In a joint initiative aimed at raising awareness and preventing animal cruelty, Safe Communities Algarve and the Territorial de Faro da Guarda Nacional Republicana (GNR) will be holding a Seminar on this subject on 4th February from 16.00 to 19.00 hrs at the Conrad Hotel, Quinta do Lago.

The event will be opened by Exmº Presidente da Câmara Municipal de Loulé, Dr. Vitor Manuel Gonçalves Aleixo with introductions by Sr. Coronel Silva Gomes Comandante do Comando Territorial de Faro da Guarda Nacional Republicana and David Thomas President Safe Communities Portugal. Subject to confirmation the British Ambassador to Portugal Kirsty Hayes, is intending to address the seminar.

A panel of government and non-government expert speakers will address this subject, namely:

  • Tenente Pedro Fernandes, Adjunto do Comandante do Destacamento Territorial de Silves GNR;
  • Paulo Sepúlveda, Procurador Adjunto no DIAP – Unidade Local de Olhão,
  • Ana Silva, Médica Veterinária, Municipal Monchique;
  • Laura McGeoch President SOS Algarve Animals, Almancil and
  • Karin Holmström Forster, a Dog Behaviour Expert.

The subjects to be covered include: the work of SEPNA, concerning the rescue of animals and enforcement of laws; cruelty to pet animals and judiciary practice in the public prosecution perspective; animal welfare in Monchique; the work of charities in animal rescue and the relationship between dog behaviour and cruelty. Following this there will be a panel discussion in order that those attending can ask questions.

The event will be in English and entry is free. It is open to everyone who has either interest in or who work with animals.

As this is the first seminar of its type in the Algarve it is likely to be heavily subscribed. RESERVATIONS ARE ESSENTIAL and can be made by contacting David Thomas at 913045093 or at info@safecommunitiesalgarve.

        4th February from 16.00 to 19.00hrs at the Conrad Hotel, Quinta do Lago.