Cristiano to the rescue! Generous Ronaldo saves dog shelter

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The Real Madrid forward made a kind-hearted donation to help keep open the facility that looks after homeless hounds in his native Portugal

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has intervened to stop a dog shelter in Portugal from closing down.

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The Cantinho da Lili shelter in Gouveia in northern Portugal was set for closure but the Madeira native stepped in to help raise funds to keep it open.

Ronaldo donated an autographed jersey which will be auctioned to keep the kennels in business, with it currently finding it difficult to stay afloat due to the expensive treatments undertaken at the centre.

Shelter owner Liliana Santos is delighted with the Madrid forward's generosity, telling Correrio de Mahna that she appreciates what Ronaldo has done to keep the shelter in business.

"I want to thank Ronaldo from the bottom of my heart," said the 34-year-old. "It's a simple gesture but very important."

The donation is just the latest philantropic action undertaken by the European Championship winner, who previously sold his golden boot award for €1.5 million which he donated to fund schools in Gaza.

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The Portugal international is also the Global Artist Ambassador for Save the Children, helping to fight against childhood obseity and starvation.

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