Getting ready for our first pets in the Algarve

Four weeks ago we decided that the time had come to share our new life in Algarve with a couple of pets. Therefore we contacted the local pet protection to see what they had on offer. We were told pretty much straight away about a litter of kittens that had just been born.

The mother was a stray and simply walked into someones kitchen and gave birth there and then and next thing you know six beautiful new kittens needed homing.

When we found out we were very excited and requested two of them when they are ready. We are now expecting them to join us within the next ten days and my son is in his element planning what he is going to call them. Though I will draw the line in them both being named after Manchester United players past or present.

Both the kittens we have agreed to re-home are both black and we have been informed that black cats are very hard to home because people are always suspicious about them. I don’t think there is anything wrong with a black cat or kitten and they will both be very well loved in our home.

"black kittens"

The reason I am writing this blog post is because there are a lot of homeless animals that need you to give them a new home with more and more ending up at animal centres everyday. In the Algarve there is also lots of animal homes closing due to lack of local support.

So if you want to home a new animal in Portugal please read through the local expat newspapers and find yourself your new friend.

Thanks for reading my blog post and I hope you enjoy our expat tips. I love living in the Algarve and sharing my stories with you.

Thanks for reading




  1. Just read your post on Portuguese supermarkets- I can definitely relate

  2. Hi Samantha,
    Thanks for popping into my blog! Sounds like you and your family are having a wonderful time in Portugal… I came to Spain 8 years ago and moving back to the grey skies of the UK would be unthinkable, though I do miss things like ‘real butter’ at times :-)