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Gabriel's Heaven..

We know many of you followed Gabriel's rescue and we have been asked a few times for updates but to be honest there is not much to tell apart from the fact that he loves it here and is just so very happy. He is such a big cuddle bug and adores snuggling in his duvet den in his house. He spends his days happily within the routine of the sanctuary, gets out and out about regularly and has fun playing footy with Joy on the play area and generally being a rather large lap dog! He has the cutest face and says hello with a smile every morning when he comes out for his morning cuddle and fuss before breakfast. He is devoted to Joy and they mainly just play together at the moment but he has started hanging out with Sandra too....life is all very exciting for him and we have to take things slowly but he is doing so well and is already part of the sanctuary family. He clearly loves the life here and he is a very happy go lucky lad who loves his home comforts and routine.     You can read his story here: An Angel For Christmas  

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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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