Charity founder receives animal welfare award

Apr 16, 2018

Maria Pinto Teixeira founded Animals de Rua in Portugal   The founder of a Portuguese animal charity has received the iCatCare Welfare Award, which recognises 10 years of tireless work to improve the lives of cats and dogs in her home country. Maria Pinto Teixeira accepted the award at CEVA’s Animal Welfare Awards in Birmingham on 4 April. iCatCare said her hands-on welfare work, training, sharing of knowledge and influence on legislation made her ‘the obvious choice’. After beginning her career as a lawyer, Maria became concerned about the plight of unowned cat colonies in Portugal. She took it upon herself to seek out a humane solution to the problem, travelling to the UK and USA to learn how to carry out trap-neuter-return (TNR) work. She left her legal practice in 2008 and founded Animals de Rua in 2008. While the charity initially carried out TNR work in her hometown of Oporto, it has since grown into one of the most recognised and respected animal welfare organisations in the country. Animals... ...

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