These days if you type 'aggressive dog rescue' into Google BSAS is one of the first sites to come up. If an aggressive or 'no hope' dog gets posted on Facebook BSAS is usually tagged multiple times. The website gets desperate emails every day all day and the FB Page is messaged constantly. The opening sentence is nearly always "You are the last hope for my dog" and when you are full every word of every message from the first line to the last is like a knife in the gut because you know at the heart of it is a living, breathing, loving, abused or misunderstood animal who won't be around tomorrow because you can't offer that hope, because you are full and because you have to say no....
To say it's been a very busy time over the last year at The Sanctuary would be a huge understatement. We have gained some extreme cases and lost some of our very much loved permanent family residents and all the while we have been busy with our rehabilitation service as well as expanding, building and refurbishing.
Over the last twelve months we have taken on some extremely complex, difficult dogs who simply would not be here if we had not found them a space...not for a week, a month or even a year...we take them for all of their life so it's a big commitment and one we have to think very carefully about before we make and choosing one dog over another, deciding who needs us most is always distressing. It's easy to mark a dog as 'safe' but for us the work and financial responsibility has only just started and carries on for the whole of thier lives.
With the help of our amazing supporters who are the real heartbeat of the Sanctuary, we have gone above and beyond and done our very, very best this past year to redress the balance and help as many as we can. We cannot express how deeply we hurt for all those we can't take, the ones we can't save. If we could we would take every single one because all life matters to us and every dog no matter how deep it's problems deserves a chance. All we can do is continue to move forward responsibly and concentrate on helping the ones we can; focusing inwards and giving them the time and care, love and rehabilitation they need fulfilling our promise of hope to them.
Here are just some of the 'No Hope' dog's we have given sanctuary to in the last twelve months: Bow, Zoe, China, Duke, Elma, Gabe, Hobo, Marmite, Peggy, Chucky and Alice. Neo, Angel, Hera, Gracie, Angel, Sausage, Lulu & Lucy, Kujo, Diablo and Frazer.