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  1. If you love wildlife art, you should take a look at Gary Hodges Wildlife Art Charity Auction, Love and Protection.

    There is an online auction site you can visit to see the amazing 50 embellished prints Gary Hodges drew for the exhibition which takes place from 10-22 July 2018.

    There are a wide range of animals featured in this auction – elephants, rhinos, cheetahs, brown bears cubs, penguins, tree frog, fennec fox, servals, dolphins, wolves, whales, snow leopards, snow bears, tigers, crocodiles, iguanas, lemurs, hippos, greater kudu, sabo, jaguars and geckos

    Six conservation and wildlife art charities are benefiting from the auction:

    • Animals Asia
    • Born Free
    • David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
    • David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
    • EIA
    • Nature in Art, the museum where the exhibition is being held

    Gary Hodges is a no ordinary pencil artist. Through his art, nearly £1 million pounds has been raised to protect the animals he cares so passionately about.  His hopes are that this auction will raise £50,000 for the charities above. 

    Unique embellished prints bridge the gap between an original drawing and his limited edition prints – he adds 1,000s of carefully placed pencil strokes on top of the printed image and so creates a dynamic piece of art.   Since 2016, over 60 pieces have sold at charity auctions.

    Find out more about the Love and Protection Auction

    Don't sleep on it!  Find out more about the Love and Protection Auction

    ©Gary Hodges

    21st July 2018 – Private View with Live Auction

    A special private view with an exciting live auction will be held on 21st at the world renowned Nature in Art in Gloucestershire.  This museum is dedicated to art inspired by nature.  A number of specially embellished prints will auctioned by BBC TVs award-winning auctioneer James Lewis.   Find out more here.

    The other prints will continue to be auctioned until 24 July and the closing times for each piece are listed against each lot number so if you see one you want to bid on, check its closing date carefully.

    (If you’re going to bid online for any of the artworks, you can register for free.  If you don’t have a paypal account, leave “PayPal email” blank.  Please note that bids are legally binding and must be paid for if you’re the highest bidder, and you can delete your account at any stage.)

    Visit the website for the auction here and remember “every single bid protects wildlife”.

    There’s also two books you can buy – one is a limited edition for £40, and the other is an open edition for £20 – both coincide with Gary's 2018 Charity Exhibition & Auction 'Love & Protection'

    A final thought...

    Gary Hodges has put his incredible skill as a pencil artist to work, helping wildlife.  

    So this is an opportunity for us all to ask ourselves what sort of skills or talents we all have that we can put to use to help wildlife and the animals we care about.  Everyone can do something! 



  2. One of Portugal’s largest animal sanctuaries is being built in the central Algarve.

    The sanctuary will consist of 3 rescue centres, jointly able to offer refuge to 600 animals in all in the boroughs of Loulé and São Brás de Alportel.

    The recently formed Animal Rescue Algarve is behind the project and British businessman and animal lover Sidney Richardson has launched Animal Rescue Algarve and brought the project to life.

    Animal Rescue Algarve has a mission to help abandoned animals in Portugal

    “Our mission is to help abandoned and sick animals by providing veterinary treatment, neutering, socialising and re-homing them” Richardson explained. 

    Work on the Cabanita rescue centre should complete in October, whilst the second rescue centre was unanimously approved by the municipal assembly on Monday 25 June.  This second centre should be completed within 8 months.

    The third phase is waiting for approval from the local council.

    ARA is very concerned that it treats animals with dignity, respect and comfort, so they are building a modern re-homing centre from scratch with an eco-friendly design.   Even the sewage system is eco-friendly as all the waste from the dogs goes to a container that filers the detritus.  This means the sanctuary can both save water and reuse it in other works.

    Sidney is looking for his Forever Home

    The facilities will include a reception, veterinary practice with operating theatre, sections for puppies, adults and senior dogs, a quarantine area, a training ground to allow for interaction between volunteers and animals, and a cat shelter.  Accommodation for employees and volunteers will ensure the rescue centre is efficiently run and surveilled around the clock.  Volunteers from abroad can help with daily tasks in exchange for accommodation and food.

    There are about 10,000 abandoned animals in Portugal and the sanctuary appreciates it cannot help them all and it pays tribute to the other rescue centres in Portugal are working with very limited resources to help animals.

    Support will be needed to help the ARA with on-going income to help care for the animals and look after them, so donations and volunteers are very welcome.

    And it wants to raise awareness of the importance of neutering in the local area and to allow the public to visit and volunteer to enable the animals to socialise with people.   They hope to allow local school children to visit the shelter and see what work it does and how much love and companionship caring for animals can give people.

    This kitten was found in a parking lot with her brother

    Richardson is doing an amazing thing by spearheading the project.   He came to Portugal from Essex 25 years ago, attracted by the climate and lifestyle and his passion for golf.  And 12 years ago, he rescued a dog who has become his best friend and changed his life.  “Instead of leaving a substantial sum of money in my will, I decided to use some of it now and see this project through,” he says.

    Which just goes to show there’s no point in waiting for the right time to help animals around the world.  The right time is now to get out there and make a difference.  

    We wish the Animal Rescue Algarve sanctuary well.   You can find out more here and donate here.

    Animal Rescue Algarve is registered charity 514692049, and registered in the council of Loulé in Faro.   Its registered name is Abrigo dos Animais and the charity name is Animal Rescue Algarve.

    Images ©Animal Rescue Algarve