Rescuing dogs requires a safe place for them to stay until they are ready to go to their forever homes. Sadly, safe may mean many things to different people. For example, for animal hoarders safe means dogs can live together in hundreds. For some "rescuers" safe means keeping a dog on a chain ot having dogs stuck in crowded kennels forcing them to live in misery.
Freedom from hunger or thirst by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour
Freedom from discomfort by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area
Freedom from pain, injury or disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment
Freedom to express (most) normal behaviour by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal's own kind
Freedom from fear and distress by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering
So, how do we do it?
All dogs have of course, access to fresh water 24/7. We feed our pups once or twice daily and when we foster puppies...around the clock. Dogs with specific dietary needs or food guarding issues are fed separately. Each pup has his/her own food bowl.
All dogs are receiving regular medical care such as bloodwork, anti-parasite protection, vaccination. We work closely with one of the best vets in our area to ensure our rescued dogs are healthy. We live with our rescued dogs, we know how they behave and if a pup gets sick we see it immediately. Together with our vet we decide what is the best for our dogs so they can have a decent life, free of pain.
One thing we are proud of is our Fosterland. A 2000 sq. meters (0.45 acres) property, fully fenced with large enclosures for each dog. Dogs that get along with each other may share an enclosure but the maximum number per enclosure is 2 dogs. All dogs are taken outside the enclosures to play once or twice per day but no less than 3 hours per day.
Not all rescued dogs are social and friendly with other dogs or people. Many times we have fostered dog aggressive dogs, scared dogs and we now foster feral dogs. We set a new routine according to the dogs we foster. Dog aggressive dogs are free to run and play on their own while the rest are in their enclosures. Feral dogs are left to choose when they want to make contact with us. The dogs that cannot be rehomed will stay here forever. In cases that a dog shows extreme fear we consult our vet on how to address the problem.
Taking the right measures to provide the Five Freedoms to our rescued dogs, takes a lot of work and of course funds. We constantly improve and maintain the enclosures and the fences. Our current projects are the Puppyland and the Seniorland. The Puppyland is a quarantine area for rescued puppies. They will be staying in there until they are fully vaccinated for diseases such as parvo and distemper. The Seniorland will be a quiet comfortable place for senior dogs. Fully protected from the harsh elements, a place where the senior dogs can relax without getting stressed or annoyed by the high energy youngsters.
For both the Puppyland and the Seniorland we have received very generous donations. The Seniorland will be ready in the next two months. The Puppyland is still under construction as its preparation is more complicated and expensive.
Future projects :
replacement of the metal roofs with better quality materials
outdoor, waterproof beds for all the dogs
Wooden rooms for all the enclosures
A/C and heating units for all the enclosures
WiFi cameras and 24/7 surveillance for all the enclosures