten shelter. AGA is a proud sponsor of the shelter and by becoming a friend of the Mr No Ears Sanctuary you will be helping us help the cats in the care at the sanctuary. This shelter is run by volunteers and currently houses cats with specific conditions in specific areas of the sanctuary such as cats with Leukaemia, FIV, Diabetes, High dependancy and recovery requirements along with cats that have been injured and treated that cannot be returned to the streets. With an established team in place Carvoeiro Cat Charity continues to grow from strength to strength with the support of its volunteers and supporters. Donations to both registered charities are always welcome.

Once again thank you all for your continued support.

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