The Banco Solidário Animal (BSA) is organising its 32nd animal donation drive to collect food and other essential goods for at-risk animals. The initiative kicks off this weekend, September 16 and 17, at Continente, Continente Modelo and Continente Bom Dia stores.
The campaign continues on September 30 and October 1 in Mercadona and Pingo Doce stores and ends on the weekend of October 7 and 8 in Mercadona, Auchan and MyAuchan stores.
According to Animalife, the promoter of the campaign, the number of stray animals living on the streets in Portugal has increased, and zoophilic associations need support to feed the animals they care for in their shelters.
Dry and wet dog and cat food, litter, hygiene and cleaning products, leashes, collars or feeders are among the most needed products.
In every store, throughout the days of the campaign, teams of volunteers will be available to provide information and collect donated goods.
In Mercadona stores, between September 30 and October 8, shoppers can contribute amounts in multiples of €1 at the tills. According to Animalife, 100% of the monetary value will be transformed into “Society Cards” distributed among the beneficiary animal support entities.
Solidarity vouchers are another way to contribute towards the campaign. These are available in Continente stores between the 14 and 20 of September, Pingo Doce between September 25 and October 2, Auchan between October 1 and 8, and online.
The collected goods will be distributed to more than 600 animal support entities (legally constituted associations, animal support groups and individual shelters), families in need and homeless people with dependent animals registered in the Animalife Support Programmes.
“The current context of economic and social fragility in which we live, with the widespread rise in prices of all types of goods and services, as well as the growing increase in the number of abandoned animals, has made the work of related entities even more difficult for the animal cause. These are unable to cover all the expenses due to the number of animals they are in charge of and the resources that are still insufficient”, says Rodrigo Livreiro, president of the Board of Directors of Animalife.
BSA is the largest national campaign to collect food and other essential goods for animals.