Valentines Day Heartbreak

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.

Picking up the pieces of back yard breeders again

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.

Another innocent victim of the trade in misery

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.

Job Vacancy: Project Officer

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.

Why do I foster?

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.