When we think we cannot be shocked anymore, something happens that breaks our hearts yet again. Cariad came in to our care on Valentines Day. She is aged at least 8 years, probably older. She is blind in both eyes – one eye has a total cataract and the other a chronic small eye that will need to be removed once she stops feeding. She has a grade 2 heart murmur, horrendous ear infection and likely water infection. Her fur was stained yellow from standing and sleeping in her own urine.
Another day, another victim of the miserable backyard trade in designer puppies. We are angry, upset and frustrated yet again. Little Enzo was given away by his breeder at just 3 days old as he had a cleft palate. No cash to be made, only huge vet bills looming so it was easier for the breeder to pass the problem on. Fortunately, he ended up with someone who actually cared. They tube fed him until he was 5 weeks old, but could not afford to continue his care so reached out for help and Enzo moved in to our care.
The trade in misery is relentless. We see it up close and personal, and it's not pretty. Aerwen was one of the 14 English and French Bulldogs seized from a back yard breeder by South Wales Police following a series of raids in Cardiff back in July. Every single dog was poorly, some more than others. Aerwen was 8 weeks old when she arrived, and was struggling to breathe with fluid on her lungs. She was treated for pneumonia and despite being a sickly girl she was adopted by Amy and Stuart, two staff members who fell head over heels in love with her.
We have added several dates in 2019 for our popular Canine First Aid Course, including some at our Charity Shop in Pontypridd.
We believe that the best way to help a rescue dog is to welcome them into your family. It's a truly rewarding experience and you will get so much more out of it than you may think,
We are looking to start upgrading and refurbishing the rescue centre to improve the lives of our rescue dogs. Thanks to grant funding from Battersea we are looking for an experienced Project Officer to work with the operational team develop a 3-year Capital Projects Programme for minor capital and refurbishment projects. The Project Officer will take responsibility for projects from initial proposal, through to feasibility and business case, and manage funded projects though all subsequent project stages to completion.
** UPDATE **
This is now reaching the media and a number of articles are appearing in national and regional press.
You can read more here in the Express newspaper.
It’s a real-life horror story when you receive a heart-breaking call at 0130 to let you know that a very poorly pup, Noel (pic left), didn't make it.
Hope Rescue featured on BBC One Programme ‘A Matter of Life and Debt’
This is a BBC documentary series about credit unions and responsible lenders across the country, telling the stories of people whose lives have been transformed by an ethical loan.
Help us to keep the Hope Rescue dogs calm and happy during bonfire night by buying a gift or two from our Firework Survival Kit.
You can find our list of items online here.
We have a network of amazing foster homes that make a real difference to the lives of our dogs. Some dogs just don't do well in the kennel environment but thrive in a home, some need extra help to recover from illness or surgery, and for the very young or the golden oldies, a foster home is just what they need to help them find their forever family.
Fostering is hugely rewarding and can be life-changing, both for the foster dog and foster carers.