JAVA Association



JAVA Association


Portugal, Lourinhã

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JAVA is a non-profit organization founded in 1999 to fight for the welfare of abandoned dogs. It arose from the will of a group of people who like animals, saving them from the dangers of the street.
Through the Association shelters, they can watch over their health and treat them. Further actions are taken to control the litters, as well as finding new owners, through sterilization and adoption campaigns, respectively.

JAVA is located in Lourinhã, Lisbon district, approximately 45 minutes from the capital, with access via the A8 or N8.

In partnership, the Lourinhã municipality ceded a plot of land, allowing JAVA kennel to be built, seeking to be improved annually, sheltering animals in the best possible conditions.


At the moment it receives about 190 animals: females and males’ dogs of all races and ages.

The Association maintains its facilities, veterinary treatments, food and hygiene procurement, which survives with the quotas of the members who pay them and the benefactors who contribute.

In addition to an official loaned by Lourinhã City Hall, JAVA counts on (few) volunteers, essential in collaboration with the Association.

JAVA treats and cares for all, so that they regain their lost dignity by being abandoned, left in a ditch or attached to a pole by a cord.

The sterilization of females is one of the priorities, in order to minimize the scourge of the abandonment of animals in Portugal.

It is an unequal struggle that every day JAVA gives voice, fighting for those who do not have it and therefore cannot complain, of who insists on mistreating them, through the most horrendous forms.

In many cases it is not just the adoption of an animal that counts, it is also the respect and dedication to which you have the right, as a living being.

Recent purchase

Products necessary for the shelter

Dry food for dogs (10kg)

Dog food for adult dogs highly nutritious salmon and rice for a healthy diet, with beneficial vitamins and minerals


Canned dog food (4,8kg)

Premium quality wet dog food which provides natural, additive-free nutrition for your dog; naturally rich in protein and nutrients, preserved in the tasty cooking stock, easy to digest.


Pet bed 80 cm

Pet Bed is a soft and comfortable pet bed with high sides where your pet can snuggle up. It has a beautiful, soft faux suede effect cover which is made from polyester. The cover is made from 80% cotton, making it particularly breathable. The natural colours and high-quality appearance means this delightful bed will fit beautifully into any home.