1, 2, 3… 7 Picodogs adopted in Germany during Year 2017!

TierhilfePhoenix 2 year

Yes, it is true! Sometimes fairy tales exist.

In 2017 Polly, Tom, Jenny, Gerry, Joyce, Nikita and Susy found a loving home in Germany thanks to the Association Tierhilfe Phoenix. All these dogs had been abandoned or had been returned by their owners to the dog shelter located in Pico Island (Azores). Among 70+ dogs living at the shelter, these 7 have been chosen for their sociability and friendliness. Of course there are a lot more sweet dogs that can be adopted, so if you think you can help us finding more forever homes for these dogs, please contact us.


Dania & Coda

The Ocean Call


The most amazing experience I have ever had with my Newfie Coda.
One that changes your life forever.

Mariangela and Rosa, 2 instructors from the famous Italian School for Water Rescue Dogs called SICS , came to Pico Island last June and started to train me, Coda and my husband Enrico.

In the picture Coda is swimming in the canal between the island of Pico and Faial.
If you want to see how powerful Newfies are in the water, please have a look at this video shot by our friend Stefano Ulivi.

An endless thank you to Ferruccio, Mariangela and Rosa.

Dania & Coda


“People say I am beautiful. I say I am lucky because I have a loving family.
I want to help my friends at the dog shelter here in Pico, hoping they will find a family too. Join my campaign to increase the adoptions! Thanks.”  Coda

Coda the NewfieCoda the Newfie is so popular among the visitors of Pico Island that decided to start a campaign where anyone taking a picture of him (or with him) is invited to donate and help his friends at the local dog shelter.

Post your picture on Coda’s Facebook page and add #codaforpicodogs. It will help to spread the word!

If you are planning to visit Pico Island but still wish to make a donation, please contact me here or email picoacanil@gmail.com

Help abandoned dogs of Pico Island

To Germany with love – Chapter II

Last year 6 abandoned dogs from Pico Island found a forever home in Germany thanks to the collaboration with the Association Tierhilfe Phoenix.

We are currently in the process of getting 4 more dogs ready to fly overseas: they will be neutered, given a full set of vaccinations and chipped. Furthermore, a European passport will be issued along with an extra paper required by the intra-EU transportation of animals (TRACES). The total cost per dog will be about 150,00€.

The German Association will cover flights and shipping of the crates back to Pico.

The dream of a forever home could come true for even more abandoned dogs  here in Pico. If you know an Organisation that is interested in adopting our Pico dogs or you are even part of it, please contact us through this blog or email picoacanil@gmail.com

I would like to tell you the story of Maggie, one the lucky dogs already adopted. I believe it is very inspiring!

Maggie was abandoned at the age of 5 months with a broken paw. She was literally thrown inside the dog shelter, where we found her the following morning. We will never know if her limb broke as a result of throwing her over the gate or that happened before and the owner abandoned her to avoid treatment costs.

After visiting her, the vet said Maggie would require surgery, but unfortunately in Pico there are no facilities to intervene surgically on a broken limb. Our only hope was that a cast and her young age would be enough… and so it was!

This is Maggie before and after the adoption!


Increasing the adoptions: a forever home in Germany with Tierhilfe Phoenix


Year 2016 marked the collaboration with the German not-for-profit organization Tierhilfe Phoenix, which led to 6 abandoned dogs of Pico Island flying to Frankfurt and find a forever home!

Let’s start from the beginning. I am a volunteer for Acanil, the local association for the protection of abandoned dogs and, while helping out, I soon realised that the dog shelter needed additional plans to boost the number of adoptions.
Through my job (I own and run a whale watching company in Pico Island) I come into contact with many dog lovers from mainland Europe and talking to them the idea of finding an international partner association interested in adopting our dogs came into life.

Finding Tierhilfe Phoenix and getting ready to fly the first dogs took me over 1 year.

The project was ambitious, due to the complicated logistics of flying dogs from a little island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean to Germany, but we did it!

The support of both Helena Amaral, the President of Acanil and the vet Sally Lopes was essential.

A special thank also to Petra Winkelmann that sent us several kennels for flying out our dogs.

Enjoy the pictures of the happy dogs that left Pico to find a forever home in Germany and stay tuned on PicoDogs.org to know more on our future projects.