Association of Friends to the Abandoned Animals of Moita has been working with strays dogs and cats for over 15 years. The organization began by a group of volunteers getting together and occupying an abandoned farm with the many stray dogs that were in need of shelter and immediate care. During this time the physical conditions were very poor and they had little support.
They put out a plea for help and over the years they were able to build a new shelter with the help of the population and the many volunteers that responded to cry for help. The building alone took over 3 years to fabricate and the land itself remains quite costly to maintain.
Because they lack any official support by the state, they survive only with the help of associated people and donations. With more than 300 dogs and 200 cats in the shelter alone and the feeding of a very large number of stray animals within the surrounding villas their need for dry food is enormous and their rations are sparse.
With a volunteer staff of 25 to date, the organization draws awareness to their cause via education in schools, nursing homes and to the general public about the necessities of sterilization and adopting rather than buying.
Every day animals are left at their doorstep, sick and hungry, requiring veterinary care but they refuse an animal in need. They have many senior animals living out their final days in the shelter and many others who require life long treatment and care.