SI MA BO in Creole means “like you”. It is an organization for the care and protection of the local animal population based in the city ofMindelo, on theislandofSao Vicente,Cape Verde, situated off the West Coast of Africa.

The objective of SI MA BÔ is inclusive of, but not limited to, helping the cats and dogs living on the streets, especially in the poor quarters, that are often found to be hurt, traumatized or held in appalling conditions. SI MA BÔ also offers treatment to, and recovery time for those animals in need of intensive care, possible victims of street accidents or from the systematic poisoning authorized by the City Council to control the canine population growth on the island.


In addition to the direct care of animals SI MA BÔ also helps the local population of Mindelo, via educational classes, to address issues of neglect due to misunderstanding, through simple programmes on the need for anti parasite prophylaxis, adoption and sterilization, thus reducing and ultimately preventing the transmission of disease to human beings – a high cause of which results is the abandonment of animals.

SI MA BÔ is also giving awareness education in respect of animal rights to the local population, and offering advice on the protection and preservation of endangered species in threat of extinction.

 Whilst the central aim of SI MA BÔ is the direct care of animals in need we also focus on the promotion and involvement of the local population in activities, offer informative meetings at schools, in operative centers or throughout cultural and scientific initiatives.

SI MA BÔ has been accredited directly to specific projects through the involvement of Veterinarian students from the University of Torino who can undertake their required 100 hours of rural internship at SI MA BÔ Furthermore, SI MA BÔ is participating in the University of Camerino’s leishmania project and in the University of Torino’s scab project.

At Si Ma BO we are always looking and talent hunting for veterinarians and volunteers that would like to participate in the projects.

SI MA BÔ welcomes everyone who is interested to visit our new shelter, and to help with a donation in the form of field working, financial aid, and/or by the donation of materials (collars, leashes, anti fleas, holding cages for cats, etc).

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4 Responses to “About us”

  1. 1 sylvia bailey luglio 17, 2015 alle 9:38 pm

    I would like to send some vet mats and beds leads collas etc to help what is your postal address please . I will be posting from England .i recently visited mindelo and befriended a lovely young dog which I spent some time with and found hard to leave , Are you familiar with him I sent photos via email over a week ago .

  2. 3 miss bailey agosto 11, 2015 alle 7:36 pm

    What is your centre address to send items for the dogs and cats please .
    kind regards
    sylvia bailey


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