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The good you do to others, you always do to yourself!

Leo Tolstoi

Help on site at the Tiny Shelter

The Associação Tiny Shelter is purely donation-based. This means not only dog food and veterinary costs are financed by donations, but also all helpers do this voluntarily in their free time. Including Isabel.

This requires a great deal of commitment. And so that the many dogs can be adequately cared for, a lot of helpers are needed.

Therefore, all (people and dogs) are always happy about every visitor who wants to help. In addition to manual skills for minor work (the shelter just moved to its current location in June 2023), everyday help in caring for the dogs is, of course, needed.

So if you should ever go on vacation to the Algarve – come and visit the Tiny Shelter for a few hours or a day and get a personal impression of the whole thing!

The daily work includes cleaning the facility, feeding, medical care and – of course – extensive cuddling and playing with the dogs.

Do you live in the Algarve and want to get involved? Then come by, get a personal picture of the Tiny Shelter and become a regular helper!

Make an appointment and find out the exact address of the shelter by emailing or contact us through our Facebook page: @tinyshelteralbufeira

Become a volunteer!

Do you have a passion for dogs? Do you want to improve the lives of some very special dogs and puppies?

Who? DOGS! Wonderful dogs and friendly volunteers.

Where. Algarve. Southern Portugal. Near Albufeira.


  1. Free stay in a beautiful, new studio in exchange for helping 5 days a week or 10 shifts. The shifts last 3 hours each.
  2. Free stay in your camper if you have your own solar system and toilet, in exchange for 3 days or 6 shifts per week.
  3. Free stay with your camper if you need electricity and toilet against 4 days or 8 shifts per week.

More details:

  • Public transport available (nearest stop about 20 minutes walk).
  • Supermarkets, shopping stores and food court: 2 km, 5 minutes drive or 30 minutes walk.
  • To the sea it is 8 km or 15 minutes drive.
  • There is a bicycle at your disposal.
Werde Volunteer im Tiny Shelter!

Werde Volunteer im Tiny Shelter!


If you just can’t get enough of dogs, why not pitch your “tents” directly on site as part of the volunteer program. You can come with your Camper or literally with a tent. Or you visit our profile on Worldpackers and apply for a free place: Tiny Shelter on

There is a studio with two beds available directly at the shelter. So you can be right in the middle of it, helping to feed the dogs and clean the enclosures and the entire facility. Medication must be given and above all the dogs long for freedom and need to get out of the enclosure and go for a walk in the beautiful and quiet surroundings. Besides, all these wonderful furry noses want so much to trust humans again, be it through cuddles, training or lots of attention.

You want to know more about our volunteer program?

Then visit our profile on Worldpackers: Tiny Shelter on,

email us at

or contact us through our Facebook page: @tinyshelteralbufeira