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We are often asked why adopters are

asked to pay a fee or make a donation

when they adopt a dog from the public

shelter or perrera.

They say “It’s just a rescue dog - I am saving its life” If you have a look at the breakdown opposite, it will give you some idea of the costs involved in rescuing a dog, preparing it and transporting it to the UK. Devoted rescuers spend most of their time tirelessly fundraising to facilitate adoptions - realising that it would be unrealistic to expect an adopter to pay this sort of sum - but when you adopt, please bear in mind that somebody HAS paid this amount so that your dog can travel to you and begin his or her new happy life. When you see and appeal for funds, please help if you can so that another dog can be saved. Thank you

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Forum and post direct. Happy to include anyt material that will help in the quest to

save and rehome unwanted and abused dogs everywhere. Thank you

Rescued “Miracle” Returns Favour by

Saving his New Owner’s Child

Amanda has a son who suffers from cerebral palsy and autism. He is confined to a wheelchair and unable to speak. In 2013, Amanda saw a picture on Facebook of a truckload of dogs that had been taken from the streets in Thailand and were destined for the dinner tables of restaurants in Vietnam. She could see one of the dogs, wedged between the bars of the truck, trying to make his escape. The camera flash caught his eyes and she felt drawn to try to track him down. Amanda contacted the photographer, who works selflessly to try to rescue dogs from the dogmeat trade.
The lady discovered that the truck had been intercepted by the Soi Dog Foundation and taken to a Rescue Shelter, resembling a huge cattle pen holding over 3000 dogs at any time, with food and water in troughs, and with death and disease rife. Every time she visited the shelter, the lady searched for the dog and, miraculously, after eight weeks, she found him, distressed, emaciated and covered in sores. Amanda then chose his name, saying that it was a “miracle” that he was alive, and he spent nine months recuperating in a Bangkok clinic. He travelled to the UK, and Amanda collected him from Harwich, nervous that, after everything they had both been through, he may not like her. She needn’t have worried because their eyes met and there was an immediate bond. During the night train ride home, he climbed up and slept across her chest. Miracle was given time and space to get used to living in a house and to all the new sights and sounds, before being introduced to Amanda’s autistic son. Miracle was instinctively gentle and sensitive to the boy’s needs, and quickly came to recognise and respond to the different noises that he made to express himself. One noise would have him leaping from the sofa and going to Kyle with his tail wagging, which always made the boy laugh. Another would bring him quietly to Kyle’s side to allow him to grasp his fur for comfort. Generally speaking, autistic children avoid eye contact, but Kyle and Miracle began to look deep into each other’s eyes with love. Last year, Miracle won the Crufts Friends for Life Award and the RSPCA Animal Hero Award. He is also an ambassador for the Soi Dog Foundation. Amanda says of Miracle and Kyle “It’s as if they are kindred spirits…he really has had a miraculous effect on our family, bringing magic to our lives thanks to his gorgeous bond with Kyle”

This is a Story written by David Sutton of Moody Mutts Dog Behaviour, printed here

with his kind permission and that of Merlin Animal Rescue, North Wales, where I first

read it and was so impressed. It is such a colourful explanation of how a dog could feel

when first introduced to a new home.…………..

Lesson One: There is never a second chance to make a first impression

Some dogs are returned to rescue through perceived behavioural issues. These can be brought about by either unrealistic expectations or a lack of understanding. Let’s look at this from your new dogs view point. Let’s say you have chosen a 6 month old Spaniel x Collie. A mix called a Sprollie. The rescue have called him Fred. Fred is in rescue as someone was breeding for money and he was the runt and is now too old to sell and was therefore dumped in a rescue.

This is Fred’s tale.

Why am I in this big kennel all alone? Where have my litter mates gone? Why are all these other dogs shouting? Whose this is person coming into my kennel? I’m scared. Ok this isn’t too bad, menu is good and lots of walks. I like this human but still miss my brothers and sister. Who are all these humans standing over me? Ok they seem ok. They want me……what does this mean? I’m in a car? Who are these little people? I’m scared! The car has stopped we are getting out. Where am I? I don’t know these people, they seem nice but I am still scared! We are going to a huge kennel, it smells funny. I will wee and make it smell better, humans don’t like my smell, I have no where safe to go. I am scared! The humans have put me outside, grass is good but what are these smelly colourful things? This brown stuff is soft, I’m bored so will play a digging game. Humans not happy with me. I’m scared. My little humans have toys, I don’t have any so we must be sharing the toys. Humans not happy I’m scared. Yippee it is food time. When I was with my litter mates I had to fight for my food as I was the smallest. The little human is by my food…….Humans not happy I’m scared! It is walk time. I love walking but I don’t know if I trust these humans. I walked nice on my lead in kennels but these humans didn’t see that, so don’t know how to walk me, maybe I can pull to get to park, humans not happy, I’m scared! There is a dog coming over. I don’t know this dog. I can’t run away I’m on a lead. My humans are not protecting me so I’m going to bark and growl at the other dog so he goes away. Humans not happy …. I’m scared. We are back in big kennel, Lots of humans here now, come to see me apparently. Why are they tapping the top of my head? Why are little humans grabbing me? I’m scared. That was a long day, sleep time. I have woken up all alone? I don’t know where I am? I’m scared. It is morning, humans rushing around? No one has walked me, no one has time for me. Oh everyone has gone out of the kennel and I’m here all alone. I’m scared. I will bark and maybe they will realise they have forgotten me. No one heard me. I’m bored, what games can I play? This bed is good to chew and throw about, I need a wee, Yes yes yes, humans back. Hi Hi you’re back yippee, good to see you. I didn’t mean to knock you when I jumped up, Humans not happy I’m scared. We are going out in the car thing again. No one seems happy with me. Oh I’m back at the rescue, in a big kennel all alone….I’m scared! What did I do wrong?

Ok now let’s look what should have happened. This is Fred again.

Oh look it is those humans who have been to see me a few times, they have seen how to walk me properly. I’m starting to like these humans. We are going in a car, they are taking me to their kennel. Wait no, before I am allowed into their kennel they are taking me for a walk somewhere quiet, with no dogs. I like this. Oh look a tree I’m going to have a wee. Wow I got a treat and a gentle fuss of these humans. Ok I will do this again. Oh no there is a dog coming…I can’t get away I’m on my lead, hang on the humans have spoken to the other humans and they have taken the dog away, they protected me. I’m starting to like these guys. We are going into their kennel now, I’ve still got my lead on. They are showing me my bed, looks really comfy, still on my lead they are showing me a big room with big sofa’s. I’m tired, let’s jump on a sofa for a minute. Oh my human didn’t let me jump on sofa. I will lie on comfy carpet. Oh I got a treat, this must be what they want to do, ok but I will try to get on sofa again later. What are these stair things? Oh I have been told No to the stairs…ok they look too much like hard work for now any way. Food time yippee. They want me to wait for my food? Ok but not too long. They have left me in peace to eat, no litter mates trying to take it, all mine. I like it here. We are going on another walk, good I need the toilet and a treat. Bed time…comfy bed and I’m exhausted after a long day, the humans have gone upstairs but a can still hear some gentle voices, that must be what the call a radio. There is a warm squidgy thing in my bed, it feels like my mum or littermates. I feel safe. I like it here. Morning everyone is up. Breakfast? Yes please I know I have to sit and wait. It seems these humans got up early to take me for a walk, more treats for weeing outside, I’m liking this. Oh everyone has gone without saying goodbye. Hang on what’s this? I have a toy in my bed and that radio thing is on, maybe it is like last night were they go and come back. Yes it is the humans are back and they are pleased to see me calm. I like it here I want to stay. Love Fred.