From time to time we are lucky to host our foreign friends in Bianca. We have people coming from different countries and staying with us for a few days or even a month or two and helping in the shelter. Everyone is welcome. We need help and our dogs need it to. Below I am copying an email from one of our Danish friends, Winnie, who came to Sesimbra in April this year and spent a week with us. Please see. If you would like to ask her more questions, you can contact her on: firstname.lastname@example.org
"My name is Winnie and I am from Copenhagen DK. I'd like to tell you all a little about my experience with Bianca Association and their dogs.
In December 2008 we had a fantastic possibility of adopting a street dog from Bianca. Before we had been looking at many diffrent websites and finally we found Bianca's homepage. We were looking at the long list of dogs who were all there, waiting for a loving home. If we could we would take them all but afterwards we found 3 dogs that we liked the most. We wrote an email to one of the volunteers at the shelter and quickly got an answer back. Then we talked for 1 hour on the telephone and we got all our questions answered. We chose that the dog that seemed to be the best match for us - following her advice - and this is how we got Gida.
Gida was 6 months when she came to us and of course she had some problems, but not something we had not expected or something we were not prepared for. We were actually happily surprised when we got her.
Some months after, and a lot of e-mails, me and my boyfriend decided that we wanted to come down to Portugal and visit the shelter and the fantastic people who spend most of there free time taking care of these dogs. And it was fantastic indeed: I had been a volunteer in Greece before and it was simply horrible at the shelter so I had some thoughts and hesitations about what we were going to experience in Sesimbra. But no, we were happily surpprised. The thing that really surprised me was that they knew the names of each single dog, of all 200 of them. Nobody was forgotten and all of them got what they needed: they all have a house and there own bowl with food and water. They all get their walks, and some of them are running free and playing with the others.
It was so nice to go there even though it is sad to realise that so many dogs are abandoned and some of them had really sad experiences in the past but you do believe they are happy and they will have a better future. Bianca volunteers take care of them and now they just need someone to give them a home, to give them love and care they all need and desserve. We just felt in love with the dogs and the people who are there that we decided that we will visit them every year. We will participate in improving the life of these dogs. I can with my entire heart recommend Bianca shelter and their dogs. You give a street dog a possibility of a loving home - it gives you twice as much back, the best feeling ever :O)
with big grattitude for the volunteers and to those willing to let a dog into their hearts.
greetings Winnie (member of the Bianca family)"