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Feb
01

Rescue Has No Borders. Saving The Street Dogs...

As with all animal cruelty and neglect, whatever the location or part of the world, it is the same, the suffering is the same, the pain is the same but the conditions are far more horrific in some countries as is the scale of neglect and abuse and the sheer numbers and rescue is far less likely and far more difficult for those brave angels that work on the frontline. Romania is one of these places.   Our Beautiful Brave Roms... Four years ago after witnessing the continual suffering of the street dogs we felt compelled to step up and to help but decided to do it in a unique way. As a sanctuary we have a certain amount of autonomy and are able to help in ways that have no negative impact or effect on the UK pound and rescue system. So we decided to help where we were needed most by selecting the most affected at risk dogs from Romania who were traumatised, shut down, fear reactive, disabled etc and blend them into packs who would live and thrive together in relative freedom, allowing them to live the life that they needed to...together. Dogs like Billy, just 3 years old, hit by a car, used for fighting and attacked by other dogs. Shut down and traumatised by a life in and out of the mayors pound and yet somehow still willing to love and trust and live given the chance. We fund-raised pack house by pack house in order to take the most damaged and effected dogs from Romania enabling the Romanian rescuers who work determinedly in horrific conditions to help more dogs and working alongside Michelle Holmes our first 'packs' arrived 3 years ago. This was a long and difficult rescue project and we worked carefully for two years matching and blending packs, bringing them to the UK to live out their days in the comfort and safety of the sanctuary. So many times, with the invaluable help of Michelle, we trundled up to the collection point in our hired Luton van, armed with crates and treats. I will never forget that first night and don't think I have ever been so daunted and if I'm honest frightened by the enormity of what I had taken on when I saw those dogs. Some of the souls that I collected did not even seem like dogs, dead inside with...
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Apr
19

The Unseen Heartbeat Of Front Line Rescue

4 HOURS AND COUNTING… A few nights ago it took a team of 6 of us to save a dog. He was massively at risk and would be put to sleep the following day if we could not secure him. We scrabbled about for a lifeline, watching the clock as the minutes ticked down relentlessly fast. The team had to be trusted people that will put everything on the line for a dog; we were desperate, we needed transport and a safe house for the night. He had been sold in a town, dumped like rubbish by the new owner but he got his first lucky break and was sheltered by a lady with a heart of gold. The stress of doing this is unbelievable your heart is in your throat, every nerve ending on fire, This is the side of The Sanctuary no one sees, me chain smoking, clock watching, stressing…but having the ability to link in with some amazing people to make a difference. You work constantly, your brain on overdrive as the time marches on and you know that as every minute passes he is a minute closer to being lost. And just as you lose hope and think you can’t save him another person joins the team and throws a lifeline…a stable for the night, then an amazing person is able to transport him and is due to collect him within a few hours. That's when you want the time to speed up, that's when you want the minutes to be gone...for when he is collected…when he is safe. Slowly it comes together as another person finds him safe emergency boarding, his path to safety becomes clear and you start to let yourself believe. The minute that that dog left that house last night I could have cried, you know then as a team you have done it...he is safe.That boy arrived into his EB. He is underweight and scabby, he has diarrhoea, and when you lift his paws you see the scars from cigarette burns and that’s when your heart contracts.. you envisage, imagine and live the cruelty; you know what he has endured and you know he was worth it. We saved him as a team but to get him transport, and to get him into EB for a week costs money and I spent £55 yesterday of the sanctuary's donations...donations that you made…£55 for...
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