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12

Vivi's Story...Because Every Life Matters..

Vivi's Story...Because Every Life Matters..
'Vivi' is part of a Spanish word that means freedom.. Vivi arrived at the sanctuary on the 14th of June this year for some major rehabilitation and a permanent home with us. Vivi was very sadly the victim of horrific sexual abuse and sustained violence; the hell she came from is too disturbing to even recount and for her safety and the safety of her rescuers her past will remain in the past. Suffice to say it is a miracle she survived but survive she did and she was saved by a dedicated group of angels who cann never be thanked enough. Her physical injuries were repaired but her mental scars are deep and unbelievably painful, she was completely shut down and traumatised to the point that all she wanted to do was hide away from the world. She is terrified of everything, the outdoors, cars, people, being touched and defecates and urinates when approached especially by men understandably. Joy agreed to take her...how could she not..and gave advice on how to keep her safe and as comfortable as possible whilst she waited for transport from where she was located in Scotland down to us in Dorset. Before she arrived, Joy and Dave worked quickly to create a special area for her in the house under the stairs where she could be quiet and alone whilst still being close to Joy and where there would be no danger of her even hearing a male voice. Vivi survived the trauma of transport and arrived on the 14th and immediately went into hiding in her new den. When I spoke to Joy that night she told me that Vivi was one of the worst behaviourally effected dogs she had ever seen “I've had some seriously shut down and scared dogs come here, having tried to choose/select theworst...the one's that most desperately needed the help and home I could give but I've never seen a dog so petrified of everything....its gut wrenching.” From the safety of her den Vivi could hear Joy moving around but other than feeding she was left alone to acclimatise and take in her surroundings. Not wanting to go outside she used wee mats initially but eventually she took advantage of the continually open door and the slowly moving food bowl *winks* and silently slipped outside for a wee....Joy was ecstatic. “What a great start to the day...as I'm sat...
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Apr
19

The Unseen Heartbeat Of Front Line Rescue

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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